Lazy Writer Secrets

The Lazy Writer’s Guide to Earning a Living Online

It’s possible to earn a full-time income only writing a few hours a day

Jason McBride
7 min readAug 3, 2019


I love writing. It’s one of the only things I’m any good at. I don’t want to spend eight or more hours a day staring at a screen and tapping on the keyboard. Maybe I’m lazy, but I’d rather spend as little time working as possible.

It’s not that I don’t love my work — it’s just that I also love being with my family and pursuing my hobbies.

For the past several years, I’ve made a full-time income while only writing two to three hours a day, five days a week. Last year I took eight weeks off. It’s something anyone can do.

Write for Businesses

The easiest and fastest way to make money as a writer is to write for businesses. It’s not the only way to make money. It’s not the sexiest way or the most fun way to make money writing either. There are far fewer obstacles than with other writing careers.

I know writers who are making a killing from self-publishing. They make a lot more than I do. They also work a lot harder. I know writers who make great money writing posts about whatever they want. They work incredibly hard.

I respect these writers. They deserve their success. Sometimes I’m jealous of their monthly haul. However, I make enough to cover my needs, and I spend much less time working. We all have to find the path that works best for us. Freelance copywriting is my path.

For every writing superstar earning six-figures as an author or indie blogger, there are thousands of other writers who are barely scraping by.

When you write for businesses as a freelance copywriter or content writer, you can charge $150, $250, or even $400 for a single blog post. Businesses need writers, and there are hundreds of thousands of businesses all across the world who are looking to hire freelance writers.



Jason McBride

Freelance Writer & Illustrator | Poet & Visual Essayist | Amateur Human | he/him