10 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

10 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

If you’re a freelance writer, the task of finding quality, well-paying gigs can be a daunting one. Where do you even start? How you can guarantee the jobs you’re looking at are legit instead of scams?

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: the Internet is chock full of people who are willing to pay pennies on the dollar for hours of your highly skilled time. (Keep reading for some words of warning about these people.)

The good news is that we’re here to help you weed out the dreck and find the sites that are actually worth your time and effort. () Whether you’re a copywriter, editor, creative writer or anything in between, these sites offer the well-paying, reputable freelance writing jobs you really want.

Better yet? While some sites charge a monthly fee to access their job listings, all of the resources below are free.

So where can you find freelance gigs?

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Also listing a healthy dose of copywriting jobs (you can search postings by category), this board is, as the name suggests, right up a blogger’s alley. Whether you’re into health and fitness, pets, writing code or whatever else, you’ll find a steady stream of employers looking for blog writers versed in these and many other subjects.

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While most of the postings are (you guessed it again!) for those whose focus is journalism, you don’t necessarily have to have Lois Lane dreams to find a gig here. There are also editing positions, ad copywriting and other jobs thrown into the mix. Some are location-based, some can be done remotely.

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Check out the freelance section of the site for a wide range of jobs from industries like TV, PR/marketing, magazine and book publishing and social media — a little something for everyone.

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One of the top job boards for telecommuting, FlexJobs enables you to create a custom job search profile to meet your specific needs. Select your categories (there are several under “Writing”), your preferred work schedule, your experience level and more to hone your search results down to those that best fit what you’re looking for. You can also set alerts so you’re notified when new jobs matching your search criteria are posted.

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This weekly e-newsletter provides a nice compendium of freelance writing and editing jobs of all shapes and sizes from around the Web with competitive pay rates. Save yourself the time of scouring numerous sites and let this newsletter bring the decent jobs right to your inbox.

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Created by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, an authority site on blogging, you know jobs listed here will be from serious employers who have an idea what good writing is really worth. Plus, given ProBlogger’s high profile in the blogosphere, you can often find jobs posted by some big-time blogs here.

paid writing gigs

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With exclusive job opportunities as well as posts pulled from sites like Indeed and Craigslist, this board consolidates a variety of gigs for everyone from newbie to seasoned freelancers. If you don’t want to see jobs from a certain source (Craigslist, for instance, can sometimes be sketchy), you’re free to narrow your displayed results to exclude them.

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Freelance blogger Sophie Lizard’s community forum features this board where writers and clients can share scoops on job opportunities. Each opportunity must pay at least $50 post or 10 cents a word.

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Lizard has also compiled a free ebook listing 45 blogs that pay $50 or more per post, broken down into sections like Writing Blogs, Food Blogs, etc. She also includes some good tips on how to approach these blogs, how to promote yourself once you’ve landed a post, and more.

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If you’ve already got a LinkedIn profile (and you really should), don’t let it just sit there. Networking goes a long way in the freelance world, and LinkedIn is a great resource to do some networking through common connections.

While you’re doing that networking, check out the Jobs section and sign up for email alerts when jobs are posted that match your interests. Many will be location-based, but who’s to say you can’t approach these employers with a proposal for freelance writing services? Maybe they need someone to fill the gap in the hiring interim, or maybe the job could just as easily be done remotely but they hadn’t considered that.

Pro tip: You know that “people who’ve recently viewed your profile” notification you see when you sign into LinkedIn? If you don’t recognize some of the names, why not reach out to them and say “I see you’ve looked at my profile. I’d love to explore if there are any ways we can help each other.” Can’t hurt to try, right?

Sites to avoid

Especially if you’re just starting out, it’s tempting to be lured into content mills like or free-for-alls like , and , where it looks like you might stand a better chance to land something even if you don’t have the biggest portfolio yet.

Don’t be.

While it may seem like these sites are your best best when you’re a newcomer, they’re largely a crapshoot when it comes to winning a project. These sites are a rush for the lowest bid, and you’re competing against hundreds if not thousands of other desperate freelancers prepared to sell their firstborn for the chance to write someone’s 250-page ebook. (Some writers have been able to make a decent buck on sites like Upwork, but they are often the exception rather than the rule and have usually invested huge amounts of time to make it happen.)

Even if you’re brand-spanking new to the game, no one deserves a gig that pays one cent per word. And chances are if someone is looking for the sort of writer willing to write a word a cent, they’re not going to be the best client to work for. Don’t sell yourself short just because you’re new. Have a little patience, keep persevering, and you will find those clients who truly value you.

Looking to get even more serious about your freelance writing. The Write Life published two e-books to help you find more paid writing gigs. Check out our shop to buy 71 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer and Get Better Clients and Earn More Money.

This post originally ran in September 2013. We updated it in February 2017.

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor; you can follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

Looking for freelance writing jobs? Check out The Write Life’s Job Board. Good luck!

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497 comments

  • This is an in-dept post especially for beginners. Thanks to your efforts. I believe sites like elance, odesk and freelancer are great for newbies. Even if the payouts are low, they give starters an experience to swim in the world of freelance writing and hone their skills to write for the big boys.

