Ghostwriting – Pros and Cons

Have you considered ghostwriting? It’s become more and more popular as businesses and writers look to create interesting content for their customers and readers to keep them interested in their products and business. However, creating this content can be time-consuming, so many people choose to hire ghostwriters. A ghostwriter is paid to create content that the client paying them can put their own name to and claim as their own. This can be a very beneficial relationship for both parties. If you’re interested in ghostwriting, here are some benefits and drawbacks of ghostwriting.


1. It can be a very interesting job!

Ghostwriting can allow you to write about a wide range of topics. Rather than writing about one subject, a ghostwriter is likely to be given a range of work in terms of the subject area and the type of writing. For example, one day, you might be writing a blog post, the next a recipe card or an email template. The variety of work makes ghostwriting an exciting job.

2. Freedom to pursue the work you enjoy

If you are lucky, you will be able to pick and choose which assignments you take on. This means you only write for clients you have a good working relationship with and write about topics that truly interest you personally.

3. Can be lucrative

Ghost-writing can be a very profitable practice. Many ghostwriters have a full-time job and ghostwrite on the side for some extra money. Depending on your experience and skill level, you could earn up to $50,000 per year of ghostwriting.

4. Your only responsibility is the writing

As a ghostwriter, you are only responsible for the writing and not the entire project. This means you do not have to worry about any other aspects of the project and can focus solely on producing the best writing piece. There are no distractions in terms of publishing the writing or anything else that can make content creation difficult. Once you have submitted your work and the client is happy with it, you can move on to the next project!


1. No credit

The biggest drawback of ghostwriting is that you do not get credit for the work. However, you agree that your client can take ownership and responsibility for the writing when you take on the work. If this isn’t something you are comfortable with, then maybe look into other writing options.

2. Finding work you enjoy isn’t always easy

There are many ghostwriters out there, so getting people to choose you to do their work can be tricky. Competition is stiff, especially for work that is well paid, so bear this in mind, especially when you are just starting.

3. Time management is crucial

If you’re taking on ghostwriting work, make sure you can stick to the deadlines you are given. Clients are unlikely to bring you more work if you cannot deliver work in a timely fashion.

Now you know more about the pros and cons of ghostwriting, is it something you would like to try? There’s no doubt that it can be a very rewarding job!

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