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Freelance Writing Gigs With Great Pay: 50 Niches to Explore

Carol Tice | 63 Comments
Freelance Writing Gig Niches

Do you ever wonder where the better-paying freelance writing gigs are hiding? It can be hard to believe a good income is even possible, especially if you’re trapped in low-pay assignments that don’t even earn you the minimum wage.

The good news is that you can find freelance writing jobs. There are plenty of niches that pay better than writing, say, a 300-word blog post or a 50-word online product description — to name just two classic bottom-of-the-barrel niches where pay is often miniscule.

The problem is, when learning how to make money writing, many writers aren’t aware of all the different types of freelance writing gigs that offer better pay.

Below is a list of writing niches that I can report writers are seeing strong rates for. I’ve noted rate ranges as I’m aware of them, from talking to thousands of writers through Freelance Writers Den and my coaching. I’ve also included tips on industries and approaches for connecting with these clients.

Better freelance writing gigs in review

What assignments pay writers well? Here’s my list:

1. Advertorials

These are the magazine articles that have a note that says ‘advertisement’ at the top. Think $1 a word for these articles, which provide useful info, often have quotes, and feel like journalism, but slyly serve the advertiser’s agenda.

2. Annual reports

Nonprofits and publicly traded companies are required to issue annual reports. At big companies, these can top 100 pages or more. And they’re often outsourced to freelancers, because they’re a massive-yet-seasonal project. Rates can easily run to $10,000 per project and more. Watch your local business journal for lists of publicly traded companies, and start building relationships to make connections for these gigs.

3. Articles for top consumer magazines*

Many print magazines continue to thrive, despite cries of doom. The last article I wrote for one, for Forbes, paid $1.50 a word. Good rates for these freelance writing gigs are still out there. Take that Writer’s Market online, dial their search engine up to five $s, and make a list of great-paying magazines you want to target.

4. Branding/slogans

We all know ad agencies get big bucks for doing this work — and that smaller to mid-sized companies can’t afford those agencies. There’s an opportunity here, especially if you have an agency background or branding experience.

5. Brochures

Target companies that attend trade shows. Then do in-person marketing, and you’ll find they’re still creating brochures. Rates for a basic, 3-fold brochure start around $750 and go up from there. It’s so easy to write better brochure copy than the average, it’s amazing — go to your local Chamber of Commerce and pull a bunch of these to read, if you don’t believe me. This is a great, accessible niche for moving up to better pay.

6. Book ghostwriting*

One of the most lucrative niches in the entire writing universe, pro book ghosting rates begin at $35,000 per project. These are relationship-driven gigs, so build your network and let connections know you’re looking to ghost books.

7. Brand journalism*

It’s the hottest niche around for displaced journalists. Brand journalism is writing reported stories for a company, not a magazine. In an age where we tune out ads, brand journalism is booming, and a growing number of companies are producing fantastic online magazines.

8. Business plans/confidential information memorandums

Startups seeking funding often need to create a sizzling-hot business plan or CIM to impress investors. If you love learning what makes a business tick and can tell a good story, these freelance writing gigs are for you. And they start at several thousand dollars in pay and go up from there, depending on complexity. Want to learn? Check out bplans.

9. Case studies*

If you love telling stories, these ‘customer success stories’ can be a lot of fun, once you learn the required format. They also typically pay $750-$1,500 or so — not bad for a couple of pages. If you have existing business clients, ask them how old their case studies are, study the layout, and sell them on some new ones.

10. Content marketing + strategy*

If you’re still ‘just blogging,’ it’s time to learn more, and position yourself as a strategic expert. Learn how SEO really works today and how to craft successful content campaigns. Landing these freelance writing gigs will help you leave the world of $50 a post (or less) behind and start earning pro rates.

11. Corporate research reports

Are you nosy? If so, and you’ve got a knack for business, these projects are for you. When a public company gets a new CEO, investment firms often commission research where you find past co-workers and get them to spill on whether the chief was great to work for or a total a*hole. I’ve gotten $1,500-$3,000 for these, depending on length.

12. Corporate social responsibility reports

In addition to their annual report, more and more organizations prepare an annual report for stakeholders. These reports typically cover an organization’s impact on the environment and society. As with annual reports, CSRs at the big companies can top 100 pages, and pay rates are similar.

