You don’t need an academic degree to make a full time living from writing. If you can deliver content that gets desired result, you can make money writing; more money than the average professional journalist would ever make.
You see many journalists after working for years with little reward to show for it, end up in one or more of these writing jobs that gives their income a boost. The interesting thing is that you don’t need an academic training to profit as a writer in these fields. At first the return may not be a lot. But over time, your income could grow to a fortune. Before I go on to share the 7 high demand writing jobs with you, I want to invite you to subscribe to After School TV to be a part of this community. Also click the notification bell to get notified when we publish new insightful videos like this.
1. Script Writing
Before you rule this out thinking you have to write for Hollywood to make money as a script writer, you need to understand that scripting has a long value chain you can capitalize on. Short is the new long. Today’s consumers want quick digestible content. And your short stories will be there to satisfy their appetite.
For example, there is a growing number of short film producers on YouTube; from comedy skits to documentaries and tutorials like this video you are watching. Over 500 hours of video are uploaded on YouTube every minute and almost 5 billion videos are watched every single day.
To sell your script, you can reach out to video content producers and pitch your offer. If you have a stream of ideas, you can even start producing your own content. If you want to pursue a career in the bigger film industry, starting with short scripts that actually gets produced will help build your track record and portfolio of experience.
2. Copy Writing
Businesses understand that they don’t always have to be physically present to try to convince a prospective customer to take an action that would lead to a purchase. So they rely on written sales copy that speaks to the prospect as though a friend is there speaking to them.
If the companies’ founders or executives wrote these documents themselves, it would be hundreds of pages filled with jargons! So it takes an “outside” perspective to identify key information and write it in an attractive way! That is the job of a copy writer.
A copywriter is paid to write the words used for marketing products and/or services. This include writing sales pages, email funnels, landing pages, blog articles, social media posts, white papers and or case studies.
Despite the name, copywriters are more than just writers. They are writers, salespeople, and behavioral psychologists all rolled into one. To be a good copywriter, you need to learn to master all those elements. You also don’t need any formal education. In fact, some of the most sought after and highest-paid copywriters in the world never took a writing class in their life. Copy writing is among the highest paying writing jobs. Businesses are willing to pay money to someone with the skill to use words to make people buy their products.
3. Article or Content Writing
This is where majority of writers begin their career; getting paid to write articles, and blog posts for different clients and projects. If you are knowledgeable in your niche, and have engaging writing style, you can make money as a freelance article writer working with different clients. Content writers are always in demand. Businesses need content writers to keep creating content that attract visitors from search engine. In our company, for example we often work with tens of content writers.
As a content writer, you must be proficient in search engine optimization to be able to deliver the best value for your clients. One mistake I often see content writers make is being a jack of all trade; accepting any type of job that involves writing. To succeed as a content writer, you want to define your niche and the writing services you offer. That way you can target the right clients and can afford to charge more for your projects.
4. Ghost Writing
The difference between ghost writing and other type of writing is that as a ghost writer, you don’t get to put your name on your work. You write as though you are someone else. In other words, someone else gets to put their name on your work. From books, blog posts to ebooks, whitepaper and songs – there are tones of opportunities for ghost writers out there. People hire ghost writers for many reasons; such as their business has grown so much that they no longer have time to write all their own material or they have a wealth of expertise or an exciting story to tell, but they don’t enjoy writing or they’re not very good at it.
The demand for quality ghost writers has gone so high that it’s now taught in schools as professional program. Because the client owns copyright of the written work, ghost writers tend to be paid more than regular freelance writers.
5. Publish an eBook
Digital technology has made it easy to write, self publish and sell digital books with little hassle. You don’t have to be a J.K Rowling to make money from publishing a book. With the right strategy, you can get your digital book in the hands of readers and generate passive income from your work.
Self publishing your book can be ridiculously cheap or even free if you decide to do all the work and face-lift yourself. As for how much you can make from your book; you can make from a few thousand dollars to nothing. In other words, it’s not a magic bullet. Your book has to appeal to a large audience, meet an important need and reach this audience in a way that compels them to buy and read.
The good news is that you have a lot of control over how it’s going to turn out. You can leverage online bookstores like Amazon Kindle and also create your own payment and delivery system. I’d recommend writing about something you’re genuinely interested in and that a large number of people will also find interesting, rather than just choosing a topic that you think is going to make you money.
6. Product description writing
It is expected that by 2021, the global e-commerce sales will be close to $5 billion. Writing product description or product copywriting offers a lot of opportunity to make money in various industries especially from the ecommerce websites. These jobs may require product descriptions on packaging, websites, buying guides and sale platforms like Amazon or Jumia.
You can get this type of writing job by reaching out to sellers and ecommerce businesses to pitch how you can help make their product description more compelling to increase sales. You can also sign up on freelance online marketplaces to get clients. If you deliver quality job to your clients, you can generate sustainable income from your service.
7. Ad copy
You have seen those short videos on YouTube, and short ad copies on social media trying to convince you to click a link for more details. Writing such ads is a form of copy writing that uses as few words as possible to convey the right message and get people to take action. While this may seem easy at first glance, it actually takes a lot of creativity to say the right thing with few words. If you have interest in advertising and marketing, ad copy writing could be the writing job for you.
Writing is a lucrative skill if you are trained on how to trade it for money. Don’t expect to get big breaks at first few attempts. You have to be in it for the long hull to reap the benefit.
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