- Who’s a Writer?
- 10 Qualities of Good Writing
- So Why Freelancing?
- Pros and Cons
- Statistics Speak
- 10 Qualities You’ll Need to Succeed as Freelance Writer
- 5 Ways Your Writing Skills Can Pay You
Did you know your writing skills can help you write bigger checks every month? If you can write (of course nearly everyone can), I mean if you can write skillfully and you aren’t yet writing big checks, you’re missing out.
Thanks to remote work, freelancing and the growing gig economy, you can now make a living writing like Carol Tice. Reports suggest there are currently over 55 million freelancers in the US alone, accounting for 35% of US workforce and over $1tr in earnings.
Whether you decide to go full time or write part time as a side hustle before going full throttle, this article will show you 5 ways your writing skills can pay you.
So if you’re ready to learn how to earn with your pen from 5 of the areas I’ll list out in this post, take your position, a pen and a paper, and let’s do this, but first
Who is a Writer?
A writer is simply someone who can write, even people who can’t read can write. A professional writer on the other hand is anyone who has received some form of training in the art of writing. Some others appear to have an innate gift of writing.
Whether inborn or learned, below are some
10 Qualities of Good Writing
- Captivating headlines, topics
- Perfect grammar, and structure
- Correct punctuation
- Zero or minor typographical errors
- Balanced use of figures of speech
- Educative, informative
If your writing possesses these qualities and more, you’re about good to go.
So, Why Freelancing, You Ask?
I’ll attempt to answer this with the following pros and cons of being a freelance writer
- You’re your own boss
- Work at your pace
- Work at your place
- Set your rates
- Unlimited earning potential
- Vacation wherever, whenever
- Zero commute
- Need to constantly push self
- Laziness, procrastination
- Distractions like TV
- Paucity of jobs
- Responsible for your medicals, retirement, etc
- Carrying work into leisure
- Sedentary lifestyle, etc
Now let’s hear
The following infographics from a 2015 study lend more ink to freelance writing:
Age, Sex and Education of Freelance Writers
From the image above we see that millennials within the 25-34 yrs age bracket form the bulk (32%) of freelance writers.
Reasons People Freelance
82% of respondents cite the ability to work wherever, whenever and on whatever they want as the biggest influencing factor.
Freelance Clients and Earnings
81% say pay is the most important determinant when applying for a writing job.
10 Qualities You’ll Need to Succeed as a Freelance Writer
Make no mistakes about it, freelance writing requires work on your part but the benefits are huge.
You’re more likely to succeed at freelance writing if you’re
- Able to meet deadlines
- A self-starter
- A go-getter
- A good marketer
- A good negotiator
- Patient, etc
If these sound like you, then proceed to learn how to earn with your writing skills.
5 Ways to Earn With Your Writing Skills
Copywriting is a highly specialized form of writing. It is the art of writing copy that converts. Writing that is able to make readers carry out any desired action.
Persuasive copywriting is used in direct response emails, newsletters, ads, sales copy, you name it. Businesses of all kinds depend heavily on copywriters for company name ideas, taglines, campaign naming, advert copy, promotional content, etc.
2. Social Media Writing
Social selling requires tact, in order not to cross the line and piss users off with overly business or marketing content.
To achieve this, smart businesses use engagement by creating digital touchpoints for B2C style interactions that feel like natural C2C exchanges.
From posts, to comments, ebooks, audio, videos etc, businesses now employ various avenues for natural interaction with customers. All of these require well written and engaging content.
3. LinkedIn Profile Writing
With over 467m users LinkedIn is the biggest professional network yet. A well written LinkedIn profile stands you out of the pack as a true professional and can bring big business your way.
However, not all users have the time or know how to create truly professional profiles for self or business. For this they require writers like you.
4. Blogging/Content Marketing
Content marketing is a tested and trusted inbound marketing strategy employed by smart businesses to grow profits.
Of course, content is at the heart of every content marketing strategy, for which businesses require writers to create blog posts, e-books, white papers, case studies, press releases, newsletters, video scripts, etc.
5. Grant Writing
Charities across the world depend on goodwill donations and grants to function. Part of the process of securing this funding involves applying for grants.
Copywriters who can help charities get funding approval by writing professional grants are in high demand. If you’re one such writer there’s a good chance of landing regular, well-paying gigs.
How Much Do Writers Earn on Average?
This depends on a number of factors like expertise, industry and experience.
In addition to the report cited above, here’s the summary of Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for Writers and Authors.
In any case, join a professional group of freelance writers and carry out your own due diligence to ascertain that freelance writing is right for you. Start it as a side hustle and go full throttle only after careful evaluation of risks and rewards.
If done rightly writing can indeed help you write even bigger checks.