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This series surprises me week after week. I think I know most of the ways there are to make money then I interview someone else and learn something new. This week is no exception as yet again I have found a new way to make money from home. I’ll hand over to this week’s interviewee to share more.
Hello, I’m Fiona and I blog at www.savvyinsomerset.com.
I live in Somerset with my husband and baby daughter.
My biggest strength when it comes to money saving is slashing the cost of groceries – I do everything from using coupons to raiding the yellow sticker shelf last thing at night and this means we eat really well on a tight budget. Money saving aside I love quizzing, drinking cocktails and eating pizza.
In the last few years I’ve managed to get myself featured in a variety of magazines and newspapers. In some cases I was selling a story, others I was a case study and sometimes I’ve been replying to a dilemma in a ‘What would you do’ section.
While it doesn’t provide regular income, it can be a great way to make a large amount of money in a short space of time, especially if you have an interesting story to tell and I’m always interested in making a bit of extra cash on the side!
The first time I applied to a magazine to be featured it was as simple as seeing an advert on Facebook with an email address looking for people with interesting health stories to get in touch. I sent a quick email with an outline of my story and they got in touch immediately to say they could use it. After that whenever I see something that could get featured for I send an email or comment on Facebook.
The best thing about this side hustle is it can make you a large amount of money in short amount of time.
I’ll use the magazine health story as an example.
I wrote one email which took about half an hour. This was followed by 45 minute phone call to get the details of my story and then a 20 minute phone call for a read back to make sure I was happy with everything, so in total about an hour and half. See my full post on the ins and outs below.
For the story about my health which I sold to a women’s magazine I was paid £200. The story took up around a third of a double page spread – so not very long or detailed. Bigger stories that take up a whole double page spread can earn you as much as £500 – obviously this is the journalist writing the story and you getting paid for them using it (you don’t need to do any writing).
I have also been a case study for a story in the Daily Mail which paid £100 and involved an interview over the phone and photo shoot at my house – they sent a makeup artist and photographer to me but will also pay for you to travel to London for a shoot if needed – usually if you need to be photographed with other people.
Magazines often run photo competitions and dilemmas too. This pays much less – around £25 or £30 for each although it’s harder to get chosen as a lot more people apply for these as it’s so quick and easy and often featured on social media where a lot of people see it.
Getting my hair and make-up done by a professional makeup artist when I did a case study for the Daily Mail was pretty awesome. I was eight months pregnant at the time and it was really nice to have a little bit of pampering!
Firstly this isn’t a consistent way to make money. Some magazines and newspapers will stipulate that your story can’t have been published anywhere else before. They may also state that you can’t sell it on to another magazine or newspaper for at least six months after they publish it and some newspapers will only work with you as a case study once a year.
It can also be a bit scary having your name, face and story out there, especially if you’re talking about something controversial. If you ever appear in any of the big newspapers I strongly advise avoiding the comments section!
If you think you have a genuine story to sell then go for it! Women’s magazines love stories about cheating husbands, miracle babies and even spooky ghostly encounters. Daily newspapers have to continually provide a huge amount of content so are always looking for people to feature – especially if you have a story that is relevant to current events – for example getting married at the same wedding venue as a celebrity.
If this is something you are interested in doing here are a few ways you can go about it:
While some may argue that online media is fast overtaking traditional print publications both types still need to constantly churn out masses of content on a daily basis. Even if you don’t think you have a story to sell right now, anything could happen in the future that might mean one day you do have a story sell. This article about the lady who captured an amazing picture of the royal family on Christmas morning is a perfect example of this and how one small picture could completely change your life.
A massive thank you to Fiona for sharing this with us. Yet another way to make money from home that I hadn’t thought of. I’m now racking my brains to see if I have any interesting stories to sell, but I will definitely be following the advice above. A very thorough interview! Thank you!
Disclaimer: Remember the information you read here does not represent advice. Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you. Read the full disclaimer here.
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