Here’s a truism all writers should take to heart: “If you want to make money, help other people to make money.”
As writers, we focus too much on the WRITING. This is as it should be. However, because we’re so focused on writing, we don’t understand that what’s clear to us, isn’t particularly clear to our clients.
You may be telling prospective clients that they need a blog for example. Blogging has become mainstream. While many businesses may realize that blogging is beneficial, they’re still not sure how that applies to them, specifically.
To make money as a writer, you need to show your clients how your writing will make money for them.
So in the spirit of: “If you want to make money, help other people to make money”, here are five unique ways for you to make money.
1. Affiliate Blogging
Many companies, like Amazon, eBay, and thousands of smaller businesses, have affiliate programs. This means that when you sell a product via your affiliate link, you earn a percentage of the sale.
If it’s a small sale, you may make pennies. If the item purchased is large, you may make hundreds of dollars for the sale.
Many writers have affiliate banners on their sites, but this is an ineffective way to make sales. Consider creating a blog specifically to promote a product. Then create content. If you can get enough traffic to your blog, you’ll make money.
2. Public Relations for Kindle Publishers
Kindle publishing is HOT.
However, it’s becoming very competitive. Self-publishers are busy. They don’t have a lot of time for promotion, however, they still need to sell their books.
Could you help them? If you have experience in public relations, get in on the ground floor now, and develop a specialty in promoting Kindle publishers.
Tip: do a little work for free, to get known. This area is going to be huge, going forward.
3. Content Marketing: Small Reports
There’s money in short reports. Businesses are discovering content marketing, so they’re publishing more content on their sites. However, they also need short reports.
This is another area with huge potential for growth.
4. Blogging for Businesses
As we’ve said, blogging is now mainstream. If you love blogging, you can turn business blogging into a business.
5. Social Media Marketing for Business
Facebook, Twitter, Google+ – it’s all a quagmire for businesses. Help them to sort out the mess. When they make money, you do.
Take action now
Think about how your writing makes money for businesses and publications. Then, when you send a query, or approach a prospective client, focus on showing that your writing makes money for them. It’s ALWAYS about the money.