Aspiring writers dream to make a career out of writing and become better writers. Most writers have one of the driving forces or a combination viz.: some choose to earn from writing, some choose to be famous as a writer, and for some, it is a means of venting out their emotions and creativity. Ultimately, every writer aims to earn from their writing, which is natural out-turn of the above-mentioned aspects.
Many writers look for options to turn their hobby into a full-time career in writing and make a living by earning from it and aim to become professional writers.
Are there any ways to earn and make a living from writing articles online in India?
Yes, The first and the most crucial step is to choose a Niche for your writing and work towards what you aim to achieve.
Writers must overcome their dilemma of whether to wrap up their current job and completely focus on their careers as writers. Dream of a job where they only write books, short stories, and poems and earn money through writing. Many experienced professional writers say “writing is a good hobby; however, it can be a tough profession to earn money from it” and not to quit the current jobs that pay your bills at the month-end. You must be extremely good at writing and be distinct from the other writers to earn from it.
You might wonder – how to strike balance between passion for writing and earning money for survival from it?
If you are passionate, enjoy writing, and are determined to earn from it online and make a career out of it, perhaps, there are a few lucrative ways to accomplish it. You can become a freelancer or join a job and start working as a commercial writer. You can earn money by commercial writing to cover your bills; also get better at writing and then probably, get ahead making your hobby writing a full-time career.
I have discussed a few roles for commercial writing in India.
Let’s ogle a few possible roles that commercial writers can consider to earn money in India.
While most of them are writing-oriented jobs and some are administrative in the publishing industry. I have also included the approximate earning slabs with the risk factors involved in each job type.
Table of Contents:
- Literary Magazine
- Creative Writer / Contributor to Magazines / Content Creation Websites
- Content Writer
- Publishing House
- Create your own blog and monetize it
- Author Assistant
In India, there are many literary magazines and e-zines which consist of a team of editors, a large readers base, content designers and social media managers. An ideal platform to learn flavours of writing, the art of criticism and become good at writing and also grow as a writer.
Writers apart from working with literary magazines could also write for themselves.
Some magazines also pay for the write-ups which include essays on the trending news and various topics, reviews on books and important topics which need coverage. By writing the op-ed, you can express your creativity and experiences and about things that you care for.
Here is a list of India’s top Literary Magazines to submit short stories, non-fiction and poetry. Some of these Literary Magazines pay for the write-ups.
- Monthly earning from writing: (Range) Rs. 5000-Rs. 8000/-
- Hours (Fixed Vs Flexi):15-20 hours/week (Flexi)
- Location: Remote
- Risk Level: Low
- Where to start?
Identifying your niche is the first step. Literary criticism, writing book reviews, author interviews or writing in general? Based on your niche create a portfolio. Associate with smaller magazines to start with and write for them or websites and add to your portfolio. Use social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter ( #Limag, #LiteraryMagzines ) or even Times Jobs. Build your network by following specific Facebook Groups viz.:
- Literary Magazines
- Literary Voice
- Literature or Language Jobs
- Guest Posting and Article Writing
- Size / Competitiveness:
You are free to choose a topic from a wide range of options, however, your writing needs to be on literature. Options to choose from listicle to recommended reads, so build a strong portfolio in your niche to stand out and beat the high competition.
Creative writer / Contributor to magazines / Content Creation for Website
This is another way to write articles and earn money in India and build your credibility as a writer. You can get online visibility for your writing with your name by submitting work to publishers.
Platforms such as LBB, BPB, What’s up life, Buzzfeed, Scroll, Huffington Post etc. have an immense demand for write-ups on current topics about trending news and also about other things like the latest movie, a new bestseller or the controversy that has gone viral on Twitter or other social media platforms.
Entertaining and Engaging content are always are on high demand in various forms. Identify your niche and build a portfolio on it too.
If you aim to be a non-fiction writer whose books are based on a specific area of expertise, then this portfolio can help you acquire converted publishing deals.
How can beginners find online article writing jobs in India?
Many magazines and online portals share their call for pitches online with the appropriate payment. This work is possible for Indian and International platforms. Mentioned below is the curated list of Twitter handles and newsletters which keep sharing such opportunities regularly.
- Meher Mirza
- It’s all write (Namrata – Blogger says: This is a newsletter from Joanna where she shares writing opportunities apart from tips from leading industry experts. It has both paid and free options. And I say this is from my own experience – the paid option is worth every penny you spend on it!)
