When it comes to making money, most of us are used to the traditional idea of going to school and getting a degree to be able to get a job to put food on our table. With the increased rate of unemployment we’re experiencing in various parts of the world, a lot more people are starting to create their own businesses. Before the internet became very popular and accessible to everyone, only those who have enough money could create a standard brick and mortar business. But with the advent of the internet, every one of us can make as much money as we want from the comfort of our homes.
Almost every one of us can write, and with a lot of options available for writers from various parts of the world to make money online through the internet, all we need to do is start taking action.
If you’re ready to kick-start your writing career to start making money today, below are 23 quick actions you can do to start making money writing.
Action #1: Offer Ghostwriting Services to Others (1 – 2 hours)
One quick action you can take to start making money from your writing is to offer ghostwriting services to others. By ghostwriting, you will be able to write without being credited for your work.
There are a lot of top bloggers, influencers, individuals, companies, and organizations online that will happily pay you to write for them; most of these entities would like to take credit for the work you create, and as a result will be willing to pay you better.
If you can get the right clients to hire you, you can make anything from $50 – $200 per 500 words article, and if you only write 2 articles in 1 hour 20 minute at this rate, and you only work 5 days a week, you should be able to make a minimum of $2,000 from ghostwriting every month.
Steps to get better ghostwriting clients in 40 minutes a day:
Obviously, making enough money from ghostwriting based on the above calculation means you need an adequate list of clients. Below are some steps to help you get the right ghostwriting clients. By doing these steps for only 40 minutes a day, you will be able to get more clients than you can handle in a matter of months.
1. Build a small and professional website highlighting your skills. You can easily select from a list of professional templates from Elegant Themes to make your website look cool.
2. Optimize your website to rank for ghostwriting related keywords in the search engines. The best source of clients to your ghostwriting services will be the search engines, so spending a few minutes every day building targeted links to your blog will make a difference. You can read this article on SEO for writers to get started.
You should realize that the keywords you target should be ghostwriting related keywords. It can be a more local keyword if you want less competition, but the broader the keyword, the more options you have.
3. Guest blog on the top blogs in your field. Sometimes you just need those clients very quickly that you can’t wait for search engines to take months to deliver results. All you need to do is write for a few top blogs in your niche and you’re good to go. If you’re new to guest blogging this guide will help improve your knowledge of it.
4. Build a list of potential clients. If you think you know individuals or organizations that might be willing to use your ghostwriting service right away. You can compile a list of the top clients you think will be best for you, and then contact them about your services.
You need to know that some of these steps take exactly 40 minutes to complete, or more, depending on who you are, but by spending 40 minutes a day on the above 4 tasks you will be able to achieve significant results in just one month.
Action #2: Guest Blogging Service (1 hour)
Guest blogging is currently one of the most important and popular marketing strategies on the internet, and a lot of companies and individuals are actively looking for people to help them with their guest blogging.
If you’re experienced with guest blogging you can easily take on a few clients and be making thousands of dollars monthly.
You can write around 1 or 2 guest posts in an hour, but if you can write a guest post for a client every day for 30 days, that can lead to some significant income on your part on the long run.
Action #3: Paid Email Newsletters (20 – 30 minutes)
You can also make some quick cash through your writing skills by starting paid newsletters on subjects you think you’re qualified to talk about. It only takes 15 to 30 minutes to write a quality email, and you don’t even need to send an email every day to keep this going – you can send an email every 3 days and still make enough money.
Steps to take:
There are a few steps to take. Some of these steps are only taken once, and some repeatedly.
1. Choose a reputable email service. You can go with AWeber if you already have a payment processor you plan to use, and you can also go with a service like Letter.ly that handles everything for you.
2. Market your service regularly. Obviously, people won’t just pay you to be receiving emails from you. In fact, a lot of people are tired of receiving free valuable emails, so you need to let them know how useful your paid emails are and what value they can receive by marketing yourself regularly. You can market yourself using forum signatures, guest blogging, interviews with others, and any other strategy you can think of.
You can be sending emails every 3 days or so and still make your subscribers feel like they are enjoying what they paid for, so the best way to get great results from this is by marketing yourself a lot.
Action #4: Create and Sell a Mini Guide (5 – 6 hours)
You can also make money by writing and selling mini guides. This is a sweet and easy strategy, and if you’re a good writer you can easily replicate this in various niches and create a quality source of passive income. The mini guides will only be a few pages (7 – 10 pages) and can sell from around $7 – $10. Obviously, the best way to get paid well for this is by marketing yourself a lot so as to get more people to buy.
