You’re a writer. Whether it’s scenes, characters or blog posts, your passion is creating.
What your passion probably is not? Business. Budgets, marketing, networking — they make your head swirl.
But without a firm business foundation, you’ll never make money as a writer. Sure, you may find some success because you’re talented — but to truly grow your business and get paid what you’re worth, you have to start thinking like an entrepreneur.
I’ve gotten countless emails from readers who wanted me to review their writer website and offer feedback to help them better position their website to attract more clients. I’ve also coached dozens of writers to ensure their website is well set up to attract clients.
The more writer websites I review, the more I start to realize they have some things in common.
Many exceptional writers suffer to pay the bills because they suck at marketing while lots of average writers are making a killing because of their marketing genius.
Some writers simply hate marketing; they find it boring, complicated and not fun in any way .
If you’re one of those writers, while I believe you definitely should learn to love marketing so you can build a writing business that thrives on the long run, the purpose of this article is to show you some smart ways to earn more without having to increase your marketing efforts.
Having an abundance of well-paying freelance writing gigs you can apply for at will is a sort of unique advantage, and it’s something that instantly makes your work much easier as a professional writer.
It has been a while since I last published my list of websites that pay writers.
A lot has happened since publishing the last twolists; some of the sites are no longer active, some of the sites stopped accepting contributions from freelance writers, and there isn’t as much flexibility in the categories of the previous lists since most of the sites featured were either design or tech sites.
That has changed, though.
This new list is more comprehensive, includes more sites and is updated for 2015. In fact, I’m finalizing this list on the 12th of January, 2015.