How to Make Money Writing Online: A Resource List

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How to Make Money Writing Online: A Resource List

Writers want to get paid. They also reach out to me weekly asking how to make money writing online. The majority are hoping for a magic answer that ensures instant success and cash flow. It doesn’t exist. But, I’m always happy to show them the true path to making it in the online world.

The quick answer: Diligence and perseverance will get you that writer’s paycheck. No, there are no shortcuts and you won’t make money overnight. You have to put in the work to build a business. Yes, it takes steps to build a writing business.

The long answer: Becoming a paid writer will not happen instantly, and anyone who promises you can start from scratch and pay your mortgage by the end of the week isn’t being honest with you.

To land clients, they have to want you. You need to build a reputation and samples of your work online. Thankfully, this doesn’t have to take forever and with a strategy in mind, you can make this a full-time income. I have.

So, here’s a collection of some of the best writing advice on the web today. I’ve read (or written) each article suggested and find value in the actionable and honest advice within their pages.

How to Make Money Writing: A Resource List

Take a breath, commit time each day to building your business, and the writing assignments will start flowing. As long as you work through these steps, you will make progress and get closer to your writing business goals. Hint: Bookmark this post!

Setting up a Business

Avoid fines from not paying self-employment taxes and figure out how to set up your writing work as a legal business in the United States if you plan to make more than $400 per year from your word skills.

Making a Name for Yourself

When companies hire a writer with a byline, they are looking beyond your writing samples. Stand out by creating a solid online presence. Hiring managers want to work with writers who promote their company’s social posts, network with clients and have a positive attitude online.

Building an Audience

More often than not, when I apply for writing jobs, I’m asked to share social media statistics that show how engaged I am on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and beyond. As a freelance writer, you are more apt to get offers if you have a built-in audience. You’re being hired for your skills, and your readers. So, actively nurture your readers to keep them coming back for more.

Creating Writing Samples

Many new writers feel stuck in the chick-egg scenario. Stop. Thanks to the power of the Internet, you can write online daily and show off your skills with a virtual resume. Start your own blog. Write on Medium. Write on LinkedIn. Do whatever you need to get URLS that you can share with potential clients to show off your talent.

Pitching Potential Clients

To get writing jobs, you have to ask for them. The trend towards pitching publications is growing and becoming more dominant in the freelance writing marketplace, especially for new writers.

Working as a Freelancer

Once you get your first writing assignment or two under your belt, you’ll have new questions pop up. How do I maintain my productivity? Do I need a schedule? And you might begin to wonder why there’s so much work involved in freelancing. You’re not alone. I put in more hours as a full-time independent contractor than I ever did at the local newspaper, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Getting Paid to Write

Let talk about invoicing, receiving payments and dealing with contracts. Remember, this is a business. Protect yourself and know what your process is before you start writing or turn in a project.

Keeping Your Business Going

Once the projects start piling up, there’s is quite a bit you can do to steady your momentum. Learn a bit about crippling procrastination and career burnout. Working 24/7 to build your business or leaving things until the last minute are both recipes for disaster and could cost you everything.

Growing Your Business

After you figure out how to get jobs, the hardest thing about starting a writing business is jumping over major milestones, like hiring help, discontinuing services or trying new opportunities. It’s all part of the usual growing pains!

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