Recently I wrote a blog post talking about how I made $10, 889.63 off my blog and freelance work last year. I've had numerous comments and emails from readers asking me to go into more detail about getting started in the world of freelance writing. I'm finally getting around to answering my most commonly received questions and giving you all of my best sources for finding work! 1. Get Experience Writing to Create a Portfolio
I am a huge advocate of not working for free. When a brand contacts me asking me to do a product review or giveaway without compensation I rarely agree (unless the product has high value or is something I really want to share with my readers.) Each product review I do takes at least 2 hours in trying the item, writing the post, taking photos and promoting on my social media channels. If you are trying to break into the world of freelance writing you will likely have to break this rule. My first few articles were written for MindBodyGreen and I was not compensated for them. They ended up becoming extremely valuable to me though as they served as my first writing samples on my media kit.
2. Find Paying Work
Check these websites often. I used to review new ads daily but now I'm so busy with my current freelance work I can't take on any new assignments!
3. Remember that they are always watching you
In the last year I've been sought out more by brands and companies asking if I would like to write for them. They usually find me on twitter and like what they see when they check out my blog. If you are a blogger interested in freelance writing I cannot stress enough the importance of writing well. Even if you only post 1-2 times a week whenever you publish something think to yourself, "what would a brand think of my blog if they saw me today and this is the first post they read?" Also, try to avoid life-casting all of the time (posting daily blogs about what you ate/did to workout) and try to write an article at least once every week or two. Think yo have great article ideas? You don't have to pitch them to a website to write them - use your own blog as a venue. I included a few articles I wrote on my own site in my portfolio until I had enough experiences writing for other outlets.
Websites accepting freelance pitches (non-paid):
- Curvy Magazine
- IDEA Health & Fitness
- Divine Caroline
- Blissfully Domestic
- The Chalkboard
- Modern Hippie Magazine
- Good Women Project
- Kind over Matter
- Healthy Bitch Daily
- Dirty & Thirty
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Have you ever thought about freelancing? What would you like to do as a side hustle to supplement your current income?