Tips to earn money while writing.


Hello. Just a quickie today. I have been thinking about jobs that can earn enough money to keep me alive and still leave enough time for me to focus on my writing. I thought I would share some of the good/bad/indifferent things I have tried in the past week or two. It might help you out, and at least I am not trying to charge for the advice with my ‘Make a Million Dollars the Easy Way’ book. The reason I am not doing is that the book does not, and will not, ever exist. It is also a lame thing to do to build up peoples hopes like that. Finally, the only person who would stand a vague chance of making a million buckaroos would be me. So, I share with you for free…

Online surveys – initially appealing and then soul destroyingly boring. Obviously, the survey companies are out to make money, so it is not really in your favour short term. It can be a decent trickly amount of cash in the long term, but I wouldn’t splash out on the new yacht just yet.

TV/Film Extras. Needs an initial investment to join some of the better agencies, but it can lead to fairly good pay £70.00 – 100.00 per day. Saying that, I have yet to get a single offer in the past week.

Secret Shoppers. This can pay between £5.00 – 100.00 for each secret shop job you do. Thanks to modern technology, interviews etc can be recorded on a mobile phone. To be honest, this has been another slow burn for me, but might lead to better things later.

Food Testers This is my favourite so far. I signed up yesterday. I have four separate appointments already. Each session is 3 hours long and pays over £6.00 p/h. Now, this may not seem much, but for twelve hours ‘work’. I hesitate to call  it work I am eating and getting paid. One session I will be eating pheasant. I can’t afford to eat pheasant in my real life, and now someone want to pay me to do it. Win – win.

I think find whatever works for you. I prefer to do a bit of writing, take a break to refresh and then come back to it. If you prefer to write for long blocks, these may not be the jobs for you.

If you have any ideas/jobs/thoughts to add, please leave them in the comments section.

Take care buddies,



About davidmbeecroft

Hello and welcome to my blog. Please feel free to have an explore. My name is David Beecroft. I am 38 years old. I co-founded and ran a small scale touring theatre company called Screwed & Clued in 1998. I went on to tour the Canadian Fringe Theatre Festival circuit over the following five years. I have written six original plays, the last ‘The Poe Show’ won a Best in Fest award at the 2014 Ottawa Fringe Festival. I worked in a social care setting for ten years and now work in a special needs school. I have sent my first novel off to agents and considering self-publishing if that does not work. I co-host a radio show on Surrey Hills Community Radio called Daves of the Week where we feature charities for a six week period. I live with my fiance and two pet Degus. I started this blog when suffering from depression and attending therapy, so a large part of this blog was about my experience and thoughts of that. Since then I am in a much better place and I write about life after depression and how I stay (or try to) ahead of it happening again. I also like to look at the happier sides of life and try to put a positive spin on serious subjects.

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