Is It Possible to Make a Living as a Freelance Writer in 2021?

Updated: May 18, 2021

Obviously, I have to say the answer is yes since this is my primary source of income. However, I’ve been doing this for years. What if you want to start a new freelance writing business today? Here are a few tips to help you get started.


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It doesn't take a lot of fancy equipment to break into the world of freelance writing.

Use a Freelance Site to Get Your Feet Wet

While most freelance sites will take a major cut of your profits and forbid you from poaching clients, this is still a great way to get started and see if you enjoy writing. You will quickly find out how you are at writing quality content, dealing with difficult clients, and hitting deadlines.


Price Your Content Appropriately

Don’t assume you have to charge a bare minimum price because you are new to the business. In fact, the more you charge, the better clients you will end up dealing with on a consistent basis. Of course, you will also have to make sure your content is of a quality that matches what you expect clients to pay. The following factors will allow you to increase your prices:

  • Quality content – invest in a quality proofreader, like Grammarly

  • Being a native speaker of the language you prepare content

  • The type of content you write – spun articles will pay much less than fresh content based on quality research

Develop an Online Presence

You will want your own website as well as social media accounts for your business. A blog can show off your writing ability. If the content on your site is the same humdrum thing that you can see on any website, don’t expect someone to fill out the contact form.


Don’t assume you have to charge a bare minimum price because you are new to the business.

Join Up with an Agency

Before we go any further, I just want to let you know that Freelance Ghostwriting is not currently hiring new writers. I say this because people ask all the time, and we can’t even take the time to respond to every request. So I will just say here: we wish you all the best and hope that this article has helped.


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Hi, I'm Adam Kantrowitz

I am a freelance writer, photographer, and artist. I started writing in early 2012, and it became my primary source of income in 2015. This blog is all about freelance writing, content marketing, photography, travel, the freelancer lifestyle, art, NFTs, and anything else that pops into my head.

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