How to Make Money in 30 Days With Freelance Writing

How to make money in 30 days with freelance writing

So, you want to make more money, who doesn’t?  When I surveyed my readers earlier this month, they overwhelmingly told me they want to learn more ways to make more money. Well, I’m going to oblige. If you’re struggling with money, you can only cut so many expenses until you hit the bottom. What’s the next step in the progression? Making more money!  Earning more outside of my job changed my financial life. I’ve been able to achieve many of the goals I set for myself ever since starting this blog and launching my business. It’s been great. Now, it hasn’t been without stress and a lot of hard work, so don’t think this money making idea will be without its challenges.

Make Money Freelance Writing in 3o Days or Less

After I started this blog, I realized there was an opportunity for me to earn money by writing. While I don’t classify myself as a great writer, having a blog has taught me about topics people want to read.  Luckily for me, I know how to pitch and slowly started my foray into freelance writing.  My blog became my portfolio and the jobs grew from there.  Freelance writing can be lucrative if you get the right jobs, but it can take time to get started. Good news though. I’m going to provide you insight into how to get started and earning money in 30 days or less.

I learned this information over the last two years of freelance writing. While I didn’t make money until about two months into my freelance writing journey, I know you can do it in 30 days or less.  The way I know you will do it is by taking this self-guided course from my good friend, Gina Horkey. She is a freelance writer who went from making $0 a month to over $4,000 in only six months. Yes, just six months.

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She created a course developed just for freelance writers. I know the course well, as I helped her work on it. Her content is solid and advice even better. I wish I had this course when I started freelance writing. Seriously, it would have upped my game considerably. The course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, is a self-guided email course.  It has 32 lessons, which you can go through as little or as many as you wish at one time.  As noted, I’ve read all the lessons from beginning to end. They contain a wealth of knowledge.

Now, I’m not just going to tell you to get the course, but will provide you with some tips of my own to help you make money with freelance writing. It’s possible and I know so many people who earn a living this way. It’s hard work, but it does pay, especially as you make a name for yourself. Trust me, once you make the big time, you can command much higher payouts.

Important Steps to Make Money Freelance Writing

Here are some of the most important steps to start with your freelance writing career. I say you can make money in 30 days and I know you can. I made money in about 60 days and I had no information to start with.  This should help you hit the ground running!

Identify Your Niche

What are you passionate about?  What are your interests?  You need to know what you like and don’t like. Your niche is the area you know, understand, and can write confidently about. You don’t want to pick a niche where you don’t know enough information to produce quality content. Let’s say you are good at personal finance. You don’t want to choose your niche as woodworking. That wouldn’t make much sense.

On top of figuring out what you want to write about, you should also identify specific areas within that topic. Let’s talk about personal finance again since Debt Roundup is a personal finance blog. I talk a lot about debt and making money here. These are two things I’m familiar with based on my experiences. What I don’t talk a lot about is investing. I do invest on my own and have reviewed investing services I use, but I don’t provide too much advice based on investing. Why? I don’t know the ins and outs of investing like others do. I don’t pitch my investment advice to freelance clients. The same goes for insurance. I leave those topics to people who have intimate knowledge.

Start a Blog

I never realized that starting a blog would lead to so many opportunities. Well, it has. Over the years I have been contacted by countless people and organizations to lend my voice on their platform. I’m flattered, I really am.  Starting this blog has really propelled my brand and my business. Many of the things I do wouldn’t be possible without this blog.  Anyway, if you don’t have one, you need to start one. Seriously.

Related: Here is a free “how to start a blog” guide that will lead you through the entire process.

Start a blog in the niche you plan on covering with your freelancing writing.  Your blog will eventually become one of your greatest assets and become your original portfolio. Companies want to see your writing style, so a blog is a perfect way to showcase your style and work.

If you don’t have a blog, don’t worry. I offer a service to set up a blog for free. Yes, all you have to do is pay for your domain and hosting.  You can learn more about my free blog installation service from my business site. If you have any questions about it, please contact me. Many people have started blogs and used my service. It’s a no-brainer!

Setup Your Social Profiles

If you aren’t on social media, you better get started my friend. Our world is one big social media experiment. Companies want to hire freelance writers who have social media connections and that can share and promote their content online. You’ll be hard pressed to get a freelance writing gig without a social media presence. How do you do that in 30 days? Easy!

You really only need three social media profiles to get started. Twitter, Facebook, and Google +. Twitter and Facebook are the most important. There isn’t as much weight with Google+. If you plan on writing about DIY or topics with heavy photo usage, then also open a Pinterest account.

Troll the Job Boards

You can’t get freelance writing jobs without looking for work. They don’t come to you unless you have a popular blog or big social media presence. Starting out, you need to look for the work. Once your blog and social media activities increase, some companies will reach out to you.

There are three places I use to look for work when I want to find something to add to my portfolio. Here they are.

  1. Problogger Jobs – This is a simple to use jobs board that shows different blogging/freelance writing opportunities. You can just go to this board and see if there is anything of interest. Companies and sites put up their requests and then you reach out to them if one interests you.  There tend to be quality postings on this site.
  2. Freelance Writing Jobs – This is an easy to use site that just lists many freelance writing jobs available for that day. They look around different places on the web and bring all the jobs together. This is my favorite site. I signed up to get nightly emails when they post new jobs and it has led to quite a few high-quality freelance writing gigs.
  3. Craigslist – Some may frown on this one, but I have seen quite a few good writing jobs on Craigslist. Most people think you should only use this site to buy or sell things, but you can also find quality work. You do have to use this site with caution as some of the jobs are not legitimate or don’t pay enough for the work involved. Read the listings and respond if interested.

The three things I listed above are really the basic and bare bones methods to starting a freelancing career. There are many other steps you need to include. As noted, I would highly recommend anyone wanting to make money freelance writing to get the course from Gina Horkey. It’s a legitimate course that will teach you everything you need to know.  The course costs a one-time fee of $47. That is well worth the investment. You can make that back with your first writing gig if you follow the steps.

If you want to make money freelance writing, go pick up Gina’s course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.  You won’t be disappointed. It will get you started and Gina’s always there to assist you when you have questions. She is really responsive.

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How you can make money in 30 days with freelance writing

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About the Author Grayson Bell

I’m a business owner, blogger, father, and husband. I used credit cards too much and found myself in over $75,000 in debt ($50,000 in just credit cards). I paid it off, started this blog, and my financial life has changed. I now talk about fighting debt and growing wealth here. I run a WordPress support company, along with another blog, Eyes on the Dollar, which is another great personal finance blog.

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Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank says March 29

Yes Gray! It’s possible to make money in freelance writing in that short period. You know what I am planning to take a course from Gina Horkey one of these days. Thanks for introducing her, Gray.

Bob67 says February 7

Bullshit bullshit and more bullshit!

    Grayson Bell
    Grayson Bell says February 7

    I guess you haven’t succeeded in freelance writing. I know the person who did this successfully and I’ve actually done this myself. So, when you say bullshit, I just laugh, because I’ve known and done this and it works. Before you waste people’s time with your failures, why not embrace those who’ve succeeded? It’s much easier than just calling bs on people who’ve done it.

Brenda says March 7

Hi Grayson! I have thought about freelance writing for some time now. Despite the fact that I am completely overwhelmed as to how or where to start, there is one big question that keeps me from pursuing this avenue. Would there be any interest (or possibility of making money) in my area of expertise?

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