The Usual, The Not-So-Usual, and Completely Unusual Freelance Writing Jobs

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Italian architect, and now Italian Senator, Renzo Piano said about Steve Jobs, “…Steve Jobs created the need and then designed the product…” The same can be said of our beloved internet which has created needs, wants, and indulgences beyond our wildest imaginings.

However, in many scenarios, the “product” is the result of talented word weavers known as freelance writers, whom can provide a well-packaged, more attractive result for the waiting public. There are some usual, and not-so-usual areas on the net in which the freelance writer can spin words and their magic to design a customized product for the need created by the web. And if you’re a writer, The Usual, The Not So Usual, And The Completely Unusual Freelance Writing Jobs, could be the sources of your next big gig.

The Usual Freelance Writing Jobs 

Probably most freelance writers got their feet wet in the business by pouring their hearts out over a description of a bubble bath, or rendered their readers to tears with a description of a fake Cartier watch — or was that just me? In any event, SEO writing may get you in the front door of freelance writing as you clamber up the bidding ladders on sites like Upwork or Freelancer.

Eventually, your confidence level will grow as your tolerance for poor payment will flatline. Blogs and writing for social media offer the freelance writer a bigger stage to showcase their talents by writing for businesses or special interest groups who neither have the time nor the inclination to update and otherwise tend to their little part of the internet.

Enter the freelance writer who can creatively design the product born from an E-need of the internet. The beauty of these jobs is that they are easily located on sites like LinkedIn and our Writer’s Job Board. Moreover, telecommuting is a given and saves the writer a fortune on bus fare and office wear.    

The-Not-Usual Freelance Writing Jobs

Personally, some of my most interesting jobs have been off the beaten track and usual sectors of the internet. In fact, some of the projects I participated in inspired me to look for other “not-so-usual” freelance writing jobs.

Self-Employed Freelance Writing Jobs 

I have written everything from eulogies to Bar Mitzvah speeches thanks to my own creation and the subsequent fulfillment of a need. My customized poetry and speech website attracted a niche audience that required a one-of-a kind product for anything that life could throw at them: births, deaths, weddings, ad copy, and all genres of invitations.

You too, can create a free site and advertise by word of mouth or on social media sites; or for a few dollars a month, take your place and stand out in a Google Search. Many sites like Wix and Squarespace offer tools so that even technology-impaired novices can create beautiful and professional looking sites to advertise their skills and services online.

Essentially, I’m saying, if you have a tailored skill…you can create the need!  

But there are other opportunities right online that not only provide the product for the customer but are informative, interesting and challenging for you — the producer — to be involved in.

Educational/Academic Writing Jobs 

For example, one challenging and fulfilling job I had the good fortune of being involved in was as a freelance academic writer. Once again, the internet provided a need for a waiting public by creating e-learning possibilities.

Quesbook provides a portal for students in which they can test and practice for their upcoming ACT, SAT or TOEFL  exams. The app personalizes the course of study to suit the student’s need. Freelance writers for Quesbook, are responsible for creating reading passages and comprehension questions for the students. These passages cover various topics and disciplines and mirror the format the students would be tested on in the future.

The work was rewarding for me. I also discovered that if proficient, this job has the potential to be lucrative. Such gigs can be found with a Google search under “Academic” or “Educational” writing jobs. Most reputable companies will want to see a minimum B.A. Degree; some companies require a Masters or higher.

Online Bio Writing Jobs 

As an educational writer, I had the opportunity to learn about many personalities, including artists, from various distinctions and domains. It’s hard to imagine an artist who doesn’t want to talk about themselves or their accomplishments — but some do exist. Hence, a new writing need is created.

Once again, a search through Craigslist or Kijiji may give you several hits for burgeoning artists, entrepreneurs, or start-up owners or those who are already somewhat established, in need of a short bio written for their website. 

Perhaps time is a factor, or their talents do not lie in the written word when it comes to self-praise. Whatever the reason, bio writing is a good opportunity for the freelance writer to flaunt their own talent. The job can be lucrative and creatively rewarding. I did one such bio for a friend of mine who designed jewelry. Afterwards, she was kind enough to tell her friends in the industry, garnering me more work and more satisfied customers.

