45 Creative Business Ideas For Entrepreneurs Who Love To Write

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Seeking to start a business with writing skills but not quite sure what to start?



The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build a creative service in this line of work.



If you're looking to start your own business with writing skills, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.



We put a list together below of the most profitable business ideas for entrepreneurs who love to write, that you can start today!



Here they are:



1. Start a video production company ($7.2M/year)

Hope Horner from Los Angeles, California, USA started Lemonlight almost 7 years ago, a video production company.

  • Revenue: $600,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 45
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

I grew up in Johnson City, TN - a small town in the northeast corner of the state. For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of moving to Los Angeles and starting my own business. When I was 18, I moved to LA to attend college and haven’t left yet.

I started my first business in 2008 when the startup culture was very limited in Los Angeles. Resources were scarce and it was difficult to learn how to start and run a company with no experience. Nonetheless, I trudged through the journey for a few years trying to figure it out. It was filled with some success and a lot of learning lessons, but ultimately, it didn’t end the way I had hoped. I spent a few more years working with startup companies and learning more about the landscape and how to hone my skills as a leader and entrepreneur.

In April of 2014, I started my second company, Lemonlight, out of a second bedroom with my two co-founders, Daniel Marlow, and Chad Rogers. Lemonlight’s mission was to offer small and medium-sized businesses access to high-quality, affordable video content that they could use to advertise their brand online.

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Hope Horner, on starting Lemonlight ($600,000/month) full story ➜

2. Become an author ($168K/year)

Nick Thacker from Colorado, USA started Nick Thacker about 4 years ago, a author.

  • Revenue: $14,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Colorado, USA

I’ve always been a fanatic reader, specifically in the thriller genre. I discovered Dan Brown as a kid, then James Rollins, and I’ve always love action movies that combine adrenaline and history (think National Treasure, Indiana Jones, etc.).

I decided to write a book (my first was called The Golden Crystal, and it has been re-launched as The Atlantis Stone) when my grandfather passed away. He had always been a strong positive influence in my life, and he, my dad, and I often swapped paperbacks we liked. That first book was intended as a gift for my dad for Christmas, and it was going to be the only one I ever wrote -- just to see if I could do it.

I had no idea what I was doing (arguably, I still don’t…). I just thought it would be fun to combine technology with the discovery of Atlantis… in some way. When I got started, I was naive enough to think that books simply happen, but the book very quickly got the best of me. I took a six-month break and consumed as much as I could on the subject of the craft of writing fiction. I’d never really written anything before, so it was an eye-opening experience to learn about structure, plot tropes, character development, and everything else that goes into a good, cohesive story.

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Nick Thacker, on starting Nick Thacker ($14,000/month) full story ➜

3. Start a consulting business ($240K/year)

Akhil Suresh Nair from City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom started Xena Intelligence by Parzenn Partners almost 3 years ago, a consulting business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: City of Westminster, England, United Kingdom

I had a couple of years of experience working for a large corporation back in India. I genuinely felt that I was just a cog in the wheel and that whatever I did had little to no impact in the real world.

We were at a crossroads at that time – filled with constant self-doubt about the career path we wanted to take. We could have easily applied for corporate jobs in the US or in India, but we chose to follow our hearts by continuing to work in our consulting business.

I reached out to a few small businesses I had developed good relationships during my corporate career and started helping them out on developing marketing strategy to scale their businesses and also to instill robust operational efficiencies in their business processes. I realized that I was able to add considerable value to their businesses and that I felt a sense of satisfaction in being able to make their lives better. I soon started consulting for over 20 small businesses in India.

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Akhil Suresh Nair, on starting Xena Intelligence by Parzenn Partners ($20,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a freelance writing business ($960K/year)

David Tile from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Article-Writing Co almost 10 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2011, coming out of college, I miserably tried to start a penny auction website. I studied Political Science at University, which had absolutely no bearing on this idea. I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and was consumed by this auction model. I had my own specific mechanics that I thought would make the game a lot more fair for the average consumer. But alas, 6-8 months later, after burning through thousands of dollars trying to get the technology right, I was absolutely nowhere.

I was resigned to not give up, but the mechanics of the auction are critical to the smooth operation of the website and if you can’t get it right you don’t have a business. So I decided to start taking on some freelance writing work, just to get some cash in.

One thing led to another and I started getting some bigger clients with bigger asks. Eventually, I snowballed hiring some writers and copy editors. Turning this thing into a full-time business operation.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($80,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a journal business ($480K/year)

Ollie Aplin from Brighton, England, United Kingdom started MindJournal almost 5 years ago, a journal business.

  • Revenue: $40,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Brighton, England, United Kingdom

I’ve personally kept a journal for 10 years now, ever since I first went into therapy to recover from PTSD. My mum took her own life 2 years prior to my breakdown, and I never really got to grips with my emotions or how to process everything that had ever happened.

When I started therapy I was still stuck in the mindset that talking about how I felt was not something I should do. So talking therapy was the most unnatural experience for me. So to help, my therapist recommended I tried journaling – as a way of privately thinking about how I felt and what was on my mind. It was a game-changer of a moment for me.

My mum took her own life 2 years prior to my breakdown, and I never really got to grips with my emotions or how to process everything that had ever happened.

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Ollie Aplin, on starting MindJournal ($40,000/month) full story ➜

6. Become a niche blog ($205K/year)

Starter Story from New York, New York, USA started Starter Story over 3 years ago, a niche blog.

  • Revenue: $17,100/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

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Starter Story, on starting Starter Story ($17,100/month) full story ➜

7. Become a proofreader ($24K/year)

Lenny Bron from New York, New York, USA started The Blog Proofreader over 4 years ago, a proofreader.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

This business idea was born in 2016, but the journey really began in 2014.

After working for a company for 8 years, I hadn’t really gotten far financially and felt stuck. I decided to find a job with better financial prospects and the possibility of advancement. After 6 months of searching, I was hired at a new employer and managed to double my salary in one fell swoop!

Just start! That little voice inside your head giving you doubts will always be there. Push through that voice and keep going until you reach a point where you’re lost.

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Lenny Bron, on starting The Blog Proofreader ($2,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a fashion columnist business

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9. Start a screen writing business

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10. Start an online researching business

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11. Start a resume writing business

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12. Start a speech writing business

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13. Start a pr consulting business

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14. Start an e-book writing business

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15. Become a ghost blogger

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16. Start an online newsletter writing business

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17. Start a direct mail service consulting business

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18. Start a content marketing business

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19. Start a business plan writing business

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20. Start a social influencing business

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21. Start an online ad creation business ($600K/year)

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22. Start a writing workshop teaching business

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23. Start a social media management business

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24. Start a grant writing business

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25. Start a magazine publishing business on amazon kindle store

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26. Start a playwriting business

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27. Start a copywriting business

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28. Start a novelist business

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29. Start an online course creation business

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30. Start a letter writing business

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31. Start a language translation service ($615K/year)

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32. Start a zine publisher business

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33. Start a short-story writing business

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34. Start a podcasting business ($204K/year)

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35. Start a gaming storyboard creation business

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36. Start a market researching business

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37. Start a comic writing business

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38. Start a marketing consulting business

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39. Become an affiliate marketer

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40. Start a SEM business

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41. Become a song writer

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42. Start a website editing business

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43. Start a product description writing business

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44. Start a story blogging business

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45. Start a transcribing service business

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