10 Places To Find Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners
I still remember starting out freelance writing 2 years ago and frantically searching for jobs to make ends meet. It took me several months, but I made a list of places to check to find freelance writing jobs and I’d go through them each day and reach out to clients on there.
Fast forward two years later, I’m a full-time freelance writer and I’ve built up the skills needed to find freelance writing work on a consistent basis. I’ve compiled a list of places to search for freelance writing jobs, so you’ll have dozens of job postings to look through each day. Feel free to comment any additional sites that I didn’t list.
When I personally go through freelance writing job posts, I never fill out the actual application. I try to find the email address of the person who listed the job.
Generally, I see a ton of applicants who compete on price in a job posting. If you’re from the U.S. like me, you’ll likely lose to other writers internationally who have a lower rate. Additionally, it’s just not a good idea to waste time filling out applications each day.
Sending a quick email intro is a good way to gauge a client’s interest in you and you can send the same email to other companies who list freelance writing jobs. You can find emails on your own, but it’s more efficient to have use a software program like Seamless.ai or Hunter.io
With that being said, let’s get into the best places to find freelance writing jobs.
ProBlogger is a website that is dedicated to helping bloggers succeed. On the ProBlogger website, there’s a jobs section where companies list writing jobs. What I like about ProBlogger is that most of the jobs have the compensation on the job post.
Typically, companies will pay per word or by a set amount each month for content. There’s some jobs on there that pay very low. Click on the job post and scroll towards the bottom.
If the pay is listed, it will be at the bottom. Don’t read a job listing until it fits your desired compensation. Once that’s done you can apply directly on the job listing.
Personally, I’ve applied many times on ProBlogger. Their applications are like 3 text boxes, it’s not hard or complicated at all. Here’s a direct link to the ProBlogger job board.
Freelancewritinggiggs.com is exactly what you think it is. It’s a website that compiles freelance writing jobs and posts them on the site. I personally like this site because it provides about a dozen freelance writing jobs each day.
This is how it looks like:
The site lists the job opportunity, the price they pay and whether it’s remote or not. Spending 5-10 minutes a day on here can expose to hundreds of freelance writing jobs each week.
Freelancewriting.com is one of the best resources for freelance writers. It’s a site that’s been up for decades and it provides writers with tips to landing more work and maximizing their careers as a writer
On the site, there’s a jobs portion that compilates jobs from sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter and more. If you click on the links for the jobs, it will take you directly to where you can apply for the job. Freelancewriting.com literally lists hundreds of freelance writing jobs each week. Here’s a direct link to the jobs section, you can check it out for yourself.
Of course, I’m going to have to list Indeed on this. Although Indeed isn’t the best site to find actual remote freelance writing jobs, it’s the best place to find the most jobs.
To succeed with finding a freelance writing job on Indeed, you have to use the search filters correctly. Make sure to remove any location when searching for a job and include terms like:
- Freelance writer
- SEO writer
- Content writer
Many companies have different terminology for the writers they work with so search through those terms each day when searching for jobs.
I personally hate applying directly on Indeed, I try to find the email of the company and send an intro email.
Another tactic you can do is go to the company’s website directly and apply in their careers section. I’ve found more success that way than applying directly on Indeed.
WeWorkRemotely is one of the best job sites on the internet. I’m a huge fan because it’s actually a job board with high quality companies that are looking to hire part-time or full-time remote workers.
With WeWorkRemotely, jobs are often salaried and they provide benefits. There are some freelance-only writing jobs on there.
When on the site, make sure to scroll down so you don’t miss jobs that were posted that day. The site usually puts advertised job boards and lists them as “featured”. There’s may 10-20 of those before you start seeing the normal jobs.
Although the site is great, the only reservation I have is that there’s not enough writing jobs on there. There’s maybe 1-2 maximum jobs posted each day on there. Even with that, I would still prefer any job listed on WeWorkRemotely over Indeed and jobs on other sites. Here’s a direct link to the sales and marketing job page where you will generally find the writing jobs.
Remote.co is a remote job site like WeWorkRemotely. They also list 1-2 remote writing jobs each week.
The job listings have the position requirements, compensation and some general info on the company. You don’t apply directly through Remote.co, you’ll be sent a link to apply on the company website.
They also have a weekly newsletter and that can send remote writing jobs directly to your email. Here’s a link to the remote writing jobs on Remote.co. There’s also other jobs like remote editing and data entry jobs posted on Remote.co
LinkedIn is the best platform for business, period. If you’re not on LinkedIn, you are missing out on a ton of clients.
