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3 creative writing careers that actually pay (Get Your Dream Job or Find Your First Client)

Many creative writers are broke. I'll show you the best creative writing careers that can help you earn a full time income!

Ramit Sethi

I found a woman who does creative writing of Fiverr.

For $5, she’ll take your assignment, dig through mountains of research, compile her own notes, and write a quality, cited piece for you.

For $5.

Can you believe it? I cringe when I think about how much she earns for an hour of work. It’s not even enough for a cup of Starbucks coffee.

Intuitively, we know this writer should be charging more. Too bad she isn’t.

Compare that to my one of Zero to Launch graduates, Felicia:

Zero To Launch Graduate Felicia

Felicia is a professional copywriter and online business owner.

She has a thriving business where she can write a single email to her readers, hit send, and watch orders pour into her inbox. In fact, she earns up to $10,000 per month from her online business.

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What’s the difference between Felicia and people posting gigs on Fiverr? Felicia chose a creative writing career that actually paid…instead of boxing herself into one that guaranteed her years of frustration and $5 work.

Many writers fall into this same trap. They buy into the romanticized notion that you have to be poor, or that you have to live in someone’s basement until you catch your big break.

Not true. There are dozens of ways you could make a great living as a writer — right now.

Today, I’m going to show you the 3 best options. And I’ll give you a roadmap for getting started.

1. Get your Dream Job as a creative writer

So how do most people become writers?

The answer is simple: they don’t. They stumble into a job after college, take whatever they can get, and hope one day they’ll catch their big break. Maybe they’ll publish a novel someday?

No wonder most writers are frustrated.

Of course, if you ask for advice on breaking into the industry, you don’t get much help:

  • “Write a book!”
  • “Network with publishers.”
  • “You’re lucky to have ANY job in this economy — so just take what you can get.”

There is a better way. You can land a high paying job working full time as a creative writer. All you need to do is create a system for:

  • Finding the highest paying writing jobs
  • Selecting the best companies to work for
  • And landing the job want even if you’re up against people with 10+ years of experience

The system I’m about to show you has helped thousands break into and thrive in some of the most competitive industries on earth.

Dream Job Course Twitter Testimonial

Dream Job Course Twitter Testimonial

And I’m going to show you how to use it to find your dream job as a creative writer.

The first step is making sure everyone knows you’re a top-performer. You do this with competence triggers.

In the video below, I’ll show you a few key competence triggers for writers — these are subtle signals that show a hiring manager you deserve the job…and you’re not some desperate wannabe writer.

Of course you have to be good at your craft, too. Competence Triggers are not a trick to hide your deficiencies.

But these signals prove you’re worthy of further investigation and a job offer. If you need any help preparing for your interview, check out this free guide to dominating your job interview and getting an offer.

That’s option 1. But if writing in a corporate setting doesn’t sound appealing, you have other options.

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2. Get paid to break into a creative writing career

You can earn a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars per month working as a freelance writer.


Think of all the written materials even a tiny company puts out.

Imagine a software company with 5 employees. Their annual report doesn’t write itself. They need a blog to keep up with the content marketing war. The sales team sends out sales letters and brochures to prospects.

The prospects want white papers, case studies. Not to mention technical papers for the actual software.

Someone has to write it — and the truth is, they don’t know how to do it. And they don’t want to learn.

Do you know how much they’re willing to pay for someone to just do it for them?

That’s where you can help. There are thousands of people looking for freelance writers every day. But the best writing gigs are usually unadvertised. Most struggling writers never find out about these jobs.

Fortunately, I have a simple process for finding the highest paying clients and making them want to hire you as a creative writer.

This is probably the easiest way to get started. If you’re interested, just enter your name and email below. When you do, you’ll get instant access to my free material on getting your first client in less than 6 weeks flat. Or you can keep reading below to learn how to make $60,000 or more next year by building your own business.

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3. Turn a blog into a business

This is my personal favorite way to make money with creative writing.

With an online business, you get to talk about things you enjoy: your hobbies, interests, and even weird things like your love of hot sauce or your amazing ironing skills.

I know it sounds crazy, but there’s an audience for almost anything. And even if you’re not sure how to do it right now, you can build a business based on your unique skills and experiences.

Take me, for example. When I started this site back in 2004, it wasn’t a business. It was just a simple blog I wrote out of my dorm room at Stanford.

And I had no idea what I was doing. Look how bad my design was:

I Will Teach You To Be Rich Old Website Design Screenshot

Early I was clueless. I had no idea how to get traffic, how to build an email list, or how to design a webpage.

My only goal was to write great content that people would share with their friends.

And it worked.

After awhile, I built up a following of a few thousand readers. And I thought, “You know what? Why don’t I just create a small product and see what happens?”

So I decided to launch a $4.95 ebook. It was called, “Ramit’s 2007 Guide to Kicking Ass.”

Ramit Sethi's 2007 Guide to Kicking Ass eBook CoverMy first product: a terribly priced, terribly positioned ebook.

I was terrified that nobody would buy it.

But then the orders started rolling in:

Ramit Sethi's First Sale Invoice
My first sale — a measly $4.95, but it was a start.

Fast forward a few years. I’ve created 18+ products that have generated millions of dollars in sales.

IWT's Revenue Growth From 2009 To 2015 ChartIWT’s revenue growth.

It’s easy to look at the chart above and say, “must be nice.” But in reality, it all started with the simple decision to keep writing my blog and turn my passion into a real business.

I did it, and since then I’ve shown thousands of people how to do the same. You can, too.

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