35 High Paying Freelance Writing Niches for 2022 (Yearly Salaries)

Have you been struggling trying to figure out the best freelance writing niche for you?

You want a freelance writing niche that pays well and you can write with ease, and that can help you land freelance writing jobs easily.

What type of writing niche is that?

35 High Paying Freelance Writing Niches for 2022 (Yearly Salaries)

That’s the biggest question of all, but for now, let’s focus on the most profitable freelance writing niches for 2022.

These are niches that are popular and in need from businesses and brands online.

But, what about being a generalist freelance writer?

This means not having a freelance writing niche and writing in a variety of niches.

For a lot of new freelance writers, this is common.

You try to land any freelance writing job in any freelance writing niche, and before you know it, you get paid to write a post about hair loss in teens, Pinterest marketing tips and introduction to IoT.

This is fine and expected, but over time as you pick up more and more clients, you want to hone down your niche and find the most profitable writing niche for you.

The list items in this post are the top freelance writing niches that are high-paying.

I suggest, however, not to randomly pick a freelance writing niche from this list based on yearly salary and income potential.

The niche you choose should be one that you are somewhat familiar with or have an idea of the industry behind the niche topic.

To help you out, I’ll dive into what a freelance writing niche is, how I found my freelance writing niche in the digital marketing industry and the most high-paying freelance writing niches with a yearly salary, topics and blog post ideas.

What is a Freelance Writing Niche?

A freelance writing niche is a specialization in writing.

Your writing niche is a focused area in writing like writing press releases or blog posts where you are experienced in and knowledgeable of writing about.

You can have a broad freelance writing niche like finance and niche down to specific topics within finance like cryptocurrency or investments.

By finding a freelance writing niche, you are investing in you to become an expert in your niche. This is what happened to me.

This means you don’t need to be experienced when you decide on a freelance writing niche.

You will, over time, gain that experience.

And something happens once you become the expert in your writing niche – brands start seeking you out and they are willing to pay you more for that expert knowledge.

When I started as a freelance writer, I picked up any gig that came my way, and many of my gigs were in different niches.

But, over time, I learned which freelance writing niche I enjoyed writing about the most, and that led to more freelance writing jobs.

Eventually, after years of writing in my freelance writing niche, I can call myself an expert in the subject matter.

How Did I Find My Freelance Writing Niche?

My freelance writing niche is digital marketing. I write about content marketing like blogging tips, social media marketing tips like Pinterest marketing and email marketing tips.

But, when I started, I had no idea about marketing or digital marketing.

Before I was a freelance writer, I used the Internet for YouTube and Facebook! I never started a business before and was happily working in the school system.

Then I became pregnant with twins and the thought of leaving them didn’t work for me.

Plus, the costs for daycare would eat up any paycheck I earned from working outside the home.

I needed to find a way to stay home, and that’s when I found out about freelance writing.

Here’s my YouTube video on how I found my niche when I had no experience in that niche topic.

My video goes into more detail than I will in this post, but in the beginning, I ended up choosing three niches: health, natural parenting and personal development (psychology).

After I chose my three niche topics, I created writing samples, and in doing that, I was also looking for ways to market my freelance writing business.

This lead to a guest post on what I was learning – social media marketing.

I was also signing up for social media platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn, and through this process, I guest posted more on digital marketing topics.

This was my way of gaining experience in a new niche as a content writer – digital marketing writing.

From there, a brand reached out to me to do some editing and writing about social media marketing. And that is where it began for me.

Over time I either guest posted or picked up clients in the digital marketing niche and gained experience.

I also started an email list and created products as another avenue of gaining experience.

This process took time, and I want to let you know that the writing niche you pick doesn’t have to be one that you are entirely familiar with. It can be a niche that you want to learn more about.

Top Freelance Writing Niches + Salaries

Now that you are familiar with what a writing niche is let’s get into the top writing niches for 2022.

These topics are either always in demand or emerging.

As a freelance writer, we want to ensure that the writing niche we choose will have the biggest return for our investment (ROI).

Keep in mind you should pick a niche that’s in need of written content that you’re interested in writing about, and most importantly, if the business has the budget for content marketing.

To help you out, you can also check out my YouTube video.

1. Finance

Consumers spend millions each year using credit cards, loans and other banking products.

This means that banks, credit card companies, and more have a lot of money to pour into content creation.

Currently, there is an excessive need for finance writers, and what’s great is that the companies have the budget for experts in this writing niche.

Most of the larger finance companies are looking for unique angles and engaging stories.

There are no fluff articles for this writing niche – only high-quality and valuable content.

You can see on the Contena Job Board that well-known and established brands are asking for specific finance topics for their site – with the average yearly salary of $52,000/year.

Topics in need in the finance writing niche include:

  • Personal finance
  • Accounting
  • Financial stocks
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Budgeting/frugality

If you’re new to the finance niche, find topics you feel comfortable writing about. The personal finance niche incorporates a lot of ideas that are well known to people like budgeting, using credit cards or deals and couponing.

You can draw from personal experience to write topics in those personal finance niche.

Here are some examples you can write for your writing samples.

  • 10 Best Budgeting Apps to Help Plan Your Month
  • How to Spot the Best Deals When Buying a Car
  • The 3 Credit Cards College Students Must Get

2. Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is its own content type because a lot of finance writers don’t know how to write about mining and cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency is hot right now, but it’s not a trend that will be going away soon. According to Nasdaq, blockchain is one of the fastest and top growing skills to acquire for millennials.

If you’re passionate about this niche, you can easily find freelance writing jobs.

Looking at the Contena Job Board, the average monthly salary starts at around $1,000 a month.

Topics in need in the cryptocurrency writing niche include:

  • Blockchain
  • Cryptopreneurs
  • Bitcoin mining
  • Crypto credit

If this is a new writing niche for you, here are some topics you can use for your writing samples.