13. Crowdfunding campaigns

Watch this space for an upcoming guest post from a writer who’s making $2,000-$4,000 per project writing Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns. These are fairly easy projects for people who can gather facts and tell a compelling story. You get to put together a short video script, too. A slam-dunk if you love working with startups.

14. Custom publication articles*

From hospitals, grocery-store chains, clothing brands, and retail stores, custom pubs feel like consumer magazines, but are created by a business to promote their agenda. Rates range from $.50-$1 a word and more. Many ideas are generated in-house, but pitch them yours anyway, to impress and get in the door.

15. Direct response copywriting

Skyrocketing postal rates have really hurt this niche, and a small elite seem to get most of these freelance writing gigs. But if you’ve got connections and the drive to break in, direct response can be one of the most lucrative writing types around.

16. E-Books

Sure, there are lots of $200 offers on Craigslist for this gig, but e-books are getting increasingly sophisticated…and so are rates, if you find better clients who understand how valuable this marketing tool can be. My interest in writing short e-books begins around $2,000 and goes up from there.

17. E-learning courses*

Training has moved online, creating terrific opportunity for writers to write interactive, online courses. If you have a background in instructional design, online writing, or teaching, this is a niche worth exploring. Multi-thousand-dollar projects are routine for these freelance writing gigs.

18. Email copywriting*

Would earning $300 or more per short email be so bad? Learn how to write a compelling email campaign that gets readers clicking and buying, and you can earn very well here.

19. Grant writing*

Yes, small nonprofits want you to do this for free. But large, national nonprofits employ professional freelance grant writers and pay well. I know more than one writer who has regular, recurring gigs writing grants for the biggies. Several thousand dollars per grant proposal is typical.

20. Infographics*

You see these going wildly viral everywhere, doing a great job promoting the sponsoring companies. Which is why businesses pay nicely to get them written and designed. Team with a designer, or do the whole thing, if you have the skills, and earn even more.

21. Informational copywriting*

Do you hate writing salesy stuff? No worries — there’s a ton of freelance writing gigs out there for informational web pages that simply describe an issue, trend, platform, or service. I’ve earned $1 a word and more for hundreds of pages like these, and have done quite a few $1,000 projects to create 7-10 short pages of content.

22. Internal communications

Universities, business conglomerates — they all need to communicate across the company. Often, the division president doesn’t have time to write those memos, and they hire freelancers. I interviewed for one gig at a university — essentially, telling all the other parts of the university about this college’s needs and plans — for $50 an hour.

23. Landing pages

This broad term may refer to anything from a company’s home page, to a short product sales page, or an opt-in page for a free lead magnet. These vital pages help drive sales or capture leads — think $1 a word or more, depending on the complexity of the offer.

24. Longform blog posts*

The 2,000-word blog post has arrived, and with it needs to come higher rates. Think $400 for starters. Resist all efforts to get you to write these long posts for a pittance. More companies are realizing long blog posts must pay.

25. Media kits

When advertisers come calling, smart publications are ready with a media kit. These multi-page reports are full of juicy details about the pub’s circulation, reader demographics, disposable income, and more. Your job is to take their dry data and make it seem vital for advertisers to get in front of this audience. A key sales tool — expect top-line rates.

26. Newsletters*

Whether these are virtual or go out in the mail, newsletters continue to be a proven format for driving engagement and disseminating information. This is one of the most reliable, ongoing retainer gigs going. Rates depend on product length but are often well above $1,000 per month. Manage the design side as well to earn even more. And don’t neglect internal newsletters for employees at companies with a large workforce.

27. Online ads

How big is the marketplace for these? Well, this year, online ad spending is forecast to pass TV ad spending, eMarketer reported. Personally, I’m shopping for a pro to write my Facebook ads right now. Trackable digital ads may be one of the best earning opportunities going, since you can prove you got results. Be prepared to earn partly based on performance for these freelance writing gigs.

28. “Placed” articles*

When a CEO wants a thought leadership article with his byline in the local business news, they rarely write it themselves. Instead, a pro writer with PR chops writes the piece and pitches the pubs to get placement. Expect $1,000-$1,200 per piece on this.

29. Podcast and radio scripts

Why are podcasts a booming niche? Well, 57 million Americans listened to podcasts last year. Increasingly, thought leaders and companies are promoting through a recurring podcast — and somebody has to write those scripts. Often, the bigwig host doesn’t have time. Traditional radio hosts also may need writing help.

