great writing niches

Secrets to Earning Six Figures in Freelance Travel Writing

Secrets to earning six figures as a freelance travel writer. Makealivingwriting.com

Ever dream about earning big from travel writing?

It’s a popular niche in the world of digital nomads, freelancers, and wannabe writers. But can you actually make a living at it?

Yes. I’ve been a travel writer for nearly two decades. I’ve written about traveling through southeast Asia on a budget, hiking the Pisco Trail in Peru, combing through the ruins of Antigua, Guatemala, and many other adventures in the form of blog posts, articles, books, and copywriting projects.

I’m headed to the Philippines this week. But I’m not jet-setting from one exotic location to the next every week. That might be one of the biggest misconceptions about travel writing.

A lot has changed for travel writers since I got started. At one point in time, travel writers regularly took all-expenses-paid vacations to exotic locations all over the world on assignment for a long list of magazines. It still happens, but not like it used to.

So how do you make a decent living as a travel writer, and hit the six-figure mark? I’ve thought about that a lot over the years, because I’ve had to navigate the industry’s sometimes troubled waters, jet lag, and changing itinerary.

If you want to build your freelance business as a travel writer, here’s a few things you need to know:

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Oh, Snap! 18 Websites That Pay Writers for LGBTQ Content

18 paying sites that want LGBTQ content. Makealivingwriting.com

“It’s a real hustle, you sure you want to quit your job at Harvard?”

That’s the response I usually got from family and friends when I talked about leaving my day job to become a full-time freelancer. So I put it off.

But after thee years as a smoking cessation counselor and researcher at Harvard Medical Center, I knew I needed to leave academia. The work was boring. The people were toxic. The egos were huge. And it never seemed like any of my patients ever quit smoking.

Ever wonder if you can make it as a full-time freelancer, find your niche, and make good money?

I did. So I started freelancing on the side. Within a year I took the leap and quit my day job. I’ve been freelancing full time for seven months, and I can’t imagine going back to a J-O-B.

Trying to find your niche? Some writers seem to have that dialed in from day one. It took me a little longer to figure out where to find good-paying clients. But what I’ve been able to accomplish as an LGBTQ writer in a short amount of time is proof that you can be a successful freelance writer in just about any niche.

Here’s the basics about how I found my niche, along with 18 LGBTQ sites (+1 bonus) that pay writers $50 or more per article.

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How I Found a Steady Stream of Writing Clients in 9 Months Flat

3d White currency symbol diceI’d freelanced off and on for years. But every time I got close to plunging into it full time, I got scared. I pulled back for the security of a paycheck.

Then, about a year and a half ago, I knew it was time to go for the life and career I’d always dreamed of.

Within 9 months, I built up a steady stream of regular writing clients — three online magazines, two regional publications, and one B2B company — including Sparkle, RENO magazine, House of Gems, and the Jewellery Editor.

I continue to contribute to these publications, anywhere from once a week to once a quarter.

Among them, I average between $1,200 and $1,600 a month, which I supplement with online teaching and workshops. I also generally have at least a couple one-shot pieces to write each month, too.

I’m able to avoid the feast-or-famine cycle that kept me from going full-time long ago. Here’s how I did it:

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How One Freelancer Broke in and Earned Big Writing E-Learning Content

E-learningMy freelance writing career didn’t begin with a bang. In fact, it didn’t take off until I stumbled into the uncharted territory of e-learning.

I honestly didn’t give much thought to writing course materials, because I thought online courses were always written by professors, subject matter experts, or a company’s staff.

I was wrong.

As the e-learning industry grows, corporations are seeking out talented writers with a knack for creativity to help them provide engaging, well-written, and easy-to-understand content.

Depending on the length of a course, the amount of research and writing time needed, and other factors such as client management, a writer can start charging anywhere from $1,200-$5,000 per project, for the writing portion alone.

After all, according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc., corporate training is a $200 billion business — and e-learning is a growing chunk of that. There is definitely money for writers to make in this industry.

For writers interested in diving headfirst into writing e-learning content, here’s how I started from scratch and broke into this niche:

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How One Freelance Writer Broke Into Her Dream Niches

By Jessie Kwak If you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, breaking into new magazines can seem like a chicken-and-egg scenario. You’d love to write for Redbook, Psychology Today or Popular Woodworking, but editors want to see clips in

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The Biggest Freelance Writing Niche Nearly All Writers Ignore

Have you ever wished you could land a really big freelance writing client? Well, as it happens, there is a truly enormous user of freelancers out there. It’s a client most freelance writers never even think about pitching. This client

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