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If you love the written word as much as I do, you’ve probably considered a career in writing.
But dealing with clients can be a bit of a headache sometimes – from dealing with revisions to chasing down payments.
But I’m here to show you how you can make money writing without ANY clients.
Sound too good to be true?
Well, it’s actually not.
It’s absolutely possible. Let me show you the ways.
Here’s how I make money writing without clients (well, aside from my clients).
If you want to make money writing, but don’t want clients, eBooks can be your meal ticket to a great passive income stream, leading to a pretty decent life.
Write when you want, don’t when you don’t.
Travel, drink tea, sit in front of the TV. The choice is yours.
Doesn’t that sound like a dream?
Well, it can be a reality if you really want it to.
Figure out what kind of eBooks you want to write – fiction or nonfiction. Then, figure out your genre.
If you chose fiction, maybe you want to write contemporary romance. Or maybe you’re more into sci-fi/fantasy.
If you chose nonfiction, maybe you want to write about ways to make money. Or health and fitness might be right up your alley.
Figure out what your niche is going to be and then create a publishing schedule that outlines what you’ll publish and what the deadlines are for each eBook. I aim to publish at least one new eBook per month.
Content creation is a huge market right now. While you could go the client route and create content for a company, you can also create and sell your own content.
Instead of writing eBooks, you could create short form content like 25-50 page guides that can help people learn a new skill or information they didn’t know.
Sell these guides on sites like Gumroad, Etsy, and similar sites.
You can also sell digital downloads that can help people, such as checklists, roundups, and more.
Writing Short Stories for Money
Another way to write and make money without any clients is to write short stories for money.
There are a few ways you can do this.
You can go the traditional route and submit your short stories to publishers looking for stories for collections.
You can also submit short stories to literary journals that accept short stories. Check out Submittable – an easy way to submit to publications and keep track of your submissions all in one place.
Writing Articles for Magazines and Blogs
Writing for money with no clients is an absolute possibility, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still have to answer to someone, somewhere. And that someone, somewhere might be magazine editors and blog owners.
So, you’ll still have to follow a list of guidelines and make sure your work is in pristine condition in order to get their attention (and even that might not do the trick).
Research magazines and blogs you’d want to write for. You don’t necessarily have to stick to one area if you’re not trying to build a career out of it, but it’s best to narrow down a few ideas so you can start moving in one general direction.
For example, if you know you’d want to write about pets as well as parenting, you can look up publications and blogs that publish those kinds of content.
Writing Poetry for Magazines
If you’re more into poetry and you think you might have somewhat of a gift, try submitting to poetry publications. Make sure to read the guidelines first, just as you would when submitting anything.
Write out a list of top poetry magazines you’re considering. Then, start looking up the guidelines for your top choices.
Finally, it’s time to start writing.
Once you’ve got something you’re proud of, start submitting it to your top choice poetry publications.
Contests, Fellowships, and Awards
There are literally so many awards for writers in so many different genres and categories and age groups, there’s no way you shouldn’t be able to find a list of they type of content you like to write.
Do a quick search online for contests and awards in the genre you write in. Check the requirements for each contest and award to be sure you’re eligible before you spend hours and hours creating something that might not see the light of day.
Write on Medium
A lot of writers swear by this method of earning passive income writing. The only drawback? The platform has become so overloaded with writers that you’d have to write a significant amount of content – probably once a day – in order to make any real income.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
If you set aside about an hour or two each day, there’s no reason you can’t pump out a 1,200-word article in that amount of time (research included). If you can’t do that, you might need some practice.
Start writing a little bit each day and as you do, you’ll start getting better and faster. And it’ll become easier and easier to create content on a consistent basis.
Begin by writing just one article and start coming up with ideas for new articles. And try to stick to one niche that you think would be good writing in and focus on that. Immerse yourself in it. Get really familiar with it and dive in and start creating content. Learn even more than you know about your niche now so you have even more to draw from when creating content.
Make a Living Writing
And there you have it. A few ways to make money writing with NO clients. Making a living writing without clients is completely doable. As long as you have discipline and a few ways to spark creativity, you should have no problem making a living off of your writing.
What ways have you tried making money writing with no clients? Let me know in the comments and feel free to share on social media.