Freelance writing: types and benefits, & how to pitch editors and get writing jobs

It would be wrong to assume every reader knows what freelance writing is. But at least some readers have an idea about it, while others could search the internet and find out more about it. Regardless, we will provide some useful information about freelance writing:

Definition:

Freelance writing is any paid writing job done by someone who is not a conventional or an official staff. A freelance writer is someone who sells writing services to different employers without having a permanent tie to any of them.

A freelance writer is self-employed, and typically works in a place of their choice, with their own tools, and at their own chosen hours. Freelance writers can work for just one client, website, online publication or magazine; on other occasions, they could write for several clients or publications around the same time.

The more talented and diverse a freelance writer is, the more likely they will be published by reputable publishers and websites, and earn a lot of money that could possibly run into a few or several thousand dollars per month.

Types of freelance writing jobs:

Freelance writing jobs cut across the following:

  • Article creation for websites, online newspapers, magazines and publishers: business plans; case studies; marketing emails; press releases; web pages; white papers.
  • Blog posts.
  • Direct mail sales letters.
  • Ghost-writing services.
  • Newsletters (physical or email-delivered).
  • Radio & video scripts.
  • Research reports.
  • Speeches.

Benefits of freelance writing:

There are numerous opportunities that could ensure a freelance writer would likely not be unemployed under any circumstances. A lot of websites are seeking for freelance writers to execute jobs related to academic writing, non-academic writing, content development, etc.

The more a freelance writer expands their horizon, the more they would likely be paid their desired rate(s) of compensation. This makes it easy for them to earn a living from writing. In case all of this is new to you, or you just stumbled across freelance writing like I did about 7 years ago, it doesn’t matter, you can still make it within a short time.

Generally, benefits of freelance writing include:

  • Freelance writers don’t have to adhere to corporate culture of dressing and frequently communicating with leaders and heads of companies.
  • Freelance writing provides quick money, and good career progression for those who choose it as a career. Nowadays, talented freelance writers are able to get good work, and various companies provide good compensation for freelance writing.
  • Freelance writing enables one to be independent and be self-employed.
  • Freelance writing enables one to avoid boredom and insensitivity associated with traditional office jobs.
  • Freelance writing enables one to work conveniently from home.
  • Freelance writing provides a platform whereby one can save money that could have been spent on commuting regularly to work.
  • Freelance writers who work like professionals are not bothered about getting full-time employment by any business or organization. They are in full control of their own businesses and don’t have to worry about getting employed or battling with mind games associated with traditional office work.
  • Freelance writers have the opportunity to render their services to whoever is interested.

Proper management of a freelance writing business is one of the best ways to create career stability.

Note:

Irrespective of the benefits listed above, freelance writing is not for everyone:

  • It’s not for those who are not talented in writing.
  • It’s not for those who are disinterested in writing.
  • It’s not for those who like traditional work that involves regular commuting and working under seniors and leaders.
  • It’s not for those who lack coordination and can’t manage their time properly.
  • It’s not for those who lose motivation after writing a few or inconsistent pieces of content.
  • It’s not for those who are impatient, and would likely not be patient with editors who usually receive a lot of submissions.
  • It’s not for those who think freelance writing is a get-rich-quick scheme. Depending on talent, freelance writing could actually be a get-rich-quick scheme; however, it’s not a get-rich-quick scheme in the way many people think.

How to effectively pitch/query editors in a way that could get your submission accepted:

It’s possible that you’ve never done freelance writing before, or have never been paid to write or do any form of paid journalism; regardless, if you’re determined and have a little idea about how to pitch editors, you could succeed.

What is a pitch?

A pitch is a freelance writer’s description of a valuable idea or story to an editor. Pitches can be expressed verbally, or sent via email to editors.

Before you can be established as a freelance writer and receive regular payment for your writing, you have to be able to write pitches that can get you published.

In order to craft a good and convincing pitch for an editor, you have to carefully study articles on their website and gain a deep understanding of what they’ve published, and what they would possibly like to publish in future. After studying articles on websites, you would be in a better position to prepare a pitch, or many pitches.

An effective way to pitch editors:

One of the most effective ways to pitch editors after studying published articles/content on their online newspapers, magazines or publications is to follow this basic format:

(1) Introduce yourself and briefly describe your idea in a short sentence:

Actually when preparing any pitch, this is the only thing that is important enough to grab the attention of editors and get a pitch accepted for publication. A briefly described idea makes it easy for an editor to quickly determine whether a pitch is in line with their publication or not.

(2) Add a second brief sentence that expatiates your idea a little bit more:

This should be a sentence that broadens your idea a little more and adds some more value to your idea. It could also be a short sentence that highlights your experience and previously published articles related to the content published on an editor’s website.

