Freelancing for Extra Income

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.”

Get ready…

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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Go!

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:

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.

Caution

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

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  2. Lisa Tessman says

    I am newly researching the potential of Christian freelance writing. I am also very excited about the possibilities of ministering to and encouraging others through writing.

  3. Aline Poe says

    I have written a few short articles and I love to write. I would like more information about you, and your advice of how to go about submitting them.

    • CWGadmin says

      For nearly fifty years, the Christian Writers Guild has been coaching writers to get published. Learn about our courses, conference, critique service, and annual fiction contest at http://www.ChristianWritersGuild.com. The best place to learn about publications potentially interested in your articles — and how to submit to them — is the annual edition of the “Christian Writer’s Market Guide.”

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