I'm looking to make around $300-$700 a month doing freelance writing to supplement my income. So far I have been overwhelmed with the resources online and still have no idea where to start. I have no experience writing professionally but I am an English major and have been writing almost all of my life. I'm mostly interested in the "Elance" platform but I'm open to other options. How do I get started?
Let me start you off with a little bit of background on the reason why I can only make $700. I'm currently on social security disability and if I make more than that I may lose my benefits. This element is crucial. I'm not looking to start a giant enterprise, I just need some extra cash, so please be mindful of that. Much of the advice I've seen so far has been aimed at people looking to get rich. That's not what I want, ironically.
Okay, here's how it started. At the risk of sounding like an advertisement, I recently was wandering through the internet when I stumbled across a website called Elance
, which, apparently, is a platform for businesses and freelancers to connect over the internet. I didn't know what it was at first but I started browsing through it and realized there were tons of jobs for writers, which is my specialty, and other types of jobs as well. Ever since then, I have been obsessed with the idea of freelance writing and using this website to somehow get started.
One problem, however, is that a lot of the jobs on the website say "writing" but are highly specialized types of writing like "web content, SEO, copywriting, proofreading." I have no idea which ones I'm best suited for, which ones to avoid, or even what some of them are. As I said, I have no professional experience writing but I have been writing all my life and consider myself pretty skilled at it. I just need to harness that into freelance writing.
So far, I have been completely overwhelmed by all the information out there geared at getting started as a freelance writer. It's hard to know which is good advice and which is garbage. I know one thing has thrown me off, and that's that a lot of the advice seems geared at people who want to make thousands of dollars a month, which I don't.
I was thinking about getting some books on different categories of freelance writing to get started. What I really need is some first-hand guidance, maybe from an experienced freelancer. I really want to make this Elance website work but I really have no idea how. Just keep in mind my income limits.