Freelance Writing for Work From Home Moms
How to Start a Work at Home Freelance Writing Career
By: Kelby Carr on: Wed 16 of May, 2007 [00:57 UTC] (2501 reads)
One job that is easy to work at home is that of freelance writing, which makes a great career for moms seeking a way to bring in some income. You don't have to be experienced in writing to start a work from home freelance writing career. Here are steps for moms on getting started on freelance writing from home.
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Get Good at Writing
First off, hone your writing skills. You can do this best by simply practicing and having someone honest read your writing. If you happen to know a writer or editor personally, that is all the better. You can also find books on writing, and should invest in a book on typical writing styles like the AP Style Book.
Get Some Freelance Writing Clips
Until you have something to show as a writing sample, it can be hard to convince editors to use your work. There are a few ways to get around this. Many sites will allow you to submit articles. You can submit an article right now on this site on the topic of parenting and being a mom or dad.
Helium is another site where you can post articles. In addition, you can post pages on Squidoo, where you can also earn money through affiliate links like Amazon and iTunes.
You can also start a blog at a site like Blogger or, if you'd like to, you can get a free mom blog right here on Type-A Mom.
Get Paid for Freelance Writing
Once you have some clips to show off, you are ready to start getting some cash for your writing. At this point, you may even consider specializing in a cetain topic area.
There are several sites where a beginner can find work, although many of the jobs don't pay very well. A good place to start is some of the freelance bidding sites, where you can bid on writing projects. Although the pay is low, some of these buyers could turn into regular and better-paying clients.
Some freelance writing bidding sites include:
Boost Your Freelance Writing Income
Once you start making money freelance writing, you can expand on that. Start submitting article queries to magazines, or contact your local newspaper about freelance assignments. You can apply to write for a Web site like About.com or Suite101. You might even consider running your own Web site.
Being a freelance writing takes some time and effort (and rejections) in the beginning, but it is a rewarding career that allows moms to work from home, spend more time with the kids and still retain a work life and income.