You just looked out the window, and COVID-19 looms in the aether, giving you a come-hither look that spells danger. Cars zip down the street at speeds that are entirely legal but dangerous even so. Objects with sharp edges are everywhere. Furthermore, the world outside is full of people, and people are exceedingly hard to predict. They can do strange and horrible things.
In your house, though, things are calm and easy to follow. You have almost everything you need, too: Netflix, Spotify, myriad food-delivery services, and utilities fit for a regent. But if you’re going to fund your hermit lifestyle, you’ll need work. Luckily enough, you’re a writer! You don’t need to go anywhere to bring home the bacon: you can cast your words into the online world and see the bacon brought directly to your doorstep.
But you can’t just sit at your laptop, hammer away at the keys without even turning it on, and expect your bank account to bloom.
You need to actually go online and look for jobs — and that’s the tricky part, particularly if you don’t know where to start. But fear no longer. We’re going to list seven great freelance writing jobs that can really work, and briefly explain how you should approach them to begin with. Let’s get to it, huh?
Writing articles for publications
Digital publications are extremely common now, and they always need new content. While it’s true that they don’t tend to pay very well, getting good at powering through medium-quality pieces on popular topics can prove fairly profitable. So where do you find those opportunities?
A simple online search will help: look for something like “write articles for money” or “paid article assignments” and you’ll find plenty of relevant websites. This piece can help too!
Notably, if you impress a particular publication with the quality of your content (and your ability to communicate effectively), you can set yourself apart as someone to contact when they’re in dire need of something new. Cultivate those relationships and you can eventually build up a steady stream of inbound requests that can keep you busy.
Updating brand websites
If there’s such a thing as a perfect website, I haven’t seen it — particularly since standards never stop changing.
This goes for visuals, features, and copy. Homepage paragraphs spun out back in 2014 may have been suitable at the time, but they’ll look very different to the average internet user today. Quaint, even. And you can be the one to do something about that.
In essence, you can set out your stall as a Mary Poppins figure for copywriting (Mary Copyns?), swooping in to save the day when a brand trying to stay ahead of the curve notices that its copy needs a fresh coat of paint. It might take a few paragraphs or thousands of words, naturally. It all depends on the specific requirements.
The hard part is being chosen for work like this, of course, since it’s an appealing way to freelance. Work on your portfolio whenever you can, but also take every opportunity to reach out to a brand if you don’t think its website is good enough. Your suggestions will probably be rejected, sure, but the more you try, the more the odds will shift to your advantage.
Polishing people’s resumes
These are tough times for full-time professionals. Freelancers can at least take advantage of short-term options, but what about those who want to secure fixed placements? They need to show that they’re worth investing in for the future, and that they’re better positioned to excel than the countless other applicants bound to be contending for stable employment.
This is why it’s so important that they nail their resumes. A weak resume can ruin an application before the applicant has a chance to stake their case at an interview.
And, since there are so many people in need of assistance, your chances of finding clients are fairly strong. Just look out on social media for people in need of getting their resumes edited.
Creating monetised blogs
Wouldn’t it be nice to work for yourself in a direct way? Well, you can!
Blogging isn’t just a way of expressing your thoughts, growing your personal brand, and forging valuable networking connections. It’s also a way to make money: you just need to decide how you’re going to monetise your blog (or blogs), and find a way to make it work for you.
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You can add affiliate links to your blog posts, allowing you to make some money every time one of your readers buys a product you’ve recommended. You can create an account on a service like Patreon to allow people to support you through direct donations. You can attach an online store to your blog and start selling print-on-demand products featuring slogans devised using your writing skills. The sky’s the limit!
Taking varied creative gigs
The key is to get as creative as you can with the service you provide. What can you offer that might grab some attention? How can you stand out from the crowd?
Try to base this on what you’d like to write, because the passion will result in better work. If you really like writing poetry, for instance, you could offer to write poems on selected topics. Or if you greatly enjoy inventive profanity, you could offer to whip up a hyperbolic expression of disdain for anyone who wants to fully express how much they hate someone or something.
Editing academic pieces
Just as professionals need to optimise their resumes, students (including mature students) need to ensure that their academic works are as good as they can be. We’re all fairly bad at reviewing and editing our own output, so they can’t realistically do it themselves, and it isn’t always possible to get a friend or mentor to lend a helping hand.
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You’ll need relevant skills to edit high-end academic pieces such as dissertations, but if you lack those skills then you can aim at lower-level essays. You shouldn’t write essays, because doing so would be illegal and irresponsible, but there’s nothing wrong with editing them to clear out the typos and work to clarify the fundamental arguments.
A good way to promote a service like this is to run PPC ads aimed specifically at students. Using Facebook’s wide range of targetable factors, you can have your ads shown only to users who are identified as students, improving your ROI and saving you a decent amount of money.
Running social accounts
Lastly, there’s money to be made through working solely in the social media world. People from all walks of life want to earn followers and be more respected online, but hammering out the copy needed to thrive in the fast-paced world of Twitter updates is extremely difficult. This is why there are now professionals who build their careers on running people’s social accounts.
You can do the same thing on a modest scale. First build your own social media presence (using your writing skills to garner some praise), then start to promote your social media management service. When you’re just beginning, keep your prices low, then scale them up as you build your operation. It might be a perfect fit for you.
There are just seven great jobs that freelance writers can do — so what are you waiting for? Get out there (digitally, of course) and get writing!