  • Why Libra is Different Than Bitcoin
  • 4 Best Methods to Predict the Future of Bitcoin
  • How to Tell a Cryptocurrency Scam Before You Fall for It

Since this is a section within finance, this is a core niche that will take time to understand and learn.

So for more new freelance writers in this niche, you’re going to spend more time reading and learning about this writing niche before you feel confident in writing a writing sample.

3. Travel

Travel markets are targeting millennials who want to devote their finances to once in a lifetime experiences, as well as young retirees who wish to complete their bucket list before it’s too late.

You have to be a skilled storyteller with the ability to find travel stories that most have never heard of.

Using the Contena Job Board, you can see that travel writing is profitable, with the average salary being $52,000/year.

Topics in travel writing include:

  • Travel guides
  • Restaurant reviews
  • Hotel reviews
  • Travel deals
  • Travel Lifestyle

As you can see, there are a lot of topics you can draw from as well as personal experience you can lend to travel writing.

To help you find some topics for your travel writing samples, check these out.

  • Ultimate Travel Guide to Sweden
  • Enjoy the Mouth Watering Experience of (Restaurant)
  • The Yucatan Peninsula – What You Need to Know

The travel niche does need writers that have had experience in what they are writing about, so even if you want to be a travel writer, you must have some great and interesting experiences traveling to different destinations.

4. Digital Marketing

Every year more and more businesses and entrepreneurs flood the web to conduct the majority of their business online.

This means they’re relying on digital marketing companies, such as email newsletter companies, optin services, online accounting software, online hosting, and more to boost sales.

Most of these companies want long-form content, which is in-depth guides or tutorial-based content. They are also up-to-date with market trends.

This is the niche I write in, and I enjoy the variety of topics you can write about in digital marketing.

The Contena Job Board has over 70 digital marketing writing jobs for you! The average salary for a gig in this niche is $58,000/year.

Topics you can write about in the digital marketing writing niche include:

  • Affiliate marketing advice
  • Email marketing
  • Social media – Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat etc…
  • Push notifications
  • Search engine optimization
  • eCommerce

For your writing samples, the best samples are ones that show the expert knowledge you have about aspects of digital marketing. Most content in this writing niche is long-form.

Here are some writing samples you can use for writing clients:

  • 50 Unique Ways to Repurpose Content
  • 17 Optimized Content Upgrades to Grow Your Email List
  • How to Use SEO On a Landing Page for More Conversions
  • Easy Ways to Find Out Who Opened Up Your Emails for More Business

5. Education

For education writing, you have two huge markets you can target – private student loan lenders and universities.

Both are sitting on huge piles of cash and need content writing to stand out and attract new leads.

And if you are a teacher, you would make for a great freelance writer!

You can use your experience as a teacher, student, coach, homeschool mom or tutor to write in this writing niche and make money online.

On the Contena Job Board, there are many education writing jobs available. The average salary is $47,000/year and can make for some sweet side income.

Topics that are in need of the educational writing niche include:

  • College life
  • Education manuals/curriculums
  • News topics
  • Daycare and Pre-k

To help you build your portfolio, here are some writing samples:

  •  8 Ways You Can Miss a Student Loan Payment
  • 10 Best Banks to Consolidate Student Loans
  • Best Preschool Fall Curriculum For a Hands-On Experience
  • What the Experts Say About Separation Anxiety in Preschool Kids

6. Alternative Health

More outlets are needing writers who are well-versed in the cannabis market to talk about it because the industry is a huge money maker.

The alternative health market is profitable for many other industries as well, such as

  • Yoga
  • Chiropractic care
  • Essential oils
  • DIY therapies

Because of the huge alternative health market, there is a great need for these types of writers.

I recently received an email from a health and wellness company specializing in the CBD oil industry, seeking a health writer.

The Contena Job Board shows a lot of alternative health gigs from big brands and high-paying businesses. The average salary is $52,000/year.

Some health topics that brands and businesses are seeking currently are:

  • Organic Living/Non-GMO
  • Specialty diets – Keto, Intermittent, Paleo, etc
  • Supplements
  • CBD oils
  • Bodybuilding
  • Addiction Recovery
  • Running
  • Senior living

If you are interested in writing in this writing niche, here are some blog post ideas for your portfolio.

  • 5 Ways Meditation Can Help With Weight Loss
  • 10 Proven Methods to Lose Weight After 40 Years Old
  • 47 Easy Ways to Help Your Child With Anxiety

7. Book Writing (Ghostwriting)

Many business people, coaches, and solopreneurs often want to publish books about their lives or industry topic.

Many of them aren’t writers and look to hiring a ghostwriter to write that book for them. Others hire freelance writers to proofread or edit their books.

You can easily break into ghostwriting by offering freelance writing services or book editing services.

On the Contena Job Board, they don’t usually specify ghostwriting or book writing projects, but these types of gigs are usually referrals from established clients in your niche.

Ghostwriting rates vary, but profitable writers earn around $3k/per month or more.

As a ghostwriter you might be responsible for:

  • Newsletters
  • Social media posts
  • Blog posts
  • eBook writing
  • Editing
  • Proofreading

Topics range on what book writers write on since influencers, brands and small businesses seek ghost writers for their books.

8. Video Script Writing

More and more online businesses are seeing the potential of video marketing.

Video is dominating the marketing channels, and you can be ahead of this curve by offering video script writing to businesses.

Social media profiles like Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, are all incorporating video to follow this trend – and businesses are noticing.

Looking at the Contena Job Board, you can see that video script writing is hugely profitable, with rates between $.30-.70/word.

Types of projects you might do as a video script writer include:

  • Course lessons
  • Promotional campaign videos
  • Tripwire video copy
  • Sales page video copy

Similar to ghostwriting projects, video script writing can incorporate writing in a variety of niche topics, depending on the clients you pick up.

