Freelance Writing Jobs From Home

By Ray Alexander

Whether it is your dream to become a professional writer in the future or you just want to contribute your article to make some extra income here and there, freelance writing jobs from home will give you all the flexibility you need.

I have paid some freelancers to write articles for me, and I’ve also been paid to write for other people in the past. I know my writing style is far from perfect and I get too apprehensive about writing unless I’m absolutely confident in the topic that I write about. Likewise, my heart sinks if a piece of written work that I paid for turns out to be unusable because of low or no quality content. But that’s not totally a bad thing - I can learn from someone else’s lousy writing and be tougher on myself.

Freelance Writing Jobs From Home

Depending on the niche or topic that you’re writing, it can be really hard sometimes to provide a ‘quality’ article. You are requested to write about a specific subject, you think you can write, so take the order and start researching, only to find out that the subject is a lot deeper and more complicated than you initially expected it to be. Your time is running out… But you know, submit an article that’s less than satisfactory and you can wreck your reputation.

To Build Reputation and Confidence

If you're providing writing service for the first time and want to build a reputation and your confidence, then start by offering the cheapest rate. Some clients merely ask for an information package; it doesn’t matter how well it’s written. Some are happy as long as the content is original and grammatically okay. Whatever purpose they need your article for, understandably these clients are not prepared to pay much.

If you offer your service for the lowest rate, i.e. a cent per word or even less, these clients are fairly happy to get what they pay for. And if you are a fast writer, you can serve as many clients, not only to get paid at a quick pace but also to receive as many positive feedbacks quickly. That is possible. But then of course, quantity over quality is the last kind of thing you want to provide - you'll gain no sustainability or integrity in your writing career that way.

Time Management

It’s ridiculously important to set your writing schedule and finish well before the deadline. That’s including the time to research, to write and to finish - the time it takes, and also the time of day.

Time Management

Not so much of a problem if you only have one writing job at a time. But when you have several orders from different clients, you don’t want to leave any of your article delivery until the last minute before the deadline. Especially the clients are from different countries, because of the time differences.

Soon after the delivery, they will likely to come back to you. Your client might ask you for a revision, request to correct errors or clarify some part of the content. You want to be available when they do, and respond reasonably swiftly. If you don’t think you’ll be able to, you can message the client to say, “Here is your article. I’ll be unavailable for approximately 7 hours from now on, but will respond as quickly as I can.”

You should consider all that - from start to finish of each writing job, set a schedule and stick to it so that you won't lose track any of your clients' orders. Freelance writing jobs from home can give you freedom of flexible hours. But it's actually actual work schedule based on the number and urgency of client orders which requires you to be flexible!

Read Also: Make Money by Writing a Blog

How Much Should I Charge?

I mentioned about charging the lowest rate for your article writing earlier on, but that’s only if you’re not confident with your skills just yet, or if you consider the beginning as a test period. You can charge more, and you can change as much as you want. Only you can determine how much you wish to receive by checking;

  • What the standard rates are - The “standard rates” vary based on the type of articles, topics or kind of clients (e.g. individual webmasters, corporate publishers). You can find them out by checking what other similar writers are charging.
  • How much you need - The minimum charge that you would accept, after figuring out what your weekly/monthly expenses including all the bill payments are, how long it takes you to write one article, and how much time you want to spend each day for work.

These two factors can help you to set your financial goal. For example;

  • Other writers seem to charge $45 - $100 per similar 500-word article that I write.
  • I need to earn at least $800 per week.
  • I don’t want to work more than 5 hours a day. (i.e., 20-25 hours per week max.)
  • I can write 2 articles per day. 3 if I push myself. (i.e., 10-12 articles per week.)

Then you can form the idea like this;

  • If I charge $80 per article x 2 per day x 5 days a week = $800 per week.
  • If I’m very ambitious and write 15 articles per week but charge less, say $60 per article. 15 articles x $60 = $900.

And don't forget, this scenario is only based on the idea that the demands are always there. It's never the case. Start advertising your service today and it may be weeks before you receive your first order. For that reason you may have to charge a lot less in the beginning, but at least you set your goal this way. You'll work around your goal, learn to handle the schedule and scale up your business this way in due course.

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Where Can I Sell My Work?

Here are some of the services that you can sign up with as a writer and start contributing your work upon approval.

Writer Access

Writer Access will pay by the word, ranging from 2 cents up to $2 per word, depending on the quality of your work and your feedback ratings.

Fiverr

Great to start off with Fiverr, though it's very competitive. Fiverr takes 20% of your fee.

Constant-Content

Many professional/semi-professional writers are registered with Constant-Content, it takes 35% of your fee.

Compose.ly

Compose.ly doesn't specify how much the standard charge is, but it charges customers approximately $65 per up to 500-word article. 

