How to Make Income as a Content Writer

The world of writing content for pay can seem a bit daunting at first. There are so many websites online that list places to work; some are legit while others are scams or no longer in use. When it comes to getting your feet wet writing content for money, you have to keep three things in mind. Play your cards right, and soon you will find another source of income to supplement your expenses, or perhaps writing copy may even become your main source of income.

Content Mills

Content mills are a place for a novice writer to get their start. If you have never had the discipline to write on deadline, this may be a good start for you. Do not expect to be rolling in dough, if you find yourself writing for a content mill. You just want to use a content mill to build up your writing skills and get acclimated to writing on deadline. The pay is usually low to start. However, many writers who were starting out utilized the opportunities presented, and they slowly rose through the ranks and made a name for themselves.

Pitching to Magazines

There are plenty of magazines online, and traditional paper periodicals that need good articles. Believe it or not, you can pitch an article successfully to a magazine, and get published and paid for your efforts. Most importantly, do not waste anyone’s time, and do your research. Take a look at the publication you want to submit to, and format your introduction letter, article pitch, and any other necessary details according to the magazine. See if what you want to write about has already been done before. Question the relevance of what you want to say, and remember that the audience is most important. Look into pitching to trade publications to get your start.

Freelance Job Boards & Contests

If you feel that you are a seasoned enough writer, look at job postings for bloggers and content writers via reputable job boards. ProBlogger and FreelanceWritingGigs are two job boards which update regularly with verifiable sources. Make sure your writing skill is up to par, and that you pay attention to the directives given for the project to which you submit. If you are into writing fiction or nonfiction, consider submitting to short story or flash fiction contests for money. Many online publications are looking for new writers and having to make short stories helps exercise your writing muscle.

Last Bit of Advice

Getting the ball rolling as a freelance content writer can be tough, but it is not impossible. Stay positive and continue to polish your writing skills, read often, participate in blogger networks, and stay on the lookout for writing opportunities. With patience and diligence, you will find that your writing skills and bank account will steadily improve.


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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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