19 Freelance Writing Niches That Additionally Pay Huge Bucks in 2021

Think it’s impossible to find profitable freelance writing niches in 2021? Here’s the truth: While some niches, like travel, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, other industries are still doing well. In this post, we’ll cover the different niches available to freelance writers, and give you guidance on how to choose the right one for you. Now, before we begin, here’s a warning: Don’t get hung up on the perfect freelance niche for you. That’s a way to procrastinate and never get started. Ready? We’ll begin with a few fundamental questions… What Exactly is a Freelance Writing Niche? A freelance writing niche is a specialization in either a topic or a content type. A topic is “what” you write about, and it’s probably the first thing you think of when you think of a niche. Examples include personal finance, digital marketing, and technology. You also have content type — the “how” you write about it, or the form your writing takes. Some examples are blog posts, case studies, and white papers (we’ll discuss many more in a moment). Which should you focus on when you’re a new freelance writer? In my opinion: content type. In fact, you may not want to specialize in a specific niche topic at all in the early stages of your freelance writing career. Gaining experience should be your first priority. Later, you can, and should, consider specializing. Here’s why: “The Riches Are In The Niches” You can earn more by specializing, by becoming an “expert” in your chosen niche topic or industry. Why? Prospective clients are willing to pay a higher rate to writers who understand their industry and their audience. After all, as a freelance writer, you are providing marketing services to your clients. And to create excellent marketing and blog content for a client, you need to know how to speak directly to their prospects or customers. Plus, specializing helps you write faster. Besides the knowledge in your head, you’ll develop a bank of abundant research resources you can draw on as a niche writer. And the quicker you can write, the higher your hourly rate will be. Also, having a freelance writing niche gives you a starting point in your marketing strategy. You’ll know which businesses to pitch and what writing services to offer them. And pitching businesses, or proactively seeking niche writing projects, will pay more than passively responding to content mills and job board ads. What Makes a Freelance Writing Niche Profitable? Profitable niches can come and go. Depending on what happens in the world, trends can shift at any time. Formerly profitable industries can be crippled overnight, as we’ve seen with COVID-19. Focus on these three key concepts that determine the profitability of a potential niche: The type of freelance writing that pays the most is the writing that has the most substantial impact on a client’s SALES. The more revenue your writing can potentially generate, the higher rates you can earn. The marketing budget or the money clients have available to pay for content or copy, will determine rates. Obviously, if a client can’t afford to pay you, you won’t earn much. However, it’s easy to forget this, especially if you focus only on what you WANT to write about. But if you want to maximize your freelancing earnings, go where the money is —where there are profitable, successful businesses with a marketing budget. Pay rates are influenced by the ratio of the supply of writers to the demand for those writers. Aim for niches with a low supply of writers, but high client demand. For example, there is a high demand for writers who understand search engine optimization (SEO writing). But there aren’t as many writers with this technical skill, so the pay for this type of writing will be higher. Conversely, avoid niches with lots of willing writers, or high supply. For many of the “fun” topics, there’s an ample supply of writers who want to write about them. But since there is only so much demand, the high supply of writers will drive rates down. Editor’s Note: Want a tip to help you determine if a writing niche is popular or not? Follow the money. If you find lots of online ads for freelance writing jobs in a particular niche, chances are the niche is profitable. True, smart clients will continue to hire writers and produce content during a recession (it pays off for them long-term), but unsophisticated clients will stop — unless they’re still making money. So, use this tidbit to your advantage. Because depending on when you’re reading this post, some of the writing niches we discuss will be more profitable than others. Do your homework, see which niches are trending, and you’ll be fine. Okay, so now let’s dive into the most profitable freelance writing niches to consider. We’ll start with the different content types… Freelance Writing Niches: 9 High-Paying Content Types Remember, the more your writing can impact a client’s sales, the higher it pays. So all of these content types are either under the umbrella of content marketing or copywriting. 1. Long-form Blog Posts or Ultimate Guides These types of posts aren’t fluffy 500-word ones written off the top of your head, but instead, detailed, well-researched posts over 2,000 words in length. Ultimate guides provide in-depth information. They contain all the information a reader will need on a subject, all in one post. Long-form content has a conversational and accessible writing style. Making complex topics easy to understand will be a superpower in this lucrative niche. You’ll also want to learn basic SEO tactics to compete. That way, you can do everything you can as an SEO writer to help your posts rank in search engines such as Google. The best part of this content type? Businesses have a never-ending need for blogging content, which creates ongoing demand. Plus, there is the opportunity for retainers. Retainers pay you a fixed amount in return for a set amount of blog posts, for example, $1,200 for 4 blog posts per month. As a freelance writer, this gives you a bit of security and stability, always a plus! 2. E-Books E-books are excellent marketing tools for both large and small businesses. They are used to both generate leads and to position the company as an expert in what they offer. E-books are typically published as PDFs and can be anywhere from 10-20 pages long. Like blog posts, they need to present useful information, such as “how-tos,” on topics that interest the company’s prospects or customers. E-book pricing varies widely and can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on the client, industry, and the amount of research necessary. They pay well because they can be lead magnets for your clients. The e-books are free in exchange for prospects’ email addresses. That prospect is then placed in an email sales funnel or will receive the company’s newsletter. The hope is that through “nurturing” that lead and forming a relationship, the company can convert that lead into a paying customer. Here’s an example of an e-book from the Freelance Writer’s Den: Some businesses refer to their e-books as a “white paper,” which leads us to our next profitable niche: 3. White Papers White papers tend to be more formal and serious in tone than content like an e-book or blog post. They may contain technical information. They are popular in the technology niche and are usually written for the B2B or business to business market. White papers present a problem, then explore solutions, one of which will be your client’s product or service. They try to persuade readers without crossing the line into sales. They don’t directly sell anything. Instead, they assist in the sales process. Most of the data will be supplied by your client, although your interviewing skills will come in handy here to get the information you need. White papers can vary in length, although they are typically around 5 to 10 pages long. Like e-books, they are typically used as lead magnets for email lists. Since they can lead to sales, they are more profitable for you as a freelancer. How much do white papers pay? As reported by That White Paper Guy: “According to the biggest industry survey ever taken, it costs $5,000 to $7,000 to hire an experienced white paper writer.” As he notes, the study referencing these amounts is 10 years old, so rates could be even higher now. 4. Case Studies Case studies pay well because they help drive sales. They provide social proof by showcasing stories of customers’ success using the product or service of your client. They demonstrate the transformation a customer experienced. The classic format is: Describe the challenge the customer faced. Explain the solution the company provided. Show the results the customer achieved by using the company’s product/service. Provide a conclusion designed to help prospects make a buying decision. Case studies may involve interviewing both your client and their customers to get the best information. These are long-form testimonials written in story format. These stories need to be interesting and provide value to the reader. 