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Ways To Get Writing Experience

writing experience

If you want to become a freelance writer and not sure how then this post is for you. I always used to wonder how I could make the jump into writing. Though I’d worked in a media environment (advertising) before, I’d never worked ‘officially’ as a writer. I have a degree which has helped but it wasnt until I decided to just go for it and try online writing as a source of income that I realised it was completely possible to make my dream as a freelance writer a possibility.

I’ve already shared a few places you can look for for gaining employment in this post. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be covering freelance sites, CV writing and creating a portfolio in more detail. I’m no expert in this field but this blog is a way for me to share my personal experiences with you, the challenges I’ve faced and how you can realistically earn money and develop your skills online.

If you want to gain freelance writing work then you’re going to need some form of experience. This doesnt have to be in a formal setting but here are a few things I suggest.

*College/Uni magazine

Working on a college or university magazine is a great way to get some writing experience and a reference for future work. You’ll be able to get some guidance from an editor and gain experience of both working in a team and on your own. If you’re unsure if your college or university has a magazine then try searching your institutions website or asking an advisor.

*Create your own blog/website

Creating your own blog or site allows you to produce the content you want. Writing my own blog for three years led me to gaining jobs from a range of clients. I would suggest sticking to one niche, rather than covering lots of topics. Consider what you’re passionate about and what your strengths are. You can use these to your advantage and the work you produce can be used as part of your portfolio and job applications. It’s super easy to set up your own blog – I’ll be covering it in detail in an upcoming post!

*Internships

Internships are a way of gaining experience in both a formal and/or at home setting. I would definitely consider each internship with caution as some are full time with just your travel costs reimbursed. It might be better to try and find a freelance placement in which you can work from home. You can find several internships via indeed and the usual jobsites.

*Guest posting

If you dont want to set up your own blog then you could approach other bloggers and ask if you could write an article for their blog. I would suggest writing a polite email to approach them. Many bloggers may not accept guest posts, so dont be too disheartened if they say no.

 

 

5 Real Ways To Earn Money Online

Many people want to earn money online. Making money online is becoming more and more the norm these days. There are so many ways to make a bit of extra cash – some are well known (for example, eBay and Gumtree) and others less so. This post is focusing on those sites in which you don’t need to sell anything or pay anything upfront.

Personally, I’m not a fan of schemes in which you have to pay something upfront. I know some people do gain success via those methods, such as direct selling and props to you if it works for you. However, I’m just going to be looking at sites that are free to sign up to or join.

Ways to earn money

1. Completing surveys

Surveys are a great way to make a bit of extra money. OK, you’re not going to become rich overnight or at all with this method but a little bit each month adds up. I’ve done a few surveys in the past, though I don’t do as many these days as I just don’t have time. A few that I would recommend are:

* Pinecone – possibly the best survey site as you earn £3 per survey. On the flip side, its very difficult to get become a member and you dont seem to get many surveys (at least from my personal experience). Try this link to sign up.

*Global Test Market – I’ve only recently signed up to this site but I’ve read quite a few good reviews on it. You can sign up here.

*Opinion Outpost – Get paid cash for completing surveys with a low minimum cash out. You can sign up here.

*Onepoll – you need to earn £40 before you can cash out but it soon adds up. You can find out more here.

2. Freelancing sites

If you’re good at writing, admin, web design, selling then consider selling your services via a freelancing site. The mains ones I use are:

*Odesk

*People per hour

*Elance

*Freelancer

I’ll be writing a post on these soon with lots more information about how you can get started!

3. Web evaluation

You can check out my post here on the best companies for applying to be a web evaluator. Though the job is quite difficult, its decent pay and part time hours.

4. Utest

Get paid to test websites and earn £££. Utest is a crowdsourcing platform and you need to be approved before you can start earning money. I’m yet to sign up, so I’ll let you all know how I get on.

5. What users do

What users do is where you review websites for cash. You need an up to date browser and a microphone in order to do the work. You also need a paypal account to be paid. It’s around £8 per website review depending on the task. You can sign up here.

Free Stock Photos For Your Work

free stock photos

If you’re writing for a client or even writing your own blog, the chances are you will need free stock photos. If you’re a photography whizz then you’ll be able to take your own photographs. If you’re like me, however, you’ll be interested in finding some stock photos for your work.

You may be able to get permission from certain photographers to use their work but if that’s not possible then here are a few links where you can find free photographs to use for your work.

*You’ll need to check each site carefully as some images may require attribution*

Free Stock Photo Sites

Flickr

A lot of users offer their work under a creative commons license. I find these are suitable for certain types of informational articles and blog posts but they’re not always as high quality as other photos elsewhere.

Freeimages

Over 350000 images to browse from. Some images need crediting and you’ll need to sign up to the website but membership is free.

Creative commons search

This site allows you to search multiple sites for free images. Attribution may be required, depending upon the owner – a link back is normally suitable but its important to note if any credit is required.

Stock photos for free

A site with over 100000 photos available. Photos are categorised into different genres and you need to sign up for an account to download images. Membership is free.

Free range stock

Membership to this site is free and images can be used for personal or commercial projects.

Stock vault

Free stock photos for creatives. Make sure you check the f.a.q to determine how images can be used.

Every stock photo

A massive database of stock photos.

UPICM

A great resource for free photos to use for your blog or articles.

Kaboompics

High quality photos. One of my favourite sites – I often use their images for my posts.

Designerpics

Another great site that I’s used many times. Images are licensed under creative commons.

Stocksnap

Free images with no attribution required.

Death to the stock photo

Receive free images to your email every month.

Isorepublic

Free images for creatives.

Snapwire snaps

Receive 7 free photos every 7 days.

Splitshire

Free high quality images.

Unsplash

Receive 10 new images every 10 days.