One of the best ways to get started making money online is by doing freelance writing. The reason being is that basically, as long as you can read and write, you are pretty much good to go.
The barrier to entry is truly that low that even a writer of average talent and ability is still miles ahead of much of the competition out there.
The main upside to this is that if you actually are truly good at writing, you have a lot of potential. It’s not at all uncommon to be able to make a full-time wage working part-time hours as a freelance writer.
Thanks to the internet, it’s also easier than ever to get started with freelance writing as a career. There’s several websites out there that you can write for that will even pay you daily.
We’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of some of the most popular writing sites that pay daily for you to check out.
Upwork is without a doubt the largest freelance writing platform on the market today. Each and every day there are thousands of writing jobs posted to Upwork. These jobs can range from article writing, to web content, to copywriting, and everything in between.
Do you remember how we mentioned the low barrier to entry in freelance writing? Nowhere is that more apparent than on Upwork. Many writers spam copy and paste proposals, and there are hundreds of writers from non-native English countries who struggle to put together sentences with proper grammar.
When you first start working with a client on Upwork, the platform will take 20% of all of your earning up until you hit $500. After $500, that steep fee drops down to 10%, and then goes down to 5% once you hit the $10,000 mark with your client.
Upwork does this to encourage long term, ongoing relationships between clients and writers. The longer you work with a client, the more money you can earn.
While it usually takes about a week to actually get paid from Upwork, if you are doing daily work, you can definitely get paid every day. If you can prove that you are at least an average writer, you can do very well on here indeed.
The second largest freelancing marketplace on the web is Fiverr. It operates quite differently from Upwork as well.
When you use Upwork, you are actively seeking out and applying for writing jobs. On the other hand, when you sign up for Fiverr, you create a profile and post the gigs that you are willing to do.
When you first start out on Fiverr, you are limited to posting eight gigs. You can fill these eight slots with things like “500 word article”, “About Us page”, “2x 250 word articles”, and other things along those lines.
Fiverr charges a flat $5 per gig, and they take a $1 cut from that. However, as you work your way up the ranks by selling gigs and getting profile feedback, you can rise up the seller ranks. When this happens you are able to advertise more gigs on your profile, and offer several gig extras.
Gig extras are where you’ll be making your bread from Fiverr. You can take a basic gig and add several extra options, such as extra words, adding photos, and other options to raise the price of your orders.
Many people disregard Fiverr because they think it’s only possible to make $4 per writing job — don’t fall into this trap! There are many writers on there who are making an absolute killing every month, and you could be one of them.
The third freelance writing website that you should look into is Guru. It operates similarly to Upwork in that you create your profile on the platform and then search for writing jobs. Clients can also browse through profiles and select writers they think would be a good fit.
One of the main reasons many people choose to use Guru over Upwork is that this platform charges lower fees. Many people were outraged when Upwork first made the switch to charging 20% for the first $500 earned.
With Guru, they charge a flat fee of 8.95% of whatever you earn with their most basic plan. That’s already an improvement over Upwork’s 10% that they charge between $500-$10,000.
Once you get the ball rolling with Guru though, they offer the option to purchase a monthly or yearly membership plan. Depending on what option you go with, the price can range from $8.95 up to $39.95 per month, billed annually.
If you make more than enough to cover this cost, it can be well worth it, as the most expensive membership option drops the fee down to 4.95% that Guru takes from your earnings. This keeps more money in your pocket, and makes Guru another excellent choice to use as your freelancing website of choice.
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