Freelance Technology Writer (Multiple Positions)
About Your Role:
Do you love writing about technology? Do you enjoy helping people learn things and solve problems? Are you the person everyone comes to for help in understanding how something works in a language they understand? If so, we need to talk.
The audience we reach is not that of a tech enthusiast. No breaking news, insider jargon, or snarky pieces here. Technology is super important to our readers because of how it makes their lives better, not because they obsess over the technology itself. Our writers take pride in understanding this audience and knowing how to speak to them.
About Your Contributions:
- 4+ years demonstrable experience writing about consumer-facing technology
- Strong research skills
- Experience writing for a web-based publication
- Very high comfort level and demonstrable experience writing straightforward, practical, and instructional-style advice on technology
- Ability to write on a breadth of technology topics, across popular platforms and device
- Ability to work on multiple simultaneous projects and meeting staggered deadlines
- Willingness to work closely with an Assignment Editor and Copy Editor
- Terrific skills in screenshot-taking and finding great images for your content
- Experience with a WordPress-style CMS
- A working Google Account and familiarity with Google Sheets
- Experience working as a remote freelancer
- Experience working with an Assignment Editor and Copy Editor
- Demonstrable experience documenting processes
- Demonstrable experience creating curriculum or other educational content
- Experience creating animated GIFs or custom imagery
- Active social media following
As mentioned, we’re primarily looking for technology generalists with experience across the gamut of modern technology, but if your focus is one of the following specialty areas, and you can show us examples of your work, written for an audience like Lifewire's, we'd still love to chat:
- Wearable tutorials (Wear OS, WatchOS, Fitbit, etc.)
- Antivirus, security, and online safety concepts and tutorials
- Windows, Android, and Apple troubleshooting guides
- DSLR and mobile photography troubleshooting guides and tutorials
- Home theater concepts and tutorials (bonus points for brand-specific specialties)
- Chrome OS/Chromebook tutorials and troubleshooting guides
- Smart home, connected home, and iOT tutorials and concepts
- Office software tutorials, especially spreadsheets
- HTML/CSS concepts and tutorials
- VR/AR/MR concepts, tutorials, and app round-ups
- Machine learning and AI concepts
- General technology concepts
In case it isn't clear yet, we're not your normal news-oriented tech site. We're very instruction-driven and our goal is always to help and educate. Just because you know technology and can also write does not necessarily mean you can write great instruction-based content about technology. You need to identify as much as an educator as you do a writer!
IMPORTANT: We are not currently accepting applications via resume/CV. To be considered, you must fill out this form to apply: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfstXlZ5GVpNYSbL9L8X5WKAKDJO97JYIyqcmH7HsdSKW3gNg/viewform.
Our freelancer contracts last for up to one year and may be renewed. We require a minimum number of pieces to be submitted per month, a number we individualize with each of our writers based on their abilities and our needs. Most pieces are between 500 and 1500 words. We offer competitive per-article rates.
Lifewire, one of the largest tech sites on the web, is looking for a number of experienced freelance technology writers who share our passion for creating content that leaves readers feeling educated, empowered, and understood. We’re looking for writers who think of themselves more as technology educators than journalists.
For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication. Our brands include Verywell, The Spruce, The Balance, Investopedia, Lifewire, TripSavvy and ThoughtCo.
Dotdash embraces inclusivity and values our diverse community. We are committed to building a team based on qualifications, merit and business need. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.