The search for freelance writing jobs began some years back when I discovered there’s money to make online. While I was working as an entrepreneur, I was eager to confirm the authenticity of making money online.
Unfortunately, most-desired platforms with ample writing jobs don’t accept writers from my region – West Africa. Some sites with content writing jobs want you to submit your CV, passed their test, and also provide writing samples. Seriously, any newbie confronted with these requests can quickly get frustrated. Yet, I wasn’t discouraged; I kept pressing on.
Other websites that allow instant approval doesn’t have job requests in their marketplace or demands a significant portfolio to attract clients. Where on earth will a newbie writer get portfolio from when no one is giving out a trial?
However, passing through the dark tunnel may be tough, light is sure at the end. With persistence, you can get clients who are ready to give a beginner like you a trial.
I got that opportunity with a content mill site in March 2018, and I was super happy.
Professional writers go against writing for content mills because of low pay and tight deadline. That’s true but don’t neglect the advantages of getting writing jobs with content mills either. These include:
- Improves research skills
- Helps you gain experience
- Boosts your writing speed
- Stream of steady income
- Versatile writing in a variety of niches
So, for a beginner who desires these advantages, a content mill is where to start. If not, it may take you a lot of time to understand how things work. That’s why most content mills have expert levels; once you improve, you’ll move to the next level.
Writing for content mills will help you discover yourself in a lot of ways. It’ll even show you powerful writing tools to get the best out of your writing career.
Let’s head to the list, and the #1 is where I started as a writer
1. CONTENT MILLS
iWriter is a content mill website with a bunch of writing jobs from the Standard to Elite Plus level. You can get frustrated in the beginning when you see thirty available writing requests on the job board, and 75% of the writing jobs have less than 50% approval rate.
Only about 5% of the available jobs have more than 80% approval rate, which is the ideal if you don’t want to face consistent rejection. Consistent rejection will lead to your account termination.
Once you can escape to the next level, the stress reduces, but the third level is where you want to be – Elite level. The pay at this level is better compared to the initial two stages. Rejection level is low, and clients are ready to work with you for a long time if they like your writing style.
Today, I have clients I’m writing for, so I don’t have to look for writing jobs on the content mills anymore. Nevertheless, it’s the right place for you to start as a beginner.
Back then, in 2018, iWriter allows you to sign up and start writing content immediately. You only need to score 13/15 of the English objective test.
Today, you’ll need to write 200 words about yourself and why you want to write for iWriter. Also, another 200 words article to proof your writing skills which will determine your level if picked. Sign up with iWriter to get on the content writing jobs industry.
Other content mills similar to iWriter, which I’ve not personally used but recommended by blogger friends include:
Fiverr is known as a $5 gig job board – not anymore today. The marketplace host freelance works from graphics design, podcasting, writing jobs, web design, marketing, etc. Interestingly, you can make as much as you want on any writing jobs request.
While this piece centers around freelance writing jobs, you can take advantage of Fiverr to offer other freelance professions you have.
To succeed on Fiverr, after creating an account, search for “freelance writers.” Use the profiles of the top writers in the result page to craft out a professional-looking profile for yourself.
That’s not all; you need to market yourself to get discovered. Post a link of your Fiverr profile on your social media profiles, forums, groups, etc. Hence, you can begin to take different clients’ order.
Upwork is another excellent marketplace with different category of job boards. I’ve used the freelance marketplace in the past, but it has a downside now.
Unlike a year ago when you can register with your email account, it doesn’t work that way anymore. Contemporarily, you’ll need a corporate (work) email like email@example.com to register. If you’re running a blog or website, creating work email shouldn’t be difficult for you to do. Once your email is ready, head over to Upwork and sign up.
After registration, create your profile following the same strategy in Fiverr profile creation. After that, submit your profile for review which will be done in less than a few hours.
Upon acceptance, go to the job board to look for available writing jobs. Place bids on selected jobs and wait for the client to get back to you.
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3. Freelance Writing Service
This is the best out of all where you’ll have full control of your writing works. When you offer freelance writing service on your own, you can work at a time convenient for you. More so, you’ll get paid what you worth for the writing jobs.
To be candid, it’s not easy to start on your own without prior experience. Hence, the need to start with content mills or freelance marketplace to acquire expertise in the field. Once you have gained some experience, you’re good to start on your own.
Before you start, here are a few things you must do:
Note, all works you’ve done on the content mills, and freelance marketplace are ghostwriting, no credit for it. To win a client for writing jobs, you must have samples of past works. You have two ways to go about it:
First, start with guest posts to get your name out there on the internet. Search Google with the keywords, “write for us,” and you’ll see several blogs who want a guest post. Follow their pitch instruction and wait for a response. In no time, you’ll see one or two blogs that will accept you.
Secondly, start a blog in a niche you have passion for. With this, you’ll be able to have your writing samples online for prospective clients to see.
Create a Portfolio
Create an attention-grabbing portfolio website. Have no idea how to start? You can start without spending a cent by using blogger or Google document.
On your portfolio, you must include the followings:
- A short story about yourself
- Show your writing samples
- Displays clients’ testimonials. Get testimonials from guest posts you have written.
- Lastly, end it with a call to action (CTA)
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This is where the real job begins. Use Google to search for businesses in your writing niche. Check their websites if there’s a need for optimization.
Another significant area is the business’ blog; websites whose blog haven’t been updated in a long time, and those without a blog are your target. Get the information of the contact person from the website or use the contact form to pitch them.
Do it consistently, the result may not come immediately, but you’ll get responses as time goes on. Once you have that one client, ask him/her to refer you in the future. Before you know it, you’ll begin to have consistent jobs daily.
As a beginner who needs the experience to acquire writing jobs, content mills is an excellent place to start. And, as soon as you have the expertise required to earn money writing; start with guest posts, create your portfolio, and start pitching businesses. That’s it!
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