It happened. I wrote an article and I was paid to do it. Albeit, I was only paid $10 and the article was small (300+ words), but any writer will understand that it’s a big deal to finally get paid for your work, especially when an opportunity for ongoing collaboration may be involved!
You can find the article in question at the Tutor’s Field website, where I recounted my experience studying abroad in England. It’s so strange seeing my own work posted on another site – and listed anonymously too!
But how did this freelancing come about!?
Last year I made it very clear I was having trouble even joining some freelance sites (a.k.a Upwork), which continue to maintain (even years later), that they are flooded with ‘too many writers’.
After months of trying and multiple attempts to verify my account using a number of different strategies recommended to me by other Upwork freelancers (thanks so much for your help btw!) they still refused to let me join. Suffice to say, I absolutely recommend you avoid them unless you desire to have your confidence shattered again and again… because there are so many other great sites you can try instead!
I recently read about a blogger who received their ticket into the freelance writing world through a website called AirTasker. I immediately signed up, submitted a few pitches and won my first job within 2 hours!
And that my friends, is how I became a freelance writer. Yes, literally as simple as that. Okay, so there may have been a tiny bit of luck involved, but it just goes to show that all you really need to do is find a freelancing website that will work for you.