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How to make money as a writer

Statistics show that writers and authors can make over $50,000 a year. This is approximately over £38,000 annually. But with a lot of hard work and well-structured systems, I believe freelance writers can make so much more than that.

Writers are always in demand for so many different projects like writing whitepapers, blog posts, copy or even to ghostwrite a book. You can increase your earning potential by combing different kinds of writing in your portfolio. This makes you more likely to be hired as companies would rather hire someone who is able to handle different kinds of writing to meet their needs.

 

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Although there are so many ways writers can make money, I narrowed them down to these 3 that you can use to start earning money right away.

 

  1. Start a blog

Blogging is one of the most popular ways of making money as a writer. It’s not surprising as many people spend time reading blogs for a variety of reasons. Many read blogs to get personal advice, read product reviews, or learn about what’s trending in the industry.

There are many ways you can earn money as a blogger. One of those ways is to have Google AdSense set up on your blog. This is the easiest way to make money from your blog. You get paid based on the number of impressions your ad gets. So the more visitors who come to your blog, the more money you make.

However, you can earn more money from ads when you collaborate with a company and offer to put up their ads on your blog for a fee.

Another way to make money from your blog is through affiliate links. You may write about products or service that you like and get paid every time your readers click on the affiliate link.

If you’re not a fan of having ads on your blog, you can create a membership platform where subscribers can have access to your exclusive content for a fee. You may also create and sell a digital product like an e-course, ebook or online workshop that people can pay you for.

 

  1. Dive into copywriting

If you’re great at writing persuasive content that motivates people to buy things, then copywriting is just for you. Copywriters create marketing content for ad campaigns, websites and social media. Copywriters are always in demand. Their job is to write content that sells.

As a copywriter, you may decide to work for yourself as a freelance copywriter. Or you can work as an in-house copywriter for a company or ad agency. In such a case you are stuck to a fixed salary, unlike a freelance copywriter who can determine their own income.

 

  1. Write for publications that pay

Believe it or not, there are so many publications out there that pay writers for their articles. Magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications are constantly looking for original content that will peak the interest of their readers. The rates for such publications vary between £50 to as high as £500 per article.

Most times such publications require that you pitch your article ideas to them. If they like it, they’ll give you the go-ahead to write the article. Some allow you to write a draft of the article.

 

Do you make money as a writer? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

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The Beauty of Self Employment

There are still millions of people fighting hard to secure a 9-5 job, but there seems to be a more viable route that only a few are brave enough to take. Creating your own business is the most lucrative route and if you are deep thinker, you’ll see that it’s true.

 

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The reason why many people do not become self employed is because of the risks, challenges and downtimes one has to face before they can make enough to live on comfortably. They think that having a stable 9-5 is a safer way to make a living.

Those who think that way don’t realize that being employed can even be more risky than going self employed because you are putting the probability of you having a regular salary in the hands of others, rather than in your hands, if you look at it in a different way.

I know freelancing/self-employment is not for many people because it takes a lot of passion, perseverance, determination and hard work to sustain any business. Many can’t be bothered with all that and just settle for a regular job with a “guaranteed paycheck” and I understand that. But for those who are ready to take the self-employed or freelance route, here are some benefits you’ll get to experience.

  1. You get to determine your working hours

One of the first things you’ll experience from being self-employed is the large amount of time you’ll have to yourself. Unlike an office job, being self-employed gives you the opportunity to determine your working hours.

The more hours you put into your work, the more income you’ll receive. Since you’re more in control of your time, you get the opportunity to spend time with your family. Setting flexible working hours allows you to work, take part in family activities and enjoy precious moments.

  1. You can determine your level of income

At a 9-5 job you’re only entitled to a fixed salary which is your only source of income. Being self-employed gives you the opportunity to create multiple streams of income. For example, some probloggers have as many as 5-7 sources of income. They earn money from the ads placed on their blogs, sponsored posts, guest posts, product reviews, eBooks, they offer consultancy services, get hired to speak at events, and so on.

The more streams of income you create, the more money you’re able to earn. Freelancers make a good amount of money from passive income streams, so they make money even when they sleep. A wise man once said you an average wealthy person has at least 8 streams of income. How many streams of income do you have?

  1. You will know the true meaning of Freedom

This is something that working in an office will not give you. In a 9-5 you’re stuck within the 4 walls of an office. You have little freedom to work anywhere other than the office. When you’re self-employed you can work anywhere, anytime.

Thanks to the regular streams of income, you have the freedom to travel to different countries and are able to carry your business anywhere you are.

  1. You get to do what you love the most

The sad reality about a good number of employees is that they are working in a job that they hate. When you’re self-employed, you get the chance to build a business around something you love doing. You feel fulfilled with what you do and work no longer looks like work. Instead it’s loads of fun and you enjoy every minute of it.

 

Are you self-employed? How are you finding it?

 

5 Things Not to Say to Someone Who Works from Home

Being a freelancer is not like working in any other 9-5 job.  As a freelancer, you’re not restricted to the 4 walls of an office space. You can work anywhere and at any time you want to.

Although there are about 1.4 million freelancers  in the UK, not many people can wrap their minds around how a person can work and make money from home. They all believe that a “real” job is one that has to be in the office. As a result, freelancers get looked down upon.

 

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If you’re not a freelancer and know someone who is, here are 5 things you should never tell a freelancer.

  1. “Freelancing is not a real job”

This is the first thing many people say to freelancers. The fact that someone works at home does not mean that they are not working. The home is just a space, an environment. Work is not defined by the place you’re doing the work.

The real work happens on the computer where the client’s projects are being attended to. They have to make sure that they offer the best services, they send emails, spend hours trying to do everything according to the specifications of the clients.

Freelancers spend hours trying to give the highest quality and put in their creative genius. They give advice and outline strategies to meet their client’s needs. So what they could have done in an office, they do it at home. What matters is that the work gets done.

  1. “Freelancing is easy”

A lot of people think that freelancing is easy. Just because freelancers carry their laptops and work anywhere, some people think that being a freelancer is just a breeze.

The truth is that there’s more to freelancing than meets the eye. Those who work from home do more than just deliver orders. They pitch to clients, post on social media, market their products and services, send emails, create products and maintain their blogs or websites. And most times they do all these tasks alone. Unlike an office job where you’re assigned to one specific task, freelancers have to do a lot of tasks to keep their businesses up and running.

  1. “It’s a waste of time”

Most people think that freelancers work from home only to be paid peanuts at the end of the day. That’s absolutely not true. Many freelancers are earning a good income. Many are earning even more than their employed counterparts and are on their way to growing a profitable and comfortable business.

 

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  1. “You’re only a freelancer because no one was willing to hire you”

This is a major misconception and I am not sure why. I will speak for myself and say being a freelancer was a lifestyle decision. I didn’t want to go back to the job I had prior to becoming a mum, and I wanted to stay home with my kids, so working from home was the only option for me. Working from home gives me that opportunity to dictate my own terms and live the life I want to live without being subject to anyone.

  1. “You can’t build a future with freelancing”

There are many people who made a great career working from home. Some have made millions from it. What some people don’t understand is that they believe that working in a 9-5 is the highest level you can achieve in life. But freelancers like me believe that running their business will give them the opportunity to earn more and build a lasting empire. The freelance life is also more stable unlike working in a 9-5 where you are worried about not getting a bonus or promotion, or afraid of getting fired!

 

Are you a freelancer or self-employed person? Feel free to rant in the comment section about annoying comments or questions people have asked you.

 

 

 

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