12 Ways To Make Money Writing Today
How to make money as a writer.
by Michael Johnson
Here is my newest blog post on the blog…
12 Ways to Make Money Writing Today
People are always asking me what I do for a living and it is hard to describe.
The quick answer is I’m a blogger. Or simply I work for myself. Even semi-retired fits. All of these are true.
But there are a lot more ways to describe what I do. I can honestly use these descriptions.
I run a publishing company.
I’m an affiliate marketer.
I create and sell info-products (as an example this page)
I spend most of my time writing.
I write and sell my own e books.
I am a website creator.
I spend a lot of time as a marketing consultant.
Basically I work full time as an online marketer.
I’ve used all of those descriptions over the years and people still don’t have a clue what I do. They don’t get it.
Bottom line I just write daily for a living. It is the basis for all these answers. Writing.
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I can earn a decent living simply by writing in all kinds of forms. From webpage copy, e books, emails and even video scripts. There is huge demand for all of those types of content. Huge demand from the millions of small businesses with websites.
Even brick and mortar businesses need someone to create and write email promotions for them. Make videos for them. Write ads for them.
You can go to Groupon right now and find companies who are paying a fortune for an ad on Groupon. Plus giving away 80% of the profits to Groupon as well for each promotion. You could email any of these businesses, and save them a fortune in fees. Simply create your own coupon and put it on the companies website! No fees, they keep all the profits.
Next you can write a promotional email for the coupon and email it to the customer list. It is so easy but hardly any small business does this. They are sitting on a gold mine if they have even a small customer email list.
I could make a full time living just setting up these little promotions. The demand is huge.
Not many business owners say no to Saving MONEY and Making 80% more in profits. These little advertising campaigns are quick to write and build.
This kind of writing doesn’t take a college degree. You don’t even have to be a super writer to write an email or one page of copy for a coupon.
It’s funny, I have never taken a writing course in years. And I still sit down every Monday and write a 20 page report for the week. After a year I have 52 helpful reports all over the internet. People share them. They send more people to my websites.
My writing isn’t perfect. It isn’t college writing, instead I write for the average person in the USA. Most people hate reading, so easy reading is key. You only need to write at a 6th grade level and you can reach everyone.
You can make a really nice living if you learn how to make your writing pay off.
I believe anybody could do this.
So how would you get started writing for a living?
You should explore these top 12 markets where you could turn your writing into a full time income in a year or less.
I thank George from WritingPaychecks, they are the ones who put this list together and let me pass it on here.
Market 1 : Article Writing
Right now there are thousands of companies out there that need content to put on their blogs and websites. Online the demand is huge for content writers. You can easily find work writing those simple blog posts and articles. Every single website that wants to be at the top of Google needs fresh and helpful articles to add to their websites.
Most people hate writing so you can easily find plenty of opportunities to sell your writing services. You can go to freelance websites and find gigs today. All it takes is 30 minutes to set up your profile on those sites. Share some samples and look professional. Companies go to those websites daily looking for writers.
You will have to start off selling low until you have some experience and happy clients. When you have good reviews, you will be getting busier and busier and now you can raise your prices.
Now in your free time, you can also be writing on the side for yourself. Plenty of people make money writing on Medium.com – choose any topic and start writing about it and post that to your Medium blog. Build a following and then you can lock some of your articles and start charging people to read them.
There are so many topics that people have problems they will pay to solve. If you would like some insider tips on how to use Medium.com to make money and get traffic to any website, grab this training.
Market 2 : Write Biographies or Memoirs For People
This opportunity is very lucrative. There are many people who want to write a book about their life. They have a story to tell but don’t know enough about writing to get it done quickly. They just don’t have the writing ability or the time to sit down and write a book. Now here is a secret, most biographies are not even written by the author. They are ghostwriting by a real writer and that could be you.
You can still be getting credit as the co-author. It isn’t hard to ghostwrite biographies. Interview the person, take lots of notes and prepare an outline. Now you craft the biography and add to it. You are telling their story and the message they want to get out there. Not very difficult at all, it’s not like you are making up a story. The facts are all right in front of you.
It is simple enough that you could skip writing it and simply be the consultant who shows them how to write it themselves. You can make $1000 just teaching them. But the beauty of this is that you can record your coaching sessions. So after the first person, you have a product you can sell online. A simple “How to Write Your Biography in 14 days” course to sell 24/7.
Market 3 : Blogging
There are millions of blogs online today and they all need content constantly. Did you know, most of them don’t write all those blog posts? They pay others to write the content because they just don’t have the time to write 5 blog posts a week by themselves.
It is worth it to hire writers for the content. Because each page on a blog can make you hundreds of dollars over time. You could easily write for 3 or 4 blogs a week and earn full time wages. Writing for 2 or 3 hours a day is all it takes. Make even more money by finding guest blog spots on other blogs and writing guest posts for others.
My tip would be to have a website of your own that promotes your writing skills and services. You will look more professional and get more jobs. Sell packages to businesses. 4 posts a month, 8 posts a month or I will find you 4 Guest Blog Post spots and write the blog for you each month. People will pay for these types of services.