Best Places to Find Writing Jobs Online in 2021 (+ Niches that Need Freelance Writers Right Now)

How the heck do you get your first writing job online?

You know you can write, you love writing, and you want to get paid for your writing.

So, why is it so hard?

Best Places to Find Writing Jobs Online in 2021 (+ Niches that Need Freelance Writers Right Now)

Freelance writing will be huge in 2021.

Thousands of businesses are going online and finding a way to grow their brick and mortar business on the Internet.

Whether they closed their business and pushed it online or they start out as a digital service or product, what they need help with is gaining customers with their site, and that site will need pages upon pages of writing.

That’s where you come in! You can scoop up writing jobs online easily by promoting your service and showing potential clients how great of a writer you are!

I’ve been a freelance writer for many years, and I know where you can find writing jobs.

These aren’t hacks or trendy places.

These are legit ways to find writing jobs online. It’s that simple.

So if you’re new and you need help, here is my guide on the best places to find writing jobs and the exact niches (RIGHT NOW) that need freelance writers.

1. Job Boards

There are lots of job boards that ONLY post writing jobs!

What’s great about using a job board is that it is a low entry, meaning anyone new to freelance writing can pick up a writing job online. Job boards are also updated frequently and have hundreds of potential leads.

This is good for you if you have limited time to work on your freelance writing business.

The big downside to this is that there are writing jobs that aren’t legit and many are low-paying.

However, I got started using job boards and was able to make good money with the writing gigs I picked up. I also feel it’s perfect for brand new writers that want to make money writing.

Some popular job boards for writers are:

Go ahead and try these job boards out and search for some topics you enjoy writing about.

If you find there aren’t any jobs in those topics, try broadening your search. For example, if you know a lot of essential oils but can’t find any writing jobs for that topic, try searching for wellness, health or natural health.

To help you out, make sure to check my Youtube video (and subscribe to my channel!) on how to use job boards so you can gain some writing jobs quickly.

Learn in this video how to use job boards as a beginner

2. Cold Pitching

Cold pitching is when you reach out to an online business and ask them if they need a writer for their content marketing strategy.

This can be daunting and scary, but it’s one of the best ways to find writing jobs. Many writers contact the person in charge of a brand’s marketing or content strategy and introduce themselves in an LOI (letter of introduction).

In this LOI, you can also mention your writing services.

Other writers – especially course students of Write Your Way to Your First $1k – find it more converting to email a cold pitch.

Here is one of the many cold pitch templates from the course (something I’ve NEVER EVER shared before) that has helped thousands of new writers land writing jobs.

Hi (name), 
My name is (name), and I’m a freelance writer with experience in (your niche). 
I found you on Google (or through a friend, using your product, etc.)
Now, wait. I know what you must be thinking – 
Here’s another pitch with cookie-cutter copy. 
Oh, no, you didn’t! As a freelance writer, I know how to capture a reader’s attention and help begin your inbound strategy on your blog. 
With my (#1 years) experience in (niche), I can really help grow your brand and bring that loyalty with your audience by providing emotional-based copywritten content. 
I see from your site that you’re selling X/writing about X/, and I’d love to help bring the masses to your service/product. I already have several content ideas that can help you reach your target market. Hear a few of them:
Idea 1 | Idea 2 | Idea 3
I’d be more than happy to discuss this further – just hit reply! 
Thank you for your time,

It’s a simple cold pitch template that you can adapt and tweak to your own way of writing. It also shows some cheekiness, and if this isn’t your brand, then don’t use that part of the pitch.

But to use this pitch, you need to find places for writing jobs. How do you do that?

Make sure to check out my Youtube video on a cool cold pitching strategy that actually works!

Learn in this video how to do cold pitching

3. Medium

Medium is a free blogging platform that you can use to create your portfolio, write about any topic you want to create writing samples, and gain some money for your writing.

I like using Medium because it’s easy to make money with your writing.

After you create a Medium profile, sign up to their Medium Partner program to start getting paid for your writing. As well, many publications on that site want you to be in the partner program so you can get paid.

You earn income from your writing when people view your post and engage with your post like giving it a clap or commenting or highlighting text.

Depending on how fast you write and how much time you spend on the platform, you can earn a good chunk of income from writing without even landing your first freelance writing job!

4. Friends and Family

If you want to ease into finding freelance writing jobs, then an easy way is to simply ask friends and family if they need help with a project like their resume, an email campaign, a brochure or a landing page on their website.

You won’t know if your services are needed unless you ask!

So take that first step by asking your uncle or sister or little cousin!

5. Writer Website

Okay!

Here is where it can get serious for you. If you truly want to make a go out of being a freelance writer, then I suggest you create an online presence, and to do that is to create an optimized writer website.

This is a dedicated service-based writer website that showcases your writing skills and shares what types of writing you do.

Here is what mine looked like when I first started as a brand new freelance writer.

The site was simple and easy to read. If you read what I wrote on my homepage, you will see that I didn’t have many qualifications, and I didn’t niche down my writing topic.

