Freelance Writing Jobs for College Students: How, Where, and How Much
There are thousands of freelance writing jobs for college students available right now. Would you rather A) Write 500-1,000 word articles from your dorm on fun topics and make good moneyor B) work a min wage job off campus, gulaging it up til’ closing time, and serving spoiled rich kids overpriced coffee/food somewhere?
I’m guessing A!
Im gonna show you how you can easily make a few hundred dollars a month or more right from your dorm or campus house.
You just need to know where to look. You could easily become a paid freelance writer in 2 weeks or less.
These are all actionable tips: how to write, where to look, and how much to charge.
This is the online writing jobs for college students guide I wish I had when I was a research assistant making min wage. Suck it, SCSU.
Let’s do it!
How to Find Freelance Writing Jobs as a College Student…With No Experience
College was not my finest hour…actually, I didn’t even go to this school. That’s how bad mine sucked. I had to drive elsewhere to party. Kinda wish I had just started writing sooner and set off to travel in Europe instead of waiting.
I know how frustrated you feel.
You want to find freelance writing jobs and everyone out there is just telling you the same shit—go get some experience and find clients.
Thanks for the help, internet!
I know because I was in that same boat. I was the valedictorian of broke college life. Ramen noodles 2x a day. Busch Light at every party. Walking 20 mins to school because I couldn’t pay for gas.
My roommates and I pitched in to buy a gallon of diesel fuel to heat our home (I had no idea that worked). It didn’t last. I ended up showering in cold water.
What I would have done for $200 more a month.
How about $300 for a single afternoon of work?
If I had known this was possible, I would’ve told college to go shove itself up its own ass. Nevermind the logistics of inserting oneself into one’s own ass—that’s not the point.
I knew I had writing talent, but aside from writing in the school newspaper, I had no outlets. I looked on Craiglist…dead end. I tried eLance. Yeah, that sucked.
By the way, if you want to see if you’ve got the right skills, check out these 7 must have skills for new writers. If you’ve got them, you can easily start making money as a writer in days.
I wish I had known what I’m about to share. With these remote jobs, you don’t need any degree, you don’t need any experience, and you don’t need connections. Forget everything you know.
Poor Fat Bastard. Don’t worry, I’ve solved that issue.
How to Become a Freelance Content Writer as a College Student
There’s a huge market for content writers in the eCommerce space. Companies from all different niches are looking for talented content and copywriters to help write blogs, web pages, guides, emails, and sales pages.
Step 1) Pick a Niche
This doesn’t have to be your life’s calling. It doesn’t have to be your major (that helps, though), and it doesn’t have to be something you agree with. Just choose one of the following niches:
- Health and beauty (including diets like keto)
- Student life
- Frugal living (You know a lot about this I bet)
OK, it doesn’t HAVE TO BE one of these niches, but this is where the majority of the work is.
With a niche, you’ll be able to tell people you’re a specialist and charge more money. Also, clients posting job ads normally ask for “a writer with experience in xyz.”
Here was my first niche: eCommerce.
Step 2) Write Samples Within Your Niche
I didn’t have any samples to go on when I first started. Since you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you don’t either.
I’ve got an easy solution….WRITE SOME! Write a few 500-word blogs (I wrote 5) and place them in your portfolio. Instead of guessing which topics clients are looking for, use the top blogs in your niche for inspiration.
Let’s use home improvement for example.
No, not that home improvement.
Here’s how you find good samples to write:
Google “best” + “your niche” + “blogs”
Now, you’ve got 50 blogs worth of inspiration from 1 search:
These are the types of articles your target clients want to see. If I were you, I’d format my blogs this way:
- Top 3 XYZ (EX: The 3 Cheapest Ways to Furnish Your Home)
- How-To XYZ (EX: How to Fix a Leaky Faucet)
- The Ultimate Guide to XYZ (EX: The Ultimate Guide to Home Inspections)
Now that you’ve got some samples, here’s what to do next. You’re almost there!
Step 3) Create a Free Portfolio
You don’t need a fancy writer’s website to land online entry level jobs for college students.
Journoportolio.com is my go-to for a free writing portfolio.
OK, That’s Great and All, But How Do I Find Freelance Jobs as a College Student?
Chill, I’m getting to that.
So, you’ve got:
- Your niche
- A writer’s portfolio
Let’s find you some clients.
Start in Your Local Area With Digital Marketing Companies
Digital marketing companies are hungry for good content writers. Chances are, they are hiring part-time and full-time freelancers as we speak.
Just Google it and see who’s closest. This is what I did:
See Yale University in New Haven? Yeah…I didn’t go there.
I went to the 3rd cousin of Yale, Southern Connecticut State University.
