10 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

10 Online Gold Mines for Finding Paid Freelance Writing Jobs

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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.

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

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509 comments

  • Jennifer Gaillard says:

    Hello,
    I have a standard 9-5 and I make a pretty decent income. However, writing is my passion. So I am ready to give up my customer service career, and venture into new writing opportunities. I would love to network with experienced writers. Any recommendations?

  • joy says:

    if you enjoy writting then you should take up this chance to write for $180

  • Parag Bhise says:

    Hi,
    I have my own blog of technical writing. Could you please tell me if I can use this technical notes on any of these blogs to help someone?

  • this was a very informative and helpful read. I enjoy writing it seems to be relaxing for me especially if I am writing from passion. I have used blogger and WP before however I am not proficient at it. What advise can you offer me if I do not have any examples to show and this would be my very first freelance writing job?

  • Naqueeb Alam says:

    Hi Kelly

    After a long time of search I have made to this site. It is really helpful to me.

    I am a retired Management/ HR professional and looking forward to enter the online writing so that I can work from home using my rich corporate exposure and learning.
    I look forward to some tips on potencial client base and opportunities suitable for me.

  • SADASIB CHAUDHURI says:

    I don’t know-how and where to try—-only know a lots of my views are there-I want to share with others.

  • Steve Bones says:

    Been on sites like Ebyline and hate it. They only seem to pick up writers who have many projects posted. It just so happens that I get most of my work outside Ebyline so that’s their loss.

    One other thing, I find it hard to take advice from someone with a panda costume one.

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  • Emily says:

    I’ve just started writing as a freelancer with Upwork.com.au.
    They screen the job-posters and if the poster has more than three black marks against their name (I think it’s three), the job won’t post. The same with freelancers. Job-posters get black marks for being too difficult to work with, completely unreasonable with deadlines and workloads, or not paying for work given. Freelancers get black marks for being too difficult to work with, completely irresponsible or non-communicative with deadlines etc, plagiarising or not giving work at all.

    The pay goes through Upwork (who takes between 10% or 5% fee, depending on how large the payment is) and then they send it off to your Paypal or other designated secure payment site. Completely trustworthy, you can log hours worked online as you work, send files to each other over messages, send proposals for jobs, receive invitations for jobs.

    Free to join.

  • David says:

    I’m a big fan of HireWriters. While it’s not the best paying writing site online, it has a ton of jobs available at all times. Every time I have a few spare minutes, I accept a job and make a few dollars. I’ve been doing it for years and it’s an excellent side income.

  • Vijay says:

    very nice information

  • Omar Saady says:

    Thanks for sharing the great list of freelance writing jobs
    I ask why did not you mention Elance.com.

    The site provides the largest collection of freelancer and independent contractors from around the world in various categories including freelance writing jobs.

    Thanks
    Omar

  • Great list Kelly. Thanks for sharing so helpful information with us. Keep writing! 🙂

  • Krish says:

    Extremely useful information.

  • filando says:

    I know this comment might be late. But if anyone still looking for online writing jobs. This is where I got started .Wish you guys luck, there are so many online writing jobs or freelancing writing projects, but they all pay cheap. Not much value for your time, if you share the same view, then check out the website, they have so much to offer.

  • Diya Dinesh says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog. Now a day 1000s of freelance websites are available and which are creating confusion to find out for the best and apt one. This article helps to understand about the freelance finding sites in an easier way

  • Lindsey says:

    Hello all,

    Like many of you, I have recently been trying to become more self-sustaining through freelancing.

    I have been writing for oDesk (now Upwork) for almost a year now and, as many of you say, the money just isn’t worth it. I do have a high appreciation and confidence in my writing, am not afraid to say no to a client, or jump into a project headfirst, so the reasoning behind writing for Upwork for so long now was to simply earn experience and credibility, while amassing a small portfolio.

    Now that I feel I have that and am ready to turn freelancing into more of a career instead of a hobby, my problem is finding those high-paying clients out there who will appreciate good work – and more importantly pay well for it.

    I know the successful freelancers out there go on and on about just how many such clients there are, but I so far have been unsuccessful in finding them. If I had just one good website or lead on how to find high-paying clients out there, I would have no problem with pushing and shoving my way into the spotlight.

    The list of sites above is helpful, but I was wondering if anyone on here had any others to add….

    Any help you can give would be much appreciated!

    -Lindsey

  • Lana says:

    Tuning in late, but I wanted to put in a good word for Upwork. They have made significant changes recently that seem like unfair structures, but actually work to attract serious and high paying clients and discourage those who want the most work for the least money, and to discourage freelancers who will work for peanuts. I am finding highly professional clients with who understand that you get what you pay for and are willing to pay top dollar. As another poster mentioned, yes, it takes a certain counter-intuitive strategy and reasonable effort, but it is possible to make very good money on Upwork.

    Best wishes.

  • Samuel says:

    I am looking for a freelance job. I am Indian. I can type 60words/ min. Can you please some body tell me, how I can get a freelance job

  • Eva North says:

    Good evening, I’m a new writer, I love to write, haven’t found my exact niche yet, and outside of my blog, which I’m trying to keep up, that’s the only writing experience I’ve got. Anybody tell me the best way or best places to go for beginning writing gigs? I’m willing to do just about anything to gain experience, haven’t found anything on my own yet that helps. Any ideas, suggestions, would be greatly appreciated. I’m also looking for any thing that doesn’t cost me any money, I’m very very poor broke.

  • ashley meekins says:

    Hi kelly,

    My name is Ashley and I am intrigued by your freelancing blog for us beginners. I am in deep need and have an intense drive to get started with freelance writing. I need to know what my first step is. What is my very first step? Do I have to have a blog? Or can I just find places to pitch and just start writing and submitting? How do I keep track of all my articles? I appreciate you taking the time to read and get back to me in regards to all this. You have no idea how much it means.

    Ashley

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