10 Reasons to Love Freelance Blogging
Posted June 21, 2008 in Business, Marketing
I fell into freelance blogging somewhat by accident almost a year ago, and at first I fought the idea. However, I decided to give it a chance temporarily, and in case you didn’t notice the title of this post, it really grew on me.
I know some of the readers of Freelance Folder are also doing some work for blogs, but I think there are probably even more who find the experience to be extremely rewarding. If you’ve never given freelance blogging a chance, here are 10 reasons to reconsider.
Most freelance writing gigs are just part-time and require only an hour or so each week. If you’re writing a weekly post for a blog you may have a particular deadline for your contributions, but you can work on it throughout the week whenever it’s convenient for you. I have several weekly writing assignments and I typically get them done whenever I’m feeling inspired and in the mood for writing.
Very rarely does freelance blogging require so much of my time that it has a real impact on my schedule. Of course, this depends on the types of jobs you take and the how many of them, but to get started with one or two you should be able to still have a great deal of flexibility.
If you’re looking to get connected to some influential people in the blogosphere, freelance writing is one of your best options. You’ll get the opportunity to work with people that you respect and you’ll have the chance to prove your own value.
Working as a team with other writers and with blog owners can lead to strong connections and can lead to many other opportunities.
3. It Can Increase the Value of Your Own Work
As a freelance blogger you’ll be able to build valuable name recognition that can help anything you do. Whether it is helping your own blog build an audience or helping you to earn a reputation for some other type of freelance services, name recognition can be very powerful.
You’ll find that other people know who you are and want to work with you because they are familiar with your work on other blogs.
4. Potential Income
Like any other type of freelance work, there is a wide range of income available. Some will want you to write for a few dollars, and others may be willing to pay $100 or more for a well-written article.
Overall, I’ve been surprised by the money that is available, and I only see that increasing as multi-author blogs are becoming more and more popular. If you stick with jobs that meet your payment expectations, you can easily make some good money with freelance blogging.
5. Repeat Work
A high percentage of freelance blogging gigs require a commitment to write a post with specific frequency, usually weekly. While this can somewhat reduce the flexibility mentioned earlier, it can also help to give you a nice, steady income.
If you’re used to spending much time looking for work or dealing with potential clients, you’ll really like the idea of a weekly article to write.
As a freelance blogger you can write for a number of different blogs if you want to, which will allow you the opportunity to cover different subjects and get some variety in your work.
You can even turn a hobby into paid work. In addition to just writing about different topics, if you’re currently doing other types of freelance work, blogging can be a nice change of pace.
7. It’s a Learning Experience
Most likely you will continue to learn a lot as a freelance blogger. You’ll always need to have new ideas, and you’ll find yourself researching posts and stretching your knowledge and your creativity.
I know I’ve learned a lot more about the subjects that I cover just through the experience of continually developing new content. Blogging in general, whether it’s on your own or paid writing for someone else, will push you to learn new things in order to attract new readers.
8. Your Success Builds on Itself
Most of the freelance blogging work that I’ve gotten has been unsolicited. Those who are looking to hire bloggers are going to be watching what they see at other blogs. If you’re doing a good job somewhere else you’ll be a good candidate.
Writing for a high-profile blog can bring plenty of new opportunities and offers to write for others. From my experience it seems that there are plenty of willing freelance bloggers, but not enough who are qualified and able to produce results.
I expect the need to continue to rise as new blogs are being launched at an incredible rate. For those who are successful, there should be plenty of opportunities.
9. There’s No Need to Run the Blog
Many people enjoy writing posts but don’t want to handle tasks like moderating comments, maintaining the site, marketing, finding and handling advertisers, etc. As a freelancer, in most cases all you’ll be responsible for is completing the post (although being active in the comments is a good practice).
If you don’t have the time or desire to handle everything involved with blogging for profit, consider just doing the writing.
10. Quick Projects
My two primary services are blogging and web design. Building a website obviously can take a pretty big chunk of time, but blog posts can be produced relatively quickly.
After working on something that’s typically very time consuming, it’s nice to start and finish a project in just an hour or two.
What’s Your Experience?
Have you done some work as a freelance blogger? If so, what was your experience? If not, is it something that you would pursue?
About the author: Steven is a website designer and blogger for Vandelay Website Design. His blog contains frequent posts on the subjects of web design, marketing, SEO, and blogging. He also runs Traffikd, a blog about internet marketing and social media.
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