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I am so excited to introduce you to my blogging friend Elna Cain! She is a busy work at home mom of 4-year old twins. Elna has created a successful business as a freelance writer and now she is teaching others how to get paid to blog as a freelance writer. I invited Elna to give us the details on blogging as a freelance writer!
Do you have a blog?
Are you trying to monetize it? It can be crazy hard, right? There are so many ways to make money as a side hustle like affiliate marketing, using ads on your blog and doing sponsored posts.
But, did you know there’s a quicker and easier way to make money if you’re a blogger? It’s having a freelance-based business!
Yes, and specifically being a freelance writer!
And, you know what? I get paid to write about things I absolutely LOVE! Like – blogging tips!
Yes, that’s right. You can get paid to blog about your passion like:
As a freelance writer online, you can write about anything and get PAID TO DO IT!
Looking for more ways to get paid? Check this out…7 Ways for Busy Moms to Make Extra Money Online
How I Broke Into Freelance Writing
I started freelance writing over two years ago after I had finished my maternity leave with my twins (where I live, you get a year off for maternity).
For the first year of being a first-time mom, I had my hands full.
Needless to say, I had no time to do anything except, feed, change, eat, wash up and repeat (oh I didn’t sleep that first year either!).
But, after that year was up and my twins started walking and I was able to take a bit of time to myself – seriously, like shower! – I knew I had to think about contributing to the household finances.
Before I had my twins, I was working in the school system, but I knew I couldn’t go back to what I was doing.
There was no way I could leave my twins to someone else (mama bear here). And, plus, daycare costs would’ve have eaten up my paycheck.
So, I made the decision to work from home. I looked into virtual assisting and freelance writing. I chose writing since I’m creative, love to write and it comes naturally to me.
I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning. Instead of starting a website to showcase my business, I decided to create a profile on Upwork.
Upwork is a freelance marketplace, but the work is low paying and ghostwritten (which means my name isn’t attached to my work). I didn’t get anywhere on that platform.
It wasn’t until I created my website that I was able to land a $400/month gig. And then the following month was making well over $1k/month.
Life as a Professional Writer
Now that my twins are four years old, my life as a paid writer is different than when I started.
My twins napped more and I had more time to write back then. Now, my twins no longer nap, so I do most of my client work in the morning and at night.
I’ve always worked part time; I just had to switch my hours around. Most of the day is filled with activities with my twins and life as a mom.
I can easily make a living as a writer only writing 4 hours a day.
I honed on a niche – digital marketing – and was able to increase my rate from $.04/word to now over $.30/word.
I primarily write blog posts that vary from 500 words to 2,000 words. In one week I can write up to 3 blog posts for my clients and still have time to write on my freelance writing blog and my Twins Mommy blog.
Helping New Writers
I’ve met so many great aspiring writers – from mom bloggers that want to make a side income to college students that want to live the freelance lifestyle to even corporate burn-outs that hate their job and want something different.
All of them were eager to learn how to freelance write and make a living from it. Because I wanted to help everyone not make the same mistakes I did, I decided to create a course for bloggers and aspiring writers.
It’s called Write Your Way to Your First $1k.
I created it for brand new freelance writers. I set you up to get your writer platform up and running so that you can attract clients.
But I also give you over 95+ ways to find profitable clients.
I also dive deep into the skills you need to make your first $1k like:
Finally, my course helps you when you do get clients – because you will get clients for sure – and how to get them onboard and wow them for recurring work.
Plus, I have a thriving private Facebook group full of my students that you can connect and network with as well as get job leads and get more training from me!
Interested in Becoming a Freelance Writer?
If you’re interested in getting your first freelance writing job, I have a free email course that will teach you the steps you need to land that first gig.
I also own FreelancerFAQs where you can find the best information to help you run your freelance business.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your side hustle running and become a freelance writer today!
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