4 Major Types of Freelance Writing

4 Major Types of Freelance Writing

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As a freelance writer, you’re bound to know all the freelance writing types that exist in order to choose one of them.

You don’t necessarily have to choose one of the types of freelance writing, but it’s better if you do.

When I started freelance writing, I didn’t know any type of those, but as I grew and evolved, I finally found out the types that exist.

And let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy job. 

Finding all the major types of freelance writing out there took me a lot of time.

But, that’s why I’m here today.

I’m here to show you the major types of freelance writing, and what each one of them includes.

I know that being a beginner freelance writer is a lot of work, and I know it’s overwhelming.

You still don’t know whether you should opt for this or that.

You don’t know which one is more lucrative, and which one is easier to do.

And you also still don’t know which one is going to suit you.

Well, just relax.

Take a deep breath, because today we’re going to go through a roller coaster of freelance writing types to help you figure out which one is made for you.

Types Of Freelance Writing

There are mainly 4 major types of freelance writing which are: 

Article Writing

This type of writing as it names states is all about articles.

This means that you’ll be hired as an article writer where your main job is to write articles for mediums, prints or magazines.

It can be about writing, it can be medical, it can be marketing, or anything else. 

It’s all about keeping people up to date when it comes to certain practices and giving them heads up about what’s coming.

Article writing can be a very lucrative way to make money, plus it has a lot of niches and specialities.

You can find many types of niches and write about your own passion if you’d like.

There’s only one thing to keep in mind.

Some people hire on a one article basis while some others hire on a constant article basis.

That means if you start working for an online magazine, you might only get hired once, or get hired for a constant article writing and posting.

There’s really no in-between.

I’m going to say that I’ve already tried article writing before and it’s one of my fortes. 

But, because I didn’t like the inconsistency, I’ve turned to other sources of income and other types of freelance writing.


Copywriting is simply writing copies for websites.

And copies can come in various forms.

Nowadays, with the increase in the number of websites and blogs, copywriting has become very important.

It has become a necessity for website owners to post quality content in order to get traffic and in order to rank online.

And that’s where copywriting comes in place.

Copywriting means writing copies for websites and enterprises in order to help them rank better by providing valuable content that visitors will like.

Content writing, in general, is writing with the end goal to inform people and engage them. 

That is why content writing has become essential for almost all websites. 

Companies want to help the audience understand more things, trust them, and build a relationship, all in the hope of selling a service or a product. 

So, what are the types of copies that exist?

  • Website content
  • Advertising copy
  • Blog posts
  • Press releases
  • White papers
  • Grant 
  • Brochures

To get this kind of jobs, all you have to do is start cold pitching or check freelance writing websites.

I personally like cold pitching because it helps me land high-paying jobs with websites that actually appreciate my writing skills.

Cold pitching gives me access to better opportunities and better pay.


Blogging is what I do, and what most freelance writers do.

If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably noticed that it’s a blog.

Blogs are a kind of websites that don’t offer any types of writings other than blog posts.

Blog posts are different than articles and are different than all kinds of copies.

Blogs are a type of writing copy that is quite long (between 400 words or even more) and that is written in a friendly and personal way.

They have subheadings, keywords, and are very fun to read, they include a lot of photos, and are very popular overall.

To get this kind of writing jobs, there are two main ways:

  • Starting your own blog: which includes learning about promoting yourself, learning SEO, learning analytics, and so on.
  • Writing for other blogs: this can include guest posting, guest blogging, or even ghostwriting, all three are very effective and they all pay very well.

I personally recommend creating your own blog because it means you’ve got more freedom and you’ve got more chances of getting paid whatever you want to get paid.

I opted for my own blog, because, I simply hate working for other people when I don’t feel appreciated.

Because of this, I had to find my own way of making money and becoming independent as a freelance writer.

And that’s how I finally opted for starting my own blog.

Social Media Content Creation

Social media became this big thing that almost everybody uses from people to businesses.

Some people use social media for personal use, and some businesses use it for marketing.

Social media is a very cheap way of growing your audience and staying in touch with them on an everyday basis or monthly basis.

I personally use social media to drive traffic to all my businesses including my blog.

So, what does social media content do?

It simply helps businesses interact with their audience better.

If you create an amazing description for your posts or creating amazing texts, then you’ll have higher engagement.

I’ve been hired by many businesses just to write descriptions for their FB and Instagram accounts.

So, how can you get hired for these kinds of jobs?

You’ve got a lot of options.

You can either contact businesses via social media or LinkedIn or look for their contact email and cold pitch them as well. 

All About These 4 Main Types Of Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is a matter of time believe me! 

You won’t learn everything in a blink of an eye, but you’ll certainly learn as you go.

It can be time-consuming, overwhelming and hard at first, but it’s all going to work out.

All you have to do is specialize in a type of writing first, then specialize in a niche, and voilà.

That’s what freelance writing is all about.

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