9. White Paper Writing

Email marketing is still one of the only marketing channels with a return of investment of 38:1.

More and more people prefer marketing emails as a way to score deals, learn more about products and stand behind trusted brands.

One way to capitalize on this is to offer white paper writing for lead magnets.

A lead magnet is a free offer to incentivize your email list. For example, I offer a free course to help new writers learn how to become a freelance writer.

Others may offer a free eBook or cheatsheet.

Businesses can use white papers to grow their email lists and attract potential leads.

White papers are also considered one of the top paying niches around.

According to the Contena Job Board, rates for white paper writing are high – $6,000/month or more.

Topics for white papers vary, as does video script and ghostwriting topics.

White papers are usually written for the B2B market. This is business-to-business and is the niche I write in to make a living as a writer.

10. Food & Wine

Yes! Your love of food and wine can earn you money in the writing world! It’s not always the easiest market to break into, though.

There are many different avenues you can take in the niche of food, from recipe developer to copy writing for a wine website to ghostwriting a cookbook.

My suggestion is to seek out magazine projects to build up a credible portfolio. For example, freelance writer friend Carrie Madormo writes for top magazines and provides food and parenting content.

On the Contena Job Board, they have a Lifestyle section with a variety of B2C (business-to-consumer) gigs like beauty and food.

The average salary as a food writer is $52,000/year.

Topics you might write about as a food & wine (coffee) writer might be:

  • Cooking techniques
  • Product reviews
  • Recipe developer
  • Food events
  • Industry news
  • Wine/beer copywriting

If food and wine is something you’re interested in writing about, here are some blog topic samples for you:

  • 24 Advent Treats You Can Make With Your Child
  • How to Make a Simple Banana Oat Baby Cookie
  • 10 Fall Coffee Hacks You Can Try Today

11. Email  Writing

Email marketing is here to stay, and it’s the most effective way to nurture leads and convert them into customers or clients.

Businesses rely heavily on creating effective email funnels to walk potential leads down the buyer’s journey.

For this copywriting niche, you come up with copy for funnels, launch campaigns and more.

This type of writing relies on copywriting and knowing different copywriting formulas.

On the Contena Job Board, there may not be specific email writing gigs. There will be, however, copywriting gigs or writers needed for a business’ content marketing strategy.

The average salary for this niche industry is $58,000/year.

Type of projects you may do as an email writer might be:

  • Newsletters
  • Email sales funnel
  • Landing page copy
  • Marketing material
  • Email campaigns

As a writing sample, you can provide a mock email or newsletter to show effective email subject lines and copywriting tactics.

12. Software as a Service (SaaS)

Software as a Service (Saas) is a type of software license and delivery model where you pay a subscription to use the software which is hosted at the business and not installed on your computer.

A good example of this is ConvertKit, which is a marketing platform that allows you to manage email subscribers, send out emails, create opt-ins, and more all from an online account.

Even big companies like ConvertKit need to explain their product to potential customers through website copy, email newsletters, and tutorials – making this a very popular and lucrative freelance writing niche!

And it’s the niche I’m in!

Because SaaS is a profitable business model, companies can afford to pay freelancer writers well to create this content.

In fact, SaaS writers make an average of $69,700 per year!

This is definitely a profitable freelance writing niche for 2022!

As a freelance SaaS writer, some topics you may cover include:

  • How To’s and Tutorials
  • What Is…?
  • Round-ups (apps, statistics, etc.)
  • Interviews
  • Versus/Alternatives Posts
  • Case Studies
  • Client Success Stories
  • Product Updates/Announcements

Just remember that while this is technical writing, as a technical writer, it needs to be presented in a way that is easily understandable for an average reader.

13. Outdoors/Backpack Life

For those who enjoy backpacking, camping, and all things outdoors, this is a profitable niche for you!

There are many publications out there that hire freelance writers to share their experiences and stories when it comes to their outdoor adventures.

This may include writing about weekend camping trips, developing outdoor skills, and guides to the right gear to use when backpacking.

The average salary for an outdoors/backpack life writer is around $50,400 per year!

If you want to pursue this exciting freelance writing niche, you can pitch your content to magazines, blogs, travel agencies, tourism sites, and businesses that sell outdoor/backpacking gear!

14. Anime Writer

I was very intrigued when this type of writing job kept popping up on Contena. I figured it was production companies looking for people to write anime scripts.

I was wrong! There seems to be a whole industry centered on producing anime-related content and a constant need for freelance anime writers.

The average yearly salary for this specific niche is around $60,400 per year!

Many publications and prospective clients will hire freelance anime writers to cover popular topics in the anima industry such as:

  • Anime Reviews
  • Product Reviews
  • Recommendations
  • Figurines
  • Cosplay
  • Anime News
  • Anime Cons and Events
  • How-To Guides
  • And More!

This is a very specialized freelance writing niche but if anime is a huge interest and passion of yours, why not pursue this?

15. Fitness/Exercise

Fitness and exercise is a huge niche and there is no shortage of websites, magazines, and publications that need freelance writers to write about healthy living, weight loss, nutrition, and more!

And the best part? You don’t need to be a personal trainer or registered dietician to land big-paying freelance jobs!

The average income of a fitness and exercise writer is $50,00 per year! How exciting is that?

You can really flex your muscle in this freelance writing niche (pun intended) by pitching topics such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Specialty diets
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Yoga
  • Pregnancy
  • Bodybuilding
  • Running
  • Sports

This is one of those niches where personal experience really comes into play. Publications love hearing success stories of methods and tips that work in real life!

16. Cannabis

All around the world, many governments are legalization the use of cannabis. For this reason, more and more independent dispensaries are popping up and looking for freelance writers to create their content.

In fact, by 2018, the global cannabis market was worth $4.6 billion dollars! And it’s not slowing down anytime soon.

