Want to earn money writing? We present to you the greatest list of them all – 80 jobs you can do to earn. It only depends on you how much you want to take on. The list is filled with stuff for everyone so not all 80 jobs will suit you but they don’t have to. A couple would be enough!
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Earn Money Writing – The Full List
Publish a novel on Kindle
This is the way to go if you really want to be a writer. Self-publishing is the best course of action.
Publish a paperback with CreateSpace
Be sure to have a paperback version of your novel so you can increase your sales and revenue. CreateSpace is free just like Kindle and prints on demand, charging you the printing costs once the book is sold.
Publish it as an audio-book
ACX is another Amazon partner company that will record your book for free and charge a fee once the book starts selling. Unfortunately, ACX supports only USA, UK, Canada and Ireland.
Write a novella
As we talked about it, novellas are a great profitable way to earn money and practice creativity. A perfect mash of art and use.
Write a novella series
Self-publishing seems to be all about writing in parts. Be careful, though – some audiences hate cliff-hangers so be sure to research your target audience.
Write a novel series
You might do well with a stand-alone novel but a series featuring the same setting or the same characters will do you wonders. If you can handle staying at one place, start a series!
Write a poetry collection
Unfortunately, poetry doesn’t do so well. Below is featured a much better way of earning money writing poetry. But, if you are only looking for ways to increase your space change, write a poetry collection – then write more poetry collections.
Write a short story collection
A short story is a good way to start, but selling a short story collection is a better way to earn money. Once you pile up enough really good shorts (learn what makes them great) that deal with the same subject or have a connection, publish them together at a lower price.
Write a guide
Kindle is crazy about guides. If you know of something terribly helpful, write a short book about it and publish it. It’s a good way to earn money writing.
Write a list for Listverse
Listverse pays for “Top 10…” lists a flat fee: $100. If you are in a good command of English and can think of an exciting list, submit it to them. Here are the guidelines.
Write content for The Richest
“With over 25M readers & 30M+ video views and growing, join the world’s most exclusive & effective contribution program to get a piece of that market!” They pay $0,5 for every 1,000 views in the first month. It’s a long odd and it all depends on your article. Check it out here.
Run a blog with ads
Running a blog is a way to secure some income as we previously explored, so set up a professional blog for very little money – eHost (affiliate) offers great hosting services for the lowest price on the market – and use ads to earn money writing.
Run a blog with affiliate links
Another great way to earn money from a blog is recommending products you believe in and earning a fee from sales to customers referred by you.
Run a blog on donations
Tougher than it might seem but if you are really good and have a very strong and useful content you could run your blog on donations.
Run a blog with Patreon patrons
Even though content creators on YouTube have more luck with it, there are examples of blogs that run smoothly and earn their fair share through Patreon.
Self-proclaimed kick-ass freelancing platform, Parttimerz is a fairly new site where you could be able to find brand new customers seeking blog posts, newsletters or anything else you can do.
Not as strong as other freelance platforms, iWriter can still be a platform for you. You write articles on assigned topics and get paid if the client likes your article. It can be tough.
One the more popular freelancing sites, Freelancer is a place where there truly is a lot of work. Some of their techniques might not suit you but they are worth checking out.
A platform that suits the most content writers, UpWork is a great place for you to find one-off writing jobs. It is by far the most professional freelancing platform on this list.
Submit columns to magazines
Look up magazines and contact them with a column you’d like to submit or pitch an idea for a column you’d like to write. Columns are still a very powerful form for spreading opinions. If your opinion is in compliance with the magazine’s policies and you write well, there is no reason you shouldn’t get the job.
Be a self-employed copywriter
Copy-writing is a great job for writers who want to earn extra cash and enrich their resume. Set up a small website with a few pages and work on your social media presence. Also, don’t shy from contacting possible clients yourself. Leave your contact info in local businesses and all over the internet.
Submit story-like reports on local event to the local newspapers
If you really want to go locally, contact your local newspaper and write story-like reports on social phenomena, places for visit or anything that comes to your mind. It’s not supposed to be fiction but it can be poetic.
Write newsletters for companies
E-mail marketing is a big deal. Offer various companies to write newsletters for them and charge between $10 and $20 per newsletter.
Write personal stories for Reader’s Digest
It’s a process but if your 100-words true story is really good they might pick it for print publication and you’ll receive $100. It doesn’t hurt to leave a story there. Here are the guidelines.
