You must be thinking if there’s any chance of being financially independent by writing online. Honestly, yes, it is possible. People are working in different content writing jobs and getting paid a good amount of money. And you can also make money from writing online.
There are multiple ways to be a successful content writer, such as freelancing jobs, blogging, etc. While some writers do it as a side hustle, others prefer it as a full-time profession. But you have to choose which one is right for you.
Things to understand before starting your writing career
Writing is all about creativity, which comes from knowledge, experience, and research. So if you really want to be a content writer or any kind of writer, consider some pros and cons.
Some newbies fantasize about online writing jobs as ‘cool’ due to working flexibility. But always remember, there’s a deadline which you must follow. And if you fail to do it, you may have to end up as a failure.
And what’s more difficult in writing is that– it’s not always possible. There is “writer’s block” when you fail to generate ideas. Besides, sometimes you may not have enough time for in-depth research. And above all, writing requires a lot of patience.
Okay, let’s see how to earn from WFH by writing.
1. Freelance Writing
Freelancing is my very first choice to make money from writing online. You can get short to long-term writing projects as per your choice. Besides, you can choose the job based on its criteria and payment.
However, as a freelance writer, you must look for clients. And gradually, you can get high-paying clients when you have good experience and a qualified portfolio. But this is not a one-day task; you must keep working consistently.
Even though freelancing allows you many advantages, like working from anywhere at any time or selecting the job you like, it has some drawbacks. Being a boss of yourself brings massive responsibilities. It often happens that you can’t submit the articles within the deadline. Sometimes there will not be any work. Moreover, some clients may ask for money back if they don’t like your work. But if you can handle it, there’s a very bright future.
How to find clients?
Go to Upwork, LinkedIn, and other platforms.
Personal tip – Don’t hesitate to DM or send an email pitch to the clients. Offer your best and choose the best.
2. Start Blogging
Blogging is undoubtedly a good opportunity to get paid by writing online, which is a part of web content writing. If you have good writing ability and want to make money out of it, you should start a blog. However, in blogging, you must learn skills like– SEO, WordPress, and social media marketing. These skills will help you enrich and get more traffic to your blog.
Unlike freelancing, blogging is different. It takes time to generate revenue from your blog. Here it’s your own work. If you work best, you’ll see good results. Hence, you must keep patience and work consistently with proper management.
Always remember, while freelancing gives you quick money for your work, blogging takes time but gives you passive income at a time. Many bloggers have become millionaires.
If you’re unsure whether you can make money from blogging, read my “is blogging profitable” post. I’m sure this would help.
3. Make Money From Ebook Writing
Ebook reading has become very famous since the launch of Amazon Kindle. You can earn a fair amount from writing ebooks. In addition, you can publish your own ebooks on Amazon Kindle and other platforms for free of cost. But do not forget that nothing comes for free.
To become successful in ebook writing, you must dedicate your excellence and patience. It’s because ebooks take time to get famous. At first, you should have a good network that will help you share.
Once you’re done writing the book, publish it on the best ebook platforms like Amazon Kindle, Draf 2 Digital, Lulu and others. Hopefully, you can expect 70% to 80% royalty, which in my opinion, is great.
4. Writing Jobs In Companies
After a specific time, most freelance writers prefer working permanently for a company. It has some reasons – freelancing doesn’t always offer work, there’s no fixed income, and above all, client hunting is very tough.
Therefore, those seeking a permanent source to make money from writing online opt to work in companies. But it requires some working experience such as a minimum of 6 months to 2 years of experience, SEO, WordPress, and writing daily word limit.
Personal tip: Before you apply, research the company and its industry. It will help you prepare for a good interview and email pitches.
5. Write for Magazines & News Paper
There are many online magazines that publish weekly or monthly journals. So if you’re good at writing niche-based articles like Hollywood and cinema, Gaming, Politics, Climate and others, you can apply for this job. Apart from that, you can also apply in daily newspapers since submissions take place online.
Undoubtedly writing in magazines and newspapers is a prestigious job. But it’s a bit hard to get a chance. You must have a valid educational background and experience. And once you’re in, you get a huge responsibility because a massive audience expects your articles.
To make a fair amount of money from writing online isn’t that difficult. If you stick to your work and improve your skills, you can get better opportunities and earn a lot of money. Personally, I’d say– if you love writing, you’ll find a way to make money out of it; just keep writing.