Many conversations I have with clients via end up with them asking to see my LinkedIn. With LinkedIn, clients can see your experience and who you worked with.
The great thing about LinkedIn is you can choose to connect with your ideal customers. For freelance writers, this would be people like:
- Content managers
- Marketing managers
- Editors and more
This demographic of people will be the people you work with the most. On my LinkedIn, I have close to 350 connections. 95% of the people I have as connections are content managers, marketing directors, etc. This results in my feed being filled with writing opportunities.
There’s two ways to find freelance writing jobs on LinkedIn:
LinkedIn Jobs: LinkedIn Jobs is a great resource to find freelance writing work. On LinkedIn Jobs, you can see exactly how many people applied for a position and the person who posted the listing.
Oftentimes, the person who posted the job will be a recruiter or someone from the marketing team. You can connect with the person and ask for more information about the role.
Make sure to filter by date when you’re applying for freelance writing jobs. You’ll have a much higher chance of success for a role that was posted in the past week in comparison to the past month.
Searching for posts: On the LinkedIn search bar, you can search for the terms “hiring freelance writer”. When you do that you can add filters like filter by most recently published.
This will allow you to see posts by people on LinkedIn who are hiring freelance writers right now. You can connect with the person who made the post and ask for more information.
You can expect to see 10-20 posts looking for freelance writers each day on LinkedIn.
Believe it or not, you can find a ton of freelance writing jobs on Twitter. Twitter is actually one of the best business apps because there’s a ton of professional communities on there.
Instead of following a bunch of meme accounts, you can follow other freelance writers, content managers and prospective clients. When companies hire you, they’ll do a background check on you.
When they find your Twitter and you’re writing about freelance writing, they are far more likely to hire you.
If you check out my Twitter here, I follow 99% freelance writers, business owners, etc. I even landed a $7,500 project on Twitter.
This is how you can freelance writing jobs on Twitter:
On Twitter, you can search for a user, a keyword, etc. One keyword search you can use is “hiring freelance writer”. Here’s what I’ve seen from just doing a quick search:
As you can see there’s a lot of opportunities if you dig enough on Twitter. Most of these kinds of tweets have links directly to the page where you can apply at.
Another tactic you can use to get freelance writing jobs is to DM marketing agencies and founders on Twitter. This is how I landed the $7,500 role I mentioned.
Here’s what to do when direct messaging on Twitter.
First, identify your ideal customer. Narrow down your focus.
For example, I focused on SaaS companies when I narrowed down my search on Twitter. I went to the search bar and used the keyword “SaaS founder”. Once you search, click on people instead of tweets.
Now, you should have a list of people to search for. Click on each profile and see which ones have their DM open. They should have a little icon like this:
Click on that and send them a message saying you’re a freelance writer and want to know if they need help with content. Make the message brief and send it to dozens of people.
I sent close to 100 before getting the response I wanted.
Glassdoor in another big job board that gives you access to thousands of freelance writing opportunities.
On Glassdoor, you can narrow down your search by location, compensation amount and more. Additionally, they have an easy apply feature where you can apply to many jobs after saving your resume and cover letter on Glassdoor.
Another additional feature that Glassdoor has is the job alert feature. You can enter keywords like “freelance writing” into job alerts on Glassdoor. This will send automated emails to you when a job that matches freelance writing is posted on Glassdoor.
ZipRecruiter is a great resource to find freelance writing jobs. As you can see from the screenshot above, there are thousands of freelance writing opportunities.
I’m not a big fan of job boards like Indeed and ZipRecruiter, but if you take some time to write a good cover letter and update your resume, you can start getting results on there.
ZipRecruiter in particular has a quick apply option where you can do an application in a few minutes. Since your resume, cover letter and basic information are saved on there, you can quickly apply to dozens of job posts.
These resources are meant to be a starting point to help you land freelance writing work. If you find more success on one site vs another, double down on that site.
A smart way to maximize all of these resources above is to sign up for their email newsletters. When you sign up for the email newsletters, you can get freelance writing jobs sent directly to your email.
I would also highly recommend investing in an email finding tool like Seamless.ai or Hunter.io. The vast majority of the success I’ve had with freelance writing has come directly from being able to cold email effectively.
To learn how a tool like Seamless.ai review works for freelance writing, check out my review here. It’s personally 5x’d my freelance writing business.
The key to success with freelance writing is to always be outreaching and looking for work. Even after you land a few clients, your top priority should be to find more clients.
Spending 1-2 hours each day on cold emailing or filling out applications can fill up your clientele and allow you to become a full-time freelance writer.