How I Made $2,000+ Online Through Technical Writing
Technical Writing has given me something I have always wanted… Freedom. The freedom includes Financial Freedom, Time Freedom, and Location Freedom.
Financial freedom is the freedom of paying my bills and being able to afford things I could not afford. Time freedom is the freedom to choose what I want to do with my time. Finally, location freedom is the freedom to live and work from anywhere I want.
How I Got Into Technical Writing
If you don’t know, I dropped from engineering school and joined tech by learning how to code.
After learning how to code, I used my coding skills to create a website where people could book rentals online. I tried to create a company around the idea, but it failed because of a lack of financial support.
I then tried to freelance as a web developer, where I created websites for businesses and individuals, but things weren’t working out as I wanted.
Since I could not make any money with my skills, I had to get manual jobs that paid $6 per day. However, the little money helped me afford internet data to continue to improve my coding skills.
I had always wanted to learn how to write, create content and build an audience. I found a few books that helped with learning all those things. These books include:
- Content Rules by Ann Handley
- Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
- Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk
- This is Marketing by Seth Godin
In June 2021, I decided to join Tech Twitter by following topics such as Web Development, Computer Programming, and Twitter accounts that tweeted coding-related content. I also started to post coding-related content and share the projects I was working on.
In 4 months, my Twitter account had started to grow, and my content was getting engagements. That is when I got the Twitter dm shown below.
The funny thing was that I was considering getting into technical writing, but I had not written any technical articles before.
I accepted the opportunity and started working on my first technical article. The article was about “How to visualize Stripe Payments Data in Postgres Using SQL.”
I had not used SQL before, but I was familiar with Postgres. Unfortunately, I was not familiar with this topic, but since I knew how to code, write, and google and was willing to learn, I figured things out.
For this technical article, I was supposed to be paid $200 but since it took a lot of work to finish, they decided to pay $300. And that was the first money I made online.
Getting More Technical Writing Opportunities
After writing my first technical article, I wrote more articles for the Arctype blog that ranged between $200 and $300.
I also got technical writing opportunities from Sencha, FusionChart, and HarperDB.
In the process, I started blogging on free blogging platforms for developers such as Dev To, Hashnode, and Medium. And that is when I got the email shown below.
I went through the job details, and they were offering a salary of $25K to $60K per year.
I went through a series of interviews, and then I was given an assignment where I was asked to write an article about the “Quicksort Algorithm.” So I wrote the article and submitted the assignment.
Since then, I have never heard from them. At least they should have got back to me and told me if I didn’t meet the qualifications.
Even though I didn’t get the opportunity, being considered for the opportunity meant that I was doing the right thing such that they saw some potential in me.
I got another Twitter DM in the same period, as shown below.
I accepted the opportunity and went through meetings to learn more about LambdaTest and how to use their cloud testing platform.
LambdaTest is the most advanced cross-browser testing tool online, with 3000+ browsers.
Each browser runs on real devices in the virtual lab, so you can test how a website works on the latest gadgets.
Use it to deploy faster across 2000+ cloud providers and scale hassle-free, perform regression tests easily and manage all testing activities in one place.
After writing this article, I was paid $562, which is the highest I have made so far for writing one Technical Article.
The good thing about working with LambdaTest is that they are very supportive, high paying, and have many topics that I can write about. Did I mention that I get to work on my schedule?
Getting Burnout Due To Client Work
Getting Technical Writing opportunities and making money online felt good, but I got to a point where I was working with five clients simultaneously.
I had a lot on my plate, which meant that I was under constant pressure to deliver. Then it got to a point where it was not enjoyable anymore.
One thing about me is that I like doing enjoyable things and not doing things just to make money.
Due to constant pressure and stress, I got a burnout, and my productivity was severely affected.
Since I was active on Twitter and blogging on blogging platforms such as Dev To, many people were getting interested in Technical Writing.
I could not decide whether to focus on helping more people get into Technical Writing or focus on getting more Technical Writing opportunities.
After soul searching, I decided to focus on helping more people get into Technical Writing while working with high-paying clients such as LambdaTest.
How To Get Into Technical Writing
If you are interested in getting into Technical Writing, you need four skills.
- Coding Skills
- Writing Skills
- Googling Skills
- Learning skills
You should know that Technical Writers are in high demand, and you can be making $100 to $1000 per article.
Getting started with Technical Writing is not complex as most people may think. After learning how to code, build projects and then write how you built the projects.
Technical Writers mostly prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, tutorials, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information in an easy-to-understand manner.
You can learn more about Technical Writing by downloading my free Technical Writing Ebook on Gumroad.
Once you have started writing, create a portfolio of like three to five articles. Then check out this Twitter thread to see platforms that can pay you as a Technical Writer.
Technical writing can be a source of income for you as a developer if you have good writing skills.
Blogging and building an audience on Twitter is the best way to accelerate your chances of landing technical writing opportunities.
You can learn how to build an audience and come up with unlimited content ideas by grabbing this Twitter Toolkit on Gumroad.