Whether it is for websites, books or instruction manuals, there is content everywhere. Someone has to develop it. Why not you!? Content developers specialize in providing valuable written and graphical content to businesses, publications and individuals on a contractual or full-time employment basis.
Freedom to Write from Anywhere
As a freelance content developer you have the ability to write and produce your content from anywhere in the world. Many content developers find employment in the U.S. and relocate to other countries where the currency exchange rates are greatly in your favor. If you love to write and research, this may be the dream job you’ve been looking for.
Every website has content. Even the most basic websites have a need for professional content developers. You can specialize in a specific niche and become an expert content developer in area that interests you. Product reviews are another popular choice for content developers. Common areas that website owners struggle with are:
- Menu pages (restaurants, cafes, etc.)
- Terms and Conditions
- Help/Support documentation
- Home page sales pitch
- Product descriptions
- Marketing materials
My dad was a technical writer in California for nearly 20 years. He drafted the instruction manuals for the machines that put labels on 2-liter soda bottles. If you enjoy logical thinking and writing, such as capturing processes and procedures, this may be an ideal job for you. Common types of documents produced by technical writers include:
- Procedural/Instruction manuals
- Help content for software
- Create diagrams for products or processes
- Identify and draft “Frequently Asked Questions” for products or services
As of 2012 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the going rate for technical writing services was $31 per hour.
Believe it or not, there are quite a few contract technical writing jobs available at any given time. When I wrote this article, I did a simple search at Indeed.com and found 1,100 technical writing jobs available.
Write an eBook
I have a whole section of this website dedicated eBooks. If you have a substantial idea and want to write for yourself, an eBook may be the solution. Publishing your own eBook is actually very simple. I can also recommend this course to become a Kindle publisher in 30 days.
Whatever type of content developer you choose to be, focus on quality. By providing quality products, you can guarantee repeat customers and live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted as a freelance writer.