If you love to write and can adapt your style to varied briefs, there are plenty of ways to make money freelancing in the UK.
There is a thriving market for online writers. If you can produce articles for websites or go freelance, it’s a great way to make money on the internet. It’s flexible too. You can write wherever you have a computer and a broadband connection and you can fit it into your lifestyle.
It can be a way of making money if you are unemployed or you are at home with children. You can also write after work, or even during your lunch break.
First things first, you’ll need a workspace. At home that could be the kitchen table or the spare bedroom. However, if it suits you more, there’s nothing wrong with writing on the go. A laptop or a desktop and a broadband/Wi-Fi connection will be your only outlay.
If you want to make sure your spelling and grammar are up to scratch then you can look for free grammar tools like the Hemmingway app. Just copy and paste your article onto their webpage and press edit. Hemmingway will then tell you if you have made any grammar mistakes. It points out issues like using the passive voice too much, or if you have sentences that are difficult to read. Keep working on your article until you get a good Hemmingway score.
Another tool is Grammarly. You can install this on your Word documents and it will tell you if you have any misspelt words or incorrect sentences and will show you the corrections you need to insert.
If you are going to work as a freelancer, think about opening a PayPal account because most websites and freelance clients will want to pay you using this method.
Finally, open a Skype account in case you need to speak to the people you are working for, it will save you money in phone calls.
If you have decided that you want to work on a variety of different topics and the amount of money you want to be paid, then using a freelance website is a good idea.
People Per Hour has a large community of writers and customers advertising daily. You will need to register with the site and provide proof of identity. Once you have been approved you need to set up your profile.
It’s here that you can tell potential customers about your skills and experience. People Per Hour also allows you to upload some of your work. If you don’t have any samples then write a couple of blogs on Word, make them attractive and post those instead. That way people can see how you write even though you haven’t built up a portfolio yet.
Look through the job postings and apply for any jobs you think you would be able to do. There are three levels on People Per Hour:
Apply for the job by filling in the proposal box and naming your price.
If there are a few freelancers that have already applied put a ‘1’ in the price box and a message will come up from People Per Hour telling you roughly how much other freelancers have bid. You can then match that price or lower it. However, resist the temptation to go too low, know your worth.
Once you have got a job, if you do it well the buyer will leave you feedback. Building up good feedback is best the way to get more work and better-paid jobs.
Upwork works on a similar basis to People Per Hour, except you’ll be paid in dollars, rather than having the choice of dollars, euros or pounds as with People Per Hour.
You can also choose to work for websites that are looking for regular contributors and pay you per article. You won’t earn as much as if you decide to freelance, but if you don’t have a lot of time to commit to your work, or you only want to concentrate on one or two topics, this will be an easier choice.
Do you enjoy making lists? Then this is the site for you. Listverse is always on the lookout for contributors who can create a 1500 or more word list that’s interesting and easy to read. If Listverse like your article and agree to print it they will pay you $100.
If you love music and you can write a good article about this subject then Paste will pay you between $50 and $200 for each article.
Write about the newest releases in fiction and non-fiction books in around 600 words then you can submit your article to Bookbrowse. If it’s accepted you’ll earn $50.
VQR is a magazine for creative writers so if you enjoy writing short fiction or prose submit your writing to VQR and if they accept it for publication they will pay you around $1000. Poetry writers can also earn up to $200.
There are hundreds of writing gigs on the internet for part- time and full- time work. Some are better paid than others, but it’s a good way to make some extra money while doing something you love.