The best freelance writing assignments are not-so-hard to define (sometimes we can define them by their opposites, "the worst" assignments- don't we all have an opinion on what those are?). Let's take a look at some of the "best" freelance writing assignments out there!
The Perfect Freelance Writing Assignment: IN YOUR NICHE!
Sometimes the best assignment is the one that is in the niche that you are passionate about, or that you know a lot about. This might be your "perfect" assignment even if the hourly pay falls below your minimum, because you know you can rock out this project with fire and speed! This can also be the best freelance writing assignment when you are burned out on other assignments, such as (for me) keyword copy.
Learn more about freelance writing niches here.
The Perfect Freelance Writing Assignment: Re-purposed Work!
Re-purposed work is work that you've already done, but that can be changed to fit some other (new) assignment. Always be very careful about copyright and meeting your new client's needs, but if you do this correctly, you save yourself so much time and effort! An example of a re-purposed work would be a magazine article that you wrote about advertising. In it, you interviewed the CEO of an agency. Then, another, new magazine accept a pitch from you on a profile of that same CEO. You already have some copy and some idea of her beliefs and career trajectory, and you already have the interview. You therefore send yourself time with this kind of freelance writing assignment.
Learn more about pitching and querying magazines here.
The Perfect Freelance Writing Assignment: The Price is Right
Sometimes the price is just right, and when the bills come due, you're ready to put pen to paper in any kind of writing assignment! That's understandable. Just be aware of burnout once you're out of the woods.
Learn more about freelance writing rates here.