30. Presentations

Many busy CEOs don’t have time to create their own videos, PowerPoints, SlideShares, and such. Do you have a visual side and write short and punchy copy? If you do, these freelance writing gigs can be a real cash cow. Where to find these gigs: Connect with coaches or thought leaders who do a lot of presentations.

31. Press kits

If a company has a big event or product release coming up, they need to organize a lot of information for media — backgrounder sheets, product spec sheets, news releases, bios, and more. The Writer’s Market reports rates for putting these complete packages together top out at over $180 per hour.

32. Press releases & pitching*

There are some appalling rates out there for writing short press releases, so choose your client carefully. Complex products or services that not every writer could find a great news angle on for a release will be a better bet. Pay can top $1,000 for writing and promoting a smart, multi-page press release to interest editors and journalists.

33. Print ads

Yes, magazine ads still exist.  And because they’re directly tied to driving sales, they pay well. Rates for these freelance writing gigs can run up to $3 a word, my Writer’s Market tells me.

34. Radio ads

Many radio ads are going longform these days, with DJs talking about or endorsing a product. Ad writing is a historical stalwart of good pay, so expect pro rates.

35. Recruiting packets

In any competitive industry that needs highly-trained workers, companies actively recruit at job fairs and online. To do that, they need written materials about why their company’s a great place to work. Recruiting packets for nurses are big biz at hospitals, for instance. Expect $3,000 or more to create their materials.

36. Requests for proposals (RFPs)

Somewhat similar to grantwriting, RFPs are a company’s bid to receive an open government contract. Complex RFPs for major contracts can often run 100 pages or more, and need a strong writer to put the company in the running. Rates are not unlike those for annual reports. I meet writers who’ve written these at past day jobs — if that’s you, consider pitching this service. Final tip: Consider becoming a qualified government contractor yourself, and bidding for your own writing gigs. Government is the most overlooked market sector in freelance writing.

37. Resume writing*

Yes, there’s less of this work than there used to be, and low rates for simple, 1-page resumes. But at the C-Suite level, I’m hearing there are still lucrative assignments for writers who understand how to create an online-enabled resume that closes the deal.

38. Sales pages*

Ever found yourself on a long, compelling sales page for a course or product? It takes talent to create a sales page that converts and brings in the bucks. If you know how to write those, charge $2,000 a page for them.

39. Social media marketing

There’s way too much of this going for $1 per tweet, yes. But I’m also hearing from writers with $3,500-a-month contracts to plan and execute a company’s entire social-media strategy. This is another niche where agencies get a chunk of the high end of this business, but there’s opportunity for freelancers, too. Position yourself as an expert here to earn real dough from freelance writing gigs in social media.

40. Special reports

They’re one of the simplest free products to create for blog subscribers. Special reports usually run 10-20 pages, and should pay $1500 and up. My first freebie here on the blog was a special report, 40 Ways to Market Your Writing.

41. Speechwriting*

If you write like people talk, and are adept at capturing others’ speaking styles, this is the field for you. Prominent people from politicians to CEOs to university presidents hire speechwriters, and $5,000 for a lengthy speech is typical.

42. Sponsored content/native advertising

These are a print advertorial in blog-post form, and this market is huge. Business Insider recently forecast native ads would be a $5.7 billion market next year. If you’re writing blog posts for cheap…why not write them for companies at $300-$500 a post and up? Watch your favorite blogs to see who’s buying native ads — then, reach out.

43. Special sections

Think of this as an advertorial on steroids. Many publications sell multi-page advertorial sections to sponsors ranging from travel bureaus to hospitals to public utilities. These can be nice, multi-article freelance writing gigs that should pay $.50-$1 a word or more.

44. Technical manuals

The biggest problem technical writers have is kicking the habit. Why? Pay for explaining how to operate complex products at a level engineers can understand is so great. Most writers in this niche are former developers, coders, or others with tech-geek cred.

45. Textbook supplements*

Writers with a background in teaching or multiple degrees are good candidates for writing the materials teachers use to unpack standard textbooks and teach the material to their students. These are big projects — and John Soares at Productive Writers says rates can hit $100 an hour.

46. Trade publication articles*

While many writers dream of getting into top national consumer mags, there’s more opportunity in low-glamour, $1-a-word articles written for a trade magazine audience of, say, gas-station owners or pharmacists. Check this niche out at or simply Google “[industry] trade magazine” to find pubs in the industry you know. Read, study, then make your pitch.

