The 5 Best Job Boards for a New Freelance Writer

Making consistent money is probably the number one goal all new freelance writers strive for, right?

There’s a ton of advice out there – a lot of it on my blog – about how to land your first client and grow your freelance writing business. But, sorting through all those tips and strategies can make a newbie have analysis paralysis.

All of sudden, instead of going out there and pitching your little heart, you’re stuck at a dead end 9-5 job unable to piece together the steps to getting paid to write online.

The 5 Best Job Boards for a New Freelance Writer

You don’t want to know EVERYTHING about freelance writing; you just want to learn how to make money with your words (hint: it’s using job boards as a newbie!).

I get you. That’s exactly how I started as a freelance writer. No training. No experience.

I had to learn the hard way, make many mistakes and try and try again before I finally figured it out. And while I have a couple of courses that can help you land some consistent work, for today, let’s just focus on where to find a freelance writing job using job boards.

Baby steps, right?

And to make it easier, I’m not going to bother on ALL the ways to land a writing gig; I’m just going to focus on one.

Because one way is so much easier to focus on, take action on and actually get out there and DO IT. So, what’s the quickest way to land a freelance writing job?

Job Boards for Beginners

Yes.

Some of the big freelance writers don’t recommend using freelance writing job boards. Why? Well, they feel the quality of projects are low and the pay is low too.

But, I disagree. I’ve told my story numerous times that I got my break on a job board. It was the BEST thing that happened to me.

Why?

I gained confidence. Before I landed my first freelance writing job, I had an incident that almost made me quit entirely.

At that time I kept thinking that, I’m NOT a writer. I didn’t have a journalism degree. Heck, I’m not even the best writer out there either.

So, when I finally landed my first writing job, boy oh boy, did my confidence shoot through the roof.

From that time, I kept landing more jobs, collaborated with more bloggers and found my profitable niche finally! Job boards are perfect for new freelance writers. They:

  • Have fresh jobs daily, even hourly
  • Usually have a low entry point. In other words, a lot of ads stipulate you don’t need a lot of experience to land that gig
  • You can apply to numerous ads using only one job board

You can see that even though there are ways to land work without using job boards, if you’re brand new, this is the best way to find consistent and long term work.

But, not all job boards are the same. Here are my top five picks.

1. Contena

Contena is a job board that curates all jobs online – and not only from other job boards. While this is a paid job board, I like the fact that I have the option to sort through jobs by category, or by niche.

I just don’t have the time to go through all the job boards out there and for a lot of freelance writers, you should spend the bulk of your time on tasks that will result in a positive outcome (landing work). With Contena you can do that.

Another nice feature of using this paid job board over others is Contena Alerts.

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These are alerts that come to you inbox daily. You set the alerts with the criteria you want – like rate or category – and Contena will only give you only those matches.

So, instead of using their platform, they notify you instead! Contena also has Pro Rates which shows you the average rates within an industry (travel writing for instance). This data is taken from actual freelance writers and from company information. So, if you’re new and want to see how much you could make in your niche, Contena Pro Rate can help you figure our your rate.

If you’re interested in signing up to Contena, use my special 10% discount code elna10. You get 10% off any option or 10% off each payment if you choose the payment route. AND if you pay in full you receive a 20% discount PLUS your coupon will stack on top of that!

2. ProBlogger

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ProBlogger is one of the free job boards and for a lot of writers, this job board is considered one of the best out there for free job boards.

I used ProBlogger a lot when I first started, but it can be a bit competitive since many bloggers and freelancers know about this job board.

They recently updated it and now you can search by keyword – your niche – to help make it easier to comb through the ads.

If you’re new to freelance writing, definitely go here to see what’s available.

A lot of these jobs aren’t high paying, but if all you want is to finally land a job, consider using this freelance writing job board.

Pitching is all in the numbers, so be prepared to pitch multiple times a day on this job board (or any job board) to land a gig.

My suggestion is to try to pitch 10 times a day for 10 days. If this doesn’t result in a writing gig, then repeat the process until it does!

3. Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing job board was the job board I used to land my first gig. What’s great about this free job board is that they have many job sources all in one place (Craigslist, Indeed etc…)

You can click on a job source and only look at jobs on that platform. Or, you can just see what the listings are for the day from the Freelance Writing platform.

You can filter results by using a keyword or you can see what’s available by date. I like this job board because it does grab sources from Craigslist and other job sites, saving you time when you are pitching.

4. BloggingPro

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BloggingPro is a free job site that sorts jobs via type – Freelance, Internship, Contract, Part Time or Temporary – so when looking through the listings, make sure it says “freelance”or the location says “anywhere”.

