Writing services are in high demand, and even if you’re a completely new writer, you can make money online. Let’s look at what services you can provide, and how you can go about selling them.
Online writers write “content” – that is, text. Anything and everything you see on a Web page: whether advertising, news stories, product descriptions, or articles, have been written by a writer.
So, even if you’re a brand new writer, you can get paid to write.
There are two steps to selling your writing services, and you’ll perform those two steps every day. Firstly, there’s the writing and secondly, there’s promoting – advertising your writing services so that you get a steady stream of clients.
But since we’re assuming you’re completely new, let’s see how you can get that all-important first sale. My advice is to get that sale any way you can – this sale is worth much more than money to you, because if your buyer agrees, you can use this piece of writing to create a portfolio – a collection of writing you’ve done for others.
1. You Start by Writing
As a writer, you need to get into the habit of writing every day, and it is a habit. If you get the writing habit before you get clients, then serving those clients will be a breeze. So please don’t underestimate the importance of writing every day – 99 per cent of the challenges ALL writers face stem from not writing or not writing enough.
You can solve any and all challenges with your writing by writing and only by writing.
Therefore, start by writing the kind of content you want to provide as a service. Not only can you use these pieces as writing samples, you will also be able to sell them – there’s always a market for articles, for example.
Content you could consider providing includes articles firstly, because not only are articles easy to write, there’s also a huge market for them online.
2. You Must Promote Every Day
Selling your services starts and ends with promotion. Every successful writer divides his time between writing and promotion, it’s essential.
Promotion starts with your Web site – spend time writing your site every day. Check out other writers’ sites to see how they promote their writing services. You can promote in many ways, but the primary way is by advertising.
Every business needs a promotions’ budget, and so do you. When you’re starting out, this budget will be small. As your business grows, you’ll spend around 20 to 40 per cent of your income on various forms of advertising.
Yes, you can use free advertising when you’re new, but as soon as possible, start using paid advertising. You’ll recoup your investment in advertising many times over.