The Web offers unlimited opportunities for writers to make money from their writing skills. You can create and write blogs, sell articles, sell reviews and much more. It’s just a matter of getting started and following the simple process I’ll outline for you in this article.
Not a writer? Of course you are. If you’ve been writing email messages and reports for your day job, you qualify as a writer. A writer is just someone who writes.
So let’s look at the truth about selling your writing services online. Here it is in a nutshell: you must have something to sell, and you must have a Web site at which you promote your writing services.
Let’s look at this in four easy steps:
1. You must have a Web site to sell your writing services
If your eyes are rolling up in your head at the scary thought of creating a Web site, relax. There’s nothing scary about creating a blog on Blogger, for example. (Do a Google search for Blogger if you’re not familiar.) A blog is a Web site, and if you can write an email message, or use a word processor, you’ve got all the skills you need to set up a blog on Blogger.
2. Create samples so prospects can see the type of writing services you offer
Your next step is to decide what writing services you’ll offer. As stated, you can write articles and reviews, and these are easy options for you to get your feet wet.
Write a couple of articles and reviews, and post them on Blogger as your writing samples. Your samples should be around 400 words – there’s no need to write long screeds: Web writing tends to be shorter than print writing.
You can also add a “Hire me to write for you” note in the sidebar. This alerts people that you’re open to taking on writing jobs.
3. Add a way for people to contact you on your site
I’m constantly amazed at the number of writers for hire who’ll set up elegant sites and blogs, but totally neglect to mention that they’re available to write for others. Worse, even if a potential customer was psychic, and worked out that this writer was available, there’s no way for the customer to make contact.
Add your email address to your site’s sidebar, and create a “About” page, with a small bio. Add your email address to the bio, too.
When you’re offering your writing services, you must make it as easy as possible for people to both know exactly what you want them to do, and then for them to do it.
Writers are in high demand online, and you’ll be amazed at the numbers of clients who contact you when you make it easy for them to do so.
4. Finally, advertise and promote your site
Your final step in selling your writing services online is to advertise and promote your site. There are endless options for self-promotion online. One of the easiest ways is to advertise on Craigslist, because it’s popular and free.
So that’s the truth about selling your writing services online: you must have something to sell, and your Web site is the venue at which you sell it.