ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Make Money as a Writer by Diversifying Your Efforts

Updated on April 30, 2014

How Many Times Have I Heard This Question?

I think that as an artist, the more that you can do to diversify, and kind of challenge yourself, the more you grow.

Dianna Agron

How do I make money as a writer?

I can tell you with no uncertainty that I would be rich if I received a dollar for every time I was asked that question. The problem with that question, however, is that there are too many correct answers.

Listen, this isn’t the old days. Back when I was a young whipper-snapper, a writer could only make money by copywriting, writing for mags or newspapers, or having a book published. Today there are infinitely more options to choose from for a writer, and that is exciting news.

Still, it is hard work, and it is especially difficult if you are just starting out on this journey.

I have written before about how to become a freelance writer, so I won’t beat a dead horse and cover that information again. I will just quickly summarize that being a freelance writer consists of declaring yourself to be a freelance writer, and then acting like one. Most definitely you need some writing skills, but you also need what I like to call stage presence.

You need to begin building your writing platform. You need to start compiling a body of written work. You need to start thinking and acting like a writer, and you need to treat writing like the business that it is. Once you have done those things, then you can start out in search of the big bucks….or at least enough little bucks to pay a few bills.

And that leads us to the purpose of this article, namely all of the different opportunities that are out there waiting for you, and why you should avail yourself of as many of those as possible.

If you want to make money as a freelancer then treat it like a business
If you want to make money as a freelancer then treat it like a business | Source

The Writing Industry Is in a State of Fluctuation

Just ask any traditional publishing firm, or newspaper editor, and they will verify the truth in that sub-heading. The industry has even drastically changed since I began three years ago, and I would venture to guess there are more changes in store in the near future.

Traditional publishing is reeling from the effects of ebooks. Traditional newspapers are reeling from the effects of online newspapers. Even the content mills are having trouble determining whether to concentrate on keywords or content. Nobody is really sure which of these changes are long-term and which are short-term, and nobody for sure knows what new changes we will see in the coming years.

With that kind of uncertainty in the writing marketplace, I would submit to you that it might be a bit risky to put all of your eggs in one proverbial basket.

Your Options Are Many

I’m not going to spend a lot of time on all of your options. A short list of ways to make money as a writer would include:

  • Content mills
  • Copywriter
  • Ghostwriter
  • Publishing ebooks
  • Blogging
  • Traditional publishing
  • Magazines hard copy
  • Magazines online
  • Newspapers hard copy
  • Newspapers online
  • Editing
  • Screenplays
  • Proofreading
  • Press releases
  • Speech writing
  • Business correspondence
  • Newsletters
  • Website entries
  • Grant writing
  • Teach writing classes

And that is just scratching the surface. In each category there are thousands of people making a good income, and many more who at least make some income.

You might as well be one of them!

You can't rest on your laurels as a writer
You can't rest on your laurels as a writer | Source

A Word of Warning

If you are waiting for someone to contact you and offer you money as a writer, you are in for a long, long wait.

None of this happens overnight, and none of it happens without your active participation.

If you truly want to make money as a writer, then the amount you make is up to you, and it will be determined by the amount of effort that you invest. I cannot understate that fact. Treat your writing business like a business, and invest your time and effort into your business.

A Simple Example of Diversification

I’m going to keep this very simple so that all will understand.

There are many online writing communities, like HubPages, that pay you money for writing articles on their sites. There are also advertisers who will pay you money to let them advertise on your blog.

Do both! Write for HubPages or a similar site, and start your own blog.

And then interact like crazy with other writers, and write excellent content.

That is Diversification 101.

About a year ago there was some uproar over Google, or some Panda, or whatever. The final outcome was that passive earnings dipped drastically on some sites like HubPages, and the uproar could be heard around the globe. When that happened my earnings as a writer, in fact, increased. How?

While, in fact, my earnings on HubPages did decrease, my earnings from other efforts increased, so my total earnings did increase and for me, the bottom line is all that I worry about.

