Strange Ways To Make Money Writing

The writing business can be a funny thing.

A lot of people break into the industry through freelance writing and ghost writing.

Writing is also different than a lot of jobs. It’s common to get mostly gig work at the beginning and most longterm journalist positions have been replaced by a network of freelancers.

They same has been done with a lot of in house commercial writing like copy writing or legal writing.

So as the writing moves this way and as job boards become more common small writing tasks are a great way to get your foot in the door.

The thing is sometimes the things you write can be a little…odd.

So I thought I’d go through some of the weirder ways to make money. Sometimes they’re fun. Sometimes they’re boring. But they’re always interesting.

Writing Jokes On Twitter

This was one of this easiest and most fun writing gigs I’ve had. I never even thought this was possible. I answered an ad on Craigslist of all places. And before the end of the day I was already signed on and getting paid.

The task was pretty simple. They wanted jokes about certain subjects. The test batch of jokes was about writing. I wrote ten jokes that could fit in a tweet (this was back when Twitter was limited to 140 characters.)

Their intention was to help companies fill out their social media profiles. There were also other options like standard social media posts, but a lot of companies wanted funny stuff. Everyone wanted something that could go viral. Basically they wanted Wendy’s twitter account.

I didn’t write anything as popular as fun as that, and most of the time it was fun, but sometimes it got hard. You can only write so many jokes about vacuum cleaners.

Writing Ebay Descriptions

This is a rather lucrative thing if you have the patience and some time to kill. People have entire small businesses where they sell things on Ebay. Some people put hundreds or even a thousand things up on the auction site.

But, a lot of people have the time nor the skill to write the copy that comes with it.

So if you’re a little creative then you can make some extra money when someone wants sell a vintage Fred Bear recurve.

It’s relatively easy work especially if you’ve got experience writing product descriptions or copywriting.

Writing Instagram Captions

One time I got paid to write captions for an Instagram account.

It was a popular Instagram influence and she needed someone to write the captions for her account.

At the time I didn’t even know what and Influencer was and to be honest I still really don’t.

But, I do know how to write.

Now, I’ve ghostwritten before but it’s always a challenge to nail someone’s tone.

This task was difficult because it was a young model that lived near the beach and many of the posts were about fashion. I don’t know anything about models. She had a very particular way of speaking. And I know nothing about fashion. I live in the woods where flannel and Carhart are king.

So, it was hard to write something that sounded like belonged in Clueless.

But money’s money so I got it done.

Getting Paid To Write A Birthday Card

Some CEO needed a birthday card written. I’d written for him before, mostly memos, which are boring but easy to write.

But it was his secretary’s birthday and he needed something nice to say.

I laugh about this every time I think because it remind’s me of the episode of West Wing where Leo tries to keep Sam from dating his daughter by making him write a birthday card for someone’s secretary.

I’m sure his was better, but I like to think I did a good job.

And those are just a few of the random ones. Some of them have gotten really weird, maybe I’ll write about those one day.

Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories.

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