Freelance Writing: Simple Tips on Complicated Topics Quality vs. Quantity? Pros and Cons of Both

freelance-writingWhich is better in the world of freelancing, quality, or quantity? This is actually a pretty tough and even philosophical question to a certain extent. Let’s take a closer look at it.

They both have value; however, depending on the freelance writer’s preference for work environment, one may suit his or her writing style better than the other.

To answer this question, this article will consider the different types of writing that these two states indicate, and break the article down further into pros and cons of each.

Quality writing tends to be of an academic variety such as theses, dissertations, or thesis proposals. Other types of quality writing may include in depth business proposals such as:

  1. RFPs
  2. backgrounders
  3. business plans
  4. product descriptions.

Certain types of article also fall into this category, those types of articles that are scientific or technically based, advanced health or fitness writing, and writing about business topics such as personal finance, investing or stocks.

Quantity writing tends to be driven more by short articles and blog entries. This type of writing leans toward pop business and lifestyle topics. It is typified by the light web based articles found online and may include blog work such as celebrity articles, fashion and beauty tips and health and wellness advice.
The main pro of quality writing is that it is quality writing. These types of jobs test the freelance writer on all types of levels – his or her ability to research, write coherently, use appropriate vocabulary and create a piece of writing that imparts value and knowledge to the reader. These types of jobs also help the freelance writer become a better writer; they boost the levels of his or her writing skills, and often teach him or her about topics that he or she would otherwise not be exposed to understand.
Quality writing also tends to be more lucrative. These types of jobs will typically pay more and often lead to repeat business if the freelance writer does a good job on the first order. In addition, the types of customers that fire freelance writers for quality writing tend to be a little more reliable and trustworthy, since they typically occupy the upper echelon of academia and of the business world.
One of the main pros of quantity writing is that it can be written quickly. Quantity writing tends to be delivered quickly and it has a short shelf life. The content, especially online, grows stale very quickly, which means that it needs to be endlessly generated, repurposed, and updated. This reality of the speed by which the online world changes leads to a constant, secure and steady source of income for freelance writers who specialize in quantity work.
Another pro of quantity work is that it is relatively easy to create. Quantity work typically follows a template or formula, and the style does not often vary, so once the freelance writer learns the style guidelines, quantity writing becomes exceedingly easy to create and re-create.
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