In many ways, it’s a wonderful time to be a writer: writing jobs are plentiful. Of course, there are challenges.
You can tap your fingers to the bone, struggling with jobs which pay $5. Or less. If this happens, you’re too busy writing to focus on finding writing jobs which pay well.
Perhaps you’re aware that the best jobs aren’t advertised. But did you know that you can create your own?
Create your own writing jobs: get creative
Here’s the thing. No one, including business owners and marketing directors, thinks in terms of “writing” as essential to their business. Writing only matters to writers. People and companies have problems; they want fixes.
Often, they don’t see their own problems. Or they see a problem, but fail to consider that a writer could help.
In Get Paid To Write: “What’s It Worth?” Charge According To Value, I mentioned that:
… when I looked at the weird and wonderful things I could write… names, titles, and slogans… I didn’t charge for them; I’d start thinking aloud, my listener would grab an idea, and hey presto—they received a valuable service for free.
You can create your own writing jobs when you spot solutions.
In our new program, Weird, Wonderful (And Easy) Ways To Increase Your Writing Income Today, we look at FAST ways to increase your writing income. Not by writing more, or by getting more clients.
It’s by paying attention to ideas. All writers are ideas people. Many writers (sadly) stifle those ideas.
You’re an ideas person: find problems
In Weird, Wonderful (And Easy) Ways To Increase Your Writing Income Today, I suggest ways you could do this.
Try using your phone to take photos when you’re out and about:
Perhaps you’ve taken your car into a large vehicle repair business… While you’re waiting, look at the waiting room. What advertising does the business display? Are there leaflets and cards for customers to take with them? (Take a quick photo of these.)
Chat with the receptionist, or with the person handling your car.
Everyone has a story, and everyone has challenges.
Later, study the photos. Check the website of businesses you visit. Getting ideas?
No one pays for writing. People pay for solutions.
Become an ideas person: create your own weird and wondering writing jobs
Check out Weird, Wonderful (And Easy) Ways To Increase Your Writing Income Today. You may just fire up your creativity, and create the best-ever writing jobs for you.
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Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.