How to Make Good Money on Freelance Bidding Sites

Carol Tice

Stephanie Mojica

Stephanie Mojica

By Stephanie Mojica

I’m not one to knock legitimate writing opportunities. And yes, those “content mills” like Demand Media Studios, Bright Hub, and Break Studios will pay you on time for rather formulaic writing work.

But what if you’re a slow writer, don’t believe in content mills, or are simply sick of churning out article after article?

What if you have some great writing samples (either print or online) and are ready to focus on quality rather than quantity while earning the money you truly deserve?

Job bidding sites like Guru and oDesk have given me even more economic and creative opportunities than mills, especially as a blogger and book editor. It literally is like an eBay for writers and all types of work-from-home professionals.

I have garnered numerous clients on bidding sites for press release writing, environmental blog writing, horoscope writing, financial blog writing, divorce blog writing, book editing, and publicity campaigns.

Like any site, once you learn the system you can and will succeed. If you take the right action steps, it’s not a matter of if you will succeed but when.

Good rates are possible on the bidding sites. I have consistently made at least $90 an hour and usually $150 to $300 an hour devoting my time to writing clients I’ve found on Guru.

If you have a resume and a few writing clips to show potential clients, you can do the same. My tips:

Bid only on jobs that pay what you’re worth. This is extremely important. So many writers give in to deprivation thinking. Twelve-step groups like Underearners Anonymous, Debtors Anonymous, and Workaholics Anonymous are full of writers with financial problems. Believe me, I personally know this. Part of the problem is that so many writers think it’s not “spiritual” or “creative” to ask for a great wage, I eventually discovered through working with author and life coach Sheri Kaye Hoff.

Set a goal of how many bids you will make per day. It’s a sheer numbers game, my friend. The more bids you get out there — especially at first when you have little or no client feedback posted online — the better you will do.

I’ve competed for jobs listed in online ads with 1,000 people. On Guru and oDesk, I’ve often been the only bidder or one out of three, five, six, 10, or 20. I’ve seen projects that I haven’t bid on with identical odds.

I wish you the best of luck in your journey to financial freedom and creative prosperity.

Have you used bidding sites? Share your experience in the comments below.

Stephanie Mojica, a writing and business prosperity coach, blogs at “Hot Freelance Writing Secrets” and is the author of several eBooks including“5 Business Prosperity Secrets.” Her credits include The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Virginian-Pilot, Louisville Magazine,, and



  1. Ron - Sales Copy Writing

    I will have to say, when writers are offering their services for peanuts, it is really HARD to make some good money over there.

    More so for an non-native writer…You guessed it…I am an Indian of course…

  2. Howard Baldwin

    I went on based on this article, and if you can find $90/hour jobs, good luck. Even the one I investigated that had a rational budget turned out to be looking for 1000s of articles. I like Carol Tice’s comment about being found serendipitously, but I’m not going to make it a habit to check this site out.

    Ever since I’ve been freelancing, I’ve had a six-figure income, and I just don’t see how sites like this are going to sustain that. The best way to get clients is still word-of-mouth. Tell your friends you’re freelancing. Check out alumni groups for places you’ve worked on LinkedIn.

    • Carol Tice

      I personally never saw how it would bring in more than I was making other ways, Howard — I’m with you. But I do occasionally hear from people such as Stephanie who seem to have figured out the system. I wanted to include her point of view because different types of marketing work for different folks.

      There are many ways to find clients. Especially for writers who are new, Elance or Guru might be a place to find better-quality clients than writing for mills gets you — could be a move-up strategy. But it’s definitely time-consuming to bid — it’s sort of on the order of responding to online job ads, except as Stephanie points out, usually you’re competing against fewer people.

    • Stephanie Mojica

      I definitely agree here…Guru and oDesk and the like are not for everyone and it does require some “weeding.” I was talking to a coaching client today and we discussed that keywords like “native English speakers” are great ways to avoid the pennies/few dollars for articles employers on there.
      Like anything else, it takes time and patience.



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