That you missed out on the precious memories and moments because you were stuck at a 9-to-5…
Or that you struggled to really make the most of your time with them because you were always pinching pennies and saying “no” to the fun things in life…
Enter freelance writing.
Freelance writing (or copywriting, as I’ll go into more in a minute) is the perfect work-at-home job for moms.
It’s flexible, it can be done around your kids’ schedules, and best of all — it can cause your bank account to overflow like it never has before!
Let me show you why freelance writing is such a great opportunity for parents who want to stay at home with their kids, but still bring in a full-time income…
What is a Freelance Writer?
Even in 2022, making money online feels kinda like a pipe dream for most people. I’m sure you’ve seen the ads and articles promising easy ways to make money online, but they always seem to be a little vague…
“Complete short surveys and earn $100 per day!”
“Get paid to watch videos and click on ads!”
“Make $10,000 per month appointment setting!”
None of these methods are necessarily bad, but they’re not exactly what I would call a long-term sustainable career. And they’re not the most inspiring career choices IMO…
But being a freelance writer is different.
Freelance writing is a real, legitimate way to make a full-time income online. You can do it from the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else in the world!) and you don’t need any special skills or experience to get started. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and a willingness to learn!
To boil it down, a freelance writer gets paid to write content for companies. It could be anything from blog posts and social media captions, to product descriptions and email newsletters.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to freelance writing projects — which is why it’s such a great opportunity for stay-at-home moms! You can write about literally anything, and there will always be companies who are willing to pay you for it. As long as a company needs words, they’re potential clients!
Now, I know what you’re thinking…
When I heard about freelance writing 7 years ago, I was skeptical too. But I was DESPERATE to find a way to make money that wouldn’t involve sacrificing my family life, so I decided to give it a try.
And I’m thrilled I did! Because freelance writing changed my life in so many amazing ways…
It’s allowed me to stay at home with my son and be there for all the big and small moments.
It’s given me the financial freedom to travel and live life on my own terms.
And it’s allowed me to give back to my family and friends in ways I never thought possible. I know freelance writing can do the same for you — if you’re willing to give it a shot!
Different Types of Freelance Writing Jobs
Like I mentioned, freelance writing can take many different forms. My favorite (and the most profitable) type of freelance writing job is copywriting.
Copywriting is a specific type of writing that’s all about persuasion. It’s the art of using words to get people to take a desired action, like buying a product, signing up for a service, or clicking on a link.
In other words, good copywriting directly leads to more sales and conversions for a company. And since businesses are always looking for ways to increase their sales and profits, that means they will pay MORE for this type of writing.
Because copywriting is so lucrative, it’s what I specialize in. But it’s important to keep in mind that it does take a higher level of skill than other types of freelance writing. There’s lots of psychology involved, and you need to be able to capture attention and make a strong case for why someone should take the desired action.
But don’t worry! Even if you’re just starting out, there are still plenty of freelance writing opportunities available to you:
- Blog posts
- Case Studies
- News Articles
- Press releases
- Product descriptions
- SEO Writing
- Social media content
- Technical Content
- Video Scripts
- Website content
- White Papers
The pieces above are often classified as content writing, which is a broad term that covers any type of writing that’s not specifically designed to sell something. It’s more for brand-building, education and entertainment.
Content writing is a great way to get your feet wet with freelance writing, and it’s also where most new writers start out.
But if you’re looking for a more profitable writing career, I definitely recommend focusing on copywriting.
Copywriting could include any of the pieces I listed above, as well as email marketing, sales letters, and even ad copy. But again, the goal is conversions and sales — so you’ll need to be persuasive and skilled at getting people to take action.
If you’re not quite ready to tackle high-converting copywriting projects yet, you can start with something simpler. As you build up your skills and portfolio, you can start taking on more complex (and higher paying) projects.
When I first started, I focused on website content, social media and blog posts (and I still write some of these things for my clients to this day!).
These tend to be more competitive because there’s a lower barrier to entry, but there’s such high demand for this type of content that you can still make a great income even as a beginner.
