Monday, July 12, 2010

Make Money Writing?

If you knew me, you'd know I hate writing. I am the guy that sleeps until an hour before his class, types a paper of BS, and then rushes to turn it into his professor. How I usually get good grades, I have no clue. I could tell stories about my master pieces of BS and how they earned me good grades, but I wouldn't want to promote my habit as a necessarily good one.

But what good are those papers? Are they just for the teacher to give it a grade and that's it? All the time for a grade? There has got to be a way for it to mean more. How about some extra cash? Sounds good doesn't it? To get paid to write. Sounds pretty darn good. You could just copy your paper (after you've turned it in) and submit it to a site and get paid for it. Heck, it doesn't even have to be just a paper from school. You could post an article about anything.

How can you get paid to write articles?
There are many ways to get paid. Here is a quick list of ideas and brief descriptions.

  • Submit to a Pay per View Site: At the moment I know both Triond and Bukisa pay per view for an article. They pay just a little per view, so if you can get views, you can get the cash. They also make it so your article can be seen in a search engine (Google, Yahoo, Bing) so that you can receive more views. Example of article submitted to Triond

  • Offer your writing article services from your website: Showcase some of your writing, so people can get to know you style and areas of expertise. Many business owners are willing to pay to have articles written for them, so that they have fresh content targeted for their readers. Writer's charge anywhere from $50 to over $300 for an article.

  • Submit your articles for consideration in newspapers, trade journals, magazines, etc: Always check the submission guidelines and submit appropriately. Wear your thick skin and be prepared for rejection, but don't get discouraged and keep submitting your work. Generally, it will be easier to get published in smaller publication, but the pay may be lower. Assignments can pay as little as a few dollars to several hundred.

  • Compile in an Ebook: If you have several articles, or maybe poetry would work best, you can put it all together and try to sell it to a site or put it on Ebay. Title it so that it catches the eyes of the views. "Collaborations of the Jane Doe"

There are many ways to get paid for your works. So take those old papers you have saved on your computer and get them out there to make you money. Maybe even write a poem or two.
*NOTE- If you do use papers that you are turning into to a teacher/professor, make sure you do it after you have your grade for that paper. You may even consider waiting until after that class. Some professors use tools to see if student are turning in plagiarized materials, and if your work shows up, you could suffer consequences. Each school and professor deals with plagiarism differently. Just make sure you watch out.

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