Are You Ready to Be a Freelance Online Writer?
You’ve heard about several individuals who claim to earn more than $1,000 every month by being a freelance online writer.
Trust me, it is possible.
There are several writing jobs for you. There are different sites that pay you to write.
But before you get excited, I’d like to present two truths. If you can handle them, you can move on to the next step.
First, to earn decent money online, you need a strategy.
That’s right, my friend, it’s not going to be easy. The Internet, Google, and earning online are full of “secrets” you need to uncover. You’ll need these secrets to concoct a sound strategy because if you don’t have one, you’ll be wasting your time. So learn how to work smart.
Second, unless you want to get scammed, ditch any notion that you have about get-rich schemes.
A 3-figure amount doesn’t happen overnight — or in 3 weeks, or in 3 months. It depends on how fast your strategy is going to work, and it entails hours and hours of reading, writing, and researching. So if you’re impatient and the type that easily gives up, you might want to change that attitude.
Ways to Earn Money by Writing
Fortunately, you don’t have to start from scratch. As a beginner who wants to earn money by writing but don’t know how to start, here is an effective strategy for you.
1. Join oDesk and apply for writing jobs.
2. Join Squidoo and create quality lenses.
3. Be a writer at iWriter.
4. Create a writing gig at Fiverr.
5. Set up a blog or site and solve a problem.
6. Scour the Internet for other earning opportunities and how to maximize your earning potential.
There’s so much money that you can earn from blogging and writing lenses in Squidoo, but IT TAKES TIME. You can earn much from the Adsense program only if you have plenty of visitors reading your blog or Squidoo lenses. It’s therefore important to expand your readership, but once again, THIS TAKES TIME. That’s where oDesk, iWriter, and Fiverr come in. There are plenty of writing jobs and projects in oDesk that you can easily have. So while working on driving traffic to your blog and Squidoo lenses, take some writing jobs in oDesk. Read this to know how to create an effective cover letter for your oDesk clients.
What You Need to Get Started
So now that you have an idea of what it’s like to earn online by writing, you must be filled with hope and excitement. Let me tell you, that’s a good thing.
But first, prepare what you need so you can start writing and earning.
1. Paypal account
Paypal is the Internet’s most trusted and most popular e-commerce payment system. That means almost all your transactions — including payment and withdrawal of your fees — will be done via Paypal. Squidoo pays you via Paypal, oDesk allows you to withdraw your earnings through Paypal, and other clients prefer to send their payment via Paypal.
So if you don’t have an account with Paypal, get one now.
2. Savings account
With oDesk, if you don’t have a Paypal account, it is possible to withdraw your earnings through bank transfer. So all you have to do is to have a savings account.
Also, your earnings deposited to Paypal can be withdrawn via your savings account.
That’s it. You’re ready to start.
Wait a minute, did I just say you’re ready to start? How about a laptop or a desktop computer, Internet connection, books…?
Trust me, having your own laptop is good, but you can always go to the nearest Internet cafe to do your thing. So, YES, you are absolutely ready to start.
Good luck, and happy earning!