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Freelance Writers: How Freelance Writers Can Find Quick and Easy Projects
Written by William Ballard, Freelance Writer and Author
Have you ever wondered why some freelance writers seem to have more work than they can handle while you seem to struggle to keep busy with paying gigs every day?
You may have wondered if these other freelance writers’ work is significantly superior to yours, if they low-ball their rates to stay busy or if they have some incredible industry connections that they use to find projects. In some cases, some of these things may be entirely true. However, in many other cases, busy freelance writers simply know how to find quick and easy projects to work on. These projects can be used to fill up the dead space in their schedule when they otherwise would be twiddling their thumbs and not earning money.
So how can you find quick and easy projects?
Ad Revenue Sharing Sites
Have you ever considered the benefits associated with an ad revenue sharing site? There are several different websites that allow you to write articles of various lengths and publish them for profit. Some will pay you a flat fee per article, and others will pay you on a per page view basis, such as Bubblews.com.
While sites that pay on a page view basis will not generally put a significant amount of money in your pocket immediately, these sites can be used to build recurring income over time.
Sell Your Work as an E-Book
Ad revenue sharing websites allow you to write articles and post them on their websites under your own name and on any topic that you choose. However, another option is to sell your work as an eBook through Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, or you can sell it right off your freelance writer and author website as a digital product (which will most often be in PDF format).
Being able to write a professional eBook is becoming more and more easier that it has ever been. To find out more about what you can do when turning your articles into eBooks have a look at this related article: Freelance Writers: How Freelance Writers Can Make Money on Rejected Work
Again, you can write on almost any topic you choose, and by ether one of these publishing avenues, you have the freedom to set your own price. The negatives with doing this is that some eBooks may not sell immediately. So you may write an eBook today and not see income from it for months. The positive side, however, is that by being able to set your own price it can result in a greater amount of money per eBook. The only thing that you need is confidence. Confidence that you have something of value to offer the world. Don't sell yourself short!
Bid Sites (Not Widely Recommend by Major Freelance Writers)
Elance.com is perhaps the most well-known bid site available to freelance writers, but there are several others that are equally good sources of work. Some of these sites require you to pay a monthly subscription fee for the benefit of finding work through them. However, most freelance writers will be able to find plenty of work through the sites to make the nominal subscription fee worthwhile. However, the project amounts that are posted on these sites are usually below the industry average and not widely recommended by major freelance writers.
To maximize the benefit of using these sites, you should keep an eye on your work schedule. Start bidding on projects a few days before you think you will have downtime. In addition, only bid on projects that are of a scope you are capable of handling with your other work projects. Many of these sites have an incredible selection of opportunities to choose from, so it is easy to use these projects to fill your schedule.
However, I highly recommend you do not use these types of sites as your main source for getting writing gigs. Use them only when your schedule is wide open and you need a writing job to fill in some space.
With these different ways to make money and fill up the downtime in your work schedule, there is no reason why every freelance writer cannot stay as busy as he or she wants to be!
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About the Author
William Ballard is the author of, "8 Tips to Freelance Writing Success (Article Writing Series)" and "3 Steps to Blogging Success: Discovering Your Passion, Finding Your Audience, and Developing an Income Stream (Article Series)".
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.