Recently, I began perusing different freelance writing sites in the hopes that I may be able to supplement my income doing what I do best. It was an abortive, one day attempt that imparted one nugget of truth: it ain’t easy.

I figured, being a writer, I could snag a couple quick jobs writing copy or articles and move on. What I failed to acknowledge is that getting work as a freelancer is about as hard as selling creative writing to magazines. You still have to query. You still have to submit. And you’re still up against scores of other writers looking for a job.

To confuse matters, there are a lot of different types of freelance writing gigs, each with its own set of rules. I read a few articles on writing “copy,” and got turned off, as it seems to pretty much be advertising pitches. There are jobs writing for blogs, writing articles, editing and proofreading other people’s work, and much more.

Here are just a few of the sources I found:

Freelance Writing
Freelance Writing Gigs
About Freelance Writing

I think, if I put a lot of time and energy into it, I could probably start getting work this way. But the question is, do I have the time and energy for this new skill set?

You tell me.

Do any of you dabble in the freelance-arts? Is it as hard to get into as it appears?