47. Video scripts

With YouTube now one of the top search engines in all the interwebs, smart companies are posting informational videos to draw customers in. There’s a lot of opportunity for freelance writing gigs for scripting customer videos, writing how-tos, creating content for product introduction videos, and more. Many agencies are specializing in video production now, and can be a place to get started.

48. Video sales letters*

Google ‘video sales letter‘ and you’ll see examples of one of the hottest types of writing in the exploding video sales revolution. Sort of a cross between an infomercial and subtitles, VSLs are hypnotic, addictive, and they need good writers — think multi-thousands per project. This is like a direct-response letter that you talk customers through, instead of popping it in the mail.

49. Website content/rewrites*

I’m not talking $200 Craigslist offers here, but opportunities to write or revamp big websites with 50-100 pages and more. These often easily run into the thousands on price for big-site revamps. Pro rates run from $100-$350 per page, depending on the material’s complexity.

50. White papers*

Companies looking for a more sophisticated form of content marketing than blog posts are all over white papers. These typically take a position on an industry issue, compare solutions, or map an industry trend. White papers usually run 5-10 pages — and pay $2,500-$5,000 and up.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to writing for businesses than cheap blog posts! The more sophisticated a writing type you master, the better rates you can command. A theme I notice is that the closer your writing type is to directly making sales, the more it pays.

I hope the rates mentioned here open the eyes of writers who’re trolling Craigslist ads for gigs. There’s a whole world of professional pay out there, once you start doing your own proactive marketing and finding better clients.

Making the leap to better pay

*Did you notice the asterisk by many of these writing niches? All of the starred niches are ones I have training on inside my Freelance Writers Den community.

One powerful strategy to earn more is to learn how to do more sophisticated types of writing. If any of these writing niches intrigue you, look into how you could learn the format, get a first clip, and get rolling in a better-paid writing niche. I’ve seen that make a huge difference for many, many writers.

You can be one of untold thousands of writers trying to scratch out a living with low-paid gigs you find on mass job boards, or you can invest a little time acquiring better skills that set your writing apart. Your choice.

What’s the best-paid type of freelance writing gig you’ve done? Tell us about it in the comments.

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63 comments on “Freelance Writing Gigs With Great Pay: 50 Niches to Explore

  1. Carl Isom on

    I perform website content strategic reviews (audits). I point out areas where content is under-performing and tell the client what needs to be fixed to improve results. The going rate is between $1,200 – $2,500. My fee starts at $1,750 and goes up to $ 2,250 depending on the complexity of the material.

  2. Cheryl on

    Hey there! This is a great list, and I’ll be sure to come back to it often. I’m still very green when it comes down to making any money from writing.
    I’m a former English professor, I’ve taught argument, process analysis, and college entrance essays. I’m looking to break into freelance writing.
    My initial interest from scanning your list is text book supplemental material. I’d like to know more about others before I dip my toes in.
    Having tried to start a side business, I acquired some talent writing ebooks. For a former job with a non-profit, I created infographics and marketing materials.
    Are there any suggestions you might have for me?

  3. Susan Hokenson on

    Always inspiring! I appreciate that you periodically re-post information that us “newbies” may have missed. Thank you for all you do!

  4. Mary Brayton on

    I am interested in white papers, case studies, and ghostwriting. I’d really like to help people tell their own stories, but the ghostwriting niche might have to wait. I assume it takes up a lot of your time, and I have two little kiddos at home. I am a stay at home mom. I am willing to put in 20-30 hours each building my business but I don’t have more time than that. I would think I would need more time than that to ghostwrite right? Anyway case studies seem really interesting as well as white papers. What industry niche would I go into to write these?

    • Angie Mansfield on

      Mary, that really depends on your experience and interests. Do you have any industry experience or knowledge? White papers and case studies are premium pieces of content, and it’s far easier to upsell them to existing clients than to try to sell them cold. Blog posts are often an easier pitch to new clients, and you can then say, “I notice you could use ___ for your marketing,” or, “I notice your competitors are all using white papers but you don’t seem to have any – need help with that?”

      • Mary E Brayton on

        Thanks I’ll have to start with blogs. I loved the idea of brochures too. Is that something newbies can do? Would I just be writing them or would I be designing them?

