Online writing jobs are becoming more and more popular. With the rise in the importance of search rankings and the increasing ability for people to self-publish, there has never been a greater demand for online writing talent.
The good news is, there is plenty of work out there if you know how to find it. Here are 5 online writing jobs you might want to consider – all of which can be done from the comfort of your own home, or while travelling and exploring the world.
Online writing jobs are flexible and fun
As someone that loves writing, it can be enjoyable to think about what you’re going to write. Because that’s the very first thing about wanting to become a writer. Here are just some of the types of writing jobs that exist, and you can work out which one would be the perfect fit for you.
#1: Publishing your own fiction books
These days it’s very easy to self publish your own novel. You might want to start publishing with a service like Amazon, where publishing takes less than 5 minutes and your book appears on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours. Then, you should think about whether you want a pen name like Daniel Handler and Lemony Snicket’s, or write under your own name. It’s a lot to think about, but also a fulfilling choice.
#2: Start your own blog
There are a few ways to make money from your blog. First up, you can display paid advertising like AdSense, and earn money for clicks on banner ads. You can charge for post uploads, content creation and even get into affiliate links. “The idea behind it is that you promote other people’s products, often through an affiliate network, earning a commission if people actually end up buying thanks to your marketing,” says Neil Patel. Check out his excellent affiliate marketing post on how to get started.
#3: Brush up your skills to be a copywriter
I began my career as a radio copywriter and I still consider myself to be a copywriter on some level, even through now I progressed my career to managing other copywriters and acting primarily as a content strategist. To be an excellent copywriter you need to have top-notch writing and grammar skills, be creative and know how to work well with diverse clients. You might find full-time copywriting work that can be done entirely remotely, if you’re lucky.
#4: Tell authentic stories and become a journalist
I studied journalism at university before it became a dying profession. Where I live (in Australia) more and more media companies are consolidating and slashing jobs, making it harder to find work as a legitimate journalist. However, more publications are open to accepting freelance articles. If you check out my portfolio, you can see work for many publications. Get good at pitching your ideas and dealing with rejection – but once you make some good contacts, you’ll find working as a journalist gets easier.
#5: Write narrative non-fiction
Last but not least, you could also consider becoming a non-fiction writer. Maybe you love to write, but you’re not so sure that you’re all that great at telling a story. Nor do you know how to sell one. But perhaps you still like the idea of writing a book? Then writing a non-fiction book is definitely still an option for you. Whether it’s motivational, about business, or any other topic, or even a research book or something about your life, this could be the exact kind of writer that you want to be.
Online writing jobs can be found – but be persistent
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