The Completely Unusual Freelance Writing Jobs

Online Dating Profile Writing Jobs

And speaking of satisfaction, the internet has given us the need for online dating. But with so many men, women, and dating sites, it’s difficult to stand out in a crowd, or even to attract someone in a pond with an overabundance of, “plenty of fish.” Enter the online dating profile writer who, according to one site, can not only find you a potential match made in heaven but will professionally write your dating profile for you to ensure you find your one true love.

I found this particular job ad in a Craigslist search. However, similar ads exist for dating profile writing jobs, and those who wanted profiles written for them on Upwork. Payments range from $20 to $100 dollars per profile and are offered by Match.com, e-Cyrano, as well as others found under a Google search for “Dating Profile Writers.” 

PeopleperHour also offers jobs for profile writers, but for a more business milieu like LinkedIn, or company profiles.

Real Estate Writing Jobs 

Just because one is considered a ‘captain of industry,’ doesn’t mean they can express themselves adequately in the written word. So, yet another need from the internet is created and another potential product and opportunity for the freelancer is born.

The freelance writer can take advantage of many business writing opportunities available online such as writing descriptions of real estate properties for agents who perhaps don’t have the time, desire, or words to do so themselves. A freelance writer can make a basic two-bedroom apartment seem like a guest suite at the White House. Many agents like to send correspondence to neighborhood homeowners but don’t have enough time (or skill) to do so. The freelance writer can fill that need, getting the agent’s name, company and services out there in the public’s view. In the same vein, many people hire freelance writers to write personal or business correspondence. It’s a time-saving measure that guarantees their ideas and visions are communicated effectively.

A freelance writer can make a basic two-bedroom apartment seem like a guest suite at the White House. Many agents like to send correspondence to neighborhood homeowners but don’t have enough time (or skill) to do so. The freelance writer can fill that need, getting the agent’s name, company and services out there in the public’s view. In the same vein, many people hire freelance writers to write personal or business correspondence. It’s a time-saving measure that guarantees their ideas and visions are communicated effectively.

Greeting Card Writing Jobs 

The internet has made communicating a little more convenient, albeit a little less personal with the advent of E-cards. The online greeting card business is another good venue for the freelance writer to demonstrate their talents and versatility.

Greeting card companies are usually looking for a particular, or kitschy writing style. This type of gig is a good opportunity to display humorous, sentimental or poetic writing. There are even sites that offer more “risqué” cards, and therefore may require a more suggestive style of writing if that is appealing to the writer.

Prices vary within the e-card industry. I have seen payouts anywhere from $25 to $100 for a longer poetry piece. Blue Mountain often advertises for submissions to their site. But be aware, responses from these sites can take weeks, if not months.

This site gives you a heads-up on greeting card domains, how and where to apply, and an idea of payment for copy.                                     

The Sky’s the Limit

Sermon Ghost Writing Jobs

The freelancer writer’s soul may need some redemption after writing just about anything for money. Here is your salvation! You can cast your eyes towards the heavens whilst ghost-writing a sermon for a religious leader. Though the pastor owns the passion, beliefs, and devotion to his/her cause, sometimes they may need help to untangle the intricacies and complexities of their subject.

In partnership with the pastor, the freelance writer can assist in producing a heartfelt, sincere and educational piece of work that will, once again, communicate effectively a message for the masses. Sermon ghostwriting jobs can be found on the Upwork platform, Guru, and this site which posts some lucrative offers for religious articles.

The longer and the more we “need” the internet, the more products — tangible and intangible — will be created. In fact, our dependence and needs on and from the net grow daily. Locally and remotely, the internet has created the need for more unusual freelance writing jobs. And the quest for writers to fulfill these needs increasingly grows. 

What unusual freelance writing jobs have you encountered? What’s the strangest thing you’ve written for money? Comment below and let us know.

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Penny Berdock

Penny has been a freelance writer and EFL trainer for close to 15 years. She has been fortunate enough to showcase her skills and writing passion in poetry, short stories, academic passages and articles.

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