How To Find A Writing Job

How To Find A Writing JobI started staff writing in 2012. It hasn’t been a very long time since I started writing online, but the amount of writing jobs that I have has grown significantly over this two-year timeframe.

Currently, I write over 20 articles each week. Some weeks I write much more than that, some weeks a little less.

Writing online is one of the many services that I offer through my freelancing business, and it is what helped me leave my day job to pursue freelancing full-time. Because of this, I receive many e-mails each week from readers asking what they can do to get into online writing.

You may have to start out small.

Many writers start out by taking free or low-paying jobs. Some say that you should always start out strong, but I think that in the beginning these low-paying jobs can help you build your portfolio. I don’t know of many people who will pay a new writer the same as they pay a highly experienced writer.

It can also help you determine if writing is for you. If you’ve never written for someone else before, then it might not be the best idea to start out with a full-time writing job. You might want to try just spending a few hours each week writing, to determine if you really like it.

Figure out what topic you want to write about.

Some writers decide to write about all sorts of topics, but many choose to narrow it down to one or two. I mainly write for finance and travel blogs. Finance is something that I enjoy talking about, but travel helps me branch out a bit and write something new every now and then, which I love.

There are many different niches out there: lifestyle, finance, fashion, travel, family, education, business, home, DIY, and more.

Have a website.

If you want to write for others, then you will need to advertise your services in some form. I don’t have a website dedicated to my freelancing services, but I do have Making Sense of Cents where I have a page dedicated to the different services that I offer. It has helped many clients find me.

Search for writing jobs.

If you are not having much luck with your writing website, then you may want to try searching for writing jobs yourself. I have done this many times, and I have found many successful writing positions this way.

There are two main ways to do this: search job boards and/or find websites that you are interested in working for.

Job boards such as ProBlogger will list available jobs. Website owners list their jobs on their job board and it can make it very easy to find available jobs. However, the search doesn’t end there – you still have to apply for the writing position and be accepted.

The second way is to find websites that you are interested in writing for, and personally seeing if they have any writing positions open. They might have a “Career” section or something similar that directly says if they have a writing job, or you might have to reach out to someone at the website/company to see if they are looking for a writer.

Whatever you do, always make sure that the website/company that you are going to write for is a real one! I always do research before I say yes to a job, because you don’t want to waste your time and not get paid.

Do you have any writing jobs? Why or why not?

 

Money Making Idea – Find a Roommate

Money Making Idea - Find a RoommateOur house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, which is definitely a lot of space and room for just two people to be living in. We figured that the extra space was better utilized by renting it out.

We aren’t bringing in the big bucks by renting out a room in our home, but we are making a little profit on a room that would otherwise be empty.

Since we bought our home almost five years ago, we have had four people live with us. The first two were not for very long (one for around six months and the other for just a few days).

The longest person to live with us is my sister, and she’s been with us for a few years now. My sister has definitely been the best roommate so far. However, after she moves out this summer, we will not be looking for another roommate.

I still do think that it can be a great way to make some side money, but I plan on turning her bedroom into my home office and turning the other room upstairs (where my office currently is) into a nicer guest bedroom (our bedroom is upstairs as well, and the fourth bedroom is in the basement). I definitely think that renting out a room for around the past 5 years has been well worth it.

Below are different things to think about before you decide to get a roommate.

 

Will you actually make money?

I have seen people rent out a room in their home for something cheap – like $100 (and not splitting the utility bills). However, at $100, you might not even be making any money because your bills will go up, and there will also be additional wear and tear on your home.

You should try to find an amount that you think the room deserves, but you should also be realistic. If your monthly mortgage is $1,000, then asking for $900 for rent for one bedroom is probably not realistic.

We have always asked for around $250 a month for the room that my sister is currently in. We believe it’s a good price, and she even thought it was on the cheap side. I prefer for both sides to feel like they are getting a good deal!

$250 isn’t a lot of money, but it is better than nothing. We could rent out the other two bedrooms that we have as well (the last bedroom is for us, of course), but fitting more people into our house would make it feel a little cramped. The rent money we collect used to go towards student loans, but now it just goes towards other expenses that we have.

 

How do you determine what they should pay?

This is hard to say. Pick an amount that you think is fair. If you have four bedrooms, then something such as 25% of the total mortgage may be fair if you want to rent out one bedroom.

