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How I Earn A Full-Time Living As A Part-Time Freelance Blogger

How I Earn A Full Time Income Freelance Blogging


Note from Adam: The most effective way to earn a full-time living from your blog is to become a freelance blogger. The best thing about this is that no matter how challenging it is to make money in your niche, you can make it happen by leveraging your skills and knowledge as a blogger. To help you get started, I’ve asked Elna Cain to share how she was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance blogger within 6 months. 

Not even a year ago, I was sitting on my couch after putting my 18-month-old twins down for the night, watching a little YouTube, when my husband says to me,

“Do you use the Internet for anything else besides YouTube?”

I casually responded, “Of course silly. I also use Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo Mail.”

That was me.

Those five sites made up 90% of my computer life. Twitter? I thought Twitter was mostly used by celebrities; I never gave it much thought. WordPress? What was that?

I like to think of myself as a successful freelance blogger these days, but talk to me ten months ago and I wouldn’t have had a clue what a permalink was, or why you would need an email list.

I was green. Like, real green.

I knew nothing about hosting, domains or WordPress and I didn’t use Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.

But, in less than a year, I was able to replace my full-time salary as a teacher while working only part-time hours as a stay-at-home mom.

And, since I started freelance blogging, I’ve moved up from making a measly $1.50 a post to commanding up to $250 a post.

What’s great about freelance blogging is you don’t need a lot of technical experience, design skills, coding skills or even a journalism degree.

All you need is a website, a passion to learn and a little marketing savviness.

This is how I earned a full-time living as a freelance writer in six months from scratch.

Want to learn how to get paid to write in 7 weeks or less? Check out my in-depth training course; WriteTo1K. You’ll learn everything you need to know, step-by-step.

I developed an online presence

I seriously started thinking about freelance blogging in September 2014.

My husband encouraged me to start a business online since he has his own online business and always thought I could do the same.

My twins, at the time, weren’t even two yet, but they napped consistently and slept through the night. This made it possible for me to work on my writing during their naps and bedtime.

That equaled about 3-4 hours a day – and I still only work that many hours a day almost a year later.

I felt it was important to start out with my own domain name – and to self-host WordPress – from day one. So, I registered a domain,, got it hosted and initially began with a free WordPress theme.

In hindsight, I’m not sure if I would go with a ccTLD again. Blogging is a global business so I would go with a .com even if it means having to choose a slightly longer, or more creative name.

And, finally, I signed up for a Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ profile.

This was the beginning of creating a social presence online.

I also began reading other blogs about freelance writing  – and blogging tips – to learn what I was getting myself into.

Since no one knew I was a freelance writer online, I started leaving comments on different writing and blogging sites to put my name out there.

But, I soon noticed my comments didn’t have a photo of me. I didn’t know it at the time, but I failed blogging 101: sign up for a Gravatar.

Elna Nogravatar

I knew for branding purposes it was beneficial to have my photo show up next to my comments. I signed up for a Gravatar and used the same photo for my website and social media profiles.

Having an online home base, active social media profiles and a Gravatar, helped create my online presence and brand me as a freelance writer.

But, I wasn’t getting paid to write yet.

My first writing gig

My first crack at paid writing was on iWriter, a site commonly referred to as a content mill.

I decided to give iWriter a try because you could start writing and earning money right away – and you could pick your choice of topic from a list. Plus, most article choices were short – under 500 words.

For someone new to online business, writing and using PayPal, I thought I’d see how this would fare out.

To be honest, I hated it. I spent far too much time writing a three hundred word post for pocket change.


I almost quit freelance writing. But, I didn’t.

I decided to move on to Guru, a freelance marketplace. I set up a profile and began pitching, but never landed a gig.

At this point, I wasn’t sure if I was cracked up to be a freelance writer.

But, I was persistent and kept visiting freelance writing sites like Be a Freelance Blogger – and I kept reading and learning about how many stay-at-home-moms built successful freelance writing businesses.

Many of these blogs had posts from guest contributors, so I switched focus and started building my portfolio by guest posting rather than landing paid work.

Building my portfolio with guest posts

In October 2014, I focused on pitching to guest blogs within my area of expertise – parenting, natural health, psychology, and career.

I landed my first guest post on a parenting blog after sending this pitch:

Gut Health Pitch

From there, I started pitching to popular websites with more authority online. Soon after, I landed guest posts on Psych Central, Social Media Today and Brazen Careerist.

