One of the biggest struggles of becoming a freelance writer is finding decent freelance writing jobs online. While there are several jobs posted daily on places such as UpWork, they are not always the best paying jobs out there. They are great if you are just getting started, but if you are looking for something a little more challenging, then this post is for you.
Whether you are looking to become a technical writer, travel writer or copywriter, there are several places you can find a job to suit your skills and expertise. Don’t be afraid to search for online writing jobs in places other than your usual targets, such as your average freelance site. There are other places that will lead to better opportunities and higher wages in the long run. This post will help you find different online writing jobs, no matter what niche you are interested in.
How do you find freelance writing jobs online?
Anyone trying to become a freelance writer tends to struggle at this stage. Sure, there are lots of jobs out there, but many you come across don’t pay very well. We all have the same goal, which is to get paid what you’re worth.
So, besides the usual freelance sites, where else can you find writing jobs online? I took to Quora to find advice from freelance writers and people in the know. Here are just some of the answers they provided:
“Freelance writing gigs are dispalyed at a variety of places. Here are only a few that I’ve found to be helpful in my pursuit of findg freelance writing gigs:
Job Board Sites
Facebook has freelance writing job group as well as a Facebook4freelancer board.
Elna Cain, Freelance Writer and Blogger
Elna Cain is a freelance writer and blogger. I highly recommend you check out her blog for more information. For this topic, check out her post Freelance Writing Jobs for Newbies: Landing Your First Client.
“You’ve received some good answers here, so I’ll just add a couple more.
Here are a couple of other references to sites for online gigs:
Where to Find Freelance Writing Gigs Online: 2015! and 9 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs I also suggest that you get the latest copy of “The Writer’s Market” (a new one comes out every year in the fall) and read it cover to cover like a novel. I also recommend reading Christine Adamec’s “Writing Freelance”.
Magazines are better paying than many websites, but you have to query them. The more experience you have, the better paying gigs you will get. So take a few low-paying things until you can be proud of your resume.”
Cynthia White, Freelance writer
“The first thing you don’t want to do is start on ODesk or other content mill or race-to-the-bottom bidding site. While some writers do find success at places like that and enjoy their work, it’s too easy to get burnt out. Plus, you rarely get bylines, which doesn’t really help you build your career.
Instead, you’ll want to seek out private clients. That way you can set your own rates (assuming you find a market willing to pay those rates), and you have more control over your business.
But honestly, it’s worth doing what works for you. Content mills work for some people, but if you’re looking for better rates, there are better ways to find clients. I actually wrote a post about this recently if you want to check it out: Where Do I Find My First Freelance Writing Clients? – Freelancer FAQs
Some things I suggest for finding clients is to find them:
- Through people you know
- By contacting local businesses
- By responding to job ads
- By pitching your ideas to publications
- Through social networks
- By listing your services in credible directories
- Through search engines (by using SEO tactics and attracting them to your website)
Hope this helps!”
Alicia Rades, Freelance Blogger
Alicia Rades is a freelance blogger – visit her blog for great articles related to writing and blogging.
“My clients come from my own research. I look for companies that are in my specialty, then I write a killer letter of introduction. That takes effort, and it usually comes with a much higher payoff than job boards can give you. Some boards are well managed — Elna has mentioned a few of my favorites — but it’s a mistake, in my opinion, to spend your entire marketing time on job boards. Instead, create your own opportunities. You’ll have less competition and more satisfaction.”
Lori Widmer, contract writer and editor with over 15 years of experience.
there are different options:
Content Farms: by subscribing, you have access to briefing sections and you can work on an article that a client required. PRO: these websites attract lots of companies CON: You can’t decide for how much money you want to sell your content
Platforms for freelancer: there are many platforms where you can upload your profile, experience and so on and be contacted by companies. PRO: you can indicate your hourly wage CON: competition, your profile needs to create attention
Publish your finished articles on swarmcontent.com and try to sell them directly to companies willing to buy finished articles (you decide for how much money)
Plus, try to reach your clients directly through your LinkeIn profile, and your own blog. More channels will allow you to find more opportunities.
Disclaimer: I’m a member of the swarmcontent team”
Stephen Miller, Freelance Writer
These writers offer excellent advice on finding freelance writing jobs online and offline. There are several different places you can go to, it’s about putting in the time and effort to build your portfolio, contacts and clients. The best way to do that is to go down several different routes until your find great writing jobs online, rather than just any old job.