For every freelance writer there is a matching dream job. It will be different for everyone, but it’s certain that for every writer in the world, there exists at least one subject that turns them on, and that they could write articles about every day.
While it will always remain part of the business to write about subjects that don’t float your boat or require a lot of research, it should still be remembered there are many advantages to writing in the ideal market that is close to your heart.
1. Little Need For Research
It speaks for itself; write about a subject you know inside out, and your time spent researching it will be negligible. If you were to sit down with a notepad and pen and brain storm on your ideal subject, I reckon most freelance writers could come up with twenty or so article ideas within ten minutes.
However, it is still advisable to carry a notebook around, because it is common for great article ideas to pop up into your head in the most unlikely of places. Even though you may know a subject well, keeping your article idea list topped up is the best way to ensuring to never go short.
2. Productivity Increase
As a result of having little or no research to do, and an abundance of ideas at your disposal, the rate at which articles can be turned out will increase dramatically. A constant stream of well-written articles on your ideal subject will not only impress editors and tempt them to keep you on their books, but it will also mean you can sell more articles, and therefore, make more money.
While a high output is commendable, never let your quality assurance process dip because of it. Don’t get carried away turning out article after article, only for an editor to turn round and point out all your spelling or grammar mistakes.
3. Impressed Editors
The greater your level of knowledge in a subject, the more your editor will be impressed by your talents and your passion. Making an impression on an editor is vital if you are to be taken seriously, and if you are to be considered for more work.
The thing most editors crave when searching for freelance writers, is not just an ability to turn good work within deadline, but also that they can rely on the writer to keep doing so with original articles that attract readers to their publication. A suitably impressed editor means long-term writing opportunities.
4. Regular Work
If you are lucky enough to have landed your dream job writing freelance articles on your ideal subject, it is likely if you catch an editors eye while doing so, you can land a good quality writing gig that will prove to be ongoing and mutually beneficial to both parties.
It’s a two-way street; the freelancer writer who is reliable and knowledgeable, and the editor who is prepared to pay good money for them. Everyone’s a winner.
5. Job Satisfaction
Writing articles on your favourite subject is not only a great way of enhancing productivity and increasing your earnings, but it also allows you the opportunity on a personal level, to really get to know your subject matter to a whole new level of expertise.
If it’s a subject you truly love this won’t be a problem, and as you learn more, the more quality work you will be able turn out. The satisfaction that is gained from being in this position is one of the best perks of being a freelance writer. You won’t need motivation to get up in the morning, if what you are being paid to write about is what you love.
6. Expert Status
Having written regularly on a subject from a variety of angles, very soon you will be considered an expert in your chosen field. Being recognised as an expert is a great thing to have on your C.V., because not only does it show you know your subject well and can write about it creatively, it also makes you more marketable to other editors and publications. Being an expert opens doors to more lucrative work in other markets.
7. Enhanced Lifestyle
Most freelance writers will cite flexibility in their working day, as the main benefit to being in this line of work. But the final advantage to writing in your ideal market is that you can further adapt when you want work, to suit your personal needs.
Because your motivation and output is high, your editor will be happy, and your career status will be enhanced. This means you will find it easier to decide when you work and from where, as there are less barriers in your way over shifting your work pattern around to suit.
A Word of Caution
The main downside to all this wonderful news is that writing about the same subject brings its own set of pressures. The more you write on a topic, and the more successful you become at it, the more an editor will expect you to keep going.
Without variety in your writing life things can very quickly become repetitive, and maybe even boring. The challenge will be gone, and you will be in danger of writing yourself into a corner. After all, if you do not use your new found success to branch out, you will quickly become a one-trick writer.
So if you are lucky enough to have one or two markets in which you can write and sustain regular work from, always remember that variety is the spice of life. To keep things balanced in your career and in your mind, you should keep yourself motivated by challenging your writing skills, and being prepared to write outside the box from time to time.