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3 Ways to Start a Side Hustle as an Author
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December 2019
Written by
She Writes
December 2019

Starting out as a writer without support from a traditional publisher or an advance for your next book can be tough. While writing may be your passion and driving force in life, you still have to make money to survive which means you may have to pick up a side hustle to make sure you can pay your bills and write your next book.

Become An Editor / Proofreader

Like many authors and writers, you may have an affinity for editing and proofreading. If you're someone who enjoys these things, you can start supplementing your author income with positions that require your knowledge of editing and proofreading content. Sites like Freelance Writers Den and Fiverr are great places to start when it comes to finding jobs to kick off your side hustle as an editor and/or proofreader.

In addition to working for companies who are looking for editors and proofreaders, you can also offer your services to fellow authors who may need a little extra support when it comes to getting their writing ready to query. By signing up for sites that help connect authors and editors, you could get to working on others' manuscripts in no time. This will supplement your income and help your own writing as it forces you to look at your own writing with a more critical eye.

Writing for Websites and Blogs

If you spend any time online, I'm sure you've found a few websites or blogs that have content you love. The best part about online publications is that it's often quite easy getting in contact with one of their editors/writers. If there's an online outlet you love, try to find a good contact there and sending them a pitch about why they should take you on as a writer. While this method for finding paid writing jobs is the most difficult, it's worth putting effort into because it could yield great results. Having this kind of writing experience on your resume will not only help you lock down future jobs but it will also make you more appealing to agents and publishers looking at your submitted work.

Freelance Copywriting Gigs

The most obvious answer to finding work as an author is to look for freelance writing gigs. With so many companies offering one-time, contract or part-time jobs to copywriters, it's a great time to start applying to these positions. If you're interested in working for companies in need of a copywriter or editor, the best place to start is LinkedIn and other job sites similar to it. Try searching 'writer' and see what comes up in your area – you'd be surprised at how many companies need a top-notch writer to take their work to the next level.

If you're looking for other freelance opportunities, here are some great sites where you can find job postings for writers specifically:


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