Are you feeling the heat from the AI writing revolution? Are you worried your clients might ditch you for a fancy-pants AI assistant like ChatGPT?
And for heaven’s sake. . .how are you supposed to make money with ChatGPT when it’s stabbing you in the back? You may as well give up your freelance writing career now.
A few months ago, I was right there with you. I was thinking, “What if my clients stop calling because they can get the same quality of writing from a machine? How can I compete with a program that can generate content faster and more efficiently than I can?”
But here’s what I came to realize: AI writing assistants aren’t here to replace human writers. They’re here to make our jobs easier, and help us create even better content. We should think of them as our trusty sidekick, rather than an arch-nemesis!
In fact, understanding and unlocking the potential of AI writing assistants like ChatGPT can help you improve your writing skills, land higher-paying clients, increase your productivity and make more money for your business.
So, let me put your worries to rest and show you 28 ways you can make money with ChatGPT, turn it into your new best friend, and secure your future as a freelance writer.
But first – for those of you who are too scared to ask – what exactly is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT Meaning: What the Heck is it?
ChatGPT is a fancy computer program created by OpenAI that can talk to you like a human.
It uses a special technology called ‘generative pretrained transformer’ (that’s the GPT bit), which helps it understand what you’re saying and come up with plausible responses to your prompts or questions.
It’s a bit like chatting to your friends on text, except ChatGPT is 10x times smarter than your friends.
ChatGPT has read and learned from a ton of online material, so it can talk to you about lots of different things. It’s a really cool tool that many companies use, for example, to make their chatbots and virtual assistants sound more human-like (that’s the chat bit).
But you don’t need to worry about the technology.
You just need to know that ChatGPT is a game-changing tool that can turn anyone into a more profitable writing machine when they learn how to unleash its potential.
Let’s stop right there. I bet you’ve just said to yourself ‘If it can turn anyone into a writing machine, what’s to stop my clients using it instead of paying me to write for them?’
Why Your Clients Will Still Need Your Writing Chops
Firstly, unless your clients have a solid understanding of content marketing, SEO writing, copywriting frameworks, and lots of spare time, they will never achieve the same quality of writing from ChatGPT that a good freelance writer with the right prompt engineering training can deliver.
Prompt Engineering is the art of getting computer programs like ChatGPT to respond more like humans. In other words, if we want a computer to give us a meaningful answer, we need to ask it the right questions or give it the right information.
Let’s say your client runs a Yoga business. They might ask ChatGPT to write a 1,000 blog post on the best yoga techniques for pregnant women. And that’s what they’ll get. A competently-structured 1,000 words of dry facts on yoga that no-one wants to read and every search engine will overlook.
There will be no empathy for the human condition of pregnancy, or nod to a woman’s emotional state. It won’t have the appropriately researched keywords weaved through the headings and content. It will lack any shared personal experience from the writer’s perspective that gives quality content the credibility it deserves. And It won’t reflect any human beliefs, opinions, or values that draw likeminded humans to trust another authentic human voice.
That’s where you come in.
When you use prompt engineering to tell ChatGPT who’s going to be reading the article, why they are seeking the information, what they hope to get from it, what tone of voice to use, frameworks, keywords, and other crucial details, you stand a better chance of creating a more readable and relevant first draft.
Then you use your writing skills to add the nuances that only come with emotional intelligence and human perspective to polish the draft into the final gem your client will be willing to publish and pay for.
That’s why ChatGPT will never replace you as a freelance writer with clients who value high quality content that consistently gets the results they want.
And if they don’t value high quality content that has a clearly defined purpose and goal, you probably don’t want them as a client.
28 Ways to Make Money With ChatGPT for Your Freelance Writing Business
ChatGPT can help you become 10 x times more productive by:
- Generating more content in less time, allowing you to take on more clients and projects. It’s a no-brainer. With ChatGPT, you can create high-quality content in a fraction of the time it would normally take. For instance, if you need to write a product review, ChatGPT can provide you with a template that you can customize to fit your client’s brand tone and style.
- Providing new angles and ideas for your writing. Just ask and it will deliver fresh new ideas in seconds, making your content more interesting to readers and more valuable to your clients. By using ChatGPT’s writing prompts, you can also overcome writer’s block, which increases your productivity and earning potential.
- Editing your work quickly and accurately, saving you time and improving the quality of your writing. ChatGPT’s editing and proofreading tools can help you refine your content to perfection, making it more valuable to clients.
- Improving your research skills. With ChatGPT, you can quickly and easily research new topics or industries to expand your writing repertoire. For example, if you’re a freelance writer who primarily covers fashion, ChatGPT can suggest related topics to research, such as sustainable fashion or ethical manufacturing practices.
