You’re a new freelance writer.
You have no idea how to start, what to do first or how to find online writing jobs. You’re interested though in learning where the best places to find a freelance writing job is.
I’ve been freelance writing for over three years now and I’ve learned through trial and error where to find profitable and high-paying writing gigs. When I was brand new, pitching was my job.
I needed to find a client…fast and found multiple ways to land new freelance writing projects. If you’re stuck right now, I have 53 actual places that post freelance writing jobs online or has a way to land a gig.
Are you ready?
Online Writing Jobs for Beginners
Freelance Writing Job Boards
My first freelance writing gig came from a freelance writing job board. I love job boards because they round up gigs from all over and it’s in one easy-to-click place. I can create a pitch template quickly and send out multiple pitches to freelance jobs that are posted.
Here are the 10 best FREE job boards around:
Problogger has the most curated jobs online. It’s my #1 free freelance writing job for new beginners. You can choose various options to find the right job for you. If you know your niche topic, I suggest you filter your results based on your paying niche.
For example, if I was a fitness copywriter, I could look for freelance writing jobs in the fitness niche:
What’s also included are related jobs once you click on one of the freelance writing job.
This gives you oodles of jobs to pitch to and meet your daily metric goal.
You can also look for jobs within your niche to make it easier to find the right project for you.
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Journalism Jobs is a great resource for journalists and copywriters.
Big brands have used Journalism Jobs to post such as Time Magazine, ABCnews.com, New York Times and more.
You can refine your search for online writing jobs on the side by picking the categories you want to search for like only TV jobs or trade publications. Most applications are through their site.
Freelance Writing Jobs doesn’t really have a job board. What they do is post a “blog post” with links to potential freelance writing jobs. Jobs are curated from other job boards and from around online. They have several categories:
- content writing jobs
- blogging jobs
- copywriting jobs
- journalism jobs
The link takes you to the job ad.
5. Whisper Jobs
Whisper jobs (also known as Ed’s Jobs) show online writing jobs as well as full-time and paid internships. This isn’t a daily updated job board, but it’s worth looking at once a week.
To view the job board, you do need an account.
All Freelance Writing job board posts jobs within the last 30 days, making them fresh and up to date.
What I like about this job board is that you can quickly scan the pay range and see if clicking is worth. All too often, you have to click to find out more information – like the pay – to see if it’s worth pitching to.
All Freelance Writing makes it known right off the bat!
Freelance Writing offers the Morning Coffee Newsletter.
While they do have a job board (check #8), I like this option as job offers come straight to my inbox. And, the jobs Freelance Writing pulls are the best of the best.
Freelance Writing consolidates several job boards from Ed’s job board to Craiglist and Indeed.
This job board is also on top of my list since it curates many jobs in one place. You can refine your search to only include certain job sources, location or types.
9. Krop Jobs
Krop is a creative job board for freelancers. For a freelance writer, you can find copywriting jobs here.
If you have a knack for persuasion writing and engaging with an online audience, then try some of these copywriting gigs.
My Write Your Way to Your First $1k course, has an entire guide to get you started as a copywriter.
10. Media Bistro
Media Bistro is another free freelance writing job board that curates jobs from all over online. Jobs range from blogging jobs to staff news writer.
As a new freelance writer, you gotta get out there and hustle!
Cold Pitch to Land a Freelance Writing Job
Do you know what cold pitching is?
It’s the act of finding businesses online and emailing them directly letting them know that you’re a freelance writer and that you’re interested in writing for them. This can be a little anxiety-provoking, to say the least! Especially if you’ve never marketed yourself or your business…ever!
But, cold pitching is one of the BEST ways to find high-paying freelance writing jobs. Just take a look at a Write Your Way to Your First $1k course student’s success with cold pitching:
The big thing with cold pitching is finding those businesses in your niche.
Where are they?
Well, here are some business directories you can look through (as well as good ol’ Google) to find potential clients.
Manta is a small business directory that has online businesses on off-line ones too. They have tens of niche topics to look from. Click on one and see all the businesses in that industry. For example, here’s the result for “medical equipment & device.”
