Freelance writing is not limited to blog posts and articles. There are plenty of other writing services that new freelance writers can offer.
With businesses moving onto online platforms now more than ever, there’s a rising need for writers to create great copy for brands to be visible to their potential customers. Companies are trying to catch their audience’s attention through landing pages, Facebook ads, Instagram posts, and so on.
Not all businesses have the time or the skills to produce quality, well-written content, and so they are turning to freelance writers.
This is a great opportunity for writers, especially those who are just getting started!
Earn income with these 10 freelance writing services
1. Writing Social Media Posts
If you are a person who loves social media, then you might be surprised to know that there are freelance writers who get paid for creating content that you see on social media.
These days, everywhere we look, we see articles, advertisements, and posts on platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Companies are trying hard to connect with online audiences and are spending a lot of money to run online ads to get people to their product pages.
To get customer’s attention, businesses and clients are ready to pay writers to craft compelling copies. Copy that makes a customer click and establish a relationship between business and user.
If you like writing ads on Facebook or creating short and engaging content using images and videos, go ahead and add social media posts to your freelance writing services.
Here’s an example of writing for social media for Amrapali Jewels.
When you gain more experience in social media content management, you can add social media manager to your list of freelance services.
2. Crafting Product Descriptions
Businesses list thousands of products on their website, and it’s not often easy for them to write short and engaging copies for each product.
Product descriptions involve highlighting the main product features in only a short piece of content. Some products are self-explanatory and you do not have to go into too many details. For example, a simple plain T-shirt is obvious, and in this case, you need to talk about the fabric and fit. Read to know how to write fashion product descriptions.
But some products are vague and you need to explain to the potential customers understand everything about the product and help them make a decision.
Writing product descriptions is a great way to earn a quick income. I was hired by some eCommerce vendors to write product descriptions for brands like Max Fashion, Raymond, The Luxury Closet, Health & Glow, and many more.
I enjoyed writing descriptions for Sunshine Boulevard using a fun, light-hearted tone of voice.
3. Online Editing & Proofreading
Editing and proofreading are not exactly the same. Proofreading mainly focuses on spellcheck and grammatical errors and perfecting already good writing. While editors rephrase sentences, improve readability, and enhance the overall tone of the text.
When you are searching for online editing jobs or online proofreading jobs, it is important for you to know the difference. Proofreading costs clients a little less compared to editing, as a lot of heavy lifting goes into doing an editing job.
You can choose to edit or proofread a wide variety of content—articles, eBooks, novels, web content, white papers, short stories, and so on.
To become a proofreader or an editor, you must have excellent spelling and grammar skills, and good command of the language.
There are no fixed rates in the freelance writing business. It all depends on your experience and talent. You can charge per word, per page, per project, or an hourly rate.
A ghostwriter writes content and does not take credit for it. Many business owners do not have the skill or time to write their own content, and so they hire ghostwriters to do the job.
Since you cannot take credit for the work you do, you must be wondering how you can build your freelance writing portfolio. But for this very reason, ghostwriters are paid higher rates.
The good thing about being a ghostwriter is that you will be spending a lot less time on research as all the information and material you need to write is already provided by the client.
But to become a ghostwriter, you will need to become a freelance writer first. Build your credibility by offering writing services and let clients see the value of your work.
You can ghostwrite almost anything—articles, novels, children’s books, eBooks, and more!
5. Guest Posting
Many businesses with blogs are driving traffic to their websites by regularly posting informative, engaging content.
You must be wondering, what does guest posting mean? Guest posting means publishing your article on someone else’s website.
Clients usually pay you a fee for your article. And if your article impresses them, they might even strike a deal with you for long-term work.
There are different types of guest posts you can write, like, how-to guides, case studies, listicles, and in-depth product reviews.
When you guest post on popular blogs and websites in your writing niche, new readers will get introduced to your writing driving traffic to your own website.
Learn more about guest blogging here.
6. Online Transcription Jobs
A transcription job is one of the best ways to make money while staying at home. All you need to do is hear the conversation or speech of an audio or video recording and write it word-for-word.
Transcribing is not limited to the medical field anymore. With the internet taking over the world, a lot of information is being shared online, and many industries are seeking transcription services to document data.
When you are selected for an online transcription job, the client will share an audio or video file with you, and you will have to listen to it and type out everything you hear all the while making sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
To get started as a transcriptionist, all you need is a laptop, a high-speed internet connection, and headphones.
7. Resumes and Cover Letters
Outstanding resumes and cover letters are the need of the hour. With so many applying to only a few jobs, candidates are struggling to get noticed by employers.
Not all job seekers have good writing skills, and a poorly-written resume can cost them their dream job.
That’s where the freelance writers come in. Put your writing skills to use by updating or overhauling their resumes, creating cover letters, and writing their personal bios and Linked profiles.
Your role as a freelance writer should be to write resumes in ways that can influence the job interview in your client’s favor.
Yes, if you are passionate about writing, there are all kinds of jobs for you to find online.
8. Cold Email Outreach
Every business’s ultimate goal is to make a person buy their product or service.
Many clients are hiring writers to create cold emails to send to prospective customers to expand their business.
Writing a cold email takes some skill. You need to keep the content short and clear since people don’t really spend a lot of time reading emails.
As a beginner writer, you might enjoy stepping into the shoes of customers to understand their needs and writing content that captivates them.
If you are still not sure what cold emailing is, check out your inbox/spam folder, and when you see all those outreach emails from marketers, you will know what I’m talking about.
So, do you think you can do this? Add email outreach to your list of writing services.
Do you read eBooks?
Are you thinking of writing one?
eBooks are a great way for businesses to maximize lead generation and strengthen brand credibility.
Many businesses are paying freelance writers to create some awesome content and are giving these eBooks away for free to their potential customers, helping them get familiar with their brand and its content.
eBooks require deep research skills and knowledge of the topic you are writing.
To write an eBook, you need to first create an outline
- Chapter titles
- Body copy
You can also write your own eBooks and self-publish them on Amazon. This will help you create a strong writing portfolio.
10. Slides and Presentations
Did you know that you can make money by creating slides and presentations for clients?
If you are an expert at Microsoft PowerPoint, you can create presentations for businesses to use.
People in the business are always on the move and do not have the time to create PowerPoint presentations. Whether it is to land a client or discuss sales or growth projections, they need slides.
Even if you are not good at Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint, there are plenty of tutorials available online for you to learn.
Find out your client’s style, get all the information you need to work with, and add some cool text, images, videos, and all the features to make an awesome presentation!
So, these are the 10 writing services you can offer as a new freelance writer. Choose a service you like the most, create some sample pieces, find clients online, and get started!
If you think there are more to add to the list, let me know!