June 15

5 Ways to Earn More Money as a Writer

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Although this blog is about personal finance, I want to share tips on earning money because you can’t manage money if you don’t have any. This post is about writing because, well, it’s what I do.

Every writer who has dreams of making it big with their writing career has to start out somewhere, and it’s usually writing for very little money. The key to earning more money as a writer is to develop the skills needed to become a great writer, not just a good one. There is a lot of money to be made writing for others and even for yourself, if you know where to look and how to go about it. Here are five tips to help you earn more money writing online and elsewhere.

Improve your skills

Good writers get paid well, but great writers can get paid really well, so it’s important to continue developing your skills in order to improve your earning potential. The best thing about being a bad writer is, as long as you are willing to work at it, you can only get better. I have seen some pretty dismal writing out there in cyberspace and beyond, and I’m pretty sure the writer still earned some money from it. In fact, I’ve edited some things that were very much less than perfect, and the writer still earned something.

The bottom line is this: if you are an okay writer, improving your skills will help you become a better writer who can earn more money. If you are an amazing writer, continuing to hone your skills will keep you earning the big bucks and put you in line to earn even more as your skills get recognized.

Read other writers’ work

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” –Stephen King

How can you expect to write well if you never see how it’s supposed to be done? Read as much as you can, especially the types of things you want to write. It’s important to see how good writing looks, and also see how bad writing looks. Reading helps you learn to distinguish between the two, and hopefully avoid doing the latter.

Market yourself well

Many writers sell themselves short when it comes to their abilities. Or, they may know that they can write, but don’t know how to tell others. Learning to promote your skills is crucial to making better money as a writer. Even if you start out earning less than a penny per word, as your writing improves you should aim for jobs that pay more. Don’t worry if you don’t think you’re good enough, because chances are you will do just fine. If you get rejected, try again.

Consider building your own website or page where you can feature your skills as a writer and list your rates to write for others. Use social media, interaction on other people’s sites and even the classifieds to advertise your services. Don’t be afraid to let people know you are a writer for hire who is looking for work!

Be prepared to learn something new

Not all writers are complete experts at their topics. In fact, most of us simply have the ability to learn enough about a subject to complete a thorough, engaging article or story about it. Most writers have a love of learning that helps them do this, but if you don’t you can still write great content for others. You just need to have the dedication and determination to learn how to do proper research and produce solid work. When you can write about anything, you can earn much more money!

Consider all your options

While many of the writers I know (myself included) write online for money, don’t forget that there are still print newspapers and magazines that require content every single day. Why not contact your local newspaper and see if you can write a guest post for them? Even if it is done for free, you can still get a byline and a piece to add to your portfolio. This means you can prove to potential clients that you have what it takes to get the job done, and you’ll be more likely to snag more work in the future.

Above all else, the way to earn more money writing is to simply write more, even if it doesn’t earn you much to start with. When you do what you love, the money almost always follows.

Do you earn money writing for fun or for a living? Want to share your own tips and suggestions? Please share them in the comments section below!

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Posted June 15, 2013 by Jessica Woods in category "Making Money", "Uncategorized", "writing


  1. By Ruth Clark on

    This is great, Jessica. You are correct. You stated, “… they may know that they can write, but don’t know how to tell others. Learning to promote your skills is crucial to making better money as a writer.”

    I think that’s where I have been my whole life. I’ve been writing since I could hold a crayon or pencil. None of my writing ever saw the light of day. Thanks. 🙂

    1. By Jessica (Post author) on

      Ruth, you sound like me! I used to think only extremely gifted individuals who could afford an agent could ever be ‘published’ authors, but thanks to the multitude of opportunities online anyone with determination and skill can find success!

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