5 Ways Christian Writers Can Make Extra Money
Writing a Christian book, but it is taking so long that you need money to continue? No one likes being put in that position, but necessity is the mother of invention. There are things you can do to keep groceries on the table without having to abandon your book.
It turns out that there are many ways for Christian writers to make extra money by doing things they love, and I’ve compiled five of them here so you. You may have to take time away from your book to do them, but you’ll be able to stay on the creativity super-highway, and you won’t need to deliver pizzas on back roads.
Here are five great ways for Christian writers who are looking to make more money on the side.
1. Freelance for a Church or Nonprofit
This is also an excellent opportunity to use your creative skills to help those in need. These organizations often need writers for brochures, newsletters, and other materials used in their efforts to serve the community better.
There is high demand for this freelancing in some places. Churches and nonprofit organizations are in the information business—they are always reaching out to inform their constituents with news or persuading them to give to some worthy project.
One of the best ways to get work is to check out the websites of these groups. You’ll see they are usually outdated. You can offer to call key people each week, gather the news, and update the site as needed. Your fee? Sometimes churches and nonprofits want you to volunteer. Don’t do it. You need the income. Charging $15 per hour (or more) for 8-10 hours per week will put up to $150 per week in your pocket, and you won’t need to get tired feet as a Walmart greeter.
If you start by updating a website, you’ll find they have other needs, like writing newsletters and brochures, and you can keep as busy as you want to be.
2. Blog (Don’t Stop Reading)
Okay, don’t stop reading. Many authors think that blogging is too time-consuming and don’t want to do it. But hear me out.
If you are an author, you need a blog. Some day an agent or publisher will ask you how many page views you get each month. You cannot afford to say, “Zero.” They are looking for writers who have a following already in place.
Significantly, a blog will help you to connect with your readers and future readers, get them on a newsletter list and sell your books and other products that will put money in your pocket.
Here’s the critical part. You only need to post twice a month to keep your followers engaged. Your blog serves as a place to build an audience and make passive income.
What is passive income? It’s the money you get by selling your own products and services. But it is all automated. You set and forget. There are many ways to make money this way and the most popular and lucrative one is joining affiliate programs. You tell people why you like a particular product or service, your reader buys it, and you get a commission. For example, if you buy anything from Amazon from a link while visiting this site, we get a small commission without added cost to you.
You can learn more about affiliate programs here.
By the way, a word to the wise. Never think that a Facebook page is a way to grow a following. Facebook exists so they can make money, not you. And they can wipe out your page without telling you, and all is lost. You want to control your own destiny by owning your own website.
3. Contribute to a Blog
Many blogs pay writers for posts. Yes, many cheapskates want to pay $10 for 1,000 words and will have you rewrite it three times for the price, but thankfully we’re seeing fewer scammers like that.
Where can you contribute blog posts and get paid a fair fee, like $50 (or far more) for 1,000 words? Sadly, there are few Christian sites, but you can use your education and life experiences to write on a variety of practical topics. Here are a number of different places you can check. Beware of offers to make sure they’re legitimate.
What is the biggest pitfall of writing blog posts for others? It’s getting involved with outfits like Fiverr or Upwork. The competition is high, the prices paid are low, and these companies will take a big bite out of your fee. You’ll likely waste more time trying to get work than doing the work.
I like this as a way for Christian authors to make extra money as they write their Christian nonfiction book or novel. Today, specialized teaching opportunities abound. You don’t need a degree or a teaching credential.
You teach what you know, and it can be anything from coin collecting to rocket science. You may even teach creative writing!
Jobs are abundant in many communities. You will find them at recreation centers, senior residences, and community colleges. You’ll be teaching adults, not children, and they will be motivated to learn whatever you get hired to teach.
Again, you should not see this as a voluntary position. According to Chron, “adjunct faculty are paid as little as $1,000 per course. A few schools pay as much as $5,000, with the median salary paid to adjunct professors being $2,700 per three-credit course.”
Yes, one three-credit course!
The pay might be less if it is a community extension course, but still suitable for the amount of time you’ll invest. Usually, you’ll have two prep hours for each class hour, and you should expect a minimum of $15 per hour.
These days you do not even need to leave your home to teach in a classroom. Learn how to use Zoom, and you can teach people who live anywhere from anywhere.
5. Create and Sell Merch
Many people are not familiar with the term “Merch.” It is short for “merchandise.” It is applied to many things, but commonly to creating and selling t-shirts.
You can design one fantastic t-shirt and make a bundle if you get God’s favor.
One thing that I have learned as a writing educator is that many writers have artistic skills. They seldom use them, but they could put them to work making passive income with Merch.
I do it, and you can see my line of Merch for writers at CreativityIsCool.com.
If you are not an artist, you can outsource the artwork to a third party, then sell it on your website or open your own free store at a place like Tee-Spring.
Selling Merch is fun and can be highly profitable if you have the right image or catch-phrase and sell them to your book fans or others. You can even sell them to church friends. Christians know that most Christian t-shirts are bland, so this is an area where you can put your creativity to work.
You don’t need to starve while you write your Christian nonfiction book or novel. Try augmenting your income by one of the five methods above. You can make money and still have time for your writing project.