However, simply having a professional writer website allowed me to market my business and land some great writing jobs.

Over the years, I’ve changed the look of my writer website and I’ve updated the copy to showcase one type of client I work with. Here is what it looks like now.

If you need help setting up your writer website, make sure to check out and follow my video tutorial on how to start a blog for your business.

6. Social Media

Social media!

It’s there, and it can be a huge distraction, but if you know how to leverage social media, you can land amazing writing clients.

I landed a huge brand on Facebook.

An editor saw my pin on Pinterest and hired me for some parenting content.

A digital marketer for a SaaS company saw my LinkedIn profile and hired me for their ghostwriting content.

There is a goldmine of money waiting for you!

I suggest focussing only on two social media platforms – LinkedIn and Twitter.

These two have yielded me the most writing jobs out of any other social media platform. It’s also a great way to network with businesses you want to write for.

If you need help on using these social media platforms, check out my guides:

7. Use Resources Online

When I first started as a new freelance writer, I looked to other writers that have been doing this for a long time and learned from them. I signed up to their email list, read the blog and checked out their products.

I even reached out to them to see if they would help me with some parts of my business, like setting my freelance writing rate.

And over the years, I’ve worked hard on this blog to help you navigate the freelance writing world.

To help you find writing jobs, please check out these resources.

As well, I have a Youtube channel with videos that walk you through many processes, services and tips to help new writers. I would love it if you subscribed to my channel and checked out these videos.

Writing Niches That Need Writers Right Now

With recent events going on in the world, more and more people are staying home and are finding a way to work from home.

If freelance writing is for you, the best thing you can do is use what is going on right now and find writing niches that are needed.

Learn in this video what you need to do RIGHT NOW as a freelance writer

Finding relevant writing niches will make it a cinch to find writing jobs quickly for you.

Below, I share with you six writing niches in need.

1. Remote Jobs

More and more people are searching for remote jobs and working from home. People are laid off, or they are stuck at home and want to find a way to earn some money.

This means the remote job industry is booming and will need freelance writers for their content plan.

Google search results for remote jobs

 

What You Can Do

Go ahead and search for career sites, job sites and anything related to remote jobs or working from home.

Take a look and see if they have a blog, an email list, social media profiles and pages on their site.

If they do, then you can market your blog writing service, copywriting service, white page writing service, ghostwriting service or web copy service.

2. Finance/Budgeting

The finance industry is booming right now as more people are unemployed and need to budget to save money.

Google results for budgeting tips

What You Can Do

Start looking up financial companies, budgeting blogs and credit card blogs/companies and start cold pitching your writing services to them.

Some examples are Dollar Sprout, Wise Bread and MoneyGeek.

3. Entertainment

With people bored at home, there is a need to be entertainment. From gaming to learning how to paint or finding the best comedy movie, people everywhere are using Google to find blog posts, web pages or companies that supply entertaining content.

Google search for learn to paint

What You Can Do

If you enjoy journalist writing, why not hit up big news sites like Buzzfeed to pitch your entertainment writing topics?

You can also search for companies that provide streaming services like Netflix to see if they have a content plan and need writers.

4. Mental Health

With people bored, they get angry, anxious, scared, and their mental health suffers.

Single moms have to take care of their children every day and are losing money because of being laid off. She’s stressed, sad and anxious.

Or a young traveler is forced to stay in a country that isn’t her own and has to find a way to live away from family and friends. She might be scared and angry.

Whatever the case is, many mental health apps, companies and resources are being used online.

Google search for mental health

As a freelance writer, you can share your mental health writing to these companies.

Also, think about at-home exercise companies and other companies that cater to health in all areas.

5. Creative Niches

There are a ton of creative writing niches that you can dive into and find some great writing gigs.

As people sit at home, they want to be productive, and what better than to pick up a hobby?

Fish tanking anyone? Caring for your hedgehog? Or how about puzzles?

Google search for puzzle making

What You Can Do

Search Google for various creative niches that you enjoy doing like gardening, party planning, drawing, art and more.

Then start finding companies that cater to that creative niche and see if you can cold pitch them!

6. Entrepreneurship

One of the greatest things that has come out of this social isolation world is the fact that there is a goldmine of online learning potential. People can start a business easier today than they could ten years ago.

And more and more people realize this.

Entrepreneurs online are seeing a boom in traffic and need writers to help them with their blog content or creating landing pages for new products.

Google search for online learning

What You Can Do

Do you listen to podcasts or visit a blog to learn a new skill?

Why not network and reach out to these solopreneurs and see if they need help with their content marketing strategy?

The Best Places to Find Writing Jobs Online

I’ve been a freelance writer for many years now, and I absolutely love it.

My husband works from home also and helps me with my business.

My twins have only seen their parents stay home and work from home.

Twins pretending to be their parents

We have created the family and the lifestyle we’ve always wanted.

Now it’s your turn.

I hope you found these places to find writing jobs online helpful. Take the time to watch each video, take notes and feel free to email me if you have a question.

Also, figure out what writing niche you want to try out. Try out a few and flex your writing muscles to find which niche fits you better.

