According to reader response on my articles about bookkeeping and finances, writers and bloggers are hungry for ways to earn more money! These ideas for making a living as a writer are from experienced freelancers…with a sprinkle of suggestions from yours truly….
Before the tips, a quip:
“A writer should say to himself, not, ‘How can I get more money?’, but ‘How can I reach more readers (without lowering standards)’?” ~ Brian Aldiss.
The beauty of reaching more readers is that it’s usually associated with earning more money. The more readers (and thus advertisers) a magazine has, the more money the editor can pay freelancers for articles. Similarly, the more readers a blog attracts, the more money the blogger earns from affiliate sources. If you’re serious about earning a living as a writer, click 102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less: The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guide (pictured). If you want to increase your earnings as a blogger, you must read ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income! And, here are several tips for earning money writing from experienced freelancers…
5 Ideas for Earning Money Writing – Tips From Experienced Writers
1. Find your writing brand, image, or logo. “I know a lot of great writers who never get work and a lot of terrible writers who always get assignments,” says Arts and Entertainment writer Pj Perez. “A & E writers can be diverse in their interests, but still need to be an ‘expert” in at least one area. Capitalizing on that, they can establish their name as a brand.” Perez explains that clients hire him to write because they know he’s an ‘expert’ on two major things: Las Vegas and music. He’s not only sought out for those types of assignments, he’s also seen as a source for other writers’ stories about those topics, which increases his ‘brand awareness.’
2. Find permanent, contracted writing gigs. “I don’t know anyone earning a solid living freelancing by just selling individual articles to different magazines or publications,” says part-time freelance writer Julie Bonn-Heath. “Most everyone has some regular work from one contract or even contracted work for on-going writing work, in addition to the individual articles they pitch to magazines. Contracted gigs become your financial base and are important.” To find permanent writing jobs, check the job sites such as Craig’s List for on-going writing jobs, request a column after you have written for an editor a few times and consider applying to online publications such as Suite101 or About.com.
3. Explore different newspaper departments. “Newspaper Advertising Departments commonly hire writers (especially with copywriting experience) for the purchased articles in the newspaper,” adds Bonn-Heath. “They usually have a lot more budget to work with than the editorial department does.” The editorial department of a newspaper can pay as little as .10 or .20 cents a word, which may not be worth your time if you already have clips and experience as a freelance writer. But, the advertising department of newspapers or magazines may be worth investigating…
4. Create passive sources of writing income. “Create a good website and a content-filled blog that showcases your writing skills,” says part-time freelance writer Jill Nussinow (The Veggie QueenTM). “And, write a book or something that you can sell over and over again. It beats continually writing articles for magazines, and it’s very rewarding to hold it in your hands! I always say, ‘My cookbook is a constant source for receiving 20 dollar bills.’ Gotta like that!”
5. Network with freelance writers, editors, and publishers. “As the saying goes: ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,'” says food writer Chris Perrin (who is looking to expand (not his waistline, his freelance writing career!)). “With blogging and social media, it’s possible to know a lot of people.” And the more people you know in the freelance writing business, the more articles you’ll sell – and the closer you’ll be to earning thousands of bucks a year freelancing.
What’s your best tip for earning money writing for magazines, newspapers, online sites, or your blog? I welcome your thoughts below — especially if you use online job sites to find writing gigs…