When it comes to freelance writing niches, alternative health products are super popular. You can take advantage of this market growth by targeting your writing services at dispensaries, CBD stores, and cannabis blogs.

Build up your business and you could be earning around $33,000 per year or more.

Of course, it helps to be knowledgeable in this particular niche so that you can pitch solid topics such as:

  • Legislation
  • Benefits
  • Myths and Facts
  • Cannabis Accessories
  • Informational Guides (how to consume, the different types of cannabis, etc.)

Many people are out there Googling cannabis-related terms so businesses in this industry could use an amazing writer to help boost their SEO and grow their business!

17. Entertainment

You need any specialization to become a freelance writer in one of the top-selling writing niches – entertainment!

However, you do have to have a knack for creating content that focuses on trending topics and sells quickly.

What’s good with using Contena to find writing jobs is that one of they categories is Entertainment with many entertainment writing jobs!

The average salary for an entertainment writer is $47,000 per year.

So if you like to stay “in the know”, you can make good money writing about topics such as:

  • Celebrity Gossip
  • TV Episode Recaps
  • Movie Reviews
  • Music Releases
  • Social Events
  • Award Shows

There are many publications out there that hire freelance entertainment writers such as blogs, magazines, and more!

18. Sports

Becoming a freelance writer is all about following your passion so, if you are passionate about sports, this could be the perfect niche for you!

To be a freelance sports writer, you really need to know what you’re talking about.

This is why being a sports fanatic really helps.

There are many ways you can approach this freelance writing niche and earn yourself a really good income ($51,000 per year to be exact!).

Sportswriters perform a variety of tasks such as:

  • Reporting on Sporting Events and Players (scores, player stats, interviews, etc.)
  • Writing Press Releases
  • Writing Copy for Ads
  • Attending Sports Events

There are so many publications out there that cover sports and sporting events so there’s no shortage of sports writing jobs!

19. Beauty/Fashion

The great thing about becoming a beauty/fashion writer is that you can start your own lifestyle blog to get started.

This can lead to writing for high-profile brands, models, designers, and other important figures in the fashion and beauty industry.

Imagine making $52,000 a year writing about your passion!

Topics you can write about include beauty product research, makeup tutorials, skincare products, fashion, style, trend alerts, and more.

Just like entertainment writing, this freelance writing niche is all about staying up-to-date with current topics and trends.

20. Tech

When it comes to high-paying freelance writing niches, tech is a broad topic that spans a broad audience.

But, if you are technically inclined, it can be a lot of fun!

Companies all over are looking for ways to bring their technology to a wide audience of both consumers and businesses – and will pay writers to do this.

The average salary for a tech writer is $64,000 per year.

 

Topics in this niche include B2B technology, blockchain, cyber security, software manuals, engineering, and so much more!

I consider this a fun niche to write in because you have to craft your content according to who you are speaking to, whether it’s laypeople, technical people, or a business audience.

21. Real Estate

Long gone are the days where real estate agents could find success by slapping a for-sale sign outside of a house and passing around business cards.

The real estate industry has caught on to the importance of online marketing and many agencies will hire freelance writers to create compelling and attention-grabbing content.

They also need people to write real estate-related documents.

And they’ll pay to the tune of $59,000 per year!

In the real estate niche, you can write buying guides, legal documents, eviction notices, and lease renewal terms.

You can also branch out and write about home decor, mortgage tips, landscaping ideas as well as newsletters, press releases, and social media posts.

22. Parenting

You’d think that every parent and their dog would be out there writing about parenting and making money but this is still a highly lucrative niche with many, many companies and brands paying freelancers to write about this topic.

With so many parents seeking advice on the internet, this is probably still one of the best freelance writing niches!

 

Imagine making $52,000/year per year! Yes, please!

The topic possibilities are endless but some popular parenting topics include:

  • Family Life
  • Homeschooling
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Product Reviews
  • Adoption
  • Single Parenting
  • And More!

And, just like the beauty/fashion niche, you can start out by running your own parenting blog. I have two that I manage (Smart Mom Ideas and Imperfectly Perfect Mama) that really helped me get my foot in the door as a writer in the parenting niche.

6 More Profitable Freelance Writing Niches for 2022

If you noticed, I’ve been pooling data from Contena to show you the best writing niches to make money. Contena is a job board that also has alerts and has a huge catalog of writing leads.

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Contena shows more profitable niches for you. So here are six more niches to try out.

  1. Grant writing – The average salary is $45,832/year. Grant writers are responsible for grant proposals.
  2. Wellness Writing – The average salary is $48,000/year. Topics include emotional wellness, mental health, spiritual wellness, holistic health.
  3. Makeup writing – The average salary is $53,661/year. This is a different niche to beauty/fashion writing. You would write about makeup, trends, news and beauty tech.
  4. Relationship writing – The average salary is $60,187/year. Topics include dating advice, intimacy, trust and commitment, family, fun and adventure.
  5. Craft writing – The average salary is $63,395/year. Blog content includes lego crafts, paper crafts, seasonal crafts, craft supplies and craft ideas.
  6. Pregnancy/postpartum writing – The average salary is $63,216/year. Topics trimester symptoms, ultimate guide on postpartum challenges, breastfeeding, prenatal tips and nutrition/health.

These Are the Highly Profitable Writing Niche Services to Try

Up until now we talked about mostly specific topics like finance or alternative health as a writing niche. But, if you noticed I mention some services in that list like ghostwriting.

If you went though that list and STILL haven’t found a writing niche for you, try your hand at these specific services under your writing niche.

1. Case Studies

A case study is a summary of a person or businesses that has success based on a product. For example, if your client is in the sleeping aid promoting their Sleep Pillow they may have a case study about how people with sleep apnea sleep better with the Sleep Pillow.

As a case study writer, you would interview a person or business and share their story of their problem before and after using your client’s product or service.

