If you’re a freelance writer who wants to make it into the big leagues, then having a freelance writing niche is extremely important. In fact, how much money you can make as a freelance writer directly depends on your niche. So, you definitely don’t want to mess this one up.
To help you out with that, I’ve created this list of the most profitable freelance writing niches in the market. If you work yourself into one of these, there’s a very good chance that you can be paid $100 per piece or even more!
What is a Freelance Writing Niche?
Newbies often have a lot of confusion as to what a niche really is. So, let’s just settle this once and for all.
But before we do that, make sure you get your hands on your free copy of my eBook, “How to Make Your First $1000 As A Freelance Writer“
Alright, so there are basically two types of freelance writing niches:
- The industry that you write for (eg. IT)
- The type of content you write (eg. video transcripts)
You could also take a dual approach and niche down simultaneously according to the industry you write for and the type of content you provide. An example of this could be someone who’s a video transcript writer in the IT industry.
“I Don’t Get it… Why Should I Niche Down?”
If you have this question in mind, then don’t worry. You’re not the first one. In fact, newbie freelancers ask this question all the time.
You’re probably thinking that by niching down, you’re reducing the number of possible clients that you could have. You’re telling yourself, “I don’t want to limit myself and my options.”
But here’s the thing:
The internet is FLOODING with opportunities in every industry. No matter what niche you’re in, you’re going to find it extremely hard to ever run out of opportunities. So, niching down doesn’t reduce your opportunities, it just makes it easier for you to target your ideal client. Out of the sea of opportunities, it helps you determine those that are the right fit for you.
Also, by niching down, you can come off as a professional and experienced authority in the industry which will help you get paid more.
Without further ado, here are the best freelance writing niches.
The pet industry is one of the biggest right now on the planet.
If you check out the stats, somewhere around 68% of American families own a pet. An industry this big is bound to have a great demand for written content.
However, I’d like you to keep in mind that this certainly isn’t the most high-paying freelance writing niche. But the reason why I love it is that it’s easy to get into and really… who doesn’t like writing about puppies?
Are you new to freelance writing?
Do check out my article on how to apply to freelance writing job posts with no experience. By using the techniques that I teach in that article, you can get into any freelance writing niche… even if you’re just starting out.
If you’re someone who knows a lot about smartphones, tablets, laptops, and operating systems; this is the ideal freelance writing niche for you.
Honestly, if I were tech-savvy, I would’ve definitely been in this industry. That’s because it’s one of the most in-demand niches for freelance writers. Also, it’s a lot easier to find work in this niche because the internet is filled with blogs and companies who want a tech-writer.
The medical niche is one of the most in-demand and highly paid ones in the world. And with time, this freelance writing niche is only getting better for qualified professionals in the field.
Now, if you’re actually related to the medical field and are certified to write about it, then there’s no better niche for you. However, if you’re not, then you should avoid it at all costs.
Why is that? Currently, Google is making changes in its algorithm based on EAT (Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness). In easier terms, Google only wants experts to write online content in their fields. And the first 2 industries they’re targeting are medical and finance.
We all know how sensitive medical information can be and Google’s finally realized that as well. So, in the future, only a qualified medical writer would be able to rank his articles in the medical space (at least that’s Google’s not-so-secret plan.)
Now that brings us to 2 important conclusions:
- Companies and blogs are now going to specifically require qualified professionals in this freelance writing niche
- They’ll be paying big bucks for these professionals to write content
4. Case Studies
Well, what are case studies?
These are experiments that are conducted by an individual or a company. Once these experiments are conducted and their results are analyzed, the experimenter publishes the results on his blog.
If you still don’t get it, here’s an example:
A marketing blog wants to conduct a case study on the effect of their blog’s background color on user metrics. So, for that, they change their blog’s background to 4 different colors, 1 for each week of the month.
At the end of the month, they analyze their user metrics for each background color. These metrics could be the amount of time an average user spent on their blog, the number of articles he read, clickthrough rates, the percentage of readers that subscribed, etc.
Based on these metrics, the marketing blog can draw a conclusion about what background color works best for blogs.
Simply put, case studies are one of the highest-paid writeups. Although they’ll require you to conduct some interviews, run the numbers, and analyze results, who wouldn’t do that for a fair amount of cash?
5. Web Hosting
If you know a bit about what goes on at the backend of a website, then Web Hosting is a very lucrative freelance writing niche for you. In case you’re actually interested in this one, then you should target blogs that are enrolled in web hosting affiliate programs.
