Writing is an act of creation. Any person committing to this act on a daily or at least regular basis can be called a writer. However, most people want to get paid as well, and this is the difficult part of the journey.
While most writers dream of becoming well-known authors, this doesn’t pay off that easily. This means that any person willing to work on becoming an author should consider other paths that could lead them to be published quicker.
Even though the kind of writing that could get you paid probably differs from what you would like to write, consider some of these ways to monetize your writing:
Make money blogging
Blogging definitely isn’t the quickest way to get paid but it could a profitable one if you stick with it through the beginning which can get pretty rough. At first, you`ll feel like you are just writing for yourself but as the time goes on, you`ll see that you are also gaining some audience.
There are many ways to make money blogging, especially if you get a professional website.
The first way would be to sign up with some ad services like Google AdSense or similar and set up ads on your website. You can earn money from them every time someone clicks on an ad. At first, that income won’t be much but as you gain more audience you will receive a considerable amount. Next, you can sign up with affiliate marketing services. This means that you will share links of certain products in your posts. You can also write sponsored posts on your blog, sell products or your books and so on.
Be a freelance writer
Becoming a freelance writer can be a difficult decision to make but it’s well worth it. Experts usually recommend that you keep working at your day job while you develop a freelance writing business. For one, you`ll need a professional website that would contain your portfolio, contact information and enough copy for you to be persuasive. You could also display your rates, add a few blog posts and so on.
Next, you will have to learn how to pitch your clients. You could do what is called cold pitching – sending an email to the client offering your services, some samples and showing interest in working with them. This can happen even if you`ve never actually spoken to the client before. There is also warm pitching where you start a conversation with a brand through various channels, not asking for work immediately but rather for advice, help and so on. At the right time and when a relationship has formed, you can then make your pitch. While there are many other ways to find clients, these are the most popular ones and they usually work – just pick the one that works for you.
Next, you should develop some kind of contract, promote your services and work your way to the top.
You can also start working on job platforms like UpWork. All you have to do is sign up and build your profile. The platform puts clients and jobs in front of you and handles the legal side of the work as well.
There are many ways to make money writing but these are the most reliable ones you can do. The income is steady and considerable which means that you can invest more in developing your skills and audience.