As a stay at home case study writer, you can make $5,432/month.

2. Copywriting Sales Pages

As a copywriter you can dive down into writing sales pages and really make a living. Bloggers, course creators and entrepreneurs know that creating their own products means a sustainable income.

But, to really sell their products they need a converting sales page and that’s where you come in!

As a sales page copywriter you can expect to make $6,267/month.

3. Course Writing

I mentioned before but more and more bloggers, small business owners, coaches and more know the benefits of creating their own product.

And right now online learning or e-learning is popular and profitable. The e-learning industry is expected to make 300 Billion by 2025!

You can make some of that money by providing course writing as your writing niche. You would be responsible for creating the outline and course lessons for each module.

As a curriculum writer, you can expect to make $6,230/month.

4. Social Media Writing

A popular social media platform for entrepreneurs right now is Instagram.

In fact, one of the top job skills to put on your resume is understanding Instagram. Whether you do social media writing on Facebook, Tik Tok, Instagram or Twitter, simply having this skill listed as a writing niche will help you gain clients immediately.

Business owners just don’t have the time to be on social and they often outsource this task to a freelancer.

Social media writing is profitable. You can make $4,504/month.

5. Product Description for eCommerce

Since the pandemic, more and more people are going online to shop. And this is big for the eCommerce industry.

In 2021 alone, the growth for eCommerce grew 13% and in in total made $204.6 billion.

As a writer, you would write product descriptions for eCommerce brands. This would be on their shop page and it’s possible to write in a variety of products like beauty, shoes, clothing, home decor and more.

For example, over on Contena, a premium job board, they have listings for product descriptions like this one for writing for Amazon.

As a product description writer, you can make $3,647/month.

6. Long-form SEO Writing

One of the top priorities of online businesses is to rank in Google. If they can get their pet boarding business on the first page of Google, they will gain clients every day.

However, CEO’s often don’t know how to rank in Google and end up hiring a freelance writer to write optimized SEO articles.

Long-form articles are typical in the B2B niche and sometimes in the B2C niche and is a service I provide on my writer website.

If you need help writing SEO articles, take my 1-hour class, The Fast Track to SEO Writing.


SEO writing pays $3,246/month.

7. Recipes

While food/wine is on this list, recipes aren’t.

A booming writing niche for 2022 is food and recipes.

Up to 4.7 million people are working from home and many want to stay like this.

When people are home, they cook. As a freelance writer, this writing niche is broad enough that even new freelance writers can get a crack at this niche, but niched down enough that specialized writers could profit.

Examples of different freelance writing niches in the food industry:

  • Ghostwrite cookbooks
  • Help with recipe development
  • Write complex recipes

Who is Hiring Freelance Writers in 2022?

Check out my video on who is hiring freelance writers RIGHT NOW so you can align your freelance writing niche to your ideal client.

Your Writing Niche Revealed

There ya go – an in-depth look at the best freelance writing niches to get started with.

While some of these top writing niches need some experience, you can gain that by guest posting and starting a blog.

Over time, you will pick up industry jargon and learn the most up-to-date news to help you become an expert in your freelance writing niche.

Now it’s your turn – what is your niche? Share in the comments!

