Defining the Role

Freelance Writer

What is a Freelance Writer?

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A Freelance Writer is a writer who works as a self-employed contractor for an organization, as opposed to being a full- or part-time employee. Generally, freelancers work for multiple clients at the same time. A Freelance Writer can be a generalist, writing content for various publications and channels, such as websites, press releases. blog posts, internal corporate communications, emails, grant writing, proposals, or newsletters. Many Freelance Writers chose to specialize in a specific communications channel or industry.

What does a Freelance Writer do, typically?


A Freelance Writer has exceptional verbal and writing skills with a strong understanding of creating content for digital and traditional channels. They research, write, proofread, and edit content; understand styles and standards (AP Style, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.); and, can establish and adhere to a brand’s tone and image.

Manages multiple projects effectively

A Freelance Writer is a creative problem solver with excellent organizational skills; is able to work on multiple projects of varying complexity; can work remotely within a set budget and deadline; and, works well under pressure.

Understands digital measurement metrics

This type of specialist also has a strong understanding of writing for digital channels, including SEO, keyword research and placement, and user engagement metrics.

A Freelance Writer is not a Content Strategist

A Content Strategist focuses on strategies and tactics for creating and delivering content that will engage various stakeholders. A Freelance Writer creates the content.

Important metrics for a Freelance Writer

Freelance Writers communicate with an organization’s content strategists, web developers, and internal communication teams to understand which metrics are important to achieve specific business goals. As freelancers, they generally count on their clients to develop, study and evaluate those metrics.

Freelance Writer Salary

US Based, employer-reported data for a Freelance Writer:

  • 25th Percentile $61.6K
  • Average $66.5K
  • 75th Percentile $85.8K

Freelance Writer Job Description

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As a Freelance Writer at <Company XXX>, you’ll get to show off your excellent writing skills on a variety of key projects. More specifically, you’ll get to:

  • develop ideas for and write engaging content that aligns with our brand strategy, and addresses the needs and interests of our multiple stakeholders
  • collaborate with team members to develop content that promotes internal and external user engagement
  • research and interview key stakeholders and subject-matter experts
  • tell the stories of our company, employees, and customers in ways that expand our brand presence, inform and engage, and help achieve our business goals
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