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I’m a full-time freelance writer and editor responsible for half of my household income. That said, it is difficult to make a decent living this way.
Don’t expect to make big bucks as a freelancer. I’ve been in the business more than 20 years and am able to cobble together a career via writing, editing, and teaching.
The good news is, freelancing can be a terrific source of supplemental income.
Start local and build
Start with your community newspaper. Big-city newspapers are a harder market, but community papers look for locally written stuff, and hyper-local websites (such as Patch.com) are growing. Email the editor with a few local story ideas and see what happens—you might be surprised.
Other great outlets for beginning freelancers are online content farms such as DemandStudios.com and Helium.com. Your local Craigslist is also a good source for writing gigs, as are MediaBistro.com and JournalismJobs.com.
Not only will you compile those all-important published samples, but you’ll also practice your craft. And you’ll put a few extra bucks in your pocket.
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Christy Scannell is a freelance editor, writer, and college journalism teacher, and a mentor for the Christian Writers Guild. For 10 years she was editorial director at Rainbow Publishers/Legacy Press, where she oversaw the acquisition and publication of Christian nonfiction books for children and teachers.