Welcome to the end-goal! At the end of the day, we all want to get paid to do what we love. We all dream of that day when we can just walk away from our 9-5, peace out of there, and get make money doing what we are truly passionate about. The American dream is just that, it’s having a career that you actually enjoy.
The American dream is just that, it’s having a career that you actually enjoy, however, it really hasn’t been that easy the past couple years. The economy crashed, people lost their jobs, their homes. They here afraid of the future, the uncertainty of the American workforce. It wasn’t always this way – once upon a time, when faced with adversity, American’s have been known to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and get to work. There was money to be made, somewhere.
But we’ve lost a little bit of that. We’re so content with building someone else’s future, in the form of being an employee, that we don’t focus on ourselves. It’s okay to be an employee, it’s routine to go work for someone else, it’s safer than starting your own thing.
That might work for you, but it doesn’t for me.
Anyway! Now that my little mini rant is over with – how would you like to make money writing?
This is the next step up from being an employee. Sure, you’re still working for someone else, but the rates are highly competitive and you get to work at your own pace. You want to work a couple hours here and there? Cool. Do you want to work 40 hours a week on ghostwriting someone else blog? Sweet.
Freelance is actually a lot of fun, as well as it gives you extra confidence for your own writing.
(Fun fact: F. Scott Fitzgerald used to write for different magazines while working on his own novels. If he could do it, why can’t you?)
Make Money Freelancing:
- Content mills – while fun and easy, they don’t pay a whole lot. I’d recommend if you’re just getting started and don’t have that much confidence. (Example: Text Broker, Upwork)
- Listverse – write an article with at least 10 items and over 1,000 words and you have $100 in you account. They like the weird, bizarre, and sort of occult. So if you excel at that, give it a shot!
- Cracked – have an eye for comedy? Cracked gives about $100 for your first accepted article. It’s a great way to get your name out there.
Write Short Stories!
For your novelist out there, why not make a little bit of extra money while writing your next Great American novel? Take a couple short stories or maybe even a serialized fiction, and publish them to the Amazon Kindle.
- Short story: any fictional work under 7,500 words
- Novelette: between 7,500 and 17,500 words
- Novella: between 17,500 and 40,000 words
- Novel: anything over 40,000 words [Source]
If you wanted to sell your stories on the Kindle, be prepared to work your ass off. Because you won’t have the marketing team of a big publisher behind you, you’ll have to do a lot of legwork. You’ll have to advertise, plug your book – or just simply leave it alone for someone just to ‘discover’.
It’s a lot more work, and while there are a lot of benefits to having a big publisher behind you, I am constantly reminded of a quote by Jim Butcher, the gentleman who wrote the Dresden Files. When asked why he had stayed with his current, indie publisher instead of moving on to a bigger publisher, he responded: “I wanted a bigger slice of a smaller pie.”
Start Your Own Blog!
This is probably one of the best ways to make money, and to get your name out there for others. A place to put your writings, your poetry, your photos, or handmade crafts, a blog has become the new portfolio. Most writers have a blog of some sort and use them to connect with our fans and future readers.
It’s simple, you buy your hosting – I have mine through Bluehost – and your URL. I got rather lucky, I bought my domain name and everything on Cyber Monday so I got a killer deal ($112 for two years and I had my website up and running in about ten minutes.)
Then it’s recommended that you sign up for ads. Google Ads won’t allow you to put their ads on your website until it’s about six months old, so you might have to find alternatives. Be careful, though – some of the ads that you could get your hands on look super spammy and not professional in the least.
Making money from the blog:
- Bluehost – Domain name and hosting
- Google Ads – ads for passive revenue
- Izea – sponsored tweets and blog posts
This page is going to be constantly updated, as I experiment and find more ways to make money. I love writing so much, and if I had the opportunity to quit my job and write full-time – I would do it in a heartbeat.
This is my American dream – to be able to support me and my family and not have to flip burgers to pay my mortgage. I know there is a way for us to live out the dream of doing what we’re truly passionate about.
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What about you? What are you doing to further your career? Do you freelance? Do you write music? Do you write those little sayings in greeting cards? Share with us what you are doing to help advance your career!