The world of freelance writing is massive. Anywhere you see writing, there’s likely somebody paying for it. That’s why everybody who wants to make a living writing should first understand all the options available to them. Read this post first to learn not only what those options are, but also for tips on how to get started in each
Example Freelancer Sites
Primary Contacts (who you should be marketing to)
Marketing Managers (also VPs, Chief Marketing Officers, Directors of Marketing)
Content Marketing Managers
CEO’s (smaller companies)
Where to Find Work
Freelance Writing Jobs: My favorite site for writing gigs. Their Morning Coffee newsletter is VERY good and easy to sort through quickly, so definitely sign up.
Who Pays Writers: A great site that keeps track of not only who pays writers to write, but also how much. You should be visiting them regularly. (I’m building something similar for Black publications here, so feel free to anonymously share any info you have.)
Sites You Should Have a Profile On
Skill Development Resources
Make a Living Writing: Their slogan “Practical Help for Hungry Writers” is dead on. Carol Tice has deep experience as a freelance writer and a ton of posts to help you out. Their materials on getting out of low-dollar jobs are especially good. This isn’t my world, but I’ve noticed that they’ve also got a lot of info on learning to pitch like these examples, these tips for refining your pitches, and this advice too. Also read through their general Pitch Clinic tag here.
Content Marketing Institute: Great material on content marketing all around, but materials like this (How To Write a Style Guide for Your Brand) offer lessons you can use in your business, but also sell to customers. Definitely one to subscribe to.
Content Marketing Magazine: Free print and digital magazine that is extra-useful for content strategists and even general writers who want to understand where their work fits into the big picture.
Copyblogger: Amazing site for learning how to create effective online writing. Read their e-books. Follow them on Twitter. Sign up for their newsletters.
Kapost: A LOT of resources for getting into, and growing into B2B content marketing (a very profitable niche.)
Ed Gandia’s World: If you’re looking into B2B content writing, Gandia’s site, podcast, and courses should be on your frequent-visitation list. He’s a copywriter who got going without a journalism degree or any formal training. His niche (software) is a naturally lucrative one, so keep that in mind if you start to compare yourself, but his pricing guide can be really strong inspiration to push your rates. Check out his podcast, his main site, his education site, his Twitter account, and even his advice on other sites.
Want to learn how to pitch to editors? Read this post first. Google helps a lot too. There’s a ton of info out there, so take your time and take it all in. This post from Freelance Writing Jobs is very helpful. Also, don’t forget the power of social media. Editors are often active and talk about their preferences and how to get through to them in threads kinda like this on Twitter.
Grammarly: A quick way to better writing. Even if you aren’t selling your writing skills, freelancing involves a lot of putting your writing “face” forward. Grammarly (one of my favorite tools) functions in-browser to help you clean up your writing before you send anything out. (The MS Word plug-in and Chrome extensions in particular are great.)
Hemmingway App: Crisp, clear writing should be a goal for all freelance writers. This free tool helps you get there.
National Writers Union: Contract advice, connection with other writers, and work around law and public policy to support independent writers.