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Three Steps to Make a Living from Writing

Updated on September 3, 2009

For most people, making a living through a profession is viewed as a struggle between what you want to do (travel, learning) and the money you need to get to pay your bills and maintain your current life style. However, to keep your lifestyle, you need to keep doing what you don’t enjoy, in the fear that you will lose what you have.

In other words, in search of keeping your status, life becomes a vicious cycle where you work more to maintain a situation that is not satisfying to your own standards.

While this is true for most people, many others exist that are not bound by this kind of feelings. They find a way to transform the things that they know and like into something that can provide enough money so they can live comfortably, and even make a lot of money in the process.

If you are a writer, you have the rare opportunity to do something that can free you from this kind of vicious cycle, and do things what you really enjoy. But first, you need to learn what to listen to yourself and to other people are interested in.

The Three Main Steps

There are three main steps that you need to follow in order to make a living from the web from your work on the web.

Step 1: Define what you want to do: it is alright if you want to do something that is completely different from what you do today. As long as you are passionate about that, you should be able to make a living out of it. The things that keep us passionate are the ones that we want to do frequently, and that we feel good when we do them. If you find such a passion, you should invest on it so that you can do it better.

Step 2: Spend more time doing what you like. Many people don’t get ahead in following their dreams because they simply stop. On the other hand, successful people never give up on following their inspiration. It is this persistence that give them the strength to look for new solutions and opportunities. You will find new opportunities in doing what you like when you spend your time doing and thinking about it.

Step 3: Monetize your work. It may be that the results of your passion are unconventional, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot be monetized. In the modern world, there are also thousands of way of monetizing something that you do, even if it really different. Here are some ideas to monetize your passion:

  • Write a blog: with a blog, you can reach a large number of people that share your passion. They will read what you have to write about the subject, and spread the word about your work.
  • Write a book: a more traditional method is writing a book. Nowadays, there is a large number of publishers that are open to non-standard topics.
  • Create a unique product, and use the web to advertise it. You can create a product to help people with similar problems. You can quickly reach them and make their life better through your efforts.


Modern technology and the Internet allows anyone to profit from something that they truly like. You just need to be willing to continue to live your passion. As long as you don’t give up, you will be building additional skills that can be extremely valuable for others.

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