The beauty of diversification is the protection it gives you against the vagaries of the marketplace. If one of your efforts suffers, there are other avenues to follow that will provide a buffer.

Self-publishing is one option
Self-publishing is one option | Source

Now Let’s Advance to Diversification 201

Okay, you write for HubPages and you have your own money-making blog. Next let’s do blog posts for local businesses. Get out there and meet your local businessmen. Tell them what you can offer to them, and drum up some business. It may take some time, but eventually you will find someone who will pay you to either write copy for their business website or write their weekly blogs.

You have now graduated to Diversification 201.

Are you ready for Diversification 301?

Start sending out query letters with ideas to local newspapers and magazines. Establish a working rapport with local editors. Sooner or later it will pay off with a paying article, and once you have your foot in the door then life will become much “richer” for you.

You have now graduated from Diversification 301 and you are ready to move up the money ladder.

Does it all seem farfetched? Well it isn’t. That is exactly the path I took when I first started out.

Now toss in some ebooks and a couple traditionally published books, and suddenly you have money coming in from five, six or more sources.

It Really Is That Simple and yet It Is Not

It is very easy for me to write these words, but it was not easy for me to live them. Starting out as a freelance writer is hard. Nobody knows you and you have to prove yourself. You are up against some seriously stiff competition, and many of those who are vying for the same jobs as you have some serious writing game. You are the rookie and they are the veterans, and if you are lucky you will get the dregs that the veterans don’t want to waste their time on…..but…..

If you are willing to put in the time and effort, there is money to be made. If you are willing to invest blood, sweat and tears, then there are rewards for you. Just make sure that you protect yourself from the uncertainty of an uncertain writing world by diversifying. Do what the pros do. You won’t be disappointed.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      What a great hub for writers to realize their potential in other areas. Today the competition online and off line is very challenging. As you know I am not in writing mode...tote bags and gift baskets (going very well) but I write a little to keep my paws in it. Have you check out my etsy store????

    • CraftytotheCore profile image

      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Billy, I like how you constantly write the truth about writing. No one is going to just drop from an airplane on our front door to ask us to write for them. You are so inspiring.

      To give you advanced notice, I'm going to honor you in an upcoming Hub I'm writing. I'll let you know when I publish it.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you again for your loyalty. No, I have not checked out your etsy store, but I'll be sure to do that.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, I'm already honored so thank you! I look forward to reading it. You are a doll in the nicest way possible.

    • Availiasvision profile image

      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      We live in the best time in history in terms of the accessability of paid writing opportunities. In this business you reap what you sow. You've set a wonderful example for all of us in terms of how to diversify and treat writing like a job. Great hub!

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, you know I couldn't agree more with you on this and try my best daily to do this and so much more. Love this article though and your tips here are spot on. Thanks, my friend and have a wonderful day now!

    • Rebecca Furtado profile image

      Rebecca Furtado 3 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      This is really good advice. Thanks for sharing this hub.

    • NateB11 profile image

      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      At some point in this writing online venture a person has to think about how to approach it strategically; otherwise, the effort is wasted. It probably took me a year of writing before I started seriously thinking about, studying and implementing a strategy. I've had some success with it.

      I like the options you've presented here. All of them, of course, good routes to success.

      Thanks again, Bill. Always a pleasure.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision, you said it all in five words...we reap what we sow!

      Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! You are a dear friend....come on out to Olympia. Bev and I will buy you guys dinner and chat as old friends do.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Rebecca. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nate, you are right on about strategies. Otherwise we are putting out a lot of effort with very little result. Thanks for sharing that.

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Once again, I appreciate your advice. I pay for a site (Breakfastpop) that I have never developed. Maybe it's time I do so. Thanks, billy. I am printing this wonderfully helpful piece. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome!

    • Radcliff profile image

      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Clear and straight-forward advice. No beating around the bush here (of course, that's not your style)!

