As a freelancer, it’s always hard to score your first client. It’s often easy to get discouraged since progress is not yet apparent. However you have to keep at it and hustle. Perseverance is key to achieving your goals as a freelancer. In the meantime, you can earn some extra cash as a writer with these 4 Gig ideas.

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-Blog for Publications

A lot of writers nowadays are gravitating towards working for publications as a way to make extra cash. It’s not only low commitment but it’s also very rewarding. You get to expose yourself to a whole new audience and prove yourself to them. This exposure can be very helpful for your own personal brand. If the readers really enjoy your posts, they will then follow your blog and will then be your readers. Once you eventually go full time with your blog you’ll be able to count on these followers as a loyal readers. They will be more likely to buy your services. You simply have to get your cold email ready and start pitching some publications.

-Teach online classes/ Tutor

This is one of the simplest and quickest way to make money especially as a writer. People are always in need of help when it comes to their writing. I get constantly asked by my friends to review their papers and help them out. It gets especially busy during finals’ season. There are many websites that offer these types of services. You can simply sign up and start helping out people for a hefty some. The great thing about it is that you can do it online. This allows you to save a lot of time. This time you can then use to invest on your blog. For example, my friend started tutoring in writing last month and she made 500 dollars for a mere 4 hours a week.

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Forget what everyone has told you about ghostwriting. It is not dead. To the contrary people are more interested lately to have writers help them. It is not the traditional way like ghostwriting for a book but it can be for blogs, social media accounts etc. You can go online and find the websites that render these services. The pay is really generous and you get to work on your creative writing. Think of it as you writing your own blog but only not in your name. I had a friend who had done ghostwriting for a lady that she had met. She told me that they was lucrative and that she had landed more gigs after the lady had recommended her to her friends. It’s a great way to make connections and network.

-Become a Copywriter

Being a copywriter is the next best job as a writer. With the rise of social media so many companies are in need of experienced writers who can write good copy for their website and their social media accounts. So this is your chance! Start pitching yourself to these places and keep updating your resume. You can make a decent income being a copywriter.

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A passion project is not a passion project if it does not involve some sort of hardship. But don’t fret if you keep hard at it with the same drive and motivation, you certainly be successful.

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints


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