Note: This post has been updated as of January 2018
There are a lot of people looking for writing jobs online right now.
Most are those who are looking to build a career around working for themselves. As well as those who would like to land remote writing jobs too.
Hell, even I do it, as a freelancer myself.
But, for many, finding work is often the big sticking point, especially when getting started.
We get a lot of aspiring freelancers inside Location Rebel Academy who want to start with freelance writing. It makes sense because it’s something that doesn’t have quite as many barriers as web development or
They know they want to write, but they don’t know where to start.
And there’s lots of conflicting advice out there. Read 10 sites and you’ll probably get 10 different opinions. Yes to UpWork, NEVER to UpWork, don’t use job boards, job boards are awesome…
And so on.
It’s enough to make you feel like this:
The thing about getting these jobs is there is no one good answer. Probably not what you want to hear, but it’s true. What works for me, or Sean or Marco might not work for Stef or Julie or Pedro, and vice versa.
In this post, we want to keep it simple. This is a list of sites you can use, right now, to find online writing jobs. So, if you’ve been struggling with where to find potential writing gigs, save this post.
You might hear people poo-pooing job boards. A lot of it is about due diligence. But there are some actual quality boards out there that tend to post good gigs more often than not, so that’s what this list is for.
I’ve personally gotten some very good long term clients off some of these sites. So they can work for you too.
Note: These aren’t in any particular order.
- ProBlogger Job Board – You’ll often find lots of higher profile sites on here looking for blogging content.
- UpWork – You hear a lot of conflicting views about this site, but if you dig deep and work your pitch, you can find gigs, just don’t let yourself settle for bottom of the barrel low paying jobs.
- Blogging Pro Job Board – As with ProBlogger, you’ll find lots of copy and content gigs here from more established brands.
- We Work Remotely – This site has lots of jobs covering everything from writing to programming and web design.
- Freelancer – Another big job board that covers everything from writing to app design, but specifically geared towards freelancers.
- nDash – This site has a database of companies who are looking for writers, you pitch your ideas and go from there.
- LinkedIn Profinder (Currently US only) – I’ve been able to nab a few high paying quality clients off Profinder. LinkedIn is a great resource that most freelancers are ignoring. Don’t make that mistake, create a LinkedIn profile ASAP.
- LinkedIn Jobs – Don’t forget there’s a job feature to LinkedIn, most are full-time, and some are remote. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pitch yourself either.
- Contently – They don’t have updates posted as frequently as some other sites, but Contently does typically feature higher paying writing jobs. And if you get a good profile rolling, they might contact you for work.
- Skyword – This is another site where you can jump in and start creating a portfolio. They work on matching high quality writers with big time gigs from Fortune 1000 brands.
- Creative Circle – You might think staffing brands can’t help you find creative or writing jobs, not true with Creative Circle.
- Freelance Writing Gigs Job Board – You’ll see a number of these jobs on some of the other big boards but there are new ones on here too.
- Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs – While you don’t have to be Canadian to apply, there are lots of listings on here.
- All Freelance Writing – Another smaller list of jobs but it’s nice you can see the pay range of each right from the jump.
- Glassdoor – There is a really good mix of big name brads and niche writing opportunities (like non-profit work) on Glassdoor, so it can’t hurt to set up a profile here. And you can search with remote as a location.
- HubStaff – HubStaff is relatively new. The brands are listed and then you submit your pitches, there is no bidding, and you set your rates.
- Pangian – This site has more focus on remote full time jobs as well as travel related jobs. It doesn’t update as frequently as the other boards but I’ve also seen gigs here I haven’t spotted elsewhere.
- Freelance Writing – This site has two options for you to find more work. One is their job board that focuses mostly on blogging, copywriting, and journalism gigs and the other is their daily morning newsletter.
- Brian Scott’s Online Writing Jobs – This site has a ton of gigs lined up that is curated by Brian Scott, he also is active on Twitter (see below) and offers a daily newsletter as well.
- Writing Career – If you’re looking for more work for your creative side with poetry and fiction writing, check out this sister site to Brian’s writing jobs site.
- Journalism Jobs – You don’t have to be a journalist to apply for jobs on this site. And, if you are a journalist looking for freelance work, jump in here you’ll find plenty of opportunities.
