Yesterday, I shared five ways to make more money writing. Here are five more
1: Write speeches. Did you know that people will pay for speeches of all types? Write a eulogy, a motivational speech for a CEO or a roast for a 50th birthday party. You can charge anywhere from $25 to $100 for a five-seven-minute speech. Start out by contacting people you know or read about in local newspapers or even on the Internet who are planning celebrations and other such events. Advertise at your website that you write speeches and give some examples.
2: Produce fundraising material for businesses and organizations. Fundraising takes a special knack which is why business leaders and organization directors usually hire someone to write their fundraising materials. If you can write convincing, straightforward copy designed to touch people’s hearts and their pocketbooks, you can probably get work in this field.
3: Do technical writing. The term “technical writer” used to intimidate me. I know very little about computer technology, but I can write simple instructions. And this is all that is necessary in some forms of technical writing. If you can explain in writing how to use a toaster, maybe there’s a place for you as a technical writer. To learn more about this field and to find jobs in this market, check out websites such as this one: http://www.helpscribe.com/2008/01/how-to-become-technical-writer.html Read books such as Handbook of Technical Writing by Gerald J. Alred (and others).
4: Expand your writing services. Article writing or client work might be your forte. But don’t limit yourself. There are a wide variety of companies and organizations out there looking for good writers. Have you ever visited a website that was disorganized and littered with misspelled words? Contact the Web master and offer to rewrite the text. Do you sometimes find mistakes on brochures you receive in the mail? Go to the heads of these companies/organizations, point out the mistakes and offer your services.
Perhaps a local business, your county seat or a historical church is nearing a hallmark anniversary. Propose a commemorative piece to celebrate the event. I once wrote a booklet featuring the history of our largest local water district and earned $3,000 for my efforts.
5: Ask for writing work. When you experience a slow time (and we all have them), contact some of your favorite editors and ask for an assignment. Maybe one of their writers can’t make deadline and they need a fast turnaround on an article. Perhaps they have an idea, but haven’t yet settled on a writer to initiate it. It often pays to make yourself available.
And it pays to do good work. This should go without saying, but I experienced the full impact of this statement a few years ago. I was a regular contributor for an association magazine. When this organization needed someone to rewrite their manuals, my editor
recommended me. This was a major project. In fact, I was paid more for this one job than I earned all year writing articles for their magazine.
In order to find and land unique writing jobs such as these, you must be proactive. Here’s what I suggest:
Subscribe to online writing-oriented newsletters and join online writing organizations that offer job listings for writers.