Is it possible to make money as a freelance writer? Yes!
Jen Schmidt (www.beautyandbedlam.com), a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer, says, “It takes perseverance, diligence and the willingness to overcome obstacles, but it’s worth it.”
How much time you can devote to freelance writing? Factor in real life. If you have limited time after your children go to bed or while they’re at school, create a space, block out the time, and protect it.
Invite your family’s involvement. When I started my freelance career, I shared my goals and my first publications with my children. They became my cheerleaders! They made a valiant effort to give me the space I needed, interrupting my office hours only when necessary.
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Next, explore opportunities. Freelance work can include blogging for nonprofits or organizations, contract work for publishers, articles for magazines, telecommuting, collaborating, editing, or proof reading. Check into writing devotionals, articles of all kinds, newsletters and ezines, and on the Web.
And consider local opportunities. Many businesses need help with pamphlet and brochure writing, annual report writing, and public relations work. Determine your fees and the parameters of your services. Draw up a contract (samples available online).
You may need to take time to develop your writing and learn the professional side of submitting your work. In six lessons, over four months, the CWG Writing Essentials course will give you the professional edge publishers look for.
There are many avenues open to freelancers. The latest edition of Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers’ Market Guide lists the paying markets.
Sites to start with:
- Christian Work at Home Moms – www.cwahm.com
- Demand Studios – www.DemandStudios.com
- Elance – www.elance.com
- Media Bistro – www.MediaBistro.com
Jill Hart, owner of Christian Work at Home Moms (a work-at-home mom herself) lists daily job opportunities on her site with links to jobs and details (www.cwahm.com/wordpress/telecommuting-jobs-listings). She also offers articles and encouragement to work-at-home moms.
Watch for red flags. If they ask for money or promise you’ll be paid after a certain number of hits or work engagements, or if payment terms are vague, walk away. Legitimate employers offer clear cut terms in advance about the contract, project, and payment.
T. Suzanne Eller is a mentor with CWG, a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, and the author of five books and hundreds of articles. Suzie loves writing in the comfort of her home. www.tsuzanneeller.com