What if you could get paid to receive free products AND you got to work from home? Many people would find that a pretty great job setup, and some actually do it by writing product reviews. If you’re curious, here are some things you should know. [Read more…]
Content mills and bidding sites such as Upwork and Elance might seem like great options to break into the world of freelance writing. After all, they offer paid work that, on paper, seems like it will eventually pay well in addition to looking great on your portfolio. Many writers hope that these mills will offer them the much-needed leg up to freelance full time, but unfortunately it’s not very likely. [Read more…]
With an uncertain economic future lurking around the corner, it appears as though everyone is trying to escape the rat race. It seems so easy for people with skills in high demand industries to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. But what about opportunities for a freelance writer?
What do you do when you know you’ve got the chops as a freelance writer, and you know the demand exists because millions of pieces of content are published to the web every day, but you just don’t know where the demand actually is? [Read more…]
Work flexibility has gone a long way in the past decade, with companies like FlexJobs leading the way. As many of you may know, we’ve been partners with them for a while now, and we believe in their mission to help workers find alternative, more convenient ways of making a living.
This year, they are celebrating their 10th anniversary, and we join them in looking back at the milestones in work flexibility – not only for freelancers in new media, design, and other niches, but also for company-employed individuals. [Read more…]
Working as a freelance writer sometimes means writing extensively on topics you have little passion for, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, many writers have parlayed a special talent or interest into a nice stream of income. This kind of transformation is ideal for individuals like musicians who work part-time writing about the industry, for athletes, and for people who love cooking or baking.
If you’ve got a knack for kitchen experiments or if you have discerning taste buds, there may be a writing career in it for you. Here are a few ways you can break into food writing by taking advantage of the culinary skills you already have. [Read more…]
How much have you put into your freelance writing career? How much money have you invested? Have you eaten into your savings? Do you have existing mortgages and loans?
While many freelance writers are not in dire straits, the possibility of facing bankruptcy is something to think about – especially if you have put invested financially in your business. Additionally, you want to have a financial cushion in case unexpected expenses arise. Freelancer or not, having a rainy day fund is always a good idea.
If you already have more than enough work on your plate, then you can file away the following ideas to make more money freelancing for when you need more work. If you think you can handle a bit more – or you actually really need more – then consider the following jobs to make more money freelancing.
Closed captioning still involves writing, but the most important thing in this line of work is speed and accuracy. It involves the captioner watching and listening to a video – it can be TV or a movie – and writing down what’s being said. The result of your work are the subtitles you see when watching a TV show or movie.
If you have an amazing typing speed (say 200+ wpm), you may want to consider closed captioning as it pays really well.
Here’s a good resource on where to find closed captioning jobs.
Transcribing is similar to closed captioning but is more focused on audio files. Transcriptionists are in high demand these days. You probably already know all about medical transcription jobs as they are the most popular. Other business professionals and companies hire transcriptionists on a regular basis as well. Just like closed captioning, you turn audio into written form and typing speed and accuracy are of utmost importance.
Search for transcription jobs here.
Mystery shopping is one of the best ways to earn a little cash on the side. It may not make you rich, but it does have its perks.
The idea is for you to visit an establishment and evaluate it without the owner/workers being aware. Before you can work as a mystery shopper, usually you will need to go through a rigorous screening process. Mystery shopping companies want to receive feedback that’s as accurate as possible, and they want to ensure that their shoppers are discerning and reliable.
You can even use mystery shopping as a way to earn money while you’re on vacation! Read this article for more tips on this topic.
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language)
While not all freelance writers have experience teaching English, I think we can all agree that we have a firm grasp of the language. With this qualification, it is relatively easy to find remote work as an ESL teacher.
There is the valid argument that while one may be a good writer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he can be a good teacher. That is true, but I know for a fact that teaching skills can be learned relatively easily. A solid understanding of the language and firm grasp of grammar, however, is built on years of learning and experience. If you’re patient enough, even without a lot of teaching experience, you can help foreign language speakers learn English.
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All kidding aside, LolWot may very well be the solution to remove a huge degree of uncertainty in your freelance writing career.
Uncertainty in terms of work and income is one of the biggest issues freelancers face. That is why we’ve talked about topics like getting new gigs even if you already have existing clients.
That’s where LolWot comes in handy.
LolWot is a promising new platform for freelance writers of all sorts. Now, you may be shaking your head thinking that it’s “just another of those content mills that pays pennies”.
Not exactly. Nor do you have to rely on page views and ads to make money.
More than adding a new stream of income, the platform can also serve as your online portfolio.
Let’s see how it works, shall we?
The How and the Why
Getting started is simple. You only have to visit the LolWot page and sign in with Facebook. You don’t have to worry about the service publishing posts on your Facebook wall without your knowledge, though.
But why should you even consider joining LolWot? Because it really does have interesting terms for freelance writers.
- Registration is free. You know how much we advise against paying to join a network so you can earn!
- There is no minimum work required, neither is there a maximum limit. You can write for LolWot when you want to. You can work for other clients when you want to.
- You can choose your own topics to write about – no forced writing here!