Here are a few steps to take to make your mini guides a success:
1. Research a paying market. This is very important, and it only takes a few minutes to an hour. By having adequate knowledge of a market before you create your mini guide you will be able to increase the chances of your success.
2. Create a mini guide. Since the guide will only be a few pages you can do this in around 3 – 4 hours. This isn’t a repeated task so you have nothing to worry about.
3. Get the word out. You can spend the remaining one hour marketing yourself on forums, through guest posts and other means. Marketing isn’t a one day job, so you have to be marketing yourself every once in a while with any opportunity you get. The more marketing you do, the more money you will make so make sure you do your best with marketing.
Action #5: Write for Paid Blogging Sites (1 – 2 hours)
Another action you can take today to make money writing is to write for paid blogging sites. There are a lot of blogs online looking for writers to contribute content, and in exchange are willing to compensate them with cash. Most of these websites pay in excess of $50 per article, and writing an article for them takes anything from 1-2 hours.
I recently published a list of some of these websites that pay to write, and you can easily choose the ones that appeals to you most from the list.
Special resource: List of 30 websites and blogs that pay you to contribute an article.
Action #6: Write for Revenue Sharing Sites (30 – 60 minutes)
There are a lot of big websites online that depend on search engine traffic to make money, and some of these websites will allow you to contribute an article in exchange for a percentage of revenues your articles earn. Most of these websites have authority in the search engines, so getting your articles to rank for better traffic shouldn’t be a problem.
It shouldn’t take you more than 15 minutes to write a 400 – 500 words article for any of these sites, and by writing 2 – 3 articles every day for a few months you should be able to earn enough to make your efforts worth it.
Resource: List of 28 Revenue Sharing Sites
Action #7: Write for Magazines (2 hours)
There are a lot of online magazines that publish tons of articles every day. Some of these magazines use the content for their offline publications, and some use the content for both their online and offline publications. You can pitch your ideas to any of these magazines to see what they think about it, and if they accept your article as a normal article you should be able to get anything from $100 – $200 per article. However, if they accept your article as a featured article you can get anything from above $2,000 for it.
Action #8: Get Paid to Write Sales Letters for Others (set your hours)
There are a lot of big websites and companies launching a product or service every day, and most of these companies and websites need a solid sales letter to thrive. If you really know your stuff when it comes to writing sales letters you can get paid anything from $1,500 and above for a 2,000 words sales letter. If you get hired by the right company you can earn even more. It’s all about letting your work speak for you and making it difficult for people to hire you, and as a result increasing your fees.
Resource: Sales Letter Writing Guide
Action #9: Offer Your Copywriting Services (set your hours)
If you’re in any way familiar with writers and how they get paid you will know that copywriters get to earn the big bucks. You can work on developing great copywriting skills and get paid for it.
There is no defined hours for this because it all depends on your skills and how many clients you decide to take on.
You can buy books, tapes, and courses from, and about, some of the top copywriters in the world to improve your copywriting skills.
Action #10: Write for Tutorial/Design Sites (1 – 2 hours)
Are you very good with Photoshop or any other design tool or form? Then you can get paid by writing basic tutorials explaining how to use popular design tools, or by writing tutorials on how to achieve a special type of design. There are a lot of big sites willing to pay you online for your skills, and these websites can pay you anything from $100 – $300 per tutorial.
Some great examples of these kind of sites are PSDTuts and PhotoshopTutorials.
Action #11: Write and Sell eBooks (several hours)
Quality eBooks that are worth being paid for take several hours to plan and compile, and you can easily make money online by writing and selling eBooks. The eBook can be on any subject you think there is a market for, and it can cost anything from $37 to $97 if you really want to make a lot of sales.
Here are some steps to help you get the best from selling ebooks:
1. Make sure your market is well researched.
2. Your sales page will do half of the job for you, so spend enough time planning and writing your sales page.
3. Use carefully planned tactics to market your eBook, and if possible, use the help of affiliates to increase potential sales.
Action #12: Newsletter Writing (1 hour)
Email marketing is a key tactic these days, and there are a lot of individuals and companies that will happily pay you to write marketing emails for them. Most of these companies are focused on results, and will require you to write a lot of emails targeted towards their audience. Writing an email takes a couple of minutes to an hour, and you can easily make thousands of dollars every month if you do this an hour every day for the right client.