- Job Opportunities – Started by a well-known journalist Rituparna Chatterjee as a sisterhood thread to empower women by providing more opportunities, this thread is open for all and has some interesting freelancing opportunities as well for content writers and creators.
- Call for Pitches – A curated list by a well-respected journalist who shares various freelancing writing opportunities from time to time.
- Opportunities of the week – Started in 2018 by Sonia Weiser, a freelancer, she shares the latest call for pitches every week in this newsletter which is priced at $3.
- Monthly earning from writing: (range) Rs. 15-20,000/-
- Hours (Fixed Vs Flexi): 20-30 hours/week -Flexi
- Location: Remote
- Risk: Moderate
- Where to start?
A good impressive portfolio is a must for any content writing job. So content writers must give it the highest priority and work towards creating one. Writers can also create a WordPress website where they can host their writing samples. Writers must write on a wide range of topics to showcase their versatility in writing and avoid writing on a single topic.
Facebook groups are extremely active when it comes to job openings. These groups not only help in finding a job but also in building contacts. Below mentioned are Facebook groups that writers intently swear by:
- Media Jobs/Requirements
- Media and Communication Professional in India
- Media Jobs
- Journalism and Media Vacancies
- Media Jobs PR Freelance co-ordination
- Size/Competitiveness: Create a Niche to cut through the competition very effectively. Content writing jobs are high in demand however there is enough requirement owing to the amount of content being generated daily across platforms.
Content Writing is another way to write articles and make money in India. It is a great way to learn, your writing may not be published in your name. This could be a good place to start, write a few pieces regularly as you get good at it.
With a good internet connection and a laptop or a desktop, and a decent command of the English language which reflects in your writing, you can become a freelance content writer.
In this line of work, you can go beyond India, and if you can manage American and/or European clients, you can even earn in dollars/ Euros.
A list of the dedicated sites with various job listings with short-term projects ranging from translation, transcription, typing, and drafting emails to write articles, research reports, and listicles.
The topics also vary from programming and marketing to business and finance. You can get ghost-writing projects for novels on platforms such as – Problogger, Freelance, and Freelance writing. You can bid for projects that interest you and the best bids get you the projects.
- Monthly Earning from writing: (Range) Freshers Rs.8-10,000/-
Experienced Rs. 30-45,000/-
- Hours: Flexi
- Location: Remote
- Risk Level: Medium
- Where to start?
The mentioned is a list of sites that offer freelancing projects, site Viz.:
- Freelance Writing
Few India sites which offer such jobs:
- Writer’s Labs
- Thoughtful Minds Web Services Pvt. Ltd
- My Writing Master.in
- Assignment India
- SEO Content Online
- Content Writing Jaipur
- The professional Writers
You can also search Twitter using the hashtag #CallforPitches to find relevant results, Monster.com, Times Jobs, and Facebook groups. Topping the list of recommended Facebook groups is the Indian Copyeditors Forum which has a lot of freelance editors and copy editors along with content writers and aspiring writers.
This is a very well-organized and managed group which regularly conducts workshops to train the members apart from sharing regular job openings, tips, and tricks on how to write better and effectively, etc. Alternatively, you could also post your resume and seek projects:
- Get Projects
- Content Writers Needed
- Freelance Digital Marketing, Content Writing, SEO
- Content Writing Services in India
- Freelancing India
- Freelance Writing Café
- Content Writers
- Size/Competitiveness: High.
One must create a niche to demand exclusivity in both work and payment. Anyone with good command of English, an internet connection, and a laptop can do a Content writing Job.
Publishing house has editors, sub-editors, cover designers, marketing and PR team, acquisition team etc. have an important role to play in the making of a book. Depending on your area of interest you can choose to work in any of the departments in a publishing house. Working in a publishing house can be a great learning experience.
Tips and tricks of the trade that you will learn while doing so, can also be helpful when your book is ready. Apply all your learnings and turn your dream of being a published author into reality practically.
- Monthly earning from Writing: Freshers Rs. 10-15,000/-
Experienced: Rs. 25-40,000/-
- Hours: Flexi
- Location: Office
- Risk Level: Low
- Where to start?
The Best Place to start will be the official sites of these publishing houses which have a Work with Segment where they keep posting regular job openings in their organizations.
