5 Ways to Make Money as a Writer
The last thing you want to hear as a writer (and probably the most common thing) is that
there’s no money in writing. With the newspaper industry in a consistently trending
downward and book royalties at an all-time low, there’s a legitimate space for this
argument. However, if someone is telling you this while trying to look out for you, they
don’t know what the current landscape of the writing world looks like.
The truth is, the world has never been more wide open as a writer. It’s never been
easier to self-publish a book, write for a blog, or even an online magazine than it is right
now. Furthermore, you can make good money from all of these without the backing of a
large corporation like a book publisher or what used to be giant newspapers. Keep
reading for five ways that you can make money as a writer even if you don’t have
decades of experience.
Did you know that you can get paid to blog for certain websites? There are hundreds of
millions of blogs and websites all across the internet and they all need content. While
not all of them will pay you to write for them, it’s not incredibly difficult to find the ones
Start by narrowing down a niche that you would like to write for then do your research
among blogs that cover a particular subject that you’re comfortable with. Be sure to get
an understanding of the overall theme, subject matter, and tone of a blog, then send in
your pitch. It’s important to submit an error-free pitch to the blog because if you can’t
write without typos or grammatical errors in your pitch, they won’t take your writing
Although you might have a harder time pitching to established companies, this same
process will work. Look for companies that do a lot of blogging or small companies with
websites that look like they could use some more web copy.
Search for Freelance Gigs
If you’re looking for something that’s more of a long-term solution to writing, you can
apply for freelance writing gigs. Plenty of companies hire freelancers to write their blogs
or website copy because they either don’t have the time or resources to have someone
on staff do that work or they simply don’t want to pay a full-time employee. Either way,
you can benefit by writing as a freelancer for these companies. You can work directly
with marketing agencies that will send you work as it comes available.
Don’t shy away from large corporations. Many large companies produce both seasonal
and evergreen content for their blogs and could use an extra writer or two to make sure
that they’re filling their content calendars for the year. You could be the solution they’re
Work as a Copywriter
While copywriting and copyrighting are homophones, they’re actually nothing alike. The
former is a form of ad writing and large corporations will pay you good money if you do it
well. The problem you might run into when you’re starting out is getting the experience
you need. You can start as a freelance copywriter to get your foot in the door, but after
just a few years of experience, you’ll start to be qualified for positions that make high
five-figure or low six-figure salaries.
Work as a Content Writer
Content writing and copywriting are different styles and should be treated as such.
Copywriting is meant to persuade the reader to buy something while content writing is
simply presenting the information. The latter is considered the simpler of the two forms
and can be easily mastered by a skilled writer such as yourself. You can search for
freelance gigs or even full-time positions that pay well as a content writer.
Write an E-Book
Writing a book isn’t easy. Although, if it’s something you’ve ever considered, this is a
great way to make some money. E-books are cost-efficient for publishing and you can
sell them online at a minimal cost. As with physical books, the amount you charge per
copy depends on the genre and length of the book. There are resources online that can
walk you through the process to properly format your book so that it fits within the
constructs of whatever platform you decide to sell your book.
If you’re planning on writing a book (especially non-fiction), take it a step further and
record the audio version. Those who listen to non-fiction audiobooks love to hear the
author themself narrate the book with their own spin and inflection on the narrative. You
can double-dip in both areas without wasting hours trying to pitch your book to a
publisher or even spending hundreds of dollars on self-publishing.