At this point, I had a strong writer platform to showcase my work and writing services and used my site to market my business on social media.

Guest posting on authoritative blogs also meant my writing was being seen by thousands of people – expanding my reach and helping me get noticed quickly.

But, I still wasn’t making any profitable gains from freelance blogging. I had to land a freelance writing job or find something else to do where I could stay home, raise my twins and earn an income.

I pitched to anything and everything

I started pitching to freelance writing job ads, on top of publishing weekly content on my blog and writing guest posts for various sites.

The two job boards I used the most were:

I pitched to anything and everything – from health to finance, if I thought I could write about it, I’d send off a pitch letter.

In November  – two months after I started writing online – I finally landed my first “real” blogging gig. It was for an auto enthusiast blog and they offered $100 for an 800-word post.

They were looking for a Canadian writer that was also a mother and I fit the profile. I still write for them and enjoy writing on a variety of automotive lifestyle topics.

At this point, I immersed myself in digital marketing and learned how to attract prospective clients to my site.

I also wanted to build my blog’s traffic so I created a lead magnet and started an email list on my site.

I poured my efforts into Pinterest and started focusing on creating pin-worthy images on my blog to attract a larger audience.

I also started commenting on influencers’ blog posts to get on their radar and to build a network of bloggers and writers.

Sue Comment


I had writing work coming to me

Soon after landing my first real blogging gig, I started receiving enquiries via my contact form on Innovative Ink.

Different companies were requesting my writing services. I was able to start negotiating a higher rate and as a result, I eventually replaced my full-time salary by working part-time as a freelance blogger.

Building my website and blog, guest posting on popular sites, getting noticed by influencers in my industry and having a strong social presence finally paid off.

I currently have a group of clients who require weekly content, and I also have a handful of clients who require content on demand. Also, I recently started blogging here on Blogging Wizard.

But, my biggest achievement so far is landing a financial writing gig for $250 a post.

Now, I am able to leverage these projects in my portfolio as social proof on my website. I also have a testimonials page proving to new clients I am credible, professional and sought after.

Scaling my business

Even though I only work up to four hours a day writing for my clients, I still spend a good portion of my day corresponding with clients, keeping up with social media and managing a new blog I own, FreelancerFAQs – a site for new and established freelance writers.

These non-billable hours add up quickly. It’s not unusual for me to spend an extra hour or two a day tending to these tasks.

My main reason for working at home is to take care of my twin toddlers and if I’m spending time in the morning, afternoon and after dinner online, that’s time away from my children.

With this in mind, I’m scaling my business so I can eventually have multiple streams of income while working fewer hours. Here is my plan:

  • Outsource non-billable tasks such as editing, proofreading and fact checking. This leaves me more time to write, pitch and land more
  • Offer coaching services to new freelance bloggers. I plan to also create and sell a comprehensive guide for new freelance writers.
  • Further develop my copywriting and include that as an additional service.

Many of these goals are already in place and I’m excited about the potential to expand my business.

Wrapping it up

Anyone can break into freelance blogging. As a blogger, you probably looked into affiliate marketing or AdSense for your blog, but why not consider writing on other people’s blogs? And get paid to do it.

Your blog posts can act as an instant portfolio to show prospective clients. You can also add a page or two on your site describing your writing services.

From there, advertise, guest blog and keep on pitching. Pretty soon you’ll land your first client and you’ll be complaining you have too much work on your plate.

Freelance blogging gives you the freedom to work from home on your own terms. You also get paid much sooner than you would by running affiliate offers or displaying ads on your blog, as these companies often have net 30 or net 60 payment terms.

It’s fun, rewarding and a great way to stretch your writer wings.

Now, it’s your turn – what’s your experience? Have you given freelance blogging a try?

Want to learn how to get paid to write in 7 weeks or less? Check out my in-depth training course; WriteTo1K. You’ll learn everything you need to know, step-by-step.

About Elna Cain

Elna Cain is a freelance writer who offers ghostwriting, copywriting and blogging services. She works closely with B2C and B2B businesses providing digital marketing content that gains social media attention and increases their search engine visibility. Check out her new free email course for bloggers and writers, Get Paid to Write Online.

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  • [ Smiles ] Wow, Elna! You certainly came a long way.

    Also, freelance blogging not only helped you to make extra cash; it helped you to become well-recognized in the blogosphere.