      I used to read a blog by a talented writer who gave up because she was never "discovered". She gave the analogy of each post being another quarter in the slot machine, hoping for an impressed editor to send her a check. It is so sad, like an attractive person walking the mall each day hoping for a modeling contract. I imagine your odds would be better playing the Powerball.

      Thanks, Billy!

    • Ann1Az2 profile image

      Ann1Az2 3 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Once again, Bill, you've inspired me to try harder. Writing is often great therapy for me. The trouble is, perhaps, I don't always want that kind of therapy. Or perhaps (and this is probably the real crux of the matter), I find my feelings hard to put into words, so I have to think about it a long time before I write about it.

      I think in order to become a full time writer like you are, a person just has to want to write about anything and everything. I just haven't ever reached that point. I admire people, like yourself who do.

      At any rate, thank you for these references and the interesting way in which you always present such things!

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great stuff here. And once again about life as life to be rich must be diversified.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, someone has to make money online. It might as well be you. :) Thanks for stopping by this morning.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, great analogy my friend and so serious....are you okay? LOL Thanks for your thoughts....nope, no beating around the bush in my neighborhood.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, it's not for everyone. The fact that writing is therapy for you might be the greatest reason to write, and if you enjoy it then never mind making money. Writing has to come from the heart to be worthwhile. Carry on with what you are doing...and thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, only a writer or other artist could draw that analogy....thank you Sir!

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Hi Billy, sooo true. I earn a living freelance ghost writing other people's blogs, website content, E-books, etc. and you have to be constantly looking for work. Oh I have a few long-term regular clients but a lot of people start up a business, it doesn't go anywhere and they fizzle out, or it was a one-shot project, so with some people it's steady for years and with others it's a high turn over.

      Talk about the industry being in flux! I've noticed a lot of people are just changing their content from written articles to slideshows or videos, I guess the audience has a shorter and shorter attention span for reading.

      Work as a writer is there to be had online for those who enjoy writing and are good at it; but you have to be very diligent in looking. Excellent hub, voted up.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wiccan, thanks for sharing your experience, all of which is right on! I have found the same things to be true. It isn't easy but it is possible if you are willing to work at it.

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      "Treat your writing business like a business." For me, things didn't really start to happen until I learned to treat my writing business like the business I wanted to make money with. I also had to decide whether I wanted fame or fortune. I decided on fortune (not that I'm there yet). I write for other people - blogs, news releases, web content - so you don't see my name on most of the stuff I write, but that's OK. I get to pay more bills with that money. Plus, I'm building up a client base where the business comes in because people are happy to support me and help me thrive. There is nothing wrong with fame (having your name in the byline). But, I chose the road that might one day lead me to that level, where in the meantime I can pick up a check here and there. By the way, I really like the options you share here. When you list them all out, there is a lot to choose from.

    • dearabbysmom profile image

      dearabbysmom 3 years ago from Indiana

      I've been back at Hubpages long enough now to know that when I need a kick to get moving again, I just need to go to your profile and choose one of your hubs. You do a nice blend of providing information woven in between admonishments to "just do it." Thanks for another kick!

    • sallybea profile image

      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello Billy

      Valuable advice as always. It certainly makes me think that I should be diversifying. I would hate that I had put all my eggs into one basket only to find that I might have to start all over somewhere else.

