I love writing.
What makes it feel even better is the fact that I make money writing. Trust me, it feels great to earn from your passion.
You can also make money writing in Kenya and I will explain how you can do that.
I’d like to just mention that the tips below are best for people who are good in writing. If you can write interesting, helpful and grammatical content, then this is for you. If you can’t, then you need to hire someone who can.
Below are the tips that you can use to make money writing.
1. Writing Online Articles
This is one of the fastest ways of making money online as a writer. This method entails signing up to a freelancing website and looking for writing jobs.
What makes it a faster means of earning is the fact that once you complete a writing task, you get paid instantly or within a few days. If you get to a level where you are really good at it, you can even get paid BEFORE you write.
Some of the websites that you can join for article writing jobs include:
- iWriter (not the best nowadays since the pay is low and there are very few jobs on the lower levels)
Note that there are many more sites that you can use to make money writing. These can start you off as you continue searching for others.
Don’t just depend on websites for your writing needs. You can still get awesome clients through cold-pitching, blogging and social media marketing. These will give you awesome, high paying clients. Freelance writing is one of the most lucrative freelance professions in the world, with top international writers earning 6 (dollar) figures.
2. Academic Writing
Academic writing basically involves writing essays, research papers, assignments etc. for clients. Some people say this is unethical but others are fine with it. It is unethical since you’re doing homework for students.
It is also seasonal. Therefore there are times when there are no jobs, especially when students are on holidays.
There are different academic writing sites out there. Some of the popular ones include:
Just as above, you can do some more research and add to the list.
Note that it’s also difficult to get an academic writing account. Some require you to have a degree and to upload quality samples or take tests. If you don’t have these, your application may be rejected.
This is in fact what gives rise to all the account buying and selling that goes on in the social media circles (unethical as well). Don’t just buy an account if you don’t know what you are doing. You may either get conned or buy an account that cannot give you the kind of orders you were looking for.
Once again, this is unethical and I don’t recommend it, regardless of the fact that many Kenyans do it and earn from it.
…but it’s an online job just like any other therefore it requires smartness and expertise.
It involves listening to audios and videos and typing out what you hear.
Just like article writing, transcription sites have little to no barriers to entry. This means that anyone can join without rigorous entry tests and submissions.
You can get transcription jobs in some of the sites mentioned above and a few more. These include:
Now this is even more fun and an awesome way to make money online. No boss. No deadlines. No funny accents to transcribe – just you and whatever content you want to write.
With your own blog, you write at your own time and in your own style.
Blogging for cash requires you to be smart and organized.
You need to start a blog that you are passionate about. Make sure it falls in a profitable niche, meaning the issues dealt with have been proven to attract paying customers.
There can be a whole book written on how to make money blogging, but some of the basics are:
- Let it solve problems that people are willing to pay to have solved (profitable niche)
- Learn keyword research (a keyword is the phrase that people put on a search engines when searching online)
- Learn SEO (Search Engine Optimization) – You can do this through paid trainings or free SEO guides
- Monetize your blog – There is no way you can make money without monetizing. Blog monetization includes affiliate marketing, offering services and selling products among others.
You can decide to create free or paid blogs. Of course paid (self-hosted) blogs have the capacity of earning more than free blogs.
5. Writing eBooks
Once you become an established blogger, you will have a good following. Your followers will keep referring their friends and your network will continue getting bigger.
Boom! You are now an expert blogger.
As an expert blogger you will be receiving hundreds of queries every few days. To avoid burning out, you can write and sell eBooks on some of the most frequently asked topics. This will be great for your income and authority.
You can also write eBooks under a pen name and sell to international markets at Amazon Kindle.
Remember that people still judge eBooks by the cover so make sure you get a professional graphics guy to do your cover for you.
Writing is a great profession that can earn you lots of cash. For you to make good money online, you need to work hard and smart. When starting out you may even spend a few sleepless nights trying to beat deadlines and targets.
However, if you hang in there and follow the right channels, things will start getting easier and easier for you. Don’t sleep on your writing skill, start using it today to make money online.
Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. – Louis L’Amour.
Wow. What an awesome guest post by my friend, mentor and colleague Walter Akolo. I have learned much from him. And you can too! If you need to be trained on how to be an amazing writer, feel free to get his training here. If you have a question on the points raised above or you have extra tips on earning online as a Kenyan writer, drop a comment below. I’d love, love, love to hear from you.