There are nearly an unlimited number of sites that can give a budding freelance writer information o building a successful freelance career. In fact, there is so much information, that figuring out exactly what to read and follow can become a task in itself!
Thankfully, there are a handful of sites dedicated to the art of freelance writing that stand head and shoulders above the rest. These sites come complete with detailed guides about both the mechanics of freelance writing, to the business side of freelance writing such as marketing, promotion, and accounting, and even how to optimize the design of your writing site.
Not only that, but the people in charge of these sites have a proven track record of being successful at freelance writing, and their sites also provide feedback for new and intermediate writers on how to go about successful freelance writing.
Here are my top 5 websites that any new freelance writer should bookmark:
Make a Living Writing – This site, run by freelance writer Carol Tice is one of the premier websites when it comes to teaching prospective writers to make a decent wage through freelance writing. Carol’s mission here is not only to teach freelance writers how to conduct their trade, but she also stresses that freelance writing should be paid well. This is a must for any new freelance writers, since many are frequently told that “there’s no money in writing”. In addition to a valuable blog, Carol also has the Freelance Writing Den, a subscription site chock full of course material, information, and even a junk free job board.
Leaving Work Behind by Tom Ewer -There are several things that make LWB so special. Unlike most “make money online sites” , this one was started before Tom had become a successful freelance writer. Readers are able to chart Tom’s progression, complete with monthly income reports, as Tom improves on his freelance writing skills and business. After only two years, Tom Ewer has gone from a blogging virgin to one of the most well-known and well paid writers in the business. In addition to watching his growth, Tom provides a number of detailed, step by step guides to important freelancing issues such as how to quickly and easily build your own website and how to set your freelance writing rates.
The Warrior Forum – The Warrior Forum is a great place to learn about many of the intricacies about freelance writing. Although this isn’t a blog like the other entries on this list, the information to be found within this forum is priceless and eye opening. Not only is there valuable information about freelance writing, but this forum also has sections on areas such as marketing and designing a website, how to properly use social media, and a myriad of other topics. If you’re stumped in any area of your freelancing career, then you can easily post a question and have any one of hundreds of experienced or qualified members answer your question.
Be a Freelance Blogger - I’ve included this blog because of my undying love for Sophie Lizard (I mean, how cool is that name?) Sophie has a very unique style, a shoot straight from the hip tell it like it is elegance that connects with people who are ok with some of the colourful language that she uses. Sophie ensures that learning about freelance writing and marketing is fun, interesting and engaging with posts like “How a Zombie Apocalypse Can Help You In Your Blogging Career”.
Copyblogger – Copyblogger is a goldmine of information for any writer of any level, whether you’re just starting out or an expert. Copyblogger is dedicated to content marketing, which involved the production of valuable content to drive sales. There are a number of free and paid resources on the site including Ebooks, Ecourses, a forum, WordPress optimized themes and lots of other useful information. Their blog covers areas such as blog writing, copywriting, and social media marketing, often going into intricate detail so that you can easily duplicate their efforts successfully.
Problogger - Yes, I know this is number 6. But Problogger is not a site that can be left out of any freelance writing conversation. This site covers everything from the very mechanics and specific s of writing for an internet audience, to how to market your website and services. Besides the blog, there are of course other valuable resources. The free Problogger job board is one of the few job boards that aspiring freelance writers can fine decently paying jobs. There’s also updated daily with decently paid writing jobs. There’s also a forum, a book, and a number of other resources that make Problogger a one stop shop for online freelance writers.
The five sites listed above come with huge amounts of worthwhile information, step by step guides on various areas related to freelance writing, and vibrant communities that offer those who need to ask questions support on the freelance writing journey.
Do you have any must bookmark freelance writing sites? Let me know in the comments section below.