9 Habits of Profitable Freelancing: Writing Lots

Professional Writing ServicesIn my book The 9 Habits of Highly Profitable Writing, one of the habits I list is “Write Lots.

When I first thought about writing professionally, I had the problem of underestimating the scale of available work. Now that I’m in my 6th year of writing full time, I have a better grasp on just how much work — and how many different kinds of work — is available for writers willing to chase it.

And you have to be willing to chase it. It’s not like it will be coming to you.

(Well, after a while it will start coming your way…but only after several years of doing the hunting yourself)

In the past six months, I’ve gotten paid to do the following kinds of writing:

  • Ghostwriting on religion
  • Web content
  • Print magazine articles
  • Travel & food writing
  • Advertising copy
  • Martial arts instructions
  • Social media profiles
  • E-books on writing
  • Ghostwriting on international business
  • Presentation scripts
  • Game rules
  • White papers
  • Young adult fiction

In the same time, people I know in the industry have been paid to do the following other kinds of writing:

  • Catalog text
  • Calendar color commentary
  • Travel guides
  • Movie and TV scripts
  • Research summaries
  • Grant proposals
  • Business plans
  • Nonfiction books
  • Fiction books
  • Short stories
  • Brochure copy
  • Flyers for businesses
  • Corporate employee manuals
  • Social media engagement

The bottom line is this. It doesn’t matter what you want to write. You can find somebody willing to pay you to write it.

Go find that somebody.

Get paid.

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