If you are a freelance article writer, there are several things you have to know. First, you need to make a strategy how to find new potential clients. Without having an account in one of those websites, it will be very difficult to make a decent income.
Hubstaff Talent is the website everyone article writer wants to be registered in. There are no fees and registration process is really easy. There you have to fill some information, like years of experience, professional skills and expected payment per hour. Some clients prefer paying per hour while others have fixed price for their project. If you are selected to work on a project with payment per hour, you need to install time tracking with screenshots software. The clients want to have evidence how many hours you have worked in order to pay the right price. When they check screenshots, they can actually see that you have worked all the time.
Freelancer is probably the biggest website for freelance work. It has over 23 million registered users – both employers and freelancers. However, there are high fees on this website and if you are getting paid for the first time in their system, you have to wait for 30 days till your payment is released. So if you need the money now, that will be a problem. Another problem about Freelancer is that if you are awarded for a project, the fee will be immediately deducted from your account. However, there are employers who refuse to pay for the project, although you have sent the written articles. Yes, that’s a fraud but there is nothing you can do about it. You have wasted your time, writing the articles, and what is more – you are loosing money because of the fee you owe to the website.
Upwork is an excellent website if you are looking for work as an article writer. It has over 12 million registered users and the fees of this website are lower, being compared to fees you have to pay on Freelancer.
If you want to earn more money without writing more articles, you need to focus on better paid projects. There are clients who are willing to pay $100-$500 per article if it is well written. You have to find the true value of your time! Installing time tracking with screenshots is the first step you have to make. You can track everything – not only the time, spent working on different projects, but also the time you spend on Facebook or Twitter. With time tracking with screenshots you can see where you waste the most time and avoid visiting those websites. However, don’t spend too much time on checking the results from the tracking software because this can also “eat” your time. Spending about 10-15 minutes a day to check the screenshots or the history is ok, but spending 2 hours a day is definitely not normal. If you want to make more money, you need to become a better writer. That means you may visit courses about writing or ask for recommendations from your previous satisfied clients.