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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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 🙂