How to Start Writing With No Experience
Unlike pretty much any other high-paying career, freelance writing is one of the few fields where you can start making good money without any experience or credentials.
As long as you have decent grammar and can string a sentence together, you can start pitching to companies and landing clients!
Of course, the more experience and skills you have, the easier it will be to find high-paying work.
But if you’re just starting out, don’t let the lack of experience hold you back. You can still find plenty of writing opportunities and make a great income, even if you’re starting from scratch.
Like I mentioned, any company in the world that is putting out content needs someone to write that content. And many of them outsource that work to freelancers. So there are freelance writing opportunities for everyone, whether you’re a beginner just starting out or a seasoned veteran with years of experience.
Work-Life Balance That Works For YOU
One of the best things about freelance writing is that it gives you the opportunity to create a work-life balance that works for your lifestyle.
When you’re a mom, you don’t have the luxury of set working hours. Kids have sick days, school holidays, and unexpected emergencies. And sometimes you just want to play hooky to spend a day at the park!
The great thing about freelance writing is that YOU control your own schedule. Your clients are not your boss. If you need to take a couple hours off in the middle of the day to pick up your kids from school, you can do that. If you want to work in the evenings after they’ve gone to bed, you can do that too. If you want to take off the whole month of July for an unforgettable summer vacation, that’s totally fine!
As long as you get your work done and meet your deadlines, you can structure your schedule and client workload to meet YOUR lifestyle goals. Be a mom first, and a freelance writer second.
Of course, this flexibility can be a double-edged sword. If you’re not disciplined enough to stick to a schedule, you might find yourself working at all hours of the night just to meet deadlines.
But if you can manage your time wisely, freelance writing gives you the freedom to work when it’s convenient for you and your family.
Earn Money From Anywhere
The beauty of freelance writing is that you can do it from ANYWHERE. As long as you have a laptop and an internet connection, you can work from home, the local coffee shop, your kids’ sports practice, or even on vacation!
When I first started copywriting 7 years ago, I sat at my dining room table with my trusty old MacBook Pro. Since then I’ve worked in a camper, at diners, in my home office, in the car while traveling, and even poolside in Hawaii and the Dominican Republic!
Of course, freelance writing isn’t the only job that offers this type of flexibility. But it is one of the highest paying jobs you can do from home with no experience.
And since it doesn’t require any special equipment, expensive office space, certifications, or formal education, it’s a great option to startup on a very small budget. You can be turning a profit in a matter of weeks! In fact, I had my first paying client only about a month after learning about this freelance writing world…
Different payment platforms make getting paid easy, no matter where you are in the world. The top ways to get paid as a freelancer are:
- Check by mail
- Direct deposit
You can also take credit card payments through platforms like:
- Google Pay
And there are also a number of freelance platforms that offer easy payment options, like:
- Problogger Job Board
I don’t really recommend most of these job boards because they tend to be low-paying with lots of competition. In my years as a copywriter, I’ve never used a single one of them. There are better ways to find clients. But if you’re just starting out, they can be a good way to get experience.
The point is, with our modern technology, you can make money no matter where you are in the world.
And making money online also expands your pool of potential clients from just within your town or state to a global market! It’s an endless supply of work.
No Commute = More Time With Family
We’re all VERY aware of the recent spike in gas prices (the national average exceeded $5 for the first time ever this year – insane!).
But what’s even more costly than high gas prices is the TIME that commuting wastes.
The average commute time in America is 27 minutes each way. That’s 54 minutes a day, 6+ hours a week, or 312 hours a year!
It might not sound like much, but when you add it up it’s THIRTEEN DAYS of your life every year that you’re wasting commuting to and from a job.
And that’s all time you’ll never get back for family, friends, or hobbies.
But when you freelance from home, there’s ZERO commute! You can roll out of bed and be working in your PJs within minutes (in fact, I like to joke that my work uniform is my bathrobe!). You can start working the moment you sit down at your computer or pick up your phone or tablet (I used an iPad for about 6 months when I was in between computers).
