The following article is a guest post by Sharon. Enjoy!
The first step to making money online by writing is to know that you can and do like to write. If you have a hard time putting together a sentence, then this is probably not a good option.
First of all, you want to write a few articles on a topic that you know to build a portfolio. This can be anything – parenting, something you went to school for, something you are self taught or something that you have an interest in. You want to make these articles at least 400 words.
Then, decide how you want to make money. There are several ways.
Upfront payments – These are payments you get for writing the articles. When writing for private clients, this is the type of income you will get. Some content sites also do upfront, and residuals.
Residuals – These are payments you get on sites where you get to keep ownership of the article and you get payment when people access it. The amount you get per article may not be much, but once you have several hundred articles out there, it can be quite substantial.
When you are starting out, you likely will want to do a variety of methods to maximize your income.
Places to look for work:
Freelancer – Jobs are posted by people looking for workers, and you bid. Typically these are lower paying articles, $1 to $3 for a 500 word article.
Elance – Similar to freelancer, but jobs have to be a minimum of $50.
Helium – This site allows you to post your own content. Payment is mostly due to residual payments, but there are tricks to making more like writing articles for topics with 0 articles, or writing one of the first 5 articles.
Content Sites – If you apply for these, they will want to see some examples of your writing. Sites listed here do accept Canadians, but other ones may not.
Want more information? I have found this site to be extremely helpful, and jobs are occasionally posted as well. It is a great source for when you want to find more sites, or are not sure about the reliability of one.
Once you start writing for pay, you may find it addicting. It is a good habit to write at least one article a day. Eventually you may want to move up to two articles a day.
Sharon has been writing articles for pay since January 2010, and has made around $600 so far. She has just started working for residual pay. To follow her progress, follow her blog at WAH Sharon . She also runs a direct sales business with Gold Canyon candles, or else she would devote more time to writing, as it can be quite enjoyable.