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Freelance Writing Vs. Blogging : Pros and Cons

Freelance Writing Vs. Blogging : Pros and Cons

“A blogger can be a freelance writer but a Freelancer writer cannot be a blogger”. This statement holds true up to an extent, and today I will be talking about what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a freelance writer over running your own blog. Freelance writing is one of the easiest ways to earn money online. If you have good writing skills, you can join any of these freelance writing websites, grab some writing jobs and earn money. This is not the same with blogging, as managing your own blogs requires more than just writing skills. So, lets look at some of the pros and cons of both the job type.

Advantages and disadvantages of Freelance writing over Blogging:

There are many things which is common between these two:

  • Both could be taken as part-time job or full-time job
  • You can work from home or virtually anywhere.
  • You can be your own boss.
  • You can work in your jammies.

Well, these are the common ground between these two but at the same time, there is a hell lot of difference in terms of revenue, branding and many more. This is going to be useful for freelance writers, who are planning to start a blog of their own.

Freelance writing and blogging

Short-term money or long-term recurring money:

This is where major difference comes in. Freelance writing gives you instant money. You take an order for particular work, and you finish it to get paid. Where as, in blogging you have to constantly write and keep your blog updated, and money will come but may take some time.

Freelance writing is research and writing – Blogging is your expertise:

A freelance writer usually writes on various topics by researching, and putting it in their own words. Even if they have no idea about particular topic, they end up writing about it according to client needs. Where as, blogging requires you to be an expert in a particular field. It’s different from freelance writing, as in blogging you give your name and a face to your blog post. You talk in first person tone, and give your expert opinion, views and advice.

There are niche based freelance writers too (ex: tech niche, finance niche), and these kind of freelance writers earn more because of their expertise and insight about the topic. Even if you decide to stay as a freelance writer, try to develop expertise in particular niche, this will help you to earn more in future freelance projects. I have explained about it at the end of this article.

Blogging is more than writing:

One of the major advantage of freelance writing is, it’s easier than blogging. When you run your blog, you need to take care of various things that includes:

  • Regularly updating your blog
  • Promoting your blog
  • Engaging with audience
  • Content planning
  • SEO of your blog and similarly many more

Where as when you are taking freelance writing jobs, all you need to do is: Take the task, finish it and get paid. You don’t have to deal with all the management issue and other tasks which a blogger needs to carry.

Freelance writer may end up working as a ghost writer:

This is one of the biggest disadvantages of being a freelance writer. Most of the time your article will not be published under your name. This is known as ghost writing. Your client usually publishes article written by you under his name or under a dummy name. In any case, you lose out the chance of branding yourself, and this doesn’t give you any long-term advantage.

Tip: When you are doing ghost writing, you could always ask for more money.

These are just some of the major different between these two and few other differences are:

  • Freelance writers doesn’t need inspiration, as they have to finish work in a deadline.
  • A freelance writer expertise is writing and they can write on almost any topic.
  • With time freelance writing could be monotonous and boring, as they don’t have to pick the topic, and they might end up writing on similar topics again and again.

Which is better for future : Blogging or freelance writing?

I have worked as a freelance writer, and I know one thing: Freelance writing is great when you need quick money. I have earned around $150-$300 for single post and which actually is good, if I compare it with time spent on writing those articles. Do remember, articles which I have written as a freelance writer is within my niche expertise, and I got paid high because I know how stuff works in this particular niche (Ex: SEO, WordPress)

If you are doing freelance writing, that means you need money and it’s as good as people say it is for quick money. But the major disadvantage is: It’s one time money, and when you are not working or writing, there is no way you will be making money.

Where as, when you writing for your own blog, you keep making recurring money from various monetization techniques. Your ad will be running on your old blog posts, and this will keep making money for you. This will put you into your comfort zone in future. Now, a good solution to make sure cash flow for present and for future is:

Start a blog along with your freelance writing job“. It may take some time to kick-off your blog, but over the time you will learn more about blogging, and you will be earning more. Just remember few things:

Advantages of having blog for a freelance writer:

This will help you to establish as a domain expert (Niche expert), and will work as a portfolio for you. This will not only help you to get better writing jobs, also you will get more jobs in the topic of your interest. Once you have created a name and profile for yourself with your own blog, people will prefer to put your name directly, and not asking you to do ghost writing for their blog or websites. More over, you will get paid more.

Tip: A blogger can add a service page on their blog and take freelance writing work to earn extra money.

