Write Your Way To Financial Independence

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By: Marlene Affeld

During difficult economic times, many people struggling to meet their financial obligations. Unemployment in many states has risen to record highs. Jobs are “few and far between.”

If you have dreamed of finding a way to share your life experience and be paid to do it, writing online can make your dream a reality. It’s a great way to make some extra income. In time, freelance media writing may replace your regular job.

Forget stressful commutes, office politics and someone else directing your schedule. When you write online, you work for yourself.

There is an insatiable demand for fresh online content. Site owners seek writers capable of meeting deadlines and producing a continuous supply of new articles. Fresh, original content is required to improve the website owner’s search engine rankings.

Website owners use social media sites to expose and promote their products or services. The incredible growth and popularity of sites such as Twitter, MySpace and Facebook drive Internet marketing in an entirely new direction. Website owners need writers to produce original content to keep their social media pages updated.

Wide ranges of online writing jobs are available. However, an innumerable number of very talented people are competing for these jobs. Many writing sites do not require applicants to hold a college degree. Some sites require applicants hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or have extensive experience in their niche market. Other sites seek authors with an advanced degree.

You will do best if English is your native language. You can work from anywhere, on the beach, curled up in your pajamas beside the fireplace or from an Internet café.

The secret of success is to treat online writing like a “real” job. If you work “8 to 5”, then write from “8 to 5”. Once you get into the rhythm of writing daily, you will enjoy the structure and order it brings to your work. Put on your “thinking cap,” consult a thesaurus and write some snappy copy.

Because you can work from anywhere you can access an Internet connection, online writing is a perfect job for the person that likes to travel, desires a flexible schedule or who lives in a remote location and must telecommute to work.

Online writing is a perfect part-time job for “stay-at-home” moms or dads. Parents can make a living working from home, spend quality time with their children and avoid expensive childcare. You can even write from the playground or while the young ones are taking a nap.

Online writing requires a dedication to meeting deadlines on time and producing error free copy. If your work is “perfect” when submitted, your time isn’t wasted with rewrites. Online writing jobs are plentiful, but to land the best jobs, you will have to polish your skills and do an outstanding job, sometimes for not a lot of pay. It takes time to find the right position to match your skills and interests. With a bit of research, you will find that there are a lot of viable options. Online writing can be a lucrative career, offering freedom and a way to express your creativity.

Getting Started

Refresh and update your employment resume. Highlight positions that involved writing.

Build a portfolio of your writing samples. Write different types of articles for various niches. Create “evergreen” articles, essays, product reviews, and “how-to” manuals. Proof each sample carefully and make required corrections. You only have one chance to make a terrific first impression. “Blow your own horn” and publish your articles on your blog or website. Use social media networking sites to promote your articles across the web.

“Don’t Put All You Eggs In One Basket”

On some sites, writers can address virtually any subject. You are limited only by the limits of your imagination. You choose the topic and the direction of the article. You will likely have to write a minimum number of words. Sites that accept “create your topic” articles typically pay based on a revenue share from monies received for advertising that runs in conjunction with your article. Some sites pay per submission. Other sites pay both. You can write for immediate payment or build a cache of articles that will pay you month after month.

Many online writing websites allow you to select from a selection of assignments. The website picks the topic. This is great if there are lots of choices in your area of expertise. You are in trouble if the choice of articles is restricted or eliminated. Always have 2-to-4 online writing websites where your submissions are welcomed.

Finding legitimate writing sites that pay fairly for time invested is difficult. There are lots of jobs out there. Online writing jobs vary greatly in application requirements, expectations and compensation.

Article Writing

About has established a stellar reputation as one of the best sites on the Internet for writers. Their standards are high. If you can “make the cut” the pay is high and dependable. Become an expert in your favorite topic. About is always seeking new guides.

KingTutz offers great opportunities for freelance writers with a background in business, marketing or economics.

Proficient Writers seeks academics, teachers and other knowledgeable professionals to submit articles for pay. Compensation ranges from $7 to $15 a page. There is lots of work for everyone and the application process is fast and easy. Apply today, write articles tomorrow.

Writers pH, a company based in the Philippines, needs article and essay writers. You can work from anywhere, on your own schedule. They pay through PayPal.

4Writers offers fair pay for short articles and essays. A great place to polish your craft, work with skilled editors and develop a writing niche.

Academic Writers

Prospect Solution is a well-respected writing site for research writers and freelancers. They pay above industry standard rates. A college degree in your chosen writing field is required.

Other sites worth checking out include, Freelance Writing Service Asia Writers and Academia Research.

Essay Town seeks writers degreed in any academic field. They are especially in need of writers for economics, mathematics, physics and accounting. Candidates must be able to expertly write term papers, research papers, theses, essays, book reports, and dissertations. Pay is above industry standards.

