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Make a Living Writing: 9 Irresistible Posts for Writers in 2021

Evan Jensen

Want to make a living writing?

You’re in the right place. Make a Living Writing is the place to learn how to move up and earn more.

But what were you really looking for in 2021 to help start or grow your freelance writing business?

The number one thing writers want: An easy way to find freelance writing jobs.

It’s why we compiled all our markets list into one place: Checkout our Best resources for Paying Markets

So what else were freelance writers looking for at Make a Living Writing in 2021?

Make a Living Writing readers had an irresistible urge to click, swipe, and tap, on posts about marketing, writing skills, remote work, income potential, and more.

Check out the top 9 irresistible Make a Living Writing posts in 2021.

1. Here’s How Much Time Americans Have Saved By Not Commuting Over the Last Year (by City)

Like working remotely? It’s one of the benefits of being a freelance writer.

And since the spread of COVID-19, lockdowns, social distancing, and now the rise of the Omicron variant, it’s become an even bigger trend.

2. Earn Money Writing: 4 Big Lessons from a $126K+ Freelancer

Freelance writer Nicole Dieker landed her first-paying gig way back in 2012. The pay wasn’t great, but she was determined to move up and earn more.

She documented her freelance hustle to help other writers. She became a regular contributor to The Write Life, The Penny Hoarder, and many others.

And eventually, she became a six-figure freelancer. Here’s how she did it.

3. Writing an Article vs. Writing a Blog Post: What’s the Difference?

Ever wonder what the difference is between writing an article and writing a blog post? It’s a topic that comes up a lot.

Get clear on this, and you’ll be able to tackle blogging assignments like a pro, make your clients happy, and raise your rates for blog writing.

4. Celebrity Interview Secrets: 7 Strategies for Writers to Score a Meeting

If you want to pitch major magazines, tabloids, entertainment sites, and score interviews with celebrities, chances are pretty good you’re not going to land an interview by knocking on their door or giving them a call.

You’ll need to get a little more creative about how to tap into their inner circle. Here’s how.

5. If You’re Interested in Academic Writing, Read This First

Surprisingly, there’s still a lot of academic writing jobs out there. It’s a niche industry that’s been vilified for helping students lie and cheat their way to better grades and graduations.

If you’re thinking about academic writing to make a few bucks, you need to read this first.

6. Entry-Level Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners: The Definitive Guide

So you want to be a freelance writer? That’s awesome. There’s massive potential, especially in the COVID-world of remote work and the rise of the freelance economy.

So how do you get started? Some advice, applying to a million online writing jobs will slowly crush your soul.

If you’re ready to build a successful freelance writing business, here’s how to get started…the right way.

7. How to Price an Ebook: 7 Questions to Help You Decide

Publishing an Ebook can be a great way to build authority and credibility fast. It can even be a good income source if you do it right.

So once you get your book published, how much should you sell it for. Or maybe you should offer it for free.

Here’s what you need to know.

8. The Truth About How Much Freelance Writers Make

Can you actually make a living writing? You know…match your day job income, support a family, save some money, even enjoy vacation or buy yourself something nice.

If you really want to get into the details about how much you can make as a freelance writer, take a look at this post.

We collected real data from a mix of writers to show you what to expect and what’s possible.

9. Online Writing Portfolio: 5 Ways to Design Yours to Dazzle Clients

“OK, great. Send me your portfolio.” If that simple request from a prospect fills you with fear or sends you scrambling to the darkest corners of your hard drive or digital footprint, you’re not alone.

Here’s the thing. You need a writing portfolio. It doesn’t have to be huge, and it won’t be when you’re just starting out. But you need an easy way to show off your work when a prospect asks to see some samples.

Here’s how to create an online portfolio prospects will love.

Make a living writing: Here’s to your freelance success in 2022

In 2021, writers loved our lists of Paying Markets and these 9 posts the most. And we plan to bring you more content, resources, and advice to help you move up and earn more in 2022.

What are your best freelance writing tips from 2021? Share in the comments below.

Evan Jensen is a freelance writer based in Sandy, Ore. When he’s not on a writing deadline or catching up on emails, he’s training to run another 100-mile ultra-marathon.

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Freelance Writing Websites: 5 Essentials to Attract Ideal Clients

Freelance Writing Websites: 5 Essentials to Attract Ideal Clients

Writer Websites: 5 Tips to Attract Freelance Clients. Makealivingwriting.com

What’s the secret to creating one of those writer websites that get’s noticed?

You know…an ideal client lands on your writer website. And you’ve got all the right stuff there to get that person to call, email, or connect on social media.

Great writer websites can:

  • Generate freelance writing leads
  • Grow your network
  • Show off your portfolio
  • Help you stand out as the writer in your niche

…while you sleep.

Chances are pretty good you already know writer websites help the pros stand out.

But what does your writer website look like?

Maybe you keep putting it off or avoid giving it an upgrade because you’re not a graphic designer, web developer or tech genius.

Sound familiar?

If you aren’t sure where to start or how to improve your online presence, you’re in luck. I’m going to show you the 5 essentials writer websites need to help you stand out, move up, and earn more.

How to Find Entry-Level Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners

How to Find Entry-Level Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners

Best Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners. Makealivingwriting.com

Right now, a record-high number of people are considering a freelance writing career. My inbox is overflowing with questions from newbies. And the first question is: “Where can I find freelance writing jobs for beginners?”

If that’s you, sending hugs! I totally feel your confusion. The freelance marketplace is a big, complicated place. There are lots of types of paid writing, and different kinds of clients, too.

I’ve been helping writers get started for a dozen years now. And I know how mystifying it can be. You feel like there’s a door you need to find, a person you need to know, a secret you must unlock to become a freelance writer.

But really, the path to freelance writing jobs for beginners is simple.

You need to find someone willing to let you write for them. That’s it.

You get a few samples and boom — you have a portfolio to show. And you’re on your way.

There are fairly simple, break-in writing assignments that newbies tend to get. I’m going to outline what they are below.

But first, I need to explain something…