Five-Minute Money: Ten Fast and Easy Cash Generators for Writers

Time Management

You’re a writer, so you make money from your words. Just like everyone else however, we writers are short of time. If you’ve only got a couple of minutes to spare, you can put them to good use.

A few minutes daily can add significant cash to your income over a month.

Here are some ideas on how to make your minutes count.

1. Create an Email Signature File

You communicate with publications, editors, and clients, as well as many other contacts.

Creating a number of different email signature files is an easy way to promote your latest service offering, a product, your social media profiles, or anything else you choose.

Look on these signatures as mini-advertisements for your business.

2. Buy a New Domain Name to Sell a Product

Domain names can be valuable; some are worth millions of dollars. A writer’s business is words, and it’s very easy to create a website. In less than five minutes, you can register a domain name to sell a product, or just as an investment, to resell.

3. Create a New Blog to Sell a Product or Service

It takes less than a minute to set up a new blog on a free site like Blogger.com. Once you’ve found a product or service you want to sell (either your own, or an affiliate product), spend a couple of minutes researching the audience.

Then spend another minute researching keywords and brainstorming titles.

Then create the new blog. You’ve just put five minutes to very good use.

4. Add Advertising Sales to Your Website

It takes less than a minute to add a Google AdSense advertising block to your website.

Sign up to Google AdSense, if you haven’t done so already. As long as you’re getting traffic, you can make money from advertising to that traffic.

5. Contact a Client to Catch up

How often you do catch up with clients? It takes just a few minutes to send a short email message to a client with whom you’ve worked.

Your message is short and sweet. Just say hello, ask how the client’s business is doing, and remind him that you’re available for projects.

6. Browse Craigslist, Create a New Ad

Craigslist is free. You can browse Craigslist for potential writing jobs, and you can create ads of your own too.

Spend five minutes to write and post a short ad.

7. Tweet! Set up a Tweet Cache

A tweet is 140 characters, which is around 25 words. How long does it take you to type 25 words?

You should be able to write five tweets in five minutes. Use an app like HootSuite to schedule your tweets, so that they’re spaced throughout the day.

8. Promote a Blog Post or Three

You’ve put time and energy into creating content for your website or blog. Spend five minutes promoting that content.

You could:

* Tweet the content;

* Send an email message with a link to that content to someone who might find it useful;

* Promote the content on a Facebook page.

9. Answer a Question on Quora

Quora’s a hugely popular site, with many thousands of visitors a day. It’s worth having a presence there. Spend a few minutes browsing, then answer a question, or ask a question of your own.

10. Comment on a Blog Post

Anytime you’ve got a few minutes, spend them reading blog posts in your areas of interest, and make comments.

Bookmark any blog posts on which you want to comment, so you can go directly to a post whenever you’ve got a spare couple of minutes.

So, there you have it. Ten things you can do in five minutes or less, which will add to your income. Got five minutes? Use them wisely.

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

About Angela Booth

Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.