On the side, you can click on “website” to be taken to their site. From there look at their About page and get to know the company and it’s mission. Check to see if they have a blog and if they do, email them!
12. Angel List
Angel has over 800,000 companies to look from. You can click under “Market” to see if your niche topic is represented:
Or, you can search your niche topic in the search function. Here’s the result for “email marketing.”
The results say there are over 2,000 businesses in this niche topic. You can go through all of them if you want or peruse a few. I choose to click on Mixmax and from there I can learn about their company and get their URL:
You can also browse by job roles on Angel.
Go to the Angel homepage and scroll to the bottom and choose, “marketing jobs.” This category shows writing jobs.
From there click on “all marketing jobs” on the site and find “marketing content manager.”
From there find a role and company you want to pitch to!
Gust has a database of startup businesses. Scroll down the homepage until you get to “Browse by Industry.” See if your paying niche is represented. I choose “financial services” and got the results:
Just like with Angel, with Gust you can peruse different companies and get a little summary with their website.
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14. PR Web
PR Web lists companies that send out press releases about their products and business. Press releases is a great service a writer can offer 🙂
Click on “News Center” up on top and go to the “more” tab to find your paying niche category (or something similar). For example, if my niche is personal finance, I can go to “home and family.”
From there I can narrow the search by picking a category on the sidebar (personal finance).
From here you see the press releases in those niche topics. Click on one and you’ll get he company URL!
Google is your best friend when it comes to researching those blog topics for your clients and to find online writing jobs!
In Google you can search for your niche topic and see what businesses are in the results.
Type in (your city) and either (niche) (directory) OR startups in (niche) industry. Here is the result for “startups in personal finance industry.”
The ones with arrows point me to directories of businesses in the personal finance industry.
Easy as that! You can narrow it down to your city if you want.
Paid Guest Posts
If you don’t want to wait to find a freelance writing client, you can get paid to guest post. One post, one payment.
Pro Tip: get paid to build your portfolio with a paid guest post!
16. Write Naked
$50 for up to 600 words.
Write Naked has several categories you can submit a post for:
- Publishing trends
- Day-in-the-life of a writer
- Writing Essentials
- Behind the pen
17. Barefoot Writer
$100-$300 per article
Barfoot Writer is a magazine for writers. They share tips to make money, work from home and how to land a freelance writing job.
It’s recommended that you become familiar with their issue and writing style. There are several categories you can write for:
- Monthly motivator
- Productivity secrets
- Cool tools
- Thinking like a writer
- Become a better writer
- Glicken (personal essays)
Up to $150 for posts between 700-1200 words
Flywheel makes it easy to get started; you can fill out their form or pick from the latest posts for payment:
19. Freelance Mom
$75-$100 for a post between 900-1500 words
Freelance Mom’s audience is moms that are interested in freelancing. For their guest posts they require:
- Personal stories or anecdotes to relate to the audience
- Short paragraphs and bullet lists (if applicable)
- Offer current and applicable advice
- Must contain a 20-30 minute action plan at the end of the post
20. Horse Network
$50-$100 for 500-750 words
Horse Network is a place for all horse lovers. They stress to guest posters to write from the heart with humorous essays or opinionated. They encourage you submit images or video with your guest post.
Up to $100 for 600-800 words
Her View from Home is a lifestyle site for women and moms. Topics include:
Payment is based on social media shares for your post:
Up to $150 for 700-2,000 words
MoneyPantry is a site all about saving and earning more money.
To guest post, they stress you write in an engaging way which they called “bloggy style.” They also encourage your posts helps their readers with a problem.
23. Income Diary
Up to $200
Income Diary helps others make money online. They write about creating websites, driving traffic, using social media and making money online.