(3) Finally, add a third sentence to close the pitch:

Close the pitch with words that express humility, and that you would be an easy-going person to work with. You could end your third sentence with something like: “thank you for your consideration”.

Typically, 2 or 3 sentences are enough for a pitch. Your ability to summarize a good idea in one sentence would give the impression you have a broad understanding about an editor’s publication/website, and the idea you are pitching.

Please note that at times it might be important to make your sentences a bit longer—this depends a lot on your idea. However, longer sentences could discourage a busy editor from assessing a pitch if there are many other pitches on queue.

Generally, a pitch with 3 sentences is all you need to send each time you are pitching an editor. If you’re pitching for a feature article on a major publication that gets hundreds of thousands or millions of views per month, then a longer pitch would be more appropriate even though you would have to briefly explain why your idea or story is worth publishing.

Bear in mind that that there is no strict format/formula for preparing pitches. Find a way to develop your own style and always use a format that works for you. What would determine the success of your pitch is the study you carry out on any publication before pitching.

The more you know about a publication and what they are interested in, the easier it would become to get published and paid. If you are very talented, it’s advisable to pitch editors of big websites because they usually pay more.

If you are interested in exploring freelance opportunities for Christian and motivation writers, click the following link: https://motivation-environment.com/2019/03/04/freelance-christian-writing-online-jobs-19-websites-currently-paying-for-submissions/

Also, watch out for upcoming posts on opportunities for freelance writers in the following niches:

  • Art & Design
  • Creative Writing & Short stories
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Finance & Business
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Outdoors
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Sports
  • etc.
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16 comments

  • sounds like you are into it, congrats!

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  • Wow that’s useful, I really need freelance job. Tomorrow it’s my last session as guest lecturer in college so I think I should take freelance writing job now.

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    • I’m just getting to know you’re a lecturer like myself. I encourage you to take freelance writing if you have time for it. In terms of income, adventure and satisfaction in trying new things, the experience could be highly rewarding…I feel delighted seeing good writers do part- or full-time freelance writing…

      I will be available if you need any information regarding freelance opportunities on any niche…

      In fact there is one current opportunity I would have recommended right now for you to apply for, and which I secured recently…its quite a popular American content-producing organization which you Google-check to confirm its authenticity.

      When applying, you just need to send them links of your best published unique articles…

      maybe I should just type the address here since you might be free from tomorrow:

      https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/saint-petersburg-fl-freelance-writer-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,19_IC1154421_KO20,36.htm?src=GD_JOB_AD&t=EMPLOYER_SEARCH_RESULTS&ao=389273&s=210&rdserp=true&srs=EI_JOBS&jl=3135772008

      After the web page opens, click “Freelance Writer – Remote: St. Peterdburg, FL”, and you will see the advert.

      If you know you will really be free from tomorrow, and you’ve made up your mind, please apply immediately. Job opportunities don’t last on job boards as long as they could last on online magazines and websites.

      From their email reply to me, they pay writers via PayPal every Monday. Here is the breakdown:

      500 words = $16
      1000 words = $28
      1500 words = $38
      2000 words = $50

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      • Wow, thank you for this information, I appreciate. I was in hardcore corporate media industry for 12 years but after my baby born, l started taking freelance jobs as corporate media industry demand. Your full-time and energy. From last year, I started working as the guest lecturer in media College. And I feel freelance writing is also good idea. However, I stay in India, I have no idea if I get the opportunity of freelance writing from foreign countries.

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        • Freelance writing, or even editing, can be done by anyone who has been deemed qualified by employers.

          It doesn’t matter where you are from. I’m from Nigeria, but for about 7 years I’ve been doing freelance writing and editing jobs for clients from many parts of the world—even UK and USA, and that’s why I would recommend that you apply regardless of your nationality.

          I’ve even done freelance editing for Cactus Communications Pte, an Indian online academic editing firm.

          The advert that can be viewed through the link I gave you does not specify that applicants must come from a particular country, or from predominantly native-English-speaking countries like USA, UK, Canada and Australia.

          You could get freelance writing jobs from foreign countries if your writing is good, and you apply, and meet their qualifications. It’s as simple as that. So don’t be discouraged, just apply with your best articles you are convinced have impacted your readers positively.

          As for pitching of editors, you can pitch any time. they dont really care which part of the world you come from. they are only interested in your ability to give them quality content.

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  • No problem. Just know that I’ll always be available for any information. Thanks.

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  • I applied for content @ thehoth.com. let’s see. Thank you again.

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  • Wao! It is a great post. I feel that it will help me in future if I leave my current job… 😃

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    • Thanks alot for the positive remark regarding the post. Freelance writing could really help you when you leave your current job; you could even make more money from it. Good enough, with your experience on wordpress.com, you’re already used to writing and wouldn’t have problems fitting in.

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  • Very interesting post

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