The diversity this writing option offers me is absolutely one of my favorite parts of this whole experience.
For example, in total today I wrote 5 articles. For my commercial real estate site I wrote about TFC Financial repaying its TARP funds and a law firm looking to relocate in downtown Milwaukee. For the teen magazine I wrote a review of 17 Again and a mini-celeb profile. For a new site, I'm now guest writing for, I wrote a piece on what to do in Chicago on vacation.
But the diversity doesn't just stop there. I read press releases on hip hop artists and began formulating what the next edition of the ATL-based mag will look like. I assigned stories to my writers on a dance crew, a new teen-heartthrob actor, and a 12-year-old girl who sells handmade flip-flops to raise money for charity.
I know, some freelancers say to find a writing niche and stick to that. And that may be perfect for some people. I've got a friend who writes just about beauty topics. She's amazing and has an endless store of new ideas to pitch to hundreds of publications. But for me, I'm not as enthralled by any one thing as she is. I like to read about everything. I like to be able to discuss the latest sports scores, the newest beauty trend, the recently announced bankruptcy and the newest album to drop. Freelancing gives me that option and pays me to be so diverse.
Why I Love Freelancing, Reason 2: I get to have my finger on the pulse of a number of areas.