Can article writing be a career

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I have just started with Article writing. I am planning to turn it into a career. Can one make a living out of it? Is it a good way to make money? At present I just have 2 clients with me but not sure for how long they will need work, so a bit worried at this point.
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  • Profile picture of the author ASHLEY999
    Yes, it can be a lucrative career if you position yourself in the market with tact. I started as a freelance writer and I made good money. My writing projects helped kick-start my IM career. If you feel you are a quality writer and you can offer value then you need to identify how much your time is worth.

    Price your offering according to the value you place on your time. However, I must say that the freelance industry --especially the writing category-- is becoming competitive. When you do secure good clients you should retain them by delivering quality all the time.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustSomeWarrior
    Ashely999 got it right. I have been working at building a client roster (outside of WF) since about January on and off. I started full time as a content writer in June. I make a few thousand a month, but I work my ass off doing it. What is making it easier is the clients that have become regular buyers, purchasing $200 to $600 worth of content a month.

    Good quality is the key. Don't even waste your time with buyers that want less than 0.01 cent per word. They are the worst.
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  • Profile picture of the author doingwrite
    You've got to love to write in order to make this work. And you have to be open to criticism. I love sending my articles to colleagues every once in a while for their feedback. It is always helpful. And I make it a priority to respond to them when they ask for mine. We are competitors, but compatriots at the same time. Love it. Just love it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ladywriter
    Yes, you can.

    But it's not enough to write, you have to find clients--i.e., market yourself.

    I do alright but if I spent a few hours a day on marketing I'd be making double to triple what I make now, I'm sure of it.
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    • Profile picture of the author premiumlinks99
      The key is how you position yourself in the market. It's important to marketing your services properly on various IM/article writing forums in order start building up a clientele. Also you have to love article writing as sometimes it can be tiring to do it everyday (especially when you need to writing about subjects you are not quite interested in).
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    • Profile picture of the author AnniePot
      Originally Posted by kstark View Post

      Yes, you can.

      But it's not enough to write, you have to find clients--i.e., market yourself.

      I do alright but if I spent a few hours a day on marketing I'd be making double to triple what I make now, I'm sure of it.
      Just a point from a crotchety grammar fanatic: alright is NOT all right.
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  • Profile picture of the author prasanth5
    Article writing can be a very good career provided you write at least for about 3 hours in a day. You can make some living from it.
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  • Profile picture of the author RylanClayne
    I agree with the above comments and would just like to add that content creation is an art that will always be needed and in that sense article writing as a career has great prospects. I use article writers on a daily basis and I know that for my business they are a crucial part of the process.

    In the end it depends on if you wish to remain as a writer or indeed build up your client base to the point where you can take on writers of your own and in doing so become more of a manager than a writer or a bit of both. In reality how much of a business/career you make article writing will depend on how successful you are at gaining clients and the overall quality of your work. There are plenty of people offering articles for a low price but less offering great quality at a good price. If you can define yourself in the market then you will certainly be able to cut yourself a piece of the proverbial pie.
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  • Profile picture of the author eklipz316
    You can definitely make a living from writing but you have to go about it the right way. Everyone that responded before got it right, if you love to write, just follow that advice, and you should have a good start.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Yes, it can definitely be a career.

      There are a lot of good and helpful comments above, I think.

      Just go into it being very aware that what you earn, writing articles for people, isn't primarily about your writing skills (yes, you have to have those, too, of course): it's mostly about your marketing skills. I don't mean for writing for marketers - I mean for yourself: to market your own professional services as a writer.

      You may find a few posts in this thread from earlier today pretty helpful.

      Writing articles for $5 - $10, I suspect there may be more service providers than customers. Well, almost.

      The customers for $5 articles aren't necessarily able to tell the difference between your work and the work of someone who's charging $20/$25. And you might have more customers at that price. (Yes, seriously).

      It's all about the markets in which you choose to compete.

      If you choose to compete in the low-price markets represented by Odesk, Elance, Getafreelancer, Fiverr and so on, you're effectively labelling your work "Low Cost Writing" and you're choosing to compete with people who are living and working in countries where $5 is a full day's pay.

      Many people with genuinely valuable writing skills start off with very low-paid projects, thinking that this will help them to move on to higher-paid projects. It usually doesn't, at all.

      It's really important, I think, to avoid at the outset the mistake of imagining that it's sensible to "start off by writing for low prices" with a view to raising your prices after clients have seen what you can produce. When writing for online markets, it simply doesn't work that way: when you write for low prices you attract clients whose primary motivation is to pay low prices, and you lose almost all of them when you increase prices later.

