Why Remote Writing Jobs are Sexy
Among the jobs you can do from your home, remote writing jobs have stood out as one of the more popular ones. Whether you want to write for social media, blogs, sales and landing pages, video scripts, technical documentation, there’s a range of remote writing jobs available for all preferences and writers.
As I’ve been writing actively for the past couple of years, with most of the experience being remote, here is my take on why remote writing jobs are so great and why you should consider it as a career choice.
You Don’t Have to Have a 9-5 Job
I used to work as a writer in an office from 9 to 5 every weekday. While there was an advantage in having structure, for the most part, I was bored out of my mind. After all, if you have a certain article to finish or a wordcount to hit, what difference does it make when you do it? Often times, I would hit my desired goal before noon and spent the next five hours staring at the wall or drinking coffee.
With remote writing jobs, you can set your own schedules and be in charge of your own time. Whether you’re freelance or employed with a company, if a job takes 2 hours and that’s all you have to do for the day, you can take care of it and go on with your day.
With jobs such as customer support, you have to be on demand during certain times of the day. Writing allows the freedom to manage your own time, and remote writing jobs bring that aspect to its full extent.
You Can Write about Literally Everything
As I started out my writing career, I was just a typical SEO writer in a content mill company, churning out low-quality content to feed Google’s algorithms. The job sucked, but it was great for one thing – it taught me that there are so many things in the world that you can write about and get paid for it.
We had a range of clients from all different industries and walks of life, which meant that every day I wrote about something completely different. One day I wrote about golf course maintenance, another day it was about pre-natal massage, then about the prices of a commercial real estate in Colorado, ending the week with an article on interior decoration in psychotherapy offices.
In other words, it was a wild ride.
What this means is that you too can find a niche that you love and enjoy writing about and get paid for it. In fact, the more specific you go, the easier it will be to find and pitch clients and ask for bigger rates. If you’re really passionate about vegan ice creams or how to build sheds with renewable materials, don’t worry. There’s someone out there who can’t wait to hire you to write about it – it’s up to you to find that ideal client.
You Can Try Out Many Different Formats
When people think of writing online, the majority has blogs on their mind. While blog writing is one of the predominant types of work out there, it’s far from the only one. Depending on your interests and capabilities, you can try yourself at writing landing pages, video scripts, LinkedIn profiles, website copy, webinar scripts, social media updates, pick-up lines for Tinder (I’m not joking) and many other types of content.
You Can Earn a Lot (over time)
Granted, when it comes to remote jobs, writing is far from the highest paying one and if you count on making a fortune from writing a fortune, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that it’s not likely. However, you can earn a decent wage with remote writing jobs.
First, be aware that writers online have different ways of charging for their work. You can charge per word, per hour or per project. Most serious writers steer clear of charging per hour or word because it’s far from an ideal arrangement. Often times, clients have demands for edits and revisions, which makes working per project the best arrangement for budding writers.
Here’s the thing – as a novice writer, you won’t be able to get any competitive rates. Especially since there are plenty of “writers“ willing to work for pennies. Another difficulty is that non-native English speakers will have a hard time breaking through and asking anywhere near what native English speakers charge.
However, in personal experience, I’ve found that a really good portfolio can make a difference between beginner and pro rates. As long as you’re persistent and keep improving your writing over time, you’ll be able to raise your rates and make a nice living out of writing – but not get rich.
You Won’t Have to Deal with People
Okay, I have to admit I’m a bit of an introvert so this works beautifully for me. As you start your career as a remote writer, you’ll be able to work on your own, without being disturbed by co-workers. For the most part, the only communication that remote writers have is when they discuss tasks and deliver finished work.
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