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placement holder graphicWelcome to 1,200+ free posts full of tips and resources for freelance writers! Make a Living Writing has been helping writers leave day jobs behind and live the freelance life since 2008. This isn’t our first recession, and we’re here to guide you with practical, been-there help on how to thrive as a freelance writer, no matter what.

You’ve probably got a million questions about how freelance writing works… and with our founder Carol Tice’s 20+ years of freelance experience, we’ve got the answers. Our posts cover every aspect of how to start and run a lucrative, home-based freelance-writing business.

We care about your success and want to hear from you! So comment or ask questions on the blog.

Whether you’re hoping to become a freelance writer, or a working writer who needs to find better clients and grow your income, we’ve got actionable ideas and fear-busting encouragement to help you claim the freelance lifestyle you need.

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Learn how to get started and find writing jobs online. Our resources for new freelance writers help you discover how to quickly build a portfolio and find first paying clients. You’ll know what to watch out for, so you avoid scams and rip-offs. No pie-in-the-sky promises – just real, actionable tips from working freelance writers.

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Tap into our top resources for working, mid-career writers looking to turn their craft into a lucrative freelance lifestyle. What we do is hard, and you deserve to be well-paid! Learn to identify good prospects, get responses to your pitches, and land better-caliber writing jobs. Gain the confidence you need to ask for that raise and command higher rates, and get ongoing work from your freelance clients.

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Here at Make a Living Writing, we know you need paid writing opportunities! So we regularly publish fresh posts showing you who pays writers (and how much). Visit this resource page for our most popular lists of publications and websites that pay writers, plus our most recent lists of writing jobs. We feature options suitable for newbies and mid-career writers, too.

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Why should Make a Living Writing be your go-to source of freelance-writing information? All our tips come from successful, working freelance writers.

We walk our talk on writers deserving to be paid, and pay for guest posts. So you get nothing but quality, fresh, practical ideas you can use in your freelance-writing business right away. No filler, no fluff.

That’s why we’re a multi-year award-winner of Top 10 Blogs for Writers and Writer’s Digest’s Top 101 Websites for Writers, among other accolades.

More good things: We don’t accept paid links or ads, and only affiliate sell a small number of products or services we know well and can highly recommend. If we get a commission, we’ll let you know – no hidden agenda.

But enough from us – check out what our readers say below.  Right now, let’s get you started finding the best freelance-writing resources for your needs:


Jon Morrow

I love it

@TiceWrites Hey, I just ran across your new Make a Living Writing blog, and I love it. The blogoshpere needed a voice like yours. —Jon Morrow, SmartBlogger

Linda Formichelli, co-author, The Renegade Writer

Make a Living Writing is the only blog I read religiously

It’s always on top of the news and advice writers need RIGHT NOW, to earn more from their writing. —Linda Formichelli, co-author, The Renegade Writer

John Soares | ProductiveWriters

I highly recommend Make a Living Writing

Newbies to freelance writing will find everything they need to launch a successful career, from choosing the right niches to getting assignments to getting paid well. Experienced hands will find gems on every page that will improve their writing careers – and their bottom lines. — John Soares | ProductiveWriters


Your blog is like ‘Eat This Not That’ for freelance writers

— Stephanie Vozza


I’ve been reading your blog since 2011

I’m a freelance writer with bylines in The Huffington Post, Lifehacker, and Problogger, to name a few. I’ve been reading your blog since 2011, and it’s a great source of information for freelance writers and bloggers. Whenever I get stuck with an issue, I just Google the problem plus your name, and usually find a solution. Thanks! —Farhan Musavi


BOOM! I landed my first paid freelance writing assignment, for $200

With Carol’s template, I pitched article ideas for two different publications – and one of them got back to me the next day. BOOM! I landed my first paid freelance writing assignment, for $200! —Shawn Lentz

Peter HubinskyI was able to land a high-profile client

Thanks to your blog I was able to land a high-profile client based in NYC, with only 10 cold email pitches. —Peter Hubinsky

Amanda Cleary Eastep

Great guidance and inspiration

I printed off Carol’s posts, implemented the ideas, and have had great success. Great guidance and inspiration!  — Amanda Cleary Eastep

Sam Edge

a voice of reason

In my short time writing online, I’ve found that a trusted source of information is gold.
I’ve found Carol to be a voice of reason in a sea of snake oil. — Sam Edge | The Edge on Strategy

Mitch Bossart | Bold CommunicationThere is only one blog I read religiously

“And the reason is that Carol Tice is balls-to-the-wall, over-the-top, all-hands-on-deck focused on helping professional writers be more successful. — Mitch Bossart | Bold Communication

Nancy A. Locke | Locke Communications

Carol Tice makes me feel sane

Unlike those who make a living selling advice to writers about how to make a living as a writer, Carol actually writes for a living. Carol’s blog stands head and shoulders, hips and knees above the mind-bogglingly vast number of blogs targeting would-be writers out there. — Nancy A. Locke | Locke Communications

Looking for writing courses & community support?

Our online community, Freelance Writers Den, was founded in 2011. Since then, we’ve helped 14,000+ writers connect with peers, improve their skills, and grow their freelance writing income.

Our lively community is stuffed with useful tools and career-building resources. Use our 24/7 forums to get your questions answered by pros. Tap our 300+ hours of self-study trainings to learn new skills.

The Den has live events and multi-week bootcamps where you can tap experts’ knowledge, an exclusive job board, accountability buddies, live chats, and more. Also, if you want feedback on your writer website, LinkedIn profile, or article draft, we’ve got you.

Visit the Freelance Writers Den site to see if we’re open for new members right now. Sign up on the waiting list if we’re not, and you’ll be first to join when we reopen (plus, you’ll get useful free resources in the meanwhile).

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About this writing site

Longtime freelance writer and six-figure earner Carol Tice is the founder of The Make a Living Writing blog and Freelance Writers Den writer community. Her mission is to help writers get started in freelancing, become well-paid, and live the lifestyle of their dreams.

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