Do you know? – According to a survey conducted by Zippia, which is a well-known job search platform, 82% of freelancers in the United States are writers.
Moreover, the same survey shares that 24% of freelance writers earn over $50,000 annually – this is something unbelievable for the most under-rated job.
The first and most important thing, all experienced freelance writers need to understand here is that your clients pay you because they require your content. So, start giving value to your content it deserves.
You need to stop selling your content pieces for $20, $30, or $50 which is worth more. It is not a decent wage for work that demands more of your additional research skills and time.
Also, if you are one of those beginner writers, who are in search of the right direction to get most of their writing skills, this article is for you!
Here in this article, you can find a list of some of the best work-from-home jobs for freelance writers.
Let’s get started!
1. Start a Blog
Starting your own blog can be a good idea. It is similar to writing blog posts for the websites of your clients, as a part of their content marketing strategy.
Once you have created your blog and built a good readership, you can find various methods to monetize your blog.
Some of the possible ways to make money out of your blog are listed below,
- Services like Google AdSense, Ezoic, etc. help you to earn more money by allowing them to show ads on your blog website.
- Writing paid articles for other websites.
- Allowing sponsored guest posts on your blog.
- You can avail the opportunity to sell your books if any.
- Including affiliate marketing links in your content pieces. (Discussed later in this article, read on to learn more about it)
The key element of this job is guest blogging, which when combined with your other revenue sources, can be a fantastic way to earn money as a freelance writer.
Check out this guide by Discoverthetech to learn secret tips on scaling your blog like a CEO and making six figures income online.
Ghostwriting is used in a variety of contexts, including news stories, blogs, book publishing, SEO copywriting, and web copies.
Your writing may be shared with journalists or published in magazines but not with your name, this is what ghostwriting demands.
The commission in ghostwriting is confidential, while the job is similar to other freelancing writing jobs.
There is usually never a lack of employment once you have established yourself in the field.
The pay for experienced ghostwriters is typically very high. While rates vary depending on the writing.
Most ghostwriters earn up to 15% more than the typical freelancer.
3. Start Writing on Medium
Medium is one of the few writing sites that allows for quick registration, posting of content, and payment after a month.
How does this work? – That’s very simple!
- You need to get one of its membership plans and post your value-adding content to share it with the Medium audience.
- Then, the Medium website as per its policy and different metrics (like member reading time) will pay you money.
- The coolest thing is that if a non-member signs up a month after reading your content, you’ll get a commission!
An author on Medium, J.J. Pryor, shares his experience and guides beginners through one of its content pieces.
He has to say that the best authors on Medium.com can make $5k, $10k, or even $49k in one incredible month!
4. Publish Your Book
Writing your own book can be rewarding, but the key element in this job is that you should know how to sell it before you write one.
One of the ways to sell your book is through your blog, as already discussed in the first point.
However, once you are done writing a book, it’s time to publish it so that you can earn some money.
Traditional publishing is said to be dead, but it still exists. You can still go for self-publishing or a new kind, i.e. hybrid publishing.
Publishers can help you reach the audience and give you a certain percentage of the amount on each sale.
Also, publishers can offer an advance to authors which is an amount of money in exchange for the right to publish the book.
Although agents will try to negotiate the amount, still it can be estimated as around $50K ($25k due at signature + $15k on D&A + $10k for a paperback release + $5K for a book release).
5. Affiliate Marketing
Writing content for affiliate marketing is a very demanding job.
You will be expected to write educative articles, product reviews, and blogs as an affiliate marketing content writer in order to promote and spread knowledge of various companies.
The average hourly pay of an affiliate content writer is about $25, according to Payscale.
While if you work as a full-time affiliate marketing freelance writer, your salary will be around $50k/year, according to Glassdoor average estimates.
You are not limited to this, i.e. you can add affiliate links to your created blog website as well.
Here you must know that different affiliate programs offer different percentages of commission; so you have to find suitable affiliate partners.
What happens is that, if a person buys a product or service through your reference affiliate link, you’ll get a certain % of the commission.
6. Become a YouTube Script Writer
As a YouTube Script Writer, you are expected to write properly crafted scripts to drive engagement.
Most YouTubers, even popular vloggers opt to hire a YouTube Script writer for their videos including explainer videos, vlogs, How-to videos, and so on.
Since there aren’t many full-time YouTube positions, freelancers can easily find work there.
The YouTube script writers are paid according to the following criteria and averages,
- YouTube scripts can be paid on an hourly basis (averaging $30/hour)
- a finished-per-minute basis (averaging $50/min)
- a per-word basis (averaging 7 cents/word)
7. Social Media Writer
As a social media content writer, you should have a creative approach to generating engaging writing pieces.
You may need to write Twitter threads, LinkedIn long posts, regular Facebook posts and so much more.
According to Glassdoor, the average annual salary of a social media writer in the United States is over $53.5k.
A per-hour estimate according to indeed is $19.26 in the United States, for social media writers.
8. Academic Writer
If you were good at your academics, working as an academic writer along with your other jobs is not a bad idea at all. You can help students with their research papers, thesis, and other essay writing jobs.
As an academic writer, you could make anywhere between $20 and $65 per hour or maybe more, depending on your location, expertise, and schooling.
9. Freelance Writing as Journalist
A journalist writer needs to regularly create content, either named or ghost-written, for websites and media businesses.
If you have any interest in journalism, then consider writing columns and news articles for media corporations and news sites for better career opportunities.
You can make anywhere from $15 to $100 or more per hour depending on your writing abilities and subject matter knowledge.
10. Ad Copywriter
Ad copywriters are experts at creating material that persuades readers to purchase a good or service.
As an Ad Copywriter, you will be creating content in an incredibly brief form. For example, writing a social media or Google ad with only 100 characters, to compel viewers to click through and read more.
The salary for a freelance ad copywriter can be starting from $25 to $100 per hour, based on the task and whether you deal directly with a customer or through a company.
Writing has undergone significant change, spreading into numerous diverse commercial and artistic use cases.
Therefore, the above freelance writing jobs can be a rewarding career for you.
All you have to do is to make sure of a correct analysis of your writing skills and your requirements.
In addition, learning and improving your writing skills, are among some ways to pick different jobs for your career growth.
Which business opportunity are you going to grab? Do you have any other business ideas that fit best for freelance writers?
Let me know in the comments.
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Guest Author Bio: Jatin Bansal is a digital marketing consultant providing digital growth services to small businesses for 100x growth and has been featured in multiple big publications like BigNewsNetwork, TechBullion, and DigitalJournal. He is also the founder of Discoverthetech where he shares actionable tips to get highly targeted traffic and turn your blog into a profit-making machine
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