Go for the less obvious. Every business on this planet needs words. Bread and butter work for many freelance writers include copywriting gigs for corporations - composing their newsletters, website copy, or social media. You can also target publications that don’t find their way to the newsstands - in-flight magazines, custom publications for gyms or Triple A. The options are limitless, and many of these options pay as well as the big magazines and are much easier to break into.