Some topics they are interested in for your guest post:
- Search engine optimization
- Driving traffic
- Blog design features and functionality
- Making money from blogs, forums, and websites
- Affiliate marketing and selling things
$50-$100 per post
Motherly focuses on family and parenthood. You can write about:
- Research-backed investigations
- Personal narratives and essays
- Timely reporting, reviews, and roundups
$100 for an 800-word essay
Cosmopolitan is a household magazine for many women. They also have an online version of their magazine. They want personal essays on:
[A] memorable, crazy, hilarious, or touching college experience. Stories about friends, class, dating, partying, studying, working, interning — anything that happened to you or around you in college is fair game
If they like your work, they’ll hit you up for future assignments!
$.25/word for articles between 400-1000 words
Clubhouse is a magazine about entertaining and teaching Christian values for children between 8-12 years old. They are looking for:
- Humorous stories
- Historical fiction featuring great Christians
- Contemporary stories with a multicultural setting
Compensated for 700-900 word post
The Penny Hoarder does offer paid guest posting but your payment will be discussed upon the acceptance of your pitch. The focus of your post must be about making money, saving money or growing money.
The categories you can write for are:
- Lifestyle, DIY, Recipe guides
- Success stories and unique job ideas
- Eating/Travel/Life on a Budget
- Smart Money Guides
28. Dollar Stretcher
$.10/word for printed work
The Dollar Stretcher is a publication dedicated to helping with saving time and money for people. They do have articles on making money from home, but it’s infrequent.
For post ideas, they want niche ideas and strategies to stretch the dollar. They give an example of what they don’t want: 8 Ways to Save on Groceries. For them, this is too broad and not niched down.
Instead, they are looking for posts like 8 Ways to Save on Ground Beef.
$120-$160 for Ultimate Guides(3000-4000 words)/ $75 for articles (2000+ words)
Are you a food blogger? Or wanting to break into food writing?
Cooking Detective is perfect for you! Cooking Detective is a recipe, cooking, and food blog. Currently, they are wanting posts around reviews on kitchen appliances, cookware, and any products related to cooking.
$100 for 1500 words
Listverse features list posts up to 10 items. They are interested in unique and interesting types of posts.
31. Back to College
$75-$130 per post
Back to College is a blog for older students. They are looking for posts to help older students in college.
32. The Change Agent
$50 for 250-1,000 words
The Change Agent is an adult education magazine. It features topics around social justice for all. Each issue has a theme. For example, the most recent is hair.
$100 for 1500 words
Sitepoint features topics around WordPress and web development. If you have a knack for coding and WordPress, you can guest post on here.
- Quick tips
- Video content
34. Transition Abroad
$50-$150 per article
Transition Abroad is a site about living, studying, and working abroad. They also write about the cultural experience in different places. When writing your guest post, they encourage:
Articles may involve such activities as a finding a home stay or a rural bed and breakfast, a 1- or 2-week language study course, or pursuing a special interest or activity like cooking, music, dancing, visual arts, writing, photography, hiking or biking. Travelers of all ages are invited to share their experiences, as the passion for travel and the desire to learn has no age limits. Striking a balance between practical and inspirational travel writing is preferred.
35. Digital Ocen
Up to $300 for a post
Digital Ocean is for the tech people out there. They help other system administrators and software developers with their content. They are mostly interested in tutorial-based posts where you lay out the steps for a topic.
36. International Living
$75 per article
International Living is about living overseas and abroad. They seek expats living overseas to guest post. Their articles are called postcards on their site.
$100-$200 for 1,000 words and $300-$400 for 1500-2500 words
Petcha has a Bird Talk column in their magazine. They are interested in bird-related topics around parrots, canaries, finches, and doves. Their articles are centered around taking care of such birds.
Freelance Job Platforms
On my site, Elna Cain, I stress the importance of creating your own writer platform so that you can make a living writing. But, there are some great freelance platforms that are dedicated to providing quality work for writers.
These online writing jobs are on better writer platforms than you would find on freelance job boards.
I have also included a lower-tier freelance job platform and when we get to that, I’ll explain why.
To land work from Contently (or their network of brands), you first need to apply for a portfolio. This is Contently says about their process:
From what I can gather, Contently does pay well, but only for certain niches, especially the business niche. But regardless, it’s worth the shot and it’s just another way to market your freelance writing business!
