Do you like to write in your journal or your diary? Did you have good grades in your essay writing in high school or college? Do you sometimes put your thoughts into writing?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably have a knack for writing jobs. Turn that creativity juice into a monetary outlet by becoming a freelance writer.
What is freelance writing?
Freelance writing is getting paid for writing in different publications, magazines, or websites without being employed full-time but, rather, working independently.
Freelance writers can work from home, any day and anytime they want as long as you deliver the project within the deadline.
Is there a vast opportunity in writing?
There are over 1.7 Billion websites as of this writing. Of these, less than 200 Million are active.
Because there has been a pandemic and people can’t go to work, some businesses have also permanently shut down, digital space is growing even more.
This means that businesses and also some people turned to build their own websites to start a business online.
The majority of websites need blog content and so they need writers.
I’ve also searched in Google trends and it shows that the demand for “freelance writer” and “writing jobs” is consistent.
How much does a freelance writer make?
An average freelancer writer makes $10k a year, works 20 hours a week or less.
The most common projects of an average writer are blog posts, magazines, articles, copywriting, and proofreading.
Top tier freelance writer makes $40k a year, works at least 30 hours a week and they already have 5 years of experience (based on 2017 data).
These highest-earning full-time writers now earn $76 per hour (2019 data).
44% said they write primarily for (digital) online markets.
The most common projects of a top tier writer are copywriting and editing.
What are the types of writing jobs?
- Article/Feature writing – magazines, newspapers, websites,
- Copy/Content writing – Advertising copy
- Website content
- Blog posts
- Press releases
- White papers
- In-house publications (such as ebooks, or the custom magazine publications we mentioned above) – the easier path to high rates
4. Social Media Content Creation
Blogging is a faster track to good pay than articles. Long posts pay better and faster.
How much do different writing jobs pay?
Based on Flexijobs.com here’s the average salary of these types of writers.
- Copywriting – $60,296 (average annual salary)
- Content Writing – $48,729 (average annual salary)
- Technical Writing – $71,850 (median annual salary)
- Grant Writing – $53,800 (average annual salary)
- Ghost Writing – $45.19 9 (hourly rate)
- Medical Writing – $80,552 (average annual salary)
Below are the writing job salaries in the Philippines.
- Copywriter – ₱93k – ₱669k
- Content Writer – ₱12k – ₱408k
- Technical Writer – ₱12k – ₱530k
- Editor – ₱25k – ₱740k
- Research Associate – ₱97k – ₱508k
According to Payscale.com, the average hourly rate of writers in the Philippines is ₱154.53, or ₱207,261 average annual salary. This does not include bonuses depending on how generous your client is.
Your pay would, of course, depend on your expertise and experience.
What are the skills needed to become a writer?
To become a good writer, first, you have to be a good researcher so that you can do the following:
- Get a clear picture of your topic
- Find ideas and inspiration
- Gather facts, data, and useful information
- Have a deeper or wider understanding of the topic
Aside from being a good researcher, you should also know how to edit or proofread. Although some clients also have a different freelancer to be the editor, it’s a plus factor for you so you can charge a higher rate.
If you’re a newbie in writing, you’re probably one who worries a lot about grammatical errors and punctuations.
Fret no more because there is an app called Grammarly that has been very helpful to me whenever I write my blog posts. Just install a Google Chrome browser extension and it will automatically correct your grammar and punctuation mistakes. Isn’t that cool? But what’s even cooler is that it’s free. Go ahead and can try it here.
How do I get a writing job if I don't have experience?
This is the most frequently asked question in online freelancing especially for those who are inexperienced in the freelancing industry.
Though you don’t have experience in paid writing, you probably do have experience in your previous corporate jobs. You can use those as your sample works.
You can also compose an article based on any topic that you like. It’s better if you write a topic that is similar to the type of writing job or niche you want to pursue.
For example, you want to write about the health and wellness industry, write an article that is related to that, let’s say, “How to Have a Lean and Tone Muscles in Than 30 Days or Less”. I would suggest that you pursue a niche that you are more comfortable in writing. Because if you write about a niche that you like, your ideas will just flow easily. Also, it would be easier and more fun to write.
If you can write as frequently as you can because consistent practice will significantly improve your skill.
Then compile your best pieces and put them in your portfolio so you have something to show to your prospective clients. You can also save them in Google Drive so you can easily share your project with clients by sending them the link to your portfolio.
Where do I look for clients?
There are a lot of freelancing sites these days but for exclusive writers only, below are where you can create your profile.
FlexJobs – though this is not exclusive for writers, there are plenty of writing jobs here.
LinkedIn is also a great platform to look for clients because it’s a social media site that is dedicated not to post your relationship status or personal life. It’s a platform for business to business (B2B) or business to customer (B2C). In short, it’s for professionals, CEOs, executives, businesses, agencies and these are potential sources of job opportunities.
I hope I was able to answer your burning questions about writing jobs and how to become a freelance writer.
There will always be a growing list of online businesses or websites and so writing jobs will continue to rise. Develop this skill, be prepared, so you’re always ready to take on great opportunities to have a successful writing career.