From a financial standpoint, the last several years have been quite difficult for many Americans. While some individuals believe that
the economy is on the upswing, others think that the worse is still to come. As people continue to struggle to make ends meet, many have begun to think outside the box to ensure a steady stream of income.Working as a freelance blogger has become a popular—and often lucrative—option for those who are interested in making a bit more money. For best results when starting out as a freelance blogger, budding writers should have a realistic idea of the amount of money they can make, how to increase their cash flow and how to stay relevant as a freelance. These realizations are extremely important and large contributor to your success in the competitive field of freelance blogging.
The Reality of Freelance Blogging
For many people, working as a freelance blogger seems like an ideal job and the following are some of the perks:
- you work for yourself
- make your own hours
- and can choose when and how frequently you will accept assignments.
In addition to the perks listed above, freelance blogging jobs are often seen as being quite lucrative. In fact, while individuals who have been blogging professionally for many years may be able to rely on this work as their sole source of income, many others have to supplement it with a part-time or even full-time job. Since bloggers often work as “independent contractors,” and not actual employees, the amount of money that they can make per month may vary quite dramatically. Those who make a substantial amount their first month in the blogging industry should avoid immediately quitting their day jobs, as subsequent months may be slower in terms of available assignments. Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which individuals can increase the amount of money that they make while working as a blogger.
Working for Multiple Companies
Working for several companies, instead of relying on a single supplier, can be one of the most effective ways to ensure a steadier stream of income. In the event that one company experiences a decrease in the number of available assignments, smart bloggers may be able to maintain previous earnings by accepting more work from other corporations. Bloggers should make sure that the companies for whom they work do not have “non-compete” clauses in effect, which may limit the ability of the bloggers to accept more than one position.
Keeping up with Trends
While staying relevant is important in any industry, it is especially essential for those who work in the field of freelance blogging. Bloggers who are not aware of current trends, activities, and news events will not only have a difficult time writing, but may actually see their assignment referrals begin to dry up. Most editors want bloggers who are up-to-date on current events, and can immediately write a quality blog without devoting a great deal of time and research. Reading the paper, watching the news, and even socializing with friends and family is an effective way to stay connected, and can increase one’s likeliness of obtaining more work in the competitive professional blogging industry.