If you have a general knack for writing, you might be able to make some money at it to pay for college. This may not be the standard college job, but it can definitely pay for your bills if you explore the idea of it long enough. You can actually make more money from this kind of job than you would work at a restaurant or retail store in your area. You might as well take up the opportunity if you can. Here is a quick look at freelance writing so you can see if it is “write” for you.
What Is Freelance Writing?
Freelance writing involves writing content for web developers and internet marketers to use online. The content may be used for the pages on a website or for marketing articles to draw traffic to a site. You may not always know where your work goes as a freelance writer, but what you can figure out quickly is that you can earn a lot of money at it with minimal work. As long as you can write English in a fairly coherent manner, you can make money writing online.
The Difference between Web Writing and College Writing
Writing for the web is a lot different than essay writing for college. When you write for the web, you have to worry about search engines and your audience at the same time. A client of yours may give you a keyword to use a certain amount of times in an article, and then you will have to find a way to work that keyword into your writing. I do this all the time in my blog posts, but you probably don’t notice it because I know how to blend the keywords in. This is something that you will learn how to do over time.
By inserting keywords into your writing, you allow search engines to pick up on your article and potentially bring it up when someone looks for something. For instance, if someone looks up “how to become a probation officer” in a search engine, they may find the article I just linked in this post. That is because that article includes that keyphrase in it, just like this article includes the phrase “freelance writer” and “freelance writing.” Get it?
Typical Freelance Writing Assignments
Every job you get as a freelance essay writer is going to be a little different, but most of them follow the same basic guidelines. You will get an assignment from a client requesting a certain style of the article with a certain word count, i.e. a 500-word blog post. You may get a topic for the article, or you may just get a keyword and a suggestion for a number of times you should use the word in the article. You may also get a set of articles to do, with a set of instructions to abide by for the pack. Whatever the case may be, you will draft the article in Microsoft Word (or a similar program) and then email it to the client for review. It’s as simple as that.
How Much Money Will You Make Freelance Writing?
The amount of money you make is solely going to be based on the kinds of jobs you can get and the clients you work for. Some will pay by the hour, and others will pay by the article. I am very fast at my job, so I typically work on fixed priced jobs because I earn more money that way. Some people write slowly though, so they work better with hourly jobs that will still pay for their lacking production.
I make between $6,000 and $8,000 a month as a full-time writer online, and I have been doing this for just under three years now. Not to toot my own horn, but I am very good at my job. Thus I make a lot more money than others in my profession. When I first started this job though, I made roughly $1,500 a month working part time while I was in college. You could probably do the same or better if you found the right people to work with.