9 remote jobs for writers who want to travel and earn

9 best remote jobs for writers who want to earn as they travel

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Last updated March 5, 2024.

If you’re a writer who wants to travel more or have a little more freedom in your day-to-day life, then you’ll want to learn about these remote jobs for writers.

Remote work was a thing well before the pandemic—I’m fortunate to have been doing it full-time since January 2019. Even though there’s a push to go back to the office in a hybrid or 100% capacity, remote work is still the preference for many employees and freelancers.

The old data that companies leaned on when it was time to embrace the remote work wave still holds true. Remote work means improved productivity, reduced stress, better health, and increased work-life balance.

I’m often in Facebook groups answering questions about remote work and writing jobs that allow it. “Writing” is a vague term or niche, though. There are so many possible types of work a writer can do, and with some focus and determination, anyone can be happy if they find a writing role that fits their professional and lifestyle needs.

Here are some writing remote jobs that can help you gain the flexibility to work from anywhere while earning.

9 remote jobs for writers who want to earn on the road

Note: Salary information was sourced and confirmed from research, including Glassdoor, Upwork, Indeed, BLS, and my own personal work experience as a remote writer, and is pertinent to the United States labor market.

Content writer

Similar titles or roles: SEO writer, content marketer, SEO blogger, blogger

Common tools/skills they use: Grammarly, SEO software (RankMath, Yoast, Moz, etc.), Google Analytics, ChatGPT

Annual salary range: $50,000 – $79,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: $25 – $40 per hour

Content writers create long-form content like blog posts, articles, ebooks, and whitepapers, mainly for education, entertainment, or marketing. In some cases, they’re creating optimized content for search engines (SEO) or working with an SEO strategist who can do so in hopes of getting articles and blog posts to rank at or near the top of search results and attract their target audiences.

Remote jobs for writers Dall-E content writer

Copywriter

Similar titles or roles: Marketing copywriter, brand copywriter, conversion copywriter

Common tools/skills they use: Hemingway Editor, Thesaurus, ChatGPT

Annual salary range: $60,000 – $91,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: $30 – $100 per hour

Copywriters write compelling sales and advertising material or copy, including websites, brochures, emails, and advertising campaigns. If there’s any writer known for coming up with catchy phrases or slogans, it’s usually the copywriter. They aim to get an audience or customers to take a desired action—usually a purchase or download.

User experience (UX) writer

Similar titles or roles: Content designer, UX content strategist, product copywriter, UX copywriter, content strategist

Common tools/skills they use: Figma, Miro, Notion, Jira, Confluence, ChatGPT

Annual salary range: $69,000 – $123,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: $50 – $125 per hour

UX writers work on design teams and are versed in psychology, research, and product design principles. They partner with product designers, researchers, product managers, and other stakeholders to create seamless user experiences, focusing on in-app messaging people using the product tend not to notice. Think along the lines of error messages, signup forms, tooltips, and onboarding experiences.

Technical writer

Similar titles or roles: Technical content writer, documentation engineer, documentation writer, content developer

Common tools/skills they use: HTML/CSS/Markdown language, Microsoft Office, SDK or API documentation, ChatGPT

Annual salary range: $67,000 – $101,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: $40 – $55 per hour

Technical writers create clear, concise guides, manuals, how-to articles, and documents that explain complex information and topics in a simple way. As the name implies, technical writing is a highly technical role, and it’s not uncommon to find jobs wanting computer science or software development degrees (or similar experience) if you’re facing it full time. Like UX writers, technical writers should be strong collaborators and communicators as they partner with developers and engineers to gather information that informs their writing.

Social media manager

Similar titles or roles: Content creator, Digital creator, Social media marketer, Social media content specialist

Common tools/skills they use: Social media platforms, Google Docs, Trello, Canva, Buffer, Bitly, ChatGPT

Annual salary range: $51,000 to $91,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: $20 – $35

Social media managers create copy and captions on social media platforms to help brands increase their exposure and inform their customers or clients. They might run several social media channels the client or company needs or one specific platform. For instance, a social media marketer might handle 4 social media platforms for a brand, whereas a Pinterest marketer is only responsible for Pinterest, making engaging pins and captions to drive traffic to a blog or agency. Social media managers and marketers use data and analytics to figure out which campaigns resonate with their audience and build on that information to scale business.

Remote jobs for writers that want to travel and earn ghostwriter

Ghostwriter

Similar titles or roles: Executive ghostwriter, Twitter ghostwriter, fiction ghostwriter, nonfiction ghostwriter, novel ghostwriter

Common tools/skills they use: Creative writing, storytelling, proofreading, editing

Annual salary range: $46,000 – $71,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: Widely varies. $50 – $150 per hour; $10,000 – $50,000 per book; up to $700 per hour for Linkedin ghostwriting

A ghostwriter is someone who creates copy and isn’t credited for the work. The credit goes to someone else—usually the client or the person or organization the client represents. They can write books, speeches, and articles, though ghostwriters may also write blog posts, web copy, social media posts and captions, and anything else the client wants. Ghostwriters can write about almost anything, so their pay wildly varies. A blog post might be $500 and take a few hours, while you might charge $35,000 for a book and complete it in 4 months. If there’s any advice, steer clear of anywhere or anyone charging you pennies and get what you’re worth.

Grant writer

Similar titles or roles: Government proposal writer, RFP specialist, RFP content writer

Common tools/skills they use: Investment research, government, nonprofit, budget proposals, storytelling

Annual salary range: $51,000 – $79,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: $40 – $100 per hour

Grant writers research and create proposals to help nonprofit organizations like charities, schools, and museums secure government funding. These writers get a thorough understanding of their client’s needs to research available grants, choosing to pursue worthwhile ones for the organization. Business knowledge like government funding and budgeting are helpful for this role, but so is storytelling and being able to convey a narrative for the reader. You’re still trying to win someone over for your client, after all.

