Can a love for reading and writing become a business?
Reading and writing is something I do really well. I have tried writing articles for content mills, but in the end lost out on payment because the site shut down. I am looking for a mentor to guide me towards establishing my business. Can I make a career out of this?
Yes, you can. It isn't easy, but it can happen. Perhaps, you might want to start looking at your local newspaper or community newspaper. I write for a local community newspaper. I first volunteered to write articles, then this year I started getting paid. The important thing is to get your name out there. Second, there are websites that advertise for freelance writers, but you have to search for them. Third, look at magazines that accept unsolicited articles. A woman on my facebook page, her article appeared in OWN.
Content is one the fastest growing areas of marketing. Managers of websites are under increasing pressure to create huge amounts of relevant content both on their sites and also other industry related sites too, talking about their products and services. It's an essential part of a marketing strategy, so if you love writing, find the topics you are most interested in and start blogging and offer your services.
The best part of this is that businesses only really thrive when you are passionate about them. So if its something that you love, you are half way there.
Best of luck with it and start writing!
The best businesses are those that are built on products and services that we love and about which we are passionate. That was one of the primary factors behind me launching my PR firm. As you have experienced, unfortunately, not every avenue is secure or reputable; however, don't let these setbacks deter you. It's been said that venture capitalists will not invest in companies that have not failed at least three times.
Use these experiences as guides to help you assess future opportunities.
Keep in mind that many firms tend to hire on a freelance, project or contractual basis. These are great avenues to help you get your foot in the door. To ensure steady work, ensure that you have a well-rounded portfolio of work. Although you may have a specialty field, experience writing for diverse audiences on various platforms will prove that you're versatile. In today's extremely competitive landscape, versatility is crucial and will help ensure work on an ongoing basis.
Also, it's important to remember that, as with anything else, you will have to work your way up and develop a level of trust with those for whom you write. Starting a business is a seemingly endless stream of peaks, valleys and plateaus. Use that time to continually develop your craft.
With that being said, make certain that you never.stop.writing. Ever. It's crucial to have a steady supply of work that is timely and relevant. Professional writers are expected to be have a readily available arsenal of work. This is a field where even two or three weeks out can make a tremendous difference, especially if relevant news or topics occurred during that period.
Consider ongoing education. Employers in any field like to see that you're invested in your craft. Join professional groups and attend webinars and classes. (You'll be surprised how many free resources are available.) Not only will this look great on your resume, but it will also allow you to connect with professionals that you may have never encountered. Who knows what doors this may open?
Develop and maintain an online presence and create a portfolio of your work. And network, network, network. While you must be sure to utilize the power of social media, in-person networking is an oldie but ---ALWAYS--- a goodie.
Best of luck!
Reading and writing are some of the oldest skills, thus the most general and overlooked. What you need is publishing - just like a singer needs a band and a producer. Publishing is where the money is and has always been. People who love life love writing - people who love writing love books. In the end, both have stories to tell!
Yes. Proofreading and editing/writing are well needed services
First things first. You need to create a list of the top five areas of reading and writing you are good at. Next pair the list down to the top three. Next research on the market segment opportunity. Create the business plan. That will serve as your determiner and roadmap to possible final success. Recognize that success is three to five years out from launch date. Here is a starting point: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Money-Writing
That is a great question and I would like to know the answer as well...
IMHO. Parents are very pragmatical and if you ofeer things like "help your kids to develop reasoning skills or metacognitive skilss with reading" maybe you can organize sessions who help people to discover new ways to learn and enjoy life reading, and this is a good and noble way of make bussiness. I charge 130 MX$ by hour and we get 10-15 children every session using robotics for reasoning skills development. Our students get better grades in Math and science and parents are very happy with us.
I developed a short workshop entitled "Becoming a Wealthy Self-Published Author" it was based on my own experience using POD (print on demand) facilities and other previous experience, books I'd read and advice I received.
So with POD more accessible and the rise in the popularity of ebooks I think that a way forward might be to pick a topic that sells, do the research, write the book, get a great cover designed, with a good title and get it published, printed available online AND THEN PUSH AND MARKET IT LIKE HELL