Freelance Wirting.

United States
July 14, 2011 12:00pm CST
I have been writing for some time now and am looking to get more involved into freelance writing. The problem that I am having is a place to do work. I know there are websites like elance and odesk but the problem I run into is that I do not have enough work to put into a resume. So receiving a contract is impossible. I have been writing articles for websites like textbroker but from my understanding once I sell them the article it is no longer my work. So what I was wondering was is there a site like textbroker or something similar where I can still get payed but retain rights to the work I produce to so I can use to boost my resume. Any insight into this and more on how to really get into freelance writing would be greatly appreciated.
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30 responses
14 Jul 11
The bidding sites are still one of the best ways to get started, unless you apply direct to clients. I know it sucks not having feedback or a portfolio, but you can always put something original on-site as a stand-in while you build up references. For non-PLR articles that pay, you can try the marketplaces at Helium and AC (since you're US-based, they should both work). You'll probably have to write some stuff on their revenue share model first though, which sucks. The only real alternative is Constant-Content, where you write whatever you like (or in response to public requests), set prices yourself (and different rights levels) and wait for people to buy your work. CC can be a very nice way to earn decent money. There's a discussion about starting in freelancing here: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2550972.aspx Some very nice ideas on that thread, too. Hope it helps!
• United States
14 Jul 11
Thanks I have a few pieces up on Associated Content but I am not a huge fan of the revenue sharing stuff. I've tried constant content with out much luck. I'll take a look at the thread you recommended, thanks for the information.
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14 Jul 11
CC's been nice to me: over $110 from 6 sales. Yum. If I were more creative, I'd write there a lot more - I just don't have the time, really. The public requests are a very good way to make a little cash: I sold 2 articles about "how men see women" or something for a women's magazine at $25 a pop. Took about 90 minutes to write both. That works out at over $30 an hour. If you're looking for direct opportunities, drop in on Freelance Switch's monster list: http://freelanceswitch.com/finding/monster-list-of-freelance-job-sites-2011/
@bmthepro (118)
• India
14 Jul 11
Feels nice to see discussion started by me getting referred to, newbie feelings :) . Hey spike I had a problem with cc which I will pm you hope you can help.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
14 Jul 11
You are on the right track. Before you can make a decent income as a freelance writer, you must establish your reputation. There are two ways to do this: write for article sites or start your own blog. If you chose the article writing path, then I recommend AC, or Associated Content which is part of the Yahoo Contributor Network (www.associatedcontent.com). They give you upfront payments for certain topics and they give you pay for views on all accepted articles (except fiction). Associated Content also has levels of submission - one level is the non-exclusive content level. This means that you are free to post your articles on other sites. There is also a writing place called Helium (www.helium.com). They have a five star rating system for each writer. There is fierce competition, but if you stick with it and get to the top you can build your reputation. Many people on myLot also write for Triond (www.triond.com). The problem with Triond is it is very easy to get published, so the website suffers from a low quality reputation. It is also hard to make money on Triond, unless you have some way already to bring lots of traffic to your articles. As a side note, you may want to check out http://scrawlbug.com It is a website that is run by a myLotter who is a freelance writer. His website has a lot of good information and tips on the subject.
• United States
14 Jul 11
Blogging is something I've never really looked into, I have no idea here to even begin with that. I'll have to take a look at scrawlbug, I've heard about the publication standards of Triond and am trying to stay away from that. I'll defiantly check out scrawlbug. Thanks for the info.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
14 Jul 11
Glad to be of service! Good luck with your writing adventures! :)
14 Jul 11
That's probably the scariest thing I've ever read, someone recommending a visit to my shabby little blog. But thank you!
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@bmthepro (118)
• India
14 Jul 11
I started as you mention and you know what!! without a portfolio or any feedback I got a super contract. Obviously I used some of my hubpages and other articles as work examples in my cover letter, and also I had super duper ultra mind babbling luck, but hey, this proves nothing is impossible. And after the contract ended I got rehired and also managed to get a good feedback. I have not set up my profile resume or portfolio yet but I have a good feedback and thinking of setting them up eventually. Currently working on the second contract. Go ahead give it a try, don't lose hope before you even try. Sadly the thread I made about this triumph got deleted :( . But you can read about the whole thing on the discussion spike referred to you. The site I am working on currently is odesk.
• United States
14 Jul 11
It is good to know that there still is a chance, hopefully some luck will come my way.
@bmthepro (118)
• India
14 Jul 11
All the best to you. Try hard and let luck do it's job. Don't depend on luck keep trying remember king robert or robert bruce or whatver,, ohh damn it there was a story of a guy falling and getting up, remember that story. :) Best of luck
• Indonesia
12 Mar 12
Hello bmthepro Good Job for you, this is really inspired me to try freelance job online, especially oDesk, by the way would you mind PM me how to do the job? Thank's
@dlpierce (476)
• United States
17 Jul 11
I would suggest you get a recent copy of Writer's Market. It will tell you who's buying what. It tells you where and how to sell what you write. They also have a web site, www.writersmarket.com which may be of help to you.
