Income Idea- Writing Gigs

Looking for a good work from home job you can do while being a stay at home Mom?  As Brittany suggests, Writing Gigs might be the right option for you.

One of the challenges to many work at home jobs is having a quiet work place for hours at a time.  This can be tricky for you mommas with young kids who aren’t in school. Many work at home jobs, like call center work, can also be uncomfortable for some. Talking on the phone, and dealing with upset customers who have issues, can be frustrating if this isn’t something you enjoy doing.

But what if you had a job you could do around the kid’s schedule, or even just when they go down for a nap.  A job you could do early hours, or after the kids go to bed.  A job that has no set hours, and is based more on just getting the work done. Writing Gigs is just this type of job.

Writing

Writing is a great outlet for some people that can be done in spare time at their own pace.

Creative writing, research-based articles, blog entries, short stories. A lot of people do it just for fun, but did you know that if you look in the right places, you can get paid for your writing? It’s true! There are plenty of companies, websites, and people, looking for quality content for website, blogs, magazines and articles.

Finding Writing Gigs

In order to find writing jobs, you have to know where to look. One great place to check is Craigslist. Typically, writing jobs are listed in two places on the website. The first place is under the “Jobs” tab. There is an option to choose only writing jobs. The second place is under the “Gigs” tab. It also has an option to show only writing gigs. Each listing should show if it can be done from home and if there are any educational or hardware/software requirements.

When searching Craigslist, remember, it doesn’t have to be local.  You can do writing for anyone anywhere.  Your client can be next door, or on the other side of the country.  So make sure you don’t limit your search.

Gig Sites

Gig based websites are another good place to look for writing jobs.  Fiverr and UpWork are two examples here.  Simply sign up, create a profile, and then list what writing services you’re willing to provide.

A nice thing about sites like this is they manage all of the invoicing and payments for you.  You do the gig, and then when it’s complete, you get paid for it.  The trade-off is that the sites take a piece of everything you earn. For example, Fiverr takes 20% of each order to cover their expense. That’s a lot, but worth it when you consider you never have to worry about getting paid for your work.

Job Sites

Another place to find writing jobs is on job listing websites. Simply type “writing jobs” or “ work from home writing jobs” in the search engine on each website, and it will pull up a list of employers currently looking for writers. Indeed.com has a long list of remote writing jobs. When I ran my search, it gave me 437 results. Not all of them were a good fit for me, but I had plenty of options to sift through

Other Resources

There are also many websites that are specifically for people looking for a work from home job as a writer. Real Ways to Earn Money Online provides a huge list of 100 different websites that accept and pay for writing entries. There are websites listed for writers in all different categories including book reviews, blogs, articles on technology, fashion, business, and the list goes on and on. So, you should be able to find a couple that gets you excited if you enjoy writing.

Research and be Prepared

With all the available options for writing jobs, make sure you do your research and find a website offering jobs writing about something you truly enjoy doing. That way it will be a fun outlet for you instead of just another job that you have to do.

Also, remember that most of these companies are more interested in seeing sample work from you as opposed to a resume. So, have a few articles or entries on hand to deliver when you submit your application. Your writing needs to be of a high quality too.  Just like a poorly done resume, a poorly written sample is not going to be of any help in getting gigs.

Writing Gigs is something that has worked out well for me and my crazy schedule.  Hopefully, this information is of help to you.  Have you done this before?  What are your thoughts?  Let me know in the comments below.

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