While I was chatting with a friend this week, I heard a completely unexpected question: could she make some seasonal money as a freelance writer? She wants to earn a little extra money before Christmas and she was wondering if writing would be an easy way to do it.
I managed to keep from laughing. I’ve encountered the idea that writing is an easy job — type a few words and get a paycheck immediately — but this is the first time I’ve heard of anyone thinking of freelance writing as a seasonal job. Am I alone?
My advice for anyone looking to earn some extra Christmas money from writing is easy: Start in June. Between pitching a project, actually completing it, invoicing it and eventually getting paid, most writing projects (articles, copywriting and more) are more of long-term ventures.
That isn’t to say that a person absolutely can’t get some immediate money from well-crafted words. Plenty of Craigslist posts are looking for immediate turn around, after all. It’s just my experience that the more lucrative projects don’t require immediate delivery.