Recently I blogged about awakening the writer inside and since being online I have learned that freelance writing is actually very popular amongst many bloggers. Since it provides us with instant income in return for our written words, we can earn a decent income once we manage to build our brand.
Despite this, many writers struggle to find enough work and often this is because they don’t know where to score some decent gigs. Since becoming a freelance writer myself I have scored the web high and low for the best sites to hunt down some jobs.
A couple of my readers asked me to provide them with additional writing resources and that is why I wrote this post. I want to share with you the very best of freelance writing job sites I have found since being online and when I’m looking for more work it is through one of those sites that I do.
Freelance Opportunities Job Sites:
Elance is a great market place for professionals of all walks of life. Whether you are a writer or a designer, you can get some decent work trough Elance. Membership accounts range from FREE to $39.95/month for large businesses.
Elance charges a service fee of between 6.75 % – 8.75 % for paid jobs.
Guru is designed to service freelancers of all kinds and has a very active bulletin board. I’m a free member of Guru and so far I haven’t managed to score a job with them. I believe that it is probably better paying for membership if you are serious at scoring a decent writing job.
Guru offers FREE as well as paid memberships and they range from $29.95 to $99.95 per quarter. Once you get paid for a job well done, Guru takes between 5 % – 10 % commission.
ScriptLance is probably the most known website for freelancers all around the world. It is also the most notorious since most freelancers find work there first. Many freelancers sell themselves really cheap there just to get some work and this is damaging the whole industry.
I personally have had some great finds there but the secret is to stand out from the crowd. Don’t sell yourself short!
ScriptLance is FREE for all and they take a 5 % commission on work paid to you.
oZLance is a freelance website focused to bring more connections to Australian and New Zealand professionals and connecting business owners with freelancers. The site is still very young but is also open to worldwide registration.
You can sign up for FREE and pay a small fee to get accredited if you want to for better exposure. There isn’t much traffic yet and you won’t find too many writing gigs, but having said this, there are the occasional bargains.
Freelance Writing is one of those sites to get lost in easily. They have a huge range of information and links leading to other related websites. Whenever I visit the site I find myself still browsing an hour later. So be warned!
Journalism Jobs is simply put a job website for many professionals around the world. Some are in house based and others allow you to work remote.
The best way to see whether there are suitable offers for your experience is to do a keyword search.
Get A Freelancer is similar to ScriptLance and again it is probably more so a good site for beginners in freelance writing since the money is mostly very bad. There is nothing wrong with writing for $5 an article when you first start out, but once you gain credibility and experience this is simply ridiculous.
Writer Lance (updated 21.January 2008 site is down and seemingly no longer available) is a new favorite of mine. There are plenty of job offers and they seem to pay a decent rate too. Registration is FREE and they charge you a 3 % fee of your income.
Suite 101 is an article/freelance site that invites freelance writers into their network. They claim to get 6 millions of views every month and will pay you a share of their income. What is great about Suite 101 is the fact that they have such a broad article gallery where you will find something to write about in your chosen field.
You Can sign up for FREE and start earning revenue straight away by writing great articles.
iFreelance is one of the best freelance websites because of the sheer amount of good paying jobs available. Membership levels vary between $ 3.91 – $ 6.58/month but that is all you pay. iFreelance doesn’t charge you a commission fee of your earnings. So fire away by applying for your dream jobs.
Helium is a freelance writers platform that lets you indulge into your craft. Possible income happens from being very active on the site and write a lot. Articles are voted by the active community and you can also compete for paid freelancing gigs.
Helium has a huge active reader and writer base and you can write about any topic you like.
CraigsList has been a secret money maker for many entrepreneurs on the Internet for month. It is a huge job and advertising network that spans across the globe and is free to use. You can source writing jobs and a lot more.
You can also advertise your services for free but you need to be careful not to scam the system. If you do, your ads will be gone in no time.
Pro Blogger Job Board is updating all kinds of online jobs every week. You will find blogging jobs, writing, design and more. But you have to be quick in snapping up the good ones as his site is heavily trafficked.
So check back often!
Please remember that in order to land yourself some good paying freelance writing jobs you will need to be professional in your approach and possibly have an online resume. It also helps if you have client testimonials from past clients since it validates your claim to fame.
Make it a habit to stand out from the crowd in order to get noticed. I have personally managed to snap some jobs because I dared to be different so it has served me well.
But always be true to yourself and don’t lie about your experience – it will only bite you in the bum. If you have to start low, then do it. Work it and before you know you will be able to earn a satisfactory income as a freelance writer.
I wish you success and happiness and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Also, to see part two of my Freelance Writing Job Websites please follow the link.