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If you have written knowledge and want to think outside the box in your freelance work, there are a variety of niche opportunities that you can use to earn extra money. From writing subtitles to translation, the online world is based on "content" – and that means that you have almost unlimited opportunities to make money with online writing. You just have to know what they are!
Journalism and writing can be difficult to crack. So it's always worth looking at more niche areas if you want to build a freelance writing career. Instead of pursuing more typical freelance writing jobs, you might consider things like:
Read on for some ideas on how to get into these areas.
This is a big deal: every television broadcaster needs to provide a subtitle service, and demand has grown exponentially in recent years as videos are broadcast over the Internet. It works by taking a transcript and converting it into the words the viewer sees on the screen. You can often see things before they are available to the public as you watch minute by minute to transcribe the audio. You are usually paid per minute of completed audio. The rate may seem low – but it builds up very quickly!
You need a strong understanding of language because you often have to offer the essence of what is said without writing it down word for word. You must also be aware of the inflections in people's voices and the gaps in their sentences so that you can align your copy with the actual language of the people.
Search for jobs online – there are Thousands. Popular companies that are always open to recruitment are Rev and Capital Captions, or check out popular job sites with the terms "subtitles", "subtitles" or "subtitles". The great thing about this job is that you can find work from all over the world – so there is always something for you!
Transcribe other people's work
This is a great side job for graduates, especially for those who can quickly use a keyboard. Journalists often don't have much time to transcribe their interviews, and since transcription software often doesn't cut mustard, it often has to be outsourced to freelancers. Doctors' offices also often need transcriptors to write letters and reports.
It's an essential job, but very time consuming. This is great news if you are quick and typing, but can also charge by the hour. Look for agencies that employ transcriptors, but you can also contact local newspapers or other publications yourself – especially if they often do long-term interviews. Believe us when we say that employees don't transcribe these interviews themselves! These jobs fall on the professional experience of students, office workers and (if you play your cards properly) you.
Write dating profiles
Really. When it comes to love, people take the online dating game very seriously – and many are willing to pay serious money to increase their chances of finding one. Our Google search for "writing a job online for dating profiles" has achieved more than 49 million results (no, we couldn't believe it either).
For those with a knack for language and who know what makes a romantic profile sing, this could be a great way to make money writing online – and we're sure of the number of agencies offering this service would agree. If you are a romantic at heart, we recommend this as a definite potential for your online writing sideline.
Do you have language skills? Excellent. Online translators are in high demand, and those with language skills can use this to their advantage. And of course, unlike an interpreter, you can do this from anywhere.
As a freelance translator, you can apply your skills online on websites like Fiverr, or even set up a website that offers your services. Also, search for translation agencies and contact them directly to sign up. There is a detailed instructions on careers in translation here. Also look for jobs that translate educational texts or online courses – these have become increasingly popular recently, and offering different languages helps companies expand their audiences.
Online translations can be a great way to make money online. If you work freelance or on the side, you can complement the skills and experience in your own CV.
Creating a resume sounds easy, doesn't it? Well, maybe not. Many people struggle with it – it is actually a niche competence to look at years of experience and to find out the most important aspects that fit a job description.
Often, those who have difficulty writing their own resumes cannot see the forest for the trees and find it difficult to select the relevant information. People want to include everything, of course, but that's obviously not the best way. However, you won't have this problem if you create someone else's resume. After all, you won't be sad if you work out the certificate you received in sixth grade or the random university society that has nothing to do with the job you are aiming for.
How it goes? Search online for agencies that employ freelance CVs. You will find that there are many and that individuals will pay a serious premium for their services!
Fill online forums
If you have the gift of Gab and like to start conversations, look for work that fills out online forums.
If you really have a passion for a particular brand, even better! Your posts are already authentic and you can often talk about products that you already use. Many freelance writers find work by emailing the marketing departments of their favorite brands directly and demonstrating their skills and passion for the brand. Yes, that sounds easy – but it often works! There is no reason why you cannot do this too. Make sure you first check that the brand has an online forum and provide details of community management (i.e. social media) that you have done in the past.
Are you a writer who has found an inventive way to make money online? We'd love to hear about it – let us know on the forums.
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