September 2, 2014

12 Places to Find Freelance Writing Gigs

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Many people will tell you the best way to land decent-paying freelance writing gigs is through networking. I agree, but if you’re just starting out, then you may not have much of a network to work with or samples to show off.

That’s why I’ve updated this list of places to look for freelance writing gigs. These site run the gamut from copyediting to creative writing and everything in between, so you may have to scroll through a few before you find the one that fits your needs.

Before you respond to an online ad, watch out for these red flags and always use your best judgement before starting a new project. My rule of thumb when responding to ads is to only respond when the ad gives lots of specifics that fit my skills and interests. Otherwise, it’s just too broad to be worth my time.

  1. CraigsList.org
    A healthy dose of skepticism is key when you’re not sure who you’re dealing with, but you can find legit writing gigs on Craig’s List (I’ve done it, and many others have, too). Look under gigs and don’t limit yourself to your local edition, since you’ll be working remotely. Another strategy I’ve used is posting a services ad instead of responding to ads.
  2. CreativeHotList.com
    CHL is most useful to copywriters, copyeditors, and those who write for interactive media (graphic designers and web developers will find plenty of gigs, too). But it’s worth putting up a free profile with some samples so that companies and recruiters can find you. When I posted my profile a few years ago, I got half a dozen or so inquiries (none of the gigs were right for me, but it was worth a shot).
  3. Ed2010.com/jobs/whisperjobs
    Also lists fact checking, proofreading, and editing gigs, some of them full time or geographically specific. But when they list freelance writing opportunities, they’re usually good ones that you won’t find elsewhere.
  4. FreelanceDaily.net
    I used to pay $3.95/month for this email service, and I think it’s safe to say that I earned backed subscription price several times over. Sure, there’s a little overlap with the other freelance job sites, but there are usually a few other jobs that slip under the radar.
  5. FreelanceSuccess.com
    Freelance Success (FLX to those in the know) publishes a weekly newsletter covering a decent paying freelance market in depth (usually the markets pay at least $.50/word). Plus, you can read the archives and get referrals from other members using the forums. Membership is $99/year, so I would suggest this for serious writers who are full time or considering full-time freelancing.
  6. FreelanceWritingGigs.com
    Get your daily dose of writing and blogging tips, gigs, and more. This blog aggregates new job listings every weekday morning and has a huge freelance following, so be sure to read the articles and comments.
  7. GorkanaJobs.com
    If you’re a business or finance writer looking for your next gig, then be sure to bookmark Gorkana Jobs. You could also sign up for their newsletter, which announces editorial changes, conferences, events, and writing opportunities. In fact, I started profiling for entrepreneurs for Portfolio.com after reading a listing in Gorkana’s email newsletter!
  8. JournalismJobs.com
    This site has a special section devoted to freelance gigs, and I landed a very juicy ongoing gig by answering an ad in that section.
  9. LinkedIn
    Sometimes you’ll see freelance gigs posted in the jobs section, but if you see a full-time job that fits your skillset, you could always apply and see if they’re interested in working with freelancers, either in the interim while they fill that position or as a long-term strategy to supplement their full time staff.
  10. MediaBistro.com/joblistings
    This tends to be mainly full-time media jobs, but you can set an alert so you’ll automatically get an email when new jobs get posted that meet your search parameters. MediaBistro also has great content about pitching specific publications and general media topics.
  11. WritersMarket.com
    I like to do my own market research (that way I learn about the publication in the process), but many writers swear by this website, because the listings are comprehensive and you can search by all kinds of different criteria. Plus, the web version is more up-to-date than the print one.
  12. WritersWeekly.com
    Here you’ll find lots of great articles on writing for print and web. Check the “Whispers and Warnings” section for the dirt on delinquent publishers and the “Paying Markets and Freelance Section” for, well, you get the idea… Updates are published on Wednesdays.
Have you used any of these sites? Or do you have others to add? Leave a comment and let me know!

Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing this list! You made me aware of a few sites I had never heard of-THANK YOU! I have been full-time freelance writing for about three months and still learning every day. Much appreciated.

  2. This is an awesome list Susan, Thanks!

  3. Hi Susan – I’ve included a link to this article in my first issue of Freelancing Weekly.

    http://freelancingweekly.heroku.com/issue-1 but should be http://freelancingweekly.com/issue-1 once DNS updates.

  4. Gorkana is a great list, isn’t it? And like you, I do my own research on WM.

    Super list, Susan. I’m linking to you on Friday. :)

  5. Thank you so much for this valuable one :)

  6. thank you thank you thank you! what an incredible list – have applied to two jobs already – and have copied and pasted it into my daily to-do list to boot! also found the red flags list to be reassuring and spot-on.

  7. Great roundup! There are a couple here I’ve not heard of, so I’ll be checking those out.

  8. I have been into freelancing field for more than 8 years. I’m using many sites like greatlance, elance, http://www.3to30.com/ for doing writing freelance jobs. Apart from this I use q&a sites, forum sites for earning.

  9. Thank you Susan! I learned a lot from this list. Will be revisiting them often … as well as your site!

  10. Thanks to commenter nirmal_writer. Just checked out 3to30. What a fun site, and useful as well.

  11. I’m with Kris: well done and a few I don’t know. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thanks for the list. I use a number of the above sites. I also find that subscriptions to popular blog sites like problogger.net, freelanceweekly.com and other tech sites always have job boards where you might just land a client who needs something written. I love the fact that as a freelancer, there are enough resources that can be a great help especially to those starting out and figuring their way around the Internet.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  13. I have been using oDesk for nearly a year but SPAMMED jobs made me to search new freelance sites. Then took flight to Elance but I could see only low-paying jobs. Right now, I’m using freelancewrite.in, this site lists many high-paying jobs and pretty happy with it.