Get in contact with all of these companies immediately. Walk in and tell them you’re a local college student who will work for cheap. Trust me, they need freelancers.
Look on Facebook Within Your Niche
Remember how I said you should have a niche?
Check this out
Who’s that handsome guy there? Well, whoever he is, he just got this writing job because he was exactly what this client was looking for. By the way, yes I know I said I specialized in eCommerce, but it’s the internet and you can be whoever you want to be. I never said you could only have one portfolio!
Join groups related to your niche. Join writers groups. Join freelancing communities. Keep your eyes open, because work will come along.
Use Job Boards
Job boards aren’t nearly as shitty as freelancing platforms like Upwork or places like Craigslist. They’re like shady short-term loan companies: they’re legal and not as grimy as payday loans from gas stations, but something just irks me about them.
Here’s a list of my favorites:
- BloggingPro. Updated almost daily with new online writing jobs in every niche.
- Freelance Writing Jobs. Tons of freelance writing gigs for all levels.
- Indeed. Search for “freelance writing” in the job search and add “remote” as the location to find online writing jobs.
- MediaBistro. One of the most underrated freelance job boards out there. Use it.
- ProBlogger. Many freelance writers swear by this job board.
- SimplyHired. Similar to Indeed. I’ve never used it, but I know people who have.
- Work from Home Happiness. You can occasionally find gigs here.
WARNING: I would 100% NOT USE WritingCreek. They are definitely taking advantage of you. $4 per page is a joke. Using my method, a 1-page 500-word blog will pay $15-$20. Plus, you won’t have to worry about middlemen or getting roped into working for shady clients. Then you can raise your rates there to $50 a blog or more. I’m charging around $100 for a 500-word blog at the moment, and can write one in no time. SICK!
Here are 21 (MORE) easy ways to score freelance writing jobs as a beginner. There’s no reason to use freelancing platforms when you can find paying gigs paying hundreds of dollars or more on your own.
How Much Should Content Writers Charge?
I get this question daily from new writers—especially college students. Entry-level content jobs for native speakers usually pay about 3 cents per word. That’s about $15 for a 500-word blog or $30 for a 1,000-word blog. I started charging $20 for a 500-word, SEO-optimized blog. If you can write 1,000 words in an hour (easily doable) that’s $30/hr. Not a bad gig at all.
I know that sounds low, but compare that to slogging hours away at a fast food joint or serving coffee at minimum wage. And keep in mind your goal is to just break into the industry, build a network, and get some feedback. As soon as I got my first gigs, clients started giving me feedback on my blogs, and I became a better writer FAST. That allowed me to raise my rates and start landing more and more clients. Just get your foot in the door and this could easily be a well-paying career.
How do I Start Freelance Writing With No Experience?
I literally just showed you how to do it. Pick a niche, create samples in that niche based off the leading blog in that niche, create a portfolio saying you’re a writer, then reach out to clients in your local area, on Facebook, and on job boards.
Are There Any Online Jobs for College Students?
Yes, tons! Just don’t listen to all the bullshit advice from people who don’t know shit about working online. The online job world is a show-me sport. Nobody cares who you are or where you went to school. They care about skills.
Pick a skill. Find groups related to that skill. Start pitching yourself. Freelance writing is no different.
Do You Need to go to College to be a Freelance Writer?
No, absolutely not. You don’t need to go to college for anything in the online marketing/eCommerce/SEO industry.
Society has conditioned us to believe that you can’t do anything without a requisite degree. Bullshit. Sure, that’s true for being a doctor, lawyer, or accountant, but for most jobs, it’s 100% false. You are what you can do. If you can write, start writing and find clients. Nothing is stopping you.
I dropped out of college. Look how good I turned out…
I took this pic in the Philippines. Now that I’m a writer, I travel all year and work from my laptop. You don’t need a degree. College is a scam.
How Do I Earn Money as a Student?
You could waste your time with a minimum wage job, get a crappy campus job, or make $3 a day doing paid surveys, or you can make $20-$30/hr STARTING with freelance writing jobs for college students. You don’t need to be an expert in anything to become a content writer.
Started at the bottom now we here. Started at the bottom now my whole team writin’ content.
Freelance writing jobs for college students are all over the place. So stop handing in applications for minimum wage and start hitting them keys. I became a freelance writer in a few short weeks. I know you can do it too! And don’t listen to idiots who failed and said it’s impossible. I know plenty of full-time writers making a great living from all over the world. What are you waiting for?
If you really want to become a freelance writer, I cover exactly how I went from 0 – full-time freelancer in a few short weeks in this post. It shows you exactly how to niche down, create samples, and market yourself to clients looking for writers.