The dictionary defines an amateur as a person who takes part in sports or other activities for enjoyment or interest, not as a job. So, an amateur song writer is someone who writes song simply because he or she is interested in creating songs and enjoys the feeling of having accomplished something. But some amateur song writers do get to earn a few bucks here and there when they are hired for small time projects such as writing songs for school plays, weddings, church choir and other private affairs. The payment is not really something that you can retire on but if there are many such affairs within the locality, the amount can accumulate and enable you to earn a decent income.
You can be doing something professionally like working in an office or the factory and earn income from being an amateur song writer on the side. There are many local events in the neighborhood that requires a talented individual to write songs for all kinds of affairs and you can take advantage of the opportunities that are available anytime. It may be just another means of giving vent to your talent but it can also be rewarding.
Birthdays are one of the best occasions where you can make money out of your talent. You can write a song that is especially customized to fit the birthday celebrant or the affair in general. There is nothing more flattering than to hear your name in the lyrics of the song and there are people who would even go to the extent of hiring a song writer to create a serenade or ballad for the woman of their life.
There are also schools within the district that will occasionally require the service of an amateur song writer to create songs intended for musical competitions, to dub school plays that are adapted from original works, creating songs for the glee club, for school hymns or writing songs for the choir. It will cost a lot to hire a professional song writer to do this kind of task when there is a local amateur song writer who can do it just as good if not better.
A lot of celebrity song writers started out from such ordinary and humble beginnings and you will never know where your fortune will take you once you get started. Being an amateur song writer is no small feat. Who knows? The songs you write might just accidentally find its way to the airwaves and before you know it, you are a celebrity.
Song writing may start out as something you enjoy doing as a hobby or pastime but to others, it is serious business. Talents are hard to find and they are almost always found in the most unlikely places. Once you are discovered, there is no telling what and where your talent will take you. Even without giving it a serious thought, if people look for you, it means you have something that is extraordinary and appreciated by a lot of people.