What kind of online writing opportunities are out there for a medical doctor? Plenty. I’m a very successful online writer who specializes in several niches: medical, fitness, health, nutrition and weight loss.
Because I do a lot of online medical writing, I know what doctors should do if they want to try their hand at writing.
My sister is a medical doctor and recently asked me how to get started with online writing. I told her the following:
Elance.com. Register with this job bidding site. Every so often, a “Client” will post a job seeking a doctor and only a doctor to do some writing or editing. Sometimes the job posting has only a preference for a doctor or nurse. These are the ones I bid on.
An example of this is a current gig that I’m doing. I’m editing medical papers that will eventually be going into medical journals.
On Elance.com, I’ve seen postings calling for doctors to write about diabetes, hypertension and many other conditions. Most of the postings for medical and health articles, though, do not mandate that the “Contractor” be a physician.
Nevertheless, this is a ripe area to get started for the doctor who wants to write. There’s always a client seeking someone to write articles on all sorts of medical topics: acne, foot disorders, back pain, ADHD, depression, allergies, IBS, celiac disease, liver cleansing, hair loss, menopause, pregnancy, heart disease, to name a few.
Content sites. There are many. Register, and start writing. Only a few give upfront pay, but you’ll also get page view revenue for most. A doctor who’s used to making a lot of money shouldn’t expect to clean up as a writer for online sites.
My sister told me she didn’t want to write for the money. But it’s nice to know you’re getting something more than just an ego thrill.
Some content sites are Yahoo! Voices, expertspages.com (not to be confused with expertpages.com!), and Livestrong (which has a nice upfront payment per article, but doesn’t have page view revenue). Expertspages.com is a handsome site that has the highest pay rate per 1,000 views.
Start a blog. Sign up with Google Adsense so that ads appear on your blog. When visitors click on an ad, you’ll get paid. Write about the medical area you know about. You’re in total charge. You can start a blog at blogger.com.
Some people prefer WordPress.com (not WordPress.org!), but last time I checked, which was recent, I noticed that it costs $99 per year to have Adsense on your blog. Blogger won’t charge for this.
If you’re a doctor who’s always had a passion for writing, here’s your change to get started with the above online opportunities.