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These days, it seems like everyone’s got a side hustle.
Which isn’t a bad thing! In fact, I’m a big advocate for starting side hustles- I just think that you should start a side hustle you LOVE.
Because not only are side hustles a great way to earn a little extra income, they can also be really fun!
That’s why I’ve rounded up some of my favorite side hustles for writers- if you enjoy writing then these are PERFECT for you!
1. BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
If you’ve ever run an online business or started a blog, you know that there’s a LOT of work behind-the-scenes that has to be done.
It’s more than just creating a product or publishing a new blog post online. There’s plenty of administrative tasks that have to be done behind-the-scenes, and it can be hard to juggle by yourself.
That, my friend, is where a virtual assistant comes in!
As a virtual assistant, or VA, you can help businesses + bloggers manage their social media accounts, create amazing content for them, or even just respond to their emails for them.
The cool thing about being a VA is that you can choose what services you want to offer. If responding to emails sounds boring to you, you don’t have to offer it!
Here are some of the writing-related services you could offer as a virtual assistant:
- Write/proofread blog posts
- Optimize blog posts for SEO
- Manage/create content for social media accounts
- Reply to blog comments
- Audit blog comments
- Manage/respond to emails
And much more. Pretty much anything you think a business needs, you can offer.
Virtual assistants have become pretty popular recently, and it can be a pretty lucrative side hustle/career. There are companies that help you find clients, but you can actually make more money if you work and find clients yourself.
In these cases, you can easily earn upwards of $50/hour.
If you want to learn more about becoming a VA, Clever Girl Finance has a great article right here!
2. TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES
Not big on creative writing but like to type? This is a great side hustle for you!
With this side hustle, companies pay you to create captions for various videos/audio files.
Some companies require a typing test before you can get started, but typically it’s very easy to sign up.
Other side hustles (like a virtual assistant) often have deadlines and need a dedicated schedule. But with this side hustle, it doesn’t require a lot of commitment and you can basically do it whenever you want!
That being said, the more committed you are to doing the work, the more money you can make from this side hustle.
The Write Life has a great list of where you can find transcription jobs online!
3. START A BLOG
Blogging isn’t just for writers, but it definitely helps if you like to write!
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t big on writing when I started my first blog a few years ago. But over time I grew to actually really enjoy it, and now I write pretty much every day (sometimes just for fun!)
Some popular topics you can blog about:
- DIY projects
Blogging is one of the most profitable side-hustles for writers (some bloggers earn tens of thousands of dollars every month) but I’ll be honest with you, it’s NOT a get-rich-quick scheme.
It takes time and effort to get to that level of success, but it’s definitely worth it in my opinion.
If you’re interested in starting a successful blog, go here.
4. WRITE + PUBLISH A BOOK
As a kid, I always thought it would be so cool to publish a book. To have other people actually read stories that I created? Woah.
Back then though, it always seemed too difficult to actually get a book published. And honestly, it probably was.
That’s the great thing about living in the digital age, folks!
A lot of things, including publishing (specifically, self-publishing) a book, have become so much easier to do.
If you’re a creative writer who’s always wanted to write + publish a book, I recommend you check out Abbie Emmons over on YouTube.
She’s an indie author who not only has great videos on the writing process and creating compelling characters, she’s also got videos on how she was able to self-publish her first (and now second!) book.
If your friends are always asking you to proofread essays, resumes, etc. then this could be a good side hustle for you!
I recommend checking out Caitlin Pyle over at Proofread Anywhere.
She actually earned $40k in one year, just from proofreading! And now she’s built a whole business around teaching others to do the same!
You can take her free workshop here!
Hopefully this list of side hustles for writers can help you earn a little extra cash in 2022! Let me know in the comments what your favorite side hustle is!