The Benefits of Writing
If you want to make money online, writing is the most lucrative of all pursuits.
Personally, I love selling clothing on eBay and used books on Amazon. But writing is becoming my main focus for a few reasons.
Finding things to resell is a fun treasure hunt. But it can also be time consuming. I can easily spend an hour or two in each Goodwill, scanning the shelves and clothing racks for valuable finds.
The nice thing about writing is you can do it right from your apartment, house, or anywhere.
But, the main reason I like writing and self-publishing is once you write it and put it on the internet, it’s there forever (for as long as the internet lives).
When I sell things on eBay and Amazon, I need to go out and find each physical thing.
It’s true that when you first start you can easily make a grand or two profit on eBay by selling stuff around your house.
But once you sell everything you wanted to get rid of, then you need to learn how to find profitable things to flip- it took me a couple months to figure out profitable brands and other things to sell.
But I was obsessed. I would go to Goodwill everyday (sometimes twice a day) for a couple months and spend hours looking up different items on my phone to see how much they were selling for.
I love reselling, but I can understand why most people don’t want to get involved in it. You need to know what is profitable and what is worthless and then you need to deal with physical inventory which can be overwhelming and takes up room.
This is why writing is the best thing to pursue online- it can be done from anywhere, there’s no startup costs, you don’t need to deal with physical inventory, and one product (like an ebook) can sell multiple times.
And if you can read this, then you have a good enough grasp of the English language to make money online with writing.
How to Make money?
For beginners (like myself) I think Amazon Kindle is the best place to publish your writing. And erotica is the easiest thing to write.
It’s free to make a Kindle account and free to publish books.
The normal selling price for an erotica short story is $2.99, and you get to keep 70% of this as commission (so ~$2.1), while Amazon takes the other 30% as their cut.
I don’t know about you, but being able to publish a story on the largest marketplace the world has ever known is worth this 30%.
3 years ago, when I first started making money online, I read a lot about freelance writing from some popular blogs.
I decided to give this a shot, so I made an account on Upwork and did some freelance writing. Over the course of 4 months I made a little over $1000 with only a couple hours of work a week.
The more experience and reviews you have, the more you can charge people for your services on a freelance website. But, when you’re first starting out you should go for the $5 jobs- These usually entail writing a short review of a product, or summarizing an article.
This way you can get some quick positive reviews and then start charging more for your services.
The first project I did on Upwork was to read an article about the Phoenix airport and then to summarize the different food choices available there. It took me 20 minutes, and I got paid my first $5.
If you start a blog to make money, it’s (likely) going to be a long-term project.
In How to Make Money Blogging the author shows a graph that represents the timeline that it takes most people to start to make money with their blog. The average time frame was about 2.5 years until people started making a few hundreds dollars or more a month.
Obviously, this isn’t a fact. Maybe you’ll start a blog (or niche website) and it’ll be making you a thousand dollars a month within the first couple months. This hasn’t been my experience, but I’m sure it’s been done.
So, I don’t know much about this sphere, but hopefully, sooner rather than later, I’ll have a better idea.
When I first heard this term, I was confused. I thought it had something to do with copyright laws.
But copywriting just means writing to sell. The whole purpose of writing copy is to sell something.
I’ve read several books about ad copy, and although I have yet to have the opportunity to use it in my business, the books made my overall writing better.
Ad copy stresses a few things:
- Be clear. People want to know about the benefits of your products more than it’s features.
- Use Right-Brain words. Left-Brain is the analytical, logical part of our brain, while the Right-Brain is said to be creative and informal. Right-Brain words flow together better.
- Short sentences seem powerful. While longer sentences come across as more informal, conversational and laid back. Know when to use each.
My knowledge is still very limited in this sphere, but it’s been helpful to learn about the psychology of writing to sell.
Why 1000 words?
People spend millions of dollars on the internet everyday.
But, you can’t get any of this pie without putting your words out there.
It’s hard to get started writing if you’ve never written anything online before. Whether it’s freelance writing, a blog, copywriting or self-publishing, all of these avenues require creativity and hustle.
That’s why 1000 words a day is the perfect goal. With this many words, you’ll fill up a few pages each day, and seeing your progress is the best way to stay motivated. Also, with 1000 words a day you’ll be forced to evolve and develop as a writer.
I can usually write this many words in 45 minutes to an hour, as long as I’m enjoying what I’m writing.
I’ve found I need to set aside at least an hour to write. Because It takes a little while to warm up and get in the flow.
Setting aside four, 15 minutes time blocks isn’t nearly as good as an hour straight. There’s always a time cost to shifting activities, so by the time you’ll find your flow, the 15 minutes will be up.
If you’re doing any form of creative writing than you should either enjoy what you’re writing about, or have fun with it.
There’s absolutely nothing worse and more obvious than reading half-assed writing.
Even if you’re writing something as silly and ridiculous as erotica, you need to have fun with it. If it feels like a chore to write, then it’ll be a chore for the reader and they’ll probably drop your story.
There will be times when you don’t feel like writing, but if it’s always a chore, then maybe you should find a new hustle (like t shirt design!).
But, writers block is an inevitable thing that happens to everyone.
If you decide to write a little bit everyday, there’re going to be times when it’s the last thing you want to do.
I can procstrinate all day if I don’t feel like writing.
Like going to the gym, the hardest part is getting there. If you can just sit down with your laptop (or pen and paper if that’s your thing), then you’re likely going to write something.
When I have no motivation to write, I think towards the future and envision what I want to accomplish. My main goal right now is to break $1,000/ month with Kindle, so that means I need to write everyday.
But, if you miss writing for one day, one week, one month or longer, don’t beat yourself up.
Remember the Chinese saying:
The best time to write was yesterday. The second best time is today.
The Pen vs. Sword
With the rise of digital media, social media and artificial intelligence, surely writing is almost an archaic art?
Call me biased, but I think writing is more powerful than ever before.
After all, the literacy rate has never been higher, and the main currency of the Internet is words. (As the author talks about in WebCopy that Sells).
Communication has never been so dependent on the written word. Even simple things like texting, tweeting and posting on Reddit are all done with the with writing.
But, with the media insanely biased on both sides, and with our outrage culture, it’s easy to grow bitter and disenchanted with modern life.
Call me delusional, but just as there has never been a more powerful time to be a writer, I think there’s also no better time to be alive.
Unbelievable opportunities await anyone who decides to go forth and start a venture.
And writing is one of the best ways to do it- Anyone (who is literate) can do it, it’s lucrative, and the world has never been so dependent on the written word.
What do you think? Is writing as lucrative now as it was in the past?