- They pay via PayPal and have a reputation for paying on time (every Monday).
A Closer Look at LolWot
To give you a better idea on how you can benefit from the LolWot writing platform, allow us to show you its inner workings.
Sign in page and dashboard
As you can see, you only have to click one button to get started. You’ll then have to authorize your account.
Once you’ve done this, you’ll be redirected to your dashboard.
From your dashboard, you can immediately start choosing jobs.
There are three kinds of jobs you can pick from:
List – pays $2 per item
You can choose what topic you like, craft a catchy title, write an introduction that will hook readers, and add list items one by one. You can even add an image for each item to make your article looks great.
The interface has been designed to make it easy for writers to enter information so you don’t have to worry about formatting.
Video – pays $5
Writing a video article is even easier. Just enter the YouTube URL and then write the title and description. You can’t just write about any video, though. LolWot’s guidelines require videos to:
- be shocking
- wow readers
- have the potential to go viral.
News – pays $5
Have you stumbled upon breaking news that you know will absolutely spread like wildfire? If so, this is the job for you. The key here is that you choose a topic that is fresh and that appeals to the general population. Niche topics won’t cut it.
Making sure you get paid
LolWot does pay, but you have to ensure that your articles get approved first. While this may raise red flags with those of you who have had bad experiences with this kind of system, you don’t really have to worry.
The platform wants quality articles, so they give their writers everything they need to ensure approval. If you look at the screenshots above again, you’ll notice that there is a notification block that reminds you to follow their Guidelines.
Their Guidelines page is comprehensive, providing tips on how to write for each type of job. It also gives examples, so you know exactly what the LolWot writing platform wants.
If you follow the Guidelines, then your articles get approved, and you’ll get paid.
LolWot can be an excellent source of income, just like your bread and butter client. We know that some of you may have higher rates, but if you think about it, you are not strictly bound by word count and deadlines with LolWot. More so, you have control over how much you earn for list posts.
Even if you have lots of clients, having LolWot as a regular option gives you a sense of certainty that you will always have work when you need it.
Why not give it a try, and sign up now?
Let us know how this works out for you!
Editor’s note: This post was written by Brie Weiler Reynolds, the Director of Online Content at FlexJobs and a contributing writer for 1 Million for Work Flexibility. FlexJobs is the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible jobs, listing thousands of pre-screened, legitimate, and professional-level work-from-home, flexible schedule, part-time, and freelance jobs. Brie provides career and job search advice through the FlexJobs Blog. Learn more at www.FlexJobs.com.
If you’re a freelance writer, you’re familiar with common jobs like subject writers, copy editors, technical writers, journalists, and the like. But if you’re looking for something a bit different, there’s a variety of unusual and interesting freelance writing jobs to seek out.
The following freelance writing jobs will all utilize your writing skills, but may also give you the chance to use or expand related skills, and may tap into other areas of interest. Here are five surprising freelance writing jobs to consider.
Production Editing Assistant
Television production companies and related firms that work with live televised events rely on the help of experienced writers for media management duties. In this type of freelance job, the writer edits content for live events and manages databases of related content for pre- and post-event use. Because of the nature of live events, the work environment is fast-paced, high-pressured, and exciting. This is an ideal freelance job for someone who has excellent organizational skills and is looking for short-term, temporary projects.
Websites from all sorts of industries and topics now manage community areas to engage their audiences. And because so much of the interaction that takes place in online communities is done through writing, it makes sense that freelance community managers are professionals with backgrounds in writing, editing, and written communication. Community management jobs are a great option for freelance writers who enjoy social networking, engaging with audiences, building relationships, and who can write excellent content and responses quickly and cleverly.
Many freelance writers specialize in one or more subject areas, and curriculum writing jobs are available for people with this sort of expertise. Online and brick-and-mortar schools across the country hire curriculum writers to develop content for subjects ranging from sociology to calculus, history to math, and everything in between. If you happen to have teaching experience in addition to your writing credentials, all the better.
Can you write well in more than one language? If so, consider freelance content translator jobs. Companies from industries like education, web development, and online content hire content translators with strong writing, speaking, and editing skills to translate and write for a variety of audiences. This type of work is highly independent, and requires attributes like organization and self-management.
Encyclopedia Content Writer
Though paper encyclopedias aren’t nearly as prolific as they were in years past, encyclopedias still exist both online and in print. Experienced technical writers are hired to research and produce high-quality content for these collections of knowledge. In these types of freelance jobs, your ability to research a variety of subjects is as important as your writing skills, so be sure to emphasize both your research and writing experience.
As the web continues to grow, writers will always be needed to create new content and edit existing text, but they’re also being called upon for surprising jobs like these. If you’re looking for a unique freelance writing job, consider the five options above, or branch out and look for even more unique ideas. Whether you’re a specialist or a generalist, your skills will be put to good use.
A recent study conducted by the freelancers’ resource site Elance.com showed a very encouraging trend for the world’s freelancers. According to the survey, which was conducted last September 2012, 57 percent of the 3,000 independent contractors who participated in the study reported an increase in their income, with 67 percent sharing that they expect their income to increase some more in 2013. [Read more…]