As a writer, you want to get paid for your craft. I don’t blame you! So do I. Maybe you’re wondering what kind of jobs you can even get as a writer. Perhaps you’re asking yourself, “Do companies hire writers?”
The short answer is, “Yes.”
Lots of companies hire writers. Almost every big company hires writers to create technical documents, website content, and marketing material. Some companies hire full-time writers as employees. Other companies contract with freelance writers. Many companies do both.
But you may also want to know the demand for writers, what types of companies hire writers, and the specific names of some big companies that hire writers. Maybe you’re curious what video game companies hire writers or what companies might recruit content or creative writers.
We’re going to cover lots of ground, so let’s get started.
Is There a Demand for Writers?
Yes, there is a demand for writers. However, the specific demand depends on what type of writing job you want.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for technical writers is expected to grow 7% by 2029. The demand for writers and authors is expected to decline by 3% by 2029. The demand for editors is expected to decline by 7%. The demand for journalists is expected to decline by 11%.
Don’t worry about the declining demand. Even with reduced demand, there will still be hundreds of thousands of writing positions.
What Companies Hire Writers?
Not only do you want to know “Do companies hire writers?”, but you also want to know what companies actually hire writers. You’re in luck.
Big, medium, and small companies hire writers. Nearly everything written by any company comes from a hired writer—either a full-time employee or a contract writer.
I have worked for several companies over my career, and every single one of them used writers.
When I worked for a newspaper owned by Gannett, I wrote training materials for my call centers. When I worked for a nonprofit, I wrote website content, user manuals, instructions, grant proposals, and other technical documents. Now that I am a freelance writer, I ghostwrite medical articles for one of the biggest healthcare companies in the United States.
So, yes, most companies hire writers.
Here is a list of just SOME of the type of companies that hire writers:
- Healthcare companies
- Tech firms
- Advertising Firms
- Law Firms
- School Systems
- Social Media
- Online retailers (like Amazon)
- Fashion companies
- Travel companies
- Chemical companies
- Gas companies
- Sport Teams
- Media companies
- Financial companies
- Movie studios
- TV studios
10 Big Companies That Hire Writers
If you’re looking for specifics, I’ve compiled a list of 10 big companies (more than 500 employees) that hire writers. I’ve included links to company job boards so that you can check open positions.
What companies hire writers?
|Company Name||Size||Visit Job Board|
|Berkshire Hathaway||360K||See Jobs|
|US Bank||69K||See Jobs|
|Penguin Random House||10K||See Jobs|
There are many more companies that hire writers than those I’ve listed. Open positions fluctuate constantly. I recommend that you bookmark this post so that you can quickly return to regularly seek opportunities.
It’s also recommended that you prepare a resume, cover letter, and writing portfolio. By doing so, you will be ready to submit these materials immediately upon request. If you want to stand out more, set up a professional (but free or cheap) online portfolio that includes a video of you explaining your expertise and testimonials from your happy clients.
I wrote an entire article about setting up a free or cheap website that you can use for your portfolio.
Until you read the entire article, here are a few basics:
- Create a free website with Google Sites, Wix, Squarespace, or WordPress.org.
- Include an About Me page and a Portfolio page.
- Include a contact form so that potential employers or recruiters can reach out to you.
- Link to your portfolio from your LinkedIn profile.
Do Companies Hire Writers Full-Time or By Contract?
It usually depends on the size of the company, the type of company, and the ongoing needs of the company.
Larger companies or content-focused companies (like media or publishing companies) are more likely to hire full-time writers. Smaller companies will include content development within another position title, like marketing.
Any company that needs ongoing technical writing (most big companies) likely hires full-time technical writers. This is also true for editing, marketing, and advertising content. Many big companies will contract with freelance writers since they save money (from benefits) and save the paperwork required to hire a worker full-time.
There are benefits and downsides to both full-time and freelance writing positions.
Benefits of Full-Time Writing Positions
There are several benefits of landing a full-time writing position:
- Consistent pay
- Vacation Time
- Possible 401K
- Health Insurance
- Develop specialty or expertise
- Work with a team
Benefits of Contract Writing Positions:
There are also upsides to contract writing for companies:
- Flexible schedule
- Usually higher pay
- You can work from anywhere (even the beach :))
- Variety of projects
- Develop experience in multiple topics
What Kinds of Writers Do Companies Hire?
Companies hire many different types of writers. Each type of writer specializes in a topic or purpose. For example, tech companies might hire a technical writer for developing user guides.
The main kinds of writers companies hire include:
- Technical writers
- Content writers
- Academic writers
- UX Writers (multi-discipline writer)
Typically, companies will hire writers with experience in a certain kind of writing and industry. Medical companies probably want to find someone experienced with medical writing. Social media companies probably want to hire writers with social media experience.
Do Video Game Companies Hire Writers?
Yes! All video game companies need writers. Video game companies need technical writers, copywriters, and video game writers to develop storylines in their games.
If you want to combine your love for writing with your love for video games, check out this list of video game companies:
- Rockstar Games
- Activision Blizzard
- Naughty Dog, Inc.
- Capcom Company Ltd
- Game Freak
Check Google’s job search for available remote video game writer jobs.
Companies That Hire Content Writers
There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of companies that hire content writers. Most companies require at least occasional content writers on contract.
Here is a list of companies that hire content writers:
Here’s a great list of 77 companies that hire content writers.
Some of the companies in the list pay by article, project, or reader engagement. I highly recommend that you check out Medium. I’ve been writing on the platform for a few months and I’ve already earned close to $4,000. It’s free to join and I make nearly $1,500 per month.
Suggested read: How to Start a Blog on Medium: Exclusive 10-Step Freelancer Guide
Companies That Hire Creative Writers
Certain companies also hire creative writers. You might be surprised at how many opportunities you can find to develop stories for some of the biggest, most widely known companies in the world.
Here is a list of companies that hire creative writers:
Any movie studio, TV network, comic book company, video game company, or publishing house will (at least sometimes) hire creative writers.
Believe it or not, many popular YouTubers will hire creative writers to develop video scripts for them. Check with you favorite YouTuber to see if there is an opportunity.
How To Check if a Company Hires Writers
The best way to check if a particular company hires writers is to visit the company website, locate the career or jobs page, and search for writing jobs. If there is no clear writer positions, you can find the company contact page, and call the company by phone.
If you don’t want to make the phone call, then you can also send a professional email to the company. Be prepared to wait a few days for a response to the email.
In the email, you can simply say something like:
Dear [Hiring Manager],
My name is [Your Name]. I am curious if you have any openings for a writer at [Company Name]. I’ve been a writer for [Number] years. Please find my resume attached. If you are interested in seeing samples of my work, you can view my portfolio at the following link: [insert link]
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Whether you call or email, I suggest that you have your resume, cover letter, and writing samples available upon request. I’ve landed several jobs throughout my career by contacting companies directly, even when they have no open positions posted.
Here are more ways to check if a company is hiring:
- Check the company LinkedIn page.
- Check the companies other social media sites (like Facebook or Twitter).
- Check popular job board sites for freelancers.
Final Thoughts: Do Companies Hire Writers?
Thank you for reading my article.
I hope you found all of the answers you needed about companies hiring writers. If you enjoyed this article, you might like these other related posts:
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