Weddings can be big business for professional writers (that’s YOU). Let’s look at how you can write to sell.
Want to write to sell? Did you know that you can make fast writing sales — that is, create and sell something in under an hour? You can do that, if you like. ANY writer can do that.
Here’s what holds writers back: a lack of determination and imagination. I created our Memories training to help you with that — to ensure that you USE your own life, your creativity, and your imagination, to make sales NOW.
Get imaginative, and consider these ten short projects which you can sell any day of the week. There are many more… pay attention. Make it your mission to SELL your writing, and you will. It’s a “sales” mindset.
You can write to sell…
1. Reviews: Anything and Everything (Start With Websites.)
You can review anything you like. Start with websites. Websites, small and large, LOVE to get site reviews. They pay for them too. Indeed, there are entire companies set up to provide site reviews. Just do a Google search for “get website reviews”, and you’ll come up with companies like Review Me.
Tip: you’ll make more money if you approach websites yourself, and offer them a review, most websites aren’t even aware that they can get reviews. You can just write the review, but if you publish the review on your own website, or another websites, you’ll make more money. You can write 300 words about a site, and can get paid $1 a word. (That’s $300 for less an an hour’s work.)
Everyone who’s selling something LOVES a review… Use your imagination. You can review anything, and you can often get paid for your opinion… and speaking of opinions…
2. Op-Ed Pieces: Speak Your Mind.
Got an opinion? Share it. Many websites pay for opinions. If something bugs you, pleases you, or makes you think: write about it. With a little thought and digging, you can get paid.
Remember that companies pay for opinions too. They call them focus groups… Consider yourself a focus group of one, and get opinionated. 🙂
Tip: be constructive. I wrote for computer magazines for many years, and often did reviews. However, I refused to do a review if I didn’t like the product at all. If the product’s good points didn’t outweigh the bad by a big margin I passed on the review.
3. Presentations: Edit Them, or Create Them, or Turn Them Into Web Content.
If you’ve ever worked at a corporation, you know that everyone does presentations. Many are truly horrible.
Here’s why companies will hire you if they think you can help with their presentations: they’re important. Pitch presentations can bring in millions of dollars’ worth of business.
Become a presentation guru, and your hourly rate will make your eyes water, and your friends green with envy.
4. Event Materials.
Google “event company.” Events need a huge amount of material, including website content, letters, speeches, and invitations.
Most event materials will take you less than an hour to create, and pay well. Indeed, if you’re helping out at the last minute, they pay VERY well. (Charge a premium for your services if another writer lets the co-ordinator down.)
Tip: for event materials, think in terms of $1 a word. You’ll get it. This is a huge market that most freelancers miss. As an independent writer, you have an advantage over an agency — you’re nimble. You can deliver FAST.
5. Greeting Card Verse.
Many writers make a career out of writing greeting card material. If you approach companies which publish cards, this is a very competitive area, but it’s fun and lucrative if your mind works that way.
Consider writing PERSONAL greeting card materials — that is, greetings for individuals and for businesses. Businesses need to send out greetings too. You’ll get best results if you advertise your services before major “greeting” days of the year — Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day etc.
Tip: create some sample cards. You can use Canva.com or Picmonkey.com to create samples quickly.
6. Tell Customer Stories (on Websites.)
In these days of social media, businesses need to tell customer stories and case studies. However, this takes time. If you offer to relieve a business of the chore of contacting customers and interviewing them, then writing up customer stories (briefly) you’ll get paid very well.
Tip: ASK. I nag writers to communicate, because it’s the only way to get results. Who will know what you have to offer if you don’t communicate it?
7. Newsletter Snippets.
Businesses send out email blasts and newsletters, often unwillingly, even though it increases business. You’d think this would make businesses excited about their company publications, wouldn’t you? You’d be wrong, because it takes time and energy to compile a publication.
Tip: Pay attention to what you receive from companies. Who sends out email messages or newsletters? Contact these companies, and offer to do short pieces for them.
8. Wedding Speeches and Announcements.
This is a fun market, and no one will blink if you charge $1 a word or more for wedding-related material. Weddings are big business.
Tip: Be imaginative and proactive at getting these gigs.
Check out the engagement notices in your local paper, and offer your services. Call wedding photographers. Leave flyers at local wedding boutiques, florists, catering companies — anyone and everyone who has anything to do with weddings.
9. Love Letters.
Did you know that there are businesses devoted to crafting love letters? Who knew, right? Here’s one.
If this kind of thing appeals to you, you can charge whatever you like for these kinds of personal communications.
Tip: There’s a market for this kind of thing, and considering the rocky road most romances travel, it’s a big one.
10. Small Simple Stuff: Menus, General Letters, and Jokes.
Keep an eye out for SHORT simple stuff which you can create, or which you can improve.
One of my best friends can’t help herself. If she’s in a restaurant, she’ll tell the owner how to improve his menu. She writes to companies to tell them their packages or letters stink. She sells jokes to local entertainers.
She has a great writing business because she’s always looking for communications which can be improved. Of course, she finds them. She’s one of the busiest writers I know. She charges by the project and her hourly rate is $300 an hour.
Tip: Get proactive. Follow through on your ideas. Sure, some people will say NO to what you offer. But if you’re making $300 an hour, you’ll start to believe in the numbers.
So there you have it. Ten fast writing sales you can make any day of the week. “Memories” training will boost your creativity and open your eyes, so you can SEE these kinds of gigs, and take advantage of them.
Have fun. 🙂
Update: June 7, 2014
I wrote this article over a year ago, and updated it because writers who are making $20 an hour keep telling me that “my clients won’t pay more”. You need to be proactive, and imaginative… and determined to get great clients. They’re out there, waiting for you to contact them… 🙂
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