5. Email Writing This profitable freelance writing niche sounds easy, but it’s challenging to do well. You’ll need to create content that can gain readers’ attention, in direct competition with all the noise in their email in-box. You’ll need a background in copywriting or at least a solid grasp of copywriting principles and formulas. After all, the primary purpose of email is to sell, but carefully. You need to engage the reader first, before attempting to sell them anything. Email has an excellent return on investment for your client. According to HubSpot: “You might be wondering if email is still a worthwhile marketing strategy. In fact, email generates $38 for every $1 spent, which is an astounding 3,800% ROI, making it one of the most effective options available.” This means that clients can afford to pay you! But to earn well, you need to be able to convert your clients’ leads into customers. You could create email sequences or emails for sales funnels. You’ll want to take your email readers on a buyer’s journey from the awareness stage to acquisition, or the point where they make a purchase. You could also write email newsletters for your clients. These help keep subscribers engaged with your clients and informed about their business. Consistently producing newsletters help your clients build a relationship and trust with their subscribers. And since your client will need to communicate regularly, newsletters can be an excellent retainer project. 6. Sales Pages or Landing Pages Source: Enchanting Copywriting This content type requires you to write compelling copy, so put on your copywriter hat! You could write website copy for a company’s home page, for their “About Us” page, or for product pages. You could also create the opt-in pages for lead magnets (like the e-books or white papers we covered). You’ll write copy designed to either convert visitors to customers, to get prospects to buy, or to capture leads. Writing copy for web pages is a challenging form of copywriting, so you’ll want to start by establishing yourself and becoming an expert in a topic first. 7. Video Script Writing Video is becoming one of the best ways for businesses to reach potential customers. In a recent Forbes article about four content marketing trends to watch, video was number one: “Video is wildly popular, and mobile video consumption increases every year. (…) When you work video into your marketing plans, it should accomplish two main objectives: Sell your products or services in a compelling way, and share your brand story.” Businesses need scripts for website videos on their home pages, their sales pages, or for product tours. They may also need scripts for webinars, another sales tool. YouTube is now a top search engine, and someone has to write all that spoken content. Why not you? Companies need to both tell their stories and to create information-rich videos to attract potential customers. 8. Online or E-Learning Courses Online courses and online education is a field that’s booming, and so are opportunities for educational content creators. Especially if you have a background in teaching or understand how people learn, this can be an excellent freelance writing gig for you. Here you will write content for courses. Most courses involve a mix of text and video, so be prepared to write video scripts as part of this writing job. 9. Book Writing (Ghostwriting) “The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” – Anais Nin Ghostwriting books is one of the highest-paying niches on the list, but, of course, it’s also time-consuming and challenging. You help your client get their story, or their ideas, out of their head, and into a book. The books you’d write could range from short e-books to self-published books (like on Amazon), to even traditionally published full-length books (for experienced writers). As a ghostwriter, you do all the writing work, but your name would not be on the cover. All the credit goes to the client. Also, the book needs to be in the client’s voice or style, not your own. You could be hired by either individuals or businesses who need high-quality content written under their names or brands. For example, people such as business executives, business owners, and other professionals who aren’t writers and have no interest in writing the books themselves. For this, you’ll earn a sweet fee, and it is not unreasonable to start around $10,000 depending on the size and scope of the book. Freelance Writing Niches: 8 High-Paying Topics Before we dive into the list of profitable niches, realize that almost any topic can be profitable depending on a combination of your skills and a client’s budget for writers. However, the more expertise that is required to write well on a topic, the higher it will pay. For a helpful list of possibilities, here are some of the most profitable freelance niches. 1. Finance / Personal Finance If you can write about financial topics, well, this is where the money is. In some cases, literally, this is where the actual money is. You’ll need to be detail-oriented and careful to check your facts in this space! You’ll want to bring potentially dry topics to life by adding human touches like stories or case studies, but without “fluff.” You could write for personal finance blogs, and right now, content about budgeting is in demand! Even more profitable are banks, credit card companies, and mortgage lenders. They all need you to educate their consumers, and many have impressive blogs you could write for or training materials you could help them develop. Other prospects in this space are accounting firms, financial planning firms, or investment companies. All of these financial businesses need your writing skills to provide useful information and help form relationships with prospects and customers. 2. Cryptocurrency / Blockchain Cryptocurrency and blockchain are hot topics related to finance. It involves a good bit of technical writing and know-how, and you’ll need to learn a lot of jargon. But if you understand blockchain technology and can explain it to others in a way they can understand, you definitely want to look into this niche. 3. Technology Writing This is another area where you’ll need specialized knowledge to land writing gigs. Also, if you can write in a way that engages the reader in this potentially dry area, you’ll be an in-demand freelancer! You’d be writing about technology such as computers and smartphones. Cybersecurity is also a hot field and one that will only grow as more businesses move online. 4. Digital Marketing As more and more businesses are moving online, digital marketing companies need content to explain their products and services to prospects. They are usually looking for long-form, in-depth guides, designed to teach both concepts and tactics. There’s a wide variety of subtopics in this area. Here’s a few to think about: Content marketing Email marketing Social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) Search engine optimization Affiliate marketing A great way to learn about this niche is by starting your own blog and experimenting with these techniques. 5. SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) Companies that sell their software-as-a-service need to explain their product to prospects and customers. Not only do they need copy, like website copy, and email newsletters, but they also need long-form blog posts in tutorial and how-to formats. For example, ConvertKit has a blog designed to help you get the best results from their software: SaaS is a high-margin (profitable) business model, so these companies can afford to pay you well. 6. Alternative Health / CBD Products Writing about health and wellness, in general, is a solid niche topic, but alternative health products are an especially hot area right now. If you are knowledgeable about CBD products, you could target dispensaries, CBD stores, or even cannabis blogs. 7. Education In a rapidly changing world, education and skill training is more important than ever. People are looking for education and training to develop skills for either obtaining new jobs or to create new businesses. Online course providers, universities, and student loan lenders are a few potential clients that need your writing skills. 