CAREER DEVELOPMENT / FEB. 23, 2014
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5 Overlooked Writing Niches That Could Be Perfect For You

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Possibilities for writers are everywhere. You can write evergreen content, news content or you can write copy. These are just the tip of the iceberg, however.

The following 5 niches might be unknown territory for you. However, these options might turn out to be right up your alley. 

White Paper

White paper writing can be a very profitable career choice for academics with technical writing abilities. What exactly is white paper and what purpose does it serve? You can best describe white paper as a company essay which describes a well-known issue.

It’s important to realize a white paper is by no means a brochure or a press release. Brochures are really made to create a desire, by pushing emotional buttons. Press releases are usually short public announcements, whereas white papers are detailed essays. A typical white paper is 6 to 8 pages long, but they can be as long as you desire. On average, the writer charges $3000 to $5000 per project, which usually takes somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks to finish. For more information, be sure to check out That White Paper Guy.

Reviewer

Do you have a strong opinion about purchased products and services? Why not consider a career as review writer? One interesting sub-niche in this field is accommodation reviewing. Hotels and hostels might gladly let you sleep there for free, if you write an extensive review on your experiences. If they have the confidence that you’ll be satisfied, it’s a win-win situation really. Of course, you don’t work for free. Free accommodation should really be the worst-case scenario here. But when you’re staying in five star hotels ordering room service for business purposes, it might be tough to dare and ask for more.

Resume Writer

Do you enjoy tuning and revising your resume? Why not make a career out of it? Besides writing resumes, you can offer a service to write motivation letters. Especially since the crisis, people are outsourcing these activities to improve their chances to land a job. Grand Resume and Resume Edge are just two notable businesses in this field to start your career.

Grant Writer

Businesses all over the world are looking for ways to get subsidies. If you are skilled in writing convincing sales letters, this can be a profitable niche for you. A successful grant writer should be able to clearly write out all the arguments for funding.

An effective grant proposal should contain all goals and expected outcome, the significance of achieving these and criteria for success. The Online Writing Lab is a good place to find more information about this specialized field.

Translator

Becoming a translator can be especially lucrative if you find a niche within this field. Perhaps you have a background in law? Translating legal documents can be an option for you. It is only recommended to truly be fluent in the language you are translating to. Besides fluency, you really need to be an expert in your field. This means you need to know every possible type of jargon you can come across.

Do you have any other niches that are often overlooked and possibly in high demand? Feel free to let us know about it in the comments below.

 

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