Have you always been conscientious about your grammar and spelling? Are you good at expressing your thoughts on paper in a concise and streamlined way? Are you a self-starter?
If so, freelance content writing may be a good fit for you. Freelance writing allows you to work remotely, choose your own hours and work as much (or as little) as you like.
For businesses, using freelance content writers allows you to obtain quality content for your website, blog, and/or social media pages without the expense of a full-time staff member. By using a freelancer, you can scale content production by better matching your budget to your content needs.
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How do I write freelance content?
Freelance content writing starts with finding one or more clients. You can do this in a number of ways. You can approach small businesses in your area or on the internet and offer your services.
You can also apply to be a writer with content writing companies, such as WriterAccess. These types of companies make it easy for freelancers to find work and they handle the invoicing and collections with clients. Most of these services might charge you a percentage of the amount you earn on the platform.
Online content is different from articles you read in the newspaper or magazines. Content for websites needs to be scannable in order to accommodate the notoriously-short attention span of internet users.
This means writing short, easy-to-read paragraphs with clear subtitles and bullet points or lists to define the material in the article.
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How much do content writers get paid?
Like most work, the more a freelance content writer works, the more he or she gets paid.
Content writers also get paid more based on the experience they have in addition to how challenging and demanding the projects are.
Keep in mind that freelance work (by definition) is independent work, so although you’ll still have a tax liability, you won’t have any taxes deducted from the amounts you collect for your freelance work.
Suffice to say, it’s wise to set aside money from every paycheck to cover your taxes, so you aren’t caught unaware with a bill you can’t afford when tax season comes around.
The good news for freelancers is that you can deduct costs associated with your work from your freelance income. These include things like mileage to visit clients, supplies like pens and paper, your health insurance premiums, reference materials, and training courses. Check with your tax accountant for more information on this.
Which content writing pays the most?
There are a variety of types of content writing, including blogs, articles, press releases, white papers, ebooks, and case studies.
Generally, content writers are paid by the word, so the longer the piece, the more it pays. Some projects, especially longer ones like ebooks, are paid by the project.
Skill level, expertise in an industry, and experience also affect the amount a client is willing to pay a content writer.
Is freelance writing legal?
Yes, freelance writing is a legitimate way to make a living. Some clients will only work with US or North American writers. Others are set up to pay writers working from any part of the world.
Be aware that there are a lot of scams on the internet that target freelance writers. Some involve selling worthless training materials to new freelancers, while others appear to be legitimate but fail to pay once you send an invoice, and others encourage you to write for free, promising “exposure” to a large audience.
One great way to avoid most of these hazards is to work with a reputable content company like WriterAccess. These companies handle the invoicing and money end of things, so you have more time to concentrate on writing while being assured that you’ll be paid on time.
What skills does a Content Writer need?
To be a successful content writer, you need to have a good grasp of proper grammar and spelling, as well as, be able to write succinctly and on topic.
Unlike creative writing, you don’t need to be able to craft flowery descriptions or dynamic plot lines. You just need to be able to create simple sentences that are easy to read and that communicate effectively.
The best freelance content writers are also self-starters and are able to meet deadlines without a supervisor watching over their shoulders.
Good content writers are also able to work with a variety of client personalities and carefully follow written instructions.
Lastly, it’s helpful for content writers to be able to use constructive criticism to better their work without taking the comments from editors and clients personally.
Jump-starting your freelance writing career with WriterAccess
Working with a content company like WriterAccess can make it easy to earn a living as a freelance content writer. Apply to join more than 15,000 writers who make up the WriterAccess community.
For business owners, having access to a pool of talented and pre-screened writers available eliminates the risk of hiring freelancers directly for your content needs. We invite you to take advantage of our free two-week trial. Visit us today to get started.