I feel like this could quite possibly be the most important post I ever write. Yup, I’m only 15 words in, and I’m already making this statement. But seriously, I think it might be. Why? Because I understand how many of you are frustrated by not making any income from your blog. Here’s the thing, though: while perhaps your blog isn’t making you an income, you can make money blogging. Confused? Did I not just totally repeat myself? Don’t worry, I’ll clarify, but basically if you’re ready to start making money blogging, in a way that doesn’t make you want to rip your hair out, girl, I gotchu.
Oh, and if this is a topic that interests you, I have something to offer at the end of the post, so stick around for that 🙂
Real Talk: Making Money Blogging
Okay, so let’s back it up…
There are so, so, so, SO many blog posts out there detailing how to make money blogging. Trust me, I’ve probably read them all. But here’s the deal: most (if not all) all those posts are going to tell you the same things.
They’re going to tell you to be authentic, to be patient, and to be consistent. They’re going to tell you to create share-worthy content, to work your booty off, and to trust in the process. You’ll be told to incorporate affiliate links, ads, sponsored content, or even sell your own products. And yes, while this is all fine and dandy, for most of us, this takes some serious time and some serious effort.
And while I know you ladies are anything but lazy, I also know you’re tired of hearing the same things over and over again, without seeing the results.
So today I wanted to tell you about how I make money blogging.
Today I wanted to talk to you about freelance writing. (stick with here; I promise this will all make sense soon)
I know the term freelance writing can seem really overwhelming and kind of scary, so if it helps, think of this as freelance blogging. Basically getting to write the same style of articles you’re already writing for your own blog, but doing it for someone else and actually getting paid.
I thought so.
Freelance Writing and Making Money Blogging: How Do They Relate?
So for those of you who don’t know, freelance writing is how I make my full time income. I work entirely for myself, making money online, on my own terms. This allows me the freedom to work on my blog, on the side, with the intention that one day I can hopefully take it full time.
I love creating content for my blog, and getting to connect with amazing women online. I am hugely passionate about blogging, and I think there’s so much more to it than just making money. I know some people who get obsessed with the topic and lose the passion for their blog.
This is not what I’m about. And this is not why I’m talking to you about making money blogging today.
While freelance writing does have the potential to make you great money, I’m talking to you about this today, because I know there’s a way out there for you to make money blogging, and I know not many people have tried it. And I’m positive more of you could be doing it.
Not because you’re trying to make a pile of money. But instead, simply because you want to start trying to make money for yourself, on your own terms, using the skills you’ve acquired as a blogger.
And yes, while this might not be money directly from your blog, it is money that you’re making independently with all the skills you’ve acquired as a blogger.
It’s time to diversify your income streams, ladies. It’s time for you to do something different. It’s time that you start to make money blogging.
Here are the five biggest reasons why I think all bloggers have the potential to make money blogging through freelance writing:
1) You already have the skills required for freelance writing
This is absolutely the biggest reason.
As bloggers, there are many of you who undervalue your skills. You’ve probably become so entranced by the blogging world, you’ve totally forgotten what it felt like not to be familiar with it. But guess what? There are plenty of brands, businesses, and shops that have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to writing content.
That’s where you come in.
If you could start writing regular articles for a client and get paid to do it, wouldn’t you? I bet you would. And I bet a client would hire you too.
Because you have the skills. You understand how to write content, you know SEO, you understand branding, you know how to research, and you have a firm grasp on social media. Most importantly, you know what readers want. Plain and simple: you’ve written content for an online audience before.
That’s a skill. It’s a skill that not everyone has. And it’s a skill that brands are looking for.
Point. Blank. Period.
2) There’s demand for content creators
In that same vein, there is absolutely, undeniably a demand for content creators. And really, is this even too surprising?
Think about every business out there that is looking to get online. Do you think they’re putting all that content up by themselves? Let me let you in on a little secret: they’re not.
Perhaps the big brands and the major businesses have entire content teams running their content marketing strategy, but trust me, the small brands don’t. People opening Etsy shops, individuals launching their first business, even people who are trying to grow blogs but don’t have time to write (yes, this happens), they need creatives, like you, to help them create content.