You can also look up Twitter (#JobsinPublishing).
Create your own blog and Monetize it
Blogging is another way to write articles and make money in India, you can work
toward getting recognized and becoming a subject matter expert in your niche area.
For instance: you are working on a book based on different forms of storytelling in India since ancient times. Through blogs, you could talk about adapting storytelling as an important form of communication in various walks of life, and could also consider hosting workshops on storytelling.
Such a style of blogging can add value to your profile as an expert on the subject and help build a loyal reader base which can increase your book sales every time you publish a new book. You can also earn money by blogging by choosing to work in a specific market: you may focus on India, or look at non-Indian markets.
Bloggers should also have a clear understanding of how Google’s page ranking works and ways to make money from it, which could be like running a small business with writing as one of the operational components. Many bloggers end-up outsourcing the writing bit.
- Monthly earning from blogging: Zero to Multi-lakhs.
- Hours: Flexi
- Locations: Work From Home
- Risk level: High
Professional blogging is entrepreneurship. Like any start-up, it includes all the risk factors. Keep your blogs in sync with continuously changing Google’s algorithm or Amazon’s reduced affiliate marketing fees etc. full-time blogging can consume most of your time, and you may have very little or no time at all left for your books writing dream.
Being patient pays! Because blogging might take years before you start to make money. Becoming a master in your chosen niche, investing in the tools and regularly working at it, is the key to blogging, it might take years before Google crawl into your blogs.
- Where to start:
Study professional blogging and understand it from Google’s perspective.
Banasal’s is a good place to start.
Bloggers write about bizarre things such as Aquarium accessories and balcony gardens, so choose your niche and develop skills to get good at it persistently to be conspicuous in this highly competitive space.
As it is well known, that writing is a lonely profession. A budding writer may also have to focus on other jobs apart from writing. These include research, responding to emails, handling social media accounts, coordinating for administrative jobs such as taking printouts, sourcing books for research, transcription of notes etc.
A competent Author Assistant can ease the burden on a writer by handling all the above-mentioned tasks of a writer and help the author to focus on doing what they love the most -write.
The author’s assistant works closely with an author and observe the publishing world. As an author assistant, you can get to making your own contacts along with a list of tried and tested Dos and Don’ts. This job offers many perks that you can bag even after you quit it.
An expert virtual assistant says that: ‘this is one job without dull moments, it is exciting to learn something new thing every single day at work’.
This work allows you to witness the making of a book to a great extent, and as a bonus, you get to be a part of the post-release process too.
- Monthly earning from Writing: Rs. 30-45,000/-
- Hours: Fixed and Flexi (Depending on job role)
- Location: Office and Remote (Both are possible depending on the author’s requirements)
- Risk Level: Low
- Where to Start?
Work with a well-known writer you admire the most, and it can fall in the line of work you intend to do.
If you are determined to make a living off your writing you can read about your inspiring writers and the career secrets of their success.
For starters move to a smaller city or a town, which drastically reduces your cost of living. Become a minimalist in every aspect of your life.
Subsequently, consider offering your services such as taking writing workshops, tutoring students and aspiring writers, writing literary thought-pieces for prominent websites, using your skills to provide critique to budding writers’ manuscripts and mentoring young and aspiring writers on a part-time basis to earn a sustainable income and use the other half of the day for writing and researching.
Monthly earning from writing Rs. 5-25000/-
Location: Work from home
Risk Level: High
Aspiring writers dream to earn from writing and make it a full-time career. Start by creating a Strong and impressive portfolio that is conspicuous. Choose your niche and become the best at it, showcase your versatile writing skills by writing blogs on varied topics. Research the tools and platforms on which you can find writing jobs on both freelance and a full-time basis.
It is essential to work as a writer and get experienced, by working closely with experts and professionals, authors and/or with the team in a publishing house. Well! All said and done, one may learn all the skills required, and work under the tutelage of great mentors, ultimately the lack of driving force for writing is like ‘the dead art of an artist without a passion’.
There is an everlasting need for passionate, excellent and creative writers online and offline. Living a life as a writer/author might be grievous in the initial stage; Earning money in India by writing articles and blogs gets easier with time and by gaining experience in it, Many veteran writers live a lifestyle that most budding writers dream of.
Persistently writing and keeping updated with the latest trends not only project you a good writer and also build confidence to become a better individual.
All the facts and figures are from well-known sources after through research.