This means more time for the things and people you love.
Plus, you can use that extra time to be productive in other ways. Maybe you can finally start that side hustle you’ve been wanting to launch or get in a workout before the kids wake up.
The freelance writing lifestyle gives you the ultimate in time freedom and flexibility!
Learn New Skills That You Can Apply In Many Areas Of Your Life
As we get older, it’s easy to get into a rut and feel like we’re stuck in a career that we no longer enjoy. You might go months or years without learning something new or feeling challenged in your work.
But freelance writing is different. As a freelance writer, you’re constantly learning new things and expanding your skill set.
With each client and each project, you have the opportunity to learn about new industries, products, and services. You can also learn new writing styles and hone your craft. And marketing is always changing, so you’re always learning new strategies for promoting your clients’ businesses.
The skills you learn as a freelance writer are also highly transferable to other areas of your life. Not only will freelance writing improve your spelling, vocabulary, and grammer, but it will also improve your communication skills, research skills, and sales skills.
And if your focus is on copywriting – look out world! Persuasion and negotiation skills come in real handy when you want hubby to take out the trash or your kiddos to clean up their rooms!
Plus, as a freelance writer, you are running your own business. Being an entrepreneur comes with its own set of skills that you can apply in other areas of your life, like budgeting, time management, and networking.
In short, freelance writing makes you a well-rounded, multi-talented individual – something that will come in handy in all areas of your life!
And for me personally, a career in freelance writing gave me newfound confidence and self-esteem.
I had been stuck in a string of restaurant jobs I hated for over a decade. I was ashamed that I hadn’t done more with my life and was discouraged about my future.
Don’t get me wrong — nothing is wrong with being a waitress. I just knew it wasn’t my calling and I was burnt out on snotty customers, gossipy managers, crappy pay and a schedule I couldn’t control.
But when I started freelance writing, suddenly I felt like anything was possible! I had direction and purpose. And for the first time in my life, I was excited about my future!
Even on the days when I don’t feel like writing (because we all have them!), I am proud of what I do, excited about my future, and stable in my finances. And those are feelings I don’t think I would have found doing anything else.
No Cap On Your Potential Income
Ok, so you’re feeling good about the idea of freelance writing from home and you’re pumped about all the benefits it has for your lifestyle. But what about the money?
Can you really make a living freelance writing?
The answer is a resounding YES!
The question is: how much does a freelance writer make?
Your potential income as a freelance writer is completely uncapped! There are freelance writers out there earning multiple six-figures per year (while working a fraction of the hours you would put in at a traditional job).
I also know many copywriters who start other types of businesses, and use their skills in persuasion, marketing and selling to make millions of dollars per year off their own offers!
And you could do the same…
Want to sell a digital product or launch an e-commerce store? You will have the skills you need to create high-converting content and drive traffic to your products or services. You might find that freelance writing is a stepping stone to an entirely new career!
But coming back to the money question — yes, you can make really good money freelance writing from home.
I’m living proof.
After just 3 months of learning copywriting and getting clients, I was making enough money to quit my crummy restaurant job.
If you just need a little extra each month for “fun money,” freelance writing can give you that.
If you want to replace your full-time income so you can stay home with your kids, you can do that too!
Want to retire your spouse so you can buy a sailboat and homeschool your kids for a year while you sail around the world?
You can freelance write your way to that lifestyle!
Your income will depend on a lot of different factors, like:
- The quality of your writing
- The quality of your clients
- How well you market and sell your services
- What industry you write for
- What types of services you offer
- How many hours per week you want to work
But there’s truly no limit when it comes to your income. It just depends on how much effort you want to put in and how badly you want to achieve your goals.
So, is freelance writing a good career choice for moms? It is a very real and viable way to make a living online! And it’s something that you can do for years to come, because there will continue to be tons of demand for freelance writers of all kinds. I highly encourage it to any mama who wants to make money from the comfort of her home doing something creative and impactful!