No matter what we go to school for, there is no better feeling than being able to make money doing what you love. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” So what if you love writing? That is one of the most versatile and profitable skills you can have, especially if you’re looking to work independently. Creative minds are some of the most interesting and fluid minds that are wired for quick thinking with strong depth and passion. If you love writing, then imagine what a reward it would be to be able to make money writing. If this seems like an unreachable dream, then take a few steps back into reality – because we are going to show you how you can make money writing. Get your writing instrument of choice ready, and let’s get started.
Ways to Make Money Writing
Blog: When we say blog, we do not mean starting your own personal blog about what you did and ate during the day – that is more like a diary. Instead, start a blog that serves a purpose that will teach people how to do things or how to solve certain problems. For example, you can teach people how to train certain animals, or you can review different computer products or gadgets that you think people might be interested in shopping for. No matter what you decide to blog about, make sure that you have some background and knowledge on what you are talking about, because people can easily pick up on someone who is ill-informed. Go into blogging knowing that you will not make a sizeable income overnight, but know that you have the potential to if you can gain sponsors, promote products, or join affiliate marketing programs.
Ghostwrite: You usually do not see many jobs asking for a “ghost-writer”, but there are plenty of people out there who have something to say, but do not have the skills as a writer to do so. You can solicit your writing skills on certain sites to help pick up prospective clients who might be interested in hiring a ghostwriter. What ghostwriters do is that they use another’s person’s words and translate them into what they want to teach or inform their readers about.
Cards: This can actually be a fun suggestion—if you have a way with one-liners and a talent for catching people’s attention with clever catch phrases or limericks, consider writing greeting cards or for a gifting company. To find something like this, go online and research different greeting card companies and see if they are hiring anyone for writing services.
Newspapers and Magazines: I remember when I was in college as a Journalism major, most everyone in my class had the goal to: “Graduate and get a job at a newspaper or magazines.” However, this was a good 3 years ago, and while that might not seem like much, with the rise of the internet, the print industry has been steadily shrinking year by year. Still, if you are a good writer, newspapers and magazines are still going to need people to write for them. Make sure that you have a certain genre or category that you are good at writing, such as: news reports, features, or opinion pieces. Additionally, many newspapers and magazines have sites online that need bloggers, which can be a great alternative if you cannot find a writing job available in print.
Write a story: This is the classic and traditional way to make money as a writer is to write a novel or a story. However, this might also be one of the hardest. As writers, we know how time consuming and exhausting it can be to write a book—but if you have the words in you—do not hold back! Fiction is a great market to get into because it is so diverse and can cover a multitude of genres, such as: romance, fantasy, mystery, or thrillers. Of course, if you are looking to get your book published in the traditional route, considering hiring a literary agent or a publisher who can help you get your work out there in the open once it is completed.
Write humor: Do you ever wonder where some comedians or late night talk show hosts get all their scripts and ideas from? Usually they have someone helping them write. If you love making people laugh and have a witty mind and thought process, then consider writing for a comedian. Write up some jokes, stories, or dialogue and send them in to local comedians in your area.
Write resumes: If you have friends or family members that go to you asking you to help edit or write their resumes, then why not take this talent to generate some income for yourself? People are always looking for jobs, and everyone knows that a good resume is essential into getting your foot in the door. Offer your services of editing, revising, and writing to people who are looking to land a job.
Travel write: This might be the most fun idea of the bunch, especially if you love to travel. If you go online, you will find that there are plenty of travel blogs that are devoted to people documenting their vacation or traveling adventures. However, if you are serious about becoming a travel writer, then consider contacting a travel magazine or travel agency that needs writers to give insight and suggestions for places or locations around the world.
Tutor or coach writing: If you know that you truly understand the craft and prose of writing, the consider becoming a writing coach or tutor. Everyone needs help with writing, even people who love to write, and it is likely that they are willing to pay for help. Be creative with your services, and offer writing workshops on certain topics, or group sessions where you can reach a larger amount of people at once.
Translate articles: If you are fluent in other languages, there are plenty of places and services that need help with translation, whether it is for a book, a website, or a newsletter. A great thing about translating jobs is that you can do these from home by communicating with companies overseas that need your services. And, at the end, all of the writing can be transferred through email.
Tips for Your Writing Journey
Before you start taking these ideas and turning them into cash, here are some tips to keep in mind as a writer:
- Always look for new writing jobs. The only downside to doing writing, or any other “freelance” type gig, is that it could be gone as quickly as it started. Always be on the lookout for new writing opportunities, especially if you are a freelance writer.
- Be sure to read every day. We know that your expertise might be in writing, but you should devote some time everyday to reading the work of other writers. This can help keep your content interesting and give you new insight and ideas into what you write about. Pay attention to how other writers approach subjects and organize their content.
- Stay up-to-date with trends and new releases. Especially if you are making money by writing online, the internet is a place for the newest trends and hottest ideas, so be sure to stay ahead of the trends and have your own unique opinion and angle when generating content.
Cash for Content
If you think you have the writing ability to make money producing written content, then take these ideas and start upping your income, or attempt to make writing a full-time gig! There are plenty of other students who have used their skills as writers to make money writing, so start generating your ideas into words!