Are Freelance Writing Jobs From Home Worth Your Time?

Is Freelance Writing A Good Opportunity?

As the internet evolves it brings about a lot of new opportunities for making money. There are endless amounts of money making opportunities online but far too many of them are a complete waste of time.

Freelance writing jobs from home are gaining a lot of popularity lately with a whole slew of websites like Elance, Fiverr and Upwork that allow people to post jobs for hire.



I can surely understand the appeal of freelance writing because some of the perks are the exact same perks that I enjoy with my online business.


Those perks are generally centered around the fact that you get to stay at home and make money.

If you don’t like the idea of staying at home, that’s fine too as you can bring your laptop with you and get your writing done anywhere you like.

If you like to travel it’s perfect for you because you can fund your trips with your freelance writing.

In addition to working from wherever you want, you can also set your own hours. This means that if you’re a night owl than you can get your work done at night and sleep the days away. Just another little bit of freedom that most jobs can’t provide.

So no co-workers, no boss, no set schedule, no chance of getting fired, no dress code and as much holiday time as you want.

So that must sound appealing to pretty much everybody.


What Does It Take To Be A Freelance Writer?

To be a freelance writer you don’t actually need to be a professional writer.

If you have basic communication skills and can spew out some semi-organized rhetoric onto a word document than you have the ability to make money as a freelance writer.

A lot of freelance writers are actually not even native english speakers.

Of course the better your writing skills are, the more you’ll get paid.

So basically you just need to have the work ethic to be able to sit down and pound out articles for people.


Why I Don’t Think It’s A Great Plan

I’m not a big advocate for freelance writing.

Although you can make money doing it, I just don’t think it’s a great way to make a living.

The first thing I hate about it is the fact that you’ll have to write about a lot of topics that don’t interest you at all.

Even people who find writing easy would eventually get sick and tired of writing about boring topics that don’t interest them.

Wouldn’t you rather write about something you’re passionate about?

I also think that it would be a lot of work for not a huge payoff. Once you finish writing an article you send it off for approval and then you get paid for it.

The problem is that you only get paid once for it and the person who is posting that article on their website will make money off that article for years to come.

So if you have the skills to write, even basic low level writing, why not write for yourself and make money over and over again from your articles?


How To Make Money Over And Over Again From Your Own Writing?

The way to make money from your own writing is with your own website.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any experience building websites because there’s a program that teaches beginners how to do this and it’s completely FREE to join.

The program I’m talking about is called Wealthy Affiliate. It will not only show you how to set up your own website but then it will show you exactly how to make your website profitable.

They give you over the shoulder, step-by-step instructions for everything you need to set up your new online business.


What Should I Write About On My Website??


The topic you choose to write about doesn’t really matter. What I mean by that is that you can pick any topic you want.

The most important thing is that you pick a topic that interests you because if you’re passionate about something, it will show through in your writing and that will resonate well with your readers.


Niche Websites Are Profitable

You may have heard the term “Niche Website” before.

A niche website is just a website about a topic that is very specific. So let’s say you’re really into soccer and you want to start a website about soccer.

That topic itself might be a little too broad. The reason you don’t want to choose a topic that is really broad is because there are probably a lot of big websites that already cover that topic.

But you can cover that same topic but make it a little more specific.

Like maybe, learning soccer as a senior or soccer for people with a disability. Those are just a couple examples of ways you can narrow down a niche topic.

With a more specific topic you’ll have less competition and then more people will come to your website.


How Do Websites Make Money??

Websites can make money all sorts of different ways but for beginners there are a few that work really well.

As you’ll learn in the training at Wealthy Affiliate the best way to make money with a beginner website is through affiliate marketing.

Affiliate marketing is simply directing your readers to another website and then making a commission if that person buys something from that website.

So lets pretend you have a website about soccer.

You could write an article about a certain pair of soccer shoes and then put a link in the article that brings people to where they can buy the shoes.

The link will have a code in it so that amazon knows that it came from your website.

If that person buys the shoes, you get a commission usually around 5%-8% but all websites vary.

examples of affiliate marketing websites


Another easy and common way for website to make money is through Google Ads. You allow Google to put an ad on your website and any time someone clicks on that ad you’ll get paid.

This works really well once you have a lot of people coming to your site but affiliate marketing will work faster and probably make you more money.


This Sounds Overwhelming!!!!!!!

This probably sounds overwhelming to you but don’t worry because it did for me too.





When I first started learning about affiliate marketing I thought it sounded like an awesome way to make money but maybe for someone else because it was way over my head.

Even the idea of setting up a basic website made me nervous let alone affiliate marketing.

I actually dismissed the idea straight away and continued looking online for a different opportunity. I was looking for an opportunity that better suited my skillset.

Not only did I think that this was over my head but I also didn’t think I had the time since I was working full time. I thought I needed something more part-time.

That’s where I was wrong.

A year or so later I stumbled onto Wealthy Affiliate again while looking for an online opportunity.

This time I was a little more open minded because I was just that much more eager to improve my life.

I went to the Wealthy Affiliate Sign Up page and set up my free profile.


easy buttonIt Was Easy!!!

Shortly after signing up for the free trial I started the training. They actually allow you to start the training and start learning for free.

I was pleasantly surprised when I realized how easy the whole process was.

The training is cool because the teacher actually builds a website right along with you so you just copy the steps he takes and change a few things to make yours unique.

There aren’t any steps that he doesn’t cover thoroughly but of course there will be times when you need some extra help or have some questions.

This is where I was really impressed.




Wealthy Affiliate has a huge community of other people who are all at different stages of their affiliate marketing careers.

There’s a platform where you can post questions that you have and within minutes you’ll get helpful responses from more experienced marketers. You’ll be amazed at how helpful people there are.

That’s actually a big reason why it’s so successful because everyone helps each other out so you’re never on your own.

There’s even a live chat where you can chat instantly to a whole bunch of experienced marketers.

If for some strange reason you can’t get answers to your questions(which never happens) you can contact one of the owners directly.

The creators of the website are Kyle & Carson (photo below) and they are almost always online to help out the members.

carson & Kyle


So the community is actually my favorite part of Wealthy Affiliate. It’s set up almost like Facebook in the sense that everybody has a profile and you can follow people and add them to your circles.

I’ve even made quite a few friends there as well. Have a look right here at my own WA profile.


Money Money Money

You’re probably wondering how much money you can make from this. Of course you are because that’s the whole reason you’re here in the first place.

Well the money really depends on how much time you are willing to invest in this.

There are a lot of members at WA who have quit their regular jobs and gone full-time. A lot of those people are making over $100,000 US per year and some over a million.

Of course those people have been doing this a few years but it’s not uncommon to start making profits after just a couple months.

It’s not a get rich quick scheme though. You won’t get rich over night I promise you that. This requires a lot of learning and a lot of hard work.

I didn’t make my first dollar until my second month but the great thing is that once you make your first dollar it just starts to snowball and the money starts coming in from there.


Final Thoughts

So hopefully you’ve learned that freelance writing jobs from home are not a great way to make a living.

If you have any writing skills at all, even basic english, than you have what it takes to make money as an affiliate marketer.

With Wealthy Affiliate you can have your website up and running within a couple days. Once your website starts to make money you can just maintain it with very little work.

Just add to it once a week or so and it will make you money on autopilot, 24 hours a day.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have about this. you can use the box below and I’ll be sure to respond ASAP.




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  • robert LawrenceAuthor June 15, 2016 Reply

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