      You might find some of these resources helpful/interesting:-

      Jennifer Mattern's blog

      Carol Tice's blog

      Freelance writing jobs (minmum payment requirement of $50 per article to be listed there)

      Free report on how to attract new freelance writing clients during a recession

      The Renegade Writer Blog

      The "Irreverent Freelancer" blog

      The Well-Fed Writer: Lucrative Commercial Freelance Writing - Land Lucrative Freelance Writing Jobs

      Words on the Page.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        Just go into it being very aware that what you earn, writing articles for people, isn't primarily about your writing skills (yes, you have to have those, too, of course): it's mostly about your marketing skills. I don't mean for writing for marketers - I mean for yourself: to market your own professional services as a writer.
        I was just discussing this very thing with someone yesterday.

        It is really very similar to selling products. You can have one great product and one so so product. If the guy with the great product has no marketing skills then no one will ever know how great his product is. If the guy with the so so product knows how to market, everyone will know about his product and how to find it. He makes it easy for them to order.

        Unless someone big happens to discover you, then you are always going to have to market yourself.
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      • Profile picture of the author ASHLEY999
        Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

        If you choose to compete in the low-price markets represented by Odesk, Elance, Getafreelancer, Fiverr and so on, you're effectively labelling your work "Low Cost Writing" and you're choosing to compete with people who are living and working in countries where $5 is a full day's pay.
        Sorry, but you are mistaken. The type of employers on these platforms vary considerably, just as the quality of the providers do. Your statement quoted above is highly generalized which I suspect is based on a misplaced perception of these platforms and not from experience.

        I earn between $50-$80 for a 500 word article on Elance!
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Originally Posted by ASHLEY999 View Post

          I earn between $50-$80 for a 500 word article on Elance!
          Thanks very much, Ashley. You're absolutely right - I didn't know that, and haven't used Elance myself. I've learned something good there, and will now know not to mention that as an example in future (or even to mention it as an example of something different!).
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    It's possible, but it's work.

    You can also branch out into selling PLR or writing your own products. It's always good to have a second stream of income. One of the problems with working as a freelance article writer is if you get sick or can't work because of a family emergency then your income stops. (And I speak from personal experience.)

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Mixengineer
    How experienced are you and how much are you willing to work to make ends meet and then some? THose are questions you should ask, if you arent that experienced then keep at it and soon you will be
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  • Profile picture of the author Austin357
    I started buying some articles from Odesk/Elance and realized very quickly that most of all the articles had to be re-written. Most of these writers know grammatical English very well. However, when writing for casual or conversational English they don't understand our culture. Most of my lighter topics were written in such a serious tone and practically no humor. Which I asked for both of these requirements upfront (easy and fun to read).

    I was trying to get a good deal but having them re-written and doing double the work wasn't such a great deal. I found other very good writers who were charging closer to $15-25 per article and the quality was night and day. Lesson learned!
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  • Hey Sid,
    Yes article writing can be surely taken as a career, its like a goldmine and lots of demand is always, however your success depends only on the quality of content you are writing, all the very best.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jacob Cuculiza
    Yes of cause! But treat every customer as if they sign you paycheck!
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  • Profile picture of the author mcass
    You can, but I believe that it isn't sustainable. No residual income at all - some of the projects make you want to cry they're so boring - some of the clients you work with are just plain awful...

    Mostly though, it's just a neutral career devoid of passion and incredibly bla. I would use it to learn the ropes and as a springboard to your own projects otherwise it has a way of trapping you.

    And yes, I am speaking from experience!
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  • Profile picture of the author jet510
    it is true that you must love writing in order to turn it into a career, you must put out a good quality product with your articles as well...
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  • Profile picture of the author angelafavs
    hi

    yes, you can..market your self through internet.

    Good Luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Yes you can, i suggest adding your service in your signature..

    Proposing services in the warrior hire section of this forum.

    Also check out fiverr.com

    Cheers,

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Define "living." I am on a disability pension but I do OK from my part time writing. If I could work full-time, I think I would do even better. But it takes time to build a business.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2011profit
    Being an article writer can really make a good living especially if you are good at it. Just do your best on every write-ups that you make and I'm sure your clients will be satisfied with your work. Impressing them will be your key to convince them to work for you in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author lespritb
    Well, yes of course you can make career with article writing, there are noting any doubt. but the point is after panda update is more demand, so you need to follow first panda's update and make sure your articles are fresh and copy passing
    Good Luck!!
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by sidcandid View Post

    Can one make a living out of it?
    Writing articles for magazines? Sure.

