How to Make Money from Writing: A Quick Guide to Success
Making a living from writing can be a pleasure holiday or a nervous mess. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it as a writer in today's world. However, with the right tools and information, it's definitely possible!
In this blog post, we'll use Jasper as an example to show you how to make money from writing.
Jasper is a full-time AI assistant who has helped us create a basic income from writing. Let's take a look at how you can do the same thing!
Inside this article...
Ok so what is Jasper then?
Jasper is a content writing tool that can help you write better, faster, and with less stress.
It's perfect for freelance writers or anyone who wants to improve their writing skills, whether they're a beginner or an experienced writer.
Not only can Jasper help you make money writing online, but he's also a pretty darn good wordsmith... (and an up-and-coming zen master at research!)
As well as writing articles, he can also smash out...
- Blog post outlines
- Perfect headlines
- Facebook ads and content
- Amazon product descriptions
And that's just the tip of a very deep iceberg...
Here's an idea of what he's capable of...
NB: Test run 10,000 free words here to start using Jasper.
Jasper is particularly good at writing on subjects that would normally take hours (days?) trawling through the internets to research...
What's so great about an AI assistant?
As an AI assistant, Jasper offers a number of advantages over outsourcing. First, it's way more affordable. You can get the same or better results for a fraction of the cost.
Let's take a closer look on that...
- Price for outsourcer (ie; Upwork freelancer) = approximately $30.00 per article.*
- Cost of using Jasper (boss mode which equals multiple articles) = $59.00 a month.
* Plus time to put the writing job up, check out different writers, assess work...
Second, Jasper is faster and more accurate than most outsourced workers.
Sure, you'll still need to fact check the content Jasper creates, but you'd do this with your freelance writers too.
As for speed of production, Jasper wins hands down. He has this marvellous ability to source content right now, and all it takes is a few well directed commands!
Thirdly, you have complete control over the work that is done. With outsourcing, you often have to wait for someone else to approve and sign off on your work.
With Jasper, you're in charge from start to finish! (Why they call it boss mode?)
As we've spent way, way too much on outsourcing writing projects, when we saw how freakin' fast Jasper could deliver content, we didn't hesitate to jump on board!
Does an AI assistant save you time?
Of course, you still need to learn the ropes with Jasper. But you can start quickly and easily, just by using simple commands.
A command is where you tell the AI assistant what to write.
An example command might be: Write some pointers about what makes a dog grooming business different and unique to others.
Jasper immediately scurries off into the wilds of the internet and sources content that is a good match.
A bit like this...
If you're a freelance writer focused on making money writing then you might want to consider Jasper as a 'future investment' - especially in terms of research time saved.
Why? Because he'll kick-start your writing jobs (or projects) with a vengeance.
Mix your writing skills with his clever AI abilities to do quick research, and you can really make life a LOT easier for yourself!
Just remember, you can command him to go get content on any subject under the sun!
This means any of those writing jobs you have can be smashed out much quicker.
But how can you use Jasper to start making money online?
How to use Jasper to make money writing?
Are you ready to get paid to write?
Here are some of the ways you can use Jasper to make money from writing:
1. Use Jasper to improve your writing skills...
Once you've mastered the basics of using Jasper, you can produce high-quality content quickly and easily. This makes you more attractive to potential clients, and may lead to increased earnings too.
2. Use Jasper as a proofreading tool...
Even the best writers make mistakes sometimes, but with Jasper's help you can catch errors before they go out into the world. This will give your work an extra level of polish and professionalism that clients will appreciate.
3. Use Jasper as a research tool...
Working on a project? Jasper gathers information quickly and easily so that you don't have to spend hours trawling through websites and articles. This saves you time so you can focus on what's important - creating great content!
You can also use Jasper...
- To research and plan potential guest posts
- Content marketing projects
- For freelance writing gigs / guest blogging
- Personal essays
- Technical writing (etc)
You still need to grasp how the AI tool works. Plus you'll need to factor in how technical, complex or simple your article needs are... What writing niche you're in, etc.
How we get paid to write
Maybe it's not normal, but we do actually get paid to write, and you can too.
Our process is (somewhat) easy to implement, but it does take some grind and legwork.
It roughly functions like this...
- What can you offer? (Ie; SEO (search engine optimisation) or blog posts and articles on a topic)
- Search out people who run a small business and could use help with reaching more customers (ie; use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc).
