One of the most frequently-overlooked opportunities for freelancers are government websites. Yes, you heard that right. For some reason, freelance writers don’t seem to think government websites actually pay for content. In reality, it’s one of the least-explored freelance opportunities, with plenty of available work and too little competition.
How To Find Them
Do a search online for government websites in your country. Start with the local government, like the official city or county websites. Then, start drilling down to the dedicated websites of specific agencies and offices. Normally, you just have to find the official city website and you’ll get a list of links to various other places.
What To Look For
While some government websites are just static pages with contact information, there are some (especially those maintained by City Hall) that regularly update. They want people to visit the website, after all, and the best way to do that is to put interesting content that people will actually come back for.
Specifically, look for any website with a “blog” section or any that actually include features (e.g. interviews, profiles) in their content. These are websites that could be interested in hiring freelance writers, so take their information down and get in touch.