There are a number of ways to find clients as a freelance writer.
You don't even necessarily have to have a lot of experience in writing. Other skills or experiences you should have include: Because of the relative ease of entry, very low start-up costs, and a better than average opportunity to work from home, writing is a highly competitive business.
Further, because the market is full, pay for many types of writing has dropped, especially for online writing.
Payscale reports that the average writer gets paid anywhere from $10.67 to $51.77 per hour with a median income of $36,781 per year.
If you go through general freelance websites, you'll likely find lower paying writing jobs. In fact, some writing work pay is so low, it's not worth your time (i.e. If you have a special knowledge or skill set, you may be able to earn more.
For example, many health and wellness resources want nutritionists or other certified professionals to write for them.
Because the certification is a requirement for the work, the job often pays more.My hope was to show them I could at least do research and put words into grammatically acceptable sentences. A few days later I was given an assignment, for which I would be paid more money than I’d earned in the last six months. I cleared out my schedule and locked myself in my office for an entire weekend. And I was asked to do another project—one that made the difficulty of my first akin to something called “How to Zip Up Your Fly: A Post-Urination Guide.” But the more I familiarized myself with the industry jargon, the more this type of writing started to feel natural.Then one day I saw a job posting that told me the company was looking for a full-time writer. And although I still have plenty to learn, I’m now twice as fast at completing an assignment than I was when I started.Plus, it leaves some breathing room in my creative well at the end of the day for the types of writing and art that bring me true joy. The pay in the tech-writing industry is anywhere between to an hour, with salaried writers making typically between ,000 and ,000 a year.For contractors, pay may be project based rather than hourly, which for me had ranged between 0 and ,500 per project.Although my ability to extract critical business issues from an SME transcript may be less romantic than, say, my novel about low-income, spirited lesbian waitresses struggling with addiction (that’s a real—unpublished—thing I wrote), the former pays the bills, promises growth and affords me new joys in life. I’m not Steve Jobs; I’m just a person who pays close attention to what she reads and asks a lot of questions.I still don’t 100 percent understand the difference between a switch and a router, but I’m not ashamed to ask a colleague.Google technical writing jobs or sales writing jobs.The company I work for is a sales consulting company, but most corporations have their own in-house writers and contractors who provide content for training, presentations and other corporate materials. I initially found this job through a status update of a friend of a friend. You may find that you’re way more capable than you initially thought you were. Amanda Layman Low is a freelance writer and artist. And there’s a hidden benefit to ignorance: If, by the end of my writing, I can understand something complex, I am fairly certain my audience will understand it too. Although there are creative aspects to technical writing, most of the writing I do is black and white.“In this lesson, we’ll cover a, b and c” or “When selling to this type of person, discuss a, b and c.” It’s nice to have clear expectations and a process to follow, rather than feel like every day is a desperate attempt to flag down the muse.