Reader Question: Freelance Writing Niches and No Experience

For new freelance writers, choosing a niche can seem like a daunting task. You want to try a bit of everything and see what sticks. Or perhaps you don’t feel like you have enough experience to specialize at all right away. Yet you’ve heard there’s more money in freelance writing when you hone in on a niche. What’s a new freelancer to do? That’s what

Paula Hendrickson on Choosing Her Freelance Writing Specialty

Freelance writers would be wise to specialize. I’ve given this advice for years, and for good reason. Whether you choose to specialize in a niche or industry (or even type of writing or type of client base), you’ll generally earn more as a specialist. But there are other benefits too, as today’s guest points out. In my interview series talking to freelance writers about their

Bree Brouwer on Choosing Her Freelance Writing Specialty

Freelance specialization is something I’ve been passionate about for years. I’ve said it before to new freelance writers, and I’ll probably say it countless times again, but: “Clients don’t pay top freelance writing rates because you can string sentences together; they pay the best rates when you bring valuable knowledge and insight to the table.” That’s why specialists often earn more. They have inside knowledge

Reader Question: Turning Past Samples Into New Income Streams

Last week I received a reader question from Shirley Gazenski. She’s in an interesting position — torn between past samples in three distinct specialty areas. She wanted to know if I had any advice for her, and she agreed to have my feedback posted here in case any other community members find themselves in a similar position. Let’s start with her past work. Shirley has

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Freelance Writing Niche

It’s no secret to experienced freelance writers that having a specialty can simplify marketing and lead to much higher paying gigs. Clients are willing to pay you a premium for industry or niche expertise, especially those in higher-end pro level markets. It’s your specialized knowledge that lets them help clients brand themselves as authorities in their fields. Now some freelance pros specialize in types of writing rather

3 Reasons to Choose a Ghostwriting Specialty

I hate issuing absolutes, but I am a devoted believer in the power of specializing in order to create a thriving freelance writing career. I also believe that choosing to be a specialty ghostwriter is the quickest, easiest way to achieve lasting career success. Specialty ghostwriting is all about hyper-focusing your business. That means choosing a specific topic (or group of topics) to provide ghostwriting

Specializing in Article Writing – Where to Begin

Today I’d like to answer a series of questions sent to me by Matt on a webmaster forum I frequent, where I often talk about freelance writing issues. I hope my advice to Matt helps other new freelance writers out there. I’ve broken his message into several parts to make things easier. Note: Where you see references to “DP” we’re talking about the DigitalPoint forums.

How to Choose a Specialty as a Freelance Writer

I’m always telling freelance writers that it’s best to specialize, especially when they ask me how they can earn more money writing. As a refresher, here’s why I think specialization in freelance writing is so important: Having intimate knowledge of a niche or type of writing can speed up the writing process (leaving you with more billable hours in a day, or more “extra” time