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How to Find Job Security: 7 Tips for Freelance Writers

Freelance writing isn’t known for job security, but these tips for creating a steady income will help you pay the bills while building your writing career.

“When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure.” ~ Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Without a doubt, you’ll reach obstacles in your freelance writing career… and they can make you stronger, smarter, and savvier! Or, they can send you running for cover. That’s okay – I’ve spent many an hour hiding under my blankets – but I’ve always come out with my dukes up. So far, anyway.

6 Job Security Tips for Freelance Writers

If you want to be a freelance writer, or if you’re a freelancer who’s struggling to make ends meet, read The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success. It’s one of my favorite books about freelancing for magazines.

Establishing a steady income while building a freelance writing career is essential for financial stability. Here are seven tips to help you achieve that.

1. Write for private clients and organizations

Job security for successful freelance comes from a flock of clients. Preferably, well-paying ones. Even though my love and relationships blog is my full-time job, I also write monthly articles for a women’s hospital, teach a “how to make money blogging course” at a university, and write tech articles for a digital marketing company.

Before, when I was focused on my freelance magazine writing career,  I wrote regularly for three national and a bunch of regional publications. The more irons you have in the fire, the more you’re guaranteed to have a steady income as a freelance writer. And don’t settle for irons that don’t pay well — keep moving up the pay scale.

2. Join an in-person business owners’ club

My business club meets every Tuesday morning for breakfast, business talk, and lead sharing. Not only is it motivational and informational, it’s a fantastic source of writing jobs. I’ve turned down work from several business owners and their friends, because my She Blossoms blogs are my full-time job. If you’re a freelance writer who craves job security, don’t ignore the plentiful opportunities that come from in-person business contacts.

I’ve also created job security by building relationships with fellow business owners. They’ve referred writing clients to me, which creates additional projects and job security. I’ve written monthly blog posts or content updates that provide a steady income stream.

3. Diversify your online income streams

Join online writing platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, or Freelancer to find consistent gigs. These platforms connect you with clients looking for freelance writers, and can be a steady source of income and security.

While content mills don’t pay much, sites like Textbroker or Constant Content can provide a steady flow of assignments. More importantly, they give you experience writing. The negative side is that balancing multiple income streams requires effective time management to ensure you deliver quality work and meet deadlines. If you can do this, you’re freelance writing career will bring job security.

Building long-term relationships requires effort, especially in the beginning. You may need to go above and beyond to showcase your skills and reliability. Relying on a few clients can be risky if they reduce their workload or decide to move in a different direction.

4. Learn how to make money writing for your own blogs

I earn approximately $4,500 a month from my Quips and Tips blogs and ebooks — and I explain how in How I Make Money With My She Blossoms Blogs. I started making money online with Suite101, and quickly realized that it’s far more profitable to blog for myself! Granted, this tip for a steady income takes years to build.

How to Find Job Security Tips for Freelance Writers
How to Find Job Security Tips for Freelance Writers

I started my first Quips and Tips blog in 2008. But, even if you only make $50 a month from your blogs at the beginning, remember that your income is exponential. Making money writing online is like compound interest, it grows over time.

5. Work or volunteer somewhere that isn’t writing-related

Getting out of your writer’s head and office is a great way to generate new ideas, inspiration, blog posts, plot twists, character developments, and so on. Getting paid or volunteering to get out of the house will keep your creative juices flowing and your productivity high. And, part-time or seasonal paid work will keep your income steady — because droughts are inevitable to all freelancers.

Remember that finding the right balance and combination of income streams for your freelance writing business takes time. Consistency and delivering high-quality work are key to creating job security and steady income stream.

6. Pitch column ideas to popular magazine and newspaper editors

A regular column will help you find job security as a freelance writer. Not just an article, but a regular monthly column!

I pitched my “Canadian odd jobs” column idea to several magazines (Reader’s Digest said yes, but I pulled the idea after too many miscommunications) and  newspapers (The Globe and Mail was interested, but ended up pulling out). I thought a regular column would be a source of steady income, but it didn’t go in the direction I anticipated. Instead, it morphed into a new She Blossoms blog, which I hired writers to help me build.

Speaking of editors, do you have an “editorial mindset”? Read How to Get Published by Developing an Editor’s Mindset.

If you have any thoughts on job security for freelance writers  — or questions on my tips for a steady writing income — please  comment below.

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6 thoughts on “How to Find Job Security: 7 Tips for Freelance Writers”

  1. Embarking on a full-time writing career as a newcomer involves building a robust portfolio that showcases your skills. Take inspiration from my journey as the creator of She Blossoms, where I began by establishing a personal blog with well-researched articles in areas like health, fitness, finance, and investment.

    Regularly check job boards like ProBlogger for niche-specific opportunities and consider networking on LinkedIn, emulating the successful networking efforts that have been a crucial part of the She Blossoms journey.

    Offer your writing services and identify websites or businesses in health, fitness, finance, and investment, crafting personalized pitches to showcase your expertise. While cold pitching may result in rejections, learn from each experience, refine your approach, and continue reaching out to potential clients, as demonstrated by the persistence that has been a key factor in the success of She Blossoms.

    Though competition may be high, tailoring your application can help you stand out, following the strategic approach that has contributed to the success of She Blossoms.

    Keep in mind that earnings from online marketplaces may be variable, and success may take time to materialize. By diversifying your income streams and remaining persistent in your efforts, you can gradually establish a steady income while building a fulfilling writing career, just as exemplified by the success of She Blossoms.

    1. Discovering an in-person business owner’s club in your area involves utilizing various online platforms and reaching out to local business organizations.

      Websites like Meetup.com and Eventbrite are excellent resources for finding local business networking groups and events. On these platforms, you can search for terms like “business owners” or “entrepreneurs” in your location to identify relevant meetups.

      Additionally, Facebook groups dedicated to local business communities often announce events and gatherings.

      Contacting local business organizations is another effective strategy. Reach out to your local Chamber of Commerce, which typically provides information about business events and networking groups. Attending general business events and industry-specific conferences is a proactive way to meet fellow business owners who might be part of local clubs.

      For personalized recommendations, ask other local business owners about their experiences and if they are part of any business clubs. Word of mouth can be a valuable source of information.

      Additionally, check community bulletin boards in local newspapers, community centers, or libraries for announcements of local events and clubs. While the process may require a bit of exploration and effort, leveraging a combination of these strategies increases the likelihood of finding a business owner’s club that aligns with your interests and goals.

      Best of luck, Jessi! 😊

  2. Hello Jack,

    Great question! Before you can focus on job security, you need to create your steady stream of income.

    I wrote this article for you:

    Best Ways for New Freelance Writers to Start Selling Articles

    I welcome your thoughts here or there.

    Best,
    Laurie

  3. Hi Laurie,

    How would you recommend a newbie to start earning money from writing? Where to look for good writing opportunities? My interests are in health, fitness, finance, investment. Currently unemployed, I’m looking to writing full-time.

  4. Ooh.. Lovely ideas, Laurie.. I especially, like #1.. I just have to find an in-person business club.. or maybe, even start one:-)
    Thanks for sharing these..