Write inspirational stories for Chicken Soup for the Soul
A terrific website with a lot of great uplifting content. They will pay you $200 for a story if it’s accepted and you’ll receive 10 copies of the book in which your story appears. Here are the rules.
Publish on Kindle Single
Kindle Single is a great platform for published authors where you write a story up to 5,000 words and have professional editors review it. It has a lot of potential and it’s a crowning achievement on Kindle. But, at the moment they do not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Still, be sure to check the out from time to time.
Serialize Short Stories (sell them on Kindle one after another)
We have a post on this subject and it’s something that works in extremes. Erotica and fantasy sell great, horror sells well but anything else usually flops. Still, it’s worth considering.
If you’re a beginner without a budget for fancy ads, don’t use Kindle Unlimited. Especially if you are publishing a short story – they pay very little on page reads and short stories would just be a bad investment of time (my experiment proved it to be so). But, you can diversify when you’re not obligated to publish exclusively with Kindle Unlimited. So, use Smashwords to increase the chances and get distributed to Apple, Barns & Noble and more.
Sell a Short Story to Carve Magazine
A very artistic and creative magazine, Carve is one of those that I always recommend. To see their guidelines click here.
Sell a Short Story to The Atlantic
Increase Earnings by Bundling All Your Stories
If you sell a series of stories separately you can optimize your earnings if you sell them as a bundle. Offer a discount price for the complete series and get new readers.
Sell your novel through your website/blog
If you have a self-hosted website or a blog you can sell your novel directly without sharing a cut with your distributor. Plus, that way you are directly selling to your readers and you can give them a discount.
Sell short stories through your website/blog
Same goes for stories. But beware, if you are accepting short story submissions from other people then don’t sell your own in the same place. That’s why we only advertise short stories here, not sell. It’s not really fair to your contributors or readers to chase personal gain when you’re building a community.
Submit Your Story to The Sun Magazine
Another great magazine I recommend very often. They pay between $300 and $1,500 for fiction.
Submit your story to AGNI
AGNI pays up to $150 for a short story. It’s a great place to submit.
Submit Your Story to One Story
It is what is sounds like. A magazine that publishes short stories, one at a time. Submit your story there.
Submit Your Story to The New Yorker
A tough one but if you get accepted – you earn monstrously huge bragging rights. There are no reports of how much they pay, but if they publish your story everyone else will, too!
Submit to Glimmer Train
They offer you to submit in two ways. Either to a contest or as a standard submission. Check them out for more info.
Start writing for a comic book
This one is really only for comic book lovers. If you can partner up and are prepared to work really hard of promotion, it’s a nice way to earn money. Also, you can look up places where writers are needed and pitch your ideas.
Ask around and see if your local theater wants a new piece and sell it or ask for a cut from ticket sales.
I know it sounds ridiculous but for a second ignore the Hollywood standard and write a screenplay you believe in – it needs to be fresh, interesting and possible to shoot. There are many places to submit a screenplay – even Reddit has a place for you to submit parts of it and sell it.
Write greeting cards
You realize someone has to sit down and actually write the stuff on those cards! Why not you?
Become a creativity coach
With a good looking website and a nice portfolio of jobs you’ve done, you can easily be a creativity coach. It’s personal and you choose a few people to coach regularly as well as offer private consulting for people who need your help. It pays off nicely.
Become a writing coach
Same as the above but more focused on writing. Walk people through every step of writing their next novel and earn money with it.
Become a songwriter
Poetry might not sell well but song lyrics do.
Become a legacy writer
This is a cool one. Many people (including me) like the legacy concept. They like having family trees and they like having the proof of their existence written on paper (one of the reasons I’m so drawn to writing). Offer to write their biographies and family history.
If you are okay with receiving less credit for the same amount of work, become a ghost writer and offer your services.
Be a personal poet
This is a new channel for poetry and a way to ensure its relevancy. Offer to write personalized poetry for special occasions to those who like poetry.
Be a travel writer
This is a good one as well. People like traveling and they like to know where to travel. So, if you are someone who travels the world, write down your experiences. You can have a blog about it, sell guides and share stories.
Write for Funds for Writers
A website that is focused on ways writers can earn by writing. The don’t accept personal stories (unless it’s a guide on how you achieved financial success) and are only interested in practical tips. Submit here.
Write ‘hubs’ for HubPages
They pay based on the revenue your articles earn from ads. They have a large readership and are the largest website of that kind. See more info.
Write at Helium Network
A cool freelance writing platform you should check out.
