10 Myths Busted: Learn The Truth About Starting an Online Writing Business 156

10 Myths Busted: Learn The Truth About Starting an Online Writing Business

This is a guest post by Lisa Wheatly, a consultant of young entrepreneurs who feels that her knowledge of the human mind allows her to accurately assess the abilities of the young businessmen.

Working from home and making a lot of money sounds almost too good to be true. Your friend is doing it and they are telling you loads of stuff about their online writing business. Maybe they are inflating some of the good or bad stuff? Maybe they want to look like they are doing something great with their lives, or they tell you it’s too hard because they don’t want competition.

You want to try it, but you have too many questions and assumptions on your mind. The wrong impressions can ruin this business challenge for you. With this article, we’ll reveal the truth about making money through writing.

We’ll bust the myths and tell you everything your friend is hiding from you.   

1. Anyone Could Write for Money.          

There are tons of opportunities for starting an online writing business. You could start working on freelancing websites, such as Upwork or Freelancer. You could also get a job at a writing service like TopAussieWriters. If you browse through the lists of gigs, you’ll realize that content is needed in all niches. If pharmacy is your biggest interest, you could write for websites committed to that subject.

However, the truth is that not everyone is up for the challenge these jobs impose. It’s amazing to see how many people think they can make money writing when they lack basic language skills. First of all, it takes talent. A lot of it! Then, it takes commitment. Are you ready to devote many hours of your days to writing? That’s the only way to make money that counts. 

2. It Can’t Take Much Time.

This is a flexible business. It will take as much time as you’re willing to invest. However, you have to consider the fact that a single article will take hours or days. If you’re writing academic content, a single project might take weeks. The more you work – the more money you’ll be making.

People who make a decent income through writing usually write a lot – at least 7 hours per day.

3. It’s Just Not Possible to Earn a Lot.

If you create a profile on Upwork, you’ll be able to browse through the profiles of the freelance writers. You’ll notice that most of them are not paid well, but some are doing great. If you’re good enough, you’ll make enough money to pay the bills, live a comfortable life and save some for vacations.

If you’re up for a real business challenge, you could start your own writing service and offer your services to companies that need them. You can attract freelance writers to join your team. With this approach, you’ll have a huge chance to earn a lot of money.

4. Great; I Won’t Pay Taxes!

Oh, but you will. You’ll have to report the entire income and pay the taxes you need to pay. The online writing industry is controlled by the laws, just like any other business is.

5. You Can Write Whatever You Want.

When you start writing, you will commit to a specific niche. If you’re good at beauty blogging topics, for example, you can start searching for gigs in that niche. However, you won’t write about whatever you want, even if you’re writing for your own blog. You will write about the things your target audience wants to read about.

6. You Can Start Your Own Writing Business for Free.

If you’re a freelance writer, yes you can start working without making any investment. Everyone can make a profile at freelancing websites and start applying to ads. If you plan to start your own writing service, however, you can’t do it for free.

First, you’ll need to register your business according to the laws of your state. You’ll then need to invest in the development of the website, and you can expect to spend at least $500 per year on its maintenance. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be spending hundreds of dollars per month on marketing.

7. You Need a Lot of Money to Start an Online Writing Service.

When you realize you can’t start an actual writing service for free, your thoughts will go in the opposite direction – it must cost a lot of money, then! Well, not necessarily.

Have you heard of The Lean Startup book? It shows you how you can start a successful online business without investing tons of money in it. It’s not specifically focus on the writing business, but you could definitely use the tips this author gives.

8. If You Start a Writing Service, You’ll Have to Pay for the Employee’s Health Insurance.

As anyone else who intends to start a business, you assume you’ll have to provide health insurance to your employees. However, you’re forgetting that you’ll be dealing with freelance writers, who won’t be your full-time employees. They will have to take care of their own insurance.

9. If You Work as a Freelance Writer, You Won’t Have Health Insurance.

Your clients won’t be paying for your health insurance, that’s for sure. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll be living without insurance. You can invest in high-deductible private insurance or a plan offered by Freelancers Medical. If you’re not in the USA, you can check what private insurance plans are available in your country.

10. I Can Just Start a Blog and Make Money from It.

You could, but you can’t expect instant success. Let’s bust another myth related to blogging: it’s not as cheap as you might think it is. If you want your blog to make money from you, you’ll have to invest in good hosting. Then, you will need to stay committed to a detailed content writing plan for months and years before you see actual results translated in money.    

There you have it – the 10 most common business about starting an online writing business. Hopefully, you have a clearer impression on how things work in this industry. You can succeed, but you have to start with the right mindset.

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How to Create a Privacy Policy and Disclaimer for Your Blog 15

How to Create a Privacy Policy and Disclaimer for Your Blog

Do you have a Privacy Policy and Disclaimer pages on your website? If not, you might be breaking the law and hurting your reputation and business.

Choosing a hosting provider and a domain name and setting up a WordPress website is the foundation of your blog and online business. But after that, you need to take care of a few elements on your site that are a big part of your brand and can help you do everything legally and be taken seriously in your niche.

In this post, we’ll talk about the importance of having a privacy policy and disclaimer pages. Before moving onto the creation process with the help of the right tool, let’s first see why you should have such legal policies in place.

Why You Need Legal Policies on Your Blog

1. Privacy policies are mandatory by law.

To begin with, you’d want to start your online business legally even if you haven’t registered a company and made any money yet. There are some basic rules to follow as a website owner even though there is plenty of freedom in the digital world.