Express Writers

Express Writers offers its clients variety of contents, including long (1,500-word) article, email sequence, product description (100-250 words), social media posts, etc. How much transaction fee is deducted from you is unknown but it may be worth trying for you to start with.

Ghost Blog Writers

With ghostblogwriters.com, you are promised a guaranteed payment each month because the clients are in contract with the company. But how much you can make is unknown.

Freelancer.com

When advertising at Freelancer.com, you specify how much you want to get paid per hour regardless of the length of the article.

iWriter.com

Another good place but it's not accepting new writer applications right now.

How Can I Prove That I'm A Good Writer?

Portfolio

So there are many services which provide freelance writing jobs from home. Great opportunities for you to write and get paid. But at least at the beginning of your career as a writer, you need to appeal that you are a decent writer. Most of the services mentioned above require you to submit a sample article or two to review your application. Even so, how do they know that the sample article you've submitted is actually written by you? It takes time for anyone to trust you - just like every other circumstance in life!

There's a better way - in fact the best way to prove your excellent writing skills instantly; have your own portfolio website.

Your website can be about any theme. Your hobby, your career, or even about writing itself. The main thing is you have an "about me" page, so that anyone who views that page will know who you are and your writing style. And regularly publish your blog whenever you have a spare time.

Blogging Skills And SEO Knowledge

When I say 'your own website', I don't mean just a free blogging platform. I mean, build your website with your own domain name, e.g. johnsmith.com. It will add an extra credibility to your career as a writer. It will allow you to;

  • Make yourself instantly recognizable as a proficient writer, like I just mentioned.
  • By learning SEO knowledge, you can get your web pages ranked high in Google, i.e. more freelance writing jobs from home opportunities!
  • By learning other techniques such as how to display images in your site, you can get more money. (Some of the services I've mentioned earlier will pay you more if you know how to use images.)
  • And last but not least - you can monetize your own site by placing affiliate links. Recommend some products (e.g. books from Amazon) and receive a commission every time your reader makes a purchase.

Create Your OWN Website For FREE

So here's a great deal that you can enjoy. Create your own WordPress website in the next few minutes. You'll see there's no technical skill required just to create a site. And you can take the first 10 basic training lessons for absolutely free.

You can stay free forever, but a premium option is also available for $49 per month (or $30 p/m if paid yearly in advance), which will allow you to learn a lot more; about SEO (search engine optimization) and how you can improve your money-making site with better affiliate marketing methods. The decision is entirely up to you but it will definitely boost your profile.

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Ray Alexander

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  1. Do you know somebody who can teach English to me?
    I want to write for job because I can write in Spanish but not in English right now.
    Do you know if they can teach when I write, to get paid the same time?

    1. Hi Reinaldo, I’m afraid I don’t know. You can start a bilingual website if you want. Or how about start blogging about your English learning quest? You won’t get paid for it but you can certainly practice and enjoy at the same time. Sorry I can’t help you much, but good luck!

  2. Good advice thanks. I have a very bad internet connection right now I can only write on my smartphone right now. When my computer is fixed Ill do anything to get my writing job started. I need extra money and this is the best way for me I believe.

  3. This is a very good step by step site. I can learn a lot of things about writing jobs.
    I think time management is most important because when I work from home I get distracted by my family, phone calls from my friends and all the media including tv.
    To concentrate I have to lock myself in my room and focus on writing.
    Thank you for your advice. It’s a great site.

    1. Hi Mostak, thanks for sharing your thoughts, yes we need to be a little strict in terms of shutting out all the distracting factors. Thanks for your comment, I wish you all the best!

  4. Hi, you provide good advice to new writers. I am not looking to become a writer but I’m actually looking for someone to write for me full time. But currently my budget is so low and I wonder how I can find someone who can dedicate their time for my music publication. Any advice? Thanks

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. I think Fiverr is the best place if you’re on a low budget, though you tend to get what you pay for. I have used the service for my email marketing purpose in the past and I found 5 x very reliable people, all from the States, and a couple of regular contributors also reliable from the UK. But I paid a lot more than a fiver. Especially for specialties such as music-related articles, I guess it could cost you more…

  5. It can be a lot of hard work to keep a freelance job going especially when you are an article writer. The job availability fluctuates from month to month and you can never predict the level of income.

    I would advise you to have plenty of savings before you start it, or keep your current job on a part time basis. All the best and God bless you.

    1. Hi Kenneth, thank you for the tip, you’re absolutely right, you don’t want to be penniless by relying on your brand new business that’s not established. I appreciate your advice!

  6. I recommend Fiverr. I have tried some others in your list like Constant Content and Writers Access and some more. I’ve had enough of the problems. They keep asking the same question then never respond afterwards or the approval process is far too long. And when I was approved there was no job. For the first timers Fiverr is the best place.