- Media Bistro – While it’s not just for freelancers, the Media Bistro site does offer a search feature for remote work. Or hey, you might find some awesome full time gig writing for a dream brand.
- Genuine Jobs – This is another site that focuses solely on remote work. There are all sorts of roles here both part time as well as full time in their database but you’ll have to do a bit of digging.
- Krop – If you’re looking for copywriting jobs, check this site out. It’s got a mix of full time, freelance, and flexible arrangement (i.e. 2 days in the office and 3 days out) copy jobs.
- Writer’s Weekly – This is a good site for people who are looking to get published in magazines or trade articles, it has a nice listing of markets that are paying as well as a freelance work listing.
- Ed2010 – I love it when sites have an option to search for freelance and remote work and this site delivers. You will have to create an account to see the listings. They are mostly in and around the magazine industry.
- Writing Gigs – This Reddit sub features just a listing of writing jobs. You’ll have to pick through them to find gigs that suit what you’re looking for but it’s updated multiple times a week. You can check out the Freelance Writers sub too, that sporadically lists jobs.
- Work From Home Leads – You won’t find just writing jobs online here, but a whole list pulled from a bunch of different sites. It’s updated weekly, so it can’t hurt to pop in here and see what’s available.
- Working Nomads – This board was created by digital nomads for fellow digital nomads. It doesn’t get updated as frequently as the other boards but you’ll know every opportunity is remote.
- Angel List – If you want to dip your feet into the startup world, check out Angle List. There is a solid listing of writing roles that lean heavily on remote work for both part time and full time gigs.
There are a few very good job boards out there that are protected behind a paywall. Some of these are strictly job boards while others are more like membership sites for writers that have job board perks.
Typically, these will spend much more time curating high-quality posts, so you won’t find a lot of bad jobs on here.
A note of caution here, do your due diligence before paying for any job boards (a simple Google of the name can provide a wealth of information). A lot of them will not put you much further ahead than many of the free sites while wanting you to pay high monthly fees.
The sites below are those that I know feature good jobs.
- Freelance Writer’s Den – Carol Tice of Make a Living Writing runs this job board so you know it only has high-quality posts.
- Freelance Success – The forum is the big feature here, but being a member includes a newsletter that features quality listings.
- Contenta – This site isn’t always open to join, and has one of the highest fees out there, but also has a lot of hand curated jobs in a variety of fields that you won’t find anywhere else.
- FlexJobs – You can search for free on FlexJobs but to get access to the good stuff, the paid feature provides a lot more information.
- Paid to Blog – Blogger Tom Ewer has created a paid site where you can find curated quality writing jobs as well as paid guest posts.
Don’t forget about social media! I keep track of a number of accounts on Twitter because you never know where something that’s perfect could pop up!
I also follow lots of influencers in my field too. They will also often share job postings from their sites or friend’s sites on their social media accounts.
Lastly, don’t forget to do searches all over social media try searching: “we’re hiring,” “work with us,” “writing job,” or “job posted” to start.
- @tmj_bos_writing (find your city with @careerarc)
- Follow the hashtag “
- Facebook “writing jobs” groups
- Facebook “writing jobs” pages
- LinkedIn “writing jobs” groups
- LinkedIn “content writer” companies
Also, don’t forget there is always the potential to offer your services inside any Facebook groups you join. Remember, don’t spam, become a part of the community, offer value, and then showcase your skills.
Follow the tips Olivia lays out for making the most of Facebook groups, in this post.
Sites that Pay for Guest Posts or Have Paid Contributors
You can also get your feet wet doing guest posts. These are not only great to build up your brand, but some sites actually pay for posts too.
Now, you’re not going to get rich pitching these sites, but you might catch a good break down the road. The key with these is to read the instructions. It’s all there.
Unfortunately, way too many people ignore the directions and plow forward. I know this because I get multiple emails a week from people who don’t read the directions on our write for us page and I send those emails right to my trash can. Sorrynotsorry.
Read these pages a few times and then craft your pitch. Getting an accepted post on any of these sites can be a nice boost to your freelancing career.
For the sites below, most have their pay rates right on the page. Others will offer payment for really high-quality stuff.