It is trial and error for many, and it was for me too!

Over to you – are you interested in freelance writing? Share with me in the comments what writing niche you want to have and what method you’ll try to find some online writing gigs!

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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Hi Elna, thank you for this informative article. Before I read this, I didn’t not know that one can make money from posting on Medium. I recently enrolled in your Write to $1K and I’m thankful I did. The content so far has been very helpful. Thank you!Reply to Eric
Hi Eric! Thanks for enrolling in my program! I hope you like it! And yes, you can make money on Medium – not a lot, but it’s something, right?Reply to Elna
Hey Elna! I’ve been reading your blog daily and have found inspiration and information here. Firstly, congratulations on your success! Thank you, secondly, for explaining and breaking down the steps you took to become a successful freelance blogger. I aspire to do the same but am lost on figuring out my niche. It would be amazing to hear your insight on this. Currently, I am a server and have been doing so for almost 8 years. Between serving and having been through certain situations of my own, I am highly aware of overcoming uncomfortable situations and learning from it. Could a personal blog on overcoming adversity be a niche? Thank you!Reply to Xinhma
Hi! Thanks so much for reading my freelance writing posts! As for your question, look at the products and service in your niche. If you can think of some then it’s a good viable niche! What you describe is not a good freelance writing niche, but it can be good for Medium perhaps!Reply to Elna
Question! Ok so on medium, do you just re-purpose longer writings you’ve done into smaller articles, or do you write completely new content to post on medium??Reply to Madelyn
Hi! I personally write unique and new content on Medium. Some people repurpose articles and then make a notation on the Medium post, but I think it’s better to create new contnet.Reply to Elna
Hello Mrs. Elna! My name is Nadina and I am seriously looking into a career change, i’ve been a receptionist for about 4+ years now…Ive always wanted to become a writer but didn’t know how or where to start. I happen to stumble upon your website and I AM HOOKED AND MOTIVATED!! Thank you so much for taking your time and creating such informative and helpful posts/articles. Some of the niches I’m very drawn too are (pet nutrition and lifestyle, wildlife and conservation, and home DIYs). That is a lot…I know…but i’m looking into narrowing it down a little here soon. You are such a great help, thank you!Reply to Nadina
Hi Nadina, Thank you so much! So happy the blog is helping you get started as a freelance writer during this pandemic! I like your niche ideas. Pet writing can be lucrative if you write for big brands, and home DIY may also be lucrative if you find brands! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Thank you Elna.. Have been struggling with getting clients of late. This will greatly be if help.Reply to Emmanuel
Hi Emmanuel, That’s great to hear! Finding writing jobs as a freelance writer is a challenge so I’m glad this post is directing you to the right places!Reply to Elna
I want to freelance in the mental health and wellness arena but do not know where to start to find freelance work. I need work from home with two little ones so this info is important. Thanks for the great post which lays out options for many different types of writers.Reply to Brittany
Hi Brittany, I think the post gives you some potential clients in the wellness niche! Use Google and social media to find brands that need writers! You can do it!Reply to Elna
I am seventy five, I had a stoke about five months ago. I do spiritual stuff, I have been journaling for most of my life. I am a little nervous, I have bought starter kits after starter kits. The problem is me. I will not finish what I start. At sevently five I have a ton of different experiences that I can write about. I just need to get Bramble motivated. Thank you for the six free courses. HE BrambleReply to Harry
Hi Harry! Yes, I fall into that trap as well. I’m gung-ho in the beginning, but finishing isn’t so fun to me. What helps is setting strict deadlines and concrete goals. I think also creating a habit where you sit down in your favorite chair or at your desk and complete 1-3 lessons in a course or reach 1-2 chapters in a book. I would also stop buying starter kits and focus on one teacher. It can be me or some other writer or entrepreneur that you like! Good luck and you got this!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, thanks so much for a great post! Your blog is a source of infinitely valuable information, which I, a complete beginner trying to get into the business, couldn’t be more grateful for! It’s just like you wrote: “One of the greatest things that have come out of this social isolation world is the fact that there is a goldmine of online learning potential”. And that’s exactly what I’m using it to become my own boss, once and for all. I wouldn’t be able to do that if it wasn’t for you. Also, I’ve got a quick question. Digital marketing didn’t make your list of niches that need writers, but it happens to be the niche I decided to focus on. Is it still just as in demand or not? And should I simply write about typical topics like SEO, social media, and blogging, or mix it up with others in some way (like finances for example)? Or rather focus on digital marketing in the face of current events and their impact? Thanks again, Elna. Keep up the great work!Reply to Karolina
Hi Karolina, Thank you for your kind compliment! So happy you are searching about freelance writing and wanting to be your own boss! As for digital marketing, YES it’s a hot niche right now. I’m actually creating a resources of niches that are in need during social isolation. Hopefully will have it ready next week! As for topics, stick to digital marketing topics. If you like finance then you can marry the two niches like budgeting for a side hustle or budget friendly email marketing services or things like that!Reply to Elna