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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This is wonderful I now have a bit of I formation about online writing.Personally am talented when it comes to things to do with writing and creativity I have been writing so many articles hoping that o e day I’ll get something out of it….there here comes the deal . Thanks for the information.Reply to Emmanuel
Hi Emmanuel, That’s great to hear! Have fun writing!Reply to Elna
Thanks for this ma’am. I actually want to go into teenage development; relationship, growth, and other challenges they face. How do I go about this ma?Reply to Blessing
Hi! Those niche ideas may not yield the highest rates unless you do more copywriting. So this means writing Facebook ads, product descriptions, emails etc..in those niche topics! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Thank you for this article! I have wanted my niche to be legal blogging for a long time. I can’t see myself in any other niche. I don’t have a law degree but I am studying business law in college and I love it. Do you think that will be enough for clients to hire me? I want to cold pitch to law firms all over the country and hope that I can eventually fill my client roster. 🙂Reply to Conor
Hi Connor, If you have a website and writing samples that show your credibility in the law niche then yes, clients will trust you to write that for them! So start writing legal blog posts to show you can get paid for that. This is what I did when I was new to the digital marketing niche for me!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thanks for this information. I have been struggling with finding a niche for a while.Reply to Laureen
Hi Lauren, You’re welcome! Glad you found it helpful!Reply to Elna
Hi! I’m a teen who is aimlessly looking for my niche 4 days from now. I keep on watching and searching on the internet, but none has helped to this extent after reading your blog. Thank you so much<3. I didn't know that there are so-called anime writers. Anime is certainly the niche I'm very interested about and wanted to be in. So yeah, thanks again!😊Reply to Rosechelle
Hi Rosechelle, Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m happy your search has stopped with my post 🙂 Yes, Anime writing, comedy writing, even greeting card writing, these are all freelance writing niches! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna! Thanks so much for writing this in-depth article. I’ve been a digital marketer for several years now and I’m looking to focus more on freelance writing. So I found it really helpful to read through your list of niches to get ideas of what I might want to focus on!Reply to Hannah
Hi Hannah, That’s great to hear! Finding the right writing niche is important to be successful right out of the gate! But it’s okay to take your time and try different writing niches 🙂 Have fun exploring!Reply to Elna
Hello Elna…. I just wanted to say thank you for this invaluable read. I initially thought you’d mention legal writing buh it seems it’s not a profitable niche😔. I would love to venture into the real estate niche, buh you didn’t give clear detail there, like topics to start with and ways to go about it 😔…. For my daily hustle as a student maybe taking up the social media manager for businesses will help me. I pray this finds you ma🙏Reply to Miracle
Hi Miracle, Legal writing and real estate writing is very niched and needs credible people. The niches I wrote for this post is for pretty much anybody who is interested in writing for living as a freelancer! I hope that helps with your decision to become a freelance writer.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, This is great content! I’m a new freelance writer looking to get my foot in the door with some writing gigs but have been very stuck on where to even start. I found a few of your videos on the YouTubes which led me to your written content as well I’m happy to say after just a few videos and articles, my freelance site is up and running on Squarespace and I have a list of niches to start looking into I have been at this for a few months now and have felt super stuck…but it really feels like it’s starting to materialize so I just wanted to thank you for what you’ve created and shared 🙂Reply to Dave
Hi Dave, Thanks so much for watching my Youtube videos and then deciding to check out my blog! I’m happy you want to start freelance writing! I’m here to help and if ever interested, I do have my course Write You Way to Your First $1k that will help you make a living writing!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I work in the health and wellness space. I’m interested in writing on that topic which expands beyond just fitness/exercise. I noticed that wasn’t a niche on your list. Do you know if health and wellness is a popular topic that could lead to a profitable niche? Or does it need to be more tailored to a health and wellness topic like nutrition, lifestyle, exercise etc.? Thanks!Reply to Janea
Hi Janea, I do have a post on health and wellness and medical writing too https://elnacain.com/blog/health-writing-jobs/ and https://elnacain.com/blog/medical-writing-jobs/. Yes, the health and wellness space is a huge industry!Reply to Elna
hi Elna thanks for sharing such a unique and outstanding content. Your article has just cleared all the confusion i had about picking up a niche. God bless you forever.Reply to hafiz
Hi, Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed my unique angle on freelance writing niches and other writing niches!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thank you so much for this post! It’s really helped to give me some clarity and I’m excited to get started with some writing samples in my chosen niche.Reply to Fran
Hi Fran, That’s excited to hear! Good luck on picking a freelance writing niche that pays big bucks!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thanks so much for this,it really helped me to choose my most favourite nicheReply to Testimony
Hi Testimony, So glad you were able to find freelance writing niches that work for you!Reply to Elna
Really, this article helped me alot in gaining good knowledge about niche. Now I feel clear to chose niche for my blog. Soon will start writing on one of the best niches. Thanks that you write for us.Reply to Abdul
Hi Abdul, That’s fantastic to hear! Happy you found a high-paying freelance writing niche for you!Reply to Elna
Great article, I had an idea of what niches I wanted to write in, but hadn’t thought thoroughly whether the business in said industry would have a need for freelancers or even pay for freelance writers. So it’s definitely something I will look into before deciding on the niches to focus on. And I also will be looking into the type of writing as a niche (really good points made in your blog re earning potential of writing types) so think I’ll select a niche also that focuses on a profitable writing type, that will allow me to write in a variety of subjects based on the writing type.Reply to Caroline
Hi I really liked your article. I’ve been leaning towards short stories. Any great advice. ThanksReply to Mary
Hi Mary, That’s awesome to hear! Writing short stories as a fiction writer or NFT story writer even! Good luck finding a writing niche for you!Reply to Elna
Hi Caroline, Thank you so much! I’m happy you found this post helpful and you will focus on profitable writing services! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi! Elna, I am super excited after reading your article. It is very helpful for me. Now it is easy for me to select a suitable niche for writing articlesReply to Gulnaz
Hi, Thanks! Good luck finding the right freelance writing niche for you!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, great post as always! Can you help me with a doubt? I am interested in psychology and emotional intelligence. Who should be my target clientele if I decide to take this niche as a content writer?Reply to Rashi
Hi Rashi, Your clients might be brain improvement apps or supplements or brands (like Nootropics supplements). What you have to look at when finding your ideal client is: are there products and services associated with my niche? If so, then it is a niche that can pay for writing.Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for this article Elna. It’s so helpful.Reply to Brenda