- Helping you stay organized and productive, managing deadlines and projects efficiently by automatically generating reminders and schedules.
- Automating tedious tasks like formatting and citation. ChatGPT can suggest appropriate heading tags, bullet points, and other styles that improve the overall readability of the content and the user experience and engagement, leading to higher conversions for your delighted clients.
- Helping you brainstorm and outline your writing, making it easier to stay focused and produce high-quality content.
- Providing templates and outlines for different types of content, making it easier to produce high-quality work quickly.
- Streamlining your workflow. ChatGPT can integrate with your existing tools and processes to make your workflow more efficient. For instance, if you use Trello to manage your projects, ChatGPT can create new cards for your writing tasks and help you track your progress. Or it can manage your subscriber data in MailChimp.
ChatGPT can help you become a more professional and polished writer by:
- Offering suggestions for better keyword optimization, helping your clients rank higher on search engines. By providing ChatGPT with the topic or subject, along with any relevant keywords, it can analyze your content and suggest additional keywords or phrases to target. In fact, it’s an insanely useful tool for writers and content creators who want to improve the quality and relevance of their content and optimize it for search engines. But a word of caution, any keyword suggestions made by ChatGPT should still be analyzed and researched through more specialist platforms such as Ahrefs or UberSuggest.
- Providing feedback on your writing, helping you improve your skills and grow as a writer. With ChatGPT’s help, you can diversify your writing skills and take on different types of projects, such as copywriting, technical writing, or scriptwriting, which can pay more.
- Analyzing your writing and suggest improvements, such as more effective sentence structure or clearer messaging. . ChatGPT’s writing suggestions can improve the readability and coherence of your content, making it more appealing to readers and potential clients.
ChatGPT allows you to offer added value and additional services to your clients by:
- Helping you write in different styles and voices, making it easier to cater to different clients’ needs and appeal to different target audiences, which could increase their sales.
- Suggesting images and multimedia to accompany your writing, making it more engaging and visually appealing than other writers work.
- Creating premium content and additional services. By using ChatGPT to create premium content such as ebooks, courses, or webinars, you can offer additional services to clients and create passive income streams for yourself.
- Keeping up with industry trends: ChatGPT can help you stay on top of industry trends and changes, so you can adapt your writing and services accordingly. For example, if you’re a freelance digital marketer, ChatGPT can suggest new social media platforms or ad formats to explore for your clients.
ChatGPT will help you market your business and attract new, higher-paying clients by:
- Generating content ideas and titles, helping you attract more new clients and win pitches.
- Assisting with social media content creation. You can use ChatGPT to create high-quality, engaging social media posts to promote your writing and attract new clients.
- Helping you understand your target audience, allowing you to create content that resonates with them and drives more traffic to your website.
- Identifying opportunities for monetization, such as affiliate marketing or sponsored content.
- Translating your writing into other languages, allowing you to expand your audience and attract clients from around the world.
- Helping you identify high-paying clients and projects, allowing you to focus your efforts on work that will generate the most income.
- Becoming better at marketing your services. You can use ChatGPT to create engaging email newsletters, attracting potential clients and keeping existing clients informed about your services and offerings.
- Creating content that attracts and engages new clients. ChatGPT can help you create interactive content such as quizzes, surveys, and games, increasing engagement and potentially attracting more clients.
- Generating more leads With ChatGPT, you can create compelling and informative landing pages. For example, ChatGPT can suggest ways to highlight your writing portfolio and expertise on your website’s landing page.
- Increasing your website traffic. By optimizing your content for SEO, ChatGPT can help you attract more visitors to your website and increase your brand’s visibility. For instance, if you’re a freelance blogger, ChatGPT can suggest ways to improve your website’s structure and user experience to keep visitors engaged.
- Creating compelling email campaigns. ChatGPT can help you craft attention-grabbing subject lines and engaging email content that will keep your subscribers coming back for more.
- Create persuasive sales pitches and presentations: ChatGPT can help you write a winning proposal to impress a potential new client.
Are you Ready to Make Money With ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is a game changer, and as a freelance writer, you need to get on board fast, or be left behind. This technology is going to change and adapt faster than a speeding train and only those who embrace it and master it will benefit from the ride.
But here’s what you should remember. ChatGPT is nothing more than a computer program. It doesn’t think like a human, grasp nuance or understand sub-text.
It needs your direction and professionally engineered prompts to deliver good-quality first drafts. And it needs your human perspective, emotional intelligence, and writing skills to polish it into great content, worthy of a page 1 ranking on Google.
ChatGPT needs you as much as you need ChatGPT, but together you can become a formidable and profitable writing machine.