Planning to make a million dollars freelancing this year? I’m not saying it can’t be done, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.
Freelance writing provides the author rewarding career options and prospects, even for the novice writer among us. Between private clients, content mills and residual earning websites, the opportunities for money making on the front end and back end of each piece is astounding.
For many new writers, there is an allure attached to residual earning opportunities. Who wouldn’t want to put up a piece and have it earn money 24/7? The trick is, remembering that any time of residual income requires time to build upon before you can rake in those massive payouts. If you are a wet behind the ears freelancer, prospects abound, but don’t genuinely become profitable until you have proven yourself in the realm of online publishing by gaining readership. For you, I have some sage advice.
Keep Your Writing Rights
When you can, maintain exclusive rights to your content. When you hold the rights to your content, giving the publisher display only rights, you can re-use the same piece, as appropriate, down the line. Granted, keeping rights to any article reduces the amount of any upfront payment, but gives you more freedom to make money on the back end of the article on residual earnings sites, as you can post it in more than one location.
Content Mills are Great Filler
Writing for residual earning websites is not going to make you rich overnight. In fact, the earnings from page view earnings within the first two years will be similar to change you find in your couch cushions. In these cases, find some content mills and pick up some extra assignments. Demand Studios is a excellent resource for moderately talented writers, in addition to Constant Content. The primary difference between the two mills, is that Demand Studios requires writers to be published already and maintain a portfolio and resume for consideration. Constant Content, on the other hand, is a better platform for new writers; anyone can sign up and submit content, portfolio or none.
Constant Content is Surprising
Constant Content is just that. The website is dedicated to assisting web masters provide fresh ideas to put on their site and market products and services. Most articles pay $30 to $40 upon selection, and if your article is not selected for a particular assignment, you can choose to leave the article in place for future purchase by another webmaster. Pennies from heaven? I think so. You never know when something will hit, and become bonus money.
Spend Time Marketing for Residual Websites
You can spend time writing thousands of enthusiastic pieces, yet maintain a near zero readership. Why is this? A few reasons actually. Good content is revalent, evergreen, and marketed correctly to the right websites. Ideally, you are going to spend at least 2 hours a day doing nothing but marketing your work by promoting on social media outlets, sending emails, bookmarking and blogging. So don’t think it’s all about the writing when it comes to freelancing. It isn’t. It takes a little technology prowess, sprinkled in with a natural flair, an excellent writer’s tool box and no shortage of ideas. If you have all of those things, I look forward to reading more of your work! Happy writing.