I’ve been a writer for close to 3 years now and I still remember the difficulty of going on a bunch of sites to apply to writer jobs.
It wasn’t until I made a Google doc of sites to check each day that I started to find success with landing roles and hearing back from employers.
I’ve gathered the best places for you to check to find writer jobs. Feel free to list any other websites in the comments. This list includes unconventional places to check, so you can have less competition from other writers.
Factors that will impact your success in landing a writing job
It’s important to mention that finding a job will not get you a job. You have to put in work to make yourself the most attractive candidate for a role. Some of the factors that can impact your success with landing writer jobs include:
- Resume: Your resume should be up to date and highlight your writing experiences and what you can bring to an employer.
- Cover Letter: Make sure you have a personalized cover letter to the job you are applying to. This is one of the most important parts of the application.
- Online presence: If an employer can find your name and see you are a real person with an interest in writing, the chances of landing writing jobs are higher than if you have no online presence.
Indeed is the first option I listed to find writing jobs because of volume. You won’t find any other job site that has more listings than Indeed.
Although Indeed has literally thousands of writing jobs posted each day, you have to filter them to find the good ones.
When searching through Indeed look for two types of writing jobs. Writing jobs in your city and writing jobs that are remote.
Doing this a few minutes each day will expose you to dozens of writing jobs that you’re eligible for.
LinkedIn is the best business platform for writers. Not only can you find jobs on the LinkedIn jobs portion, you can connect with the people who will likely hire you.
On my LinkedIn, I’m only connected with people who hire writers like recruiters, content managers and marketing managers. This alerts me on new writing jobs on my feed when opportunities come up.
You can find jobs on LinkedIn through two ways:
LinkedIn Jobs: LinkedIn Jobs is a great resource for writing jobs. You can search for writing jobs and see how many applicants a post has in addition to the recruiter who’s hiring for that position. You can connect with them and share your credentials.
Search: The search bar for LinkedIn is an underrated tool to find jobs. If you search for “hiring writers” on the search bar, you can filter by posts and date.
This will allow you to see who’s hiring writers that day and you can connect with them and forward your CV.
Glassdoor is a big job board like Indeed. On Glassdoor, there’s additional features like checking average salaries of positions, company ratings and more.
On Glassdoor, you can simply search for writing jobs and you’ll get a lot of results. There’s a quick apply option on Glassdoor if you have your resume and CV saved on there.
This is a good way to apply dozens of jobs each day in a matter of minutes.
Yes, I’m very serious about Twitter. Twitter is actually my favorite business platform for writing. There’s no other place where you can connect and openly communicate with people who are doing the same thing as you.
I actually landed a $7,500 writing gig directly from Twitter. You can find writing jobs on Twitter in two ways:
Search: On Twitter search, you can search for terms like “writing job” or “hiring writer” and filter by date. There’s literally dozens of writing jobs posted on there every day. You can follow and connect with the person who tweeted it to get more information.
DMs: It does go down in the DMs. This is how I landed the gig I mentioned. I searched for founders and marketing managers on Twitter and DM’d about 100-200 of them asking if they needed writing help.
A few responded and one ended up offering me the writing gig.
ProBlogger is a website that helps bloggers build their businesses. On ProBlogger there’s a job board that has remote writing jobs posted every day.
Personally, I’ve applied on jobs on ProBlogger for over a year. It used to be the first site I checked every morning. I landed several writing gigs on there that ended up turning into more long-term work for me.
When you search for writing jobs on there, make sure to scroll down. The first dozen or so are sponsored posts, the real order starts after the sponsored posts.
Freelancewriting.com is one of the best sites for writing jobs, period. It’s been active for over two decades and it provides dozens of writing jobs every day.
What makes freelancewriting.com unique is that it compiles writing jobs from a bunch of sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, etc. There’s a bunch of different writing jobs like content writing, copywriting, freelance writing and more posted on freelancewriting.com
Whenever I look for freelance writing jobs, it’s the first place I generally check. It gives me about 50ish writing jobs to apply to each week.
If you want to write for a startup or a high growth business, there’s no better place to check than AngelList (angel.co). AngelList is a site for startups to list jobs, so they can hire high-performing employees.
What makes AngelList unique is that most of the companies who are listing jobs on there are relatively small. AngelList also gives transparent data on compensation like salary, equity and more.
The only downside to AngelList is that there’s not a lot of jobs posted, maybe about a dozen writing jobs each week. If you manage to get a job from AngelList, it’s likely going to be better than jobs on other sites.
