You’re a writer, great! But what kind of writing jobs can you get? What do freelance writers write about? What exactly are the freelance writing jobs?
If you are thinking of starting your freelance career online as a writer, you are in for a huge treat! There are literally hundreds of different kinds of freelance content writing jobs for you to try your hand at. From the easiest to the most complicated, I have put together a list of all the different kinds of writing jobs that you can find online.
What are the Different Freelance Writing Jobs?
I am just going to list all the different kinds of freelance writing jobs you can find online in this post; in other posts, I have expanded the ideas for your convenience.
Transcription literally means to “a written or printed version of something”; in our field, it means to “convert audio into text”. Yes, there are automatic software, programs and apps to do that now, but they are not as accurate as the work of a human being. Clients can send you MP3 and MP4 files, videos, audio files, memos and even YouTube links to transcribe; they can be from 50 seconds to 3 hours long, or more. It completely depends on the clients what they want the transcribed files to look like, in what format they want it, etc.
2. Bulk Article Writing Jobs
Clients, usually someone with a brand new website or business, request articles in bulk. Depending on their budget and the size of their website/business, this can be anything from 25 articles to 150 articles. Usually, these articles are short and informative, and doesn’t require a lot of research or a high writing skill.
3. Regular Articles/Blog Articles Writing Jobs
A client with an existing website or blog usually hires a content writer for regular articles. These articles from a particular client are usually from the same niche, based on the kind of business they are in. Depending on the size of their business, their social engagement and of course, their budget, a client can ask for one article per week, or 10 articles per week – it completely depends on them. This is easy work, not very time consuming and usually, long term.
4. Editing Jobs
Clients usually requires the help of an editor when they have hired an unskilled writer for the content, or written the content themselves. An editor corrects the mistakes in the text, makes it better and sometimes, cross checks the different facts and numbers.
These writing jobs are found in abundance on any marketplaces, and they are much easier to land.
5. Website Content Writing Jobs
This could mean expanding content for an already existing website, or writing everything needed for a new website. Content writing jobs for websites doesn’t come directly from a client, but from a web developer who is making the website. They usually have a budget set aside for the writing part and look for a writer for it. Landing this kind of job means you might have enough work for two months or more.
6. Product Description/Review/Comparison
This is one of the hottest, and the most widely available jobs in online marketplaces, thanks to affiliate marketing and eCommerce sites. Clients create their own websites to sell products from Amazon, EBay, Aliexpress, Etsy and Shopify, and the thousand other eCommerce sites around the world, and they need content for their own websites. The work is literally never ending, so I am going to elaborate it in another blog post.
7. eBook Writing Jobs
Now, eBooks are a relatively new entry to the field of ghostwriting. By eBooks, we usually mean the kind of books people read on their Kindles, eBook readers, tablets, phones or computers. For a ghostwriter, an eBooks isn’t just the electronic version of books that are physically available in stores, but books that are solely written, published and bought online.
Amazon was the first company to start these eBooks, and most of the time, the eBooks that we ghostwriters write are available on Amazon. These are both non-fiction and fiction types – available at probably 1/5th the price of a regular, physical book. Non-fiction books are usually written on topics like mental health, organizational skills, cooking and health, relationships, etc.
7. Freelance Grant Writing Jobs
I am personally not a fan of this particular kind of job, as it can be quite tedious and not very fruitful. If ever hired for a Grant Writing job, you will probably be working for a Non-Profit Organization that works for the underprivileged and the poor. Your main job as a Grant Writer would be to research companies that give out grants to organizations working for the underprivileged and apply for them, relentlessly.
8. Freelance Travel Article Writing Jobs
Now, these kind of articles happen to be my favorite. Travel articles are fun to write, and they are great to create your portfolio. Sitting in your own home in Bangladesh, you can write about the wondrous pyramids of Machu Pichu, the Amazon Rain forest or even climbing Mount Everest.
9. Virtual Assistant Jobs
Being a Virtual Assistant isn’t the same as being a freelance writer, but some of the responsibilities can overlap. If you are a good writer, it can certainly help in some of your tasks as a Virtual Assistant. You can also think of it this way: if you are a writer who has a lot of free time on your hand and wants to do more than just write, this is the field for you!
10. Cookbooks/Recipe Books/Diet Books
If you love anything to do with food, you’re going to love these jobs. For any of these jobs – eBooks, articles or blogs – a basic knowledge about cooking and baking would be appreciated by the clients. There are literally thousands of sites where you can get inspiration or recipes from, but they need to be edited, modified, recreated or rearranged to be included in your writing.
11. Newsletter/Email Marketing/Digital Marketing
These kind of jobs come more with writing Website Content for businesses or individuals rather than on their own. However, a thorough research of any website can make you ready to prepare newsletters, brochures, press releases, Social Media content, Digital Marketing content, banners, etc. for the client. A good knowledge of designing skill can help in these kinds of jobs.
12. Script for YouTube Videos/Channels
Not always what you hear people saying on YouTube or Vimeo videos are spontaneous; some of them have been pre-written and rehearsed. These kind of jobs are rare but they do exist
13. Course Writing
Also rare kind of jobs, but quite interesting. Clients can hire you to design and write courses to train their employees; teachers can hire you to prepare class schedules and worksheets.
The scope for translation is quite high in other languages, but not so much for Bangladesh or Bengali. If you are lucky, you might get small projects irregularly that require you to translate Bengali-to-English or English-to-Bengali.
15. Technical Writing Jobs
Technical writing jobs happen to be some of the best paying jobs on Upwork, but extremely hard to find. These jobs are for people with an educational background in Law, Economics, Medicine, Sociology or Psychology. Your education and knowledge comes into use in these jobs and they pay very well.
These, in a nutshell, are some of the most common kind of writing jobs you can find on Upwork, and the other similar online marketplaces. There are more, of course, but I personally don’t have experience with them. Over the next few days, I am going to elaborate on them. Simply click on the headlines and they will take you to the respective blog posts, once I am done writing them.
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