Earning income as a freelance writer is both a blessing and a curse.
On the one hand, the feeling of making money with nothing more than your mind and your words is rewarding in a way few other things are.
On the other, there are times when work seems to dry up, and the worries about having enough to make ends meet start again.
One of the best ways to protect against the unpredictability of freelance writing is to seek out income from unusual sources. Let’s take a look at some lesser known, but tried and tested, ways of making money writing.
1. Ghostwriting eBooks for Professionals
The power of the eBook to put someone on the map, increase their authority within their industry, and make their services more attractive to clients cannot be overstated.
If you spend some time browsing the blogs and websites of leading professionals, you will increasingly see that many are offering a free eBook in exchange for signing up to their mailing list.
Such eBooks are known as ‘lead magnets’ and are a common way for people to grow their audience online.
Many professionals would love to have an ebook of their own – but are unaware of just how cheap and easy it is to produce one.
If you take the time to connect with a large number of influential individuals, and then pitch them on the idea of writing a personal ebook for them, you will have a new source of writing income that would never have been publicly advertised.
If you are hired for the job, make sure to deliver nothing but the highest quality in terms of the book title, cover and format.
2. Offline Local Writing
Ironically, sometimes the best way to do well in the modern world is to take an old fashioned approach to things.
Small, local businesses are one of the best, most prevalent sources of untapped income for writers.
So how do you access this market, and what type of opportunity does it represent?
Simply taking the time to print up some flyers advertising your services, delivering them in person to local businesses and having a friendly conversation can lead to good opportunities.
Small businesses often need content for their blogs, websites and advertising material. Many such small business owners dread having to write anything themselves and will be thankful for your offer of assistance.
Many students, of all ages, struggle with the written aspect of their education.
Often, students know what they want to express but don’t know quite how to say it.
One way to make extra money as a writer is by passing on the knowledge and experience you have acquired to others. Tutoring students in their written work is a great way to make some extra cash while actually making a difference to people’s lives at the same time.
4. Quirky Writing Requests
The internet is a strange and limitless place.
If you spend some time browsing around the net, on sites such as Fiverr, you will soon see there is an endless demand for strange services.
For example, you may come across people who would love you to write a story featuring them as a main character. You might find a hopeless romantic looking for a few lines of poetry to help seduce their beloved.
If you look hard enough online, you can find almost anything – including quirky writing opportunities such as these. They won’t become your bread and butter – but could represent an interesting, profitable piece of variety.
5. Genre Fiction
A lot of the talk about diversifying your writing income through ebooks tends to focus on non-fiction ebooks. This is generally due to the fact that they are easier to write and research.
As a writer, there is no need to place such limits on yourself.
One of the quickest and most consistent ways to get started making passive income through your writing is by publishing genre fiction.
On the Amazon Kindle platform, there are countless readers of even the most specific, niche genres. They are hungry for new material in their favorite style – and will read almost anything within it.
There are two keys to success here – to find the most specific niche genre possible, and to publish prolifically within it. By taking action on this step, you can build up a nice passive income base to protect against any downturns in your freelance writing income.
Don’t Put All Your Word Eggs In One Basket! Diversify!
The key to protecting your writing income is diversity.
Any one area or client could experience a slowdown – by having multiple writing income streams, you protect against anyone drying up.
You know now five tried and tested ways, both passive and active, of boosting your writing earnings and bringing some variety into your working life.
Dave Durden is dedicated to helping people change their lives through online income. His focus is currently on the Amazon platform. He blogs at AMZProf.com.