I'm looking to try freelancing to do technical writing so I can pay for college classes over the summer.

I'm a Biomedical Engineering student and have experience writing and explaining technical concepts to my classmates and also people unaware of the topics being covered.

I've created STEM curriculum for middle school - high school international non-native English students and I've been able to talk about my work on a digital signal processing - linguistics overlapping project to fellow engineers who had no background and industry representatives.

I've also written a History Conference paper and taken an English class for English majors- which I got an A in.

I haven't done blogging before, but I realized I have a lot of thoughts I've been repeating and then remembered some people blog about those things, and that you can get paid to do blogging for sites that already exist.

Suggestions on what a reasonable rate is? And how to get started?

Any comments will be much appreciated.


If you already know sites that might be interested in what you have to offer, the easiest way is to pitch them.

That means, identify a number of topics that you think would be a good fit for them, create a title and short description and send them over. Tell them who you are and that you would be more than happy to write those posts up for them.

If you have done your homework, many sites welcome the initiative and would be more than happy to pay you to write for them. Plus, if you do a bang-up job, there might be repeat business in it for you. (I have done all of the above and now writing is my full-time career.)

As for the rate, as a beginner freelance writer, asking for $0.10-$0.15 is appropriate in my opinion. However, make sure you (over)deliver great quality. Hope this helps!

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