Hi Brenda, Thanks so much!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I am so happy I came across your YouTube video which led me to your website. I am beyond impressed with your blog posts and the amount of helpful information you provide is amazing. Up until recently, I was blogging for a website in the financial space as well as another one in real estate. I had been publishing under a moniker for a bunch of posts and now I feel I can’t use the posts I wrote. The real estate website was recently sold so I can’t go into WordPress and change the author. What are your thoughts? I was recently let go of blogging for this company which is why I started looking to start freelance writing! It seemed like a no Brainer.Reply to Susan
Hi Elna, I am sitting at my desk as a secretary in my early 20’s feeling really depressed by my job when I came across your post. It hit me really deep how long I have left my pen covered by cobwebs from lack of use. In my part of the world, I have written a handful of contents and have been owed for it. This discouraged me but you have inspired me to get a hold of my pen again, blog again, freelance write and absolutely learn all there is to know about writing. I am optimistic that I would meet better clients and get good value for my work afterwards. I really look forward to your mail Elna. Thank you for making the sun shine at my end today.Reply to Boldgold
Hi, Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story! I love helping people see their potential and make a living as a freelance writer! Enjoy getting back into it!Reply to Elna
I absolutely loved this article and was going to start my comment with a (to my mind at least) witty anecdote, drawing on true writers writing without assignment…I am new to the world of freelance writing though, well, actually paid writing as a whole, so if I indeed do have a little gem tucked away, I think I’ll keep it for my first paid gig. I definitely would like to say however, that this article was informative and inspirational in equal measure and although I now know that your generous offer of the free course on freelance writing, was indeed an industry “trick” to snag my e-mail address, so you could upsell me, down the road… I’m saying the risk/reward ratio (Boom! My first public alliteration, mum was right I am a writer) really falls heavily on the side of reward. Thank you for this, I’m now about to check my emails for your course, this is probably the fiftieth time I should have started to take my writing seriously, despite being someone who purports not to be scared, I’m pretty sure that FOF or fear of failure (I’m that comfortable with it I’ve bestowed an acronym upon it) is the reason I’m hoping that the 51st time’s a charm. Thanks again and wish me luck.Reply to Michael
Hi Michael, Thank you for enrolling in the Get Paid to Write email course! I hope you enjoy it and land your first client soon! I like your acronym FOF! I see a lot of FOMO (fear of missing out) but not FOF! I may have to use it if you don’t mind! Thanks so much for enjoying this post on high paying writing niches!Reply to Elna
Thank you for offering the service of how to become a freelance writer. I have been writing for a few years now but mostly as a way of expressing thoughts, feelings, and emotions as I was recovering from addiction. I have started my own blog which lists almost 100 short stories that I have written. It is very special to me and although my blog needs some help as to its structure or layout, I am also interested in how I can share more or market what I write about. I look forward to learning more from you and all your site has to offer.Reply to Robert
I already had it figured out but this post helped me narrow it down. So, to start I’m going with alternative health and parenting. May not be too original but it’s a start. Thanks so much, Elna! I said this before and I’ll say it again, you’re a goldmine of useful information!Reply to Ursula
Hi Ursula, Thanks so much! Your niche doesn’t have to be unique or “new.” You want to pick a “mainstream” niche that is popular or that needs writers ASAP! So your niche choice is great! Now you need to find the clients and the gigs! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna am really confused as to how am going to start up freelance writing and I really need a side hustle too as a college student but I really don’t know which niche will be best for me I would really like to get an advice from you….but by the way you’re doing some good work with the content on your website so far am really impressed with your achievements so far tho… Hope to hear from you soon thank youReply to Faith
Hi Faith, It will take time to figure out your niche. Sometimes just writing in different topics can help you figure out which direction you want to go with your writing! From this list of writing niches pick a few and start writing! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi I am interested in learning more about freelance writing. I have been out of work for quite some time due to a mental breakdown. I want to.get back into my writing career. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank youReply to Jane
Hello, Elna. I’m incredibly frustrated and confused as to how to find a niche. I’ve been at it for hours and I’m stuck. I’ve tried researching how to narrow it down but it’s not really helping me. I want to figure this out before I set up my LinkedIn profile. I’m desperate. Thank you.Reply to Joshua
Hi Joshua, I’m sorry you are feeling frustrated! My suggestion is to pick three main niche topics. You don’t need to niche down right yet. Go and see if there are gigs out there in those niches and go from there. Remeber, you don’t have to keep the niche you decide now, a year from now. I started with parenting and natural health and look at me! I’m doing copywriting with email sequences and I write long-form SEO blog posts for the Saas industry!Reply to Elna
Hi Jane, So sorry to hear this but glad you found out that freelance writing online can be your jam! You can definitely enroll in my free course on how to gain your first writing job! https://elnacain.com/course/getpaid/Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I am from India. I want to start writing on banking system , video script writing and education. Is it ok to start with these topics as a beginner?Reply to Ranita
Hi Ranita, You can start with three writing niches if you want. But, it looks like video script writing is more of a service and education and banking/finances is more topical so you should be good.Reply to Elna
Thank-you for great niching ideas, Elna! It is encouraging me to specialize in video script writing. Any tips for writing in this area? Thanks.Reply to Kimberlee
Hi Kimberlee, That’s great to hear you found a writing niche! I’m sure you’ll do good with video script writing. I would look at podcasts to find some clients first!Reply to Elna
Thanks for sharing this informative post Elna. I focus on digital marketing for small businesses. There is lot of interesting work out there in this segment.Reply to Ipshita
Hi, That’s great to hear! I love digital marketing writing too!Reply to Elna
Fantastic info Elna. Discovered your blog looking for Genesis themes last year…now I come back for your writing. Thank you!Reply to Mark
Hi Mark, That’s awesome! Thanks for remembering me!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thanks for the great content. I have been struggling with finding a niche but learned some things about myself while doing it. Things I have experience in, I may not still enjoy as much as I do learning new things. But one thing I have always been interested in is Alternative Medicine. To be sure, I counted 23 books I have on the subject. I was overlooking this option until I read this post of yours. Thanks for your thoughts on niches. I am on a new path.Reply to Kim
Hi Kim, So glad you were able to pick a profitable writing niche from this list! Have fun exploring the alternative medicine writing niche!Reply to Elna
Thumbs up… great contentReply to James
Hey James, Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I read your content. It is very helpful and informative. I am a beginner writer and want to know the profitable niche and i am really thankful to you for this article. God bless you lady.Reply to Mehar
Hi, Elna. I’m a freelance writer( a beginner). I have worked for many clients from Facebook. Now I want to go to professional websites to get high paid tasks. Besides, I wanna make my portfolio, but I’m slightly confused about the niche. As I have my article published on lifestyle niche and have experience in it also. Should I go niche specific for my portfolio? Is a lifestyle niche can give me a high paid task? If yes then how much per article. Or should I not go niche specific? Elna don’t mind my question! A humble request to give me reply. Any suggestion would be appreciated.Reply to MekaiL
Hi, Great question. I would definitely try to niche down on your portfolio page. You can try marketing yourself as a lifestyle writer but the only way to make good money is writing for big brands, magazines or specializing in product descriptions or copywriting.Reply to Elna
