The Top 7 Ways
to Make a VERY GOOD
Living as a Writer in 2015
If you’ve been daydreaming about making a comfortable living as a writer, 2015 will definitely be the year you make it a reality.
There have never been more legitimate freelance opportunities for professional writers than there are right now – especially when the assignments are aimed at helping companies build their businesses.
Marketing forecasts from Ad Age show that marketers are expected to spend $52.8 billion on digital marketing alone in 2014.
And the Direct Marketing Association predicts all direct marketing expenditures will surpass $190 billion per year by 2016.
That’s great news for you as a writer. It means the demand for professional-quality writing is going to skyrocket across all industries – which means companies will expect to pay you a lot more.
But of all the potential paths, seven of them really stand out to us at AWAI …
1.Direct-Response Sales Letters
You simply can’t have a list of writing opportunities that doesn’t include writing promotional letters for the $2.3 trillion direct-response industry.
Ideal writer: Isn’t intimidated by writing a lot of words andcan persuade someone to take action: click, sign up, donate, buy, etc.
Fees: $2,000 to $10,000 (and more)
Plus Potential Royalties: Possibly 2% to 10% of sales
An inexpensive way for a company or service to develop a relationship with prospects, and position itself as an industry expert.
Ideal writer: Enjoys researching and learning about new things.
Fees: $900 to $2,000 per issue
Length: 1,200 to 1,500 words
3. Case Studies
Short “before-and-after” stories describing how a company solved a challenge with a product.
Ideal writer: Storytellers.
Fees: $1,250 to $2,000
Length: 800 to 1,200 words
4. Online Content
Businesses use content such as articles, blog posts, emails, and so on to educate their customers and prospects with stories, metaphors, and simple advice.
Ideal writer: Strong interest in a particular area or topic.
Fees: $100 to $500 per piece (plus much more if you also develop the content marketing plan)
5. Social Media
Talk about a lot of variety! Writers can craft Facebook posts, LinkedIn articles, comment responses, and more.
Ideal writer: Enjoys engaging with readers.
Fees: Typically up to $2,000 per month (based on involvement)
The budget for consumer email marketing will be $1.1 billion by 2016, adding up to one incredible opportunity to make money as an expert email copywriter.
Ideal writer: An idea machine.
Fees: $100 to $1,000 per email
Length: 500 to 2,000 words
7. Video Scripts
A video script is simply a blog that’s meant to be read out loud. By incorporating visuals and voice, companies are able to share information and build a deeper relationship with their prospects.
Ideal writer: Screen writers.
Fees: $100-$500 per minute/page
Length: Most are 3 to 5 minutes