7 Lucrative Side Gigs for Writers
December 3, 2020
BR Writing Side Gigs
Writing is a skill that can be applied to many different disciplines. Even if you did not pursue a career that heavily relies on your writing abilities but you still have a passion for it, you may want to consider taking on a side gig that relies on your writing ability.

But where to begin? As a writer myself, I’ve certainly looked into different methods for bringing in another stream of income using my writing skills. Here are my recommendations on the 7 best side gigs available for writers.

1. Resume writer

This option is my personal favorite, but that may have been obvious, right? Now, before you write this one off (no pun intended), you don’t necessarily need years of experience to begin this side gig.

BrandResumes has recently launched its flagship course: The Art of 5 Star Resume Writing. In this course, you’ll learn all of the skills and tools needed to become a professional resume writer. You can check it out here. If you need more convincing, read this article.

2. Blogger

Again, this one probably isn’t a surprise coming from me. Blogging is an excellent way to bring in a passive stream of income. The best part about it is that you can choose to write about whatever your passion is. It never feels like a chore to write about something you love.

WordPress is a great place to start for creating your own blog because it’s easy to navigate and customize. While you’ll need to build up a good number of articles and readers before you start making money, once you’ve started, it takes care of itself.

3. Copywriter or editor

If you have a knack for grammar and an acute attention to detail, copy editing and writing is a great way to bring in some extra income. For a gig like this, the income will be determined by the length of whatever it is you’re working on. However, putting in the extra time can be worth the extra pay off.

Using freelancer sites like UpWork or FlexJobs is a great place to start when looking for these types of gigs.

4. Subtitle and closed captioning writer

Do you love Netflix? Why not get to stream your favorite shows while getting paid to do it. Writing subtitles and closed captioning for movies and shows is a great way to bring in more income if you’re into all things entertainment.

For more opportunities, check out Rev. This company will let you pick and choose when you want to work and you get paid on a weekly basis via PayPal.

5. Transcriber

Transcribers are becoming increasingly popular. There are some artificial intelligence (AI) platforms available that can take over this role. However, these AI platforms aren’t equipped to also ensure the transcription is corrected for grammar, and they aren’t 100% correct in their transcription. If you have strong grammatical skills and enjoy podcasts, this could be a good option.

If you’re looking for work as a transcriber, we recommend checking out SpeechPad as it is one of the higher paying options out there. However, competition is fierce on this job site, so be sure to check in regularly for gigs.

6. Ghostwriter

There are some people with great ideas who simply struggle to put them into words. This is where ghostwriters come in. Ghostwriting is a great option for people who are sociable as you’ll have to work very closely with whoever the work will be accredited to.

This is also another option where the time and pay are determined by the length of the written piece.

If this option is of interest to you, check out this resource here on how you can get started.

7. Writing tutor

During my time as an undergraduate, I worked part-time as a writing tutor for the university. This was a great part-time job because it was not only something I was good at, I also got to work with different people on different kinds of writing all the time. It certainly was never boring.

Regardless of where your passion lies, writing can open many doors for you when searching for side gigs. If none of these seemed to peak your interest, check out our list here as well. Good luck!

1 Comment

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    The reason I started my own resume writing website is because I feel like there is truly a need for honest services in this industry but most people just don t even know where to start. I m aiming for transparency by attaching a blog to my website where I m giving advice based off numbers, statistics, data, and actual research rather than giving career advice out of whim and out of what I feel (which, in my opinion, is NOT a good way to give advice). I hope I don t come off as self-promoting, but I just want to say as someone who s been on both sides that yes, there is a LOT of dishonesty and predatory behavior but I know there are some trustworthy and truly helpful writers and freelancers out there, and I m hoping my advice can at least help somebody.


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By Emily Provost

Emily is BrandResumes' Content Specialist and is an Associate Resume Writer. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Publishing Studies with double minors in Marketing and Journalism from Hofstra University. She has had editorial experience working as an editor for various publications from Hofstra and worked as a writing tutor for undergraduate students.

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