What are the Different Types of Freelance Writing Jobs?

Dan Cavallari

Freelance writing jobs can come in many forms, from writing content articles for websites to writing and editing for a professional journal. A writer may also find freelance writing jobs at large companies that need content written for a website, marketing campaign, or technical manuals. Other jobs may include writing content for blogs or for news agencies both in print and on the Internet. Freelance writing jobs essentially include any writing job granted to a non-contract writer who is paid by the job rather than paid by salary.

Laptops and the internet have increased the number of freelance writing jobs available.
Laptops and the internet have increased the number of freelance writing jobs available.

News organizations may hire freelance writers for writing jobs that focus on editorial writing or on news reporting. Editorial writing is a style of writing that focuses on the interpretation or analysis of a theme or event, and seasoned writers may be asked to provide an analysis for a wide readership. News reporting is the basic recording of the facts surrounding a particular event; the writer must present an unbiased portrayal of what happened, why it happened, who it happened to, and so on. Freelance writers may write a news story on a long term event and present the story to a newspaper or magazine after it has been written, or a news agency may assign a freelance writer to cover a certain region of the world on a regular basis.

Freelance writing jobs include writing content for websites or news articles for publications.
Freelance writing jobs include writing content for websites or news articles for publications.

Some freelance writing jobs combine both writing and photography; writers in this field are often known as photojournalists. These writers are responsible for recording events in two media: in print and in photos. A freelance writer in this case must have both a solid understanding of the language in which they are writing, and a functional knowledge of photography and taking photos for print or website use.

Freelance technical writers may be hired by manufacturing companies to write assembly instructions and operation manuals.
Freelance technical writers may be hired by manufacturing companies to write assembly instructions and operation manuals.

Blogging has become one of the more popular freelance writing jobs, as people shift to the Internet as their primary source of news. Bloggers can present factual news reports, or they may focus more on editorial writing. Bloggers must often come up with content for a blog on a regular basis, sometimes writing several blog posts per day.

Content-based websites may also hire freelance writers to populate the site with useful information. The information a freelance writer must write in this case will vary depending on the goals of the website; very often the content is thematic, meaning the freelance writer must be an expert in a certain field or be able to perform adequate research in a certain field.

Different textbook companies may hire freelance editors to double check facts.
Different textbook companies may hire freelance editors to double check facts.

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Drentel

I wouldn't mind landing a freelance travel writing job. I could travel and make money while enjoying nice vacations. Unfortunately, I hear there is a lot of competition for those assignments.

Sporkasia

I remember reading an article that gave the number of freelance writers who were actually making a living writing-- without a second profession or second income. The number was remarkably low.

The article I'm talking about was written many years ago and times have changed, in large part because of an increase in online jobs. As this article mentioned, there are various avenues for writers trying to make a living freelancing, which is great.

Still, you have to be willing to work very hard. Freelance writers will most likely need to dedicate as much time to looking for jobs and they dedicate to writing.

Animandel

Getting an opportunity to write as a freelance writer can be easier when you write about the profession you are already in. If you are a health professional you may be able to land assignments writing health articles for your local newspaper.

As mentioned in the article, another excellent place to find freelance writing jobs for beginners is online. Again, figure out what your expertise is and then conduct an online search. I'm willing to wager that you will find someone who needs a writer with your professional experience to write blog posts or website articles.

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