What if you could write for 10% of the members of your Chamber of Commerce? How many would that be? It’s easy to figure out. Go to your local Chamber’s website and see how many members they have. My local Chamber has over 400 members, for example. If I could write a little something for 10% of them every month I would have 40 writing clients willing to pay me money. If I averaged $50 for each of the 40 writing jobs, I would bring in $2000 a month. Nothing to sneeze at, for sure, particularly if I’m only working at it part-time.
If you’re doing writing assignments for twenty companies or organizations and they are paying you an average of $50 a month, you’re averaging $1000 a month. Of course it depends on your available time and how much money you’re receiving from each of these clients and the numbers don’t always work out so easily and I understand that. You may only get 30 customers and charge them an average of $30 per project but those 30 customers can eventually turn into 50 or more because you took the time to contact them and use your writing services to help them with their marketing issues. Local business owners communicate with each other and the word will get around that you are a local person who can help them with things they don’t have time to do. In addition, your repeat business will be at a high level because local businesses don’t have the time to spend searching for writers. They’re going to call you instead.
Becoming a member of your local Chamber is also an option worth considering. Unless you are in a big city, the membership fees are usually reasonable and well worth it. A single writing job for a Chamber member can pay the annual dues. Membership also allows you to advertise in their publications or on their website at a cheaper rate. Some Chambers will even let you be a member if you help them with their own writing needs. Just be sure it’s an even trade. You don’t want to get stuck writing every story and business profile in their annual publication for the mere price of a membership.