If you are a great writer, you probably have a college degree and make a decent living. However, there are thousands of people who are great writers and editors without a college degree (my father included) who have never realized how easy it is to make money online.

If you are a great writer, here are a few tips that can help you make money online.

1. Starting your business.

I would recommend that you begin with a simple business name and website. What you’ll want to do is perform writing and editing services for students, businesses and individuals. There is a lot of money to be made in writing and editing because you don’t have any overhead and most of your employees can work remotely. You can even contract with individuals so you don’t have “employees” that you have to give health insurance and other benefits to.

Your company name could be Great Copywriting, EasyEdit, QuickFix, There, Their, They’re.

2. Building your online presence.

Here is one tip that I can’t stress enough, use examples, references and testimonials.

You might need to do some pro-bono work in the beginning just to get your feet wet, see what customers need and so you can have some examples of you work. Just like any other industry, if you’re going to make money, people want to know that you can actually do the job they’re paying for. That is why you need examples, references and testimonials.

3. Establishing your brand.

Once you get the ball rolling (and not before), think about additional expenses that will help with the future of your company. One of those such expenses is having a professional logo and website designed.

Unless you are extremely talented with Adobe Photoshop (or the like), please just pay for a logo. 98% of people create a personal logo and it is horrible. And a horrible logo will make people leave your site without buying any of your services. Here are examples of a good logo and a bad design.

4. Paying for advertising.

This is the only point in this process that you should be paying for any advertising. If you follow the above three steps you will have a website with some examples and a look that is very professional. Now you want customers to end up there. There are thousands of free ways to get traffic to your website, but none quicker and easier than Google AdWords.

5. Hiring help.

You might need/want to hire some help. The best recommendation I can give you is to make sure you really hire the right person. If you hire someone with mediocre writing/editing skills, they can tarnish the company image that you’ve been working hard to promote.

Those 5 tips are admittedly basic and are meant to provide a general overview. If you want some more info on any of the particulars of any of the sections, just post a comment below!