While you love writing, you may not be at a place in your creative career where you make a lot of money from your passion. Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to find a side gig that matches your skills and interests. Use these tips from The Pyrateheart Press to find an ideal side hustle for writers and take your career to the next level.
Realizing the Benefits of Side Gigs
Perhaps you aren’t sure whether it’s a good idea to devote time and energy to side gigs. Financial professionals note that one advantage of these jobs is they give you the chance to diversify your income. Another is enjoying opportunities to explore, use and discover new skills. Some jobs may even become your main career and source of income.
Choosing Side Gigs
As a writer, you may prefer side gigs that let you explore your passion while learning more about the craft of writing. One common gig is freelance writing. You can become an independent contractor who writes educational articles, blog posts, landing pages, social media posts and more. No matter which subjects interest you, chances are good that an entity or individual wants someone with your background.
Depending on where you are in your writing career, you could self-publish your work. That way, you get your writing into the market faster, enjoy more creative control and command higher royalties. Before putting your material out into the world, ensure it’s as polished as possible. After all, you only have one chance to make a positive first impression.
If you have a firm grasp on the mechanics or craft of writing, you may like the idea of becoming an online English or creative writing tutor. Not only does tutoring give you a chance to explore and improve your teaching skills, but it also forces you to learn more about creative writing and sentence structure, both of which will help you monumentally in your writing.
Finding Side Gigs
There are plenty of ways to find side gigs for writers. One good option to get your feet wet is to write for content mills. They don’t offer the best pay, but they give you a chance to understand the basics of freelance writing. Once you get used to style guides, revisions and deadlines, move on to something like content marketing as quickly as possible to enjoy greater flexibility and profits.
If you have adequate experience, you can also offer your services as a copywriter or ghost blogger. You may prefer this option if you want to write a blog but don’t have the patience to grow your blog from the ground up, which can take a while.
Online job boards also have plenty of side gig opportunities. With all of them, do your research to see how users like the service. You should know what to expect in terms of pay, customer service, problem resolution and communication.
Understanding Taxes for Side Gigs
No matter which side gig you choose or how you find it, research how to pay taxes as a self-employed person before getting your first paycheck. You do not want to incur avoidable penalties and fees because you didn’t pay your quarterly estimated taxes.
It may shock you to learn how many opportunities are available for writers looking for side gigs. With the right resources, you’re sure to find something you love while evolving as an author.
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This blog was written by our guest, Mr. Ed Carter.
Ed Carter has worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds and incomes. About 10 years into his career, he saw a need for financial planners who specialize in helping individuals and families living with disabilities.