When you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, it can be hard to know where to find work. Once you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll likely find yourself with a list of regular clients and, in some cases, companies will seek you out specifically for your services. Until then, however, you can expect to do a little fishing. You’ll need to do a lot of gig pitching. But where do you find freelance writing jobs to pitch to? Here’s a list of seven real sites where you can find freelance writing work.
I know, it seems uber unprofessional, but Craigslist is a goldmine for freelance writers. In fact, it’s my very favorite site to hit in the morning when I’m looking for new clients.
Here’s what I do:
I start by searching for “writing gig” under “gigs” in a major location, like New York City. Make sure you sort by “most recent” postings. I’ll breeze through the postings and apply to the ones I’m interested in. Once I’m finished, I’ll go back to the NYC homepage and click “us cities” in the panel on the right side. This shows you the major cities in the US and they are great places to continue your search. Some of the best? Try Philadelphia, Raleigh, Seattle, Chicago, NYC, and Atlanta.
Freelance Job Openings
Freelance Job Openings is a little more hit-or-miss, but I’ve landed a few decent freelance writing jobs on the site. The stuff you will find there may tend to be a little more technical in nature – in fact, the most recent two listenings are for a “Technical Writer” as I’m creating this post. They usually add just a few job postings per day, but it’s totally worth giving a quick onceover in the mornings.
Paid to Blog Jobs
A lot of freelance writers are very impressed with Paid to Blog Jobs and, frankly, I liked it a lot too. It costs $30 a month to be a member, but they have a team that pull the best freelance writing jobs from all over and post them to the site every morning. In essence, they do the searching so you don’t have to.
To be honest, Paid to Blog Jobs was instrumental in getting my freelance writing career going. It was $30 well spent each month. Now that I’ve more seasoned and know where to find jobs, it really isn’t necessary. Much of what they post are jobs you can find for free in other places, like on Craigslist or the other free sites I have listed in this post.
If you don’t have the $30, don’t worry about it. FWJ (Freelance Writing Jobs) is actually a really great, free alternative. They send out a list of new jobs (almost) daily.
You aren’t going to make a living on Blogger Jobs, but it’s worth hitting up real fast while you’re on the hunt. You’ll want to make sure you select the categories that apply to your search, like “Freelance” and “Remote.” They have options for “Full Time,” “Part Time,” and “Internship” as well, but I filter them out. Freelance writing jobs are fewer and farther between on this site, but you’ll see several remote positions available most days.
Much like Freelance Job Openings, Journalism Jobs tends to have more technical positions available. I search keyword “Writer” and typically get several results per day. In fact, I think they get more postings than either Freelance Job Openings or Blogger Jobs. Again, though, you’ll want to watch out for full time positions. They have a clock positioned under each listing that indicates if it’s freelance work or otherwise.
ProBlogger gets a couple/few new listings each day. Again, you won’t be able to depend on it solely for work, but you can definitely find a job or two there. I like that this site offers less technical work, which is probably obvious by the name. Clients are looking for bloggers more than anything else and that’s great when you’re just starting out.
Upwork will either work great for you, or you’ll hate it. Personally, I haven’t had a ton of luck finding good freelance writing jobs there, but I know several people who swear by it. I will say, they always have a lot of gig postings. Basic membership is also free, which is a plus. There is, however, a Freelancer Plus level that costs $10 a month.
Basically, you create an account and complete a series of writing tests to demonstrate your proficiency. You’re provided with 60 “connects,” which you “spend” when applying for jobs. Many companies are thorough with their job postings, so you can usually get a good feel for the project. You can definitely find work there, but the pay is usually pretty low and it’s competitive. It’s definitely worth looking into when you’re first starting out, but don’t waste too much time fiddling with the site if it isn’t working out.
Go Get Those Freelance Writing Jobs!
And that’s pretty much a wrap! Obviously, there are many places you can find freelance writing jobs online, but these are definitely some of my favorite. Remember, gigs go fast, so you’ll want search for and apply early in the day. Good luck!