Do you have a special goal you’re saving for this year? Would an extra thousand dollars make a big difference? If so, I want to show you how you can easily make an extra $1,000 this year by writing an hour or less per week.
Now that I’ve been freelance writing for several months I’ve learned the ropes of finding gigs. Most of my writing jobs are for other blogs with a couple business websites thrown in.
The writing jobs that I have pay in the range from $20-$40 per post. This depends on the frequency and the client. For example, when I first started writing for other blogs I charged $20. With each new job I’ve tried to slowly increase that amount.
For posts that require more work or research or that are one time deals I’ll charge more. However, writing for most blogs doesn’t require a whole lot of research; it just requires you sharing your life experience and other topics you’re already knowledgeable about.
If you start out and charge $20 per post you can write one post per week and earn $1,040 per year. If you charge $40 for a post you write one post every two weeks and end up with the same amount of money.
It generally takes me anywhere from 30-60 minutes to get a blog post ready depending upon whether I’m given a blog topic or have to come up with one myself and also the length of the post.
If you’re an expert in a certain field then I think you can demand more than $20 a post – it’s just going to depend who you write for.
Sound like something you want to try? Here’s what to do.
Pick a Topic You Love
I come up with the topics for almost every blog I write for which can, as imagined, be challenging at times.
However, if you’re only writing one post per week then coming up with topics shouldn’t be too hard – as long as you pick a topic that you’re passionate about.
Think about topics you could write on for days. It could be something you enjoy doing or something you’re knowledgeable about now, like what you do at your day job.
Start Your Search
The most effective way of finding jobs that I have found is to email bloggers or business owners who I want to write for and ask if they need help. (You can view my email templates for this.)
Make a list of the sites you want to write for that coincide with your chosen topic. I would recommend adding about twenty different sites to your list. You can also try your hand at writing job boards but I have found this to be a less reliable method.
Before You Email
Before you email the business owner you need to have your ducks in a row. This means having writing samples.
If you have a blog that may be sufficient. If you don’t have a blog that’s okay, too. Start by offering guest posts to a few popular blogs. Having two guest post published should be enough.
You may also want to consider putting together a writer’s website with your writing samples and an about page. Here’s how you can build a writer’s website for $18.
Send Out Those Emails
Now it’s time to go back to your list and start emailing. In my experience it takes emailing 10-20 different blog owners to get a response. However, if you’re worried that you’re going to get more jobs than you want just email a couple people at a time.
Do be aware though, that you won’t get responses to all of the emails that you send. In fact you might only get a response to one or two.
Keep It Targeted
By targeting your topic, matching your writing samples, and emailing only blog owners in this chosen criteria you’ll be well on your way to finding yourself a gig.
And, if you pick a topic you love then writing that one blog post per week can be a creative outlet in addition to an easy way to earn an extra $1,000 a year.
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