Side Hustles for a Freelance Writer
When you’re a freelance writer, life, overall, is pretty sweet. You can pick your clients, pick the best time of the day for you to work, and all around be in control of your life. However, there is a downside to freelance writing. It’s not always possible to bring in as much cash as you’d like.
If you’re relying on just a few clients for the bulk of your money, then you’re just a couple of small admin changes away from feeling the pinch. But there’s good news: you’re not only a writer. You have plenty of other skills that you can use to bring in the cash.
Check out the examples below.
You’re not just banging keys all day: you’re researching, editing and proofreading as well. As a result, you’ll be a talented editor, even if you haven’t thought of yourself as such before!
Take a look online, and you’ll find that there are plenty of people who need help editing their short stories and articles. Sometimes, it’s only when we read what other people are writing that we learn just how much writing talent we actually have!
Post your services on online classified pages, and wait for them to find you. It might not provide a full-time income, but it will top up your income.
If you’ve been working online - in this case, writing - full-time, then you’ll know more about the internet and how it works than the vast majority of people. By taking your existing knowledge and topping it up with more education, you could become an SEO consultant, which could be considered the fastest way to make money online. You’ll be working with multiple clients, helping them to achieve their goal, just by providing the knowledge that you already have (mostly). And with most companies eager to improve their search engine ranking, you should be able to find plenty of work.
How many words have you written over the course of your writing career? How many nuggets of information have you uncovered? I imagine the answer to both questions will be: lots. But how many are simply filed away, never to be heard of or seen again?
Well, it’s time to get digging.
You could have plenty of content that could be reworked into videos, ebooks, new articles and more. All of these sources could provide added income, and all you’ll have done is given your old content a new lease of life. Just make sure that you still own the copyright to the work.
Manage Social Media
Another great job you could focus on while you are trying hard to make a name for yourself in the world of writing is being a freelance social media manager. Most companies are interested in keeping their social media profiles current and updated regularly, and this is a job that's very easy to outsource for them.
As long as you don’t take on too many clients, you should be able to keep the time you need to spend on these tasks to a minimum. After all, it only involves tweeting and updating Facebook statuses!
You can easily get paid $1 per post or more. I like to do packages for clients, like 30 Twitter posts and 10 Facebook posts for a set price, for example.
Tutor Your Skills
Do you have quite a specific skill set or knowledge base? If so, then you might be able to set yourself up as a tutor. Just about anyone with a degree can do it.
For instance, if you studied English at college or university, then you could offer your tutoring services to high-school students in your local area. In fact, it’s also easy to offer your tutor services to people who don’t live anywhere near you - you can always set up lessons via Skype!
There are also online tutoring service you can join up with. Just Google your niche and "online tutoring."
As you can see then, there are lots of awesome #sidehustles that can help you make a living as you are working on your writing work. Here are 99 more side gig ideas if these don't spark your interest. Which one do you think you will try?