Did you know you don’t need a 9-5 job to earn an income? With the advancement in technology, you can do that in the comfort of your home. As a writer or aspiring writer, you can earn a full-time income by working as a full-time online writer. If you decide to do it partially it can be a good side source of income.
Either way, in this post we’ll show you how, by helping you turn your writing into a source of income. But, before we get into that, you must be wondering what is article writing? Are there different types of article writing? Is it the same as the normal writing you do daily?
What is article writing?
Simply put, article writing involves writing content you normally read on blogs, websites, or newsletters among others. So no, article writing is not the same as writing in a journal or writing a short story. It’s more professional, requiring proper research, a good structure, and writing technique to come up with informative and yet engaging content.
Point-to-note: Before we go on, you should know that article writing is not a get rich quick scheme. If you search how to make money online, most gurus give you the illusion that you don’t need any skills to get started and be successful making money online. This is not the case. You need skills in order to offer value and build a long-term career in the field. Keeping this in mind we can now proceed.
Examples of content you can expect in article writing are like:
Product reviews, where you talk about what the product entails as well as, its benefits and drawbacks.
Landing pages whose content is optimized to convert site visitors into loyal subscribers or customers.
Press releases which a brief written communication reporting on an event.
Blog posts like the content posted on blog sites like by WebMD, for example, 10 ways to lose weight without dieting.
Who are your clients?
You may be wondering, who will pay you to write content for them? Well, many entrepreneurs make money by running websites and blogs. For example, think about the news websites you frequently read online. All those articles can’t be written by one writer. The owner of the site may be paying a team of writers to come up with the content. Depending on your level of skill and experience they can hire you under different contexts.
A good example is as a ghostwriter, where the client has the rights over the content you write for them. A lot of the content you see online is in fact ghostwritten. The client could also hire you as a niche writer who is knowledgeable and skilled in a particular area. Maybe you’re skilled at writing product reviews or press releases and hence attract clients looking for such content. You could also be a copywriter, hired to create marketing material for the client. For that, you would need a lot of creativity and skill. A client may also approach you to simply edit their content and make it more engaging for their audience.
Where do you look for the clients?
The opportunities for online article writing jobs are almost endless, you just need to know where to look. Today, there are very many job boards available online as well as freelancing websites. These are platforms that work almost like biding sites. A client will post a job and you along with other writers can send in a proposal for the job. It can get very competitive, so ensure you sell your skills through the proposal, especially what sets you apart from the rest.
The four most popular and trustworthy job boards you can consider include:
One of the best and most recommended sites for freelancers in general. It’s both a paid and free platform. It’s a great site both for beginners and experts. The jobs offered on this platform often specify the level of skill they need. So, you just need to filter according to your skill.
Another great free site will reasonably well-paying jobs for you to choose from. Most of the jobs here will require a portfolio of jobs you’ve done before, to prove your worth. So, maybe this may not be the ideal site for you if you’re a beginner with no exposure.
This is an incredible site that gives you back some control. Instead of applying for the jobs posted, you can create what they call a gig. This is the writing service you offer inclusive of your rates. You can market your gigs on Fiverr or even on your social media platforms and receive requests from clients.
If you’re looking for a Fiverr alternative then this site is a good choice. You have the opportunity to share your service packages and rates.
People per Hour
With this site you have the option of creating your own package and having clients bid on them. Alternatively, you could send in proposals for the jobs clients post on the platform.
How do you get paid – what are the rates?
The rates and frequency of payment will depend on the platform, the client, and the job. Make sure that you and the client have finalized the rate at the beginning, to avoid misunderstanding. Some of the platforms, however, have measures set in place to ensure your payments are protected. Up work, for example, has what they call milestones, that protect your payment until your contract with the client expires.
As for the method of payment, again, it depends on the platform you’re on. Most platforms use PayPal, especially for small amounts. It has a system that allows you to generate an invoice and present it to the client for payment. Another alternative is Payoneer, which is a great platform for online global transactions. Mpesa is also increasingly become an option with most job board platforms. PayPal has a way in which you can transfer funds from your PayPal account to your Mpesa.
What do clients expect from you – what are the skills needed?
When it comes to article writing, it’s not just enough to know how to write. Aside from good writing skills, clients expect that you have experience in, researching, Search Engine Optimization, and keyword optimization. They also expect you to know how to adapt the tone and style of writing to suit the article and audience. You also need to be timely with the delivery of the work and be a good communicator.
Without these skills, you can’t expect to be successful in making money through online article writing. They won’t just come naturally to you either. Such skills need to be learned and practiced constantly for mastery.
So where can you learn such skills? We’re glad you asked.
About Wingu’s Professional Article Writing Training Course.
Here at Wingudigitaltraining.com, we have taken the time to come up with a course, Professional Article Writing for freelance writers. The course is specifically tailored to provide a comprehensive guide into article writing, especially for the Kenyan market or non-native speakers, a.k.a. if you learnt English as a second language.
In the course, we go into painstaking detail about what article writing entails, the skills to write different types of article writing, and how to generate money from it. We also train you on how to become a better writer, the common mistakes to avoid. We also offer mentorship and help you build a better mindset. What’s more, you will have a detailed assessment after every module to test whether you have mastered the skill, as well as, helpful feedback on where to improve. We understand that no matter how good a training is, there will always be questions. So you complete the course, you’ll get exclusive access to our community on the Facebook group Wingu Master Minds, where you’ll receive 24 hour support.
What do you gain from it?
- A detailed training on how to write 10+ types of articles like blog posts, product reviews and landing pages among others.
- Comprehensive text and video lessons that makes it easier to consume the content from anywhere be it your laptop or mobile phone, in the house or on the road.
- Insight on how to write relevant quality content that clients love.
- A step-by-step blueprint on how to land clients and jobs on multiple platforms like Upwork or job boards like ProBlogger.
- Expert mentorship. Aside from being a part of our Wingu Master Minds community on Facebook, you can reach out to us 24/7 on email or call, whenever you need guidance.
- Insight on how to write awesome proposals on Upwork that GREATLY increase your chances of landing a client even as a newbie.
- Learn how to build a professional portfolio from the articles you write for assessment during training.
- Know how to use your portfolio to land jobs. Portfolios are like a CV when applying for online writing jobs, which is why we teach you how use the portfolio you build during training to attract clients.
- Practical test assignments with detailed feedback and assessment from our team to ensure you master the skills taught in the course. This way you can be sure that you can deliver exceptional value to your clients as you build your career.
What makes us qualified to offer this course? Well, seven years of experience in different niches of article writing. By coaching hundreds of students from total newbies to earning a full time living on platforms like Upwork, we feel we have the needed expertise to help take your career to the next level. So, you can be sure that by taking up our course, you will be receiving the best value for your money. But don’t just take our word for it, reach out to us and we will get you set up.
Article writers, and writers in general, are in high demand in the online job market. You can be guaranteed, that you’ll always find job opportunities and clients looking for your services. But in order to land and maintain these clients, it takes more than just writing skills. You need to go the extra mile and acquire all the necessary skills, and that’s why Wingu is here. Our course is tailored to equip you with the skills to come up with the kind of quality content clients love. So, join us to day and we’ll help you turn your passion into a successful career.