I personally haven’t landed a gig on this platform, but I know other established writers have sworn by this site. As the name implies, you’ll probably find a lot of blogging type gigs, but that’s not to say you won’t find other types like blog management or copywriting.

5. All Freelance Writers

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All Freelance Writers is a great blog for freelance writing tips. There’s a freelance marketplace to see what publications pay as well as a freelance writing job board that curates jobs from multiple places including Craigslist.

Jennifer, the owner, offers the pay range in the short description. This saves a lot of time and helps you sort through jobs based on price. This job board is free and you can even sign up to the RSS feed to be alerted of when new postings occur.

Job Boards for The New Writer

There are a lot of freelance writing job boards out there. Some of them are paid, like Contena, while others are free, like ProBlogger. As a new writer, spend most of your time trying to land work. This means pitching to job boards every day. Good luck!

If you’re not new, tell me which job board helped you land your first gig 🙂

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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I found this article a while ago and discovered ProBlogger. Just coming back here now to say I’m grateful for this tip. It made me land a few valuable gigs 🙂Reply to Giovanna
Hi Giovanna, Glad you enjoyed this post about job boards for freelance writers! Good luck finding some writing jobs!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Too many things bother me: I am a school teacher and also a musician. I have also done a course on social media marketing. I am confused about the niche to pick. I am not tech savvy and I wonder if I can be a good writer (though I have a flair for writing).Reply to Dominic
Hi Dominic, If you are interested in being a freelance writer you can leverage your job experience and your interests. So from your comment, you might do well with the music industry or education industry and even in digital marketing specializing in social media marketing. I hope this helps!Reply to Elna
Very helpful info Elna! I’ll definitely take your advice and hopefully land myself freelance jobs. Take care!Reply to Bernard
Hi Bernard, That’s great to hear! Good luck using job boards!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, This article was super helpful! I’m a college student looking to start freelance writing to make some side change. I have several journalistic and academic writing samples, but no real experience with SEO writing. How would you recommend developing a portfolio, especially when many jobs require one to apply? Also, what are your feelings on sites like iWriter over more focused jobs?Reply to Annie
Hi Annie, I do dive into that topic in my paid courses but essentially you need writing samples and you can use your blog to host your samples (that’s your portfolio) or you can use a portfolio site. I do have a Youtube video on that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOmTsC8pkbkReply to Elna
I’m a new mom of twins so I’m SO glad that I found your blog. I’m so excited to try my hand at this so I can stay home with my littles and still contribute financially. 💖Reply to Destiny
Hi Destiny, Congrats on your twins! How fun and what a blessing! That’s awesome you want to do some freelance writing on the side! It’s a great side hustle for moms! Enjoy learning about freelance writing!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I’ve been working for a construction company in the office for over 5 years ,and recently I’ve started writing all their blogs for their site, and that’s probably going to become my niche since I’m knowledgeable in the subject but I have a question my blog is very personal about my hardships in life , it’s definitely a story-teller and a life worth sharing in my short 30 years. I want to began writing though as a career. I’m new to all the freelance, copywriting etc. I have been going through your blogs and they are exceptional. One thing you mentioned is to share your blog on your page, your site, everywhere. Do you think it would help to connect my blog or should I hide it from all things work related even though shows a writing ability to capture different expressions?Reply to Jessica
Hi Jessica, That is a tough question. In the beginning it is a good idea to share your blog everywhere, but only if it’s relevant. If your blog is personal, it may not lend well to freelance writing. Business owners seem to have a hard time looking at story telling prose and transferring that to freelance writing or copywriting. So my suggestion is to have some samples that are in your niche (a portfolio page) and then it might be alright to share your blog at that time!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Ever since I met you online you’ve been a source inspiration to me. I’m a newbie who wants to go into freelance writing and a lot of your write-ups have dispelled my reservations considerably. But may I know one thing. When you started your freelance writing, did you have any niche you specialised in or did you start out nicheless until you found your focus?Reply to Asakilolote
Hi! Thanks for coming over and wanting to know the best job boards! As for your questions, I do talk about my story on how I figured out my writing niche here: https://elnacain.com/blog/figuring-out-writing-niche/Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for you continued information on freelance writing. I will check out the job boards.Reply to Sandra
This is a help for me as I am just starting to creating my own blog.Reply to Mary
Hi Mary Jane! So happy to hear this! Glad you enjoyed the best job boards to help you find your first client!Reply to Elna
