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Freelance Writing Gigs With Great Pay: 50 Niches to Explore

Niche Nectar. Get the best-paid freelance writing gigs. Makealivingwriting.com

Do you ever wonder where the better-paying freelance writing gigs are hiding? It can be hard to believe a good income is even possible, especially if you’re trapped in low-pay assignments that don’t even earn you the minimum wage.

The good news is, there are plenty of niches that pay better than writing, say, a 300-word blog post or a 50-word online product description — to name just two classic bottom-of-the-barrel niches where pay is often miniscule.

The problem is, many writers aren’t aware of all the different types of freelance writing gigs that offer better pay.

Below is a list of writing niches that I can report writers are seeing strong rates for. I’ve noted rate ranges as I’m aware of them, from talking to thousands of writers through Freelance Writers Den and my coaching. I’ve also included tips on industries and approaches for connecting with these clients.

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Writing for Money: The Path to Your First $3,000 Month

Writing for Money - The path to move up & earn more. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever wonder what smart freelancers are doing when it comes to writing for money?

I did. I thought about it a lot when I was working in retail.

You know, minimum wage, run the cashier, stock shelves, talk to customers. Same shift, different day.

When I finally decided to quit, I thought I had freelancing figured out.

But it didn’t take long to realize I couldn’t keep going without good pay to cover my bills.

I expected an immediate, steady income. I’d heard some really great stories about successful writers and thought I could be one of them.

So imagine my surprise when the new clients I desperately needed didn’t magically appear at my door with handfuls of cash.

It was frustrating. And I knew I had to do something about it if I wanted to stick with freelancing.

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Freelance Contract Failures: Are You Flushing Writing Success Down the Drain?

How to avoid a freelance contract failure. Makealivingwriting.com

If you’ve been burned by a client that doesn’t pay, there’s a good chance a freelance contract failure is to blame.

It’s a common theme among freelancers I’ve seen in 16-plus years as an attorney who helps freelance writers and small businesses.

I’ve seen too many writers land a “dream client,” start working without a freelance contract in place, and then have the whole thing fall apart.

Sound familiar?

Avoid a freelance contract failure

It happens. Especially for freelancers who are just starting out. You get excited about landing a new client. You start working and skip over getting a signed contract.

Before you know it you’ve sunk a lot of time into a project. Then the project changes. Or you never get around to negotiating important details for a freelance contract. Then the client fails to pay or refuses to pay because the work isn’t what they wanted. Now what?

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4 Free Email Lookup Tools To Find Editors & Marketing Managers

Easy-to-use email lookup tools for writers. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever waste half a day in a fruitless search for the email address of an editor or marketing manager? Well, I recently found a simple email lookup system that reliably reveals whether you have the right address.

There’s one catch here: If the person you seek doesn’t use any social media, this system won’t help you sleuth out their address.

But since most folks in business are on LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ — some social media platform or other — this system is highly useful.

I’ve found this combo better than Rapportive, or Email Hunter (now known simply as ‘Hunter‘), or any of the other popular email lookup tools you may have heard about.

There are four free things you need to use my system:

  1. A Gmail address (just get one, if you don’t already have).
  2. Google Chrome as your browser.
  3. FullContact for Gmail, a Gmail extension for Chrome only. (Heads up: You may need to refresh your Gmail after you install.)
  4. An email permutator that suggests all the likely possible email address formats for any given name (I use a free handout from Rob Ousbey at Distilled that you can download from this page). You could live without this if you’re highly creative in guessing emails, but I found this tool a real time-saver that helps you easily track which versions of your target name you’ve already tried.

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10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They’re Not About Craft)

10 Life-Changing Books for Writers (Hint: They're Not About Craft). Makealivingwriting.com

What happens when freelance writers want to build their careers? Well, since we’re ‘word’ people, we tend to ask our friends, “What good books for writers should I read?”

Lengthy chats erupt on Facebook in response, about the most inspiring and useful books on writing craft. Books such as Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, and Stephen King’s On Writing are enthusiastically discussed and endorsed.

I’ve read and loved these books, too. But I don’t think they’re the ideal books for writers, especially if your focus is making a reliable living at your craft.

My experience is writers read these books, think, “Aaah, wonderful! Terrific insights.” Then, they go straight back to starving.

Also, most writers I know don’t need to improve their craft. They write just fine.

The books for writers that will make a bigger impact are the ones about how to make a business from writing. How to freelance successfully. How to finally find the confidence to put your writing out there.

Those are the books for writers that can really change your life. The books that show you how to feed your family, on a regular basis, with your craft.

If that’s the sort of help you need, here’s a list of practical books on the business of being a writer that I frequently recommend.

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Freelance Writing Jobs: Here’s Why You Suck at Getting Them

Do you suck at getting freelance writing jobs. Makealivingwriting.com

Frustrated with your efforts to find freelance writing jobs? It’s a common problem that plagues a lot of writers who are in denial about what’s really happening.

You tell yourself you’re doing every kind of marketing your fertile imagination can come up with to get more clients.

Just in the last month, in fact, you:

  • Sent a query letter
  • Called a prospect
  • Contacted a potential client on LinkedIn
  • Sent a direct message to another one via Twitter
  • Created a helpful email newsletter for people in the industry you’re targeting
  • Had a coffee meeting with a local editor

And still…crickets in your inbox.

When you can’t seem to get freelance writing jobs…

You cry. You complain. You eat more ice cream and binge-watch YouTube videos. And you keep asking yourself: “Why do I suck at getting more clients?”

If that sounds anything like your efforts to get more freelance writing jobs, you’re not alone. Now what?

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