It’s so frustrating, isn’t it?
You decided that you want to ditch your 9-5 job and finally do what you’ve been dreaming about fo’ evah! – make a living as a writer.
But, you’re just not sure if you’re doing this right since you haven’t landed any decent gigs. Why not?
Where are all the highly profitable writing jobs you keep hearing about? How come you can’t find them?
Well, I’ve been a freelance writer for over two years now, and if there’s one thing I know is to really make it as a freelance writer you need a high-paying niche.
Because, if you have a high-paying niche under your belt, you will have no problems securing consistent and lucrative work.
As a Newbie, My Rate Was Low (Because My Niche Was Saturated)
When I started my freelance writing biz, I had no idea what to charge for my writing service. My background was Psychology and – at that time – being a first-time mom.
So, I quoted, $.04/word.
But, I didn’t pull this number out from thin air. During this time I also thought about my niche and decided to write in the parenting niche and natural health niche.
The jobs in those niches often quoted $.04/word.
See, at the time I didn’t know that the parenting and health niche were overly saturated. This meant that it was easy for businesses to find writers to write about being a parent or write about healthy tips.
Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t find a lucrative gig in these niches – I did. It just means that if you want to make sure you aren’t writing for pennies, you need to find your profitable writing niche.
The First Step – Mix and Match
When trying to find your profitable niche, the first thing I recommend is to look at your experience and passion.
What is your experience or background that you can use to write about? You can look at your past jobs and your degree.
Next, you want to look at your passions. What do you enjoy to write about and what are you knowledge about that could help you with your freelance writing? For example, are you up-to-date with pop culture or entertainment?
Course student Kate Muller uses her passion for media to write on Time Warner Cable’s blog.
Finally, you want to think about what kind of writer do you want to be. For example, you can be a blogger or a copywriter.
With all this information, you can create a table and list your items. For example, in my Write Your Way to Your First $1k course, I give my students a Niche Worksheet full of tips, a table, and a mind map to help them discover their profitable niche.
After filling the table, you can mix and match and see what niche is created (Finance Marketing Ghost writer). Of course, not all mix and matches will make sense, but it’s a fun activity to start thinking about honing your niche.
Step 2 – Validate Your Niche
What good is your niche if there is no market for it?
The next thing you want to do is find out if there are any content jobs out there. And the best way to find out is to look on job boards.
For example, I searched for tech writer in ProBlogger’s job board.
From the results, it looks like there is a need for writers that know the tech side of things. Next you want to dig deep into each of those job ads and see if they list a quote.
From my quick research, many don’t, but some do. Those that list a rate, quoted a low rate ($20 per post), but I did notice a few profitable ones ($200-300 a post).
So, it looks like there is definite room to raise your rate in this niche to attract top tier tech clients.
Of course, job boards aren’t the only places to find a freelance writing gig.
You also have to look on social media like Facebook groups or LinkedIn Jobs.
Step Three – Create Samples in this Niche
If you’re new to freelance writing, you may not have samples yet of your writing.
And the best way to grab samples is to guest post on sites in your niche. This shows prospects that other bloggers liked your writing enough to post it on their blog. This social proof can really increase the, “I like this writer so I’ll hire her” thinking in your prospect’s mind.
Step Four – Become an expert in your niche
Now that you have a niche that’s profitable, it’s best to become an expert in that niche. Start reading about your niche and follow influencers in that industry. By being in tune with your niche and writing about it on a daily basis, you will become an expert over time.
That’s it! Four steps to finding your profitable niche.
Or Reverse It All and Pick a Profitable Niche
You know, there’s another easy way to find a profitable niche. Pick a profitable niche! You are guaranteed that it’s well-paying and you can make a living by writing in that niche.
So, want to know some highly lucrative writing niches for online writers? Here are five of them:
- Marketing (digital, email, content…)
- B2B (business to business)
But, don’t you need experience? Many of these niches you can learn on the job. That’s what I did with digital marketing. I read as much as I could about this industry, guest posted and landed clients in this niche and eventually dabbled in digital marketing when I launched my course.
So there ya go! I’ve found that these specific five are high-paying niches. My course also mentions seven more lucrative writing niches and helps you find a profitable niche with the niche you already have.
Say Goodby to Your 9-5 For Good
Now is the time to say farewell to that 9-5 job you hate.
Over to you – what’s your freelance writing niche and is it paying your bills?