As a budding freelance writer, you want to make sure that, at any given time, you are making as much money as possible. Which means making the right decisions in terms of what you write from the outset. In fact, many client’s prefer working with a ‘micro-niche’ writer
So, what writing niches can you explore in order to make your freelance writing career take off?
The tech boom is well and truly underway, which is why people not even associated with it can make money. In fact, due to the boom in tech startups and the like, tech writers are increasingly in-demand by these new businesses. Generalist writers tend to lack the necessary skills or knowledge to make tech writing work for them, so it’s important you prove you have the necessary know-how. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a degree, but a proven in-depth knowledge of a particular tech sector is vital.
2) Real Estate
Commercial and private real estate copywriting can be a very lucrative niche to get into, if you have the know-how. However, it’s not necessarily hard to research this and put a few free articles out there to add to your portfolio. Once you prove your mettle with a few real estate guest posts, you can pitch yourself to various real estate agencies, both locally and nationally.
If you have strong copywriting skills, then you can also make money from writing and updating unique descriptions for the properties available on their sites.
Do you have a particular knack for anything healthcare related? Or even better a nursing, medical or biochemical degree? Yes, sorry this is the one niche where you do need the degree to back up your applications. For those that do, however, being a medical writer can be very financially rewarding.
For more general healthcare writing, however, you don’t necessarily need a degree to get far. If you want to make healthcare your niche without a degree, it is perfectly possible, but you have to be prepared to be turned down for a lot of the more seriously paying roles.
If you have a green thumb or an interest in the outdoors, then becoming a gardening writer may be the perfect way to grow your freelancing skills. There are a lot of top-performing gardening blogs on the internet, so it shouldn’t be hard to get your foot in the door when it comes to finding placement on one.
Lots of magazines in this niche also means that there are plenty of opportunities for you to make a splash in the offline world as well. Trending topics tend to be the same on a yearly cycle – following the natural flow of nature – so you could prepare well in advance with your submissions to get the best possible outcomes.
In the modern world, financial writing is one of the most well-paid niches on the market. Blogs, magazines, companies and even white papers are required regularly to give advice to those with financial issues or those that are high net worth individuals and need advice on the subject.
A lot of trending finance topics don’t need detailed knowledge, but you should conduct a lot of dedicated research before putting pen to paper. The better you get at putting detailed, accurate and high performing articles out there, the better paid you will be. One writer earns up to $1,000 for every article she writes. Not bad for a niche that anyone can get knowledgeable in!
6) Case Studies
A written report on how a company performs its key service – such as window fitting, design work, etc. – is becoming more and more commonplace on business websites. So, why not make yourself the person who writes these reports?
Often, this is a simple case of rewriting information that your client gives you and adding commentary to photographs of their process. Which can even be fun, depending on their industry of product. Commenting and explaining a complete home redesign project, for example, can be a great way to spend an afternoon.
And there you have it! The niches that will get you the most lucrative writing jobs on the market! So, what are you waiting for? Start writing.
Paul Matthews is a freelance business writer in Manchester, using various sources, in particular Desser. His aim is to better inform business owners and professionals on the hidden dangers of the workplace. You can often find him mountain biking or at the local library.