      Thank you Billy

      Sally

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you are choosing the only wise option. Fame will come in time, but not until we have established ourselves as professional writers. Everyone is in a hurry these days, but you and I both know that success does not happen overnight. We have to pay our dues, just like in any other profession. You are doing well my friend. Stay on that path.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dearabbysmom, thank you! I've heard that before and now I'm starting to believe it. LOL I'm just trying to share information, and if I inspire or motivate along the way then fantastic.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, it's always nice having you stop by. Thank you so much. Give these ideas some thought. Maybe they will work for you; maybe not. :) I like your niche and I think there is success in it if you keep building upon it.

      bill

    • BNadyn profile image

      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I don't think you could remind us enough of how much potential and opportunities there are but you also make it clear that it takes a lot of effort, specifically with getting your name out there. That does mean diversifying which sounds like even more work but it's better than relying on only one or two sources. I like the advice about treating this like the business it is - I know when I first began I didn't think about it like that but now I know!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, I happen to think you are doing well. Think of this as a marathon and not a sprint. Just keep building your platform and good things will happen. Thanks for your thoughts on this and best wishes.

    • famhauz profile image

      Peter Mwai 3 years ago from Kenya

      Your last sub-heading just summarizes it perfectly. Brilliant Bill!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, famhauz!

    • jhamann profile image

      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for your great advice. Jamie

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, Jamie!

    • tobusiness profile image

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, Inspirational as always, you're my favourite writing guru. :) I hope all is well, take care and my best to you.

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Well, shoot! My comment hasn't shown up. It was pretty long, too. :-(

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All is indeed well, Jo, and thank you for the kind words. We are having summer weather and I'm going to head for the garden soon. Hugs and blessings to you.

      bill

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that happens sometimes. I've had several of mine disappear only to show up a day later. Thanks for trying...I'm sure it is out there somewhere. :)

    • sallybea profile image

      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy

      i like the niche too and I an doing so much better than I could ever have hoped for:)

      Sally

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I am very happy to hear that. Hooray!

      bill

    • DrBill-WmL-Smith profile image

      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Spot-on correct information. Doing it is the hard part, of course, as you noted several times. Another winner! ;-)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Dr Bill...there are no shortcuts in this business.

    • LauraVerderber profile image

      Power Ball Pythons 3 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Great hub! This article was very inspiring. I have two money making blogs, my hubs, and two Youtube channels, so I guess I am at Diversification level 101. I am also a landlord. I hope between my content and the tenants I will be able to eventually support my family because I am so, so done working for someone other than myself. I never want to have a boss ever again! I don't make much online but I have been putting in the effort and every month I beat my previous earnings by just a little bit more. I keep telling myself my efforts will add up! I also really like the video you linked to. I think I am going to check out the rest of her videos. Billybuc, are you running any blogs? Here's mine: www.lolsnake.com.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I like the investment analogy, as building a diverse writing career is a lot like building a diverse financial investment strategy.

    • parrster profile image

      Richard Parr 3 years ago from Oz

      Great advice ...which I need to take on-board. Thank you for reminding me of such a painful subject (sigh), why does writing have to require so much accountability. Where is the magic fairy when you need one.

      Voted up and provoking.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laura, thank you for the blog. Yes, I am. I usually post a link to my writing hubs. As for your writing endeavors, I would say you are in Class 301. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, exactly like that. You obviously get it....now we have to get a few million more writers on board. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      parrster, I can always count on your for a laugh. Thanks my friend.

    • Brittany Kussman profile image

      Brittany Kussman 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very inspiring! Your hub gives hope to those of us who are struggling to make a career out of our craft. I went the self-publishing route and did ok, but I didn't make enough to pay a bill. You hub is very helpful on the different routes to take to become successful in the writing business.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brittany, I'm glad you found this helpful. Thank you for the kind words and the following. If I can be of any help in that struggle, drop me a line.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Off to do some diversification now--excellent hub!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pace yourself, Audrey! These things require serious pacing. :) Thank you!

    • Kathleen Odenthal profile image

      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Wow. What a hard hitting, to the point and helpful article Bill!

      You hit the nail on the head and the part where you said "If you are waiting for someone to contact you and offer you money as a writer, you are in for a long, long wait." really rang home with me.

      Excellent hub, absolutely excellent.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Just doing a bit of research--then it is off to watch the Big Bang Theory!

