Start a Business in Communication

While it’s possible to find a part time job, you’ll find most work related to writing and language is freelance and contract. If you’re a good writer, editor or researcher, you can make retirement income from your craft. But, it’s important to see this activity as a business. Many an unfortunate author spent thousands of hours writing the great American novel thinking their job as done once it was written. Not true. The real work of promoting your book begins before the writing is complete. Unless you have a rolodex with thousands of names of people who owe you a favor, no one outside your family and a few friends will read your book unless you’re prepared to market it.

There’s a saying that if you can talk, you can write. While probably accurate, not everyone can be an author. If you have skills with language and words and enjoy the process of writing, you can make money from it. How much money you make will depend as much on how you promote yourself as the caliber of your writing.

A business centered on words and language can take different forms. First and most common is writing. Writing can include expressing your own thoughts or those of others. If you are excellent with grammar and language, editing or proofreading can be a nice business. If you’re a good writer and teacher, tutoring others can also be a way of earning retirement income.

The cost of starting this type of business is low. Usually, you will only have the cost of a computer and the Internet. A few types of writing require special programs, such as that of an indexer.

With that said, marketing your new business may have costs. If you are going to self-publish as an author, which is becoming more acceptable, there are additional costs associated with that.

Whether you write or use language in other ways to make money, you can largely control when you work, where, how often and how long. If someone comes to you for a contract, you’ll have to do his or her bidding if you want the job. Likewise, tutors will be in greatest demand prior to the testing season.

Here are suggestions of how you might use your skills with words and language:

Creative writing
Author of short stories, novels, and/or poetry
Writing children’s books
Blogger, columnist, humorist
Greeting card writer – yes, people actually write greeting cards.
Critic, reviewer for movies, restaurants, etc., freelance reporter
Travel writer

Specialty writing
Grant writing
Non-fiction writing, freelance author
Resume Writer
Crossword-puzzle writer
Public Relations
Caption writer
Abstracter-synthesizes articles or books into brief paragraph summaries
Reader or story analyst-Write outline of plays, books, stories, or novels that are submitted to producers or editorial staff to be developed into plays, television shows or movies.
Book or audio book abridger-shortens books into concise format which is either published in print or audio form.

Editor and Proofreader
Researcher or information specialist-gather and prepare information on a particular subject.
Voiceover Narrator
Interpreter, translator
Tutor; English as a second language (ESL), English, writing, and preparation for entrance exams


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