8. Real Estate If you want local clients, realtors could use your writing expertise. You could create home buying guides, information pieces about local laws and ordinances, and even some fun articles about home decor and how to stage houses for sale. Here’s an example from a local realtor’s website: How to Pick the Best Freelance Writing Niche for You As explained here, you want to choose a niche that uses your expertise, that you enjoy writing about, and that will pay you well. At the intersection lies your ideal freelance writing niche. Let’s look at each of these in more detail. What is Your Area of Expertise? (Or What Are You Willing to Learn About?) It’s always best to start with what you know. Look at the industries you’ve either worked in or are currently working in. If you start with the knowledge you have, this will provide the quickest payoff for your freelance career. But you can learn as you go. By reading content in your niche and staying up to date with industry news, you can develop your expertise. You’ll want to learn the industry jargon and learn the “language” or preferred vocabulary of your target audience. So either start with something you are already an expert in, or choose an area where you are willing to spend the time to read and learn all about it. What Are You Passionate About? (Or What Do You Enjoy Writing About?) Be cautious in choosing a niche only because it might pay well. A lack of passion will show up in your writing, and readers will pick that up and lose interest themselves. At a minimum, make sure you have a keen interest in the topic. Look at what you enjoy writing about, or the topics you gravitate towards when there is no profit motive. If you aren’t sure what you want to write about, don’t worry about specializing yet. By staying open to writing about anything, you may discover interests or passions you didn’t know you had. How To Validate and Test Your Freelance Writing Niche Now that you have some ideas of what you want to write about, it’s time to validate and test it. Is There a Market For It (And Does It Pay Enough For Your Needs)? If you want to earn well as a freelance writer, make sure there is a market for the type of content you’d like to write. You need to find businesses with budgets. Remember, you are selling the results you get clients as a freelance writer. You aren’t paid to write, you are paid to sell. A good way to test the market is to see what’s advertised on job boards. As a reminder, to get the highest pay rates, you’ll want to pitch companies directly, but job boards can help with the research. The Ultimate Freelance Writing Niche Test “Work is the bridge between dreams and reality.” – Jared Leto There’s always a difference between what you think something will be like and what it is actually like. Said another way, you can’t truly know what you want to write about until you start writing about it. So, to test it out, create a writing sample. This is a low-risk way to try out a different niche. As an example, maybe you think you’d love to write B2B SaaS content for Content Management Solution providers. But then you read about “headless CMS solutions” (yes, that’s a thing), and your eyes glaze over. Not a good sign. You’ll need a sample anyway for potential clients, so this solves two issues at once. Create a sample to both test the niche and to have something to show prospects. Bonus Tip: An excellent way to test a different niche is to write a guest post. This is a three-for-one deal, as not only can you test the waters, provide proof you can write in that niche, but you could also gain exposure to potential clients. If Nothing Else, Just Get Started Take a deep breath. If you are new to the freelance writing biz, don’t worry about specific niches yet. It’s okay to be a generalist. Start exploring these profitable freelance writing niches. But think of this process as a series of experiments to unfold over time. Use this information to pick a few topic niches to position yourself in, and get started. The important part is to begin working on your freelance writing business. And as you gain experience, be ready to niche down and specialize. But decide to make a decision. Start experimenting today. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

Ghostwriting 101: Tips on how to Get Paid Massive Bucks As offering a Ghostwriter

Learn the ins and outs of being a ghostwriter. Updated for 2021. You want to make money as a writer, right? You’ve told everyone on Facebook (including your weird aunt) that you’re available to write. You’ve been writing guest post after guest post to showcase your talent and get your name out there. Maybe you’ve even landed a few freelance writing jobs already. (Good for you!) But then a prospective client emails you with the question, “Do you offer ghostwriting services?” And you’re stumped. Maybe you’ve heard of ghostwriting. Maybe you have some idea what a ghostwriter is. Or maybe you wonder if it involves ouija boards in some way. You don’t want to look like an idiot by emailing back to say, “Err… what do you mean?” That sounds like a good way to send your potential client running for the hills. But don’t worry — I’m about to tell you everything you need to know about ghostwriting, starting with… Table of Contents What IS Ghostwriting? But Why Would You Let Someone Else Take Credit for YOUR Writing? The Counterpoint: Why You Might NOT Want to Be a Ghostwriter How to Become a Ghostwriter Ghostwriting 101: A Quick Recap Will You Give Ghostwriting a Try? Back to Top What IS Ghostwriting? You might already have some hazy ideas about ghostwriting. When I first heard of ghostwriting, I thought it was just used for celebrity memoirs. It turns out memoirs are just the tip of the iceberg. Ghostwriting is everywhere — from independent authors using Amazon’s Kindle book publishing to popular bloggers using WordPress. So what is it? When you ghostwrite, you let someone else put their name on your work. That is, you don’t get any authorship credit — at all. Typically, the person who commissions the work will own the copyright, which also means they can modify or republish the work in any way they see fit. So why would someone hire a professional ghostwriter? Are they too lazy to write their own book or come up with original work or ideas? Not necessarily. People hire ghostwriters for many different reasons, but the most common ones are: Their business has grown so much that they no longer have time to write (all) their own material. They have a wealth of expertise or an exciting story to tell, but they don’t enjoy the writing process or they’re not very good at it. It’s nothing new, either: ghostwriting has been around, in one form or another, for centuries. To give you a better idea of what being a ghostwriter may involve, my own ghostwriting has included: Taking a rough draft, editing it heavily, and expanding on it where necessary. Taking a blogger’s rough notes and transcribing them. Putting together short, functional blog posts (e.g., announcing a new writing podcast). Taking an assigned topic and very brief outline, then writing a post in the client’s voice and writing style. Writing a post based on a title and nothing more. Coming up with ideas, getting them approved, then ghostwriting the posts (though this is rare!). As you can see, ghostwriting has a spectrum from something akin to an editing relationship to writing a piece from scratch. Download 100+ Writing Resources(free, ginormous bonus) And it’s growing in popularity. The demand for high-quality ghostwriters is so high it’s now taught in schools — California State University, Long Beach offers a Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program led by Claudia Suzanne. Of course, I’ve only ghostwritten for blogs. Authors like Roz Morris and others have written whole books (nonfiction books, New York Times’ bestsellers, etc.) as ghostwriters, which is a far more involved process that includes extensive interviews with the ghostwriting client. Back to Top But Why Would You Let Someone Else Take Credit for YOUR Writing? Assuming you want to build up your own brand as a professional writer, why would you want to be a ghostwriter? After all, you won’t get any of the credit. Your name won’t appear anywhere on the piece, and you probably can’t tell anyone you wrote it. So why do so many writers ghostwrite, and why do so many love it? Well, because there are major benefits: Benefit #1: Being a Ghostwriter Pays Exceptionally Well One huge reason to get into the ghostwriting business is money. Ghostwriting tends to pay better than regular freelancing. After all, having your name attached to your words is valuable for you as a writer. When you have a byline, you can use that piece of work to showcase your talent, build your reputation, and potentially attract new clients. So it’s appropriate (and standard practice) to increase your hourly rate to compensate for the loss of these advantages. There’s no exact rule of thumb for how much extra you