Looking for ways to make money as a writer in 2020? You’ve come to the right place. Writing for a living is very lucrative and it’s an easy skill to learn. Some people have a natural talent with words but truly anybody can be a great writer. All you need is determination and a commitment to continuous improvement. Even the best writers have to keep honing their skills year in, year out so be ready to invest in your personal development.
The best part about writing for a living is the freedom that comes with it. You can choose your working hours and get paid well wherever you are in the world. You can also earn passive income with your writing. Truly the possibilities are endless. If you’d like to make money as a writer in 2020, here are five ways you can go about it:
1. Freelance Writing
You can make a decent amount of money as a freelance writer. There are quite a number of sites that offer opportunities for writers to work on projects. Examples are Upwork and Fiverr. You can also decide to run your freelancing career as a business and seek out your own clients. Every business in the world needs writers. Decide on the rates you need to charge to be successful in business and be prepared to add value and market yourself properly.
2. Social Media Content
Not everybody wants to be bothered with writing social media captions. You’re a writer because you have a good way with words and this is marketable skill. You can offer a service where you write social media captions for your clients and even copy for graphic designs on their pages. Many people are struggling with content for their social media pages and they are willing to pay money to get this problem solved.
Starting your own blog is one of the best ways to make money as a writer. If you’re not writing for yourself, it would be difficult to get other writing jobs. To run a successful blog, you should choose a niche and identify your target audience so you can tailor your content to them. Growing your blog traffic will enable you to monetize through affiliate marketing. For more information on how to start, grow and monetize your blog, check out my post on how to start a blog in 2020.
4. E-Book writing
Do you have knowledge on a particular subject that most people don’t? Then you can write an eBook. To decide what to write on, think about the questions you frequently get asked by your friends and family. What problems do people come to you to solve? What topics do you have a lot of information on?
People need the information you have to offer and you can write an eBook on literally any subject. Check social media and Google to see what questions your potential audience is asking. Find a way to solve their problems and you will make money selling eBooks.
You can also decide to write and self-publish a full book on hard copy, soft copy and audio. Writing this kind of book is a long game and requires a lot of planning. However, if you do your groundwork, you can make six figures from your book and build a profitable personal brand as well. It’s like Seth Godin said: “The book that will most change your life is the book you write.”
5. Email Marketing
Email marketing has become more popular than ever because it gives businesses direct contact with their customers. Social media is great but algorithms can change, platforms can crash and accounts can be closed abruptly. Companies need content to grow and engage their email lists and that’s where writers come in. You can create an email marketing strategy for your clients and specify what kind of content they’ll need for their specific audience and industry. You can then charge them for creating content or managing the entire process.
These are only a few of the ways you can make money as a writer in 2020. Which will you be trying? Let me know in the comments. For more great writing and content creation tips, sign up for my newsletter HERE.