How I Made $1400 for My First Paid Freelance Writing Gig

I’ve said it before, I’m a word nerd. I love the written language.

I never dreamed that I could actually get paid to write. I mean, every writer dreams of one day being paid to construct words on a page, but there are many who don’t get to realize that dream.

At the time, I was writing for a few publications, mainly for fun; mostly short pieces on things related to dating and relationships. I hadn’t been at it that long…maybe a month or two, when one of the websites that I’d been writing for, approached me to ask if I’d be interested in writing a report for their paid member’s section.

At first, I didn’t know what to say. I mean, I was used to writing short articles for their website, but for those ‘assignments’, I got to choose what topic I wanted to write about. I had no idea whether or not I could write about a topic that was given to me (I know now that I most definitely can).

The client gave me the topic, with the instruction that the piece should be 3000 to 5000 words in length. I was stoked!

After doing some research on the subject matter, and drawing out my outline, etc. took me four days to write the 4,483 words. In total, it took me about a week to complete, and in return, I was paid .25 US cents per word ($1120.75). I’m Canadian, so after the conversion, I received $1430 (and change) for less than a week’s worth of writing.

You really can’t beat that.

I’ve since written numerous articles for other publications, and truth be told, I love it.

There are a number of writing categories / niches that pay more than others. This client wasn’t even in one of those categories, but the relationship that I’d built with them, helped me get the gig in the first place, and in addition, a higher than average per word rate.

The point of this story is this; writing for other publications, regardless of their size or subject matter, brings you the opportunity to create relationships with others, who will think of you when it comes to paying good dough to someone for their writing work.

Many of you are writing, and hoping that you’ll eventually be able to turn your writing into cash. One of the best ways to do that is to write for the blogs, and online publications of others. Start by reaching out, introducing yourself, and start creating a relationship with your chosen publication. A simple email is all it takes.

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