Do you know what kinds of freelance writing jobs you will take? I ask for two reasons:
- If you’re not careful you may agree to a gig that turns out badly.
- If you’re not familiar with the various kinds of freelance writing jobs available you are likely to miss something that you’d love and pays well.
A bad gig
A while back I took a freelance writing gig that turned out to be awful for me. As I understood the job, I was to do light editing on a double handful and a bit more of WordPress posts, post them. The light editing included some attention to SEO and finding an image to add to the article. So far so good.
What was described as ‘make sure each post is linked to the proper social media’ turned out to be a nightmare of many steps – more than 21 because I quit counting.
The editing, SEO-ing, image finding etc. was fine. But the way the social media was done was horrid, involving three different programs… and more opportunities to make mistakes than I could believe – and I made every one of them more than once. The person who trained me had mastered this arcane system and hated it. After two weeks it was a toss up if I’d get fired or quit first. As I began to understand the quantity of tiny little steps, I realized it was not for me. I’m not that kind of detail person.
Thinking back, I’m not sure how I would have known in advance that at least half the job would require a true lover of details to do well – what some call the analytic type of personality.
I did suggest that the next ad the company placed include something about needing a detail person – I have no clue if they will or did.
Missing a good freelance writing gig
Google how many kinds of freelance writing jobs are there and you’ll find more than 3 million pages. Just for kicks I clicked over to page 10 and found 75+ Paid Writing Opportunities by Holly Reisem Hanna. It’s an interesting list that runs from blog writing through travel writing. Many of the topics have links to places you can do that kind of writing, some with pay! Since it was written in 2015, it’s fairly current.
Since I once almost sold a romance novel, I clicked around in that category – some of the pay rates have got me thinking again about that field.
Which is exactly what I mean – it only makes sense to occasionally poke around and find out what kinds of freelance writing jobs you will take, looking for new territory or areas you’d set aside for one reason or another.
I’d love to hear what kinds of freelance writing jobs you will take in comments.
Write well and often,
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