    • Elna Cain

      Thanks. Freelance blogging is a challenge especially when you have children to take care of. But, I love pushing myself and seeing how I can grow my business.

  • Katharine Paljug

    Such an inspiring post, Elna! I think it’s incredibly impressive how you made your way out of content mill writing — it’s so easy to get stuck doing low-paid work and thinking that’s all there is.

    It’s also encouraging to hear that there are other writers out there who embrace the part-time schedule. I think that’s one of the biggest benefits to the sort of work we do. Of course, I could make more money if I worked more hours per day, but one of the reasons I went freelance was to have more control over my own schedule and time for things besides work — I’m glad I’m not the only one with that mindset!

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Katharine!

      Glad to see another part-time freelancer! While I love having most of my day playing and taking care of my twins, I am looking forward to being able to work more on my business.

      I think it’s because I have so much ideas floating around and I want to execute every one of them. For me to do that, I need to work more hours. It’s tough, but I love every minute of it.

  • Wonderful post. I’ve just started my journey as a freelance blogger (mostly stuck to fiction in the past) and it’s wonderful reading the stories of people like yourself who did the research and work, persevered and are doing great things with writing. It makes me believe that it really is possible- thanks Elna!

    • Elna Cain

      You welcome Sofi!
      I also love learning about how other freelance bloggers “make” it. It inspires me and motivates me to do the same.

      The biggest thing to remember is that you need to persevere like you mentioned. Being able to handle rejection and realize businesses aren’t criticizing your work when they don’t hire you; it probably just means you are not the right fit for them.

      I hope to see you around!

  • FrancesCaballo

    Congratulatins, Elna Cain. Have you considered writing a book?

    • Elna Cain


      One of my plans to scale my freelance blogging business is to write a comprehensive guide for new freelance writers. I’m actually writing it right now! I’m also developing free eCourse for my opt-in as well as a brand new site to sell my eBook and offer my coaching services.

      I’m super excited and working as much as I can – this means not going to bed until well after midnight and waking up before 7 a.m.

  • Elna,
    This is another great post. You and Adam have so many great ideas! I have been very discouraged with my new travel blog and Adam has been helping me with ideas. I appreciate your desire to stay at home with your kids. I homeschool my son and I want to keep it that way. Maybe guest blogging would be a way to build my portfolio. I am glad you have found a way to be successful from home.

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Elaine
      That’s great you have help with your travel blog. It’s nice to have that extra support when you launch something new.

      Guest blogging is a great way to build your portfolio. That’s exactly what I did. It’s also a great way to reach a new audience.

      Good luck!

  • Hi Elna,

    Well done on making a successful career from freelance writing – its quite inspiring to read your story and your rapid progression. It just shows what can be achieved when you have a plan and you set your mind to it.

    Again – congratulations!
    – David

    • Elna Cain

      Hi David,

      Thanks so much! These last two years have been a whirlwind for me. Having my twins and raising them with lack of sleep and many uncertain moments, to now owning my own successful business is something I couldn’t dream of.

      You’re right, if you set your mind to it, great things can be achieved. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit and freelance blogging has given me the option to control my own destiny.

      It’s a great feeling.

  • It’s slightly bizarre when I think about it, but I had never considered the skills I’ve built up as a blogger to be a marketable commodity in their own right. At least not the writing element.
    You’ve made me think Elna! Thank you for your creative sparks 🙂

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Alan,
      I can see the bizarreness to that! But, I actually think many bloggers never thought about getting paid to write on other blogs. So, I’m sure you’re not a lone!

      Good luck on your potential new side gig!

  • Jasper Oldersom

    Wow Elna, i have MASSIVE respect for you.

    To reach this level of success from where you started at your level of “greenness” (lol) is simply an amazing achievement.

    I liked your idea for you pitch, as your practically gave them the outline which helps them easily decide if your idea is something for them. As someone who has never pitched a guest post before this is very valuable intel 😉

    I was happy to see you also connected with Adrienne. She is definitely great at building relationships!

    Your work definitely sounds rewarding and i loved reading your story.

    Have a great week ahead Elna.

    – Jasper

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Jasper,
      Thanks! You brought a smile to my face. I WAS very green. When I look back I’m surprised at what I’ve achieved, but I’ve had help along the ways. My husband has been a great help and supporter and without him I doubt I’d be where I am today.

      Glad you found my pitch helpful. It was very detailed, but that’s because the blog requested that. When you guest blog, make sure to read their guidelines. Some blogs only want your headline and that’s it, so providing a detailed outline won’t help your chances.

