What are you doing to make extra money these days? I’ll tell you what I’m doing—and it’s working! I’m a freelance blog writer. In fact it’s grown to become my primary income source. I’ve often thought that the best way to make money—from a full time business or a side business—is to find something you’re good at, something you’re already doing, and then monetize it. I’ve been writing on my own blog for over five years (though less than a year when I started writing for other sites), so why not take what I’m doing here and “sell” it somewhere else for extra income? The best ideas are the simplest ones–that’s why this is working.
I’m of the opinion that most everyone could or should have a side business—some type of additional income stream that isn’t dependent on a traditional job. The way the job market has deteriorated in the past few years, having a side hustle (or two) may be the best insurance against a career crash-and-burn. Put another way, multiple income streams are fast becoming the wave of the future. It’s mostly a matter of deciding which ones you’ll use.
Could you be a freelance blog writer?
OK, I’m biased, but I think the answer is a big, fat YES. And I feel that way because a little over five years ago I wasn’t even blogging, let alone making money at it. Not on my site, not on anyone else’s. And now I’m making money on both. I’ve always liked to write, but nothing in my previous careers (accounting and mortgages) prepared me to make a living from a writing career in any direct fashion. That’s why there’s hope for anyone who might want to take a serious shot as a freelance blog writer.
What are the qualifications?
Decent writing ability is a given, but don’t get hung up on that. Blog writing is more conversational in tone and presentation, so you don’t need to be able to write high prose or even encyclopedia articles. The ability to make your point concisely is by far the most important mechanical skill.
Passions and areas of expertise. Every one of us is better than most people at one or more things–and that’s the thing you can write about. We all have areas of expertise, passions and interests that make us natural “authorities” on a subject. If you write about what you naturally love, being a freelance blog writer can be your perfect side business.
Why not just get a part time job to make extra money?
I’ll wager that this is what most people think about when they’re looking to make some extra money. After all, once you get a part time job, the money starts coming in almost immediately and when you’ve had enough of it, you can just quit and move on. But here are just a few reasons why a part time job may not fit the bill—you can probably add to this list with very little thought:
- You have to keep hours—which typically means nights, weekends and holidays
- You will almost certainly have to work outside your home, which will really stink if that’s what you already do on your full time job
- You will probably be paid minimum wage or slightly above–and you KNOW you’re worth more than that!
- You will have a boss—I mean in addition to the one you have on your full time job
- The job probably won’t take you anywhere, like to a promotion or a new skill set
- It almost certainly won’t give you a chance to tap your hidden creative talents
- It will be temporary, that is, until you burnout—or they get tired of you
In most situations, a part time job is a pure money play — and not a very good one at that. Rarely will it ever be anything more. If you’re looking to beef up your revenue stream, you’ll almost certainly have to look to do something more substantial.
Why being a freelance blog writer is the perfect second income source
Being a freelance blog writer is by far a superior way to earn extra money, and here are 12 reasons why:
- You don’t have to leave your home
- You can work as much—or as little—as you like
- There are no barriers to entry—no specific credentials are needed
- You don’t have to worry about what you don’t know—it’s all about what you DO know
- Blog writing has grown through and since the recession—there are no “job security” issues
- There are NO geographic restrictions—you can even do it while you’re away on vacation
- Work around YOUR schedule—there are no hours to keep
- It’s a business, not a job, and you can take it as far as you’re willing and able
- You’ll be paid to create—and you can create content that you believe in
- It pays better than most part time jobs (more on that below)
- It will cost you nothing to enter
- It will blend better with your personal and professional life than just about any other side venture you can think of.
And here’s a bonus: if you like, you can even go for that look of the laptop literary legions who populate places like Starbucks during regular business hours, dressed in their who-cares-about-the-business-world khaki’s and sandals, nursing a latte while crafting their latest creation. Yes, that could be you — I’m just sayin’.
You’ll be self-employed, which is to say that you can work when you want, where you want and for whom you want. All of which opens up incredible options.
How much money can you make as a freelance blog writer?
Easily $700 to $1,400 a month or more for part-time. Pay for blog posts typically ranges from $25 to $75 per post and you can easily average $35 per post — or more. If you can write five posts per week — 20 per month — you’ll earn $700. If you can write 10 per week you’ll be up to $1,400 per month.
If you can write a typical 600-800 word post in about an hour — and many blog writers can — you’ll earn about $35 per hour, working from home in your PJs and furry slippers. As you get better as a freelance blog writer you should be able to write one in under an hour. Over time, as your writing efficiency improves and your rates increase, you might consider turning it into a full-time venture. That’s what I did, and I can tell you that the opportunities grow with time and experience.
If you’d like to try being a freelance blog writer, order a copy of my new e-book, The Freelance Blog Writer Side Hustle. It will show you how to write blog articles quickly and completely, how to find ongoing sources of topics, how to find blogs to write for, and just about everything else you’ll need to make it work. Even if you’ve never written professionally in the past, this book will give you a step by step course to guide you into it.
Take the plunge and see if being a freelance blog writer can be the perfect side hustle for you!
What do you think about being a freelance blog writer as a side business?