If you’re just thinking about entering the world of freelance writing, you might be wondering what do freelance writers write about. The truth is, they write about everything. Anything you can think of and a lot that you might never have imagined. Read on for more details.
What Do Freelance Writers Write About?
I’ve been a freelance writer for a long time. I was never one to niche down as many of the experts tell you to do, so I wrote about many things.
Some of them I had some experience in such as real estate and finance. Others I barely knew what they were, but I made it through.
I pulled out some examples to give you an idea of some of the things you might be writing. These are all blog posts for business owners of one kind or another.
- Signs Your House has Mold Issues
- Signs of Cervical Cancer
- Steps to Create a Facebook Campaign
- Anxiety and the Elderly
- Asbestos Removal
- Energy Management
- Great Brittan and European River Cruises
- Mechanical Contracting
- Post-Sepsis Recovery
- Landscaping Options
- Walk-in Coolers
- New Limits on Business Interest Deductions
- Increased Estate Tax Exemption
That’s just a very small list of things I have written about.
It doesn’t include the email series, case studies, and white papers I have written.
Things You Might Write About
Now, you might decide to write about only one or two niches.
That’s completely fine and most people will tell you that you will make more money doing so.
Keep in mind that for many people choosing a niche is difficult.
So, when you’re getting started, you might want to start with two or three niches until you figure out what works best for you.
Maybe you are a big fan of social media and you only want to write for Twitter or Facebook. Go for it.
You could select a niche to focus on such as interior design or gardening and look for clients that need and want help with that.
Or you could be a generalist and market for any type of business that needs help with their social media.
It really is up to you.
I personally never wrote for niche websites as they don’t pay enough. Instead, all of my clients were brick-and-mortar businesses.
Let’s face it, you will never make a good living writing for 2 or 3 cents per word.
Instead, I found business owners that needed a freelance writer and I wrote for their websites.
There are literally millions of businesses out there that need freelance writers to write for their websites, their promotional materials, their sales letters, and more.
Decide what type of writing makes you want to spring out of bed in the morning to get to work and focus on that.
If you’re not sure where to start and you don’t have a lot of experience, then consider writing for blogs for businesses.
Business blogs are different from niche sites.
They are not what your customer is selling. They are simply a way to provide their protective client’s information and a way to get clients to their websites to buy their products or services.
A niche website is what you’re reading now.
Business blogs are easy to find and if you just give them a call and ask them if they need a freelance writer, they will either say no or many times they will say yes and you will get the job with no muss or fuss.
That’s how I went about it.
The truth is that any business that wants a successful online presence needs your help. Focus on business owners that already know that. Don’t waste your time trying to convince someone they need your help.
Only write for those people that already understand and appreciate the value you bring to their business.
How to Find Potential Clients for Your Freelance Writing Business
I never had a difficult time finding clients. That’s because I stayed far away from all the places everyone else went to find them, meaning content mills.
Instead, I simply started out emailing and calling businesses and marketing agencies to see if they needed a freelance writer.
It worked for me.
I had a couple of clients in just two days.
That’s because no one else was calling them asking if they used freelance writers.
I know that some people also have good luck on Linkedin when looking for potential clients, but that never really worked out for me.
It also seemed to take too long.
Some writers also seem to do well on Upwork, but I’ve always found it to be a race to the bottom money-wise.
When I started out, I wanted to start making money in my new writing career immediately.
That’s why I was proactive and went out looking for clients instead of waiting for them to come to me.
Besides, it was easy to ask a simple question, “Do you use freelance writers?” All they could do is say no.
Just keep in mind when you are marketing for clients, that you aren’t looking for a writing job. You are a business owner looking for clients.
Freelance writing is a business. Full stop.
Don’t let potential clients treated you as if you are an employee. You’re not.
You’re a business owner offering your services. They will either want to take advantage of them or they won’t.
If you are asking for a freelance writing job, then you are treating your client as an employer.
Is Freelance Writing a Hobby or Full-Time Job For You?
When you’re in the planning phase of your freelance writing, you should think about whether you want to work full-time at this, part-time, or just once in a while as a hobby.
This is important because if you are only working a few hours per week, you want to make sure you are writing about something you already know about.
You don’t want to spend a great deal of time on research.
Look for a writing client that needs content that you can write quickly.
In fact, if you are looking to write once in a while, it makes sense to look for a writing assignment on someplace like Writers Access.
You can log in and pick up a writing gig, do the job, and log back off until you are ready to write another article.
However, if you are looking to make real part-time money or have a full-time career to replace your day job, then stay away from this type of platform and find your own clients.
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What You’ll Need to Be a Freelance Writer
First off, if you want to be a professional writer, there are a few things you will need.
They might not be what you’re expecting, but they will make your life a lot easier.
Be sure to sign up for a Paypal business account.
Most of your clients will use this account to pay you.
If you don’t have any writing experience or education, then you might want to consider getting some.
There is no educational requirement for a freelance writing career but there are plenty of books out there that can help you.
You can also get more formal training as I did. Granted, I didn’t do this right away, but later on, I did invest in myself and my business with this type of education and it was certainly worth it.
This can also help you polish your writing skills if they are a little rusty.
Here’s a great online, self-paced course to teach you everything you need to know about writing for websites.
You will also want to have a couple of writing samples. Don’t worry if you don’t have any clients. Just pick a couple of topics on the subject matter you want to write about and write them. You don’t need a big writing portfolio.
I’ve never had a client ask for one.
Before you know it, you will be ready for your first writing assignment.
To Sum it All Up:
The types of writing and the subject matter are all up to you. That’s the great thing about the freelance writing niche. You can write about everything as I did, or you can pick one or two subjects that you want to concentrate on. Either way, you can have a successful career.