How to Make Good Money Writing – Without Any Clients

Nick Usborne

This is the first in a series of five articles I’ll be sharing with you this week.

Across all five I’ll be teaching just one thing – how to make money as a writer without having to find any clients.

Does that sound good? It does to me!

It’s not that I don’t like working with my clients. For the most part I do.

But I certainly don’t like LOOKING for clients. And that’s because I don’t handle rejection too well!

This is a big part of why my absolute favorite way to make money is by writing for myself, and not for clients.

When I write for myself, I set my own tasks and schedules. I write what I want, when I want.

This is writing without compromise. The only brief you have to follow is your own. The only approval you need is your own.

It’s a huge relief to generate an income without clients.

You feel in control.

You just write what you want, and wait for those checks to arrive in the mail.

For me, those checks pay my mortgage, my utilities, and more.

And all with no clients.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a professional copywriter, and I still do client work. But I’m a lot pickier than I used to be about the clients I work with. I can afford to be picky because my biggest bills are already taken care of by my “no-client” income.

I just wish I had figured all this out a lot sooner than I did.

Actually, I wish this idea had been available to me right at the very beginning of my freelance career, back when I felt the most stress about finding clients and working with them.

But that wouldn’t have been possible, because when I started it was way before the arrival of the Web. And without the Web, my no-client approach wasn’t possible.

If you know me, or have read some of my writing before, you might already have guessed where this is all leading.

If not, it’s time for the big reveal …

My no-client income comes from a website I write called

I’m not only the creator of the site, but I’m also the sole owner. I do all the writing. And the best part is, I keep all the money that comes in from the site.

Why coffee? Because I love writing about coffee … I’m a coffee freak!

It’s like a hobby for me. I do it for fun. Really.

And that’s why this is my absolute favorite way to make money as a writer.

I don’t do it for the money, I do it because I love it. But the money keeps rolling in!

I’m not alone. Before this series is finished I’ll be introducing you to several other writers who are doing the same as me, with very similar results. Each has chosen a different topic to write about. Each of them are writing on topics they LOVE to write about.

This is no-client, no-compromise writing of the most exciting and rewarding kind.

In tomorrow’s article I’ll tell you exactly HOW writing about something you love can generate multiple stream of income.

But before you go, be sure to scroll down and leave any thoughts, comments, or questions in the comments box. I read them all and reply to as many as I can!

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Published: December 7, 2015

39 Responses to “How to Make Good Money Writing – Without Any Clients”

  1. Hi Nick,

    I'm writing to let you know how much I enjoyed taking your MMW program last summer. I'm still working on my MMW and want to write more content before I start monetizing it.

    My MMW is Mobile Phones Research and during your site review you mentioned that I should focus more on people than technology. Would it be possible for you to elaborate more on what you meant by this? I have been thinking about it, but I'm stuck with moving forward on my MMW. Thank you.


  2. Aloha Nick! I'm looking forward to your essays this week. I subscribed to your WWebWriter course in recent months, but haven't had a chance to start it.

    I have been fanatical about Kona Coffee for decades, but learned a lot more about it, and it's producers (all of them are small cottage-industry operators) since moving to Kona in 2010. They could use some promotional help.

    Guest (Jon)

  3. I love what you are sharing, Nick. I am ready to get going and create my own site, but am still wondering, how you stimulate the initial traffic? It seems that is the key.


  4. Hi Nick,

    Safe travels on your flight home. I am a youth sports coach in my spare time, and I wanted to create my website around that area of my experience. I have done research on all sports, have coached first-hand in football, baseball and soccer. I live in an area surrounded by schools in the K-5 age group.



  5. I like alternative health care using natural supplements and methods. Can your series help me to find a nitch that doesn't sound like every one else and writing "monkey see and monkey do" stuff? Does that make sense?


    Guest (Blayde)

  6. Dear Mr. Usborne:

    I am quite excited about the MMW program I ordered last week. I have loved the luxury liner QUEEN MARY since the third grade and visit her many times as a hotel/museum in Long Beach, CA. I am considered a world-class collector. I wrote a novel with QM as a protagonist and earned a glowing review from the prestigious PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. I have a website and would very, very much appreciate your input as to whether I can utilize your program with it.

    Real McCoy

  7. Hi Nick, Having followed you for the past 2 years, my interest in buiding 'passive income' websites is in full swing. Diagnosed at the young age of 19 with Type 1 Diabetes, I have a lifetime of trial and errors living with this disease.

    There is so little written about Type 1 diabetes. The emotional, physiological and day to day ways to live happily and physically fit would fill a book.
    Do you think this would be a subject well suited for an income generating website?