Hi, Elna! I hope you’re safe and healthy during this time. I’ve been following your blog for a year now and really appreciate how you’ve got a post for any question that crosses my mind. This year, I’m aiming to make a solid income from freelancing as a science writer and I’m in the process of finding a gig. Do you happen to know if non-US/non-American citizens classify for jobs listed on the job boards you’ve mentioned? In your opinion, how reluctant are American employers when it comes to hiring writers from the other side of the world? Thank you so much for your insight!Reply to Mifrah
Hi! That’s cool you want to be a science writer! Make sure to look into medical writing topics too! As for finding writing jobs on job boards I’m not sure. I’m in Canada and I had no problem landing clients in Tel Aviv, UK, US and more!Reply to Elna
Dear Elna I’m interested in starting a blog but don’t know where to start . I have a background in Federal gov. but can’t talk about it , also I’m trying to supplement my disability income can you make any suggestions? Dean CollierReply to DEAN
Hey Dean, You can check out my blog post on how to start a blog and go from there! Once you start your blog, you can add affiliate marketing or sponsored posts on that blog or offer a service like do!Reply to Elna
Elna. Thanks for sharing. I am a retired communications professional who will follow your advice and start my freelance writing career. I will soon share my success with you! YolandaReply to Yolanda
Hi Yolanda! That’s great to hear! I can’t wait to hear about your success!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, I had a look through your suggestions, I specified food in my search but the jobs on offer were not right for me. I am a retired international executive chef and I have written for many previous employers for their advertising sites and in house literature, However, I have no articles published in magazines etc. Any tips, advice on being a remote freelancer? I enjoyed your site and it was very easy to navigate, and I think the letters are an excellent idea so you may follow up. Thanks.Reply to Nick
Hi Nick, You might do better with finding food magazines to write for, epubs to write for and doing some cold pitching and finding businesses in the food industry. If you need more help, my course Write Your Way to Your First $1k can help you!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, Coming across this is a blessing; thanks for the tips. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it 🙂Reply to Uchenna
Hi Uchenna, You’re welcome! Glad you found the best job boards for you!Reply to Elna
The difficulty I have pitching is the number of sites that want a lot of information e.g. various links, a cover letter, resume, etc. It’s certainly time-consuming.Reply to Andy
Hey Andy! Personally, I wouldn’t pitch to job ads that want all of that. That, to me, looks like you are being hired as an employee! You’re not an employee; you’re a collaborator! So, look elsewhere!Reply to Elna
Elna, As a new freelance copywriter, with not a paid gig to show for myself so far, I appreciate the effort and empathy you have put into these instructional blogs encouraging people like me to make like Nike and just do it. I have made it my goal for today to secure some -any – form of paid gig I can. There seems to be a lot of symbolism wrapped up in that act.Reply to Kelly
Hey Kelly! Don’t give up 🙂 You have to show up to make it and that means hustling every day when you are a beginner freelance writer. Pitch every day, multiple times a day and you will succeed!Reply to Elna
Thanks for the great article, as always every article of you make me learn something I didn’t hear about before, for the last 3 weeks I’ve been reading your posts non-stop. what I most like about your blog is even though it contains a lot of information and value it doesn’t overwhelm beginners, each post give you a little something and actionable step without making you feeling stuck I want to add I saw some reddit groups that post jobs like HireaWriter I didn’t try them personally but it may help others 🙂Reply to Nibel
Hi Nibel! Thanks so much! I’m so happy you are enjoying my freelance writing job posts! That’s a great tip about the reddit group! Thanks so much!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Great article as usual. Thank you for always making everything fairly easy to comprehend. I am new to freelance writing and I have jitters about submitting a pitch. When submitting a pitch will I need to use a source to write the article? I have some samples I am working on, but the company has a mandatory Article Reference section. I did not use any outside sources to write my pitches. Would you recommend that all pitches include sources? Thank youReply to Bonnetta
Hi Bonnetta! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy my content and it’s helping you become a freelance writer. As for your pitch, not all samples need sources but they generally should have outside sources. You are providing a helpful article as a sample or helpful newsletter or white article. These have sources. So maybe take some time to add those in 🙂Reply to Elna
Hi Elna I don’t know what it is, or what it wasn’t before, as I have looked at countless “how to” introductions to Freelance Writing, but this is the first time I feel the “YES” factor, and am excited to give this a try. I never trusted Job Boards from all the negative feedback I have come across, but it makes sense to cut your Freelance “writing teeth” on them, whilst learning how to pitch and market yourself as your grow in confidence. I am so glad I came across you (or you came across me) as this is exactly what I need to get me off and away. Thank you so much!Reply to Katharina