    Writing articles for directories? Nope.

    Once you've done your work for these two clients, total up all the hours you spent selling them on your services, all the hours you spent talking to them, and all the hours you spent working on their articles. Including rewrites and corrections.

    Now multiply that by your desired hourly rate.

    Would this client pay you that for those articles?

    Now, don't get me wrong, there are clients who will pay you that for your articles. It will be harder to find them. It will be harder to please them. They will need more of your time and expect higher quality.

    You can also reduce the amount of time spent finding clients, and the amount of time spent talking to them, and the amount of time spent writing articles. But you can only reduce it so far.

    The writers who make a living without writing entire books are writing 2,000 word articles for magazines a couple times a month at over a dollar a word.
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  • Profile picture of the author Goldenboy
    Certainly, article writing can be a career, and in fact, you can earn decent money by providing articles or re-written articles. I also started as a freelance article writer with words ranging from 150 - 1000 per article. If you are into reading and is interested in research, then you can make a career of this. One of the qualifications that I can say about being an article writer is that you should love to write since from the description, you have to keep on writing articles with different niches.
    As per the rate of your article, it would really depend on the quality and the time that you have to spend writing some articles. And also, if the topic is really that unfamiliar, you have to evaluate the rate per article, for its number of words, the content and the time allocated to finish the project.
    Just love your work, enjoy what you do and the work will also love you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tylos
    Of course after Google Panda update it's crazy in the web market. If have such talent means according to google rule then you can survive.
    Good Luck!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Worner
    To expand on what Caliban said, becoming a wildly popular, widely syndicated columnist is where the bookoo bucks are.

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  • Profile picture of the author mikemeth
    Definitely as long as you have talent for writing or you know what you are doing you will always find clients who are ready to pay more for your articles than others
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  • Profile picture of the author Hans Klein
    Well... it depends what you're offering to the client.

    The thing about writing is... it's tiring. You don't take breaks and it makes your brain hurt.

    So.. you might be able to really create a well-researched, high quality article in 15 minutes to an hour.

    (If you're really doing research, it's going to take around an hour or more).

    But if you're only charging $5 an article... you've got to keep that up all day to make any money at all.

    Personally... I love writing. But I'd rather flip burgers... or scrub toilets. It would be a whole lot more fun.

    It's a content mill.

    However... when you offer the right services and position yourself... you can get a lot more for your work. Instead of a $5... there are marketers willing to pay $100.00 or more for a 500 word article if it delivers them the "goods" (sales... social media buzz... and prime search positions).

    In other words... make your writing valuable... and the prices others are willing to pay go up.
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    There's pure gold in here with stuff from Ashley, Alexa and Danielle.

    I personally had heard before that you should start prices high... but didn't listen.

    I think if you're writing for Warriors, you may have to start lower because they aren't used to paying $50/500 word article.

    But that proves that it's probably worth taking the time to learn how to market yourself to the offline/Elance space.

    Sure it might take a little more time to get regular customers, but if you're making making 500-1,000% ROI compared to writing for Warriors- it's probably worth it
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    You can definitely make a lot of money from article marketing, but it won't necessarily be easy. If you write articles for your own websites, you can do even better. I don't suggest only writing for other people as this doesn't produce the residual income that your own articles will.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Chris Kent View Post

    No, article writing is NOT a career. Kid yourself if you must, but it is not.
    Surprised to see you saying this, Chris, when there are people here whose full-time occupation is writing articles for websites in the $200 sort of price-range, and I know from trying to refer customers to them that some of them are really fully booked. Perhaps you haven't seen all the posts like this one? :confused:

    The reality is that clients needing articles for targeted syndication (rather than primarily for article directories) are the ones who know how to use them, tend to have successful businesses, and keep coming back for more.
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  • Profile picture of the author abond
    Why not stick to E-book writing instead? I feel that will develop more credibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author RAMarketing
    Who said the article writing has to be for websites? Guess how much a magazine or newspaper will pay you. Most of the time, it's far less than a website owner, especially a smart one. So, journalism is a career, even though it pays less...? I fail to see the point.
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  • Profile picture of the author moneymakerz
    Definitely, article marketing can be a very rewarding career.........with google becoming more stringent with content quality requirement, scope for such a career is only going to include
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