- The Write Life – Writing
- Make a Living Writing – Writing
- Matador Network – Travel
- B2B Writing Success – Writing
- The Expeditioner – Travel
- Listverse – Various
- WiseBread – Personal Finance
- Writer’s Weekly – Writing
- Just Parents – Parenting
- A List Apart – Web Design
- The Penny Hoarder – Personal Finance
- Funds for Writers – Writing
- Viator Travel Blog – Travel
- Metro Parent – Parenting
- Layout by Flywheel – WordPress
- Online Writing Jobs – Online Business
- Dorkly – Various
- A Fine Parent – Parenting
- Rank Pay – Online Business
- Income Diary – Online Business
- Narratively – Various
- Book Browse – Books
- Digital Ocean – Tech
- The Partially Examined Life – Culture
- International Living – Travel
- Fund Your Life Overseas and Incomes Abroad – Travel
- ScheduGram – Social Media
- Technopedia – Tech
- Theme Park Tourist – Travel
- Doctor of Credit – Personal Finance
- Horse Network – Sport
- Yoga International – Health
- Cracked – Culture/Entertainment
- Curbly – DIY
- ScreenRant – Entertainment
- Wide Open Country – Entertainment
- Moneycrashers – Personal Finance
- Write Stuff – Tech
- MotherWell – Parenting
- Envato – Tech
- Arrivedo – Travel
- Great Escape Publishing – Travel
- The Culture Trip – Travel
- Cooking Detective – Food
- Barefoot Writer – Writing
- SyFy (Pitch Jordan) – Entertainment
- Vibrant Life – Health
- Tor – Culture/Entertainment
- Techopedia – Tech
- Polygon – Gaming
Unless they specifically spell out that there is no payment for posts, you don’t know. So when you do send in your pitch, it never hurts to ask.
I recently had a pitch accepted for a guest post on a site that didn’t mention payment at all. After the post was published, the editor reached out and asked me where he could send a check.
Even More Sites
Some of these don’t fit neatly into the categories above, but I still think they are really useful. So, check out a few of them and see if they are a good fit for you.
- @whopayswriters – A good look at the sites out there that pay freelancers and how much they actually pay per word or project.
- Get Apprenticeship – Taylor Pearson created this site for people who are looking to embrace the apprenticeship model, lots of potential here.
- Earn Money Online: Monster List of 161 Markets for Freelance Writers – Monster list is right, you can find a ton of opportunities right here.
- 34 Travel Magazines and Websites that Pay Freelance Writers – This list from The Write Life should be must read for aspiring travel writers.
- 101 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs – In this article on Entrepreneur there’s just about every site under the sun, you might find a few that fit your needs.
- 600 Startups Hiring Remotely – This is a huge database from Remotive of startups that are hiring but it doesn’t list what they may be hiring for so you’ll have to do some digging (and pitching) on your end.
- Aerogramme Writer’s Studio – You’ll a lot of information here on writer’s in residence programs, fiction and non-fiction contests, short story submissions and the like.
- Writer’s Market – This is a book that comes out every year and features a huge listing of magazine and trade publications that accept writers. It also has great advice on how to write good pitches.
- 70+ Publications that Pay $1 a Word – A nice list of publications and sites that offer good rates.
- Location Rebel Academy – Sure, we’ll pitch ourselves. We’ve got a member’s only job board and we do post up remote gigs we see floating around online.
Whew, that’s a long list. But, keep in mind, these aren’t the only writing jobs available out there so don’t just rely on these. Keep your own search going and schedule time in your week to search and pitch.
A Few Tips on Pitching
Oh yea, that. The cold pitch.
All in all, when you mine for writing jobs through reaching out directly, you have the potential for a higher quality client.
If you’ve been thinking about getting into business to business (B2B) writing, then get very friendly with the cold pitch.
What I have found is that great pitches and persistence can pay off. (If you want some tips on improving your pitching, I recently wrote this post with tips.)
Sometimes the slow drum beat of consistency, keeping lots of irons in the fire, and luck can come into play just at the right time. But, being a good writer, with a good portfolio, and a great pitch is going to help.
So never stop trying to improve those.
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Well, there you have it. If you’ve been struggling with where to find more writing jobs online, hopefully, this will help.
Keep all of these sites and tactics in mind when you set out to search for gigs. More often than not, having lots of pitches out there over time will start to pay off.
Did we miss any secret gems? Let us know if you’ve got a few go-to sites in the comments.