Hey Katharina! I’m so happy you found this post helpful and it resonated with you to take action! That’s what I strive every time I write a blog post to help freelance writers!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! May I request? Can you suggest a the best part time job as a writer(the job that has no schedule).Because I am a student and I cannot estimate where is the time I should work. Thank you very much in advance Elna!.Reply to Jayson
Hi Jayson! Usually when you pick up a client you or they give you the piece (or you pitch topics) and then set a deadline. Most people chose 5-7 days for one post or one project. So you can work on it whenever you want and just make sure you submit it at or slightly before deadline 🙂Reply to Elna
Hi Elna. I was checking out some of this boards and many of them where asking for a long resume. Since I am kind of new in the freelance arena I would like to know the easiest way of star getting a new portafolio. Maybe you can advice some tips or jobs stereotypes to beging with. Thanks in advance.Reply to Julian
Hi Julian, I typically don’t give out a resume to freelance gigs. Resume’s denotes employee and I’m NOT an employee; I’m a collaborator! So give them your portfolio page on your writer website instead! If you need help setting that out I have a great course called Writer Website in a Weekend! https://courses.profitablecreative.com/p/wwiwReply to Elna
Elna, This is really good advice! I’ve been considering creating a resume for myself lately because so many job board gigs are asking for them. You’re right, though. I’m not applying for a job, I’m proposing a collaboration. Thanks for this! I’d also like to know how many times do you recommend I should send out each day?Reply to Lyric
Hey Lyric, Yes, it’s all in the mindset! As for pitches, if possible send out 10 a day for a set time!Reply to Elna
Noted. Thank you!
Hi Elna! Thanks so much for providing such amazing advice and support for us frightened newcomers! Maybe this is common knowledge, maybe it isn’t, but do you recommend getting some business insurance in case something goes wrong? I’ve met a few ghostwriter bloggers who recommend this step, and I was wondering if you do too.Reply to Stephanie
Hi Stephanie, You can get liability and media insurance for your sole proprietorship too if you’re concerned which I hear is very affordable in the States. This is all just my opinion and experience, so it’s good to double check with your accountant too!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, I’m greatful for this post. Am very new to freelancing. Have just started it’s not even a month. But getting clients is a major problem. Thanks for the articleReply to ROSELYNE
Hi Elna, I have been thinking about trying my hand at freelance writing for quite sometime, and possibly transitioning from my 8-5 job permanently if all goes well. This is the second post I’ve read from you, and both posts were great!! You offer such good advice and recommendations! I wasn’t sure my writing would be good enough to land gigs and build clientele, but your posts have made me confident that I can become a successful freelance writer. Thank you!!Reply to RaeAnne
Hi RaeAnne, That’s great to hear! I’m glad you found some great tips on the blog. Good luck on landing your first client!Reply to Elna
Hi there, My name is Tiffany Amero. I’m a stay at home mom trying so desperately to find something to do at home in my spare time. I have two kids and recently seen an ad for contena. My problem is I am my worst critic. I would love to try to do this at home but my biggest fear is not having an education underneath my belt to be successful. Do you really need an education to pursue this? Thanks, Tiffany AmeroReply to Tiffany
Hi Tiffany, I’m happy to hear you want to be a freelance writer as a stay at home mom! It’s the perfect job! You DON’T need a formal degree to be a freelance writer. You can learn on the job no problem!Reply to Elna
I’m personally at a point where I’m moving away from job boards and starting to cold pitch publications since I’ve landed some great, consistent clients. But I do agree that these are great places to start & will share this on my social media for the newbie freelancers I help. http://www.amylynnwriting.comReply to Amy-Lynn
That’s great you moved out of job boards. It’s the right thing for freelance writers with clients under their belt. Good luck with cold pitching!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! I have a question about looking for jobs on these websites as whenever I’m clicking on their postings, 99% of them are asking for a resume. If you’re technically becoming your own boss, why would you need to have a resume? And if that is what I need to have, where would you begin to create one since you have just started?Reply to Stefanie
Hi Stephanie, As for a resume, I would just give them my portfolio and a write up of my experience. There is no need for a resume.Reply to Elna
Love this list! As someone who is constantly investigating what online job portals are actually worth freelancers’ time, finding industry-specific sites like these can be a gold mine. Too much time is wasted on general sites that are flooded with applicants.Reply to Luke
Hey Elna, This was one of the first blog posts I read before I got started. I’ve been hustling ever since! Reading it again is almost nostalgic (even though it was only 3 mos ago!). I feel like I’ve come such a long way and many of the information I have and tips I use have come from you! Thanks for all your inspiration!Reply to Joscelyn
Hey Joscelyn, Yes, I like to re-read old blog posts of mine 🙂 ha… So happy to hear you are succeeding!Reply to Elna
Hi there! Quick question: Would this work for students who want to earn some money on the side too? Thanks!Reply to Alexandra
Hi Alexandra, Yes! As long as you have a Pay Pal address, then you can do some freelance writing!Reply to Elna