In the modern world, more and more people are trying to think of different ways in which they can earn money. If you have an email account, you will probably receive messages almost daily claiming to be able to earn you a fortune by clicking a link or joining a website. However, you will soon come to realise that these claims won’t result in fast cash. One of the best ways to earn money online is by writing.
There are a number of websites that you can join, for which you need no writing experience at all. Examples of these are Triond, Helium and Associated Content. These usually pay based on the numbers of views that you gain, which means that the only thing that you need to worry about is how much traffic you can send to your articles. Of course, higher quality articles are more likely to get more traffic, but there is no need for any type of qualification.
Another way to earn money is to start a blog. The blogging world is incredibly saturated, and this means that it is hard to think of something that hasn’t already been done a million times. However, if you manage to get a good follower base for your blog, you have the chance to earn money in two main ways. The first thing that you can do is to use Google Adsense to monetise your blog. This means that they will display advertisements on your page, and you will receive a small amount of money each time a user clicks. Although this is not usually very much, you will find that it is a nice bit of additional income if you have a popular blog. The other way that you could make money is by approaching businesses and offering to blog about their products. Of course, this is only of use if you have a blog with high traffic and can prove this, but if you are able to then this gives you the chance to earn a fantastic income. Small, local businesses usually respond well to this, and some are willing to pay anything up to £500 for a blog if you can be sure that it will generate sales for them.
Possibly the best way to earn money by writing online is to advertise yourself as a freelance writer. This means that clients can approach you to do anything; guest blogs, stories, website content, product descriptions, the possibilities are endless. Throughout my time as a freelance writer, I have been consistently amazed with the variation in projects that I have been asked to complete.
Although you don’t need any qualifications to be able to advertise, you will find that you will be offered more work and will therefore earn more if you are able to show that you have achieved academically. Being able to provide samples of academic writing can show excellent research skills, and showing that you have the motivation and drive to complete a degree will help employers to trust that you will see their project through until the end.
With regards to earnings, this very much depends on who is hiring you, and what you’re being asked to do. Personally, I have taken on projects paying anything from £1 per 500 words to £50 per 500 words, and accepting a higher paid project allows me to accept a few lower paying ones to fill my time, as the prices average out in the long term. Considering 500 words will take me around an hour to write, not including research time, it works out at quite a decent hourly rate. I am also aware that there are projects which pay more than this, particularly if you start branching out to write for magazines and newspapers; although only the minority of individuals will be able to achieve this as it is so competitive.
Ultimately, you will struggle to make a full time wage by writing. You will have to be willing to work for very little at the beginning in order to get your name noticed and to gain vital experience, and the well paid jobs will be few and far between. However, the majority of writers that I know are in the profession because they love writing rather than because they are aiming for a huge salary. If you remember this, and enjoy following your passion, then you should find that the money is an added bonus.