A Personal Letter Writing Service
By Steve Gillman
I could never offer a letter writing service if I had to actually
write, because nobody would be able to read my handwriting. But
a few years ago I read about a woman who did just this. She wrote
letters to shut-ins, men and women in prison, and those in the
various branches of the military.
The clients were generally the friends and family of the receiver
of the letters. They told the woman about the person, detailing
some interests and personal history, and then paid her to correspond
with their family member or friend. At the time she was advertising
her services in the classified sections of national tabloid newspapers,
and charging between $10 and $50 per letter depending on what
Hers was not the only service of its kind, but I am not sure
if there is as much demand now. The internet has made it easy
to keep in touch with anyone anywhere. Then again, perhaps the
nature of the business just has to change to include emails or
How Much Can You Make?
This is in the "ideas" section of the website, so
no statistics are available. Since this is a good business for
someone who wants to work from home, that benefit might justify
a lower wage, but I would aim for at least $10 per hour. At $15
per hour you would have the possibility of expanding and hiring
help. If you offered email correspondence you might be able to
hire English-speaking foreigners for $4 per hour and still make
money charging around $10. But keep those hourly rates as targets,
and charge by the letter--that's how clients would prefer to
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You might also offer to send small gifts or cards as part
of the service, for an additional fee.
Qualifications / Requirements
The ability to relate to a wide variety of people and a willingness
to listen and offer real communication.
Start a website or a free blog for your service, and promote
it via social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
- The closest thing I could find, this letter writing service
doesn't do personal correspondence, but offers love letters,
wedding vows and more starting at $50 per letter.