It makes sense, right?
Getting started with freelance writing doesn’t cost much, you don’t even need a website to start (even though we think it’s a pretty good idea — here’s how to do it).
Where people generally hit their first roadblock is finding writing jobs online. And while it’s somewhat easy to find a bunch of those low paying writing jobs we want you to look beyond those and get paid what you’re worth.
And that’s more than $0.01 a word.
If you’ve decided to jump into freelance writing here’s what you need to do.
First, read this post about how to become a freelance writer. It’s going to show you step by step exactly how to break into the business, find good jobs, and start making real money.
If you want to niche down into B2B writing, check out this post next.
Next, you need to go through all the links for the various freelance job boards and sites we list below. Depending on your level of skill and area of focus some will stand out as potential gold mines for finding clients.
Keep track of the places where you know you can get hits because that’s going to bring the third step into play: marketing.
In order to succeed as a freelance writer, you have to market yourself all the time.
All. The. Time.
We’re going to cover a few tips for you to start building your own marketing schedule at the end of the post.
Awesome, let’s dig into finding those freelance writing jobs.
But first, a little video interlude…
Where to Find Writing Jobs Online
We’ve broken these into sections. You’ll find job boards, paid sites, social media, and paid guest posts to help you get started.
This list is going to be a living breathing thing, so keep checking back in as we update it and keep adding more sites as we find them.
And don’t forget our guide to becoming a freelance writer if you want more help in getting started.
You might hear people poo-pooing job boards.
Yea, there are some true stinkers out there but you can find some hidden gems too. It’s all about doing your due diligence and figuring out the boards that are going to work best for you.
We’ve started by posting up some of the boards where you’ll typically see quality jobs, but your mileage may vary.
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 the 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.
- 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 brands 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.
- 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.
- ZipRecruiter – It’s a standard job board, but unlike a lot of others I’ve seen you can search for remote work really easily, right now there are over 30,000 remote writing jobs on the site for you to dig through.
- NewsCred – This is another site that hires freelance writers to add to their stable for big client work projects. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Content Studio Application to fill out the form.
- Dynamite Jobs – The folks over at the Dynamite Circle have created their own job board for all sorts of jobs in various industries and positions. It’s not for writers specifically but there are writer jobs on there.
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 feature good online writing 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.
- Sonia Wieser’s Opportunities of the Week Newsletter – This newsletter is a few bucks a month, but if you’re looking to get into magazine or digital publication writing it has a ton of curated leads.
- Study Hall – This another site that focuses on more of the media and journalist side of things if that’s the area you want to dig into.
Don’t forget to check out agencies for writing jobs too. For some people, working with an agency is the best of both worlds because they do much of the heavy lifting in terms of finding clients. All you have to do is write.
While you can build some amazing experience working with agencies, keep in mind you won’t see rates that are as high as you might if you connected with a brand on your own.
Here are a few to check out:
- Contently – Start by creating a free portfolio and add to it. Because if you get a good profile rolling, they might contact you for work, and the jobs are typically high quality (and pay well).
- 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.
- Kingfish Media – This is another site that’s like Skyword and Contently, they work with some big brands and will call on you if you fit their needs.
- Creative Circle – You might think staffing brands can’t help you find creative or writing jobs, not true with Creative Circle. I’ve found their copywriting and social media postings especially relevant for freelancers.
- I cribbed this list from the becoming a freelance writer post, but you’ll find THOUSANDS of agencies here:
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,” “pitch me,” 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. Don’t be one of these people. If something particular is put in the directions, seems like it’s important to pay attention to, no?
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.
More Places to Find Freelance Jobs Online
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.
- Who Pays Writers – A good look at the sites out there that pay freelancers and how much they actually pay per word or project.
- Pitchwizz – You can directly connect with a bunch of editors from big name digital sites and smaller magazines here.
- Where to Pitch – This is a cool twist on your standard job board, it gives you the masthead and pitching guidelines for a ton of paying sites.
- 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.
- Get Paid To Write Online: 99 Travel Publications That Pay Up To $4,000 – If you’re a travel writer, this is a great list to dig into.
- 35 Travel Magazines That Pay Writers up to $3 per Word – Another list to check out if you’re a travel writer.
- 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, at the same time, schedule time in your week to search and pitch.
A Few More Ways to Land Freelance Writing Jobs
Yes, you can scour the web for writing jobs but that isn’t the only thing you can do to improve your chances of finding freelance writing clients.
Things like making sure you have a solid (and professional) blog on your website, researching the person you’re trying to reach, and even having a bit of personality are important factors. And honestly, way too often, no one even thinks about them.
If you want to set yourself up for the best possible chance to land some of these writing jobs, then you’ve got to check out the video below. Or you can read the accompanying post, how to get more freelance writing clients:
- Do you already have a few clients already but you want to take your freelance writing career to the next level? This post: 12 Strategies to Find More Freelance Work can help.
- Looking for a way to track all your pitches? Check out Streak for Gmail, we cover how to really dig into it and why it’s such an awesome (free) tool for freelancers in this post.
Don’t Forget the Pitch! Here’s Some Advice
Oh yea, that. The cold pitch.
All in all, when you mine for online writing jobs always consider reaching out directly, you have the potential for a higher quality client, especially if you can try to get on their radar and build a relationship over time.
If you’ve been thinking about getting into business to business (B2B) writing, then get 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.)
In general, here’s what you should aim for in your pitches:
- No spelling or grammar mistakes
- Short and easy to read, do not send over your life story
- The impression that you’ve actually spent time researching their product, site or service
- At least one, but ideally a few, really solid ideas for how you can help them
- Samples of your work
- Make it really easy for them to say yes
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, most of all, being a good writer, with a good portfolio, and a great pitch is going to help you promote your writing services.
Start with the cold email checklist and use this to make sure you don’t make any huge mistakes in any email you send.
For more tips on cold pitching, sign up below:
This is a dirty word for a lot of writers, we get it. But, you’re not going to get far if you aren’t willing to spend time every week at a minimum and daily if you’re really on the ball putting yourself out there.
That means making connections with other freelance writers, networking with editors and potential brands, and sending out letters of introduction (LOI), ideas, and pitches.
You can get more on sending out LOIs in this post on B2B writing.
Our best advice is to set aside time every week to make marketing part of your schedule. Close all your tabs, get out of social media, and send all the emails, Tweets, and LinkedIn connections you can in an hour. Set a timer if you need to.
Make a list of everyone you send notes to and the date that way in a few weeks you can circle back and send follow up emails too.
The more you focus on marketing the more clients you are going to get. It’s just facts. Ask any six figure writer why you’re not getting a lot of clients and about 95% of the time they will ask you how much time you’re devoting to marketing every week.
It’s not uncommon for these people to send 25 pitches and LOIs a week to writing jobs they see or brands they want to work with.
Think about that if you’re hitting a few bumps in the road. The more consistent you can be with this very early in the process, the better off you’re going to be over the long run.
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 you use to find writing jobs online in the comments.
Note: this post has been updated as of June 2019 for accuracy.