    1. Hi, thanks for sharing your experience. Some services seem to be toughening up their approval process to avoid some time wasters, which makes it even more difficult for semi-professional writers like you to deal with them. As you say, Fiverr is perhaps the handiest option out there. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

  7. Thanks for the compelling article, I can learn a lot from it. I’m hoping to get a job as a ghostwriter and work from home. Your article is useful. I’ve bookmarked it. Cheers.

  8. Good information is here. You have a great website. If you need any freelance writer I am available 7 days a week, please contact me on

  9. Hi, it’s a very good review. It was extremely interesting for me to know that there are options to write articles to get paid. I often see what kind of online business options are out there but writing job is normally blog writing and I thought it was too much hard work for me to do.
    It is good to learn for me. Thanks.

  10. Hi Ray, very informative article. I’ve been thinking about setting up my article writing business for a while. I didn’t even know there were so many companies who can help writers. Once I get settled I definitely try some of those. Thanks for your post. Zak

    1. Hi Zak, sounds like a perfect opportunity for you. I remember you said in the past that you loved writing but were not keen on blogging? Let me know if your article’s been published, I can do a link to that page. Thanks for your comment!

  11. Useful information, Ray. Thanks! How long do you think it will take before someone new to make it as a full time income?

    1. Hi Kurt, it all depends on the volume of articles that you can write, how much time you can contribute, what kind of article, how much you charge for each article… Are you looking to start up?

  12. Thank you for the good advice. I have tried many platforms to publish my own blogs like Blogger and Medium but have never made money from it. It was never more than a hobby. Now I want to monetize my skill and this is exactly what I’ve been thinking of.

    I will try the list of services one by one. Thank you.

  13. I will be more than happy if I can keep a freelance writing job continuously.
    The problem is it’s very competitive and I advertise my job on Fiverr but
    I only receive an order once every blue moon.
    Maybe I should try more sites. Your information is noted. Thanks.

    1. Hi Goa, yes it’s good to sign up with other platforms, and also perhaps you can lower the charge and build up the number of positive reviews on Fiverr. I wish you the best of luck. If you need any help let me know at any time 🙂

  14. Hi Ray, I find it very interesting. Because I love writing but cannot blog. I’ve tried for so long but just cannot find myself settled with my own site and constantly publish articles. I rather feel stressed about it. So why not selling my writing skills elsewhere instead? I didn’t know there were so many sites offering such services. They seem to provide perfect opportunities for me. Will try giving it a go. Thanks Ray!

    1. Hi Ben, that sounds like a perfect idea for you. Blogging can take up a lot of your time and energy to update on a regular basis, and you need to keep writing on the same niche. If you work as a freelance writer you can be much more flexible by using your own good time and it allows you to write a variety of topics too. I wish you the best of luck! Let me know how you get on. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it.

  15. Hi I’m looking for a freelance writer who can work for us for a fixed term. It involves publications and a little bit of designing. Is there any way you can find someone at your end?

  16. I find it interesting. I am looking to experiment with my writing skills. This is a very good guide for someone like me who doesn’t know where to start. I have a few friends in my class who wish to go freelance as a writer. Will let them know. Thanks.

  17. Hi, great insights. I am disabled I cannot commute to work. One of very few ways for me to work to make actual income is from online, and I do like writing submitting posts across social media. Then why not I should try all the options that you listed.Thanks

    1. Hi Myleston, perfect idea. I know many disabled people or people who are unable to go to work for various reasons that are making a success with a writing job from home. I thoroughly recommend it to you. Any questions don’t hesitate to ask at any time. Thanks for your comment.

  18. Hi, great suggestion. I am up for the job. I will start with a ghost writing experience and charge lower rate then see what happens in the future. Thank you. Marisa

  19. These are great and helpful findings in this page; thanking you for listing up the options. It looks like Fiverr is the place I should try out in the beginning. I have had some positive comments about my writing skills but only from a small circle of friends. I really want to make it as a daytime job. Your post is inspiring and encouraging. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to seriously consider writing as a career.

    1. Hi Henry, that’s so great to hear that. It’s fairly easy to advertise on Fiverr (if you need help, just let me know), I wish you the best of luck with great success! Thanks for your comment – let me know how you get on!

  20. Hi, thank you for your information. I was just searching for ways to build a career as a writer. It all makes sense to start by writing articles for other people. Ghost writing or using my own name, whichever comes first I’ll take the opportunity.

  21. Hi Ray, thank you for your post, very encouraging.
    I am learning how to write articles and I am not there yet. In the future I would love to become a freelance writer. I have been reading lots and writing some posts. I need a platform to practice.

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