They need people who know what they’re doing, and who understand the online world. And that, my friends, is where you come in and fulfill that demand. And get paid to do so.
3) Freelance writing is flexible
So maybe you’re hearing me say all this, and you’re having a bit of a panic attack. Maybe you’re thinking you already have so much on your plate, how are you going to add yet another thing?
Well first and foremost, depending on the job, freelance writing is extremely flexible. I’ve done some jobs where the client only needed one article and then the contract was over. If you have even just an hour or two to spare each week, you can write an article.
And hey, if it means taking an hour or two away from your blog, so you can make money blogging, why not? You might be hesitant to take any time away from your blog, but trust me, once you start earning money and you start gaining skills, it’ll be worth it on so many levels. Not to mention the confidence boost you’re going to get from it.
As somebody who makes a full time income online, there’s something extremely empowering about earning your own money, on your own terms. Once you get a taste of that, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
4) Freelance writing has no limit
As bloggers, I’m sure most of you are hard workers. People who start blogs are definitely not the types who sit around hoping good things just come to them. Seriously, I know blogging takes a lot of hard work, which is why I know if you took on freelance writing, you’d probably make a killing at it.
There is no limit. Work however many hours you can to start building your portfolio, gaining experience, and increasing your rate.
If you want to stop freelancing for a month, stop for a month. If you want to simply make some side income, take on a couple articles every month. And hey, maybe you’ll even find you love it. Maybe you’ll find something that you can actually make a living from.
I did. And I know you can too.
How much effort you put into freelance writing is entirely within your control.
5) Freelance writing can improve your own blog
There’s a chance you’ve been reading this post, and the whole time you’re thinking: I can’t do this. There’s no way I can take time away from my blog to work on someone else’s.
I get it, you’re dedicated to your blog. So am I. We all have different paths when it comes to our blogging journey. With this idea of freelance writing, I simply want to offer you a new possible path.
And with this new possible path, I truly believe you’ll actually be improving your blog. Largely because, as any writer knows, the more you write, the better you get.
Plain and simple.
I’ve always been a decent writer, but I will tell you in the past year of writing professionally, my writing has improved by leaps and bounds. I can write blog posts much faster now, and my blog content is just better than it would be if I had never taken on freelance writing. I’m pretty certain of that.
Also, don’t forget, with freelance writing you’re going to be flexing your creative muscles in a new way, collaborating with new people to help them find their brand’s voice. You’re going to be getting out of your blogging bubble and stepping outside of that comfort zone. I’m a strong believer that when you try new things, positive consequences usually follow.
Freelance writing can be that for you.
And that’s it: those are five reasons that I think it’s so important that you start at least trying to make some income from freelance writing.
Now of course I’m not just going to leave you there. I have a couple other articles on my blog that talk about my freelance writing journey, so if you’re interested, feel free to check those out.
But for those of who want more and are really intrigued by the idea of freelance writing, I wanted to offer you something more comprehensive, so…I wrote an ebook.
Yes, I released my first ebook, and I’m pumped about it. In it, I detail my exact process of how I started my career as a freelance writer.
I share how I find jobs, how I write pitches, how I work with clients, how I price myself, and basically just anything you’d want to know about starting to make money online from writing, I tell you.
Real talk for a sec here, though.
I totally get that it’s frustrating to always have someone trying to sell you something online. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone talk about a new ebook that would guarantee me “blogging income.” I really don’t want to be just another one of those people, but let’s be real here… If you want to have success in this online world, you have to find something that you can offer to your community.
For me, writing this book is that thing.
This is the thing that I know how to do, and that I’ve proven to myself can work. Now I wanted to bring it to you guys (if you’re interested, of course). You can absolutely do this for yourself without a course or ebook (I did), but I wrote this book for those of you who want some insight into what I do, how I do it, and how I make my income from writing.
If this sounds like your cup of tea, give the ebook a peek. I can’t wait to hear what you think!