should charge for a ghostwriting gig over regular freelancing. Personally, I tend to increase my fee by about 15%–20%. On top of that, once you’ve established a ghostwriting relationship with someone, it often results in ongoing work for you. Most people want their writing to be consistent, so it makes sense to stick with the same writer. In other words, you have consistent work at a higher rate than usual. That’s quite a plus, isn’t it? Benefit #2: Ghostwriting Lets You Develop Closer Relationships with Big Names in Your Field As a ghostwriter, you’ll normally work quite closely with your client. You may be privy to their rough notes or mind maps, or you might interview them on the phone or in person. Chances are, you’re also focusing your ghostwriting on a particular area of expertise (especially if you’re writing for a blog). This means you’ve got a brilliant opportunity to get to know and be affiliated with someone well-established in your field. You’ll find that you get valuable insights into the “behind the scenes” of a top blog, or you get a clearer idea of how a big-name book author works and thinks. This may be eye-opening! It could give you some ideas for how best to move forward with your own business when you start your own blog. And as you build up closer relationships, or even friendships, with your client, they might share your other work on social media, bringing you a lot of extra traffic. (Several of the people I ghostwrite for have supported me in that way.) If you ever need a favor or need some advice, there’s a good chance they’ll be very happy to help. So much of blogging success depends on getting a helping hand from other bloggers — particularly those with a large audience and a great reputation in their field. Ghostwriting brings you into close contact with exactly those people. Back to Top The Counterpoint: Why You Might NOT Want to Be a Ghostwriter There are a couple of big concerns that writers have about ghostwriting: “But surely that’s not ethical?” “But why should they benefit from my hard work?” “But what about building my platform?” These are real, valid concerns. And for you, they may be deal-breakers. So let’s dig into them. Objection #1: “When You’re a Ghostwriter, You’re Helping Someone Fool Their Readers — That’s Unethical” When you’re a ghostwriter for someone, they pass your words off as their own. Which begs the question… Is ghostwriting ethical? The authors who hire ghostwriters certainly think it is! But not all writers or readers agree. Many feel that some types of ghostwriting are more ethical than others. For instance, think about these two scenarios, which are on opposite ends of the ghostwriting spectrum: A big-name blogger hires a ghostwriter to write an e-book on their behalf. The blogger talks to the ghostwriter for an hour and provides a detailed outline. Once the e-book is complete, the big-name blogger reads it, edits it, and puts his or her name on it. A big-name blogger hires a ghostwriter to write an e-book on their behalf. They give the ghostwriter free rein to come up with the topic and outline, and they don’t supply any help. When it’s done, the blogger puts his or her name on it without giving it a second look. Personally, as a reader, I’d feel comfortable with situation #1. The thoughts in the e-book belong to the blogger, but the ghostwriter has helped shape them. Situation #2, however, seems a lot thornier. As a reader, I’d feel cheated by that. I’m buying the e-book because I want the blogger’s expertise — not that of a ghostwriter I don’t know. If you’re thinking of ghostwriting, you have to make up your own mind about what is — and isn’t — ethical. Where would you personally draw the line as a ghostwriter, if at all? For more thoughts on the rights and wrongs of ghostwriting, check out Patty Podnar’s post Is Ghostwriting Ethical? Also, Amanda Montell’s Your Favorite Influencers Aren’t Writing Their Own Content—These Women Are is quite eye-opening about some of the less ethical practices in the ghostwriting world. Objection #2: “It’s Too Painful Watching Someone Else Get Praised for YOUR Work” It may sound silly, but not getting recognition for your writing can be quite painful — unbearable to some. I have to admit that, as a writer, it can sometimes sting a little to see a blogger receive lots of lovely praise for a post that I wrote every word of. And I’m not alone; many writers find themselves missing the attention and craving the recognition. It’s no fun watching someone bask in glory that should be yours. But think of it this way: All that praise is a sign you did a great job. You can be proud of that, and you can feel confident you’ll get hired again! Also, as experienced ghostwriter Roz Morris points out in an interview with whitefox, it’s not just ghostwriters who go unnoticed by readers: There are many unsung heroes in the creative industries, and ghostwriters are only one of them. Editors can also make a huge difference to [book writing] and are rarely credited. So, if you can’t stand watching someone else take the praise, that’s okay. Many writers feel that way. But maybe we should also keep things in perspective. Objection #3: “Ghostwriting Keeps You from Building Your Platform” Even if you’re okay with someone else getting the praise, you may still oppose the idea of letting them take credit. Some writers feel that, to become a successful freelance writer, you need to take credit for every powerful word you write and create an impressive body of work with your name on it. They believe that ghostwriting is essentially a waste of time. After all, when you’ve got a bio (or at least your name) on every blog post you write, each of those posts helps raise your profile. You’ll be bringing in new readers and potentially new clients through your work — without any additional marketing. This is essentially the argument that Demian Farnworth puts forward in The Brutally Honest Truth About Ghostwriting: The first thing every writer should ask is this: What do you want to accomplish as a writer? Is building a personal and visible platform important to you? Will it help you in the long run? If you have to ghostwrite to make ends meet, fine. But beat a hasty path out of the business as soon as possible. It’s your turn to run the show. I certainly think it’s worth putting some serious thought into how best to make ghostwriting work for you. It might be that you want to solely focus on your own platform (heck, you might even hire ghostwriters of your own, someday down the line!). But there’s no shame in taking ghostwriting jobs to generate a steady income while you build your platform. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. You can do both at the same time. Ghostwriting takes some focus away, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing. By the way: We’ve created a handy visual summarizing this post that you can share and embed on your own site. Check out the image below (click to see a larger view): Embed This Infographic On Your Site Ghostwriting 101: How to Get Paid Big Bucks As a Ghostwriter from SmartBlogger.com Back to Top How to Become a Ghostwriter If you’ve been nodding your head while reading this post, you’re probably wondering… “Okay, but how do I become a ghostwriter?” Answer: The same way you become a freelance writer. Here are the keys: #1. Build Your Content Creation Skills If you want to be a ghostwriter, you have to learn how to create quality content. What’s this mean? It means: Mastering content frameworks Learning how to write solid headlines Knowing how to support your points with examples Keeping your readers emotionally engaged …and more. Nothing will impact your ability to earn real, tangible income as an aspiring ghostwriter more than your ability to create amazing content. So, if you don’t know how, learn. Further Reading: Check out our resources 18 Writing Tips That’ll Actually Make You a Better Writer and How to Write a Blog Post – The Ultimate Guide. Once you’ve mastered the basics, read Evergreen Content 2.0: Timeless Posts People Will Actually Remember. #2. Learn the Ins and Outs of SEO If you can create content that will rank on Google, clients will pay you. Happily. Heck, they’ll throw money at you. So how can you help your content rank on Google? By learning all you can about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and applying what you learn to the content you create. Further Reading: Don’t know SEO? Brian Dean has a great guide that will help you learn the basics of SEO fast. #3. Build an Awesome Portfolio of Sample Content Ideally, you’ll have three levels of portfolios: A portfolio that shows you know how to write, a portfolio that shows you’re a subject matter expert of a given topic, and a portfolio that shows documented success for