        • Carol Tice on

          Mary… newbies can do anything. I’ve had students take the Den’s white paper bootcamp while writing their first white paper for a client! I actually DID write brochures for a few early clients I met at a chamber event… I just tell people I don’t do design. Happy to partner with their designer or recommend them one.

          • Precious Abudu on

            Yes! Newbies can do anything. This is great encouragement. Thanks alot Carol. I will check the Dens White paper Bootcamp.

  5. Donna Kaythleen Miller on

    I was a subscriber to this many moons ago when earning a living doing technical writing and annual reports. As my day job in IT recently ended I thought I would look into this again since so much has changed. I am so glad to see how updated rhe list is!

  6. Firth McQuilliam on

    It is with apologies that I admit to still dabbling with ArticleBunny-slash-WritingBunny while making my part-time writing nut at Textbroker. The latter company has been a terrific place at which to learn the art of writing well, and I have no absolutely no regrets whatsoever about working with the great team at Textbroker over the past few years, but anonymous ghostwriting for unseen clients always was a beginning point and not a final destination.

    I’d also puttered around a bit with Constant Content, but after dismaying developments that I shall not bother to describe, I’ve abandoned the apparently fruitless task of cranking out polished on-speculation pieces for that venue. It’s hard to argue with the logic that those pieces might as well slam hard into a slick writer’s website that showcases my writing skills in a growing portfolio that boasts those all-important bylines. ^^;

    I’ve been spending ever more time of late at excellent websites such as this one, carefully studying what it takes to truly succeed as a freelance writer. With no intention of annoying anyone with my Captain Obvious schtick, it looks as if the road to riches is paved with the following stones of success:

    • Specialization in a popular, well-paying niche such as producing well-written white papers for businesses of any size or maintaining professional websites for law offices, plumbing firms, landscaping outfits, small retail shops, and other mainstream concerns.

    • Enthusiastic but businesslike pitches that focus on satisfying a customer’s needs with polished pieces in colloquial American English that attract, engage and retain qualified prospects as well as with smart SEO tactics that use high-value primary keyword strings and a scattering of long-tail keyword strings to cast the widest possible net for capturing organic traffic.

    • Close attention to finding the right people to whom to direct those enthusiastic pitches with which to begin, including basic market research on what targeted businesses may have already tried without notable success and how to solve those problems.

    I’m sure I’m missing other important aspects, but this is only a quick thread comment. I wanted to let the words flow spontaneously to see how they looked afterwards. ^_^

    • Carol Tice on

      Don’t apologize to me, Firth! I’m not the one being impoverished by your decision to live off the offerings on low-paid content mills. 😉

      And to sum up your points — yes. You need to learn how to qualify prospects and find your own clients. When you do, you cross over into a different world, where rates and the quality of projects you can work on are entirely different.

  7. Indy Bredewold on

    Thanks for this exhaustive list! Although it is not writing, making Infographics is my favorite. Not only because I’d like to make graphics, but also because they are worth every investment!

  8. Kimberly Smith on

    As for me, ghostwriting books will probably be my biggest and most lucrative offering from my business. Glad I got on to the Den and took Claudia Suzann’s Ghostwriting Bootcamp! Now I can’t wait to get started writing those exciting stories!

  9. StephD on

    I love these articles, Carol. Thank you so much for this. Once again, I have missed the opening of the Den.
    I have a question, and I understand if you do not have time to answer, but I could use even a hint of the right direction to pursue:
    I work as a reporter for a locally owned newspaper. I’ve done this for a few years, and even have a small journalism award to show for it. While my passion is local journalism, I need to expand my income but have no real niche. I am a “dern” good feature writer, but where in the world would I even begin to market that skill?
    I have done some blogging, but the work dried up. In my bones I am a storyteller, passionate about giving others a voice. I just don’t know where or how to market that.
    Any advice? (Big thank you for reading this far!-S)

    • Carol Tice on

      Steph, there really isn’t a quick answer for this — I’d have to ask a lot of questions. Certainly, freelance writing for a local paper isn’t a living anymore…nor is having just one freelance client, in any case.

      Can you email me about this? I just might be able to sneak you in the Den…think today’s the last day I can take stragglers.