    All the best,


    Guest (Tom R)

  8. Hey there Nick. I found it fascinating that you can create an incredible income without clients. I'm kind of nervous about how to start out and get clients but very interested in trying it out as well as doing the no-client idea as well. I think this is a great opportunity for me to begin my journey at a Writer's Life. It means to me... Security and a better understanding of things around me. Thank you for spending the time to show everyone how it's done. I have to have faith in something.

    Guest (Charles R)

  9. I just registered for Create Your Own Money-Making Website, but that is not what came up on my AWAI page...what I see is smart copywriting What happened? Brenda

    Guest (Brenda)

  10. Nick; Great writing. You sound great. All I see when someone like yourself is money, money and more money. If there was a way for a beginner to get started based on commitment, performance and results you would get rich. To many of us with great backgrounds and potential have made investments similar to what you require.

    Writing Success - you deserve it

  11. How do you receive income from MMW.

    Guest (Nyla)

  12. Hi Nick. Just a question: What is the source of income for articles or websites? Advertisers or what? I'm interested in free-lancing but need to cover all the bases first before I engage my time and effort. I wrote for a newspaper for several years and am a retired English teacher...and would love to share my insight on education these days, as well as other knowledge and interests, such as the cowgirl life, desert life, inspirational photos and articles, and various other subjects. Thanks.

    Guest (June Prager)

  13. Dear Mr.Usborne,

    I'm already amazed and thank you for telling us about making good money just by writing about what you enjoy.It's a dream that I am trying to make a reality.How does one build a website? How does one achieve making a good living just by writing about what they love?

    Guest (Tim)

  14. Good evening Nick. This sounds intriguing and I'm excited to learn more. My biggest hurdle t clear is deciding what to write about because I have a lot of interests and its difficult to choose just one. I subscribed to Social Media Writing course and am going through it for second time just to be sure I've grasped the concept.

    Guest (Kelvin Wise)

  15. Thank you Nick!Maybe for you was easy to became a famous copywriter,but for me,I think it's hard to start writing.English is for me the second language and it's hard for me to believe not to try that I can write something well. Thank you!

    Guest (Fatmir Keqi)

  16. Hi, Nick.

    In addition to the technology of web design, I imagine you have to be a terrific expert in whatever you're writing about. What if you know enough to know you don't know enough? Is it possible to be worth yours and the readers' time if you're only a "shallow expert," still learning?

    M Robinson

  17. Hi Nick, I am from India and have just completed the accelerated program. I am a voice actor in five languages Punjabi, Hindi, English, Urdu and Sanskrit. I have a great passion for voice overs. Do you think writing for voice overs can be a good niche. I have the potential to writte how to train your voice, how to get work and how to voice the projects as per clients requirements. Please advise.

    Guest (Mahesh seelvi)

  18. I don't have the money to enter your program - neither the $400+ nor the $347; but I'm a good writer. How can I make the money really quickly and pay you for your writing course? Can you offer me a job.

    Guest (Shahidah Ahmad)

  19. I have been a professional grantwriter for a number of years, but would really like to write on topics I am truly interested in such as cooking, and cooking for people just starting out. Is this a topic area that is saturated? Would it be better to further refine this niche? I am an AWAI member, but forgot my password.

    Thank you, PJ

    Guest (PJ)

  20. How long did it take you to get your website profitable enough to support your basic needs? I have limited time...I am get something going so I would like to know what you think the average time and effort would be. I need to generate $3,000 a month. Thanks,

    Guest (Tom)

  21. Hello nice presentation, nick do you teach classes or lesson's online or offline. or help newbie's like me that can have a begining in the writing filled.

    Guest (Terrence )

  22. Nick

    I am thrilled to read this week's articles on writing for my own website. I've got two topics I feel passionate about that I could write forever about. I cannot wait to read more about this and learn to get started. I am also interested in writing ebooks. I've already started one but its really just in the beginning. Thank you so much. Have a great day.

    Guest (Kim)

  23. Thanks, Mr. Usborne I do really find this enlightening. I have worked on a blog before, though got too busy to keep because of my 9-5 and a few other challenges like getting it hosted, thorough formatting etc. I'm currently a probono Executive Health Columnist on a magazine, I'm still very positive I can do more with my writing than am presently...
    Best Regards!

    Guest (McAbrahams)

  24. I always enjoy your matrerial and find it very useful,keep up the great work.


  25. Dear Nick,

    I just tuned in to your money making article. I to am a coffee freak. I love coffee. I am interested in starting my own passive money making writing website. I am interested in so many different things, and I know so many different things, how can I narrow down just what to do. I have a lot of different interests. What is your suggestion for me. Thank you, Victoria

    Guest (Victoria)

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