clients. But when you’re just starting out, you need to focus on the first level: A writing portfolio that proves you know how to create a decent piece of content. If you don’t already have your own blog or website, create an account on a free blogging platform like Medium. Two or three writing samples are enough, and you can get started right away. #4. Find Your First Paying Client In the early days, finding those first few clients will be difficult. Even with solid content creation and writing skills, SEO know-how, and a great portfolio proving you know how to write, finding paying clients without word of mouth and referrals won’t be easy. Here’s what you’ll need to do: Keep checking job agency postings. Pitch to software company blogs like HubSpot, Sumo, and Ahrefs. Do as much self-promotion as you can, including mentioning your ghostwriting service in the byline of your blog or Medium posts. It’ll be a slow process at first, but once you get those first few clients you’ll be set. Do a great job, make your clients happy, and referrals will happen. Further Reading: Bookmark this giant list of content marketing agencies. It’ll come in handy. Back to Top Ghostwriting 101: A Quick Recap We’ve covered a lot, so let’s review: What Is Ghostwriting?Ghostwriting is when a writer (“ghostwriter”) is hired to create a piece of content for a company or individual, who will then publish the work as their own. Do Ghostwriters Get Credit for Their Work?Ghostwriters are paid to let someone else put their name on their work — they do not receive any credit, and they usually cannot tell anyone they wrote it. Why Do People Hire Ghostwriters?There are numerous reasons why someone would want to hire a ghostwriter, but two big reasons are time restraints and a lack of desire (or ability). Regardless of their reason, parties who choose to hire ghostwriters do so because it’s advantageous. (They’re getting something out of it, in other words!) What Are the Benefits of Being a Ghostwriter? There are two huge benefits to ghostwriting: Exceptional pay, and business relationships. Because they miss out on auxiliary perks like bylines and having their name attached to the content, ghostwriters are usually well compensated. Also, ghostwriting brings ghostwriters into close contact with bloggers, authors, and influencers with large audiences. These connections can sometimes be worth more than the commission itself. How Much Do Ghostwriters Make?It varies from writer to writer, but an increased fee of 15% or more from their standard freelancer rate is reasonable when ghostwriting. What Are the Typical Objections to Ghostwriting?Those who throw shade at ghostwriting typically do so for one of three reasons: Ethical concerns, not wanting to see someone else get credit for their work, and the worry ghostwriting will keep the writer from building up his or her own platform. We’ve covered each of these objections in detail. Whether any of them are deal-breakers is up to you. How to Become a GhostwriterThe process is very similar to the one for becoming a regular freelance writer: Build Your Content Creation Skills Learn the Ins and Outs of SEO Build an Awesome Portfolio of Sample Content Find Your First Paying Client In short: Learn how to create awesome content, learn the ins and outs of SEO so the content you produce can rank on Google, create a portfolio of 2 or 3 posts that prove you’re a good writer, and pound the pavement so you can secure those first few paying clients. Will You Give Ghostwriting a Try? Ultimately, ghostwriting can be a little divisive. Some writers feel — passionately — that readers deserve to know exactly who wrote the words they’re reading. Others feel building your platform is too important to let someone else take credit. But ghostwriting is a good way to make money as a writer — whether you’re working full-time on various ghostwriting projects, or part-time with the occasional ghostwriting client. And it doesn’t mean your platform is off the table. You can be a ghostwriter and have a writing career under your own name. Many writers, including me, simply use ghostwriting as a way to supplement or support their writing passions. Personally, I think it’s worth it. Only you can decide whether it’s right for you. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

11+ Technical Writing Jobs That Pay out out Nicely (Even for Inexperienced persons)

Think technical writing jobs are out of reach? Think again! Maybe you’re not sure what technical writing is or what you do as a technical writer. Or perhaps you’re wondering if technical writers need a degree, can make good money, or if this niche is even for you. Read on and we’ll answer all those questions (and more). And by the time you reach the end of this post, you’ll know if searching for these writing jobs is a good use of your time. Ready? What is Technical Writing? Technical writing translates technical information into content that is easily understood by customers, employees, investors, and others. It includes manuals, training materials, policies, and other documentation. And even though you’ll find plenty of technical writing on the web, some of it continues to live entirely offline. But just how much technical writing work is out there? Technical Documentation is in Demand Technical documentation is needed more than ever by product managers, sales teams, and new hires, to name just a few. And the need for technical writing is always high in software development and information technology companies. Have a degree in computer science? Know what api and xml mean? Or maybe you’re an avid consumer of a particular type of software or brand, like Microsoft, and have a detailed understanding of it. If so, then you could be a shoo-in. Plenty of other industries need writers with technical skills too. So, even if you’re not a tech wizard or rocket scientist, the good news is that there are still plenty of technical writing jobs out there. And technical writing is a great way to niche down and make more money, even if you have little or no experience. Not only that, but the pool of qualified candidates (i.e. the competition) is smaller when compared to other writing niches. Plus, this work is typically well paid because of the expertise required to knock these assignments out of the park. Let’s have a look at the opportunities. The 11 Best Technical Writing Jobs 1. Healthcare What industry has deep pockets and needs to translate complex information into layman’s terms? Healthcare! This industry needs a wide variety of technical writing, including white papers, case studies, brochures, and copywriting. That means a steady stream of well-paying jobs if you have the right background and skills to deliver. Does technical writing pay well? The opportunities in IT and healthcare alone prove that it can! Best Background for the Job Do you have a science or medical degree? Years of experience working in a healthcare setting or a related field? If so, you’re a competitive candidate for technical writing jobs in healthcare. Choosing this niche can be lucrative, as the industry is characterized by stable businesses with high profits. A great example of a stand-out writer in this niche is Sarah Turner, a freelance copywriter who used her background in biology to build a successful freelance copywriting agency targeting the healthcare industry. 2. Technical Communication You’re scanning LinkedIn for writing gigs, and you see a profile with the job title: “Technical Communication Consultant.” What does that mean? Technical communication encompasses work in user experience (UX) design, onboarding, training, instructional materials, and even technical illustrations, to give a few examples. Best Background for the Job Technical communication requires technical writers with strong communication skills. Maybe you have a background in education and love the idea of designing instructional programs in your area of expertise. In that case, branding yourself as a technical communicator could set you apart. Skilled at writing web copy or designing websites? You may have a future as a UX writer, a key member of the design team who maps out what a user is exposed to as they navigate a website or mobile app. The opportunities are broad but have the common goal of creating accessible information for a specific audience. 3. Instruction Manuals and User Guides If nothing has grabbed you yet, don’t despair. