If you have an interest in using writing as a means for a career, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start. This is especially true if you don’t have a portfolio ready to show potential employers. You may start to feel overwhelmed and think there’s no way for you to get your foot in the door and start doing any real work. However, that isn’t true. There are a number of jobs that you can do even if you’re new to writing. This article is going to help set you on the right path my looking into a few writing jobs you can do right out of the gate
There are many companies out there who need articles written for various reasons, and not enough writers to meet the demand. These can include how-to articles, product reviews and comparisons, informational articles and even FAQ pages for websites. There are also a number of places to find these jobs, from Craigslist to Indeed to more writing specific websites like Upwork. All you need to do is be able to present your skills in a way that will show companies that need articles written that you are a capable writer and are more than happy to take on the job.
A lot of these companies may want an example or two of your writing ability, which can sometimes be tricky. At the very least, you can create your own projects made to give your portfolio a kick start. Once you land your first writing gig, it’s just a matter of building your skills and your portfolio to help you land other jobs. If you get lucky, you may also be able to find a long term writing position that will provide plenty of opportunities to grow as a writer.
For writing newbies, ghost writing can also be a way to make some money and start up a portfolio. Essentially what that means is writing short stories, articles or sometimes even novels that your name won’t end up being attached to. The person who needs the work offers you a lump sum for the work, and once you send it off it’s usually adopted as someone else’s work. It’s not always an ideal way to get business, but it can absolutely help you build up a portfolio for other potential jobs.
Ghostwriting jobs are often found on Craigslist, but you can also use Fiverr to land a few small jobs to get your portfolio going. That route isn’t likely to make a lot of money to start out, but it won’t be long before you’re done enough work to have a nice portfolio that you can show off to new potential employers who are willing to pay more and provide more work. In a lot of writing jobs, it’s important to be able to show that you have the skills it takes to get the work done well.
If you have an interest that you love to write about, whether it’s fashion, travel, health, pets or even skin care, blogging can be a great way to get paid for writing about something you love. Essentially, you start out by picking a topic and finding a blogging website. You can create your own blog with your own domain, or start out slow by using one of the many free blog hosting websites on the internet. Then, get a little experience in! Start making posts and gathering followers. The more eyes on your blog, the better.
Once you feel comfortable, you can look into an affiliate program for the topic you’ve chosen. Upon joining, you’ll be able to have ads or links on your blog for products related to your topic. Whenever someone clicks on that ad and makes a purchase, you get paid! Eventually, with enough followers you’ll be able to get a decent commission coming in while writing about something that matters to you. You’ll be having so much fun, it won’t even feel like work!
While it may help, you don’t need a college degree to write an ebook. What’s awesome about this path is that it allows you to add another layer to the concept of getting paid to write about something you enjoy. Not only can you write about the same kinds of topics you might blog about, but the world of fiction is also opened up to you. Whether it’s an anthology of horror stories, a romance novel or a book of poetry there is virtually no limit to what you can write and publish.
The only potential downside to this option is that when you publish an ebook, you have little way of knowing how much money it may bring in. It could be wildly successful, or you could end up having spent more on the cover art than the book was able to make back in profits. In either case, the best advice is to keep writing. If something doesn’t work, try again. Keep writing until you get to where you want to be. A benefit is that many sites you may publish an ebook through, such as Amazon, won’t charge you for distributing your ebook. They only take a percentage of the sales. That means the up front cost can be relatively low if you know where to find inexpensive cover art.
Overall, while getting into a writing career can feel overwhelming at first it’s important to know that many of these career options can take time to start rolling in a lot of money. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep at it until it does. All of the options in this article are great ways to start rolling a fun hobby into a potential career. All you need to do is build up experience and a portfolio if necessary and you’ll be well on your way towards being able to call yourself a professional writer.
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