WeWorkRemotely is a great website for those who are looking for remote jobs. There are 1-2 remote writing jobs posted each day, but they are generally high quality and they pay pretty well.
Make sure to scroll down past the promoted jobs at the top to find the most recent posted jobs. I’ve linked the writing jobs section of WeWorkRemotely here.
There’s also other remote entry level jobs like data entry on WeWorkRemotely. Spending a few minutes each day browsing new jobs can be introduce you to several high quality jobs each day.
FlexJobs is a job site where you pay $14.95 to get access to premium remote writing jobs. It’s the only paid website I’ve listed on this list because of the value it brings.
FlexJobs is a paid platform because it gives you remote writing jobs that are not on any other website. This limits the competition to each post and increases your chance of landing a remote writing job.
They also offer career coaching and resume reviews for people that are subscribed to the site. I’ve personally used it for a few months and it was worth the $14.95. You can always cancel or get a refund if you don’t like it.
Yes, you can find writing jobs on Craigslist. The majority of the writing jobs posted on Craigslist are limited-time gigs, but there’s a few full-time writing roles posted on there.
Be careful of some of the postings because they are spam and are a little shady.
If you’re from a small city, I’d recommend going to the Craigslist of larger cities like New York City, Los Angeles, etc. There are much more writing opportunities posted on there.
I’ve linked the writing gigs for the New York City craigslist here.
ZipRecruiter is another big job site you can use to find writing jobs. On ZipRecruiter, you can search for jobs, message directly with companies you are applying to, check out salaries and build an online applicant profile for companies to find you.
ZipRecruiter has some of the best job alerts. These are basically keywords you put in like “writer” or “content writer” on ZipRecruiter and you’ll get an automatic email each time a new job is posted.
I’ve linked the writing jobs on ZipRecruiter here. When you open ZipRecruiter, you’ll see almost 100,000 results for writing jobs. Filter them out by date, location and type of writing job to find the best fit.
12. Cold emailing
Cold emailing is a great way to find writing jobs. In fact, that’s how I find all my jobs as a freelance writer.
With cold emailing, I make an excel sheet of companies that I’d like to write for and then I use cold email software to find the emails of contacts. You can make a template that includes an intro to yourself and your writing services.
If you send a few hundred emails, you’ll get some responses and even land a gig. I’ve done this for over three years and I make my entire living off of getting clients from cold emailing.
13. Online communities
Online communities are probably the most underrated way to find writer jobs. Online communities are basically any collection of people that are focused on a particular topic. In your case, you have to find online communities that focus on writing.
This can be LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook Groups, Subreddits, etc. These online communities are filled with people and there are opportunities for job referrals on there. These are often better than applying for jobs because you bypass the application process and talk to a decision maker.
My favorite online community right now is Twitter. On Twitter, I follow hundreds of writers and remote workers who tweet about how they find jobs, increase their salaries, etc. You can check out my profile here and you’ll likely get more writer recommendations if you follow me or another writer on Twitter.
Remote.co is a site dedicated to posting only remote jobs. They have a remote writing portion I’ve linked here where you can see different remote writing opportunities.
The jobs posted on Remote.co are pretty good compared to other sites like Indeed, the only drawback is that there’s not a lot of them posted each day.
There’s generally a few remote writing positions posted each day. It’s free to use and it’s a great resource if you’re looking primarily for remote writing jobs.
Monster is a another big job board to find writing jobs. Monster is very similar to Indeed, but it sends you to apply to jobs on company websites vs directly on the Monster website.
It has several cool features to help you sift through the job postings and you can choose to search for remote only positions also. The site also has salary tools and a career advice section to help you navigate your job search.
Here’s a direct link to writing jobs on Monster.
These are just a handful of sites you can use to find writing jobs. I would recommend trying the ones that don’t have as much competition, while automating the big job board sites. For example, spend 30 minutes a day quick applying on job sites like Indeed while updating your resume and cover letter.
If you’re serious about a career in writing, I’d strongly recommend building an online presence to find more job opportunities and advance your career. It doesn’t have to be anything over the top, but having an online presence where you can display your writing strengths can open a ton of opportunities for you.
Some ways you can do this include:
- Having a blog where you write about different writing topics that interest you
- Start a Twitter account and tweet about your experiences as a writer
- Build your LinkedIn profile with connections and posting occasionally
Taking simple steps like this will separate you from 90% of other writers. The better you can market yourself, the more pay you can demand and there will be more opportunities that come your way.
If you’d like to learn how I became a freelance writer and make my full-time income writing remotely, check out my latest income report here.