So you want to start freelance writing, huh? Good for you! This is a great way to start earning money from home, working on your schedule and truly being your own boss.
When you decide to make the leap into freelance writing, probably the first thing you’ll do is head over to Google and type in “freelance writing” or some other related search term. And when you do that, you’ll get some good results on the first and second page.
A lot of the sites on the front two pages have great information for freelancers, but the catch is that they aren’t written just for freelance writers. For example, Make a Living Writing is a FANTASTIC site for freelancers, but the content there is also geared toward all writers: authors, copywriters, and other specific types of freelance writing that just aren’t going to be relevant for you when you’re just starting out. Same goes for The Write Life, AllIndieWriters, and even The Penny Hoarder’s freelance writing posts. Great sites with fantastic resources… but broad.
This is a great day to be in business online, though. There are tons of great sites talking just about freelance writing that haven’t yet made it to the front page of Google, and it’d be a shame for you to miss them. Here are seven of my favorites:
1. Horkey Handbook
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might have caught Gina’s name a few times. She’s a stand-out freelancer and work-from-home expert specializing in freelance writing and virtual assisting. Her blog, over at horkeyhandbook.com, is a phenomenal resource for freelancers at any level who want to start strong and grow fast. Gina also offers courses for anyone wanting to kickstart their work-at-home aspirations as a freelance writer or virtual assistant.
2. Writing Revolt
Jorden Roper, the purple-haired, black-clad powerhouse behind Writing Revolt made her mark on the freelance writing scene with her no-nonsense take on starting a freelance writing business and growing it fast. She’s got some really fantastic advice on her blog to help newbie writers come out of the gates running… and help more experienced freelance writers strengthen their businesses. She occasionally uses “grown-up words” (so if you hate profanity, you might not like her blog) but her advice can’t be beat.
3. Be a Freelance Blogger
One of the biggest names in blogging for hire is Sophie Lizard, and her blog at BAFB is a big reason why. It’s packed with excellent, actionable advice. Sophie has been a freelance writer since 2009, so she’s got a true veteran’s take on what you need to do to succeed. Her freelance writing niche is specifically about writing blog posts for clients, but the advice is widely applicable for freelance writers, even those who aren’t looking for work writing company blogs. That’s not all — she also runs a robust forum that includes a job board.
4. Careful Cents
Carrie Smith is the financial whiz behind Careful Cents, a money-oriented blog for freelance writers. She puts her accounting background to use to provide valuable insights for freelancers that’s helpful and completely legitimate. With everything from tax tips to invoicing to advice for saving money on your business expenses, Carrie covers everything you need to know about freelancing and money. She also runs a fantastic group on Facebook that has become the go-to place for freelance writers of all levels to network, ask questions, and generally find some support and community in this sometimes-lonely line of work.
As a mom of twins and wife to a fellow entrepreneur, Elna wears many hats. Her primary professional hat is that of freelance writer, and her site is completely loaded with all kinds of expert advice, tips, and insider information for the beginner freelance writer. It’s a goldmine for the beginner freelancer looking to start on the right foot. She also has a free email course for client-hunting that thousands of beginner writers have taken.
6. Writers In Charge
Bamidele Onibalusi is a young writer and blogger-for-hire who has built a fine reputation for himself in freelance writing circles. His Writers In Charge site focuses on teaching new writers how and where to find paid freelance writing gigs, and his career-building advice is spot on. Be sure to check out his Make Money Writing page to find some of his best advice for getting your career started right.
7. Be a Freelance Writer
Francesta Nicasio is the writer behind the Be a Freelance Writer site, and she really knows what she’s talking about. Because she’s been freelancing since 2010, she’s seen and done it all. Her blog is updated regularly but not necessarily frequently, and everything she publishes is high-value and insightful. She also has a free download that shows you the steps to take to land clients; I know from experience that if you follow her guide seriously, you’ll likely have more than one client in less than 10 days.
What do you think about freelance writing as a way for you to make money from home? Ask me your questions and send me your favorite websites in the comments!