15 Proven Websites for Finding Freelance Writing Gigs

15 Proven Websites for Finding Freelance Writing Gigs

This is a guest post by Ken Waldman.

For those of among you who shudder at the very idea of going to work every day, and sitting, 9 to 5, in a cubicle, freelancing might just be the perfect fit.

However, the internet is a big place, so it can be a bit overwhelming for new freelancers to get themselves out there, not just because of the growing competition, as more and more people turn to freelancing and working from home, but also because there are thousands of websites which aim to connect freelancers with their clients.

It’s a jungle, and to prevent your freelancing career from crashing before it even took off, you need to start looking for your first gig in the right places.

In order to make your job a bit easier, we have selected 15 of the best sites for finding freelance writing gigs, divided into several categories, which are guaranteed to help you earn money and grow your reputation as a freelancer.

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Blogging

Bloggers are always in demand, and there are plenty of blogs which pay good money for a well-written guest post. Here are some of them:

Be a Freelance Blogger

Sophie Lizard is one of the most successful bloggers out there, and her blog, Be a Freelance Writer, is a great resource for all freelancers. In addition to providing useful advice, Sophie also has an awesome, free e-book, which lists all the best-paying blogs and websites, and an active job board. Also, there is the famous Pitchfest, which awards $100 to the blogger that comes up with the best pitch.

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Problogger

ProBlogger

Problogger is another essential stop for freelance bloggers. Apart from numerous tips and guides on how to write, improve and promote your content, its job board of one the best sources of high-paying freelance writing gigs on the web.

All Indie Writers

If there ever was a website that could teach you everything there is to know about freelancing, publishing, and blogging, it’s this one. Each post on this website is written to help you hone your skills and earn top dollar as a blogger or a writer. If you feel like you’re already there, check out their regularly updated job board, and find something for yourself.

Writing

While blogging and writing may seem similar, there are differences. If you are looking to make money writing, without having to worry about content marketing or SEO, check out the following websites:

Essaywriters.net

If you are particularly skilled at writing essays, you can earn a good income by signing up with Essaywriters today. They offer competitive rates, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to find regular work there, which is a huge bonus. All you have to do is sign up, pass a grammar test, and you are on your way.

Writers.ph

If you are looking to do some serious writing, and get paid for it adequately, then Writers.ph is definitely a place you should visit. They are always in demand of writers which are capable of researching and writing academic reports, literature reviews, business writing, case studies, legal consulting, and plenty more.

Freelancercareers.com

FreelancerCareers.com is constantly hiring capable academic writers and editors that can handle the most complex writing tasks, such as writing dissertations, grants, or resumes. It also provides opportunities for copywriters. Their rates per page are some of the best you will find online. If you want to make money writing, this is a great place to start

Asiawriters.com

AsiaWriters.com allows freelance writers to take part in a wide variety of writing projects. Technical writing, copywriting, essays, grants resumes, research papers, content writing, and so on. All of these are waiting for you there. Create a freelancer account and let your career take off.

Entertainment

If you are confident you can produce interesting visual, video, or written content, visit the following pages:

Cracked

Cracked

Cracked.com is one of the leaders as far as humor, pop culture, and entertainment are concerned, and they pay anywhere between $50 and $200 per post. Plus, you will be in touch with one of their editors to guide you through the process, which is always a valuable learning experience.

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Listverse

“Listicles” are an extremely popular form nowadays, and if you are great at expressing your ideas this way, we advise you to check out Listverse. Anything goes here, from science and media to conspiracy theories and history, just as long as it is interesting and exciting.

Guides

Consider yourself an expert on a certain subject and looking for a freelance writing job? Write about it:

About.com

About.com is where experts gather to create guides and share information involving their field of interest. You can join their growing community, and earn a fixed income each month.

Miscellaneous

These websites are aimed at helping all freelancers, including writers, designers, engineers, architects, or translators:

Hubstaff Talent

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Hubstaff Talent connects freelance writers and clients with efficiency and finesse. It’s a free directory for companies looking for remote talent across the globe. There are no markups and no fees on either side (freelancer or business owner). That means writers get exactly what their client pays them.

UpWork

UpWork (formerly oDesk) has become the largest workplace online, ever since their merger with Elance. While bidding sites often get a bad rep, UpWork is actually a great source of long-term, high-paying jobs that every freelancer is looking for.

Freelancer

Much like its main rival, UpWork, Freelancer offers access to thousands of jobs and over 1.5 million clients every day, whether you’re a writer, a software engineer, or a voice actor. You can rest assured that once you register there, you will find a great gig in no time.

Guru

Guru is very similar to UpWork and Freelancer, but you should always work on increasing your chances of getting that great freelance writing gig by looking for it in several different places. IT, administration, writing, design, management, finance, are just some areas where Guru members can find regular work with reputable clients.

Craigslist

Yes, that Craigslist. You will be surprised to find out that Craigslist is one of the best resources for online freelancers, not just a place for people selling random stuff, or creepy personal ads. It takes a bit of time to navigate through it, but there are some great jobs offers there, that’s for sure.

Demand Media

This website is primarily aimed at creative professions, such as writing, photography, as well as anything regarding the process of filmmaking. They are very rigorous when it comes to hiring new people, but once you get in, you can count on inspiring projects, regular work, and steady pay.

Ready to start doing some freelance writing?

We hope these websites will help you jumpstart your freelancing career. It can be difficult to take off, but it gets easier as you go along. With all the useful tips and tricks, as well as job offers on these pages, you are all set.

Have we missed any good resources? How did you find your first job as a freelance writer? Let us know in the comments.

  • vlad

    Thank you for interesting information!

    You can also add wiirk.com (I would add), it’s a mix of faiverr and upwork, only with a personal manager who picks people up for free

  • cynthia

    Listverse is not a good place for freelancers to get published.

    I submitted two articles to Listverse and in one case, they rejected the article outright. In the other case, they first had me revise the article, then rejected the article using the same form letter they used for the first submission. So basically, I wasted a total of 4 hours of week for no publications and no payment.

    Listverse sends out a form letter saying that they receive 150 submissions per day and only publish 3 of those. If that is accurate (who knows?), then there are 147 writers per day who spent time on their articles just like me and were not paid for all of their work. That is a terrible model for freelancing writers. I think the whole gig economy freelancing model is a ripoff that penalizes writers and puts the whole risk obligation on the writer and none on the publishing website. It’s an exploitative process. I have a full-time job already, so I am just going to look for more predictable and non-exploitative work than freelance writing.

    • Dann Albright

      Being a long-time freelancer myself, I really understand how you feel. It took me a long time to get to the point where I was actually getting paid any notable sum for my work, and I wrote a lot of articles that I barely got paid for at all. It takes a long time.

      But there are a lot of advantages, too—you have the opportunity to write about things that you’re interested in, you get to learn a lot of new stuff, and you get to be very flexible in your work arrangements. You might not be able to do all of those right away, but that’s the dream.

      As for Listverse, I’m not familiar with it myself. But I’d recommend trying to get that list published elsewhere. It depends on the topic of the list, but I feel like there’s got to be someone out there who’s willing to pay for high-quality content on just about any topic. It’s just a matter of finding them.

    • Dann Albright

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Listverse; that’s a tough situation. I know what it feels like to work on an article for a long time and not get it published. It really sucks. I’d recommend only writing for sites that approve your articles before you write and approve them, and are willing to work with you to make changes and edits if they’re not happy, instead of just rejecting the piece. There are a lot of sites out there, and I’m sure you can find a couple that would love your writing. You might even be able to get that list published!