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a great technical writing job in your future. Think about how many new products are unleashed on the market every day. They all need a user guide or instruction manual, and that’s a big market! What products do you use every day? Is there a game or app you’re obsessed with? What do you spend a big chunk of your hard-earned cash on? The writing for end-user documentation is dry, but if you hate word vomit and can write tight and concise content, this might be your technical writing superpower. Companies pay well for an easy-to-follow instruction manual that helps customers get the most out of their purchases. Best Background for the Job The awesome thing about this type of technical writing is that the required skills have more to do with your writing style than anything else. As a passionate end-user, you have what it takes to identify products or industries that you could write end-user documentation for. Who better to explain the benefits of a product or service than an avid consumer? Just know that this kind of writing takes a special kind of writer. You have to be detail-oriented and willing to put yourself in the customer’s shoes. It’s an iterative process that’s heavy on editing. If you’re fine with that, this can be a great opportunity. 4. Technical Copywriting Technical copywriting is focused on attracting customers and making sales. You’ll find this type of technical writing in landing pages, sales videos, website copy, and more. Remember Sarah Turner? The successful medical copywriter who used her biology background to define her niche and stand out as a subject matter expert? All businesses need good copywriting. Focusing on technical copywriting differentiates you and creates an opportunity to develop expertise, which can make you more money. Best Background for the Job There are great technical copywriting opportunities for tech writers with medical, finance, IT, or other expertise and plenty of ways to learn the trade. If you have the expertise and a desire to pursue a marketing role centered in a specific industry, this could be a profitable path for you. 5. Technical Content Writing Demand for content marketing is increasing every year. It’s not hard to see why once you understand that this marketing channel makes all other marketing efforts more effective. How does it do that? By cultivating trust and credibility through sharing information that audiences find valuable. And how does this apply to technical writing? Technical writers with specific expertise on technical topics like IT have countless opportunities to communicate complex topics in easy-to-understand terms, like this article about HTTP requests from Neil Patel’s blog. Best Background for the Job Chances are that you’ve probably brushed up against technical content without even realizing it. Ever searched for articles comparing web hosting? Or asked Google a question like how do you make a hyperlink? Incorporating some technical content into your portfolio is not a big stretch and is an easy way to build some technical writing skills. And if you already have content writing experience, it’s a great jumping-off point into technical writing. 6. White Papers White papers are a perennial favorite across many industries. Often used to demonstrate how a business solved a particular problem, they can be used to generate leads (as an opt-in offer) and sales. White papers are a great place to take a complex problem and simplify it so the reader can quickly understand the problem and its solution. They often include a table of contents and data illustrated by charts, tables, and graphs. ADP’s white paper, “5 Steps to Ride Your Business of Payroll Stress,” was listed as one of the best B2B white papers written in 2020. Best Background for the Job Given the formal tone and extensive use of graphs, charts, and data, white paper writers will benefit from having a science, business, or tech background. This type of writing can be particularly lucrative, but you’ll have to work for it. In addition to time spent writing, this type of document requires plenty of design time to bring all the elements together. 7. Case Studies Case studies walk readers through real-life examples of successfully solving problems. Done well, they are incredibly effective at building trust with consumers and clients, gaining credibility for the solution provider. Because of this, they are often part of a bigger marketing plan. Although similar to white papers, they tend to be shorter and less formal documents. Fractl, a content marketing and growth agency, effectively uses case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach. Best Background for the Job A general business background can’t hurt, but comfort in using and interpreting data is more important. If you’re a data-head and have a passion for a certain type of product or service, you could have a profitable niche on your hands. 8. Technical Finance Writing Technical finance writers explain complex financial topics, like global stock market performance or insurance coverages. Assignments can range from writing copy for a bank’s sales page to writing a news article that explains how to set up a retirement portfolio. Businesses use technical finance writers to craft informative presentations, produce annual financial reports, or create consumer brochures. Best Background for the Job If you have a background in accounting or finance, you’ve got a leg up on the competition for technical finance writing jobs. A solid writer with an avid passion for personal finance or investing can also build a competitive portfolio. 9. Product Reviews Writing product reviews is a lucrative niche. According to the Spiegel Research Center: The purchase likelihood for a product with five reviews is 280% higher than a product with none Nearly 95% of shoppers read online reviews before purchasing a product Given those numbers, it’s not hard to see why companies are willing to pay good money for reviews. Best Background for the Job An advantage of this niche is that you don’t need a technical background. Yes, if you are reviewing Apple’s newest and greatest iPhone you should have some technical prowess, as Apple’s consumers are going to expect that. However, there are countless other products where reviews can be written by just about anyone. To get a paid assignment, you need to build solid writing skills and produce great samples. Have a strong social media presence and lots of followers? Think about leveraging those channels to review and recommend products you love as an easy way to make some extra side income. 10. Proposals and Pitches Technical writers play an important role in teams that deliver proposals or pitches to win projects. Some writers niche down, building a solid income by helping not-for-profits get grants or helping software companies land implementation jobs. In this niche, you’re usually writing to other businesses, rather than the general consumer. This means that the writing is less layman-focused and understanding business language is more important. Best Background for the Job Are you someone who has B2B experience, knows industry-specific lingo and practices, and is familiar with the workflow that supports building proposals or making pitches? If so, it can be lucrative because the pool of qualified candidates will be small, meaning you have a great chance of standing out. 11. Other Technical Documents in High Demand The opportunities are truly endless! Some final examples to drive home the amazing variety of assignments that exist for technical writers: Business plans and grant proposals Standard operating procedures and checklists Business status reports Academic and scientific research papers Operations guides Technical books Ready to Pursue Technical Writing Jobs? If you’re looking for a more profitable niche, shifting focus to technical writing might be the answer you’ve been looking for. The process is the same as becoming any other niched-down freelance writer. Scan job postings for assignments and update your LinkedIn profile, making sure to indicate your niche. Voraciously consume resources, cultivate your skills, build out your portfolio, and start landing clients. Stop thinking you aren’t qualified and get out of your own way. There’s plenty of room for you in the lucrative world of technical writing. ShareTweetPinShareEmail

30 On-line Proofreading Jobs for Rookies (2021 Information)

