Find Your Profitable Freelance Writing Niche (And Say Goodbye to Your 9-5 Job for Good)

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?

Find Your Profitable Freelance Writing Niche (And Say Goodbye to Your 9-5 Job for Good)

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 freelance writing 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 Freelance Writing 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 freelance writing 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.

Your Freelance Writing Niche – Mix and Match

When trying to find your profitable freelance writing 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.

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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.

Your Freelance Writing Niche – Validate Your Niche

What good is your writing 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.

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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.

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Your Freelance Writing Niche – 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.

Your Freelance Writing Niche – Become an Expert in Your Niche

 

Now that you have a freelance writing 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 writing 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 freelance writing niche.

Or Reverse It All and Pick a Profitable Freelance Writing 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:

  1. Finance
  2. Business
  3. Marketing (digital, email, content…)
  4. WordPress
  5. 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?

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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34 Comments

Hello Elna. Is it possible for someone to be a B2B marketing content writer?Reply to Mira
Hi Mira, Yes, if you want you can be a B2B writer to sure! I do have a Youtube video on this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuWnDShqKFQReply to Elna
Thank you for the very educative piece. I chose the healthcare niche because I have a background in it. Your blog is also very informative.Reply to Ezra
Hi Ezra, Thank you so much! The health niche for freelance writer is a great niche and can be lucrative! Have fun writing about health topics!Reply to Elna
Thank you for your very informative piece that cuts across all the professions. Am very green in freelance writing and would like to take may chance in writing. Currently, am a full time pharmaceutical assistant,and wondering which niche i should invest my time and energies in.Reply to simon
Hi Simon! So happy you found this post on your writing niche helpful! For your niche, medical writing is a great niche to break into since you have the credibility! Try it out!Reply to Elna
Hi thank you so much for your post! Very informative. If you choose Finance would you write about how to make money online? If you can please explain it a little further that would be super!Reply to Jessica
Hi Jessica, Yeah, finance is a profitable niche for sure. Credit cards hire writers and banks and other finance institutions hire writers for their content needs!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I understand from this post that your chosen niche is Digital Marketing. Does this mean that you write ABOUT digital marketing or you write digital marketing copy? If it’s the former, what resources did you use to learn about and become an expert in this niche? Thanks in advance, MattReply to Matt
Hi Matt, I write about digital marketing strategies for clients. So, for example, I may write a post about how to use Pinterest as a business owner or how to repurpose content when you are short on time for entrepreneurs. My content is B2B. I learned by reading and writing about it. Then I started DOING digital marketing by creating courses and sales page and email marketing! I read a lot of Neil Patel’s content too!Reply to Elna
You are amazing Elna, Thank you so much for the post. I believe I can now be able to have a niche, especially on WordPress. I still need your guidance though. Thank youReply to Anne
Hello, Elna. I may need your advice. I started a personal development blog recently and; delving into freelance writing, I am not quite sure if there is a paying market for a personal development/ motivational writer. Is there a paying niche similar to personal development/ motivation you think I can venture into? Or, would I rather specialise by service instead? Thanks in anticipation of your advice!Reply to Precious
Hi! I had a client in the personal development niche but that client closed the blog after a year. So I’m not sure if it’s really that profitable. I think if you find the right client or company it can be!Reply to Elna
Hi i just wanted to know how to publish my writing and on how to write betterReply to Denis
Hello Elna! Thank you very much for this useful post. Currently I am researching white papers but I am interested in the 5 niches above you mentioned. Could you give me some sites where I can research about them?Reply to S.Islam
This is very inspiring. The problem is I worked all my life as a IT help desk agent, Authorisations Agent for a bank, and as a receptionist and basic admin. I really do not believe that I have a special niche like being a lawyer, doctor etc. I am also physically disabled with artificial legs. All I do is talk and type when working. Please advise. Yours, still in search. Zoleka – South AfricaReply to Zoleka
Hi Zoleka, You can freelance write without any previous experience. It’s possible. I was a teacher and helped children with special needs. I’m also a mother. My writing niche is digital marketing! I LEARNED this niche while freelance writing. Now I’m an expert digital marketer writer. It takes time and skill, but it is possible! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Thank you for providing such a creative idea of Experience + Passion combination for bringing out the perfect freelance writing niche. Just amazing! Thanks a ton!Reply to Dr.
Hi! You’re welcome! Glad this post helped you find your niche 🙂Reply to Elna
Elna, SUCH a good post! It is hard to niche down into not only what you love, but something profitable. I am a nurse, so obviously, I specialize in the health side of writing. Though, I HATE medical writing, like case studies/white papers ugh. So boring to me. I work in labor and delivery which is VERY interesting to me. I love womens health,newborn health etc. I also love helping nurses. Now, I have clients from Baton Rouge parent magazine, a client whose focus is nurse bullying, a company who specializes in menstrual cycle products and womens health, and a newborn product line company. It’s crazy the types of work you get when you think outside the box!Reply to Janine
Janine! That’s awesome. That’s what’s so fun about your niche. You can look outside and find a lot of topics that are next to your niche like you have! That’s great you found writing you’re interested in doing.Reply to Elna
Thanks for a great post! Curious what sub niches within digital marketing are profitable?Reply to Supriya
Hi Supriya, Email marketing is the more profitable within digital marketing. You can make hundreds of dollars writing an email for a business.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna. Do you mean working as an email marketer or blogging about email marketing?Reply to Supriya
Hey Supriya, I mean writing emails for companies. That’s an email marketer writer.Reply to Elna
Thanks for the clarification Elna 🙂
As always Elna you give your readers great advice. You explained each step thoroughly. I didn’t know WordPress was a top topic to write about… that one did raise the ole eyebrows. 🙂 Wishing you all the best on your 6-week challenge! Hope it’s been a great week. 🙂 CoriReply to Cori
Hey Cori! Yeah, WP can be a good niche for freelance writers! Thanks so much!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna ! This is my first visit here and I must say you have a really clean design and its easy to read. Secondly I came through your post on another site and the post was really informative, so i wanted to check further. How ever its always been every one fears to quit their day time job and be a writer. Being a penetration tester, I found very few blogs in this niche, but still you put every thing together in a really nice way. Have you ever thought of being writer in a penetration or sysadmin niche ? RegardsReply to Usman
Hi Usman, Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you liked my design and layout. My husband my web developer 🙂 Have fun exploring!Reply to Elna