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10 Ways to Earn Money Writing

It's Possible to Make Money Writing Online

Writing is a fun activity to do. Although it may be difficult to make money writing, it is possible to earn some extra cash writing either if be online or offline. Here are ten ideas on how to use the love of words and writing as a side hustle or maybe even a full-time job.

a person writing in a notebook

a person writing in a notebook

1. Stories: there are people who do like to write stories. If you are one of them, you can even make a living doing so. Being an author can be very exciting. You can try to get discovered on sites where you can publish stories. Sites like Wattpad can be a great place to get started on your story writing adventure. You can share your own personal story that is humorous or inspiring on sites like Reader's Digest. You can self-published on Amazon KDP.

2. Poetry: if you really love to write poetry, then you can try to sell your poetry and earn extra cash. You can write greeting cards on sites like Blue Mountains arts. You could start your own poetry writing business. You can also enter contests to earn cash and reputation.

3. Captions and Transcriptions: being a closed captioner takes a lot of listening skills and paying attention. If you can focus on what someone said and can type really fast, then you can try a hand at captioning. You can work for transcription companies such as and You can start your own business. As a transcriptionist, you also have to pay attention to the words spoken in able to copy them on paper or in software. You will also have to type fast.

4. Translations: if you can speak different languages, why not try a hand at translating different written works. Your writing can help others understand what other writers and authors are saying.

5. Speech: writing a speech can be very helpful for politicians and CEOs. You can be penning down great works that will pass on to generations to come.

6. Blogs: You can write blogs about whatever you love to talk about and write about. You can write your own blog or write for others as their contributor or as a guest. You can check out magazines to see if you can submit a writing piece to them or sites like ProBlogger to find a blog writing job that interests you.

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7. Recipes: you can write recipes for blogs, food companies and restaurants. You can self-publish a cookbook, create your own blog where you post your recipes, and submit articles and recipes on food blogs You can submit recipes on sites like for a chance to earn some money as people check out your recipes.

8. Live testimony: If you want to be in a courtroom and also love to write what is happening, you can become a court reporter, transcribing words that are spoken inside the courtroom. You could check out transcription companies to see if they have any legal documents that you can be transcribing or captioning. There are court reporting companies that you can check out as well.

9. Lectures/Notes: You can become a teacher and write the class notes for today on a blackboard, whiteboard or even a smartboard. You will also like to be with people as you will be teaching students of various ages whatever topic you can and want to teach. You can teach online using software such as Zoom or you can teach in a classroom. You would need to see how to be qualified to be a teacher.

10. Manuals, Guides and Instructions - if you like to show people how to use a product or how to do something, you can consider being a technical writer. You will be writing the how-tos from different things such as cars and cellphones. You can sign up to Fiverr or Upwork and see if you can find jobs where you will be writing instructions, guides and manuals for clients. You can also write and self-publish instructional ebooks.

There are other ways to can earn money writing online, but you can start with this list. This list is a means to find out what works best for you based on your interests. So be curious, develop your writing skills by writing and keep writing. Have fun during your journey and good luck.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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