If you’re like most people with day jobs, an online income is nothing short of a dream come true. But producing articles for free websites and blogging can be underwhelming and leave you with little money in your pocket at the end of the month.
Sure, there are thousands of writing assignments available everywhere and many writers do profit from them. But these jobs have some disadvantages which can cost you a lot of time and sometimes hard-earned money as well. There are only a few ways to make real money with writing on the Internet – so read on if you want to find out what they are!
1.) Freelance writing
Freelance writers usually work on their own which means that they have to find their own jobs as well. You’ll also need a small author website or blog where you can display your portfolio and from which clients can contact you.
Freelance writing is perfect for those who are very self-disciplined and motivated. If you don’t mind the idea of working on your own, this job suits writer looking to make a decent living with their words.
2.) Academic writers
Academic writers work on a team for online content mills such as eHow, Demand Media Studios or Mahalo – usually producing 10 pieces per day at about $12-15 each (or with more complicated articles even up to 40 pieces per day). The most important advantage of academic writing is that most assignments are very easy to complete. If you have good research skills, this might be the way to go for you – but keep in mind that most clients of online writing services are looking for short and factual information only.
3.) Proofreading & editing jobs
Another great job that can pay off is proofreading texts written by other authors or professionals. Editors will correct errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling of texts following a set of guidelines. For an editor, it’s not at all important what kind of text he or she works on. Most writers make about $1 per page which makes this job fairly profitable if you know how to do it well.
If you speak more than one language fluently, a great opportunity for you might be translating texts from one language to another.
Translating is a very old occupation and although the Internet has made it easier, there are still many people who need written translations – especially those looking for business partners in their target countries or those hoping to export goods overseas.
It’s important that translators don’t just enjoy speaking other languages but also have native-level fluency as well as good writing skills in both languages. Translators can charge up to $0.30 per word.
5.) Blog post writers
An excellent way to make money with your words is by creating content especially tailored for certain blog posts online. For example, if you’re an expert on health care products, you could make a blog post about the best products on the market for people with allergies.
Bloggers usually pay between $15 and $100 per 500 words blog post depending on how well it is written. Be aware though, that most companies online are looking for informative texts only.
So what’s your story?
Have you tried any of these writing jobs before? Please let me know in a comment below! 🙂