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Writing Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

VirginiaLynne is mom of 5 and an online writer with over 1250 published articles. She loves assisting others start an online writing career.

Copywriting is a Quick Way to Earn

Are you a mom who would like to make a little extra money? A college student hoping to earn some cash for books? Maybe you just graduated and are looking for a little supplemental income. Copywriting from home can be a great way to earn a little cash by starting your own freelance writing business with just a computer and Internet connection.

How Much Money Can You Make?

At first, as you learn the system and learn how to write copy, you may find you don't make very much per hour. I think I worked for 2-3 hours on my first assignment, which made me $7.00. Now I make around $10.00 per assignment and these generally take me less than an hour.

You will do better if you follow the tips in my Hubs about How to Get Started Copy Writing for Interact Media and Tips for Success as a Copywriter. In general, how much you make is limited by:

  • How much time you have to do jobs.
  • What jobs are available.
  • Whether you have a job from the board already (which means you can't take another job from the board until you have finished it--meaning jobs can go by that you would have liked to get).
  • Whether you can develop a client base which gives you direct assignments (which you can stack up without limit and complete when you have time as long as you do them before they are due).

About half of my jobs are by direct assignment. I have two clients which give me the bulk of my direct assignment work. Unless you were able to get a lot of direct assignment clients, I'm not sure you could make a full-time salary through Interact Media copywriting, but you could combine Interact Media with HubPages, and another copywriting service like Textbroker and probably do fairly well.

What Qualities Do You Need to Be Successful?

Perseverance is important, and so is being willing to learn the process. You have to be willing It helps if you are to able to write clear copy without errors. Textbroker actually has a star system which allows spelling and grammar errors for lower level assignments, but Interact Media expects your copy to be free of spelling and grammar errors. Their Zerys writing tool of Interact Media does a primitive spell check but not a grammar check. You are expected to have a native English fluency in grammar and word choice. I use Grammarly to help remind me of my errors. It is free and works easily with Chrome browser on in Microsoft word.

How Do I Get Started?

Becoming a copywriter is free and easy, but you may want to set aside some time to write your sample copy. You go to the company website for TextBroker or Interact Media and follow their instructions for entering your name, password and other information. As a final part of the process, they will ask you to submit a sample copy of your writing.

After your writing has been reviewed, which takes a couple of days, you will get a star rating of 1-5 (five is best). Depending on your star rating, you will be then able to take jobs off the job board. That's it! As soon as you get your first job, complete it and have it accepted, you will start earning money.

How to Get a Good First Rating

When I started, I wrote a terrible sample, got a low rating and had a difficult time getting my first job. Now, however, Interact Media has a lot more jobs available and Textbroker has a seemingly unlimited supply, so you should have no trouble getting started right away. Here is a brief summary of what to do on your sample copy:

  • Write using headlines with only 2-3 sentences of text underneath each.
  • Use active verbs and edit for conciseness.
  • Under at least one heading use bullet points instead of text.
  • Write either in the second "you" or third "he, she, it" person.
  • Write a blog post for a company you know (check their website for ideas).

What Skills do You Need?

Although I am a pretty fast writer, I think that anyone with good basic writing skills could also make money from home by doing freelancing for an online company like Interact Media or Textbroker. It helps if you:

  • Can write clearly, concisely and with good spelling and grammar.
  • Have practice writing on the Internet for a blog or on HubPages.
  • Have some experience in business or some college education.
  • Know how to search for information on the Internet.
  • Have good typing skills.
  • Know how to organize your thought and writing.
  • Like to write and learn.

Although good spelling and grammar are helpful, Textbroker has a category of writing which allows some minor grammar mistakes and even spelling errors. Moreover, you can use a word processing program as you write for help on that, and you will probably get faster and better as you go on as a copywriter. If you have good general writing skills and need a flexible schedule, copywriting can be a good job for you too.

10 Advantages for Moms

  1. You choose the jobs you want to do.
  2. You can work from home at your own pace.
  3. If you are busy with other projects or a vacation, you can take time off.
  4. Moms can work around nap times and bedtimes.
  5. You get paid for anything the client accepts.
  6. Payment is twice a month through Paypal.
  7. Clients can "favorite" you and give you direct assignments.
  8. You can learn a lot of interesting things as you write.
  9. Copywriting sharpens your ability to do excellent SEO and keyword writing.
  10. What you learn from copywriting can help you re-enter the job market later.