  10. Elizabeth on

    I’ve written several articles for a trade-pub in the remodeling industry – the first paid $800 for a 1000-word article, but I went over and above (offered a couple of my own home-lighting pics) and then stated getting $1000. Remodeling was actually NOT my area of expertise, but I had some nice B2B articles in a local magazine that got me the gig.

  11. Rosemary Collins on

    I am trying to get started writing magazine articles and have had three articles published, one for Grit Magazine, one for Senior Times, and a short story for Old Tennessee Valley Magazine. I got paid $100 each for the first two, but nothing for the third. I enjoyed writing it and figured it would give me a good clip. I need to get into the genres you suggest in your 50 places such as case studies and business plans but have no idea how to do so. I need a lot of help but I have no money for a class. I don’t know anything about blogging.

    • Carol Tice on

      Well, Rosemary, when you don’t have even $25 to invest in your writing business (the price of a whole month of Den access, where you can learn how to break into those better-paid niches), then you get to do it the slow, trial-and-error way.

      The whole reason I write this blog and do everything I do in writer training is to try to help writers take shortcuts, and not have to slowly figure everything out on their own, the way I did. But certainly, it can be done that way.

  12. Rob on

    I got my start by writing for magazines. The pay was great, but I had to find a publication first. It didn’t seem like a good way to make a regular income. My clients have been asking for longer articles recently and they pay better. As a bonus, a 1200 word article doesn’t take twice as long to write as a 600 word article. I also got good pay for infographics recently. I used Canva and knocked them out fairly quickly. I think I made about $75 an hour on them. Maybe more.

    • Carol Tice on

      Good for you learning the graphical side, Rob — I think there’s so much call for infographics. You can always partner with a designer, but knowing it yourself is a real bonus.

      And I agree with you — it DOESN’T take twice as long to write a 1200 word post. Being the researchers we are, we’ve usually done twice as much research as we need for a short piece, right?

      • Rob on

        Yes! It takes as long to do research for a 600 word article as it does for a 1200 word article. Sometimes it’s frustrating to write short articles because there is more I want to write about. 1200+ words is enough to cover most topics.

  13. Kristi Cathey on

    I’ll definitely be logging into the Den more often to start the training! So excited to learn new skills!Thank you for this post. This post is so helpful to me.Thank you for offering it. Happy weekend!

  14. kristi on

    Hi Carol! Excited to get into the ebook of FAQ you offer. I downloaded it 3 times but doesn’t open. Maybe I’ve done something wrong. Thank you for checking it out. I’m excited to get your info. Thank you in advance 🙂

  15. Raquel on

    Hi Carol! I am so excited to be in The Den!

    Where Would you suggest I look for white paper or crowdfunding gigs? I really think this could work.

    Do you think white papers are for more seasoned writers?

    Thanks again! I can’t wait to dive in.


  16. Haneef on

    My niche is currently blog posts and informational copy, and I’ve been looking into email copywriting ebooks, rewrites and white papers. I’ll definitely be logging into the Den more often to start the training! So excited to learn new skills!

  17. Kimberlee on

    Carol, I’ve been following you for a long time and I’ve learned so much. I’ve actually cultivated a few niches’ based on articles similar to this one, and this list reminded me of some possibilities I had forgotten. I also think it’s time for me to raise my rates based on some of the rates noted here. Thank you so much for all that you do!

    • Carol Tice on

      Hi Kym — long time no see! And…that’s why I listed those rates. SO many writers have been hanging around UpWork for Craigslist and have no idea what they should be charging. 😉

  18. Evan Jensen on

    Hi Carol,

    This is such a great reminder that there many, many different ways to earn money from writing. Once upon a time, I thought magazine writing was really the only way to earn money as a freelance writer. Duh! Thanks for this comprehensive list of writing niches.

  19. Frosina on

    Hi Carol,

    Your list is just what I needed today. I’m starting out as a professional writer (after 5+ years of ghostwriting and 1 year as a staff writer) and wasn’t exactly sure which way to go regarding niches. Your article helped tremendously as several niches caught my attention.

    Thank you for the incredible value you put in everything you do.

    P.S. I just found out that the Den was open and I think I missed it 🙁
    I can’t wait for the next time it opens – I’m definitely joining!

  20. Stephanie Narayanan on

    Love the idea of writing business plans. How are folks finding these gigs? Networking events with startups?

