Every month, my goals post includes freelance writing and editing work. While I have a full-time editing job that keeps me quite busy, I like to also seek out freelance opportunities because I use the extra income for travel and other fun stuff. (I suggested freelancing as a way to help make money for travel in a recent post. Check it out!) Last month wasn’t as successful as I would have liked, but I have generated more revenue each month this year from my side hustle than I did last year. In the spirit of helping my fellow blog ladies, I’m sharing ways I’ve used to find freelance work recently.
- Reach out to friends and family. I have edited three books for a family member simply because I let people in my life know that I am always willing to help and that I’m looking for work. Sometimes people tend to keep side hustles on the DL, but we should really be broadcasting the fact that we are willing to work. I am a former newspaper copy editor, so I know many people in the industry. In the past I have contacted former coworkers and friends to ask about freelancing for them.
- IZEA/Social Spark. When I first signed up for IZEA, I would only occasionally be selected for social media posts, such as sharing content on Twitter, for a handful of dollars here and there. But recently IZEA started sending me emails (as part of their list) seeking applicants for various special projects. A recent project in March netted me $220. Additional work in May earned me more than $300. Use my referral link to get started.
- Linqia. I have had a couple recent sponsored posts after a long period without any. I have earned some cash, as well as hotel nights, during my last campaigns. Use my referral link here. Another way to earn is to refer blogger friends. You get a $5 bonus and a percentage based on the earnings on their first campaign.
- Social Fabric. I have recently been selected for several posts with Collective Bias. I find these posts to be challenging, and I like that. I also find that I like having the intermediary between myself and the brand sometimes, even if you can make more on your own.
- Pitch directly to brands or small businesses. This one I find takes more work, so I don’t do it as often as I should.
- Affiliate programs. I use Shopstyle Collective, Brand Cycle, Impact Radius and MavenX. Many brands are featured in each program and you can also earn referral bonuses. My referral links for Brand Cycle and MavenX are included here.
- Activate by Bloglovin. When I first joined, I would only obtain sponsored social media posts, but now I am seeing more sponsored blog opportunities available as well.
- Swagbucks. I am new to Swagbucks but I have head you could earn gift cards and more.
- While I don’t know how much time I have to devote to this, I am considering taking on virtual assisting work for bloggers.
- Finishing my book.
- Influence Central. I have applied to several opportunities, but I need to put more effort into these pitches.
Do you have any freelance sources you’d like to share with the class?