Freelancing for Profit

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 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 and Your local Craigslist is also a good source for writing gigs, as are and

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.

React: What has been your experience as a freelance writer?

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.

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