Also, you might think about splitting all utilities and other bills with your roommate. You never know if they may use a lot of water or a lot of electricity.

 

Are you allowed to have roommates?

If you don’t own the place where you live, then you may not be able to even rent a room out. Also, if you live in a neighborhood that has an HOA, then you might not be able to as well.

 

Who do you want to live with you?

You might think that you will be fine with just anyone living with you, but that is usually not the case. You should think long and hard about who the right person is, and you might even want to conduct some interviews.

For example, if you enjoy peace and quiet, then you probably do not want a constant partier living with you who will come and go at all hours of the night. Also, if you are a clean freak, then having an extremely dirty person living with you might drive you nuts. You will probably drive the other person nuts because you will probably be nagging them all the time.

 

Lay out the ground rules.

Since I’ve been public with my blogging, I have to refrain from bashing one person who used to live with us. They only lived with us for a few days, but it was an absolutely horrible experience. The person really needed a place to stay, so we weren’t doing it to make money, we were just trying to help the person out. We ended up paying him to leave because it was so horrible. Lets just say someone did something illegal (multiple times) in front of our house for all of our neighbors to see (our neighbors told us instead of calling the police) and we then realized how sketchy the person was. Oh yeah and there were other incidents as well that included peeing in our house multiple times (nope, not in a bathroom!), and inviting equally sketchy friends over.

If you decide to have roommates, you should always try to lay out the ground rules beforehand. Different things that you might want to discuss include:

  • Are parties allowed?
  • Are they allowed to have guests? What about overnight guests?
  • Who buys toiletries?
  • How does the cleaning situation go?
  • When is rent due?
  • What happens if they break something?
  • What rooms are they allowed to go in? Are they only renting their bedroom, or do they have access to the whole house?
  • Are pets allowed?

Have you ever rented out a room in your home? Why or why not?

 

Six Months Of Being Self-Employed

Six Months Of Being Self-EmployedMy last day at my day job was in the beginning of October of 2013, so it has officially been 6 months since I made the life-changing switch to self-employment.

Can you believe that?

It does not feel like it’s been six months at all.

I still remember when I first told my employer that I was leaving. I was dreading the day. I was extremely nervous about what they would say, and I kept saying to myself “Six months from now all of this will be long forgotten.”

Well, that day has finally come! I can say that I have no regret from the decision that I made, and I’m so glad that I left my day job.

Self-employment has been going very well. I won’t lie though, I thought I would be able to increase my business income more. My income is still at the same level as when I had my day job, which is crazy to think about since I have so much more time to dedicate to work.

I guess I’m just enjoying myself a lot more these days! Nothing wrong with that, right?

Below is my update after being self-employed for six months.

 

Not being in an office hasn’t fazed me yet.

I still get the “I would be so lonely working at home” line all the time, but I actually prefer it this way. I don’t feel lonely at all! I know others feel differently, but I like being in the comfort of my home and spending time (probably too much time) with my fur children.

Like I said last time – At my day job, I worked in an office, but I still worked independently. I worked in an industry filled with older men (everyone was at least twice my age, but most were three times my age), so it’s not like I was being swarmed with office friends and conversations every single day.

 

I’m getting better at putting on “real” clothes.

I now have a rule where I have to put on real clothes after I eat breakfast. Nothing fancy, I usually just put on workout clothes even if I don’t plan on working out! Haha.

This has led me to save money as well. My closet is the emptiest it’s been in a while, mainly because I don’t really need a lot of clothes now since I’m always at home.

 

I still enjoy what I’m doing.

When I was in the process of making the switch to self-employment, many people told me that I would probably not enjoy the business anymore since it would no longer be a hobby. Well, they were wrong!

It’s been 6 months and I’m still as motivated and happy about everything that has happened since Day 1.

I don’t think there’s a single thing that I could say I don’t enjoy. Everything is going very well.

I wake up each morning more motivated than the previous morning. I don’t have “weekend dread,” and I also enjoy the community that I am in.

 

I do need to start working harder. 

I am definitely still spending way too much time relaxing.

And I’m spending too much time planning the wedding. It is crazy to think that I have been planning something for almost a year and the actual wedding day will be less than 8 hours long. AHH What was I thinking?

This is probably why people think brides are insane.

Once the wedding is over, I will have no more excuses. I have a long list of things that I would like to tackle before the summer is over.

 

What else do you want to know about my four months being self-employed?

How is self-employment treating you?