      Isn’t Adrienne the best? She’s super supportive and treats you like you’ve been best buds forever. I sure learned a lot about blogging and networking.

      Have a great week!

  • Elna,
    Thanks so much for sharing your rise to success! You definitely showed the persistence and grit needed to survive and thrive in a world dominated by digital media. Your email about the Toddlers’ gut post was great- giving an outline definitely shows the potential for a great article. As someone who has just begun blogging for fun, I may have to consider taking it to the next level!

    • Elna Cain

      Thanks! Glad you appreciated my pitch. It was one of my first pitches that sealed the deal!
      Yeah, guest blogging can do wonders for you blog so consider it!

  • Corinne Kerston

    Elna, I’ve read your story before on your blog but I always love reading these stories (and tips!). Your quick success is inspiring! Keep up the great work!

    • Elna Cain

      Hey Corinne!
      Thanks. I love reading about other freelance bloggers and their rise to success. It is very inspiring.

      I’m glad we connected!

  • Great post Elna, and well done you! I despair at some of the “content mill” sites and the awfully low rates people are willing to accept for a skill that is both art and science and should be valued much more. I do have a question: you mention you got a financial writing gig that wasn’t one of your niche knowledge areas. How did you acquire this knowledge and win the client?

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Phil,
      When I first started I wasn’t that aware of content mills, but learned quickly how much they sucked.

      As for my latest gig, it was a referral from another client, so I really didn’t have to “pitch” for it. I recently realized that most of my clients were acquired through referrals, so it pays to network and do your best.

      I enjoy writing out of my niche. It helps me grow as a writer and blogger.

  • Great article, Elna! Something you mentioned gave me a little kick with alot of inspiration to finally get the lead magnet up on my site, move my blog to wordpress, get more involved with quality commenting and overall, to be inspired by how you did this with your challenges. It’s awesome just to see how the path to full time success can happen in real time for me-even with my health challenges!

    • Elna Cain

      That’s great to hear. The plan you’ve set out is a great start. Quality content will help drive your traffic and establish a loyal audience.

      Even though I’m a freelance blogger, I like working on making my blog more engaging and I’m working hard to bring more traffic to it.

      Good luck!

  • Great article. I have wondered about who writes for those content mill sites. I had figured that is where people start, and then they move on. Thank you for sharing how you made money online. I try to encourage people to do it every day. I don’t always have a lot of success at sharing that it takes hard work, but you can make a living online.

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Stephanie,
      You’re right, there are a lot of ways to make money online and many people overlook the whole freelance blogging approach.

      I knew I wanted to stay home and raise my kids but at the same time, make a living. I never thought about freelance blogging until I came across a mommy blogger and in one of her posts she said she was a freelance blogger. This piqued my interest and I went with it!

  • Great post and well done! I used to write for the content mills and gave that up too. I still haven’t managed to write outside of my niches but your success is encouraging. Thank you! 🙂

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Michaela,

      I’m glad you gave up content mills too! There’s so much more to freelance blogging than writing cheap content.

      I’m glad I found freelance job boards and sort of lucked out with my first real writing gig. I couldn’t believe it. I thought I bombed the phone interview, but two days later they told me I got the gig.

      Good luck in your freelance career!

  • Great success story Elna.
    The No 1 reason why I love this online world is that we can grab clients from anywhere around the world.

    Today, my six month old blog gives me nearly 800 – 1000 $ in part time.

    • Kaushik, I remember when you were just getting your blog started – you’ve come such a long way in a short amount of time. Keep up the great work!

      • Oh dear, thank you so much. 🙂
        Your blogging tips have helped me reach a long way. And Sue was always there to help. I am so thankful to both of you.

        • You’re most welcome, so glad that we’ve been able to help 🙂

  • Hi Elna,

    Thank you for telling us your story.

    I am inspired and I added your site Freelancer FAQ in the list of sites I read so I can learn more and improve my knowledge about freelancing.

    I recently landed my first official writing gig yesterday. It does not pay much but it’s a great way to start.

    I am really inspired by what you achieved by already and will follow your advice on building an online presence (but this is kind of a challenge since I am a naturally shy person and an introvert).

    Like what Andrew Warner said, I need to be courageous in order to make life-altering changes.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Hi Adam,

    Thank you for having Elna today. I am encouraged by her success story.

