By Dianna L. Gunn-
You’re here because you want to make money from your writing. You’ve tried everything from writing filler articles for magazines to writing full-length features on every topic under the sun. You’ve created a blog and put AdSense on it. You’re even trying to reach potential clients through social media.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you haven’t tried everything. Thousands of jobs, all created and available on the world wide web, require people who can write. They aren’t always called ‘writing jobs’ because the end goal isn’t a beautiful piece of writing, but they require writers because the process involves writing.
Today I’d like to mention three kinds of jobs which will use your skills as a writer, allow you to continue working flexibly from home, and which you’ve probably overlooked.
1. Social Media Jobs—businesses all over the world are using Twitter and Facebook to connect with their clients. Frankly, most would rather have someone else do it. They’ll even give you tips—what other sites in their niche to share content from, what their strategy has been so far, what hashtags you’ll want to use. All you have to do is stay up to date with what the company’s doing and keep Twitter and Facebook up to date with them.
Right now I get paid weekly for logging into someone else’s Twitter and Facebook right after I log into mine, posting a couple updates and occasionally asking questions to their following. It takes twenty minutes out of my day and I get paid well to do it.
So how do you find a social media job? Well, I found mine on Craigslist, and I’ve seen several on Kijiji. Social media jobs are usually posted in the part-time section rather than the writing section, but it’s really about writing: how can you use your words to connect businesses to their clients?
2. Website Bios for Artists—I just finished working on the first website biography I’ve ever done. A four-hundred word biography for a musician’s website paid $50—and should pay more depending on the client’s success level. You might think that people—especially artists—create their own bios and do the writing for their own websites. That’s often not true. Most artists don’t like talking about themselves. They’d rather have someone like you collect the facts and make them sparkle.
So how do you get a job writing an artist’s bio? I found mine on Craigslist, but the great thing about artists is they’re everywhere. In fact, you probably know a few. The next time one of your artist friends is putting together a website, make sure to let them know that your services include website bios.
3. Blog Jobs—this is perhaps the most obvious on the list. It actually looks like a writing job.
I’m sure you’ve been told to create a blog as a showcase for your work and monetizing it, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about getting paid to write posts on someone else’s blog to help them build their business. These jobs are consistent and the ones that pay well pay really well.
You can get blogging jobs on Craigslist or blogging job boards like BloggingPro (http://bloggingpro.com). Some blogs, like Make a Living Writing (http://makealivingwriting.com), even pay for guest posts.
The internet presents us with limitless opportunity. You can get paid to write scripts for YouTube videos, to write advertising copy, to recommend services and products you love anyway. The internet will always provide us with new ways to make money—you just have to find them.
Dianna L. Gunn is a freelance writer/blogger and aspiring novelist from Toronto. She runs her own blog, Dianna’s Writing Den (http://diannaswritingden.com) and contributes to several other sites around the web. She’s also having a love affair with speculative fiction magazine Penumbra (http://penumbra.musapublishing.com), where she works under the guise of ‘editorial intern’.