    Thanks once again

  • Audrey says:

    I wish I read this article earlier! I`ve already wasted so much time on Elance, and it is so unfair! I was in the same situation like Akash and many other writers here writing for nothing, but few months ago I came across writology.com which was a klondike for me! Hope it will help all the writers, especially new ones, because we should be paid decent rates, instead of trying to get work for a penny!

  • Great post! i Did try some and its working good….it helps me to grow more!

  • calvince says:

    I have the skills required of a writer however, I find it difficult to get an account to operate so as to earn some cash. Please help.

  • Who’s got experience? Freelance writing is something that seems exciting to me as a prospect, but the tangible aspects of it always seem too far away. I have no experience really, and I don’t want to lie about that. Do I think I could write alluring content? Yes. Do I want to achieve that goal by taking petty blows to all others around me, like a notoriously hated center forward in a B division? NO. I don’t want to get too involved in my own personal story on a public comment section, but I’m saving up to go back to college and would really love to be able to have a job that challenges me mentally and allows me to express myself. So if you actually read this: Should I pursue this type of work, and considering my specific situation would it be viable? Thanks again for this article Kelly, regardless of what I do tomorrow if anyone else gets half as inspired as I did reading this, you have moved mountains.

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  • Miark says:

    This isn’t a real list….this is a veiled attempt to sell her book. Some of her points are valid, most of them aren’t. For instance, I work through oDesk (now called UpWork) all the time. It took me less than three days to land a GOOD job on there, and I’ve made between 8,000 and 13,000 a year ever since. It’s true you’re competing with hundreds of other Freelancers, but this helps weed out the good writers from the bad. If you’re a bad writer, then yes, get a job somewhere churning out useless articles day after day. If you’re a good writer, UpWork is exactly what you need.

    • Lora says:

      Thank you for the error free post! It’s so irritating to see people advertising themselves as writers who can’t even write a decent comment without grammatical and punctuation errors! They complain about having to rewrite when it’s clear they need an editor of their own! Sorry for the vent, but my mind keeps correcting errors as I read this page. It does say “Speak your mind”

      • Brandi says:

        Then you won’t mind me speaking mine. Understandably your a writer but this isnt a paid gig, don’t sell yourself short by being rude.

        • diane says:

          Yes, just because you do things perfectly, does’t mean anyone can at any time. Because we are all human beings, don’t get caught up in perfection. None of us are perfect, not me, not you or anyone else I know of. So don’t let it go to your head. Be personal with everyone because you do not know our bacgrounds, nor what our days really are like.

  • Hello Kelly, I want to hire some freelancers to do the blog writing for our website . Could you introduce some places that I can find these freelancers at affordable price?

    Frank

  • James says:

    I am just starting out, as a novelist. Where do I start? What are the best resources for me? Anything information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • Deel says:

    I am so stunned that you guys actually find articles for $10 per 500 words. I have been writing 500 word articles for $2. Wow! Either way thanks a million Kelly for making this post…it will probably save me from those $2 articles haha. Great work thanks again

  • Would love for our freelancing site, , to be included on this list. While we do not specifically specialize in freelance writing, we do have a number of freelance writing jobs that are routinely posted on our site. Prices and expertise vary as does the subject matter of the writing. However, our site is free for freelancers to sign up and also to apply. Freelancers can apply to as many jobs as they like for free.

  • Nausheen Tabassum says:

    thank you so much… this is just what i was looking for! 🙂

  • Candice Wikoff says:

    This is a great interest of mine. Please send me nore information in regards to the freelance writing. Thank you!

  • Mark Morris says:

    I feel like you should make a correction to your comments on Demand Studio, now Studio D. It is not like Odesk or Elance. There is no bidding, in fact, they have one of the best assignment claim processes anywhere online. Their pay is between 5-10 cents a word and while you won’t get rich writing for them, if you get into an active category with enough work, it is possible to make decent money there. I agree it is not the best way to make the best money, but it got lumped in with some bad actors. Their editing desk can help beginners learn the craft as well. I have not worked there in some time, but I keep my account open because getting $25 a pop for simple how-tos beats an empty week when and if things slow down.

  • Comment alert! Expect typos! Pun intended!

    Someone please give me a full list of top paying content mills,I need them despite what they pay. In Kenya dollar goes for about 102 Kenyan shillings ,so telling me to ignore a 410/500 work does not make sense to me.

    I need them.Let them come

  • N.O.Thompson says:

    I am a retired person with background in public affairs (media & community relations) and journalism (business, education, African affairs and religion) who is looking for opportunities in these areas. I worked with radio, newspapers and in public relations. I now need to make some extra money to support myself.
    I have bachelors and masters degrees, and I am currently working on my doctorate.
    Please, can you recommend some websites that can utilize my knowledge and writing experience?

    Thanks
    Nick

    • Louise says:

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      I’m writing from Blasting News, a new social journalism platform that pays up to $150 dollars per article. It’s totally free to sign up so if anyone is interested, check out our information page:

      You can write whatever you like and you get paid depending on how well the article performs in terms of views. Would be cool to work with some of you!

      Thanks,

      Louise

  • alexis says:

    I write poetry and have been for over 13yrs. Does anyone have a suggestion for poetry or creative writing job sites?

  • Upworker says:

    There’s a chance to get a better-paying writing jobs, or any jobs for that matter, on Upwork (formerly oDesk).

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