8 Ways to Make Money Freelancing

Freelancing has been a life saver for me. It's allowed me a lot of freedom this past year and it made it perfectly ok when I got laid off at the end of last year. While I work as a freelance writer, there are a number of avenues you can take in the freelancing world. It's just a matter of what you love to do and can get someone to pay you to do. 

Remember it is always best to test something out before you dive in head first. So dip your toes in the freelancing waters by making it a side hustle first. And last but not least, make sure you remember to set aside some money for taxes. 

Now onto 8 different ways you can make money freelancing. 


When I started freelance writing it was as a side hustle. Though I've since moved to doing it full time. It is by far my favorite side hustle because as long as you get the work done by deadline, it doesn't matter when you do the work. Plus the pay is excellent.

Check out my post on how to get started freelance writing as a side hustle. If you are looking for a course to help you, I took Gina Horkey's 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success and highly recommend it. You can read my review of the course here.

Related: How to Set and Negotiate Rates


Lot's of people love the idea of working online but may struggle with creating a website, which is where this side hustle comes in.

AmbitionAlly does a fantastic job outlining how you can get more freelance web design work.


While web design and graphic design can go hand in hand, you can choose just to focus on graphics. This can be interpreted pretty broadly, but one example might be creating graphics for blog posts or for social media sharing purposes.

Check out Nesha Woolery's site for 5 things you should do before you become a freelance designer.


Being good at personal finance doesn't necessarily mean you are good at business finance. There are a whole different set of rules which is why every business could benefit from a bookkeeper.

Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, conducted an interview with a professional bookkeeper about how you can get started as a freelance bookkeeper.


With the rise of Youtube, video creation and thus video editing has become a big field, where you are sure to find some work if you are interested in side hustling as a video editor.

Well Kept Wallet featured Tonya a video editor about how she managed to make it a full time job, she talks about the challenges as well as gives advice for those wanting to become freelance video editors.


Besides just editing a video, having subtitles help people to watch if they don't speak the language or if they can't have the volume up for some reason. There are lots of opportunities to side hustle as a freelance transcriptionist. You can find transcribing work through various transcription agencies or on your own.

Mel from Broke Girl Rich did a review of the transcription agency Rev and what it was like to earn some money on the side transcribing.

7. Draft Podcast Show Notes

Just like there is a lot more to blogging than writing a post, there is a lot more to podcasting than recording an episode. Show notes are just one example of how you could freelance, you might also edit the recording of the show or help manage social media for the podcast.

If you are talented writer but have no idea what I'm talking about when I refer to podcast show notes, then, you can read up on how to draft excellent podcast show notes over on WP Media Pro.


One of the best parts of voice acting, unlike regular acting is that it can be done from anywhere. With minimal set up a decent microphone and your smooth voice you can earn some money.

Find out how you can make thousands as a voice actor by reading this post over on Making Sense of Cents.


Whether it be proofreading blog posts or articles or even court transcripts, there are lots of opportunities and fields of work for the freelance proofreader.

Learn more about how you can make money as a proofreader working from home at Caroline Vencil's site about living fully and budgeting fiercely. 

Wrapping it Up with a Bow on Top

No matter what freelancing route you choose to pursue there is an option out there for you to be in control of your life and the work you choose to do. If it's legal and you can get someone to pay you to do it, then you can be a freelancer. What's your dream freelance career?

Hustle tools & resources i recommend

GRAMMARLY (BE A BETTER WRITER) I use Grammarly as a second pair of eyes to help me clean up and proofread my writing/typing. The best part is that it is free to use. You can install an extension on your web browser and it will check any writing you do online. While there is a paid premium version, you can get by with the free version for a long time. I only recently upgraded. If you want to know more about Grammarly, you can read my review.

30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success (to start freelance writing) Personally, I found the course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success extremely helpful to get me started with freelance writing. It breaks down everything you need to do, step by step, so that by the time you get to pitching for jobs, you are prepared and successful. For me, the course paid for itself when I got my first freelance writing job. I now earn between $2,000 - $4,000 per month (check out my income reports) with freelance writing.

Lyft (to make money driving) Driving with Lyft is a great way to earn some extra cash. I love how easy it is to just turn on an app when I feel like driving and make some money. I wrote an entire post about driving for Lyft. It includes what you can expect during the application process, what it's like to actually drive and the many perks of driving with Lyft.  Get started driving for Lyft.

BookScouter (to make money selling your books) BookScouter allows you to enter your book's ISBN number and it compares the prices it would get from various sellers, making sure you fetch the most money possible for selling that book.

Contena (for Finding Freelance Writing Jobs) I used Contena when I was working my 9-5 and getting started freelance writing. It made it easy to find freelance writing jobs to pitch. While it's not a cheap Contena is definitely worth it if you don't have a ton of time to spend looking for freelance writing jobs to pitch. Contena pulls together pretty much all of the available freelance writing jobs out there into one place and will  notify you via email of ones in your niche. 

Rover (make money hanging with dogs) Rover is a website that connects pet sitters with pet owners. I did a video tutorial on how to use the site as pet sitter and the accompanying post goes over what makes Rover a great side hustle. Read and watch the post or get started petsitting.

Quickbooks Self-Employed (for managing Hustle Money) I use the QuickBooks Self Employed (BTW you'll get 50% off with my link) app to calculate my quarterly taxes so I know how much to set aside. Though keep in mind it only keeps up with federal taxes and you will need to set aside an additional amount for your state taxes. 


Liz is a blogger and podcaster helping people with personal finance and working for themselves. She shares her own journey to debt freedom and helps graduates dealing with above average student loan debt on her site, Less Debt More Wine. She currently resides in NC after calling Massachusetts home for nearly a decade.


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