About three years ago, I officially launched my freelance writing career after I lost my job as a manager at a financial institution. You can imagine how devastated I was when I lost my job since I had no other steady source of income at the time and I had children in school and bills to pay. However, I had been doing some freelance writing on the side for awhile, and was able to earn a good supplemental income.
After my attempts at landing another traditional job failed, I decided to seriously look into how I could earn enough income from full-time freelance writing. Suffice it to say that losing my job was a blessing in disguise and, since launching into freelance writing full-time, I have successfully created four streams of income from my writing.
1. Income from Writing Blogs and Articles – As a freelance writer, I earn income by providing clients with web content for their websites and blogs. Many professionals do not have the time or the expertise to produce regular, high quality content for their websites and they gladly pay me to produce that content for them.
2. Book Royalties – During times when writing jobs are slow, I dedicate some time to writing and publishing books (both e-books and print), which I sell online.
3. Affiliate Commissions from Blogging – I currently operate my own blog, and use this platform to advertise and promote various affiliate products. Whenever someone purchases an affiliate product through a link advertised on my blog, my affiliate partners compensate me.
4. Paid Research – Business people rely heavily on market research to make business decisions. As a freelance writer with some research skills, I generate income by conducting market research on their behalf, and by documenting my findings in the form of business reports, which are useful for decision-making.
These are the avenues through which I have managed to successfully create four streams of income from freelance writing.
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Keesha Metcalfe is a full-time blogger and freelance writer. She worked within the banking sector for 10 years before launching into freelance writing. She is the Editor and owner of the blog “Wealth Create Online” where she teaches about how to create income online through writing and blogging. Metcalfe is married with two lovely sons.
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