This was a very interactive and informative article. Thank you! Can the sample be an unpublished piece or it has to be a published piece. Similarly, is it preferred to have published work (on various websites) on the portfolio? Because, I feel the content publish is tempered according to the client’s need, which represents less than 100% of the writer’s mind. What do you think? Would love to hear from you!Reply to Pranjali
If you want to have a freelance writing job you do need to publish your writing pieces so that prospects can see your writing skills and see if it fits to their brand!Reply to Elna
I want to get into entertainment writing i am currently doing a levels and considering uni but i know this is what i want to do. Do you have any advice on what i should do because i’m not sure if uni is the best idea to get into this industryReply to Jacob
Hi Jacob, Not sure what you mean by uni. Is that university? I feel getting your education is important first before you start freelance writing but it is possible to start without a degree of course!Reply to Elna
Thank you for this amazing content Elna. I am looking to start a family travel blog (tips on saving money, how to enjoy your vacation with a toddler, best airlines, best credit cards for travel etc.) however because of the pandemic I am nervous that this sector is not a valid choice anymore. I do have years of traveling experience, as I worked on cruise ships for a decade before even having children, so I have plenty of experience to pull from in regards to destinations, however just a bit freaked out about if this niche will be able to make any money in the future. Am I jumping into a dying sector? Would love your feedback. Many thanks.Reply to Nina
Hi Nina, I feel you can start this site and by the time the travel industry is back on its feet you will have the content there for people to find!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much Elna 🙂 I really appreciate it.Reply to Nina
Wow, what a revelation! Thank you so much for this informative insight into freelance writing.Reply to Owino
I want to develop content writing skill on digital marketing niche and finance How do I go about itReply to Gloria
HI Gloria, Those are great writing niches to try out! I would start a blog and do some guest posting on those topics so you can build a portfolio! Good luck!Reply to Elna
My niche is personal development. Are there clients looking for freelance writers in this niche? What kind of clients should I be searching for?Reply to Aira
Hi Aira, I did pick up a client in that niche but haven’t since. I would look into personal development app companies and companies that have products for personal development (journals, books, planners, etc..). I would then create an income ladder and list out “easy” gigs or clients and work your way up to your ideal client or job!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, i would like to venture in this field of freelance writing. A friend just introduced me to this field though am not much informed about it. am really interested in itReply to Newton
Hi Newton, That’s great you want to be a freelance writer! Freelance writing is a lot to learn. Feel free to check out more of my blog and Youtube channel!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna. I’m a teenager and I really don’t know what niche to focus on. I enjoy writing about the teen world; basically writing about everything that teenagers go through both in school and in their social lives generally. Please can you give me the perfect niche I can work on.Reply to Precious
Hi Precious, You might want to do some research on what teens are searching for online and see if you can help them. I can’t give you the perfect writing niche; it’s something you have to discover!Reply to Elna
hi Elna, I want to be a freelance writer and have started my research on this. In this regard, your blog is a blessing. I learned a lot thanks to you. Is it okay if as a beginner I decided on three different niches to write my samples about?Reply to Maryam
Hi Maryam, Sure! I started out with three niche topics and had samples in those topics! Have fun writing your writing samples in your freelance writing niches!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, Your free course and your blog is a huge blessing to aspiring writers, so glad I found it, thanks a lot. I am thinking of combining finance and business niches together, what’s your take on that.Reply to Michael
As I think more about it, I want to narrow my online learning niche to non-traditional students. Do you think this will work? Or should I take a different direction/approach with this? Thanks!Reply to Paula
Hi Paula, If you have businesses in that niche that you can reach out then go for it! I’m not too familiar with that niche though!Reply to Elna
I am glad I came across your free course not to mention your blog. I’m trying very hard to start a blog of my own but I am so confused, I feel like giving up. I knew it would be hard work, that I don’t mind but the technical side of it is very confusing. I love writing, poetry, short stories and even plays. Do you think there is a niche for my writing. My writings lend more to the inspirational side. Any suggestions you have I would deeply appreciate. And thank you so much all you do. So glad I found you. BlessingsReply to Roxanne
Hi Roxanne! That’s great you want to be a freelance writer! As for your writing niche, it might be a bit challenging finding clients. You would have to narrow down your niche of being inspiring. Maybe more business type as clients would like writers to talk about mindset and productivity in the business world! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, Your recommended writing samples were very helpful! I’m a HUGEE sports guy (2o years of tennis), but I’ve always had my doubts about sportswriting and profitability. My other options would be Health and Wellness b/c I’m physically active and meditate daily. Finance, since I’ve recently taken a liking to investing. And lastly tech, b/c of previous professional experience in the software industry (5 years).Reply to Sanjeeve
Hi, Those are all great niches actually to try! I like finance and health and wellness and even tech! You can merge finance and tech for fintech! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thanks a lot for all your amazing contents, anytime I go on Google to search on anything relating to freelance writing, you always have a something on it, really grateful. I am not new to writing though, been writing for a while on content mills but I want to take it seriously, get a profitable niche just like you’ve advised. My question is, can African writers flourish in freelance writing outside content mills? Thanks once again for all you do, say hi to the twins for me.Reply to Olawale
Hi Olawale, Thank you so much for your support! Glad you can easily find my articles about freelance writing! I do want to help as many people as I can! As for your question, I do know that Africans can flourish as freelance writers. You need a strong understanding of English and conversational English, a way to get paid and some marketing skills and you should do great. Bamidele Onibalusi helps a lot of African people on his blog! Post dateReply to Elna
Hi Elna I absolutely love your list . I have already come up with a few niches that I would like to write about , none of them are on this page . My question then is how do you choose your writing niche and what topics will never be profitable ?Reply to Rene
Hi Rene, With regards to choosing a niche, sometimes you have to let the niche choose you! I suggest to my course students to pick up to three topics and go from there. Practically every writing niche can be profitable if you have the right client!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, You’re doing a really great job enlightening us on the business of writing. This article really made things clear for me on what to expect from various niches. Thank you! What do you think about someone specialising in these three niches Digital Marketing, Tech, and Alternative health for a start? Is this too much to take on? Also I’d like to know if blogging is really necessary to succeed as a freelance writer or I can do just fine with guest posting?Reply to Samuel
Hi Samuel, Great question! I do feel that is a tad too many writing niches to pay attention to at the same time. I would focus on Digital marketing and tech first. As for starting a blog as a freelance writer, it’s isn’t necessary but it’s an easy way to show prospects your writing skill!Reply to Elna