There’s never in the history of the world been a better time to be a writer. You can write what you like. No one will burn you at the stake for your ideas.
The biggest benefit of all: you’ve got the Internet. It’s a virtual world. You don’t need thousands of dollars to rent an office suite. You can sit on your sofa, sipping iced coffee through a straw, with your computer on your lap, and run an entire business.
Use these ideas for writing businesses to kickstart your own ideas. Only you know your special talents, your enthusiasms, and likes and dislikes. Brainstorm. Don’t stop listing ideas until you have at least ten.
Big tip: don’t tell anyone in your family or group of friends you’re starting a business. After 35 years, I can still see the head-shaking and pitying smiles when I told everyone (fool that I was), “I’m writing a book.” You don’t need negativity. You don’t need anyone’s permission, either.
1. Editorial agency: every writer needs an editor
Self-publishing writers know the value of an editor. Unedited ebooks get one-star reviews. If you enjoy reading for a living, and have a reasonable grip of grammar and language, you can edit others.
There are several different kinds of editors. Primarily, book editors/ story editors, who look at the book as a whole, and copyeditors, who edit the copy – the final text.
Beyond ebooks, publishers hire freelance editors too. There’s lots of work for you if you start an editorial agency.
2. Family history business: genealogy is big
With so many people interested in genealogy, you can develop a good business when you write family histories.
3. Promotional items for business: customized and drop-shipped
Although there are plenty of “personalized” greeting card companies, there’s a niche for you. Think beyond holiday and birthday cards, to promotional items for business.
Most of the items businesses give away are ordinary. Be extraordinary. Think of items which are useful, and are conversation-starting items as well. Create some items as samples, and take orders. Companies will stamp the items to order, and will drop-ship them to your customers.
4. Travel writing business: get paid to travel and write reviews
Create a travel blog. Write about local trips. Use the pieces you’ve written as samples to get invited on junkets organized by PR companies.
5. Ebook publisher: they write, you publish
If you’re writing and selling your own ebooks, you’ve got valuable skills for which others will pay.
6. Social media marketing business: use your powers for good
Social media has become vitally important for business marketing, and will become more so. Google’s new Hummingbird algorithm puts the emphasis on “precise and fast.”
Learn social media skills, build up your own accounts, and then sell your skills.
7. Copywriting business: write clever stuff and get paid
Copywriting skills are highly marketable. Even more so these days, with most business’s target markets challenging to reach.
If you enjoy writing copy, set up a copywriting business.
8. PR business: set up blog tours and promote to bloggers
Even ten years ago, newspaper book reviews were important. These days, book bloggers have taken their place. Authors, both legacy published, and digitally published, are using blog tours to promote. Blog tour companies have emerged which book space on blogs for their clients.
Publicists are targeting bloggers to get publicity for all their clients, not just for authors. Bloggers and social media influencers are powerful. I talked about the 1888 Hotel here. The hotel gives a free night’s stay to anyone with over 10,000 followers on Instagram.
If you enjoy PR, you can set up an online PR business to manage blog tours for your clients.
9. Local news website: write up the news and sell advertising
If you’re involved in your local area, you can start your own online news website. Focus on local news. Go to local celebrations and sports events and snap lots of pics. Create a Facebook page for the website.
Promote your site locally. Once your website is known, you can sell advertising to local businesses.
10. Research business: research for companies, and individuals (writers)
Do you enjoy research? Companies hire researchers, and so do authors and other writers. Ask your clients for a link back to your website when you’ve completed a project.
This kind of writing business builds slowly. You’ll become better known with every project you get.
So there we have it: ten ideas for writing businesses you can create. Use this list to brainstorm your own perfect writing business.