    • Carol Tice on

      That’s one great way for sure, Stephanie! Some writers also may have experience writing business plans in the past, as part of a staff job, and then can leverage that pretty easily. I think it’s not a first gig, usually, so you get in the door writing something simpler, and then pitch them your ability on the business plan project.

  21. Katherine Swarts on

    The “going rates” notes are most helpful! (One could tell low-offering clients that the first step in becoming a high-earning professional company is to think like one–including on what to invest in professional services.)

    • Carol Tice on

      Well, you COULD tell them that, but I don’t think it would go over very well. My experience is that when you get low-pay offers, the best thing to do is simply move on. People who want to pay $10 for a blog post aren’t going to wake up and pay $200 — you have to find the clients that understand content marketing and the value of what we do, AND that have the budget to pay for quality content.

      Having just finished up a $1,000, 750-word article for a major corporation in a pretty arcane niche, I say…keep going until you connect with the right clients. It’s really worth it.

      • Halona Black on

        Carol, I can’t thank you enough for what you do to help writers get out of the hole of low paying gigs. I find myself spending more time on higher paying work which leaves me no time to do $20 blog posts anymore. Honestly, the low paying gigs are not even worth the time. I just snagged a video script writing gig for $2000. And it’s all about healthy food shopping — my expertise. And there is more work where that came from. When I think about how I would have had to write 200 500-word articles to make the same money, I wonder why I even took those low paying gigs to begin with.

        • Carol Tice on

          Glad to hear that, Halona — and I do think video scripts are such a hot niche now!

          I love how you did the math on what it would have taken you to earn that on low-paid blog posts. I wish EVERY writer would do that — and realize it’s worth taking the time to learn how to break into better niches.

  22. Suzanne Boles on

    Thanks you for posting this. I think we all wonder, at certain times, what to charge. I also get this question from other freelancers and my writing students. This is very helpful.

    • Carol Tice on

      Well, stay tuned for lots more on what to charge — I’m holding a free event on that exact topic in a few weeks. 😉

      One of the biggest benefits of Freelance Writers Den is the chance to post a proposed bid on the forums and get input from our 1,000+ members on whether you’re in the ballpark. I’ve seen so many writers end up earning vastly more after getting that feedback, as so many writers have a warped sense of appropriate pay and are bidding way too low.

  23. Akshay on

    Hi Carol,

    Thank you so much for curating these niches.

    You know this seems so “meant to be”. I was thinking about going next level and boom, this article landed in my inbox.

    Do you have specific advice for non-native English writers to go expert level?

    I think I need the Den.

  24. Lisa on

    For those of among you who shudder at the very idea of going to work every day, and sitting, 9 to 5, in a cubicle, freelancing might just be the perfect fit.

    However, the internet is a big place, so it can be a bit overwhelming for new freelancers to get themselves out there, not just because of the growing competition, as more and more people turn to freelancing and working from home, but also because there are thousands of websites which aim to connect freelancers with their clients.

    • Carol Tice on

      Well, that’s why I created the Den, Lisa! We have tons of training about how to AVOID all those website intermediaries, and get out and find your own great-paying clients, how to find your best opportunities based on your own experience.

      And I don’t think there is ‘growing competition,’ really — I think there’s growing opportunity, as this list of great-paying writing types shows. There’s so much pent-up demand in the marketplace for good writers, it’s kind of mind-blowing, particularly in ever-more sophisticated types of content marketing online.

    • Carol Tice on

      As it happens, Tina, I have 300+ hours of trainings that help new freelance writers get started — they’re all inside my Freelance Writers Den community, and today’s the last day we’ll be open for new members, for a good long while! We even have a forum where you can post an article draft for review by our 1,000-writer community.

      I’d also like to say — don’t assume all the rates you see here are only for longtime freelance writers! Once you’ve got one sample of one of these types, ask for professional rates.

  25. Soumen Purkayastha on

    Thank you Carol for the great list! I would like to add a niche here that applies mainly for technical writers with good knowledge of one or more programming languages — API documentation. APIs or web services don’t have any graphical user interface and users of APIs need quality documents to be able to use the APIs. I understand writing API docs doesn’t require a great deal of skills in creative writing but it’s nevertheless a hugely lucrative field especially for freelance technical writers. Good API writers are in much demand in the famed silicon valley. I am cutting my teeth in the niche and it’s a hugely rewarding experience. I also know a friend or two who are doing really well as API writers.


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