    I look forward to being like here one day!

    More power to you!


    • Elna Cain

      Thanks Luna!

      Congrats on landing your official writing gig! It’s such a great feeling eh? I know it was for me.

      Feel free to guest post on FreelancerFAQ as a way to build your authority as a freelance writer and to add to your portfolio!

      Good luck!

    • Hi Luna, my pleasure – so glad that Elna’s success story has encouraged you!

      Let us know how you get on and if you have any specific questions, you’re welcome to drop me an email and I’ll do my best to help out 🙂

      Talk soon,

  • Leslie L Denning

    Thanks for sharing your ‘secrets’, Elna! I love writing, and I’ve thought about freelancing. I used to do freelance transcription, which I enjoyed. However, I started having problems with leg pain and the pedal, so I moved on.

    If I ever decide that’s the road I want to go, this is a great tutorial.

    All the best,


    • Elna Cain

      Writing is a great outlet isn’t it? I never knew how fun it is until I started landing writing gigs. I also learned that I really like digital marketing, blogging and anything related to those topics.

      I’m sorry to hear about your leg pain. If, and when, you decide to pursue freelance writing, you could always email me!

      • Leslie L Denning

        Thanks, Elna. I will definitely keep that mind. I love writing about digital marketing, too.

  • Hey Elna,

    Great share and I have thought about doing freelance writing on top of affiliate marketing. But one thing I like to do is get better at writing which is taking me a long time to do lol.

    But your story is quite inspiring! My main goal is to create residual income from different programs and software. Right now I’m looking at freelancing more as a hobby for myself but that can change in the near future.

    Right now I’m leveraging blogging to grow my email list, brand myself and to sell online products.

    Thanks for sharing Elna! Have a good one!

    • Elna Cain

      That’s a great plan! I think a lot of people want residual income (like me!) but just have a hard time doing it!
      I’m working on a comprehensive guide and hope to sell it this year, but there’s a lot more to it than just writing it! I’m excited for the next chapter in my business.

      Freelance blogging can be a fun hobby and it’s also a great way to network and get your name out there!

  • Nice case study and thanks for you secrets

    • Elna Cain

      You’re welcome. I think the biggest thing that propelled my business was all the guest posting I was doing. It really helped establish me as a writer and exposed me to a new audience.
      Enjoy your week!

  • Roy

    Hi, I love reading the posts in Blogging Wizard……Adam is great at getting inspiring guests to write posts. A question though Elna, to become a freelance blogger do you think you need to be more than a two finger typist? I’m quite proud of some of the blog posts I’ve written, but the time it takes to research and then type it into a blog post is far too long for me to make part time income…….and that’s with my specialist subject, which unfortunately isn’t one that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors pm. Anyway, would love to know your thoughts.

    • Hi Roy, thanks for the kind words!

      Elna will have some good advice on the typing front, but just wanted to mention a post Bryan Collins wrote which could help. Here’s the link:

      Aside from generally typing quicker, the tips in Bryan’s post should help you out 🙂

    • Elna Cain

      Hey Roy,

      Yeah, you gotta have some typing skills in order to make any profit from writing. The goal is to type at least 60wpm or 90wpm (this is what I typically type). Typing 1k words under an hour is what will help you be able to take on clients and see results.

      Maybe try some typing tests to boost your speed?

  • I Liked your story, within one year span of time, you learned about the tools of online, implemented and started earning. That’s a great success within a short time line.

    • Elna Cain

      Thanks! When I have something in mind, I go all out! I absorb as much
      information as I can and learn all about it in a short period of time.
      It’s what helped me get to where I am today!

  • HI Elna,
    I loved your story too. Especially since it strikes a chord. I do freelance as well and I use my blog posts as examples of what I can do. That you are right: freelancing is better than ads or affiliate sales. I know because I have tried all. Ads only make sense if your blog pulls in a tremendous amount of traffic (like huffington post). Affiliate sales don’t click every single day, regardless of what people might say.

    But with freelancing, you can get clients, some of whom might end up being a repeat client (as has been the case with me), thus ensuring a fairly regular stream of work. Thanks for sharing your story Elna. It really is inspiring.

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Chioma!
      Glad to meet another freelance writer! Repeat clients are the best and those that refer to other writing gigs! Good to see you are growing your business and succeeding.

  • Hi Elna,

    Wow! I love your story… partly because our timelines are so similar. I left my full-time job in October of 2014 and in less than a year, I replaced my income.

