It’s one thing to want to be a freelance writer and another to find freelance writing jobs. There are so many writing jobs available, but it can be hard to find the right ones for your niche, as well as legit opportunities that pay well.
Here are 15 places to look to find freelance writing jobs and start your freelance writing career.
To find freelance writing jobs that are perfect for you, you have to devote time each day to searching, applying, and pitching. The whole process is like thrift store shopping. You can’t expect to find that amazing find the first time you visit the thrift store. Instead, the best thrift store finds come when you visit regularly and take time to comb through the racks. Keep that in mind when you are tired of looking at online writing jobs. You will
Keep that in mind when you are tired of looking at online writing jobs. You will find the gold eventually, but you might have to waste a few days digging.
To find work, you need to go where your potential clients are hanging out and talking. Facebook groups like Boss-Moms, Online BFFs, and Mom to Mompreneur are filled with business owners and entrepreneurs, and there is a good chance someone will be looking for a writer.
Don’t just join these groups and self-promote, but honestly try to make connections. Once people know who you are and what you are good at, they will refer you without you even having to ask.
RemoteOK is another listing of remote jobs, with several listings for content writing and social media writing. Search for copywriting, email writing, and content marketing to find writing leads. If you are looking for a non-writing remote job, this is a good place to look too.
Search ZipRecruiter for content and writing jobs. Not all of the job listings are going to be for remote work, so you will need to sort through them. However, just because it doesn’t say remote work, don’t let that stop you. I’ve been able to convince companies to hire me on a freelance basis instead of an in-house one.
Indeed is more commonly used for local job searches, but I have found a lot of good writing positions through here. Just be sure to type “writer” and “remote” in the search fields. You can narrow your search further by searching “finance writer” or “grant writer.”
6. ProBlogger’s Job Board
I have gotten a lot of jobs from the Problogger Job Board when I was a new writer, and I am super thankful for it. My secret to winning jobs on this popular listing is to check listings every day and apply as soon as you see a listing you like.
7. Simply Hired
Simply Hired is another popular job search engine, but if you type in writer and remote for the search fields, you will find a lot of listings. Be aware that there is a mix of wonderful job opportunities, along with content-mill type jobs. Usually, content-mill jobs sound too good to be true, boasting that writers can make $20-50 an hour by writing 400-word articles. What those jobs really mean is that they will pay you $3 per article, and if you write fast enough, you can make a reasonable hourly rate.
Am I seriously suggesting you find a writing job on the same site you would find a used sofa? Yes! Craigslist actually hooked me up with my previous WiseBread gig. Be sure to search in popular cities, such as Los Angeles and New York City. You can even expand your search to Canada. With Craigslist, there is a big mix of listings, from low pay and internship to good pay. Look for the established sites and companies that are posting jobs.
WhoPaysWriters is not a posting for online writing jobs, but it is a good place for leads and to figure out how much certain publications pay. Use this site to get ideas on who to pitch and email.
10. We Work Remotely
We Work Remotely is worth putting on your raider because it can link you to unique job opps that are not elsewhere on the web. In the past, I have seen more listings than the two listed in April. Make sure to check under copywriting and marketing for possible online writing jobs.
11. Blogging Pros
Blogging Pros is not my favorite site, but occasionally there will be good job offers on there. Watch out for low-paid gigs.
12. Media Bistro
Media Bistro has a lot of writing jobs for in-house writers, but there are also opportunities for freelancers.
13. LinkedIn Jobs
LinkedIn is a great way to get noticed by clients and also a good way to find writing jobs. I have landed several writing jobs through LinkedIn’s job search.
14. All Freelance Writing
All Freelance Writing is another job board listing that rates jobs by pay. Some of the jobs are repeats from other sites, but it is still worth checking out.
15. Twitter Feeds
Here are some Twitter feeds to follow for writing jobs postings:
Don’t forget to check out my advice on winning the freelance pitch to make sure your job search efforts aren’t wasted.