- Academic Writing Jobs: One of the first writing jobs I took was for a university student in London. He had a paper on positive and negative feedback methods in government. This was a real whopper, and it had about 8 to 10 different sources. The guy only wanted to give me $40 for 3,000 words, and I took it because I was new and inexperienced. He ended up never communicating with me all throughout the weekend I worked on the paper, and then acted real surprised when things didn’t turn out exactly as he had wanted. I never did get fully paid for the work. Bastard!
- Website Writing Jobs: Some of the easiest writing jobs I’ve done involve website content. Usually people will be looking for an About Us page as well as some home page text. These jobs are quite easy, and often only run into the thousand-word range. Employers offer more money for these, and they’re happy when you give them a limited amount. That’s all they wanted after all, and now you’re suddenly $100 richer, and oftentimes more.
- Article Writing Jobs: These jobs are wonderful, and short, if you can get good money for each article. I’ve written plenty for $3/500 words, and even less than that when I first started out. Now I command $10 per article, although they’ll often be 500-1000 words. Quality dictates length, after all, and when you write good articles they’ll usually be longer. Explaining this to potential employers is critical, and once you start delivering the first articles, they’ll be quite happy with your rates.
- eBook Writing Jobs: Another lucrative area is eBooks. These writing jobs are great if you can pump out 10,000 to 20,000 words on one subject, and many times much more. Making an outline is therefore critical with these jobs, and I’ll usually start by naming my documents for each chapter and filling them up with research notes from the internet, i.e. copy/pastes. If you can get 10 documents filled up with the research, it’s a simple matter of just sitting down and rewriting it in your own words, tone, and style. And remember, if you’re doing it right, your taking lots of different information from lots of different places to make a final product that is new, unique, and that offers something to the reader. That’s why eBook writing jobs pay so well, if you know how to negotiate.
There are many other writing jobs out there, and you’ll have no problem finding them if you put in a little legwork on the internet. People want to pay experienced, and not-so-experienced, writers everyday for simple writing jobs they think are too complex. Go out there and get them, and fill up your bank account in the process.