Q:  I want to start making money right away. What should I do first?

Katie YeakleA:  (Katie Yeakle) There are several ways to start making money fast as a writer. But to make that experience as easy and enjoyable as possible, here’s what I recommend: 

  • Map out your goals beyond money. Money can be motivating, but it only gets you so far. What are you really after? Do you want to quit your day job? Have more flexibility with your schedule? Supplement a fixed income?
  • Set time constraints. Decide how much you want to make by the end of the year, then break it down month-by-month. (Expect to make less money in the first few months of launching your writing business.) Then, decide how much time each week you can devote to writing. Make yourself a schedule and stick to it.
  • Choose a writing industry that has high demand and pays well. Copywriting would be my first recommendation. Beyond that, look into writing for the Business-to-Business (B2B) market, or online writing. Use a third of your weekly writing time to study your chosen craft of writing, a third to building your online presence (through LinkedIn and your professional website), and a third of your time reaching out to prospective clients.