(Business): Writing ROI

ROIIn the business world, companies focus on what they call ROI or Return on Investment. In order to succeed, a project must turn a profit, and that profit is generally called an ROI.

As writers, we too want a return on our investment. We want to reap financial rewards from the time we invest writing stories, articles, reports, etc.  But as Christian writers, the ROI we desire goes beyond the monetary. It includes the spiritual as well.

Yet, just because we want our writing to reap a spiritual ROI does not mean that we should not desire and expect a financial return as well on our investment.  Indeed, according to God’s Word, we have a right to expect a financial return. Scripture tells us in 1 Timothy 5:18 that “the laborer is worthy of his wages.” So, it is not wrong to expect to profit financially from our writing. Money is not the issue. Our heart attitude toward money is.

What are your thoughts? 

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2 thoughts on “(Business): Writing ROI

  1. Hello,

    As you will see from my recently launched website, I have just started a writing career and I still need to identify my niche. I know that God is taking me on this journey and I am most comfortable when I write to the Glory of God.

    I need to support and sustain myself through my writing career and I have been feeling conflicted as to whether it would be wrong “to write for God” and derive an income from it. Based on this alone, I have been considering following another niche, since writing will eventually be my only source of income.

    I am sure that I am not meant to reject my calling? Now having read this article, I feel strongly that God sees it for what it is. He sees my passion to spread His love, compassion and grace to others and at the same time I am sure that God also supports my need to sustain myself. I really believe that it is all about the heart. Surely it would be wrong to follow another niche based on the need for an income and survival, and at the same time being disobedient to God’s calling?

    • Hello, Margaret,

      Thank you for your comments. I deeply appreciate your posting them.

      You are right in stating that “it is all about the heart”. Our Lord considers the heart and its motives. It is not wrong to desire to earn a living from our writing as long as we realize that, ultimately, God is our Source of provision. So, during those times that the writing income may not be where we’d like it to be, we do not worry because our writing is not our ultimate source. God is, and He will take care of us and provide for us, no matter what the economy.

      Blessings as you write for the King!

      MaryAnn