I’m a firm believer writing is one of the best side hustles out there because anyone can do it without putting much money down. Because of that, I’ve created a list of the best books for freelance writers. Keep in mind these are only books about freelance writing I’ve personally read, but I like to think I’ve read enough to determine my favorites and which ones really helped me.
Anyone looking to get their freelance writing side hustle off the ground should consider one (or all) of these books below. If you’re anything like me then you might enjoy getting an Audible audiobook subscription and listening to the books while you’re in your car or during your free time.
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Best books for freelance writers
Here are the best books for freelance writers that you can get today. Each book will help you earn money with your freelancing in different ways.
Wealth With Words
I’m biased with this one (because it’s my book) but I wrote it to help writers of all levels to earn more money or start earning money. This list is in no order, but I believe Wealth With Words can help you if you’re a writer who hasn’t made any money or if you’ve been earning money and just would like to make more.
If you’re interested in earning money from your writing in different ways and learning where and how to take it to another level, try reading Wealth With Words.
How to Make a Living as a Writer
How to Make a Living as a Writer by James Scott Bell is one of my favorite writing books, ever. If I hadn’t published a writing book on my own, his book would be my absolute favorite. He’s all about spreading the idea that writers should get paid real money for their work, and I agree! Imagine a world where us writers made what we deserve.
Anyway, How to Make a Living as a Writer is a great read. Bell covers everything, from teaching the secrets of writing success to helping you reach your goals by guiding you through the essentials of a writing business. I know many successful writers who don’t know how to operate their business and it shows. It’s the reason why I’m a big supporter of the small aspects of freelance writing like finding the best payment methods and learning how to do your taxes from side hustles. Give it a look!
Freelance Writing: How to Make Money
Freelance Writing: How to Make Money by Peter Saxton Schroeder is another great read that doesn’t have the reviews it deserves on Amazon, but it’s still relatively new. He’s a freelance travel writer who claims the best thing he did when started his journey toward freelancing was “not quit his day job.” Wow do I relate to that.
He covers the advantages of writing and writes a lot about his own personal journey from breaking even with his writing to becoming very profitable. Another one of my favorite reads about freelance writing.
Bonus book: 15 Stories 180,000 Views
This only made the list because it’s a freebie. Go on Amazon right now and get your free copy. It’s a compilation of real stories I’ve earned money from writing on Medium. I include how much I’ve earned, how many views each story got and why I thought each story was successful. Like I said before, it’s free.
How to start freelance writing for beginners with no experience?
There are a number of different ways for new writers to start freelancing. I got my start writing on Textbroker, which is a content mill. From there, I found out how to make money and grow on Medium while building an audience. After that, I started publishing books on Amazon KDP and that’s pretty much where I’m at now. But that’s just my route, you have to create your own.
If you haven’t already, go read the post where I break down the best 6 side hustle books. It’s geared more toward people who just want to increase their income and not necessarily write.