Sell content through Constant-Content
Here is everything you need to know about this website. It’s a great opportunity to earn extra cash.
Write for Best Reviewer
Write reviews for products. It’s not much of a writing job but it still earns you money. Here is their FAQ page.
Write for Listiller
Tips and articles are very welcome here. Have a look at their guidelines and submission page so you know what exactly they are looking for.
Write for Cracked
They pay for fresh ideas $100 so bring out the brainstormer right now! Here are the rules.
Write for Pure Content
These people are content marketing experts. Learn about SEO and marketing first and then apply here.
An obvious one. If you can edit, proofread or write on demand, Fiverr is your best option. Of course, clients can be needy and want much more from you but you need to set the rules. Do the basic thing for $5 and if they want you to write the whole book then tell them it costs more.
This is a full career. Start locally and offer to write speeches to CEO’s and local politicians. Look over their speeches and write some better one to show them what you can.
If you are fluent in another language – and by fluent I mean you understand the soul of that language – write translations. I translate from English and to English from time to time. It’s time consuming and exhausting so I can’t make a career out of it – but it pays off. It’s art in itself as you need to understand the meaning in one language and translate the meaning, not the words into a completely different language, culture and mentality.
Write essays and self-publish
Essays sell poorly but I’m saying that about the whole pile of them. Still, if you have a very hot topic it’s worth a shot.
Write grant proposals
These can be tough but if you have a nag for it, offer to write grant proposals, biographies and queries for other people.
Resumes are a small art. People will pay a good price for a better shot to get a job and the difference is in presentation – resumes are a great part of the presentation since they are the first selection step.
Be an editor
If you are experienced enough and have the authority within the community you can easily offer editing services at lower prices on social media (forums for writers) and get the whole thing going quickly. I was recently in a discussion thread on KBoards where an editor picked up at least ten clients when he lowered the price of editing at $100 for a novel (c. 80,000 words). It was a ‘get money quickly’ move and it worked.
You can become a freelance content writer or a copywriter. Find out more.
Write for Cosmopolitan
Cosmopolitan.com pays $100 for essays about college. They’re also using this essay submission as a way to find writers for assignments.
Write for Vox First Person
Vox First Person reportedly pays in the $400 range for personal essays of about 1,500 words. Pitch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write for Eureka Street
Eureka Street is an Australian site that pays $200 for analysis or commentary on politics, religion, popular culture or current events in Australia and the world. They also pay $50 for poetry, which seems to be a rarity these days.
Write for The Establishment
The Establishment pays $125 and up for reported stories and essays.
Write for Dame
Dame reportedly pays $200 for essays. They do accept reported features and other article types, and pay rates may vary for those.
Write for Essig Magazine
Essig Magazine offers $100 for essays about a personal experience.
Write for Narratively
Narratively pays $100+ for essays on specific topics. Check their guidelines for a list of current needs.
Write for The New York Times Modern Love Column
The New York Times Modern Love column reportedly pays as much as $300 for essays on any topic that could be classified as modern love.
Write for BBC Britain
BBC Britain doesn’t publish their pay rate, but there are reports of $350-$1,000 for various BBC sites. Pitch stories with a British slant for an international audience. Download their guidelines as a Word document.
Write for getAbstract
getAbstract reportedly pays $300 for longer (2,000-4,000 word) book summaries.
Write for Lifezette
Lifezette pays $100-$200 for articles on parenting, politics, faith, health, and pop culture. Contact the appropriate editor with your idea.
Write for ClearVoice
ClearVoice is a platform to connect bloggers with brands in various niches, as well as commissioning posts for its own blog. Pay is variable but ranges as high as $250-$400 (from what we’ve seen so far). When you apply, you set the rates you’re willing to accept; then, the platform emails you when appropriate opportunities arise. It’s not a bid site — fees are preset. But gigs are presented to multiple writers, and then the client chooses who they’ll work with. Luckily, there’s no elaborate application process, once your profile is set — you simply reply that you’re interested, and they let you know if you win the gig.
Write for Freedom with Writing
Freedom with Writing pays $50+ for lists of paying publishers. They also pay for short ebooks, so there is an option for longer-form content, too.
Write for Make a Living Writing
Make a Living Writing. $75 – $100 for articles depending on the amount of research needed and the overall complexity
Write for Contently
There are 80 things you as a writer can do to earn money. Be sure to check out those that seem the most appealing. There is something for everyone. Some of these were ideas while others were links to websites to start earning this month.
Good luck and keep writing!
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.