    (Partially through writing jobs and partially through social media management)

    Oh, man… I can totally relate to those early days of taking $1.62 jobs… I think the lowest I went was $4-5. But man, I guess everyone has to start somewhere.

    Really useful guide you published here. Thanks for that.

    Also, I got your email over the weekend regarding the upcoming roundup. Would be glad to participate.



    • Elna Cain

      Hey Brent,

      Thanks. Yeah we all have to start somewhere right? I was clueless really and I thought, hey, a 300 word post for a buck, I can whip up a few and work my way to $5 posts.

      I’m so glad I moved away from content mills and started to build my business for myself. It’s a great feeling when you work hard at doing what you love and others realize this and know your worth!

  • Congratulations on your success!

    You inspire many who want to do that – and give solid advice. I hope to read about even more success in the future.

    • Elna Cain

      Hey Skip,

      Thanks. I just passed my one year anniversary since I started my freelance business and I can’t believe how far I’ve come. I’m at a place now where I can teach others to do the same! Now, that’s a great feeling.

  • Love reading stories like these, you give hope to all of those who are just starting blogging and are confused and scared. Great job and best of luck in the future!

    • Elna Cain


      Thanks so much. I also love reading case studies and success
      stories like the one I have here. It does give me hope and inspires to
      go get it done! Good to hear you feel the same!

  • Wow! never new anyone could become successful like that, really intriguing and inspiring

    • Elna Cain

      Thanks. I’m super dedicated to writing and even though I have
      twin toddlers to care for during the day, I still manage to squeeze in
      time to write!

  • Many thanks for your advices. I was looking for something like this to start to monetize my blog. Hope your work continue so well 🙂

    • Elna Cain

      Hi Alfonso,

      Thanks so much! Glad you found my post just at the right time. There are different ways to monetize your blog and I just showed one unique way! Good luck.

  • Very
    insightful article.
    I liked the point that talks about guest blogging. To be a guest blogger
    it is important to search for the blog sites that feature the topics of
    your domain. Make the presence felt on that site by being participative.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Elna Cain


      Glad you enjoyed the post. Guest posting is a great way to build your brand and get noticed. Happy to hear you’ve figured that out!

  • I LOVED this article!
    I found it through your guest post on Adrienne’s blog. I can’t thank you enough for sharing these wonderful tips. I have most of the links already up in new tabs, waiting to be looked into further.

    I had started my freelance writing by doing free work and building up my confidence and ability to write. While I was able to appreciate the experience for the time being, I was pretty excited to land my first paid gig. It’s only gotten better from there.

    This whole thing has opened up some interesting opportunities, and I’m enjoying the journey. Guest posting is thrilling to me, and I’ve met some interesting people as well.

    I appreciate that you’ve put together such a rich and valuable post.
    Have a fantastic Sunday 🙂

    • Elna Cain


      Love that you came on over from Adrienne’s blog and read this post. So happy to hear you liked it and enjoyed my tips.

      I started just like you! Writing for free via guest posts and pitching on the side until I landed my first real paid gig!

      Many new freelance writers are reluctant to spend the quality time it takes to guest post, but it does pay off in the long run! You get your name out there and prospects start getting wind of who you are. Pretty soon, you’ll start getting emails asking for your services.

      Glad to meet a new writer!

  • Great post Elna. You’re truly an inspiration for beginners. The way you found your way out in under 1 year is really fantastic. Keep writing more posts like this. Keep up the good work.

  • Victoria

    How lovely to read your very honest account of your experience. I’m just starting to consider sponsored blog posts and the possibility of freelancing as a career. Very helpful!

  • Sophie

    Great insightful post! Just starting out on the journey… although focusing on proofreading/editing/online courses at the moment. We’ll see where it goes! Thanks for all the tips.

  • Yisambi Siwale

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Well, my case was sort of ‘do or die’. I had to do this or I was going to be a grown man living with his parents (so more like, do or live… with your parents… forever). I started with no one to show me the ropes (the internet saved the day anyway and that was enough) and the fact that I am in Zambia made it even tougher. Why? Because very few people here know anything about blogging, or writing online for a living, or anything related to making a living online. They really had me questioning my sanity at first. Up to now, most still don’t understand how I pay my rent and put food on the table. It was a bumpy ride but now I can safely say that I’m home. I am now looking to break into copy writing full-throttle. It’s my next adventure, my passion.