Do you take your Yelp reviews too seriously? Always carrying around your Moleskine to jot down your thoughts? Whether you’ve always considered yourself a writer or you’re just now realizing that you’re a poet and you didn’t even know it, there are lots of jobs out there for people who enjoy writing.
This will help you think about a variety of jobs to get your writing career off to a great start, or just help you earn a little extra income while you’re busy becoming the next Fitzgerald. So whip out that Moleskine and start taking notes!
Copywriters are hired by advertising agencies or marketing departments to help with the wording that usually appears in advertising or marketing materials. As a copywriter, you’ll work closely with the art director and might even have input into visual elements of the final product as well. This is a great job for creative writers!
Content marketing is becoming more and more popular as companies try to improve their SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Web content could take the form of a company blog, articles on the website, or a paragraph of information on the homepage.
Content marketing helps to generate higher revenues for the business, so content writers are very valuable members of any business.
Similar to the content writer position, many companies have official blogs they need people to write for. You may also consider going your own way, turning your blogging hobby into a career.
If you majored in English or journalism in college, becoming a journalist should be a natural path! Journalists write about a wide array of topics from breaking news to what to wear to a holiday party, so you can definitely find a niche if there’s something you’re passionate about.
When you’re just starting out, you might need to start at a local newspaper or on a smaller “beat,” but work hard and produce great stories and you’ll be on your way to your dream position in no time!
Love food and art? Why not write about it? To start out, you might consider starting a blog to give writing samples to prospective employers.Most local publications have a “Food and Art” section, so find the ones that you want to work for and send an email with some writing samples to get the ball rolling.
Similar to the last one, it might be a good idea to start a travel blog if you enjoy writing about being on-the-go, not only for samples of your writing, but to develop your voice.
After you’ve gotten into the groove, reach out to travel publications to express your interest. With your already-developed blog, they’ll be able to better understand your writing style and recognize your passion.
If you’re interested in writing a column for a newspaper, the first thing you need to do is research. Think about what topics would make you a good asset. Send a cover letter to the publication (they will usually have a contact for job inquiries listed on their website), and follow up as needed.
Thanks to the internet, it’s now easier than ever to become a published author. Write a book or go the traditional route and find an agent — all feasibly done out of the comfort of your home or your favorite coffee shop. Get your transcript ready and start reaching out!
Similar to being an author, the internet has made it much easier for poets to get work out there. Start an Instagram or Tumblr page to share short poems, join a poet community, or sign up to do poetry performances.
As your popularity grows, you might want to consider publishing a book. Again, start reaching out to agents online and you’ll be on your way.
10. Grant Writer
Why not work to get funding for those things you’re passionate about? As a grant writer, you’ll help identify and gain charitable support from businesses and foundation donors by writing compelling grant proposals outlining the issues and needs faced by your organization. Talk about a feel-good job!
Perhaps you love writing so much that you’ve decided it's time to teach others about it. For this one, you’ll probably have to go back to school. If you want to teach K-12, you will have to receive your teaching credential. While it might sound daunting to go back to school, it’ll be worth it to land the position of your dreams!
A translator is a great job option if you are fluent in two languages. Courthouses and healthcare facilities are always in need of translators, so start looking for employment in either of these places and you’ll surely find a position that you’ll excel at.
Impeccable grammar is a must for this one since you’ll be catching any mistakes the original author might have missed. You’ll want to set up a profile on a freelance site like Upwork to start looking for employment opportunities. Sit back and relax and watch those proofreading jobs roll in!
14. Speech Writer
While politicians can certainly deliver amazing speeches, they almost never write them themselves. To start on your path to the White House, you’ll want to get politically and socially involved to make connections.
Join your local party chapter, assist with elections, volunteer for a campaign, or join a social organization that interacts with politicians.It’s also a good idea to build an audience and master your voice with a blog or website. If you like talking about political issues, write about them! Who knows, your favorite politician might even read them.
Every great TV show had to be written by someone. If you’re considering the position, you probably already have some scripts in the works. Start by compiling a body of work (at least 2-3 piece in the same genre) and build your network by attending or volunteering at film festivals, producing short films, or finding a film community in your area.
If you enjoyed writing personalized holiday or birthday cards as a kid, you might make a great greeting card writer. You’ll want to start by crafting samples and seeing if any greeting card companies bite. Many will usually have a section on their site about submission guidelines, so start there.
If freelance is more of your thing, stick to making your own cards by opening a shop with Etsy or Shopify. By doing it this way, you’ll have a lot more creative control and do so on your own schedule.
Being a ghostwriter has a lot to do with luck and connections, but the internet has made it a bit easier to break into this profession than it once was. If you’re interested in writing for somebody else, you’ll want to have a body of writing work to show for yourself first.
If you love people and spreading the news, you should be a publicist! A publicist generates and manages publicity for a business, celebrity, or project, like a book or a film.
Look for entry-level positions at PR companies that specialize in the niche that piques your interest. Get your foot in the door with an internship position - while most are unpaid, the experience you receive and the connections you make are are invaluable.
19. Technical Writer
Technical writers help readers understand how a product works. Manuals, project plans, and online help are all part of it, so it's a job that varies a lot and doesn't require you to develop a voice prior. Engineers, scientists, and other professionals may be involved, but you'll do all the heavy lifting when it comes to the proofreading, editing, formatting, and delivery.
If you love video games and writing, start by researching video game development companies to decide who you might want to write for. In between searches, developing your own personal projects in the meanwhile might be a good idea too.
Design your own games or write comic books if you lack the technical skills to create a game on your own. This will give you something to show anyone looking to hire you and will help you develop your voice.
Flexible Jobs to Supplement Income:
If your writing career hasn’t quite taken off and you’re looking for a flexible job to supplement your income, there are lots of great options. These jobs can help you learn new skills while giving you plenty of time to focus on writing on your off time.
21. Office Manager
As an office manager, your days will never be boring. Your day-to-day tasks can fluctuate from helping plan the next office party to wrapping gifts for clients. Everyone in the office is sure to love you!
If you enjoy teaching or being around kids, the process to become a substitute teacher isn’t too complicated. You must have graduated with at least a bachelor degree and will need to take the California Basic Skill Requirement test.
Anyone from hairdressers to lawyers to, yes, authors, need personal assistants. If you’re good at multitasking, have good people skills, and want a job that’s a little bit different every day, a personal assistant job could be the right fit for you!
A waitress/waiter job is a really great flexible job that will give you the opportunity to interact with your customers and develop a bond with your coworkers. Plus, you’ll probably get some free food out of it and who doesn’t love that?
If you’re that one person at a party who’s always getting creative with the mixed drinks, you might want to be a bartender. You’ll want to study how to make some popular drinks before applying, and some jobs might require you to have a food handler's permit or bartending license. These are pretty easy to obtain though, and soon you’ll be on your way to mixing the best drinks in the Bay.
A sales associate is another good flexible part-time job that will allow you to connect with customers and make friends with your coworkers. Start by applying to stores you already like. The more passionate you are about the product, the better salesperson you’ll be! Plus, most stores offer discounts to their employees. What a great perk.
A nanny is another great part-time option for those who are good with kids. Start by looking at local job boards (like Localwise!) to see if anyone is hiring, or create a profile on a site Care.com to find the perfect match.