    • Hackslap profile image

      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Amazing tips! .. I'm fairly new to HubPages and am wondering how do I reach a level where I can earn an income parallel to what I earn from my day-job.. Great hub and voted up!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathleen. You are well on your way to making money at HP....now it's time to diversify, and I know you will.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, you have your priorities in order. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hackslap, it can be done, but it's no walk in the park. Good luck and thanks for the visit.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well put. Very well put. Excellent advice all around. Too bad I didn't have a mentor such as yourself so many years ago.

      I have wanted to be a writer since I was young. Unfortunately, I had neither the self-discipline nor the poise to pull it off. I was extremely shy, and "selling myself" was nigh on to impossible.

      I still don't have a sales-person type of personality. My husband is one who could sell the proverbial ice cubes to Eskimos, while I'd be hard put to sell a tissue to someone with a nosebleed.

      What I really wanted to do was domestic travel writing, but I got married and had a family at the very age when I should have been planning and working toward that goal. It was also the pre-internet era, and I found I was far too thin-skinned to deal with rejection letters, so I let the dream die.

      So, here I am, 45 years later, too tired and too broke to travel, and housebound caring for a disabled mate. Enter Hub Pages...and some pocket change. My blogs are neglected; I find that my 'diversification' is in topics, not sites, for I get too easily overwhelmed to try and keep up with multiple sites. Maybe next time around, I'll be that generation's Michener or Amory.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your hub contains some great advice, as usual, Bill. Thank you once again for sharing your suggestions and experience.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, the best part about your comment is the last sentence...maybe next time around. Here's hoping we both get the chance. I didn't really start writing until 2001 and then it was just goofing around with no direction. The direction happened when I was 62 and suddenly had no job. Better late than never my friend.

      Thank you for a wonderful comment.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      P.S. I am, however, working on an e-book of my poetry. ;)

    • shomaabhyankar profile image

      shomaabhyankar 3 years ago from India

      great advice...thanks

    • snerfu profile image

      Vivian Sudhir 3 years ago from Madurai, India

      Writers need this kind of stuff to keep their inspirational levels up. Good article.

    • tebo profile image

      tebo 3 years ago from New Zealand

      I haven't written or been active on HubPages for a long time, but recently I noticed my views had gone up considerably as had my monthly earnings (still a pittance, but exciting for me). I am now motivated to give it another go and yours is the first hub I have read for some time. It is the perfect encouragement to get on with it. Your advice re diversity also well worth pursuing. I also enjoyed reading of your successes with your many and varied writing platforms. Great hub.

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Your always freely share sound advice with the genuine wish to help others through your experiences. It is appreciated and remembered.

      I know exactly what I want with my writing and I am now on a mission to reach it. By the end of the year my new fictional world will be born. :)

    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      This was so well put. You definitely can make money and I haven't tapped into very many of those "wells" yet, but what I also know is that you can't be a freelance writer and lack discipline or be lazy. There are so many distractions that call in a day and it is so easy to justify succumbing to them, like "oh, watching tv will give me new ideas," or "oh, a nicely organized room will give me new ideas," or "oh, playing with the dog will give me new ideas." They all could be true, but only if you quickly get back to the business of writing and prospecting for clients.

      Thanks so much for your excellent information!

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another great lesson so appreciated ; each one I save to go along with my writing course which I have to admit that once again I have neglected. I am throwing a great big party the day I complete it. Do you want to be on my guest list ???ha ha!!

