The majority of freelance writing falls into several categories: copywriting, editorial and news writing, blogging, content writing, technical writing, creative writing and business writing. Many categories overlap, particularly in the realm of content writing. Some freelancers are ghost writers, writing content that is credited to another person.
Freelance writers can work at virtually any type of writing they choose; companies outsource all types of projects. Writers who prefer to work on their own schedules often choose content writing and blogging. Content writers create copy for a wide variety of websites, often for multiple clients. They may also write marketing copy, technical documents, news stories and creative pieces. Bloggers do similar work, but for a dedicated website.
Technical writers write about complex subjects in fields such as engineering and science. They make complicated material accessible to a variety of audiences, from subject matter experts to lay people. Technical writing projects include research documentation, product manuals, white papers and training courses, among others. This type of writing often requires specific education or experience in the subject matter.
Business writers tackle subjects related to corporations, economics, finances and general business practices. News and editorial writers handle news stories, current events, feature stories and human-interest pieces for online and print sources. Copywriters work with marketing and advertising content for websites, catalogues, ads and other promotional materials.