With the emergence of the corona virus reaching pandemic proportions during the first quarter of 2020, thousands of freelance writers around the world found themselves in a quandary.
Aside from the fact that dozens of print magazines have reduced their frequency or stopped being published altogether, travel writing and event coverage were once potentially lucrative niches that were badly affected by the pandemic.
But don’t worry, because with a little creativity and a willingness to adapt and adapt, freelance writers can take advantage of other avenues to which they can redirect their talents and abilities.
Here are some specialties that freelance writers can consider:
Resume writing and editing
With the huge number of COVID-19 cases posing a great threat to the global economy, many safe and stable employees have lost their jobs. They could turn to telecommuting, settle for underemployment or part-time (at least for the moment), or choose to become self-employed.
As a result, the demand for competent resume writers has never been higher. You should show your ability to write or edit resumes by having a few samples. If you are an absolute newbie, here are profitable ways to build a portfolio:
Contact college or university students who may need a resume to enter an internship or volunteer program.
Recent graduates are ideal clients; they are often eager to land entry-level positions right away.
Skills-based resumes are essential for graduates of vocational, business, or technical courses.
Get old copies of your friends’ resumes and turn a chronological resume into a skills-based one, and vice versa.
Talk to IT professionals as they constantly update their credentials.
Introduce yourself to people who might be in the process of a career change / change.
Accept “high risk” job applicants – “special cases” such as the failed employer or stay-at-home parent seeking re-entry into the workplace, people with disabilities, or people with significant gaps in their work history.
If you have an eye for detail (misspellings, awkward sentence structures, misplaced punctuation marks, etc.), try proofreading. There are a good number of documents that need clarity to achieve the desired results, not just a good command of English: book reports, theses, dissertations, college admissions essays, business plans, scholarships, etc. Proofreaders typically charge per page, and a standard page is 220 words long.
Writing about fashion niches
While certain niches have declined in 2020 due to pandemic-related restrictions, there is a whole new range of topics that can serve as a goldmine for article ideas. Consider the following:
Plants and plant care
Coping with work-from-home arrangements
Helping children with online classes
Simple craft projects to keep worried kids at home
Health and fitness concerns
Popular pastimes during quarantine.
Writing online dating profiles
This may be a bit surprising, but there are many singles who are serious about finding a suitable partner for marriage, or at least a long-term relationship.
I’ve also noticed a growing trend: Divorced and single parents, or those who have sobered up from an addiction, are finally getting to that healthy place where they can date again. There are also specialized sites for big and beautiful women (BBW) and people with disabilities.
You don’t need to lie or embellish existing attributes just to make your customers appear more attractive. If they have not yet earned a college degree, briefly mention the online or adult education classes they are taking.
Big, beautiful women who like yoga or cycling can be fun and exciting for men outdoors. Even introverted singles can present themselves as “someone who enjoys moonlit walks on the beach, adult board games on the weekends, dates at specialty bookstores or souvenir shops, or conversations with a coffee”.