Searching for ways to work from home and considering online proofreading jobs? It could be a perfect fit if you have an eye for detail and enjoy polishing other writers’ prose. But how do you get started? This post has all the answers you need to become a professional proofreader, whether you want to work online, remotely, be an employee, or freelancer — it’s your choice. Since proofreading is a major part of the writing process, proofreaders are always in demand. Ready to learn how to become a proofreader, how much proofreading jobs pay, and the top 20 sites for finding legitimate online proofreading jobs? Great, let’s go! What is Proofreading? Proofreading is the process of reading and examining a piece of written work to find errors and mark them for correction. A proofreader is generally the last person to read through a document before publication. Proofreaders scour text for errors missed during the editing process. They look for: Improper grammar Misspelled words Incorrect punctuation Inconsistent spellings of words Formatting errors Incorrect capitalization Typesetting issues Proofreaders work on all kinds of documents for: Academic and student clients Business and professional clients Creative writers, authors, and publishers English as a second language (ESL) writers Now that we have a better understanding of what proofreading entails, let’s see how it compares to editing. Proofreading vs. Copyediting It’s easy to confuse proofreading and editing, as the lines between the two are sometimes blurry. However, they are different. Copy editing involves correcting grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, inconsistencies, and syntax (the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences). Overall, a copyeditor’s main concern is to ensure their documents are clear, coherent, consistent, and correct. Copy editors often have the responsibility of proofreading, as well. Proofreading and copyediting do involve some of the same tasks; however, a copy editor is more likely to change the phrasing or structure of a document, while a proofreader is less likely to significantly alter text before it’s published. In addition, proofreading is considered the final stage of the editing process, so the proofreader can pick up any errors the copy editor may have missed. The Top 20 Sites for Finding Proofreading Jobs Before searching for proofreading jobs, consider your interests and what type of documents you’d enjoy proofreading. This will narrow your options and ensure you find suitable jobs. Some sites listed below include job boards with search bars. Here’s a short list of search terms to start with: Remote proofreading jobs Freelance proofreading jobs Proofreader Copyediting Editing jobs 1. Fiverr Fiverr is a freelance marketplace that connects buyers and sellers while offering high-quality services at every price point, including proofreading services. It’s different from other marketplaces in this post because buyers seek you out, instead of you bidding or applying for jobs. Fiverr is a great place to make money as a beginner because it’s totally acceptable to only charge $5 for your services. And as you gain experience, you can increase your prices. Simply sign up, set up your “Gig,” and offer your services to a worldwide audience. 2. FlexJobs FlexJobs is a job site that offers high-quality remote proofreading jobs (amongst others) for freelancers and employees. You can easily search jobs by keyword, category, or title. Rest assured, all job listings are legitimate since FlexJobs takes extra precautions to protect job seekers from scams. That’s why, in order to view full job details, FlexJobs charges a small (satisfaction guaranteed) membership fee. Don’t hesitate to check their listings first — it may be well worth it! 3. Gramlee Gramlee is a copyediting site that also provides proofreading services done by independent contractors who work from home. Their website says they are always looking for exceptional editors, which could mean you! Applying is simple: fill out the Gramlee Employment Application, and if they like your application, they’ll contact you. 4. Upwork Upwork is one of the largest online job marketplaces. Clients post projects and jobs, ranging from entry-level to expert, for freelancers to choose from. This is beneficial for beginners looking to get started. Sign up for a free account, create your profile, and search for proofreading jobs via the search bar or by selecting the Editing & Proofreading category. Once you find a fun project or remote job, submit a proposal and bid for the job. Just know that Upwork can be highly competitive, so you may initially need to accept low wages and submit multiple proposals before getting hired. 5. ProofreadingPal ProofreadingPal is a proofreading website that offers a variety of professional proofreading services and utilizes a unique two-editor approach, wherein every document is proofread by two skilled proofreaders. This is a benefit for job seekers since it means a higher demand for proofreaders. ProofreadingPal editors can earn between $500 and $3,000 per month, but you must be enrolled as a graduate or postgraduate student (with at least a 3.5 GPA) in an accredited US college/university OR have a graduate degree and five years of experience as a proofreader. 6. Wordvice Wordvice is a global leader in providing editing and proofreading services to academic, admissions, and business customers. They offer remote part-time editing and proofreading jobs to freelancers who are enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree program and have some previous editing experience. To apply, submit an application (include expected pay rate) and resume, complete an editing sample, and then wait for notification of results. 7. American Journal Experts American Journal Experts is a team of former academics and publishing professionals who provide manuscript preparation services. Current proofreader job openings and available freelance job opportunities are listed on the Careers page (scroll down to view contractor opportunities). American Journal Experts is currently looking to hire independent contractors who are affiliated with specific US research institutions. 8. Domainite Domainite is a platform that provides marketing services to business owners, including website design, social media marketing, and reputation management. Before applying to proofread for Domainite, be aware that they may offer low pay. However, if you’re brand new to proofreading, this could be a good opportunity to gain some experience. The application process is simple: Fill out the short Freelance Editing Job Hire Form and edit the sample text provided. 9. EditFast EditFast is a platform where freelancers and clients connect to provide and receive services, including editing and proofreading. Freelancers create their own Web pages (profiles) to promote their skills and talents for clients to view. Clients can either select a freelancer or submit their documents for EditFast to assign an appropriate freelancer for their project. Complete the registration process to get started, and once EditFast approves your information, your Web page will be activated. To be hired, EditFast requires a degree from a recognized university and past proofreading experience. EditFast receives 40% of the project price. 10. ProofreadingServices.com ProofreadingServices.com provides proofreading, translation, publishing, and professional services. When you work with them, you’ll proofread “just about everything under the sun” and have access to part-time and full-time online proofreading jobs that pay between $19 and $46 per hour, depending on turnaround time. To be considered for hire, you’ll need to successfully complete a 20-question proofreading test within 20 minutes and score 95% or above on it. 11. Scribbr Scribbr provides academic proofreading and editing services to help students earn their degrees. They look for editors with a passion for language and a bachelor’s degree. For an editor role, you’ll need to pass Scribbr’s quiz and have your resume reviewed to determine if you’re a good fit. Next, complete an editing assignment, and if you pass, you’ll be invited to join Scribbr Academy to receive training. After successfully completing two to five simulation orders, you’ll be officially welcomed to the Scribbr editor team. 12. Scribe Media Scribe Media helps authors write, publish, and market their own books, which includes proofreading services. Scribe Media offers full-time careers as well as freelance and part-time roles. Full-time employees enjoy plenty of time off, flexible hours, the option to work from home, as well as health and financial benefits. Check Scribe Media’s “Careers” page for a list of available full-time and freelance opportunities. If there are no open proofreading jobs, simply join the Careers List to receive notification of new roles. 