- Find out what they are struggling with (it's usually needing more traffic to their products or services or website!)
- Approach them with your offer (use Messenger or email, any tool can work)
- Your offer can be to write a free initial article and if they like it the cost is $X.
- Get to know them and help them. Send invoice.
We initially offered a SEO service to the client, but... it's a tough call to do SEO for clients, especially if they are not willing to partake in their side of things!
Then we boogied-down into the glamorous world of writing articles... to be specific, keyword optimised articles (we use UberSuggest and Surfer SEO to help us percolate that!)
So the day to day tools we use for that are:
- UberSuggest (free version is perfect for vast majority of us)
- Surfer SEO (has a monthly cost / there are probably free versions that do similar / you may not need to use this tool either. See image below)
- Jasper AI which we recommend for keen freelance writers with an eye on the future
That's it in a nutshell!
We use Jasper to help us complete the articles... seeing as he probably knows better than us (and is a ripper at research!)
Right off the top he knocked out a 1000 word article (for the client) in 20 minutes or so.
We add images (Pixabay is free), make sure it's well written (edit and tidy up), then post the published article on the client's website... and invoice him every month.
Can you really make money from writing?
Everyone wants to know can you really make money from writing online...
You can, but...
It involves way more than just using good ol' Jasper to write articles for you.
You need to get good at creating things that people want...
In our case... we use Jasper as a starter to hammer out the overall concept (title, outline etc) of a blog post... and also to dig deeper into the 'meat' (supporting content) of the article.
Let's ask Jasper to show us, shall we?
We'll give him this command...
> Write a paragraph about can you really make money from writing using an AI tool like Jasper.
Jasper then teased us with...
Can you really make money from writing using an AI tool like Jasper? The answer is a resounding yes! Jasper is an amazing AI tool that can help you write better content, faster. Not only will Jasper help you improve your writing skills, but he can also help you make more money from your writing. How does he do this? By helping you to produce high-quality content quickly and easily. With Jasper by your side, making money from writing is now easier than ever before!
Might not change your life, but...
With some tidying up... could be a great self publishing starter!
What writing services to offer?
There are freelance writers out there that would love to get paid to write.
And in our case we're not writing super scientific, technical articles either, although, with Jasper's help, we could...
But what you could do is offer writing services like guest blogging (for a particular niche), or build out a writing portfolio, content marketing, or so on.
You could also offer...
We started out doing SEO for a client who we found through Facebook.
The client has a first aid related website so we offered to write articles in this area. Yep, there's a gazillion niches out there...
Use your genius writing skills to help businesses and individuals create high-quality content (ads, product descriptions, video topic ideas etc). Can be a great opportunity to build your portfolio too.
There are a few things you should keep in mind if you're planning to get paid to write.
First, you need to be able to produce good work. This means being able to write clearly and concisely, and it also means being able to meet deadlines.
Secondly, you need to be able to market yourself effectively. You'll need to create a portfolio of your work, and you'll need to be able to talk to potential clients about your skills.
If you can do these things, then you're well on your way to making money from writing. And of course, Jasper can perform all the extra duties you might need too!
(NB: We didn't have a portfolio of work so don't let that stop you either!)
Reaching out to job boards or clients
You might have a better understanding of how a freelance writing business works than us!
Because, hey, the only job boards we've used are Upwork and the friendly Jasper Facebook page hiring thread.
But there's sure to be heaps of online job boards out there...
If you do end up using the Jasper weekly hiring thread on Facebook here's the run down...
- Post a job description including type of work, rates, contact info, and anything else someone looking for work might want to know
- Short description about your work experience, rates, specific niches you have experience writing about, how to contact you, and so forth
Setting up your freelance writing business can be as simple as taking one client on board, even if it's a freebie at the start and you use your own blog!
Jasper is not for everyone, and there's definitely no requirement to use it.
Having said that... the vast majority of us would benefit from a little side help to get our freelance writing gigs going.
Writer's block would be a thing of the past too!
And it's not just articles you can write too... imagine... freelance blogging, writing stories, poetry, books, guest posts, personal essays, writing for your own website, and so forth...
You really can get paid to write.
So if you've ever wondered how to make money from writing then maybe you can dive into the deep end of the pool and give it a shot, like we did!