      I have so many to catch up on since our grandkids came to stay but promise to do my best. Here's wishing you and Bev are well and lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As always, Alicia, thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy....HOORAY!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      shomaabhyankar, thank you so much.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you snerfu, and I agree, we all need inspiration.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back, tebo! Stay with it if you have the passion. Hubs take a good year before they circulate around the internet and start showing income for you...be patient.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I am so happy to hear that. I love hearing that someone has goals and a plan. Carry on my friend and best wishes.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, what you say is very true my friend. This has to be treated like a business or it won't make you the money you hope for. Good luck out there, and thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I appreciate anything you do and you know that. Thank you for being here when you can be. The grandkids will always have priority. I don't mind playing second fiddle to them at all. :)

      billy

    • heidithorne profile image

      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Love that you emphasize that the writing field is in a constant state of fluctuation. That indeed it is! Just think that less than 20 years ago or so, blogs were barely in existence. (Used to call them "web logs," remember?) We probably can't even imagine what opportunities await us 20 years from now. Always be watching trends and tech!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you are right of course. Who am I to disagree with the marketing wiz? :) Thank you for mentioning the trends and techs. Great suggestion there my friend.

      Happy May 1st and thank you!

    • BigBlue54 profile image

      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      Thanks for posting this Hub Bill. I originally came to HubPages just to write a few things and get them posted. But the more I looked the more I thought of making a career change and becoming a writer.

      What you have written in this Hub has confirmed my own thoughts about the matter of doing this full time, which is good to know. Means I am heading in the right direction.

      I will be reading your other Hubs on the subject of writing, as well as the other Hubs, and I have signed up for your blog.

      So onwards and upwards.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BigBlue, thanks for following my blog. I hope you find something worthwhile there for you. This is a tough gig full-time, but it gets easier as time passes and you put in the initial work. Good luck to you.

    • Xiao Xiao Rui profile image

      Xiao Xiao Rui 3 years ago from Cincinnati

      Thank you for the advice. I've always wanted to be a writer but never invested enough time as I spend most time on my full-time engineer career thinking that writing is not as secure as engineering although it is what I am passionate about. Your article made me realize that I need to adjust my thoughts if I really want to become a writer as a lifelong career.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Xiao, you are right in that writing is not a secure profession, but it is enjoyable, and it is possible to make a steady income by writing. I hope one day you can follow that passion and write for a living. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Ruby H Rose profile image

      Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Oh yes, writing was so much easier when it was journaling in my blogs, having fun "building" colorful little platforms with a bunch of silly words.

      Biting down on the business of it, taking it seriously, and doing the work...Thanks for the inspiration to get out there and never give up!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I don't think there are many of us who enjoy this part of the business...I think we would all just like to finish our days sitting and writing and never have to concern ourselves with promoting or making money.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderfully crafted. Personally, I want a position as a technical writer for a company to pay the bills and to eventually become a contracted freelance technical writer. It's one of those things, they want somebody with experience but I can't get experience without a job, despite having a masters in English and almost ten years teaching experience. Any advice besides to keep sending out those resumes?

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I wish I had a suggestion, but you are right, it is the classic Catch 22. As with any other aspect of this business, my first suggestion is to always start small and work up....if there are any small companies in your town that could use your expertise, approach them....even offer to do an internship just to get your feet in the door.

    • BigBlue54 profile image

      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      Larry, I am probably telling you something you already know but could you not write for oDesk, Constant Content or something similar to build up a portfolio of work.

    • denise.w.anderson profile image

      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Thanks for telling us like it is, Bill, you are so good at that. Your advice not only carries weight, it contains wisdom from your experience, and that is what we need!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BigBlue.....yes, you could....even HP builds up your portfolio, but actually writing articles for a business is certainly better.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise! I just want writers to have the whole story before they start on this path.

    • cherrycrime26 profile image

      January Moon 3 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Thanks for this billy, I really needed this, got the ebooks going, gotta get back into my blogging :-)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, cherrycrime. Thank you for the visit.

    • just helen profile image

      just helen 3 years ago from Dartmoor UK

      Diversification is all, not only in the writing business, but in sales, too! I sometimes do a market stall and have found that selling different kinds of stuff pays off as you are trying to appeal to a diverse public. The same in writing! Write serious articles, write short stories, write reviews! In fact, write anything and everything!

