What is the best business to start as a writer? What do I do with my writing skills? Over the years, I have met a lot of talented individuals with excellent writing skills; but they are usually financially broke. I have met a lot of broke undergraduates and unemployed graduates with degree in English Language, Mass Communication, etc.
The sad part about these set of broke individuals is that they don’t even know what to do with their writing skills. This situation kind of reminds me of a quote by Ray Kroc that goes: “Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talents.”
Do you have good writing skills? Are you almost perfect with respect to your writing flow, grammatical structure and sentence composition? If your answer is yes, then this article is going to open your eyes to the tremendous business opportunities that writers can tap into.
As an entrepreneur and investor, I want to boldly state there is a lot of money to be made with your writing skills. Though I don’t consider myself a professional writer, I want you to know that I have made a lot of money with my average writing skill. I have written business plans and proposals, written a lot of articles and I have made a lot of money. This wouldn’t have been possible if I don’t know how to write.
However, I want to restate clearly that I am not a professional writer; neither did I major in English Language, nor took a course in writing. I am simply started all this with the basic writing skill I picked up in high school and worked on developing myself along the way. Now if somebody with average writing skills like me can do all this, I strongly believe you too can succeed.
The point I am trying to emphasize here is that there is money to be made with respect to writing. All you need is just determination and knowledge of how to use your writing skills to solve other people’s problem. So without wasting your time, below are 19+ small businesses you can start with your writing skills.
Top 19 Small Business Ideas for People with Good Writing Skills in 2020
The first business you can start as a writer is a freelance writing business; also known as ghostwriting. Now there are wealthy individuals and corporate leaders who have ideas and experiences they would like to document and publish as a book; but they can’t seem to find time to sit and write. Worst still for these individuals is that writing is boring to them and they would rather do other productive things, or go on vacation than spend time writing a book.
To be honest with you, writing is boring especially to those who lack the passion for it, or are not professional writers. Donald Trump, Robert Kiyosaki, Richard Branson, Felix Dennis, Timothy Ferriss, Bill Gates, J. Paul Getty, etc are all well known authors with bestsellers. But ask yourself this question: How do this millionaires and billionaires find time to write books? Well, the answer is that they made use of ghostwriters.
Now as a freelance ghost writer, your task is to contact these wealthy individuals, pitch them about the need for them to share their ideas and experiences in a book, propose to handle the writing for them while they take credit for the book; and get the cash. It is as easy as that. If you can handle just one project for a wealthy person, he or she will refer you to family and friends.
2. Become an Author
Instead of writing a book for someone else, you can choose to write a book for yourself. Now it is up to you to choose the genre of books to write (fiction, science, autobiography, business, etc) and regardless of the genre you choose, there are several writers you can model yourself after. Examples are Chimamanda Adiche, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, etc.
Article writing service is one of the fastest growing service businesses on the web. In fact, there is no successful web based publisher or entrepreneur that have not at one time or the other sought the services of article writers. You can position yourself as a quality article writer and offer your services to webmasters, web publishers, etc. The sweetest part about this business is that you can work from home and you don’t have to sweat it out all alone; you can either choose to hire employees or outsource your work oversea.
It is one thing to write, and it is another thing to manage a team of writers. If you are a competent writer and you have good people relationship skills, then you can become an editor for web publishers. To carry out this service, you don’t need to leave the four walls of your home, as you can discharge your duties over the internet. Some good places to source for jobs and deals are Elance.com, Odesk.com, etc.
5. Provide proofreading services
Do you have an eye for spotting grammatical errors? Do seeing spelling errors in books or written materials irk you? Then it is time to make money with your skill by offering proofreading services to online editors and publishers.
6. Start a blog
One of the basic skills you need to start a blog is writing skill. In fact, you can never start a blog if you don’t know how to write; except you intend to concentrate on doing videos, audios and pictures. If you don’t know how to write, then you can either employ someone who does or you outsource your tasks. You can also be a guest author, contributor or guest blogger on someone else blog.
7. Become a freelance reporter
If you have an eye for spotting newsworthy events, or you have an ear for picking information; then you can become a freelance reporter. You will write and submit to big publishing agencies on contract basis.
8. Become an Independent Columnist for big media news companies.
There are a lot of people out there who aspire to be recognized writers, reporters and published authors but they don’t know how to go about it. There also those who want to build a writing career but they don’t know a thing about sentence structure, article flow, writing style, etc. You can step in and become a coach to these aspiring writers.
10. Become a Scriptwriter
Are you skilled at writing catchy, emotional stories? Then you can become a scriptwriter for movie producers.
11. Become a Songwriter
Just as in the case of scriptwriting, you can also write songs for musicians. But to do this, you will need a combination of both writing and music composing skill.
The number of unemployed graduates is rapidly increasing and the competition in the labor market is becoming stiff. It is a known fact that unemployed individuals are usually tight when it comes to spending cash, but they are always willing to spend money to make themselves outstanding especially when seeking for a job; and one of such ways to be outstanding is to create an impressive resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae). You can position yourself as a resume writer and make money.
Another profitable business you can start with your writing skill is a business plan writing service. There are a lot of business owners that are running their businesses without business plans. There are also those who intend to raise capital or obtain business loans; and they will definitely need business plans. With a little business sense, research capability and good writing skill; you can start this business and make money with it.
14. Start a business proposal writing service
The world is filled with brilliant ideas but unfortunately, most people with ideas don’t know what to do with it. I have also seen a lot of good business ideas go under because the idea creator don’t know how to get the words out about the idea. This is where the need for a business proposal come in. Proposals are needed daily for job propositions, contracts, fundraising, obtaining loans, joint ventures, projects, etc. You can position yourself as a business proposal writer and make money off this niche.
15. Start a business research company
Corporate organizations are always in need of information. They want to know what their customers need are, how customers feel about their company or product, their staff performance and customer relationship skill, the level of their brand awareness, what their competitors are doing currently, latest trends and fads, etc. You can setup a business research company and offer your services in exchange for a fee.
16. Help students write their projects and term papers
College and university students get tons of term paper research work or projects assignment weekly; and majority of these students are lazy. You can make money off these lazy bums by carrying out their research work for them and charging them for it. This business is very profitable and highly recommended for students or those located within the environment of a high institution.
18. Start a business letter writing services
A lot of letters go out of the desk of business owners and managers daily, and it is a known fact that most small scale business owners or mom and pop shop owners are illiterates. You can feel in the gap by helping these business owners write their business letters.
If you are a good writer, and you studied marketing in high institution; then you can become a copywriter and write ads, sales letter, web copy and marketing brochures for small businesses and companies. If you are a good writer but you don’t know what it takes to write an ad copy, all you need to do is to take a course in copywriting and read books centered on “Persuasion skill development.”