Scriptwriter

Similar titles or roles: Screenwriter, Screenplay writer, video scriptwriter, YouTube scriptwriter, TikTok scriptwriter

Common tools/skills they use: Final Draft, Scrivener, WriterDuet, social media platforms, Google Docs, creative writing, art, drama

Annual salary range: $58,000 – $101,000

Hourly rate for freelancers: $30 – $60 per hour

Scriptwriters create scripts, narratives, and storylines for programs, advertisements, comedies, films, music videos, and video games, telling captivating stories audiences want to watch, play, or buy. It can be an original story, fiction, or an adaptation of real life. Scriptwriters write alone or work with other writers depending on the project. And with video being popular on social media, scriptwriters can find plenty of work writing for those platforms, too.

Remote jobs for writers who want to travel and earn | AI content editor

AI content editor

Similar titles or roles: AI content writer, AI content creator, AI copywriter, generative AI content creator, AI prompt writer

Common tools/skills they use: ChatGPT, Bard, Grammarly AI, Copy AI, Jasper AI

Annual salary range: 

Hourly rate for freelancers: $25 – $70

With the rise of AI in business and the workplace, it was only a matter of time before AI content editor and AI content writing roles and gigs started popping up. These types of writers are experts on AI-generated content. They can leverage AI tools to develop prompts that generate the desired content or work on content someone else generated with AI to make it more human or readable. AI content editing is still relatively new, so you might not see these roles in abundance, though they’ve been popping up on freelancer sites like Upwork and Fiverr.

How to get a remote job as a writer

Having a degree or certificate in a relevant study area like Journalism, Marketing, Writing, or Communications is helpful though not required. In most cases, you can substitute work experience in these areas, and there are courses online to help you develop skills or boost your writing confidence if you need them.

You might be wondering, “What if I don’t have any experience?”

Create some.

No matter your writing path, having a writing portfolio or samples you can share will help you stand out and land your first remote writing job or gig. Do all writing jobs require a portfolio? No, but so many of them do that it might be a better use of your time to start your search with one.

A good rule of thumb is to have at least 3 writing samples before you start looking for work. 3 is a good starting point because that’s usually how many samples clients or companies want or expect to see in a portfolio. The more pieces of writing work you have, the better.

You can create these writing samples in Google Docs and start pitching as soon as you have 3 of them. Just make a shareable link to the folder with your Google documents. Or, you can download your writing pieces in .doc or .pdf format and include them in cold messages and applications you send out. It’s an easy way to get started quickly.

If you have some time, I recommend using free resources like Medium or Canva to start a blog or portfolio. Writing is competitive work, so taking the extra step to establish an online presence and look more professional can make all the difference. And if you’re tech savvy or plan on doing this for a long time, consider starting a blog and building your personal brand.

Note: Your portfolio should showcase your best writing and be relevant to the type of work you're looking for. For instance, a UX writer's portfolio should have samples of UX writing deliverables like a redesign of a signup form or in-app messaging for a welcome flow. A grant writer's portfolio should have proposal samples showcasing different grants they can secure.

Resources to help you find remote writing jobs

Here are some websites and job boards that prioritize remote writing jobs and content work, and some titles you’ll see on those sites.

  • Working In Content – Content designer, UX writer, content strategist
  • SmartBlogger – Proposal writer, conversion copywriter, technical writer
  • ProBlogger – Scriptwriter, content writer, blog writer, copywriter, SEO writer
  • MediaBistro – Communications assistant, content editor, social media editor

These boards tend to focus on specific types of writing, so consider adding them to your overall job search strategy with Linkedin, Indeed, etc., rather than relying on just one or some of them.

For more job boards, read this article: Job boards to help you land your dream remote job.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. I remember what it was like deciding to be a writing digital nomad and then putting my content and blog together. It’s a lot of hard work, but you might find it super rewarding with some focus and dedication.

Happy portfolio building and job hunting! If you need help with your portfolio or have writing or career questions, feel free to contact me.

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Comments (12)

  • Melanie

    March 13, 2024 at 6:05 am

    Thanks for the great info on different writing jobs. Great info as I look for additional work!

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      March 13, 2024 at 2:08 pm

      Happy to help!

  • Jasmine

    March 13, 2024 at 6:16 am

    Incredible and resourceful! Thank you for sharing insights and resources to find jobs. I’ve been contemplating looking into the UX writer profession and having this breakdown of the role expectations has been helpful!

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      March 13, 2024 at 2:09 pm

      Ooooh! You’re welcome to bug me if you have UX writing questions. That’s what I do!

  • Manasi Wagh

    March 13, 2024 at 6:29 am

    Thank you so much for this informative blog.

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      March 13, 2024 at 3:43 pm

      Of course! 🙂

  • Jennifer

    March 13, 2024 at 8:38 am

    Wow, these are very good ideas with helpful and thorough information.

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      March 13, 2024 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks!

  • Brandi

    March 13, 2024 at 11:19 am

    Great information! Thanks for breaking down the different titles and descriptions! That’s helpful.

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      March 13, 2024 at 3:44 pm

      Of course! Glad you found it helpful.

  • JRC

    March 18, 2024 at 11:45 am

    I love this post! I dream of writing compelling stories for brands. Thanks for putting all the information out there. I’m a newbie blogger!

    1. Bonnibelle Chukwuneta

      March 26, 2024 at 7:34 am

      How cool! Welcome to the blogging world. 🙂

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