Action #13: Write Non-Fiction for E-Readers (several hours)
With the kind of huge user base e-readers like the Kindle and Nook have, and with the kind of success experienced by authors lately, going the self-publishing route might be a smart idea. People enjoy non-fiction, and since most people now spend a lot of time on their e-readers you can make a lot of money by publishing non-fiction tailored at them.
You need to realize that publishing on Amazon or Barnes & Nobles doesn’t necessarily mean your non-fiction will get a lot of coverage, so you need to be ready to market the heck out of yourself for better results.
Action #14: Start Blogging (several hours)
Being a blogger can also be a great way to make money writing. The one great advantage to blogging when compared to all of the above methods is that you have variety of ways to make money blogging. You can easily monetize your blog using various methods, and you can even decide to use your blog to get more writing clients, or even to launch a product.
Action #15: Write and Sell PLR Articles (5 hours)
Most writers only get paid for an article once, but if you’re a little bit smarter you can get paid for each article you write several times over. All you need to do is write a few articles and package them into PLR (Private Label Rights) articles. By doing this you will be giving those who purchase your articles rights to use it on their website, and you can easily sell the same set of articles to as many people as you want – it will be a smart idea to limit the number of people you sell it to, though, for the benefits of your customers.
Action #16: Write for SEO Companies (1 – 2 hours)
There are a lot of SEO companies online with several clients under their belts, and if there is one thing I know about SEO companies is that they are always in need of content. Most SEO companies publish thousands of articles for their several clients combined every month, and no one writer can handle this. By associating yourself with the right SEO company you will be able to get a lot of assignments, and as a result make a lot of money writing.
Action #17: Write Web Content for Pay (30 – 60 minutes)
You can also make money by writing web content for top websites online. There are a lot of big websites online that depend on content to thrive, and most of these websites will pay you a flat rate, or will share a part of their revenue with you, when you write for them.
Action #18: Press Release Writing (30 – 60 minutes)
Have you ever thought about the number of big companies and new start-ups making new changes and releasing new products every day and how you can satisfy their needs? Most of these websites need people to write press releases for them for distribution to their sources whenever they make any major changes, and there is no reason why that person they need can’t be you.
If you’re able to establish yourself with this opportunity, you will be able to get more offers than you can handle over time. Plus, it only takes around 10 to 15 minutes to write a press release, and if you only write 2 – 4 a day that will be around 60 minutes spent on it.
Action #19: Technical Writing (3 – 4 hours)
There are several companies and individuals that are in need of people to help them write manuals and instructions about products they just released, and you can easily make a lot of money by offering your services to them.
Writing these manuals can take some time, but you will surely get paid enough for your work.
Action #20: Review Writing (1 – 2 hours)
Another quick action you can do to make money writing is by helping people write reviews. There are a lot of bloggers, internet marketers, book publishers and others who need to review products they don’t use or know anything about, and if you are able to help them with this you will be paid for your work.
The amount you will be paid will depend on the kind of review you write, and the kind of client you have, so marketing yourself will play a huge role in the kind of success you experience.
Action #21: Resume Writing (1 hour)
With the high rate of unemployment in the world today, and the kind of competition those looking for jobs are facing, having the right resume can make a difference, which is why a lot of people are willing to have qualified writers help them write their resumes. It doesn’t matter whether you are writing a resume for a college graduate looking for a new job, or for an individual who wants to take on a contract, being able to write reviews can put a lot of money in your pocket.
Action #22: Business Writing (2 hours)
There are a lot of businesses online that want to get funding, get press coverage, gain exposure and achieve other kinds of results. Most of these businesses need a professional writer to help them write several documents, and they can be a great source of income for you if you have the skills.
Some of the kinds of documents you can write for businesses are white papers, business proposals, business letters and the likes.
Action #23: Develop New Skills, and Improve on Existing Ones (1 hour)
While using any of the above approach can put some money in your pocket, spending an hour a day doing something unique to help make you a better writer, a better editor or a better marketer will go a long way to impact your career. It is always best to think about your future as a writer, and some of the techniques on this list will only last a few more years. However, the skills you develop and improve on will last a lifetime, so make sure you keep on developing new skills and improving on existing ones.
While the above are some really smart ways to make money writing online from the comfort of your home, being inspired by reading them won’t make a difference. The key thing that makes a difference in you being $0 rich or $1,000 richer as a result of reading this article is to take action. Don’t just sit down there and read. Instead, dedicate a few hours every day to one or more of the above actions, and you will be amazed at how much growth your writing career can experience.
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