Cherie McGlaughlin

Out of Work? 5 Tips for Starting a Side Hustle

Out of Work? 5 Tips for Starting a Side Hustle

If you’ve recently become unemployed, you might be wondering how you can avoid dipping into your savings in the meantime. Finding work on the side could be the solution. If you’ve been dreaming of starting your own writing business and becoming an author, now is the time to take the chance! And with consulting support from Write On Press, you can increase your chances of success. Here are five tips for starting a side hustle and set yourself up to scale in the future.

 Consider Your Marketable Skills

Before you embark on any new venture, it’s important to think about which marketable skills you’ve mastered and which skills you need to work on. For instance, are there any technical programs, social media platforms, or software tools that you need to learn about? Do you have the strong communication skills necessary to cultivate client relationships? What have you achieved that would prepare you for self-employment? If you know that you have some skill gaps, you could take online courses or work with a mentor to improve in certain areas.

 Find Opportunities

As an independent author, you’ll undoubtedly want to focus on writing and publishing your own books, but you can also offer other services. You can write ebooks for clients or edit and proofread manuscripts. You can find clients in need of these services through online job platforms. In addition, you can let your loved ones know about your new business. You never know who will be able to refer you to a new client!

 Advertise Your Services

To advertise your books and your services, you’ll need an author website. Writer’s Digest recommends including calls to action to prompt visitors to check out your recent publications, sign up for your email newsletter, or reach out if they’re interested in your writing and editing services. In addition, you can market yourself on other platforms. For example, you can set up social media profiles to help build your brand!

 Growing Your Business

As your business grows, you may need to bring on some additional help to manage your operations efficiently. You could bring a personal assistant on board to tackle some of the daily tasks on your long to-do lists. To make sure you always pay your assistant on time, you’ll need an organized payroll system. Choose a system that offers same-day direct deposit, automatic tax calculating and filing, and automatic payroll scheduling. With software that offers an iOS and Android mobile app for smartphone payroll service, you can take care of payroll anywhere!

 Paying Taxes

As an independent author, you will need to pay self-employment taxes. Figuring out the tax system when you’re running a writing business can seem very complicated! Keeping track of all of your expenses and income throughout the year will make your life much easier when it’s time to file your quarterly taxes. Millennial Money Man also recommends hiring an accountant if you’re not sure how to file or how much you owe. The fee is definitely worth it for the stress you’ll avoid! And to make sure that you’re not short on cash when it’s time to pay up, set aside about 30 percent of each paycheck and save it for taxes.

Final Thoughts

Losing your job and experiencing a drop in income can be nerve wracking. But when you find yourself out of work, you can use this time as an opportunity to pursue what you truly love. By starting a writing business on the side and launching your career as an author, you can turn your passion into a source of income.


Ready to launch your independent author business? Working with a consultant from Write On Press can help you make it happen! Email us at to inquire about our services.

About the Author:

Cherie Mclaughlin

Cherie created Couch-Based Biz to help guide you gently into the entrepreneurial world. The site offers tips, tricks, and guides to help you separate fiction from fact and gimmick from reality.

Read more from Cherie at: (Tips for Succeeding in a New Side Gig or Long-Term Career)

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Natasha Simmons
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The Importance of a Career Plan for an Independent Writer

The Importance of a Career Plan for an Independent Writer

By Natasha Simmons

Deciding to become a professional writer can be a daunting decision. This career path doesn’t come with a clear-cut ladder to climb. Writers must carve out their own paths that often include lots of risks, rejection, and notoriously low pay with no guarantee that you’ll be successful. However, you shouldn’t let this deter you. You can be successful as a writer, you just have to get creative while remembering that this is your job, so you must treat it as such. You can take many pragmatic steps to turn your dream into a reality. One of the first things you should do is create a career plan.

Here’s What Writers get out of a Career Plan:

With all of the options available to aspiring writers, a career plan is especially beneficial for deciding what you hope to get out of your career and how you can get there. Do you wish to publish a book, a blog, write for a newspaper? There are so many possibilities. Do you envision self-publishing or signing a deal with a publisher? Do you want the help of a literary agent or do you prefer to represent yourself? Each of these paths looks vastly different from each other. If you don’t know what your goal is, you may find yourself making strides that lead in a different direction. You don’t want to put your time and effort into something that won’t lead you to the future you envision. Knowing what you want ahead of time will help you decide what steps to take to get there.

Here are a few things to remember:

Now, you also don’t want to get too hung up on the biggest goal. Knowing what you want is important, but it’s going to take some time to reach that goal and being too hyper focused on it could leave you feeling discouraged. It takes a lot of work to publish a book. But that work can be broken down into smaller steps that are less daunting. By making a career plan, you can better see those smaller steps you need to take to reach your goal. It’ll also allow you to see the progress you’re making, even when it seems like you’re not reaching all the major milestones you want to hit as quickly as you wish you could.

Some Final Thoughts:

Most importantly, creating a career plan gives you more control over your work and career. By deciding what you want, you will have a better idea as to how to reach these goals and make this career path work for you. In a field where many factors are out of your control, this is one way you can take back some of that power and realize you can make this happen if you follow the steps you laid out for yourself. You’ll be better able to celebrate the smaller successes as they come, and you will one day find yourself reaching those bigger goals and better able to appreciate all the hard work you did to get there.


About Natasha Simmons:

Natasha’s love of adventure and mystery has led her to explore the enchanting, horrible, and incredible sides of humanity through stories.

Frustrated by the restraints of the real world, she creates new worlds on the page. After getting a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English at Southern New Hampshire University, she snagged an awesome literary agent, Erica Christensen at Metamorphosis Literary Agency, and signed with Red Adept Publishing. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys traveling, especially to different countries, and watching murder documentaries. Both are great forms of inspiration.

You can read more of her work on twitter @ natasha_writing and her website, You can also catch up on her adventures on Instagram @ natasha.writing.