    • KimberlyLake profile image

      Kimberly Lake 3 years ago from California

      This is an excellent hub billybuc. Thank you for all of the help you have given me through words of encouragement and hubs like this one. Voted up, interesting and pinned.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      just helen, you are right on! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kimberly, it really has been my pleasure. Thank you for your kind words.

    • BigBlue54 profile image

      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      I understand what you mean about Hubpage Bill but my thoughts were more to the selling articles area. Hence oDesk, Constant Content and Elance. If Larry can show that he is selling articles it will give him a bit more gravitas when he approaches business.

      People are more likely to follow then lead so if they can see he has published work they will look more favourably on his work. A published writer is less of a gamble.

      Anyway, before I forget again. Good luck Larry and I hope it all works out for you. And that goes for everyone else here. :)

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the clarification my friend. Good luck one and all.

    • Winchestery profile image

      Winchestery 3 years ago

      A very helpful article. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Winchestery! Thank you!

    • Torrs13 profile image

      Tori Canonge 3 years ago from California

      Great hub! You made lots of great points in here. It's true that you shouldn't just write for one outlet. There are so many different ways to showcase your work. I wish I had more time to write, but I enjoy doing it on the side. With the right attitude and tools, someone could easily make their writing dreams a reality!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Torrs! It's always nice to hear from someone new.

    • vkwok profile image

      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing these great and useful points, Bill!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok and have a great weekend.

    • profile image

      jonaive 3 years ago

      This hub has some great tips and info. Great job!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you jonaive...I appreciate you saying so.

    • Nikkah Lubanga profile image

      Nikkah Lubanga 3 years ago from Cebu City Philippines

      You are an angel for writing this stuff... It inspires me to write good content more until Adsense will approve to my application.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nikkah, thank you very much. If I can ever be of any help, feel free to contact me.

    • mandypoole profile image

      mandypoole 3 years ago from UK

      Great article, and very true that we have to put ourselves out there, interact and market ourselves, because success won't just happen on its own.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No it won't, Mandy. I'm glad you already realize that fact. Thanks for the visit.

    • BigBlue54 profile image

      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      Just thought of something for Larry. Have you looked at LinkedIn to see if there is anything on there which would be of use.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks BigBlue!

    • BigBlue54 profile image

      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      I did take a look and there are several groups that involve technical writers.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sir!

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An informative and most helpful hub indeed.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again DDE!

    • snerfu profile image

      Vivian Sudhir 3 years ago from Madurai, India

      Nice article. Makes good reading.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you snerfu! I appreciate you stopping by.

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I'm taking a break from school work and found this wonderful article. Thanks for the reminder of how one can make it in the writing world.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Dianna, enjoy the break from school, and thanks for the kind words.

    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I wrote for DECADES. If it wasn't for the online world, I'd never have gotten to first base.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great example, Deb. Thank you! Have a great week my friend.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I definitely need to diversify more Bill. I have a blog, but don't update it nearly enough. Maybe I'm not a good "schmoozer". I don't know. Also, some blogs go into such detail about their personal lives and I just can't do that. That is probably why I keep writing here. Oh well, it is just a hobby (one that takes a lot of time).

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, as long as you enjoy what you are doing, it makes no difference about diversifying....have fun and carry on my friend.

    • Iris Draak profile image

      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Bill, I've read this three times. It's exactly what I needed in that it gave me some to-dos for right now (get my blog launched-working on that everyday in WordPress) and it gives me a few things to work toward down the road. I have a better idea of the appropriate progression of my career. It also brought several great ideas to mind about resources and opportunities I should use and consider. And yes, diversify, diversify, diversify. It's like you read my mind. Thank you!

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, I'm so happy that this helped you. Best wishes as you continue this journey, and if I can be of any help, feel free to ask questions. Thank you.

    • liesl5858 profile image

      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Bill for sharing these amazing tips for writers. Very useful and interesting.

    • billybuc profile image
      Author

      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you lies15858. I'm glad you found it helpful.

    Click to Rate This Article