Different privacy laws apply to different countries. If your business operates globally, you might need to abide more rules and regulations.

2. It’s the right thing to do.

As a blogger, website owner or aspiring entrepreneur, you need to respect the game.

Even though you can start with no initial capital or experience and begin making money online from your platform pretty soon, you still need to respect the process. That means not hiding your intentions from readers or potential clients but being authentic.

One such step to take is to have a disclaimer on your website where you can share your terms and conditions, personalize it based on the content you publish, the monetization strategies you use and the type of information you expect users to share.

3. Third-parties you may be using require a disclaimer too.

Why You Need Good Web Hosting for Your Site and Online Business

Most digital entrepreneurs use many third-party services to do their work and grow their digital business. Oftentimes, these websites require you to use privacy policies on your website. Which means if you aren’t doing it, you aren’t following their rules and they might remove you from their networks or not allow you to use their services on your website anymore.

One such common example is Google Analytics. If you’re using this software to collect data from your website, you should notify your website visitors that their information is used for analytical purposes.

As Google states, “All website owners using Google Analytics are required to have a privacy policy that fully discloses the use of Google Analytics.”

Another example is the EU Cookie law. To follow its requirements, you need to let users know their information is collected and might be used online. Together with that, you need to give them a choice, which is why many sites ask you to accept cookies before you see the whole page.

A similar thing happens if you’re doing affiliate marketing. Your readers need to know that some of the links you’re using in reviews, your newsletter or even in regular posts, are affiliate. Even though they don’t pay more, you can earn a commission from each purchase. While most often disclosing this in your Terms of Service might be enough, some networks or companies might want you to add a paragraph on each page including one of their links. 

4. You gain trust.

Another good reason why you need a Privacy Policy and Disclaimer is to make it easier for people to trust you, read your content, subscribe to your newsletter and pay for your products and services.

Having separate pages on your website where you disclose how you use data, how you protect the privacy of each user, whether you give refunds or display ads, and what rules website visitors must follow once on your platform, is a big trust signal for both Google and people landing there for the first time.

Now that you know the 4 main reasons why policies matter in the blogging world, let’s see what the different types are.

What Policies to Add to Your Blog

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Privacy Policy

According to Wiki, that’s “a statement or a legal document (in privacy law) that discloses some or all of the ways a party gathers, uses, discloses, and manages a customer or client’s data. It fulfills a legal requirement to protect a customer or client’s privacy.”

Terms and Conditions

The next type of policy you can add to your website is called ‘Terms and Conditions’ or ‘Terms of Service’ and outlines the rules anyone on your website should know and agree with before using your platform or product in any way.


You need a disclaimer to state what you’re not legally responsible for.

That is the case with people blogging about Health, for instance, but who aren’t medical experts. Or companies that sell products which don’t want to take the blame for certain actions related to them that buyers might take.

At the end of the day, each reader of a blog can misinterpret the information you’re sharing and use it wrongly. There’s rarely something you can do about it. But a disclaimer is a must if you’re discussing serious topics, selling something, or else.

Refund Policy

If you’re in eCommerce, you need this page for your online store. With so many scams out there, customers are often looking for that and don’t trust websites that don’t offer it.

But every seller has a different policy for this. Use this page on your website to outline the exact rules and requirements for returning products and claiming money back.

Next, it’s time to create these pages on your website. Luckily, there’s a tool to do that for you.

Getting Started with WebsitePolicies

WebsitePolicies.com is an automated wizard to generate privacy policy, terms and conditions, and other legal documents tailored to your website, mobile app or business.

Once you use their service, you can create any of the most important legal pages on your website in no time. Each will be drafted by attorneys but also personalized and easy to use. Let’s see how that happens.

Here’s how I created the Privacy Policy and Disclaimer pages for Let’s Reach Success.

Create your profile and choose the policy you want to generate first.

Once you sign up and have an account, click the green button in the top right corner saying ‘New Policy. You’ll see this:

WebsitePolicies.com is an automated wizard to generate privacy policy, terms and conditions, and other legal documents tailored to your website, mobile app or business.

The next page you’ll be taken to will require you to fill in some details that will be part of your Privacy Policy.

Start with your country and whether you’ll use the privacy policy for a website or mobile app. Then, add your blog name and url and the company if you run one.

The basic Privacy Policy with WebsitePolicies is free, while you’ll be charged extra if you own a company. That’s because if you do, your site isn’t non-commercial and you need to cover advertising, marketing and payment processing. That’s recommended to get as even if you aren’t selling anything yet, you might do pretty soon once you grow your traffic and set new business goals.

Here’s how my filled form looks like:

blog privacy policy

After this page, you’ll see a few more questions. You’ll be asked things related to whether or not your website uses cookies (if you’re with WordPress, your site uses them by default), have affiliate links, include links to other websites, have a newsletter, allow users to sign up and create a profile on the site, etc.

Once I answered these, I got immediate access to my Privacy Policy. There are many ways to use it. I simply copied the HTML and inserted it on a page on my website.

So that’s why you need privacy policy and disclaimer pages on your blog too. If you are ready to create yours or just want to update them, head over to WebsitePolicies and get it done in no time.

Do you have a Privacy Policy and Disclaimer pages on your website? If not, you might be breaking the law and hurting your reputation and business. Check out why these matter and how to create them today.