What's a freelance writer?

What's a freelance writer?

An independent or freelance writer is a writer who works on a self-employed basis, untethered to one specific outlet or company. They can write to just one client or, more often than not, write for several different mediums or websites at a time. The more talented an author is, the more likely they are to be accepted and paid for their freelance writer gig.

Benefits of Being A Freelance Writer

Being a freelance writer requires a certain amount of self-reliance: there is no regular quarterly, sick or holiday pay to fall back on if things go south or you find yourself in a drought–so it's not for everyone out there. Nevertheless, the benefits are great for any writer who may be bold enough to be a freelance. 

 Freelance Writers:

  • can leave the daily 9 to 5 grind behind as they can just pick and choose their working hours

  • to have the liberty to choose the client they work for. So, if they want to, freelance writers can only write about anything they care about or have deep knowledge / interest in. 

  • do not have to battle in a daily commute as most freelance writers use their local coffee shops, parks or just their place to write.

  • can shift their workspace to meet their requirements: Wanna write in jammies? Do so. Wanna write at bed? Sure thing. Try that in a traditional office and HR will be on your neck instantly

  • can take holidays whenever they want.

  • can choose how many billable hours they’d like to have so, they can work for 5, 20 or 40 hours a week or in a month. That's up to them.

How Much Does A Freelancer Writer Get Paid?

Payment for freelance writer work differs greatly depending on what you are writing about and who you are writing for. We had already written in a past blog post (Freelance Average Hourly Rates 2019) what you might be paid for a gig on an hourly basis. Since you are a freelance writer, you might charge per word count or per piece. That's up to you. And if you like to find out what to charge as a freelance writer, you can use our Hourly Rate Calculator that can help you to stay afloat AND earn some more.

Here's a rough estimation you can expect to earn as a Freelance Writer

Writing and Content $15
Translation $16
Web Content
Sales Content

As you can see, hourly rate averages change depending on what you can and want to write. While SEO-related work pays a little more than social media pieces, you might find decent work creating content for websites, too.

How To Be A Freelance Writer?

Historically, our civilization started with inventing writing. And currently, your freelance / part-time writing may be the solution to your needs. Freelance writing is a classic freelance, working at home job, even before the age of the internet. If you're not aware, there are a dozen different types of freelance and/or remote writing jobs out there. From copywriting, guest blogging to creating content for social media, there are writing jobs for every size and type of experience.

There are many different ways to get freelance writing gigs. Sometimes people leave their full-time job knowing they've made enough connections to get work as a freelance writer. Some writers begin by finding small writer gigs online. Others work in a related industry, like public relations, and have enough of a portfolio to approach past clients, and cold pitch others.

If you are looking for a place to start, be sure to check our How to Find and Land Good Paying Freelance Jobs in 2019.

How Do Freelancers Get Paid?

Every client you may have as a freelance writer will have their payment process. Sometimes a client will want the freelance writer to send an invoice when the work is done, or they pay some percentage of the gig upfront and would need a reminder when the work is handed in. 

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Rimuut has a handful of freelance writer users that issue VAT invoices to their clients and admitted that using Rimuut and not payment processors like Paypal or Venmo has given them a better reputation since those payments can be deducted from taxation for their clients: And they love it!

Whatever method you may use, it will be much easier after you get your first freelance writing work. Make sure to deliver on time, be on-the-brief and create awesome content to get more jobs coming your way.

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Chloe Frederick

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