Over the next 2000 words in this post I will answer the question of “How to make money writing” from my personal experience. In 2013 I refocused on writing as an income source in order to write my way out of a $54000 business debt and become financially free. Here’s how I did it, so you can use the same approach yourself.
At present, there are 4 ways I make money writing. Some of them are better than others when it comes to the cash flow they can bring in. I’ll explain each in detail.
My writing arsenal breaks down into four basic chunks. They are;
- Creative Fiction
- How To Non-Fiction
- Commercial Writing I.E. Copywriting
- Content Marketing – Blogging And Articles
Tired of failing to pay off my debt by working at things I hated, I decided on writing my way out of debt because at least that would be enjoyable. Writing is something I’ll continue to do even once the debt is gone (see The Conquest Of Happiness)
Back in 2011, I was sitting in my gym you see above, staring at the excel spreadsheet in front of me.
I saw no way to dig myself out of the $55239.00 business debt I’d created, and had scrambled around like a squirrel looking for a nut for months.
Facing facts, I mustered my courage and went upstairs to talk with the landlord.
Sitting in front of him I swallowed my pride, “I’m not going to make next months rent. I’ve already used all my line of credit to make last months rent.”
The day I was laid off from my job as an apprentice electrician I decided to really crack the code on how to get freelance writing jobs for beginners. I had time on my hands so I started with how to get work on upwork. Long story short, I built a business on Upwork but decided that freelancing on my own is better (read on to learn why.)
Why Upwork? If there is low hanging fruit, I’ll eat it. Right now, the only thing that gets me copywriting clients is Upwork with its repeat clients and a resume on Indeed for new clients.
I’ve been copywriting for my own business since 2002 but when I lost the day job and experienced a huge dent into my income I decided to go all in on this freelance writing business.
I’ve always been into prepping. From setting traps and tying knots as a kid, to my days in the Canadian Infantry. I’ve always invested in skills rather than stockpiles. But one day I realize the biggest threat facing me was surviving debt and increasing my economic self-sufficiency. … and I needed to fix it fast.
No more debt became my battle cry.
The thing about surviving debt is that its a slinky and sneaky enemy. It’s a covert ops kind of threat to you.
See, it’s sexy to load up on .45ACP and argue about if it will be a flood or nuclear winter that will take everyone out. It’s not so sexy to suggest simple budgeting or developing self-sufficiency skills to get your ass out of debt.
I was talking to the wife today about fiction vs nonfiction, and for the first time ever, she said the words, “You should write a blog post about that.” It took me by surprise because “posting to the blog” is something that happens with the door closed, at the end of the hallway. It’s a mysterious beast.
Seeing as how she’s usually right, I figured I better go ahead with getting the words to paper.
I’ve been nonfiction writing on fitness for the majority of my work since I’ve been personal training for 18 years now, but have begun to write fiction over the last couple of years.
Looking at other authors twitter account bios, websites and facebook pages was what prompted the chat.
I get lots of questions and requests for shadowing or mentoring in regards to my Calgary personal training and online business. Maybe some of what is below will help you out as well if becoming a personal trainer is something that interests you. Here is a dialogue between me and a young fella just starting out on the journey of becoming a personal trainer.
There are two truths about the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow.”
These two truths are in opposition but are still both correct.
Let me explain…
How nice would it be to view your work as a blessing instead of a curse, instead of a necessary evil that you trudge through to enjoy your nights and weekends?
Wouldn’t it be great to LOVED your daily work?
- What if your work was an extension of yourself and your talents?
- How nice would it be to know and feel that you’re doing the work you were meant to do?
You may have heard this before and so we know it’s not enough to say – “Do what you love.” The thing is, you must LOVE not, in particular, the label of what you do, but the overall feeling of the work and workload required to produce a product that the market wants. Continue reading
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I went through some of the journals I keep of my online progress and thought I would share with you my 7 year journey using google adsense. Most of the information below came not from experimenting with this site but other sites on different topics and niches. The reason you still see google adsense on RaymondBurton.com is because I do not have a worthy alternative to monetize this particular blog at this time. Once my new book is ready to go, I will give that product the premium advertising space.
On we go with the journal and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thanks.
My Journey With Google Adsense – A 7 Year Tale
Get paid to learn? Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it? Yes, you can make all the money you want while learning about everything you’ve ever wanted and I’m going to show you how.
First, what’s the secret to getting rich and not die trying? It’s passive income but I’ve covered that topic before so you can go check it out before you continue if those are new words to your ears.