The web has a huge appetite for content. This means that thousands of people are making money writing articles from home. Some are scratching a living, but others are making a great income. This is a viable business if you can write quality articles, and can write them quickly.
I’ve been writing articles for websites for 15 years, and nowadays focus on creating content for my own sites, which I monetize in various ways.
Over the years, I’ve seen many writers making unnecessary mistakes. Here’s how you can avoid them, so that you can create a successful business.
1. Treat Article Writing Like a Business, Because It Is
This is a business. This means that you need to have inventory (content to sell), you need to have a place of business (a website or blog), and you also need to make sales. The more professional you are, and the more you treat your writing like a business, the more your income will rise.
Don’t stop writing while you’re trying to make sales. I’ve seen many writers who write 10 or 20 articles, and then stop. They want to make sales. That’s fine, but your initial sale may take several weeks, depending on how effective you are at promotions.
If you keep writing, once you start selling, you’ll have 400 articles to sell, rather than 20.
In this particular business, you’re creating product, you’re promoting it, and you’re selling it. Those are the fundamentals: stick to them, and you’ll do well.
2. Quality Content Is Valuable, So Don’t Give It Away
There’s a huge range of fees which are paid for this type of web content. At the lower end, writers are making $5 or $10 per article. At the higher end, writers make a dollar or more per WORD.
Over the past year, I’ve seen many of my writing students start off selling articles at low rates, and gradually establish themselves until they’re making very high rates. At that stage, they have a list of clients who regularly buy articles from them. They don’t need to advertise, they have more work than they can handle.
3. Got a Portfolio? Your Portfolio Sells
Do you have a blog? I encourage my students to create a blog, because it’s the simplest way to create a portfolio of work. Every post on the blog showcases your talents. Blogging is an extremely low-cost form of advertising, and it works.
The big benefit of developing a blog to showcase your portfolio is that it builds your credibility online. Within a month or two, clients will start to find you via your blog, and will hire you.
The gold rush for online content doesn’t show any signs of slowing down soon. Therefore, if you want to develop a great home business, try writing articles for money.