The year was 2017. I started a new blog on Digital marketing but did not have time to write all the posts myself. I asked my team member to find a freelance writer who can write on topics like SEO, Digital Marketing, WordPress & Plugins.
I was willing to pay up to $100 per article but to my surprise, but we could not find a quality content writer in India.
The year 2018, we started a couple of affiliate marketing websites as our side project. We were looking for writers who can write product reviews for us. But again we could not find writers who can deliver quality content with zero rework.
There is no fun of working with writers whose work need multiple revisions. We wanted to hire writers to save our time, not to waste our time on giving them feedback.
My disappointment was not about finding a writer but I was disappointed why we have a scarcity of quality writers in India.
We launched the first batch of Content Writing Pro course in Aug 2018. It was a private launch, means I have not promoted the course aggressively since I was not sure if the experiment would work.
My aim was to teach content writing to 10 people to make them expert in content writing that works in affiliate marketing projects.
I kept the things easy to help them make money from content writing.
We Indians are very smart and hardworking. We can learn anything quickly if a proper direction is provided.
The experiment worked.
We hired more than 50% students from Batch-1 as paid content writers. The rest of the students decided to write for their own websites.
The course became useful for two type of people,
- Who wants to earn immediate as a freelancer
- Who wants to write for their own affiliate marketing focused blog.
Ideally, you should maintain the balance between both options.
Let me tell you the story of how I have written my first article in 2014.
I wrote a few words, stared for a couple of minutes and then deleted the lines. This way I spent several hours but could not complete even a single paragraph. I was afraid of the judgments that people would pass on my writing.
I thought that was going to be my first and last article.
It took me 7 days to write my first article (that was just 300 words long).
Now, after writing more than 50,000 words in the last 4 years, I can assure you that anyone can become a pro-level content writer even with average English writing skills. You should be
extremely good at English writing good enough to express your thoughts in your writing. Plus you should learn storytelling skills.
My articles have been published on Huffington Post, LifeHacker, Entrepreneur, YourStory, Inc42 and on the websites of big brands. My clients paid me Rs. 5000 for writing 1000 words article for them and now I can charge $500 (Rs. 35,000) for a single article.
You don’t need to have a fancy degree to become a freelance writer. You can become a good writer as long as you are providing value through your content.
Isn’t it a huge achievement for someone who struggled to write 300 words in a week to charging 35K for a single article?
I am not sure whether you would be able to charge Rs. 35,000 for a single article but I can assure you that you can start earning Rs. 5000 as a beginner level writer.
You don’t even have to leave your job or your current work. You can learn & earn on the side.
if you want to become a paid freelancer content writer.