Lately, I have been talking a lot about writing books and blog posts. This is because they are what I write the most, as well as articles. However, did you know that there are many more types of writing that you can do to make money? You don’t have to write just blog posts or books. Today, I’m going to introduce you to other kinds of writing that you can pursue on your writing journey.
Oh, the Things You Can Write
Books-As I have mentioned, you can pursue a career as an author and write books. Writing books is a great path because it gives you total control over everything if you choose to self-publish.
Article/Blog Writing-Article and blog writing are one of the fastest ways you can make money as a writer. There are many ways you can go about finding writing gigs in this line of writing. Some people cold pitch, some people join paid job sites, and others start writing for content mills.
*Cold pitching is when your research websites in your niche and send them a “pitch” to see if they would be interested in an article you are writing or have already written.
*Paid Job Sites-Some people join paid job sites like Flexjobs or Contena. Why do they do this? Paid job sites seem to have a better list of jobs and strive to be scam free. You have to be on a waitlist to join Contena, but when you do sign up, you get training, a personal coach, and a robust listing of jobs every day. There is even an option to set alerts for the kinds of jobs you want in different categories.
Other Options to Get Jobs.
*Content Mills-If you know sites like Textbroker, Hire Writers, or iWriter then you know what a content mill is. These sites hire tons of writers to write about all different kinds of subjects. The pay isn’t great, usually pennies per word. However, if you want to get your toes wet and see if you like writing, this isn’t a terrible way to start. At least you can make a decision and if you don’t like it, quit.
*Other Sites-Some people use other sites like Upwork and Fiverr to find work as well. Fiverr is a marketplace where you set up a profile and sell your services (writing, book design, logos, etc). Upwork is a platform where people list jobs that you can apply for.
Finding clients through cold pitching is the best way to get high paying work. However, if you’re in the beginning stage of your writing career, browsing job boards and writing for content mills isn’t a bad thing. Get some experience and level up as you further your career.
Other Avenues of Writing
Ghostwriting-With this type of writing, you do the work, but you don’t get any recognition for it. You can write everything from articles and blog posts to emails to books. However, ghostwriting can be a very lucrative career. I know several writers that are ghosts who make an excellent living. Like any other kind of writing career, having a website and getting clients is critical.
B2B (Business to Business) Writing-If you are business minded, this line of writing may be perfect for you. In B2B writing, content is written by one company for another company. Therefore, this kind of writing helps businesses run better or will generate revenue.
B2C (Business to Consumer) Writing-In this type of writing, a business is writing to the general public. As an example, this would be writing content for grocery, cosmetic, or clothing companies.
More Writing Options
Academic Writing-This kind of writing is in prose style and is very dry. It includes literary analyses, research papers, and dissertations.
Copywriting-If you are good at writing persuasive marketing material, this is the line of work for you. You can write anything from landing pages to email sequences.
Whitepapers-A whitepaper is an opinion piece that is technical and is used to establish a company as the thought leader in their space and is meant to help people make business decisions. If you have a very scientific mind, this would be a good avenue for you.
Even More Options
Greeting Cards-Companies like Blue Mountain Arts, Calypso Cards, and Oatmeal Studios all take freelance submissions. However, be aware that greeting card companies can be very picky. This kind of writing is more of a side job than a regular paying gig. Still, you can make some pretty sweet cash if one of your verses gets accepted, anywhere between $50-$300, depending on the company. If you have a creative, poetic mind, this may be a good idea.
Lyric Writing-Another creative writing path is writing song lyrics. Taking classes to learn how to write song lyrics is easy thanks to SongU. SongU is a paid website that offers courses in all things music, from theory to lyric writing to setting up a home studio. They also provide collaboration and pitching services.
As you can see, there are many types of writing you can do for profit, and most pay very well. Have you had experience writing for profit? Where did you find jobs? Did you have a good or bad experience? I would love to know in the comments, and if you’re looking for more tips and inspiration, please click the subscribe button.