How can I make money writing? Here are 7 ways to get paid to write
Journalism for magazines as a freelancer
Have you ever read a magazine article on a subject you care about and thought to yourself, “I know more than that writer?” To contribute freelance articles to magazines, you don’t have to be a trained journalist. Writing articles for magazines will transform your specialism/hobby/all-consuming curiosity into a moneymaker. Experts are often commissioned to write for niche publications.
Write content for blogs and websites
Everyone has an online presence and there’s money to be made in writing content. People Per Hour and Fiverr are two of the best-known sites where you can post a freelancer profile offering your services as a content writer. Be specific about the skills you have to offer, aware of the going rates for the kind of work you’re looking for and be realistic that it’s a highly competitive marketplace.
Enter writing competitions and win
You just have to look at this website once a week to see that the writing world is brimming with contests offering large cash prizes. Half a million pounds in writing awards are available in the annual Writing Magazine competition guides. Everyone has to win them over, and why not you? However, you must enter to win, so polish your best work and consider the entry fees as an investment,
Write online articles
What Culture pays £30 for a published list. Cracked.com pays for humour articles. WOW! Women on Writing pays for pieces relating to writing and publishing. That’s just three. Whether it’s Vice, TechRadar or Buzzfeed, check out the guidelines on your chosen website – and bear in mind that although not all the top-tier sites are paying markets, getting your content there will do wonders for your profile and hopefully sales if, for instance, you’ve got a book out that relates to the content you’ve written.
Bear in mind too that magazine brands require a constant stream of content for their website and although online budgets are generally lower than print budgets, there may be a fee, particularly if your piece isn’t part of the promotional activity for a product of your own.
Self-publish your book
As an indie author, you can self-publish your book on Amazon and if you’re commercially minded and marketing-savvy, there’s a good chance of generating income from book sales. Successful self-published authors are usually prolific, write within commercial genres and are at home using social media to market their books. If you want ideas on how to be a successful self-published author.
Earn cash for fillers and snippets
Some publications, especially chatty leisure titles such as Take a Break, Readers’ Digest and That’s Life but also the Guardian’s Family section, encourage reader contributions and pay small sums or offer prizes for letters and fillers: top tips, recipes, jokes, true-life tales and other snippets. Other publications may not offer cash, but have excellent prizes for star letters.