Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Make Money Writing: V=Vocational Writing

April is all about making money writing. I want to talk about vocational writing. Most of us have a day job, meaning we have some sort of expertise outside of writing. There are ways to make money with that. I've talked about educational writing before. I've also talked about non-fiction. Thinking about your vocational expertise can be a good place to start when you looking to put out a non-fiction book. But for many of us, there are other opportunities for vocational writing we may not consider. I'm a paralegal. I spend most of my day conducting legal research and writing. I write letters and the first draft of legal or government documents. Believe it or not, there are ways for me to do this on a contract basis if I need to work from home and minimize my day job. I've written blog posts for real estate agents before. I did this by creating a dummy real-estate blog, but I bet it would be a good supplemental gig for a real estate agent.

Is there a way you can turn your vocation into additional writing income?


  1. Great idea! For those who can. I am afraid I'm just destined to be otherwise...

    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016

  2. I agree with Nilanjana, this would be a great way to shape your writing. I imagine some authors don't like the idea of writing at their day jobs too, but for those who don't mind, definitely a consideration.
    At one point I contemplated a career in technical writing. Who knows, maybe I'll take a leap that way?

    1. I'm not saying write at your day job. I'm saying don't be afraid to use expertise from your day job to make side money writing by putting out non-fic products or doing niche freelance work. I'm also saying that some people are able to use that niche skill as a way to abandon the day job ;).

  3. J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team.
    *It looks like you haven't posted since this. Is everything all right? Are you dropping out? No plans to finish?*
    My blog's giveaway ends soon!
    Good luck with your goals this month. Keep on blogging!

    1. LOL. Well, I had planned to finish. I had posts planned in a notebook but not scheduled online. I'm in an MFA and stuff came do. Between that and the day job the blog kind of got abandoned for a while. The few posts that have popped up since then were prescheduled during A-Z. Sorry!