When it comes to making money, each method generally has its own share of drawbacks. The “quick money” ideas aren’t usually sustainable over time, and the methods that do bring in good income over time generally require a rather hefty time commitment. Thankfully, if you enjoy writing, however, there is a great option that not only can provide you with some serious cash in a short amount of time, but that is also sustainable over a long amount of time as well: freelance writing.
As a freelance writer, your job is to write content for other people or companies. Generally, someone requests a certain article, you agree to write the article, you write it, and then you are paid. The pay rate can be low at first, but the payout is quick, and if you have any writing ability, it won’t be long until you are bringing in more and more.
Where to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
There are many ways to begin freelance writing, but if you are just starting out and looking for ways to make some quick cash for the holidays, writing for a content mill is a fantastic way to start. The easiest content mill to begin working for, in my opinion, is Textbroker. Other content mills include:
- Writer’s Access
- Constant Content
- Article Marketing Co
- Crowd Content
- Need an Article
- Hire Writers
Every site will differ slightly, but in general, this is what you should expect:
How to Begin Freelance Writing for a Content Mill
1. Find a content mill you think you might like to write for and read through the “Writers” and “FAQ” segments of their website.
2. Create an account.
3. Submit a writing sample: Do your best work! The amount of work available to you and your pay rate will likely depend on it!
4. Fill out your profile: Either completely or to the best of your ability. This will help clients–and more specifically, the right clients–to find you.
5. Look through the list of available job postings for an article you might like to write.
6. Accept the article, write it and submit it within the deadline. Be sure to proofread!
7. Generally, the client can either ask for revisions or accept your article. If they request revisions, and they seem reasonable, make the revisions and resubmit the order.
8. Once the client accepts the article, you get paid! How you get paid will vary, but the time frame is generally pretty quick. Textbroker pays weekly on Fridays, Writer’s Access pays twice a month, and Constant Content pays immediately once a client buys your article.
What are the Benefits of Writing for a Content Mill?
I personally love the flexibility that content mills offer. You can write as little or as much as you want, any time you want, and from any place you want. You can definitely make content writing fit around your busy lifestyle. Just need a little extra cash for Christmas? Write a few articles this weekend and then don’t write again until your next big bill comes around. It’s up to you.
Do I Need any Experience to Write for a Content Mill?
No experience is needed, though you might want to study up on your writing skills if it’s been a while since you were in school. You should have a strong grasp on spelling and grammar, and it is important to note that web writing has a different form than academic writing does.
How Much Can I Make Writing for a Content Mill?
As much as you want! The sky is the limit! Though, just starting out, you shouldn’t expect top dollar. Your pay will depend on how quickly you type and how much experience you have.
Does it Cost Any Money to Get Started?
No. Just the time it takes to sign up and submit a sample!
Have you ever written for a content mill before? Do you think you’d ever consider it?