@dlpierce (476)
• United States
17 Jul 11
I am currently working on trying to write e-books. I bought an e-book by Mike Allred called HOW TO WRITE AND SELL YOUR OWN MONEY MAKING (HOW-TO-DO-IT BOOKS IN SIX EASY STEPS.) It's a step by step writing course for beginning writers. You may want to consider writing e-books.
@wongchoiyee (5518)
• Malaysia
16 Jul 11
You mean you want to sell your article to the site is it? I know freelancer.com You can bid and the payment is quite high. Good Luck!
• Philippines
30 Jul 11
Will the bidding require you to invest an amount of money?
• United States
16 Jul 11
I am in the same position as you. I recently quit my job and am pursuing a free-lance writing career as I am going through school. There are many sites where you can earn income writing. My favorites that have a decent pay out are Textbroker.com and the Yahoo contributor Network. Check them out. Good Luck in your writing career. Let me know how it goes.
• Philippines
30 Jul 11
I believe you are already enjoying your earnings in writing articles. This is my first time to hear about textbroker. How does the site work? Is it available for non-US residents? I'm from the Philippines. I am also interested in earning through article writing, data entry and other jobs.
@cutepenguin (6458)
• Canada
16 Jul 11
I found freelance writing work on craigslist, which worked several times - I wrote articles related to my regular job, and retained the rights to them as well. I also found jobs on freelancer.com, which paid me money that I needed badly, but I didn't get to keep the rights.
• Philippines
30 Jul 11
Craigslist? I am not so familiart with the site. Can you give me some insights on the site? Is it working like odesk?
• Japan
14 Jul 11
How about HubPages or Triond? I know the former pays more for each article. I tried out Triond once, but I only got like a penny per article I wrote. If you want to get into freelance writing, you always have to check what's in the public's attention, you know, what's hip and what's not at the time of writing.
• United States
14 Jul 11
I've never tried Triond, I have heard some bad things about it. I have an account on hub pages, but I never really got to into posting anything on there.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
14 Jul 11
You can try Associated Content. It's a Yahoo company.
• United States
14 Jul 11
I do have some of my stuff on associated content, I'm not a huge fan however of how you can only get paid for, I think its 1,000 page views. Although I do have to say it seems like a good place to start, and I can keep the rights to my stuff to use later on.
@scheng1 (24970)
• Singapore
16 Mar 12
Hi Tweek31, if you have written for Textbroker, that means you have the rating as well. You can highlight the fact that you are a writer there. If you really want to build up a portfolio, it is best that you join Yahoo Voice, formerly known as Associated Content. Your articles will be exposed to more readers, including those reporters for Reuters.
@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
17 Jul 11
This turned out to be a very helpful and good discussion with all of the good replies that you got. There are a number of sites out there to write for but not all are that dependable or pay all that much. I have one site that is very good if you do things that they request. If you want to know about it please feel free to PM me.
• China
17 Jul 11
mylot is a website that pays you for your wonderfu articles .Howvever ,The standard of the website to evaluate an article is the response ;your discussion bring about .Thus ,even though you consider one of your works a good one ,without certain numbers of responses, you can't get much money ,which i think is unfair .But that is how the world works ,right? good luck with your articles .
• Philippines
17 Jul 11
you can try triond.com you can post your articles or blogs for free and they will pay you for it.
@azharhyd (37)
• India
17 Jul 11
iam also looking for freelance jobs
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
17 Jul 11
I want to spend more time on writing too, so I can earn some extra money from internet writing sites. Actually, there were only a couple of websites that I keep on working on, but none of them are internet writing, except mylot here, I just writing sentences in informal way. I wish that I would have more time to spend on writing articles.
@stanley777 (7173)
• Philippines
17 Jul 11
The way I see it you really have a talent in article writing.I too want to be involve in writing because they say the pay was good.My problem is I don't think I have the capability as you do. There are many mylot members who are involved with some sites and they say the pay is really good.I hope they can help you decide.
@hanuma34 (821)
• India
16 Jul 11
Thank you tweek31 for starting this good discussion. A lot of lotters have come up with a substantial list of opportunities available for freelancers. I am sure this will help a lot of lotters including me looking for some opening.
@alindahaw (1219)
• Philippines
16 Jul 11
Most of the big websites do not offer bylines. The good news is that some of these companies do offer nice pay for your efforts and some of them offer both upfront payment as well as royalties. Demand Studio for instance offer a minimum of $15 per 350-500 word article and they pay twice a week. Skyword on the other hand offer upfront payment of $10 per article and 1 year royalties. At any rate, if you want a byline, your best options would be the likes of Suite101 and Associated Content.
• Indonesia
16 Jul 11
hi tweek31, I'm the freelance writer for triond and shvoong.both site is very good as the writers site that pay.both has difference.shvoong allow you to write in your local languange so it's very good start if you're not good in english.wheter triond is must in english and the site is much more creative in colourfull screen.I think you can try both site for first.
• Philippines
16 Jul 11
that would be a great part time job. there are sites that offers it, just check out.