Subtitle writing, either as a full-time role or a side gig to complement other writing work, can be a satisfying and fulfilling way to make money. As such, we’ve taken the time to explore what’s involved, how to get started and how you can make additional income by offering specialist services such as multilingual subtitle writing for video translation purposes.What is a Subtitle Writer and How Can You Be One? Click To Tweet
We’ve talked about different types of freelance writing jobs in the past, and we’ve pretty much established that having a specialization is the way to go if you want to increase your earnings. While you can still earn a lot as a generalist, specializing in a niche will lessen the need to hustle for clients day and night. Instead, you can generate more income with fewer, high-paying clients.
That being said, legal writing is one of the more profitable niches. Most freelance writing job boards offer legal writing jobs, but there are certain places that will make it easier for you.7 Places to Find Legal Writing Jobs Click To Tweet
Ads for legal writers may have caught your eye over the years, but you may not have bothered taking a look because you don’t know really know anything about legal writing. Nothing to be ashamed of – you’re part of the majority. Since legal writing is a very specific niche, there are fewer freelance writers who specialize in it.
Did you hear that? The sweet tinkle of the bell of opportunity.
Specific niche = less competition = higher rates
First, though, you actually need to answer the question: “What is legal writing”?” [Read more…]
What if you could get paid to receive free products AND you got to work from home? Many people would find that a pretty great job setup, and some actually do it by writing product reviews. If you’re curious, here are some things you should know. [Read more…]
Content mills and bidding sites such as Upwork and Elance might seem like great options to break into the world of freelance writing. After all, they offer paid work that, on paper, seems like it will eventually pay well in addition to looking great on your portfolio. Many writers hope that these mills will offer them the much-needed leg up to freelance full time, but unfortunately it’s not very likely. [Read more…]
With an uncertain economic future lurking around the corner, it appears as though everyone is trying to escape the rat race. It seems so easy for people with skills in high demand industries to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses. But what about opportunities for a freelance writer?
What do you do when you know you’ve got the chops as a freelance writer, and you know the demand exists because millions of pieces of content are published to the web every day, but you just don’t know where the demand actually is? [Read more…]
Work flexibility has gone a long way in the past decade, with companies like FlexJobs leading the way. As many of you may know, we’ve been partners with them for a while now, and we believe in their mission to help workers find alternative, more convenient ways of making a living.
This year, they are celebrating their 10th anniversary, and we join them in looking back at the milestones in work flexibility – not only for freelancers in new media, design, and other niches, but also for company-employed individuals. [Read more…]
Working as a freelance writer sometimes means writing extensively on topics you have little passion for, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, many writers have parlayed a special talent or interest into a nice stream of income. This kind of transformation is ideal for individuals like musicians who work part-time writing about the industry, for athletes, and for people who love cooking or baking.
If you’ve got a knack for kitchen experiments or if you have discerning taste buds, there may be a writing career in it for you. Here are a few ways you can break into food writing by taking advantage of the culinary skills you already have. [Read more…]
How much have you put into your freelance writing career? How much money have you invested? Have you eaten into your savings? Do you have existing mortgages and loans?
While many freelance writers are not in dire straits, the possibility of facing bankruptcy is something to think about – especially if you have put invested financially in your business. Additionally, you want to have a financial cushion in case unexpected expenses arise. Freelancer or not, having a rainy day fund is always a good idea.
If you already have more than enough work on your plate, then you can file away the following ideas to make more money freelancing for when you need more work. If you think you can handle a bit more – or you actually really need more – then consider the following jobs to make more money freelancing.
Closed captioning still involves writing, but the most important thing in this line of work is speed and accuracy. It involves the captioner watching and listening to a video – it can be TV or a movie – and writing down what’s being said. The result of your work are the subtitles you see when watching a TV show or movie.
If you have an amazing typing speed (say 200+ wpm), you may want to consider closed captioning as it pays really well.
Here’s a good resource on where to find closed captioning jobs.
Transcribing is similar to closed captioning but is more focused on audio files. Transcriptionists are in high demand these days. You probably already know all about medical transcription jobs as they are the most popular. Other business professionals and companies hire transcriptionists on a regular basis as well. Just like closed captioning, you turn audio into written form and typing speed and accuracy are of utmost importance.
Search for transcription jobs here.
Mystery shopping is one of the best ways to earn a little cash on the side. It may not make you rich, but it does have its perks.
The idea is for you to visit an establishment and evaluate it without the owner/workers being aware. Before you can work as a mystery shopper, usually you will need to go through a rigorous screening process. Mystery shopping companies want to receive feedback that’s as accurate as possible, and they want to ensure that their shoppers are discerning and reliable.
You can even use mystery shopping as a way to earn money while you’re on vacation! Read this article for more tips on this topic.
Teaching ESL (English as a Second Language)
While not all freelance writers have experience teaching English, I think we can all agree that we have a firm grasp of the language. With this qualification, it is relatively easy to find remote work as an ESL teacher.
There is the valid argument that while one may be a good writer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he can be a good teacher. That is true, but I know for a fact that teaching skills can be learned relatively easily. A solid understanding of the language and firm grasp of grammar, however, is built on years of learning and experience. If you’re patient enough, even without a lot of teaching experience, you can help foreign language speakers learn English.