These blogs are making a crazy amount of income by referring their readers to a particular web hosting service provider. For every referred reader that buys a hosting plan, these affiliate blogs get a hefty commission.
So, if you know how web hosting works and what potential customers in the industry are looking for, then you can be an invaluable asset for these blogs.
For all the mommies out there, I know how hard it can be to work when you have kids to take care of. But what if you can use your knowledge as a mom and make money out of it? Every day, there are thousands of Google searches being conducted on topics related to pregnancy, post-pregnancy, maternal exercises and care, as well as parenting.
If you’re a mother, then you’re qualified to talk about these topics as long as you’re not mingling with the medical stuff. And this qualification makes you a great writer in the motherhood niche.
7. Ghostwriting eBooks
At the start of my freelance writing career, I was ghostwriting for an author, so I can tell you firsthand that there’s lots of money in this line. If you don’t know what ghostwriting is, it’s when you write under someone else’s name.
So, my client would send me ideas about eBooks and the index of what he wanted to include in it. After that, I’d flesh it out into a whole book.
Now there are pros and cons of this niche. An obvious benefit is the availability of long-term work. Even with a single eBook, you’ll have around 10,000-40,000 words to work on. This means you won’t have to find work repeatedly.
Secondly, there’s a lot of money to be made as well. eBooks make recurring monthly income for authors and are a major credibility booster for them. So, you can expect to be paid 2-10 times more for writing an eBook.
But ghostwriting can hurt you in the long run. Take my scenario for instance. When I would spend a month or two on writing amazing content just to see it published with someone else’s name, it would really hurt me. We all want to be praised for our work but it’s hard to see someone else being praised for work that you did.
Now, that was the mental aspect of it. But the thing is… ghostwriting doesn’t count as formal writing experience. Legally, you can’t even disclose your ghostwriting projects let alone show them as sample work to your clients. So, after a while, you really need to ask yourself if all this effort is even worth it.
8. Cyber Security
This is really the next big thing.
Right now, there’s a global demand for information about online security. People want to know how to safely use the internet and avoid circumstances like identity theft. Words like online privacy are swiftly becoming part of the millennial’s everyday lingo.
There’s also much controversy surrounding internet giants like Facebook and Google that are allegedly acquiring user information to personalize their ad experience.
So, if you haven’t guessed by now, Cyber Security has been on the rise and it’s expected that it would soon become one of the biggest industries in the world. So, if you’re well-versed with IT, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be in this writing niche.
9. Email Sequence
What’s an email sequence?
It’s a succession of emails directed towards a particular email list. Usually, these emails are sent with about a 2-4 day gap and are meant to build subscribers up to a purchase.
Obviously, this sequence helps your client make more sales. And you can bet that if you’re helping a client generate more money like that, you’re going to be paid a lot as well.
10. Video Scripts
Video is the next big thing in the marketing world.
And that’s why a lot of companies are now quickly shifting to video marketing. You might even notice that social media apps like Facebook are changing their algorithm so more videos show up and lesser pictures appear on your feed.
Now, companies aren’t making videos spontaneously. They have professional writers crafting killer video scripts for their social media and Youtube channels. Interestingly, lots of people and companies are looking for writers to craft a video script and then turn the same script into a blog post as well.
So, they can have two services out of a single person usually. That’s exactly why I believe this freelance writing niche can help you maximize your income as a writer.
SaaS stands for “Software as a Service”. It refers to companies that use a subscription-based model and offer software that helps solve a particular problem for their users.
If you’re a freelance writer, then you might know about a popular software called Grammarly. This software suggests changes in your text based on grammatical errors, punctuation faults, and other writing issues. Naturally, that saves you lots of time in the editing phase.
Such softwares have a huge marketing budget. Since they are digital, they want to be seen digitally and for that, they’ll always need more content.
If you’re a law student or a lawyer, then this is the ideal freelance writing market for you.
There are a lot of technical law documents out there that you can help write for your clients. Also, you’ll find lots of online law services as well that you can write for. It’s certainly technical stuff but you’ll be paid a lot of money for it as well.
So, that was my take on the best freelance writing industries. However, this list is by no means exhaustive.
Honestly, I think every niche has the potential of making you thousands of dollars in the long run. So, regardless of whether you choose a writing niche from this list or not, you can make $100 per article. However, these 12 freelance writing niches are the ones that I’ve personally seen people succeed in to make big bucks as freelance writers.