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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!