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Can You Make a Good Income from Writing?

Can You Make a Good Income from Writing?

It’s 2021 and the world is now more invested in side-hustles than ever before. This generation has found the best ways to use social media and globalization to their advantage, and put their skills to the best use by reaching a global audience from any part of the world.

In a world where people make TikTok videos for a living (quite literally), there’s definitely no doubt in the fact that writers can make a decent living out of writing. In this article, we’ll look at a handful of ways in which you can generate income just by using your writing skills, so let’s get started!

Sell an E-book

While getting into the publishing field and having your book in all the bookstores is definitely not an easy task, writing an e-book certainly is. All you have to do is find a niche that you’re good at, come up with a content strategy, write a short e-book, and market it on all the social media platforms you’re on. For example, if you’re particularly good at writing, you can write an e-book that teaches newbies how to write.

All you have to do is collect your best advice and put it in one booklet, which people will buy if it’s sold at a reasonable price and has decent reviews. If you want to write a book while running a company or working a full-time job, or you simply aren’t a great writer though you have a great idea for a book, you can find the time to do it by coming up with a great work ethic and writing schedule. This will help you write at least a couple of pages a day, which in the end will leave you with a full-size e-book within a couple of months. You could also choose to hire a good writer who will be able to put down your thoughts and finish writing your book for you in no time.

Start a Blog

It wouldn’t be fair to say that you can immediately start earning money from a blog, but if you work hard, and consistently post relevant content that also has the right keyword density, SEO, and internal links, you’ll be able to gain a higher ranking in search engines, while also increasing the traffic to your blog each month. Additionally, if your blog starts generating a solid monthly traffic count, you can start marketing other products and build a strong affiliate business on the side.

Become a Ghostwriter

Another option that a lot of people go for is to become a ghostwriter. With ghostwriting, you won’t have to worry about building a blog first, but you can simply write content for an established blog site and earn a decent income. Most ghostwriters earn anything between 2 to 8 cents per word. The amount you can earn really just depends on how experienced you are, the quality of your content, and how fast you’re able to finish an article. Once you get the hang of things, you’ll be able to get a lot of writing gigs as a ghostwriter and you can earn a stable amount each month. The only catch is that none of the articles you write will be under your name in the future, but if this is something you’re fine with, then there’s no better way to earn a stable income as a writer than through this.

Additionally, you can always work with a writer who needs help editing their content and earn a small amount of money as a side-hustle, since editing does come under the writing niche.


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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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