The hard part for a freelance writer is to get out of their comfort zone, and bring the change. But, once you make this change and work on your blog along with writing, you are creating an asset and a better future for yourself.

If you are a freelance writer, do share your experience and let me know what’s your view on blogging vs. freelance writing? If you find this article informative, do consider sharing it on Facebook and Google plus.

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  • Jewel

    I was thinking about it yesterday! I think it depends on passion. But blogging is better in the long run. I also love it as a newbie. Superb comparison Harsh.

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  • Rajeeb

    Blogging is always better than freelancing. :D Although I don’t have patience . I prefer blogging to freelancing

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  • Siddhant

    I am running my own blog but looks like i am not getting good traffic from it, and i was going to start my hands in writing as a freelancer, however after reading this post of yours i think i should wait more and keep on writing content for my own blog and i hope i will do better in writing for myself.
    Thanks for the post.

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  • motupally

    Harsh , feel good content you placed here . As a blogger and SEO freelancer i am very much impressed with your in detail explanation . Each and every point of this content will be perfect inputs for new bloggers & Freelancer . As you said freelancing is instant money generator and Blogging is long turm money generate .

    While Blogging we should be very much aware with google seo updates ( Like , penguine , panda ).

    Any how, you made me to read feel good article today . I am very much connected with this content. while reading this post , i recollect all the mistakes which were done at my early blogging days….

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  • Stephen Malan

    Great post Harsh. I do a mixture of writing my own posts, probably 85% and using a free lance writer for larger articles, reports, etc. I enjoy blogging because the revenue stream is ongoing.

    Anyway, nice comparison of bloggers and writers.

    Thanks again,

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  • Ambika Choudhary Mahajan

    I ventured into the blogging arena after a hugely successful career as a freelance copywriter & eBook author. I have had more work than I could handle at prices which most Indian writers can only dream of.
    Well, freelance writing is surely quick money but it is not easy money either. And if you are pursuing your goal with a passion as a blogger, success will definitely be yours one day.
    I knew NOTHING abt blogging when I started my first blog last June, but have learned a lot over the last 9 months. That is because I am hungry for success, driven by passion & put my heart and soul into everything I pursue- be it freelance writing or blogging.
    I completely disagree with the statement that, “A blogger can be a freelance writer but not vice versa”.
    Infact, most bloggers write such terrible English that they are surviving merely because of good SEO skills. I fail to understand who would hire them as writers. Except, of course, the people who look for $1/500 words writers!
    :D

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  • mnbachari

    Hi, Harsh. This post is too good to be missed. It’s always between making quick money and creating something that earns you income for a long time. And freelancing is not that easy either. So one should start a blog and add a ‘hire me’ page.

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  • Nizam Khan

    Excellent Post Harsh! Agreed, freelance writing is easier than blogging, because in blogging there is a lot of extra things to be done like regular updates, SEO, promotion and so on. Whereas, in freelancing it’s kind of take the task, finish it and get paid. Thanks for sharing and tweeted :)

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  • Edson Hale

    You highlighted well the pros and cons of both the trades; one thing I would mention here if you are a writer by nature you should not try blogging because it needs another type of temperament where you have to be jack of all trades and content writing is one of its trades. So instead of just impressing by huge earnings of bloggers; a content writer should first examine himeself whether he has the patience to wait for an year and even after that put his best quality time to retain the level and keep trying to escalate it.

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  • shiwangi peswani

    Too good Harsh. While reading the post I felt as if your words are describing exactly what I feel being a freelancer writer trying to become a blogger. However your statement saying ‘“A blogger can be a freelance writer but a Freelancer writer cannot be a blogger” demoralize me a bit, but then again all the points you mentioned are true.
    You know what, one major advantage is that in freelancing, you do not need to search for the topic, which takes too much time…sigh…..
    While I love freelancing too much but hope to turn into a blogger in the near future.

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  • Ravi kumar

    I have my own blogs for which I used to write. It was awesome experience to interact with your readers.

    I used to write for various clients as a freelance writer and also work as a full time Freelancer SEO writer. I was always seeking to read such type of post. Thank you Harsh for your effort. In India also, users of blog are increasing. :)

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  • Saadi

    Thank you very much Harsh for this beautiful post. I have been working as freelance writer since 4 years and in between, i have tried running my own blog as well. One thing that i would like to add here is; running a blog along with freelancer writing is a challenging job. You have to be dedicated towards your plans.

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