Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Journey to Becoming a Freelance Writer

Recently I posted links to a couple of articles that I wrote about starting at home as a writer. I want to share a bit of my experience with you.

I have been a stay at home mom for 6 years now. I have tried and tried to find ways to make an income at home. I tried Cha Cha, pay to click sites, and searched for legit ways to make money at home.

One day I finally stumbled upon eHow. I thought wow do people really make this kind of money writing. I would love to do that and I know I could. I started out writing for eHow and with big dreams.

Shortly after I started there, they shut down the freelance program and changed it where you have to be through Demand Studios to write for them. I did not feel comfortable doing this so I moved on, but I still make about $15/month from articles I wrote there for doing zero work. It is all residual money.

Next I started with Textbroker. They are an amazing company to start out with. I would be so excited if I could make $10/day. Now my husband thinks that is so funny because $10/day now is more than I make if I take the day off. I get that much each day and more on residuals.

I have since branched out into writing for several different places. We all have to work and find what is best for us. I work my butt off somedays and others I don't work at all. When asked if you can make a living at this, yes you can! Can you make enough money to pay your bills? Yes! I know single moms who support themselves and their child doing this every day. I could make that much money if I dedicated the time to it that they do. I will say that I am making more money than I ever thought was possible.

If writing is what you want to do, push yourself. Realize that you will get better with time and you will learn what works for you. Don't be afraid to try things out. Most importantly remember that it is hard work. The money does not just fall in your lap, but if you work at it you can make good money at it.

I am just a normal stay at home mom in a small town in Oklahoma. You can do this, but you have to believe in yourself and be willing to put the work into this job that you would any other job.


  1. If writing is what you want to do, push yourself. Realize that you will get better with time and you will learn what works for you.

    I love it. writing is the only thing I love to do now. thanks for sharing.xx

  2. What an encouraging post. Working towards having a residual income sounds like a great idea.

  3. I started in 2009 with eHow and also did not move to Demand. I still like those monthly residuals. I know that the eHow ones will disappear eventually, but I don't have any other jobs that I left two years ago that are still paying me for the work I completed.

  4. I really agree, you have to push yourself if writing is what you want to do. But it is well worth the effort!

  5. It is a journey, some have a long path, others short. Pushing yourself because you love it is one thing, pushing yourself because you need money and/or job is not a good thing. Burnout happens rather quickly. Whatever category people fall in to, they have to do what works best for them. Keep on trucking is what I always say.

  6. And you have to have patience. This isn't going to happen overnight. Building a library takes time.