ClearVoice is a content marketing software company that does have a freelance platform. They match brands to your profile and email you jobs.
To get started, click on login and create a profile. You get to set your rate as well (I suggest you set a high rate). Here is my profile:
eByline matches writers with brands. This site is mostly for journalists or writers that have been published on big sites or magazines. When you fill out your profile, you’ll be asked to list those publications or sites and see if it’s recognized in their platform.
There is a pitch board with jobs, but it’s not always full. But, it’s worth signing up for at least and check it out every other week or so for jobs.
WordCandy is a ghostwriting service from Tom Ewer. He is always hiring freelance bloggers with WordPress experience. Once hired you’ll write ghostwritten content for Go Daddy and other big WordPress sites.
In the application, you can mention your rate for WordPress posts.
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42. Blog Mutt
Blog Mutt is your typical content mills so why the heck am I telling you to try this? Well, one of my course students wrote a post about it here and it totally made sense on how she used this platform.
I suggest you don’t use this platform to find your FIRST freelance writing job. Instead, use this platform to fill up your daily income goals. For example, if you want to make $150 a day and you’re short $50, you can go to Blog Mutt and write a few easy and low paying articles to make your quota.
*only use Blog Mutt to fill your daily income goal, not as a real job or your first freelance writing job*
Social media is a goldmine for freelance writers. It’s the perfect place to find, attract and land clients, hands down. I like to use social media to do warm pitching and connecting with brands.
But, this post isn’t about that! It’s about places with freelance writing jobs! So, let’s get to it.
43. LinkedIn Jobs
LinkedIn has its own job board or job directory.
Simply, type in your job title or keyword and see what comes up. Make sure to pick the “search worldwide” option. Here’s my result for content writer.
There are job boards on Twitter. You can follow them and check your feed daily to see what they share or go to their profile to see their daily posts.
Follow these job boards:
Here is the feed for Writing Gigs:
Facebook is a great place to network and do some warm pitching. But, did you know there are also pages for job boards on Facebook?
Check out these pages for jobs
Here’s the feed for Write Jobs:
Writer’s Market – Submissions
Submissions are similar to guest posting; you pitch your ideas, and if accepted, write it and get paid. Most of these submission I mention are magazine and high paying.
$.40-$1.00 per word
Backpacker is a hiking magazine. If you’re a camping writer or nature type of writer, then you can pith to Backpacker.
The magazine also covers:
47. Homeschool World
$50 per article
This magazine is a homeschool magazine. They share tips on doing homeschooling or the challenges with homeschooling.
Simply fill out the form on the page and they will review your application for submission!
$100 per article for 1200-2000 words
Slick WP is the only one on this list that’s a blog, not a magazine. Their blog focusses on teaching others WordPress and the Genesis Theme Framework.
49. Radish Magazine
$25-$150 per article
Radish is a monthly magazine about improving health through natural foods. Topics covered:
- Lifestyle choices
- Advice on diet
- Health and fitness
- Local farmers markets in Iowa
$25-$500 per article
Verbatim is a quarterly magazine about language. They say,
One of the best parts of editing a small, specialized (not to say quirky) magazine is reading the submissions to it. One of the worst parts of editing a small, unusual (not to say eccentric) magazine is reading the submissions to it.
51. Eating Well
$1.00 per word
Eating Well is a national food magazine. Their articles are newsworthy and backed up by science.
Their friendly freelancer columns include:
- FRESH food
- FRESH life
- FRESH Thinking
- FRESH Health
- FRESH Fix
52. The Sun Magazine
$100-$2,000 per article
The Sun is a magazine with poems, nonfiction, and fiction stories. They do favor personal stories.
$50-$150 for 1000-3000 words
Wow! Women Writing empowers women writers. They are seeking submissions on the craft of writing and publishing.
Online Writing Jobs For You
Phew! Was that a lot? 🙂
I’m holding your hand as a new freelance writer. When I first started, I had a hard time finding the right clients and freelance writing jobs. I made a ton of mistakes. I had to learn the hard way.
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