Monday, February 13, 2012

Earn Money Online through Freelance Writing

             There are many ways to earn money from the internet. You can take surveys, do data entry jobs, or even view ads. However, the most foolproof and profitable job is freelancing.  Freelancing may be in the form of writing, programming, admin support etc. Here, I will discuss about freelance writing and also give tips to get you started.

If you have a passion for writing, the freelancing is the perfect job for you.  If not, you can still take up freelancing but you will need commitment to be successful in it. Writing articles may sound easy at first, but the fact is that it involves a lot more effort and determination to come up with a good article.  Freelance writing may be profitable for some, while it is not so for others. This is because successful freelance writing depends on one’s writing skills, ability to meet deadlines and most of all, dedication. You have to write quality articles and deliver what the customer wants.

In many freelancing sites, clients will post their job requirements and you, as a contractor will have to bid for the job by submitting your proposal. The client will then review all the proposals received and select the contractor best suited for the job. Here, it is important for you as a contractor to submit your proposal and bid wisely. The best thing about freelancing is that you are your own boss. You can choose what jobs you would like to undertake.

To get you started, here I will give you an insight on two of the most popular freelancing websites. You may read the reviews and choose the one you would like to start with.

Elance is a very good platform for beginners. You need to pass an entrance test. The syllabus is basically the Elance rules and regulations. You will also have to verify your mobile number. Basic membership is free and you can start submitting proposals once you are ready with your profile. Your profile reflects the jobs you have done, your earnings, ratings and comments given by your clients. Payments are guaranteed with Escrow. Once you start the job, you are funded by the client using Escrow. The client will release payment once the work is done.  You can use bank transfer or PayPal for receiving payments.

You can sign up for Elance here.

2. is considered to be largest freelancing site in the world. Here also, basic membership is free, but you will have to pay (around Rs. 250) for taking ‘Exams’ which will be an added bonus for your profile. Phone verification is required, but there is no entrance exam.  Here too, the client will fund you as soon as you start the job; however the money will be released only when the job is completed to the client’s satisfaction.

You can sign up for Freelancer here.

All in all, whichever sites you choose, hard work and dedication to your work will count the most in the long run, enabling you to earn more money.


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