My First 3 Months: How I Made $1200 Working Part-time as a Freelance Writer

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Audra Rogers is really honest (after all, she’s Real Honest Mom on the web). When she bought 30 Days or Less as a gift for herself on Mother’s Day, she only wanted to make a couple hundred dollars a month.

Meanwhile, she’s managed to make a chunk of change working part-time as a freelance writer. Tell us how you get those $100 gigs, will you Audra?

When I first started freelancing, I only wanted to make a couple hundred extra bucks a month to supplement our income.

I thought it would take years of experience to make any serious money, and I was afraid to set my goals too high for fear of failing to reach them. But in less than three months, I made $1,200 working part-time as a freelance writer.

I’ve learned a few great tips and tricks that helped me find great sites to work for, and I’m earning $100 per post in most cases. My three biggest tools are probably already right in front of you! Here are the things I’ve done to find success so early in the game.

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Finding Great Sites in Your Niche

My biggest tools are Google, Facebook and Twitter to find great sites to write for. The following techniques have turned out to be gold for me.

1. Google

In Google, if you search “write for us” or “submissions” or “contributor” plus a keyword for your niche, it will bring up pages and pages of websites that take posts. For instance, I Googled “write for us + parenting” and I was able to choose from a lot of websites I wanted to work with. Bear in mind, not all of them are paid, but it’s a great way to find sites you might not have heard of before.

2. Facebook

I love Facebook. People share all kinds of great articles on Facebook (along with all the crazy!). I pay very close attention, and if I find an article that was really good and is on a topic or genre I am interested in, I comment on that post and investigate further to find a “write for us” page on the website it was published on. (Super smart idea Audra!)

3. Twitter

I also follow several writers and freelancers on Twitter. I love to read what they’ve written and what they’re sharing, and I have come across a few sites I hadn’t heard of before that I’m working with now.

Share and compliment the stuff you like! Sharing is truly caring in this business. Search  #writer #blogger #freelance or niche keywords to find like-minded people. And put those hash tags on your own profile so they can find you too!

You can also find brands to work with on Twitter. If you search  #ad or #spon (sponsored) or similar, you will see a lot of bloggers who are currently working with brands. It will bring up everything, so it’s not always going to fit what you write about, but it will give you a great idea of which companies work with writers.

Don’t Marry Yourself To One Site

By using the tools above, I found three or four great sites I like to work with regularly (which is plenty for where I’m at right now.) I know it’s tempting to just stick with one site when you find a good home. That’s fine, but keep at least a few others on hand so you can shop your content around if something doesn’t work for them.

Find Your Work Flow

I almost exclusively pitch fully-written articles. My niche is Parenting and Relationships, so this works for me as my favorite sites have similar content.

I usually have a particular site in mind when I write, but if that article isn’t accepted I can tweak it for another site. I put a lot of thought and care into everything I write, so the articles are pure in thought, and I’m not ripping anybody off.

Find Like-Minded People

I am in a few writers groups on Facebook, and they are invaluable when it comes to bouncing ideas off of each other and asking veteran writers questions when you are new. It also really helps to just be around the positivity of others in your work field that know exactly what it’s like to be in your shoes.

Invest In Yourself

It is hard trying to figure all of this stuff out on your own. I had very little confidence in doing this and I had no idea how to pitch, or even find who to pitch to.

But in my first few months, I’ve been published on The Huffington Post, Babble, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, BlogHer, She Is Fierce and Moms Magazine.

All while having a toddler at home with me during the day. I really wanted to follow my writing passion, so I got creative with writing times (very early morning and at night after bedtime) and I decided to invest in myself on Mother’s Day.

A discounted rate for the 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success was offered in May and I chose this writing course as my Mother’s Day gift. It has more than paid for itself.

It worked around my busy mom schedule, and I was impressed that course creator Gina Horkey shares exactly how much she makes every month, and actual emails she sent to pitch clients and score writing jobs. It’s also very affordable. The course also includes membership to a great Facebook group, where we inspire each other with pitching challenges and links to free webinars and job listings.

Writing is my passion and I have a new spring in my step! My family gets to see me really happy and fulfilled, and I am here for them anytime they need me.

I’m so pleased at how my freelancing career has started, and I plan to hold onto my hat as I prepare to launch into full-time!

How I Made $1200 (Part-Time) In 3 Months As a New Freelance Writer Audra Rogers is a freelance writer in the niche of parenting and relationships. She’s been featured on The Huffington Post, Babble, BlogHer, Scary Mommy and Moms Magazine. Audra’s home on the internet is Real Honest Mom where she shares about her personal experiences in parenting, personal finance and DIY with honesty and humor. 

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41 thoughts on “My First 3 Months: How I Made $1200 Working Part-time as a Freelance Writer”

  1. Congratulations, Audra!! Very inspiring!! I’m just now starting to actually invest in my businesses (freelancing and blogging), and it feels great! You really do need to spend money to make money, but it’s important to do so strategically.

    Best wishes!!

    • Thanks Sarah! I took my time in choosing how to invest in myself and it was so worth it! I agree, strategically is the way to go, slow and steady wins the race 🙂

  2. Wow! Impressive start, Audra! I love your approaches to finding new clients. Definitely going to implement that!

  3. Great post! I love reading about how others have succeeded and it gives me incentive to keep pushing. Keep up the good work and I love your blog too!

  4. Great job, Audra! Thanks so much for sharing your story. Your statement about your family seeing you happy and fulfilled really resonated with me. Hope to follow in your footsteps soon!

    • It took a lot of hustling and sacrifice to get there, but it is so very worth it! I hope to inspire them to pursue what they really want to do too. I’m in a good position to support them in that! Thank you for commenting, Taralyn!

  5. Hello Audra,
    Its good to know that you’re making that much through freelance writing and i know a lot of people will be wishing to earn something close to that as well.

    However, i think it all boiled down to being determined in getting what you want. I believe that we all can also do this but the problem is that we’re not always confident on ourselves enough to make it happen.

    I love all the tips you shared here because they’re indeed true especially the idea of investing in oneself.

    • Yes, writers often deal with confidence issues and I am no exception. And you’re right, one day you just have to decide it’s possible and go for it. I’m glad I finally did and anyone else can too 🙂

  6. I took COPIOUS notes when I read this article, Audra! I’ll be grabbing my copy of that book soon (and may even check in with you about some of those writing FB groups you’ve joined). Thanks for the great information! Signed – your fledgling freelance writer friend, Laura 🙂

  7. Thank you for the kind words Laura, I know you will get there too. In the thick of raising a family it’s sometimes hard to believe that we can finally get traction, but we can. It just takes time for the cogs in the wheel to start turning. Keep hustling, and feel free to reach out to me, I’m here! 🙂

  8. This kind of post is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I love the ideas of what to google and it looks like I’m going to have to get on Twitter. *Sigh* I’ve held out for so long! thank you for the post, Audra! Best of luck!

  9. Wow! Really actionable info. here, Audra. 🙂 Like Laura, I’ll be going back & making some notes of things to implement ASAP. Very inspiring! I hope I can refer back to this article in a future article of my own & give credit for some of these ideas contributing to my freelance success. Time for me to get to work!

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