My Experience

As a mom of 5 kids, I've been doing copywriting for 5 years now off and on. So far, I've done over 600 jobs and made over $6,000, which works out to around $10 per assignment. Actually, I've been getting more than that recently because Interact Media has revised some of their policies and I now have some steady clients who pay more. How much you earn depends on the skill set you bring, the time you have available and your willingness to work!

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Comments

Lorraine Kavedza Bruna from Nairobi on March 01, 2018:

Thank you for this very informative article.

Gary Malmberg from Concon, Chile on July 25, 2015:

Interesting and informative read. I'm probably too plodding and/or anal in putting sentences together to succeed, but it is something worth thinking about. Two thumbs yup.

Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on March 07, 2015:

Hi Jill! I did apply for textbroker but their rates were really too low. I did work for Interact Media for a couple of years and found that I did end up being able to make around $10 an hour most of the time--but it took a while to learn what sorts of jobs to take and to develop a few regular clients. Good luck!

Jill Moore on March 07, 2015:

Thank you for an informative hub. I've been an at-home parent for 13 years and am now considering my options for returning to work. I would love to write and would love to work from home so am exploring lots of sites about freelance writing and copy-writing. I know content mills can be controversial due to the low pay but, on the other hand, they can be a good place to sharpen skills and get experience. I'm torn between trying one (I have textbroker uk bookmarked) or gathering a portfolio of clips and putting myself out there and pitching directly to possible clients. It's good to read of someone who is having a positive experience writing through an online market site.

Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on June 07, 2012:

Sarah--I am so sorry to hear you have lost your job and I really encourage you about Hubpages and copywriting. I know there are a lot of different types of copywriting available and that you can build up a client list from some of the sites also. I enjoy my teaching job but have also thought I might want to work full time from home in the future. Much luck!

Sarah and CJ on June 06, 2012:

Thanks for the great hub. My job is being eliminated at work and I am trying to find ways to supplement the lower aying position I will have to take. Better yet, I would LOVE to work from home full time. I have found a lot of places to start on Hubpages (including Hubpages itself). Thanks for the info!

Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 31, 2012:

I had not heard about Guru--I'll have to check it out. Thanks for giving everyone another place to look at!

Ronna Pennington from Arkansas on May 31, 2012:

Guru is a decent source of freelance copy writing gigs, too. It's free to join, or you can pay for a membership to get more perks. I'm a free member now, but did join once. My first gig paid for my membership; but always got to stay aware of those low-paying jobs even on there. Thanks so much for an informative article!! Voting up :D

Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 31, 2012:

Thanks Carter! I do love putting up pictures of my family--it makes me smile every time I see them. Let me know if you do start copywriting. I was just thinking today that I might write a hub about how to do jobs quickly.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on May 31, 2012:

Hi Virginia...thanks for sharing this instructive easy to read and well laid out hub...have been thinking about copy writing for quite a while but didn't really know how to go about it but now I do, thank you...oh and beautiful shot's of your family on your hubs...cheers

Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 31, 2012:

Thanks Comfort--if you try copywriting let me know how it goes.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on May 31, 2012:

Interesting hub. It also helps to hear the views of others about the sites mentioned. Thanks for sharing! Voted Up.

Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 31, 2012:

I just signed up for Textbroker and I had sort of the same impression when I got to looking at the assignments. I think the fact that they do let people write who make some errors could be helpful for people starting out. However, I'm not sure it is worth my time. I plan to try them out this summer and then write a Hub about it.

Virginia Kearney (author) from United States on May 31, 2012:

Glad to know there are other Hubbers out there who are copywriting too. I have signed up for textbroker but haven't tried to get an assignment yet. They have a lot more jobs but I think that some of the pay is lower.

lovesleftovers from Texas on May 31, 2012:

Your hub is very detailed and informative. However, I wouldn't recommend Textbroker. The pay per article is very low and the constant rating process is limiting. I'm currently at a 4 rating and have many assignments available to me, but I personally know of many people who have experienced unreasonable demotions that reduced them to lower ratings. I haven't written for Textbroker in quite some time because writing a 400 word article for $5 isn't worth the time and effort (in my opinion).

Theresa D from England, UK on May 31, 2012:

Great hub about copy writing. I also write for interact media and textbroker. They are great sites for earning money.

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