Monday, October 1, 2012

Freelance Writing Work - The Possibilities

By Karen Cioffi

As most writers know, there isn’t much money in being an author; the money, if you can get a successful freelance writing business going, is in freelance writing work and ghostwriting.

There are so many different freelance writing and ghostwriting jobs you can do. But, to keep your target market focused and to strengthen your area of expertise, you should choose one or two specific types of writing. Offering too many varying services weakens your platform and your authoritative status.

It should be mentioned that you can also learn the copywriting ropes and create a copywriting business or simply include its techniques to enhance your own writing. But for now we’ll stick to freelance writing work, including ghostwriting, although some of the opportunities may require a bit of basic copywriting skills.

Freelance Writing Work You Can Choose From:

•    Magazine freelancer - writing and submitting articles to paying magazines
•    Writing for book publishers who accept freelance writers (you’ll need to query for a position)
•    News reporter
•    Feature writer for newspapers or magazines

•    Getting work from job boards
•    Editing and/or proofreading other writers’ work
•    Critiquing other writers’ work

•    Writing speeches
•    Writing content for websites
•    Writing content for newsletters
•    Writing articles and blog posts
•    Writing white papers or reports
•    Writing books, e-books, or pamphlets
•    Resume writing

•    Writing product descriptions or guides
•    Writing presentations
•    Technical writing
•    Educational writing
•    Instructional writing
•    Research writing
•    Legal writing

The list goes on and on.

Aside from the special skills needed for copywriting, all written content has the need for a writer. And, chances are there is someone, somewhere looking for some type of freelance writing work. It’s a matter of finding the work and attracting clients.

The important thing is to have your freelance writing business visible.

I had someone contact me to write a six to ten page report as part of a job application requirement. He was busy over the weekend and wouldn’t have time to do it himself. He found me through a Google search using ‘ghostwriter’ as a keyword. I don’t do rush jobs, so had to decline.

This is another aspect of freelance writing work that you may want to consider, there are some businesses that offer very quick turn around. People pay more money for a quick turn around.

Yet another point to make is that when someone contacts you for freelance writing work, and for whatever reason, you can’t do it, try to be helpful in some way; make a lasting impression. I gave the ‘job application guy’ some tips on what to look for in a qualified freelance writer and told him if he needed help down the road to give me a call.

So, you can see that if you’re out there, doing information marketing and building a quality business, it definitely helps in finding clients and garnering freelance writing work.

Karen Cioffi is an award-winning author, ghostwriter, and author/writer online platform instructor. Get must-know writing and marketing tips at


What to Include in Your Freelance Writer Resume
Why Specialize as a Writer
How to Increase Your Freelance Income

WANT TO LEARN TO BECOME A POWER-BLOGGER - add another skill to your resume?

Check out:

Become a Power-Blogger and Content Writer in Just 4 Weeks
More Visibility, More Authority, More Sales

It's through WOW! Women on Writing, it's interactive, and it’s a must for authors, freelance writers, and home businesses.


  1. Thats a complete list, and it is better to specialise and choose an area that suits you. I have an ebook on how to find freelance writing jobs, it's receiving good reviews on LinkedIn,

  2. Hi, Tech Blogger, Thanks for stopping by. I agree that it's better to be a master of one or two areas, than a jack-of-all-trades.

  3. Karen, this is very helpful for someone like me who is just starting out.

    Thanks for helping me narrow my focus!


  4. Kathleen, I'm glad the article helped you get some focus!

  5. Karen, your post is a good reminder that freelance writing is multi-faceted, requiring not only writing, but networking, SEO and more.

  6. Thanks for that very useful list and the links, Karen.Very encouraging and even more encouraging to see how your own consistently hard work is paying off.

  7. Mary Jo, It seems nothing is easy in the writing realm anymore - writing isn't just writing! :)

    Annie, glad you found the list useful. And, it does take hard work . . . and perseverance . . . and patience. :)

  8. Dear Karen,
    What a lot of possibilities you presented for writers. Thank you for being a great resource and a great editor.

    Never Give Up

  9. Hi, Joan, I'm so glad you found the post helpful! Hope all is well.


We would love to know your thoughts on this post!

Forget Book Sales: Think Career Building

 It Isn't About Book Sales: It's About Career Building By Carolyn Howard-Johnson Adapted from the multi award-winning flagship...