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What is a Freelance Writer?

A freelance writer is a writer who works on a self-employed basis. They can work for just one magazine or, more often, they write for several different publications at a time. The more diverse a writer can be, the more likely they are to be published and paid for their work.

The Benefits
Being freelance does require a certain amount of self-reliance – there’s no regular, monthly salary, sick or holiday pay to fall back on – so it’s not for everyone. However, for any writer brave enough to become freelance the benefits are enormous. They:

  • leave the daily 9 to 5 behind as they are able to choose their own hours
  • have the freedom to choose who they work for. So, if they want to, freelance writers can only write about dog training, cats, knitting, backpacking etc
  • do not have to engage in a daily commute as most freelance writers use a room in their home as an office
  • can tailor their work environment to their own needs with daylight simulation bulbs, ergonomic furniture etc, that would probably not be available in a traditional office
  • can take holidays without having to work around colleagues
  • can choose how many hours they’d like to work so, they can work for 5, 20 or 40 hours a week

 

How Much Does A Freelancer Writer Get Paid
Payment for freelance work varies greatly depending on what you are writing and who you are writing for. In general you will be paid for a piece of work you have produced – not on an hourly basis. As a very rough guide you can expect:

  • £20 per tip – in a regional newspaper
  • £50 per tip – in a national newspaper
  • £90 – commissioned online blog post in a national newspaper
  • £120 per thousand words – for a commissioned feature in a regional newspaper
  • £275 per thousand words – for online digital or online media
  • £1000 and over – page lead in a tabloid

 

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that all published writing is valuable in its own right, as it can be added to a writer’s portfolio. The more high quality work a portfolio contains, the more impressed, and more likely to take your work, editors will be.

If you want to find out more about being a freelance writer request Writers Bureau Comprehensive Creative Writing course prospectus.

 

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Sarah Plater Writers Bureau's Writer of the Year 2017

“I’m currently working on my fourth book, have been paid for my writing by at least 15 different magazines, and now earn half my income from writing – all thanks to The Writers Bureau’s course."

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