13. Scribendi Scribendi provides editing and proofreading services to a variety of clients, including those in business, academia, and publishing fields. They hire both freelancers and in-house employees for editor/proofreader positions. Freelancers make their own schedules, choose interesting assignments, and interact with in-house staff and other freelancers via an online forum. Scribendi looks for experienced proofreaders and editors with a bachelor’s degree or higher who are also native-level English speakers (since much of their work is from ESL students and clients). Simply click on the “Apply Now” button on Scribendi’s Jobs page. 14. LinkedIn LinkedIn is an online business platform for professional networking where you can connect with other professionals to either market your services or find employment. Open an account, create your profile, and start connecting with everyone you know. Search for online proofreading jobs by clicking on the “Jobs” icon. When using the search bar, click on the “City, state, or zip code” bar and select “Remote” from the dropdown menu. If you plan to offer freelance proofreading services to those in your network, be sure to indicate on your profile that you’re providing these services. 15. Polished Paper Polished Paper offers “world-class” proofreading and editing services to business, academic, personal, author, and ESL clients. They look for exceptional editors with diverse educational backgrounds, experiences, and skills. To apply, register for a user account, upload your resume, and take a 35-question editor test. The good news is that Polished Paper encourages the use of outside resources to help you complete this test. 16. Freelancer Freelancer is an online marketplace that connects employers and freelancers worldwide. Employers post projects, receive bids from freelancers, and select the best freelancer to complete the job. Set up your profile and browse proofreading jobs (you can save job searches and get notified when relevant new jobs are posted). Once you find a job opportunity, write your best pitch, get hired, and deliver high-quality work. 17. Guru Guru is a platform where freelancers and employers work together. Employers post a variety of jobs for freelancers to browse and to submit quotes for. You can easily find proofreading jobs by either selecting the Editing & Proofreading subcategory (under the Writing & Translation category) or by simply entering relevant terms into the search bar. Sign up on the website, build your profile, view job listings, and submit quotes for proofreading jobs. Employers evaluate all quotes and choose the best freelancer for the job. 18. Clickworker Clickworker is an online platform that hires independent contractors called Clickworkers to perform small tasks for clients. Clickworker takes large, complex jobs and breaks them down into microtasks that include proofreading and copyediting. These tiny tasks are then completed by Clickworkers on a piece-rate basis. To become a freelance Clickworker, simply sign up on the website, create a user profile, complete some assessments, and then get to work. 19. Get Editing Jobs Get Editing Jobs is an online community of job seekers and employers that includes a job directory with writing, editing, and proofreading positions. To find a list of proofreading jobs, start with search terms like “proofreader,” “proofreading,” and “editor.” It may also be beneficial to create a job seeker account so you can manage your resume, create custom alerts, and receive job notifications. 20. Lionbridge Lionbridge is a global communications platform with a community of talented, remote workers who help customers with their content. They outsource various tasks to their workers and often have online proofreading jobs available. If no proofreading jobs are listed, be sure to join the community, register for proofreading tasks, and take the relevant evaluation tests. Lionbridge will then contact you when proofreading work is available. How Much Do Proofreading Jobs Pay? Can you make decent money proofreading? Salary.com reports that, as of March 29, 2021, the average proofreader salary in the United States was $53,226, with ranges typically falling between $46,709 and $60,779, depending on education, certifications, skills, and number of years in the profession. For hourly rates, as of April 4, 2021, Payscale.com reports the average proofreader hourly pay to be $18.53, with individual pay ranging from $11.84 to $30.17. These numbers are likely for full-time proofreading jobs. When it comes to freelance work, it’s possible to be paid per word, per page, per project, or by the hour. And, as a freelancer, you have the ability to set your own rates. According to the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), freelance proofreaders can charge between $31 and $45 per hour, OR between $0.02 and $0.039 per word, depending on experience level and type of proofreading job. This gives you an idea of what to expect, but ultimately your pay depends on your experience and skills, who you’re working for, and how you’re being paid. Let’s look at the skills and qualifications needed to be a proofreader. Proofreader Skills & Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in English or a related field is sometimes required, but it’s not necessary to find proofreading work. Prior proofreading experience may also be required. If you’re a beginner proofreader, think about your schooling or past employment. For example, did you do any academic editing while attending college? Or, how about friends and family? Did you ever proofread correspondence, resumes, or creative writing for them? Include these experiences in your application or resume. You’ll also need these proofreading skills: Strong language skills to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Attention to detail to spot small errors and inconsistencies, which also requires patience and concentration. Communication skills to work directly with clients and be able to understand and follow instructions. Ability to meet deadlines to submit completed work within specific turnaround times. Computer skills to learn formatting, use software, and utilize the Internet. You should also become familiar with style guides, like The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) and The Associated Press Stylebook (AP). How to Become a Proofreader If you have a natural tendency for finding errors and noticing inconsistencies while reading, this is a great start. And if you enjoyed English class and scored well, this is good too. But if you have no prior proofreading experience, it would serve you well to get some training before applying for jobs. While you don’t necessarily need a college degree, it’d be wise to brush up on those skills you learned in English class. A multitude of online training courses are available, and most are reasonably priced. A simple Google search for “online proofreading courses” will provide a list of high-quality options. Two popular courses are Proofread Anywhere’s General Proofreading and Proofreading Academy’s Becoming a Proofreader. Another option is Udemy.com, which offers many inexpensive editing and proofreading courses-some as little as $11.99 during sales. Once you take a course or two, start updating your resume. As you find jobs, create a portfolio to show prospective employers or clients your work. Next, let’s find out what tools you’ll need to do proofreading work from home. What Tools Do You Need for Remote Proofreading Jobs? Besides a computer and internet access, some other tools are useful for completing remote proofreading jobs. Microsoft Word may be the most common word processing program used for online proofreading jobs. Newer versions of Word include a “Review” menu with useful features for proofreading and editing, such as Editor, New Comment, Track Changes, and Compare. Google Docs works with Google Drive. Drive is like a filing cabinet that stores files, while Docs is the word processing program where you open and work on your files/documents. Drive and Docs allow you to share files (and your work) with your employer or client. Dropbox is similar to Google Drive and can also be used to share files with your employer or client. Spell-check is a feature included with your word processing program. Use it! However, don’t fully rely on this as it’s incapable of picking up every error due to homophones and context, etc. Grammarly (affiliate link) scans your work, points out spelling and grammatical errors, and offers options for correction. ProWritingAid (affiliate link) is another great option, and it comes with a 20% discount. But don’t fully depend on Grammarly or other tools — they’ll miss some errors, depending on context, type of document, etc. Ready to Do Proofreading Jobs from Home? So you’ve found a way to work from home AND make money doing what you love. You’ve also learned how to finally go after and get your dream job. If you’re new to the idea of proofreading, don’t hesitate. Get some training to build your confidence. Then, update your resume and search the sites above for interesting proofreading jobs. If you already have education and experience proofreading, then begin by examining which new skills you can either acquire or improve. Now, get out there and be the best dang proofreader you can be! ShareTweetPinShareEmail