Disclaimer – This post is NOT for everyone. Some people have chosen to write for passion and are not interested in financial rewards and that’s okay. But if you are one of those people who want to make your writing a career, this is for you.
Although writing may not look like the most financially profitable careers, a good number of writers have found their sweet spot and are able to monetize their skill. These writers have given their sweat, blood and money to get to this point.
You may already be asking ‘sweat and blood’, is it that deep? Yes it is, because with writing and every other thing you want to make money from, you’ve got to be intentional. Don’t expect someone to come and say, “Hey there. I heard from someone that you were thinking of writing something and I’d love to pay you to see where that could lead to someday.”
That would be nice but it really wouldn’t happen.
If you think you’ve tried everything and you’re not getting money, we’d tell you four reasons you probably have not heard before or ignored which may explain why you are not being paid to write.
You haven’t become an authority in the field.
Yes, you need to become an authority is certain fields of writing. It’s ok to be a Jack of all Trades but it is much better (and profitable) to be a Master of Some.
Which areas of writing interest you?
Which can you master and become an expert in?
Then can you begin to share content around those areas so people begin to see you as an authority in that field?
If someone Googles ‘Top editors in Lagos’ for example and you are a good Editor in Lagos, your goal is to ensure that your name appears on that list.
Also, when people ask for good content writers from people in your network, they should be able to remember you without having to think too much. That is what Brand Gurus call top of mind awareness!
You’re wallowing in negative thoughts
All these your;
‘I am not good enough’
‘This writer is better than me’ and
‘I can’t’ thoughts would do you NO good. These statements kill your dream, weaken your spirit and if you are not careful, they will affect your entire morale. How will you write well when you are not feeling good about yourself?
When you are beginning to think you are not good enough, counter that thought by speaking confidently and positively;
‘I am good enough’
‘I improve my writing skills daily’
‘I can and I will.’
Now go ahead and make things happen
You’re stuck with old knowledge
Any writer who wants to make money from writing and has refused to upgrade his skills and knowledge has not started. Writing is an ever involving industry and only those who are able to keep up with trends and new developments can remain relevant to clients. For example, if your client wants you to update their blog with content and you don’t know how to edit pictures with basic editing tools, your post obviously will not reach its maximum potential because the picture was not properly edited.
You have to write often; stay abreast of what’s happening in the writing world and understand multimedia and social media. Today’s writer must be tech savvy
You’re thinking like a writer and not a business person
If you want to make money from writing, you have to think of your writing as a business not just a hobby . Generally speaking, most creative people like to create. Period.
Writers like to write, painters like to paint, and musicians want to play. However, until we attach a value – specifically, a Dollar (better than a Naira) value to our expertise – we will continue to be starving artists.
We are not saying you should go about demanding payment from everyone including Instagram for writing captions; all we are saying is that if you’ve chosen to make writing a business, some things have to be put into perspective.
There are five things to consider when assessing value:
- The services you are going to offer
- To whom you will offer your services
- Your experience
- The value of your time
- The value you provide to your customers.
Ultimately, the answers to these questions will become the foundation of your business plan, which is your roadmap to becoming a well-paid writer.