I love writing. It's a great job to have and it lets me stretch my mind. But sometimes I just get so tired of writing articles! That's when I take a break and try something else writing related. Let me tell you what I do to relieve the monotony...
Editing & Proofreading
A lot of people outsource their content, and the results they get isn't always that good. Others simply want someone to look over content they're written and polish it up. Either way, editing and proofreading is a great job for writers who love syntax and grammar, and are detail oriented.
Product & Service Reviews
Writing reviews on products and services can be a great way to break out of the mold and let your personality shine through. Reviews can be written for clients, or done as a side project on a niche blog. Not only is writing reviews fun, but you can get some pretty awesome free stuff out of it. Reviews are a great job for writers with personality who love sharing their opinions.
This is a lower end white-label service that I recommend doing in your free time for a site like Fiverr or Gigbucks. Commenting on blog posts takes seconds and it gives you a chance to try out different styles of writing and tones as you adopt different personas on the fly. I recommend only offering 10, 15, or 20 comments per gig, to keep time requirements low. Blog commenting can be a great job for writers who like reading or have some free time they want to use to make a little pocket cash.
Similar to blog commenting, this lower end white-label service is recommended for writers good at generating ideas but not necessarily interested in blogging about every topic under the sun. An example is a list of 25 blog post ideas about “optimizing your blog” that I did for a client. I made about $60 just by writing out talking points and prospective titles in an excel document. Writers who find themselves plagued with ideas can often perform this service, or sell idea pre-created lists of ideas for unique blog and article content.
Mentoring and Coaching
Some writers are more seasoned than others. For those who are experienced and pulling in a decent income, coaching new writers can be fulfilling and profitable work. New writers join the market everyday, and only a handful ever break in with some success. Others are underpaid, overworked, and losing their passion. Mentors and coaches can help reignite that passion.
Affiliate Marketing and Information Products
Creating your own product or selling affiliate products is an outstanding way to generate passive income. This works especially well if you're a niche writer with a product that caters directly to your clients. Perhaps it's a watered down DIY version of one of your services, or just a resource on how to get started in your niche. Either way, writers with a more business-oriented mind might find promoting affiliate products a lot of fun.
I believe the key to enjoying a fulfilling freelance writing career is to look beyond the writing. Digging deeper into the various aspects of a writer's abilities lets you have fun and keeps you from getting bored. What do you do besides article writing? Share your talents in the comments below!