4 Jobs For Beginner Writers

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In the end, for writers it all comes down to earning some money doing what you love. But writers have a specific skill and it’s mirrored in the name of their profession – they write. Writers rarely write to become rich and famous, the ones that get there struggled for a long while (with few exceptions, more on that later) before getting there.

It’s not really representative to think of writers as if they have nothing to eat and only write next to a candle on a cold, winter night. But no one minds some extra cash!

I’ve been looking for writing jobs for a while and I did my share of writing about things that don’t necessarily interest me or excite me, but I didn’t really have much choice. I like writing papers on human communication, I love creative writing, I adore blogging about writing. But that’s about it.

Now, when in need of money, there are few things you could consider.

Freelance writing is an obvious choice but if you’re a beginner trying to make some contacts and earn some extra cash, freelancing is a great way to start. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend the ever so popular Freelancer.com since they ask of you to pay to have a greater chance of earning money. To me, freelancing should be quite the opposite of that. So, whatever you do, be sure to read ToS (Terms of Services) before signing up. You choose when and what to write (mostly) and are in charge for the better part of it.

Guest posting on sites that would pay you. Listverse pays $100 for a Top 10 list with a twist. But, it’s not that easy to make such a list since the trend almost completely exhausted it’s sources. Funds For Writers is another site that would pay for articles, but they don’t accept writing tips – only the channels for writers to earn money.

Courses are a very attractive prospect for aspiring writers that would like to share some tips on writing. Even though the market is very competitive, you have a fair chance of earning nice sums of money. Especially if you offer a new take on writing and teach people some interesting ways to write. You can self-host them or go to Udemy, Skillshare and similar.

Selling books is your job, of course. But you can always write a book on how you wrote a book. As long as you offer valuable information to people, they will buy your products and won’t be sorry. You must remember that no one wants to pay for things they can find online so be sure to be original.

Those four are the best ways, in my humble opinion, to earn some money as a writer. Don’t forget to write as well!

Author: Mladen Reljanović

Mladen Reljanović is the founder and lead writer at Writer to Writers. He is the author of Oaktown stories, senior student of communication and a pianist.

16 thoughts on “4 Jobs For Beginner Writers

    1. Good for you, I’ve been writing for some time but now I’m focused on blogging mostly and new ways of earning money 😀

    2. While I got started with freelance sites such as oDesk (Now UpWork), I’m currently pursuing the ‘new’ and ‘other’ ways to make money myself. Cheers to focusing on writing about what you actually love to write about and not getting too caught up in the rat race of the job boards!

    1. You could check out Parttimerz (Peregrine is looking for a weekly newsletter writer) – that one is very small still. Upwork is one that I checked out and it seems very well designed and it’s safe money-wise. Good luck 😀

    2. UpWork is pretty much where I got my start. They have a fairly decent system in place. It is relatively secure. I’ve been swash-buckled two times exactly in five years. Both contracts were with clients who had 1-2 positive reviews and a verified payment method with funds in escrow for the job at hand. Both individuals turned out to be committing credit card fraud with someone else’s company card. So you do still need to be careful and vet your clients reasonably.
      You can apply for 30 jobs a month with your 60 free monthly ‘connects’ and they provide space for you to include your resume, portfolio, links to your other sites, bio, photo, skills, test scores (on their free on-site tests) and client feedback- all for free. You have to pay 20% of whatever you make to the site, however. 1/5 of your earnings can be pretty hefty, especially when you’re just starting out. Don’t forget taxes!

    3. Oh yeah, that’s what puts me off at Freelancer. They allow 8 bids and you even have to pay them to take an English test and what’s worse, you have to pay them to make your bid more visible to clients. It’s a total rip-off if you ask me.

  1. Amazing – seconds after I posted this morning about writers sharing their wisdom you had it liked and clicked follow! Your space looks like one I need to keep an eye on.

    1. Haha I was hanging on reader at the moment and liked you title – and post when I read it of course 🙂

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