As a new freelance writer, it can take a while to find good sources of writing work. If you’re new to the game, how can you tell the difference between sites that offer below-minimum-wage gigs and those that give you a great chance of earning a living from writing. Even with the best search tools, it can take time to wade through hundreds of job listings, so why not save yourself the hassle and check out this list of the five best places to find writing work.
The Writer’s Bridge aims to bridge the gap between freelancers and the publications they are querying, helping them by providing a regular idea bank of possible stories and even helping with the pitching and querying process. I don’t know another service like it, which is why it’s at the top of my list of top writing jobs sites. For a measly $10 a month, you get all that plus a daily list of job leads collated from a range of writing newsletters, saving you the trouble of reading them yourself. As a final bonus, there’s a growing Writer’s Bridge writing community on Facebook and a blog providing writing advice.
Freelance Writing Gigs
This award winning freelance writing jobs site, now owned by SplashPress media, sifts through the jobs on offer to find the ones that are likely to be genuine. There’s also a minimum payment threshold for jobs posted on the site. That means writers who get gigs this way are much less likely to get scammed and much more likely to pick up paying, long term gigs. Anything that looks too ridiculous or scammy is weeded out before you get the list, preventing you from wasting time. There are hundreds of writers who make this their first port of call each day, not only for the job listings but for the valuable advice on running a writing career that’s available from a talented group of writers.
About Freelance Writing
Anne Wayman has been collating lists of writing jobs on About Freelance Writing for years. There’s a daily update on what’s available and somehow she always manages to have a couple of opportunities I’ve not seen anywhere else. Anne’s approach is slightly different. Instead of weeding out the low paid jobs altogether, she lists them separately, so that people who don’t mind taking jobs in that category – or new writers looking for experience – can check them out if they want to. Anne’s site also features advice for writers – and she’s a veteran in the business, so is worth listening to.
If you are into other types of freelancing, such as designing the stuff that you write, then Freelance Switch may be more your style. The site has a job board featuring opportunities for all kinds of freelancers. The only catch is that it costs $7 a month to subscribe. On the plus side, jobs available through this site pay pretty well, so the cost may well be worth it. While you’re on the site, don’t forget to check out the Freelance Switch blog which has posts from a huge team of experienced writers.
You might be wondering what this well known haven for professional bloggers is doing on a list of writing sites, but bloggers are writers too, and the Problogger site has one of the best job boards around. Almost every blogging job worth having seems to show up on this site at some time, and it’s absolutely free to access the opportunities, which are updated regularly.
With these sites alone, you could soon have a well paid writing gig – so what are you waiting for?