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Earning a living as a writer is definitely possible, although many beginners find that it is harder than they think. You have to work hard, put in the hours, and expect to be underpaid for a while until you find your feet. But if you have the determination to persevere, you’ll get there. Here are the tips you need to earn money from your writing.
Build up a portfolio
The first thing that you will want to do is to build up a portfolio. This is a selection of sample writing pieces which show off your skills. Make sure that your portfolio is aligned with the type of writing that you want to do. You can specialise in blogging, news articles, how-to guides, fiction, non-fiction books, or anything else that you choose. Find a place that will publish work from beginners, usually without pay, and get your first publication credits. If you can’t find a client or publication to begin with, just write to a made-up brief so you have something to show.
Once you have a portfolio, you can start finding work. There are different ways to go about this. You could search job boards to find a permanent position as a full-time writer for a business which needs content. This could include product descriptions, advertising copy, emails, social media captions, and more. You could also look for freelance work for multiple clients by finding one-off jobs or part-time remote work. Then there are so-called content mills, where you sign up as a writer and take on as much content as you can manage – though you must be careful to negotiate rates, and charge what you are worth, rather than filling your time with badly paid work once you are established.
Start a blog
You can make money blogging in its own right, with adverts and monetised content published on your own site. So long as you’re prepared to work at building a following, this could be a great way to go. On the other hand, you can also write a blog which will keep your website current in search results and demonstrate your skills as a way to bring in new clients. Present yourself as an expert – if you just want to find new clients, you can blog about the art and skills of writing so they can see you understand what you are doing. A blog is also a great way for a fiction author to draw in new readers.
Practice and learn
The only way you can earn more money as a writer is by getting better at what you do. The better your work is, the more it is worth – and many clients can see the difference. Practice often, read advice from other writers, and always be open to new techniques and critiques. As you grow and learn, start to charge more for your work. If your clients won’t pay more, then look for new clients who will. Even when you are a freelancer, you can gain “promotions” for yourself by bagging those bigger clients who pay better. So long as you are consistent, always improving, and never rest on your laurels, you can continue to earn more and get paid on a regular basis.
There are lots of ways to work as a writer, but you will only earn enough to make a living if you work hard at it. With a good foundation in writing skills, a growing client base or army of readers, and a tiny bit of luck, you’ll be able to live comfortably off your writing.