These are simply suggestions. Please research all you can before you commit to any contract or deal made online. Make sure you do your research! There are many, many scams out there. These 10 items are in no particular order.
10. PLR: Private label rights! In other words, sell your writing straight out on the web.
PLR is you writing articles on particular topics and then selling those articles to blogs or websites. Some people sell single articles. Some people sell bundled articles. Sites like Associated Content
9. Start your blog or email newsletter.
A blog or newsletter takes more time but can pay off big in the end. The idea here is to start a topic site that focuses on 1 topic. So auto repair (if you are good at that thing). You would begin writing the site about cars and get people to sign up. As you grow the site, you can use Pay per click ads, affiliate marketing, and selling ads directly to make money. See our article on How to Start a Literary Magazine for more info!
8. Freelance online
Online some sites will help you find freelancing jobs like http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com. These sites will help you find “gigs” where you can make money.
7. Freelance real world
Yes, there are still authentic newspapers and magazines in the world. Newspapers and magazines are still buying articles from writers! Believe it or not, they still pay writers to write. So check out your local markets and then inquire about more prominent magazines. Just give them a call or go to their websites and email them. Many already have programs set up for paying freelancers.
6. Start a blog for someone else.
Sites like http://www.textbroker.com/, http://hubpages.com/, and http://www.infobarrel.com/ pay you to blog for them. They take care of the website and the writing, and then you split the profit.
Yes, I know this isn’t easy to believe, but some writers have jobs that make money. You tend to have to look for a larger city for this kind of thing, and you are, of course, going to need a degree (most of the time) in writing, tech writing, PR, or journalism, but check out Career boards, Monster, Snag a Job and or Poets & Writers jobs to see who they are hiring for real life in technicolor jobs.
4. Publish your ebook
Many writers have an abundance of writing just sitting around. They tend to write a lot and publish little. If you have some extra work, like poetry, vignettes, or even how-to articles, you should package them up, put them in an ebook and sell them! Check out http://www.smashwords.com/ or http://www.web-e-books.com/ for publishing your ebook. If your book is 2500-5000+, you can sell it on Amazon. Friends I know who do this recommend the work be 5000 words or over.
There are universities online looking for people with a degree who can teach. You can teach these online courses and still keep your day job. Some sites teach English in other countries online. They have odd hours, but many of these sites pay well.
Yes, writers do win contests from time to time. If they are minimal fees, and you can win, go for it! Entering a contest is significant in a couple of ways. It supports the publication or organization (which usually doesn’tdoesn’t have very much cash in the first place), and it gives you a massive boost to your confidence if you win. A lot of times, this type of thing will help you know you are on the right track.
Yes, you can make money by selling things with words on them! You can come up with catchy phrases, even if you’re not an artist, and then sell them. http://www.cafepress.com/
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