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Freelance writing opportunities are everywhere, and freelance writers are wanted for them. If you have always wanted to be a writer, now is a great time to get started. You may just need someone to point you in the right direction!

Whether you are just beginning your writing career or are a seasoned professional, you can always find new writing opportunities that you may not have thought of before. Creative writing ideas come in all kinds of freelance writing assignments.

If you are just getting started as a freelance writer, your first writing goals should consist of getting samples of your work. You don't need a lot of them, but it's a good idea to have at least five.

Not sure how to get samples? Volunteer to help out a non-profit or a friend with their marketing materials. This could actually get you to your first paying job as well. It's a great way to help someone else while you help yourself as well.



Hidden Markets

When I refer to the "hidden market" I don't mean that no one knows about them or that they are easy assignments to get.

What I mean is that there are a large range of assignments, mostly local, that you can begin with while making a name for yourself.

Those are the freelance writing opportunities you want to look for when you are beginning your writing career.

These markets do not include:

We are focusing on another type of market here. We are talking about business writing, also called commercial writing or copywriting.

Yes, I know. You write fiction. Me too, but I like to have a life. You know, paying my bills, having a roof over my head, eating...

Now I am not saying you should stop pursuing your creative endeavors. Not at all! But business writing can keep you working as a writer while you continue writing your novel. These freelance writing opportunities are a great place to start.

Key Assignments

So, you want to know how to become a writer...I mean, a commercial writer?

As you go through the list, keep track of the ones you are interested in doing at some point, the ones that you can do now, and the assignments that you'd like to learn to do.


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This is by far the best way to earn a lot of money writing. And the good news is that I still have the time to write my detective series Malicious Intent A Sam Parker Mystery and the second  one, Malicious Secrets A Sam Parker Mystery which is out now. I couldn't do that working for someone else.

Most of these are really good freelance writing opportunities for beginners and excellent sources of freelance writing work.

For more ideas, I recommend How to Write and Sell Simple Information for Fun and Profit : Your Guide to Writing and Publishing Books, E-Books, Articles, Special Reports, Audio Programs, DVD's and Other How to Content.



There are some great freelance writing opportunities you can start right now.

  • Brochures - Let's face it; every business needs a brochure, so this is a really great place to start. Brochures are usually two fold or three fold and are mostly used to inform about a company or product.


  • Flyers - these are used in many businesses but mostly in real estate and retail. They are one page and are used to make an announcement of some kind.


  • Sales letters - Companies use these for their direct mail campaigns. They are persuasive in nature but are sometimes used to inform as well. Some businesses have customized letters that focus on different products or services. 


  • Promotions - Posters, flyers, ads, brochures that all focus on an event, usually in the retail industry. a bulk of freelance writing work for writers.


  • Web site content  - Web sites are big business. Everyone wants one, but not too many business owners want to spend the time to build a good one. and what good is having one if it stinks? Take a look at websites of businesses in your area and see how you would make it better. Get yourself an appointment and tell them just one or two ideas. Don't give away the whole store or they won't need you! This is one of the most popular freelance writing opportunities, especially if you know SEO.


  • E-Newsletters - Organizations use these little gems to stay in contact with customers and employees. They are used to inform and are anywhere from one page to ten pages or more. They go out regularly so they can be a great source of steady work.


  • Ads - ads are everywhere! newspaper ads, magazine ads, billboards. They are short and to the point and must make an impact. 


  • *E-books  - e-books provide one of the quickest ways for someone new to internet marketing to turn a substantial profit is by writing and selling information in the form of an ebook. Writing E-books for Fun and Profit explains how to get ideas for your e-book as well as how to write and publish an e-book step by step.

In a supportive and encouraging tone, it gives clear step by step information on writing and producing e-books, offers writing advice and checklists to assist the reader to stay on task when creating their own e-book. Links to writing, publishing and book promotion websites are included.

* Highly Recommended! Check out a FREE excerpt here.  This is another one of my favorite freelance writing opportunities!


  • Personalized Calendars - businesses use a variety of ways to market their business. Calendars can be a nice gig if you have desktop publishing experience as well.


  • Articles - A good way to get some name recognition and samples but the pay...not good. If you like to write articles try to maximize you profits by submitting various re-written versions to additional publications.


  • Instruction Manual - If you can write clear, easy to follow instructions, you may have found your niche. Technical writers are in high demand and can charge at an hourly rate of $35 to $95 per hour or $400 per day. Not bad if you enjoy it. Technical writing jobs are a little more difficult to come by.


  • Speeches - Corporate communications managers and PR firms hire freelance writers to write speeches for executives for conferences, meetings and other events. The writer is usually required to do some hefty research on the subject matter along with the materials that would be provided by the company.


  • Advertorial - this is an advertising supplement that looks like an article but is actually an advertisement. It's written like a story in a magazine, but the point is to sell something.


  • Power Point Presentations - computer based presentations that use short snappy communication to inform, persuade, educate or motivate.

  • How To Information- is a great writing niche! If you can clearly explain the steps to do something this might be the career for you! Look at Writing How To Information For Big Profits and ask yourself these questions.

Do you love to learn new things, just for the sake of learning? Do you enjoy sharing what you learn with others? Do you enjoy the written word? Can you clearly describe the steps needed to get something done? If you answered “yes” to these questions then you may just be the perfect candidate for making your living writing “How To” information.

  • Annual Report - This is not a freelance writing opportunity for beginners, it's much too involved. - that said, the annual report is a comprehensive report on a company's activities throughout the preceding year. Annual reports are intended to give shareholders and other interested persons information about the company's activities and financial performance. This is a high paying market, but not an easy one to break into.


  • Case Histories- a problem/solution format of a company's experience with a service, new technology, product or process. It's similar to an article but its focus is to show how one company used the product/service of another company.



  • Business Plans - Specializing in writing business plans can give you a good foundation for business writing. The pay is pretty good too. It's a good idea to invest in one of the programs that are used to help businesses and writers create business plans on their computers. You will not only save time, but you will produce a much better quality business plan for your client. I like Business Plan Pro 15th Anniversary Edition - Windows because it is top of the line and if you plan on doing a few of these or specializing in business plan writing, it is well worth it!

Looking for other ideas? More freelance writer jobs can be seen here.

How one man started his career doing freelance proofreading jobs

Although these freelance writing opportunities may not have been your dream as you thought about becoming a writer, remember, you don't have to give up the dream.



You do want to be able to have a life and make money writing while you pursue it though, right? Well, commercial writing is the way!

Take a good look at these freelance writing opportunities, you probably already have experience doing some of them!





A great book that I read and re-read is called The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman. If this copywriting work sounds good to you, this book will tell you how to get started and be a financially self-sufficient writer in six months or less - really!

The Personal Development Cafe - is a great site for anyone looking for personal and career development advice and guidance. It covers job searching, CV /resume writing, interview skills, NLP, life coaching, team building, equality and diversity.


When you have a freelance career and your working from home, staying organized is key. freelance-work-guide.com will help you work through the issues of working from home so you will be organized for success.



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