Have you noticed that many resources suggest writing as a way to make money online ? What’s the deal ? I mean, what is the attraction ? It seems all the home-working forums have ‘regulars’ telling ‘newbies’ to look into online writing jobs. So I decided to look into this type of work to see what the hubbub was all about.
What I Discovered About Online Writing Jobs
Writing, in its most basic sense, is second nature. We eat, sleep, walk, talk, read and write. So it stands to reason that writing comes easily to all of us.
Not true. Writing, as a means to make a living (or, at the very least a bit of extra cash), takes some talent. We can put words to paper, but creating something that captures an audience requires some skill.
The more you write, the better you get. Well, that’s what I like to tell myself. I’m not the best writer, but I do like to write as if I am talking to my friends. That’s my style. That’s what I’m comfortable with. Writing is a creative outlet.
So many of us want, or need to, work at home. We have personal schedules to keep, and we need flex time. What can writing do that other online jobs cannot ?
Well, for starters…
- If your kids are home you can throw out a few paragraphs whenever the mood strikes you.
- You don’t have to worry about clients and customers hearing the goings-on of your family life.
- Writing is a non-phone job
- You can get paid quickly for little effort – if you’re a good writer.
- There are so many options to write for pay.
- You can create your own blog, writing as often or as little as you like, on any topic that interests you and make money.
As simple as writing is, there are some downsides to it. This is not a viable option for everyone who wants to stay at home and make online cash.
- If you don’t like to write, you won’t make any money.
- Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with topics and ideas.
- If you’re expected to write on a specific subject, you may have to do quite a bit of research and gather facts.
- Often, the pay is not great. Depending on who you write for, or where you are published, you may receive a few cents per hundred words or a few dollars per pre-determined length of article.
- Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
Writing to Make Money. What are Your Options?
As I mentioned earlier, you can create your own blog and earn money. Writing is a staple of blogging, so you have to make it fun and be able to write well. But how do you make money, you ask? Without going too deep into this, I will mention the easiest option: Google Adsense (here is a thorough article about Adsense). This is where you place a few lines of code within your blog, which present ads related to the topic of your blog posts. You earn whenever someone clicks the ads. But remember…you have to WRITE.
You can write articles for others to publish on their blog. This can be done in a few ways: 1) you offer your writing service via freelance platforms such as Fiverr, Odesk and Elance, and 2) you are a professional writer operating your own business in this realm.
You can work for one of the many companies who seek writers. Believe it or not, there are many companies who hire people to write on their staff – from home.
A Few Tips to Help in Your Writing Endeavor:
- Write what you like. Don’t select jobs that you are not comfortable with, or you think require too much research.
- Don’t be hasty. Once you have completed an article or blog post, let it “stew” for a while. Don’t submit it, don’t publish it, don’t turn it into your employer for a while. Write, sit on it, re-read it, make changes.
- Write a complete article all the way through before you make any edits. This is your first draft and should have errors, in grammar and style.
- Don’t expect all your writing pieces to be accepted. Rejection engenders persistence and higher quality articles.
In my personal experience, writing pays-off. Literally. The pluses outweigh the minuses and I actually like writing. I’m not always in the mood to do it, and sometimes I can’t come up with unique ideas, but I don’t let those little things discourage me.
Just make it fun…no matter which writing route you take.