With the economy being as it is, my job is less than secure. My employers recently made a number of people redundant, and there’s talk of more to follow, so I’ve started to look into other ways to make money – preferably things that I can do alongside my work for now, but that I can increase my dedication to if I am made redundant.
I’ve looked at a few different ideas, and the ways that really seem to be worthwhile right now are matched betting, affiliate marketing and content creation (writing articles). The thing is, there’s a limit to how much you can make on matched betting and affiliate marketing requires rather more time than I have available to spend, so I’ve been concentrating mainly on content creation.
The idea behind it is simple. There are a lot of websites out there that need regular updates to keep their readers interested. The websites make a lot of money from adverts, so they want to keep readers coming back and clicking. Often the creators of the websites have more than one to maintain, or want a lot of content, so it’s not feasible for them to keep writing new articles all the time – instead they pay people to write articles for them. The best thing about it is that with an internet connection, you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
This is where I come in. A simple article for a blog post might fetch anything from $5 – $20. An article for a big multinational site might fetch as much as $50 upfront, or even better, a share of the ad revenue produced. Write a good article where you get a share of the ad revenue and you could be getting $5 a day for months. Ok, it’s not mega-bucks, but you can see how it all adds up, and it can be fairly quick to do if you have the right tools.
I started writing articles three months ago. So far it’s not exactly breaking the banks, but I’m getting a nice steady income to supplement my wage packet, and I know that if anything happened to my job, I could at least keep enough money coming in to support my family. More than that – if I spent as much time writing as I currently do working, I’d probably be better off overall.
You might be wondering why I don’t just set up my own website and write articles for myself. The answer comes down to two things. Time and money. I don’t have the time to dedicate to making it look perfect, choosing the right font, layout, adding the right adverts, and all of that. I also don’t have the money to advertise it to lift it to a prominent place in the search engine listings. So I let other people do all of that hard work and I sit at home and write, and get paid well for it. I really do get the best of both worlds. And the great thing about it is that if I only have a few minutes, I can write a quick blog post, whereas if I have hours I can produce a big article and sell it for that much more – and there’s no obligation either way.
In summary – I think it’s definitely worthwhile. If you have time, why not give it a shot?