By: Amanda Gochez
Sometimes we all need a little extra cash. Have you ever felt you were barely treading water just to stay afloat? It’s been hitting me hard lately. I have been wracking my brain on trying to figure out how I can make some extra money, but I work full-time already and after homework and other obligations, I don’t have much time to go to another job. So, what are my options?
This is what I knew:
- I’d like to work from home
- I’d like a job writing
- Decent pay
- Anything but talking on the phone
I typed in google, “work from home writing jobs.” Creative, right? (insert shoulder shrug).
I don’t know why I never thought of freelancing. While you are writing you own books, look into writing other people’s books! There are a few websites I strongly consider: www.freelancer.comor www.upwork.com. Personally? I enjoy Upwork the most. But, don’t get too excited just yet. The two sites are very different. If you want easy, no questions asked on becoming a member, Freelancer is for you. Upwork has some prerequisites. You first have to submit an application to Upwork to see if your skills stand out from others. Last year, mine didn’t and my application got rejected. I tried again this year because I have accomplished a lot of experience lately (not to toot my own horn, but toot-toot).
Anyway, I tried again and to my surprise, I got accepted! (Insert first pump)! Next, was submitting bids on projects. You need a cover letter, have a resume ready just in case, and writing samples. You might have to upgrade your membership to get more ‘connects’ to apply to jobs. Think of them as tokens, some jobs require two connects, some require one, and then, before you know it, you are out of tokens. You have to apply to around 5 jobs before you might land a job.
So I’m sitting there casually, right? Trolling through job requirements, see if I’m qualified for anything and I see so many projects wanting ghostwriters. I’m sitting there, drinking my wine, with my face mask on, and I’m thinking, “Yes, ghostwriting. Of course! Why haven’t I thought of this?” I apply to all of them I can. I searched for anything involving romance or erotica. I love that genre and I was hoping my samples were good enough to land something.
Three rejections later, I GOT AN OFFER. ME! My fellow writers, I am officially a ghostwriter.
Here is my advice. You have talent? You love to write? Are you an editor? Data enterer? Proofreader? Whatever the case may be, look into freelancing.
Own your talents and believe in yourself! Get ghosting and get some extra cash to pay off that credit card bill that you might have charged some really great wine to.
Hey, don’t judge. This is a judgement free-zone.