Home to freelance writers from around the world, Freelance Writing Center, provides steady employment that fits most anyone’s schedule. Many writers consider writing for Freelance Writing Center a dream job. You can make an excellent income. Work full time or choose to write part-time, when and where you want.

Travel Writing

If your life experiences includes living abroad or extensive world travel, Transitions Abroad, is a great place to write about your experiences and earn an income to supplement your travel budget.

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Freelance Writers Needed

By: Marlene Affeld

Have you lost your job or just need a bit of extra money to supplement your income? One of the most productive routes is getting paid for writing online content. “Content is the lifeblood of the Internet.” “Content Is King.”

images-4I know, you have heard that all before, but it is true! Freelance writers are in high demand. This trend indicates that the demand will continue for the foreseeable future.

Write about that with which you are familiar. Write for pleasure; without pressure. Pick any subject, share your knowledge and experience with the world and reap the rewards.

Although magazines, newspapers, and other print communications require writers, the competitions are stiffer and work more demanding.

The majority of online editors demand past publishing experience, impeccable grammar, attention to detail and a commitment to meeting deadline. For writer’s just getting started, the quality of online writing does not necessarily have to meet the rigid expectations of print publications. However, remember that your words are a reflection of you and always do your best.

Due to the ever-increasing demand for fresh content on the Internet, a person does not have to be a published perfectionist to make a living online. Webmasters, advertising agencies, and individual clients seek quality writers who can fluidly express the customer’s message using research of the topic and a polished vocabulary. As a writer, it’s your job to research the subject matter and craft an informative and thought provoking article.

There are countless opportunities to generate income writing online content. Opportunities are broken down into two categories: writing for others or writing for yourself.

Writing for yourself may include creating a blog focused on your favorite music, weight loss goals or travels. Find your niche. You will glean income from sales products via affiliate marketing) or through advertising revenue generated by Goggle Adsense or similar online advertising programs.

Have you considered writing an informational e-book and selling your words for a profit? Many new writers find this to be a good source of revenue. However, dependent on the topic and how aggressively your e-book moves, it may take time before you earn a significant income from your word weaving effort.

The quickest way to earn a decent income as a freelance writer is creating engaging copy for others. Website owners rely on freelance writers to provide fresh marketing copy, press releases, product reviews, and blog contributions. The list of potential online employment opportunities is endless.

As you review potential assignments from various employers, you will find that each has a different writing guideline, business policies, and compensation plans. Many sites pay upfront for articles upon acceptance. Others pay upon publication.

In the freelance marketplace, freelance writer pay rate is dependent on the word count, research required and the subject matter of the article.

Clients of freelance writers have diverse policies, style guidelines and compensation plans. Many sites pay an up-front fee upon publication. Pay rate is dependent on the subject and word count. Other websites share the revenue from advertising displayed with your published articles. Some sites pay both.

Check out this handy research and writing tool. You will love it. It is a great way to research thousands of pages to gather information for creating new articles. 

Words Of Worth

If you have a strong command of the English language and are motivated to make money from the comfort of your home, there are a diverse number of websites that pay for submissions. If you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia, work for Words of Worth. The standards are high. Words Of Worth is an excellent place to show off your talents. A writing sample is required.

Writers Domain

Writers Domain, an online marking company, hires writers and editors to produce high-quality content on a wide range of subjects. Work at home writers in the United States, Canada, France and Australia and are encouraged to apply. Follow the guidelines on the website to submit a writing sample.

Rank Pay

Rank Pay Rank Pay advises that if you are a gifted writer with a flair for creative, upbeat copy that can deliver content within defined deadlines, they would like to review your submissions. Writing work is done remotely, and samples are required. Rank Pay pay writers $100 for a 1500 word article that meets their criteria. Go to the website and be sure to follow designated guidelines.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine advise, “Wine Enthusiast Magazine welcomes proposals from freelance writers on subjects that pertain to wine, fine food, and travel. You may also pitch story ideas for Wine Enthusiast Online. Subject matter for the magazine and the website includes global wine region news, particularly controversies and innovations; short profiles and QA; creative food and drink recipes; cool merchandise related to wine, food or travel; etc. Payment: $750-$2,500 for assigned articles; $750-$2,000 for unsolicited articles; and 50 cents per word for website articles.

Wine Frog

Wine Frog is looking for wine experts who work in the field and know how to tell a good story. If you think you have a good idea, send a pitch. Pieces on the site are typically 600-to-1200 words. Pay is based on quality and determined before publication.

Wise Bread

If you have a flair for writing snappy commentary about frugal living or personal finance, Wise Bread is a fine site to showcase your writing talents. Apply as a staff writer or guest blogger.

Writers Weekly

If you have experiences and tips for making a living by writing, Writers Weekly purchases well-crafted articles all year long. Visit the site and review the guidelines.

Our Homes

OurHomes.ca pays $.25 per word for home improvement articles. Visit the site and review previous articles and style before submitting your article.

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