4 Ways to Make Money Remotely As a Writer – Guest Post
4 Ways to Make Money Remotely As a Writer
By Aurora McCausland
Whether you’re new to the world of freelance or not, trying to make a living being a writer remotely is a stressful endeavor. It’s a mix of being in business for yourself, while also relying on someone else for a paycheck, and it’s a hard place to be. You have to find all of your own work, and while there is a lot of work out there, not very much of it pays you what you’re worth. And even more often, you’ll find jobs that will ghost you and leave you without a paycheck after the work is done. If you find yourself looking to diversify and make money remotely as a writer, here are a few ways to do just that.
Ghost write ebooks
Of all of the writing jobs out there, one of the ones that will pay you just a little bit more with no extra necessary experience, is ghost writing ebooks. You can find job listings for projects like this in online job boards as well as places like Craigslist. Just be careful before you accept any jobs like this. Again, you don’t want to do hours worth of work and then never see a paycheck.
Browse online job boards
For a novice remote writer, finding writing jobs through online job boards is going to be your new best friend. Try to find jobs that are within your realm of knowledge, because these things will be much easier to actually write about well. Make sure that you do your research on a client before you begin writing anything. And always set up some form of contract or agreement stating when you’ll be paid and what they are required to give you, before you begin your project. This helps you avoid overdue invoices and clients that won’t pay.
Be a travel writer
If you have a love of traveling and a way with words, being a travel writer may be something for you to consider. One of the best things about this job is that no only does it allow you to work from anywhere, but it requires you to write from everywhere. Pack your laptop, and also your camera(which is often a very important component of your travel writing), and purchase a plane ticket. There are a few different ways to be a travel writer. Reach out to travel publications, and inquire about becoming a travel writer for them. A lot of travel publications will pay for guest submissions, which is a great option if you’re looking for just a little bit more money or something to pad your regular income. You can also reach out to the tourism boards for different travel destinations, and negotiate with them a rate to write travel articles for them. Tourism boards are constantly in need of new content, and it’s helpful for them to get the opinion of someone who is, in fact, a tourist. Being a travel writer means that you’ll need a base camp to write out of, whether that’s a storage unit, a friend’s basement, or your mom’s couch, for when you’re in between destinations.
Blogging is by no means a get rich quick means of remote writing. In order to actually make money off of a blog, you have to spend time growing a readership, improving your SEO, and quite a lot of time creating all of the content that is required to keep a blog running. A lot of writers like to keep a blog on the side, where they make most of their income via paid links from customers and google ads on their blog pages. This gives them the flexibility to write and blog about the things they actually do, while still making the majority of their money through the rest of their remote writing venues. If you do decide to start writing a blog, keep in mind that it will be years before you begin to see a profit off of it, in most cases. In addition, it takes a lot more time and effort than most people would think, so it will be a project that takes up quite a lot of your time. Pick something that you’re really passionate about to blog about, and it will make your life a whole lot easier.