There are a lot of people who would like to make money doing things that they love; however, there are fewer people who actually succeed in doing so. That’s because a simple desire is not enough – it is never enough. You have to work hard and be persistent to achieve this goal. But what’s even more important is that you need to have a clear plan – and to create one, you need to gain all the necessary knowledge.
So, before you start trying to monetize your writing skills, you actually have to find out how you can do so. Don’t worry: I’ll help you with that, offering some useful tips on how to do it.
How exactly can you make money with the help of writing? Here are five ways that allow doing this.
Try Freelance Writing.
Some people have a lot of prejudice towards freelance work: it is unstable, it doesn’t allow you to earn a living, and so on. Of course, building a career on freelance writing isn’t easy, just as any other career, but this doesn’t mean that it is impossible, especially if you are prepared to work hard.
A freelance writing career allows you to try your skills in different types of writing, starting from slogans and ad texts and ending with articles for websites. What’s even more important is that freelancing also allows you to build a strong portfolio that contains not only a few blog posts but other examples of writing too.
Sure, freelance writing is unstable, especially at first, when you don’t have a stable client base. However, you don’t have to work for half of a year before you start making more money: if you receive good feedback and have a diverse portfolio that demonstrates strong writing skills, you’ll be able to start charging more for your writing very quickly.
Ghostwriting is similar to freelance: actually, you can find many ghostwriting job offers on freelance websites. However, ghostwriting means that someone else will be credited for your work.
Why should you still try it? Because ghostwriting allows you to strengthen and polish your writing skills while being paid for it at the same time. It’s a good option for those who haven’t got much experience in freelance writing or want to gain some useful knowledge. For example, if you want to start your own blog someday, but cannot afford to invest your time into it right know, you can try working as a blog post ghostwriter or as a guest post ghostwriter. This will allow you to learn how to write interesting posts as well as build your own base of nice blogs that accept guest posts and can be later used for promotion.
Moreover, ghostwriting doesn’t limit you to blog and article writing only: it also allows you to test your skills in book and eBook writing too!
Join a Paper Writing Service.
If you are a successful college graduate who is well experienced in a certain area of knowledge or even in a few of them, you may try joining a custom writing service. Moreover, you can try joining one even if you don’t have an interest in academic writing: such websites offer a variety of services these days, starting from ordinary essay writing and ending with resume writing and proofreading. They are more suitable for students and recent graduates than for people who want to build their career in writing, but they still can be a decent source of income or a nice part-time job.
Create a Personal Writing Brand.
If you already are a skilled writer that has their own client base, a lot of positive feedback, and publications in various famous media, you should consider creating your own writing brand. You should consider starting one even if you don’t have all the qualities listed above; however, the more skilled and well-known you are, the higher your chances to succeed are (and the higher your rates will be).
Of course, choosing this option requires a lot of work. You’ll have to work hard to maintain your reputation as good as possible, to network a lot, to find new clients, and so on. However, when people will start searching for you because of your brand’s reputation, this will be very rewarding.
Start a Blog.
While blogging definitely isn’t the fastest way to make money on writing, it is one of the most perspective ways. Monetized blogs can become your main source of income, allowing you to make money while writing about the things you are truly passionate about (let’s be honest, it rarely happens when you write for someone else).
Moreover, there are a lot of different ways to monetize your blog:
With the help of ads.
You can use services like Google AdSense and get paid for the clicks on them or for the views. This probably won’t bring you a lot of money (unless you have a blog with a really big audience), but this is one of the fastest monetizing tools as you can use it almost right after the launch of your blog;
By selling your own products.
After you build up your audience, you can start selling your own products: for example, eBooks if you are a writer, T-shirts with your own prints if you are an artist, and so on. People are usually more willing to buy things from someone they already trust, and if you were providing them with valuable information for a while, they do trust you. Moreover, you can sell your services the same way too;
By promoting others’ goods or services.
It isn’t a secret that some companies pay well-known bloggers for promotion. Of course, this has to be done right if you want to keep your readers’ trust: always mention that a certain post has been sponsored and try to tell your honest opinion, not simply promote all the things you’re getting paid for.
With the help of guest posts.
Some popular blogs accept guest posts for free as long as the content is valuable and beneficial for their readers. The others, however, charge money for the guest posts, and the amount of money they charge depends directly on how popular their blogs are. You can accept paid posts too if the audience of your blog is quite big and impressive.
Summing this up, it doesn’t matter if you are an experienced writer or not – if you are passionate about writing, you can always start making money with the help of your writing skills. If you already have the needed reputation, you can consider starting your own brand or a blog. If you don’t have the skills and reputation, this isn’t a problem too: freelance writing and ghostwriting can help you build both of these things. Even if you are a student or a recent graduate, you can still succeed, starting a freelance career or joining one of the many custom writing services. So, choose an option that seems the most appealing to you – and start writing.
If you have some tips on how to start a writing career and monetize your writing skills, please share them with us in the comment section below.
About the author: Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed his sphere of activity to writing services and content marketing. Currently, Kevin works as a part-time writer at the BreezeWriting. Apart from writing, he spends a lot of time reading psychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas. You can contact kevin via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.