Thinking about going back to school to learn journalist skills to help your freelance career?
You could…if you want to waste time and money. Don’t get me wrong, learning is good. But do you really need to spend a couple years in the classroom and a pile of money on tuition to develop journalist skills? No.
In case you’re wondering, I’m one of those people with a master’s degree in journalism. That’s the route I took to develop journalist skills to write for newspapers and magazines, and ultimately carve out a career as a freelance writer. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You don’t need a degree to be a freelancer. After all, The Carol Tice is a college dropout.
But you do need journalist skills to do things like dig up information, generate ideas, interview sources, find fresh angles, craft headlines, and write great content.
So how do you develop journalist skills to get more writing jobs? Skip the college route, and learn by doing. Here’s what you need to know:
Do you love traditional freelance journalism but struggle to earn a living? Brand journalism might be a perfect fit for you.
By writing content for companies, you can put your great storytelling skills to work in a growing, lucrative market.
Brands have the budgets and the motivation to pay good writers what they’re worth.
But how do you find brand journalism gigs? And once you do, what’s the secret to carving out a niche, landing repeat business, and making more money as a freelancer?
There’s a few key ingredients to success in brand journalism. And once you know the basic recipe, you’ll be able to create your own blend of skills and marketing strategies to land brand journalism gigs, move up and earn more.
Want to know how it’s done? We recently caught up with two experts in brand journalism to show you how:
If you think there are no great-paying freelance writing gigs out there anymore and it’s all $5 blog posts, I’m here to spread some sunshine.
I have the advantage of chatting with hundreds of freelance writers on a regular basis in Freelance Writers Den. That’s allowed me to get a strong sense of what the trends are, and where writers are finding opportunities.
I’m hearing more and more reports of rising rates in some specific writing niches, and of growing demand for some emerging assignments.
If you’re hoping to up your game and find great-paying freelance writing gigs this year, check out my list of a dozen top niches.
All of these niches have two things in common, so let me call out those two key items first: