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. 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. You can also create Shake listings for sponsored posts, writing, editing, design, audio, and more. In 2022 I sold a Shake listing for creating a video. Another update: I am now employed by IZEA.
- Linqia. I have earned income, as well as hotel nights. 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.
- Affiliate programs. I use Shopstyle Collective, Commission Junction, Brand Cycle, Impact Radius and Awin. Many brands are featured in each program and you can also earn referral bonuses. My referral link for Brand Cycle is 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.
Do you have any freelance sources you’d like to share with the class?