Writing & Career Resources

2020 has brought students, graduates, and all of us new realities of the job market and working from home. Learn new options for part-time, temporary or supplemental work from which you may profit, use your knowledge and talents, and enjoy all at the same time.


Students dream of tossing a graduation cap into the air as they embark upon a job after years of study. They hope  to enjoy work each day and earn them a paycheck to meet life’s needs.

Those already launched into a career may need to advance their images and network, rising in their fields among peers and the public. Owners may have a small business to promote and not know the first thing about writing a news release, online copy or an article.

Some find that their primary career, for as much as they love it, just doesn’t cover all of their bills. Maybe they yearn to do something creative? Keep reading…there is a resource for you.

” For writers who want side-gig money. Well-crafted, with a balance between help for beginning and advanced writers. An exceptional read and so thorough that anyone could, with a little hard word, pick up a few side writing gigs.”— Writer’s Digest


What’s Your Dream?

Loriann Oberlin never saw herself as a book author, but after college she asked herself: “Wouldn’t it be cool to write for a magazine?” So she tried. And succeeded. Freelancing allowed her to save money, travel, and work at home with young children. Loriann still remembers those first freelance checks in $15, $50 and hundred increments. More on that later.

” Loriann Oberlin is a savvy pro, drawing upon years of experience to provide strategies for the real world in Writing to Make Money: Short Projects.  If you are ready to start small and think big, this book is a very useful roadmap to get you to your destination.”
— Jack Heffron, Writer’s Digest Books (former editor)


Side Gigs: A Remedy in Post-COVID Times

In 2016, Loriann revised Overcoming Passive Aggression, and in 2018, relaunched her first-ever topic in Writing to Make Money: Short Projects. Writing was now relegated to a side hustle.

In 2020, as high school students are stuck at home and college recruitment is on hold during COVID-19, young people have even more reasons to consider a work-at-home side gig. 

Writing to Make Money explores the proven premise: in small bursts of time, writers can boost their bank account, and by doing so, improve self-confidence. Side gigs lend themselves to graphic design skills, website development know-how or other skill. Indeed, there’s nothing like depositing hard-earned cash from hours at the keyboard to validate one’s efforts. These small victories propel you forward.

Whether you’re a writer, student, new college grad, retiree, small business owner or experienced professional, Writing to Make Money helps you to add income, promote products or services, enhance images, or write for self-expression. It sells for $2.99 on eBook which can be read on your own device with the FREE Kindle App, available at the App Store or Google Play. It’s also available in paperback.

” I’ve been a technical writer for over 20 years, and I still learned quite a lot from this short, easy-to-read treatise. I highly recommend it.”— Kenton, Amazon reviewer




As a counselor/coach, Loriann is uniquely equipped to cheerlead with cognitive-behavioral tips to set realistic goals, work efficiently, save money, and steer clear of get-rich-quick fantasies. Writing is not one of those. Sure, a few very talented individuals strike it big. For most, it’s a part-time endeavor or an adjunct in a professional career.

To read other articles and learn more, visit @writingtomakemoney on Facebook.

” If you’ve ever wondered if you could spin your knowledge into income, this book is well worth the investment. I bought the paperback to mark it up. Surprises were suggestions I used in fiction, a self-care section and a helpful resource guide. How-to books don’t always tell you everything you need to know. This one does, with answers to questions I didn’t know I needed to ask. Wish I’d had this years ago to augment my income with short projects.”— Mala on Amazon.com
” There’s nothing like cold, hard cash earned from hours spent at the keyboard. Money to pay bills, afford a vacation and buy things you need. In short bursts of time, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish.”— Booklife/Publisher’s Weekly


Your Career Library

Outside of counseling or coaching sessions, there are resources and tasks you can manage that will enhance your decision-making, internship or job acquisition, and general self-promotion knowledge. Loriann often recommends these resources to help with a job search.


The Writer’s Library

Every writers develops his or her own style within the norms of grammar and word usage. When writing to sell, writers are expected to ask or know what stylebook the publisher follows and to consult it regularly. This makes the difference between the highly-edited writer and the one who makes the editor’s job far easier. Whom do you think would get the next assignment?

English 3200 may seem like a very expensive guide. Worth it? Yes. However, you may be able to purchase a copy used. This easy-to-use, self-study manual will forever change your grasp of English grammar for the better. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Try these books as you build your library of go-to resources.




The Creative Journey

Bolstered by a few sales, Loriann became a contributor to a parenting magazine and two daily newspapers, writing community news, profiles, health and lifestyle features. Loriann created a work-at-home column for the Pittsburgh Business-Times and features for airline magazines. She focused on wedding planning, relationships and honeymoons, representing Elegant Bride on press trips, then re-slanted the research for Parents, Parenting and The Saturday Evening Post.

From small contributions, greeting card writing, and developing resumés to Caribbean press excursions, book authorship and helping public relations clients, Loriann taught countless other freelancers at community colleges, the University of Pittsburgh, Writer’s Digest School, and at many writer’s conferences.

After a few years in private practice, writing only progress notes and a few parenting articles, Loriann realized that the creative role needed to come back into her work/life satisfaction. A writer’s conference inspired her to try women’s fiction under a pen name—novels to merely escape. Indie producing two under the Shore Thing Publishing imprint, she also taught herself Photoshop, social media marketing, and other skills.

Letting Go: The Maryland Shores and Second Chances, the sequel both feature strong, career-minded women who overcome self-doubts and obstacles as they re-start their lives after various losses. Characters cherish their friends, children, and work, and while overcoming loss, they find sustaining love. She’s working on book three in this series.

Writing can be a side gig or part-time job. It can lead to full-time work. Perhaps, it’s merely a pastime you find challenging and relaxing, all at the same time. Good luck on your own creative journey. May the suggestions here on this page inspire and help you.

Disclosures: Before becoming a counselor, Ms. Oberlin was an established writer contributing hundreds of articles to national and regional publications. She is by nature, a bibliophile and this page offers many of her true favorites. She is at work on new releases in the months ahead. Sign up for notices of these, some originating from Shore Thing Publishing, Ms. Oberlin’s publishing entity. Loriann Oberlin is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to link products to Amazon.com and affiliated sites and thus may provide minor referral fees.