Are you wondering where to find freelance jobs online?
I’m here to help.
When I first started freelancing, I spent far more time Googling “How to find freelance writing jobs” than I’d care to admit.
In fact, I would say searching for the “perfect” freelance jobs online took up more than half of my day in some cases. I suppose I thought I could just Google my ideal writing job into existence.
Days I could have spent smartly marketing myself for actual, good paying remote freelance writing jobs.
Nowadays, I’m a whole lot wiser.
And I’m about to drop all the go-to sites where writers can find the best freelance jobs online right into your hot little hands.
Read on if you’re tired of scouring the web for days only to come up empty-handed. Get ready to land the gig of your dreams!
Where NOT to Look for Freelance Jobs Online
First off, there are plenty of places to look to find freelance writing jobs online.
Then there are the places that should be banned to the fiery depths of internet hell that no freelancer should ever venture into.
I won’t name them outright — except Craigslist — because I know for a fact many writers head straight to the Craigslist writing gig boards in hopes of finding a good writing job.
Unfortunately, a lot of “respected” writing job board sites will also include writing jobs from here.
Once in a BLUE moon you might find a respectable job board that pulls a gem from Craigslist from a legit company that’s got a budget to pay you.
But more often than not, you can expect to be paid in peanuts or pocket dust.
I kid you not.
Where to Find Freelance Jobs Online
Tired of looking at Indeed day after day only to see the same jobs pop up?
I did this, too, and it drove me crazy.
Finally, I started expanding my horizons and reading up on the industry to educate myself on the best places to score freelance writing jobs. When in doubt, connect with other freelancers, join social support groups, and read industry-related books to learn all you can since this industry is a fast-paced and changing market.
Below you’ll find reputable sites that are specific to freelance, remote, or contract work.
Sit back with your morning cup of coffee and take in the freelance job listing once a week. These jobs get snagged up fast since there are only eight hand-picked positions selected for the newsletter. If you see something you like, apply to it quickly and with gusto. Best of all, it’s free and after a few months you don’t find anything worth applying to, you can unsubscribe.
This site does require a membership and an annual fee, but it cuts down a lot of the work of having to search the web yourself. It offers available remote, freelance, and part-time job postings in 50+ career categories. No scammy job postings here!
I just recently came across this neat website. I wish I had found it earlier in my freelance writing career since my journalism background made publication writing a natural fit for me. This anonymous, crowd-sourced list has a huge directory of what publications pay freelancers and how much. I’ve seen pay as low as 9 cents per word (skip this) but as high as $1.27 a word. This is a great resource if you’re looking to break into publication writing for the higher-level pubs.
Writing jobs, editing jobs — you name it, this website lists it. You can select from a drop-down menu of blogging, content writing, copywriting, journalism, and miscellaneous jobs to further refine your search, too. Hoping to make a living with your own blog? Check out the blogging book section for good reads on creating a profitable blog.
Every day you’ll find writing jobs posted to this site. You can refine your search by freelance, contract, full-time or part-time, depending on what you’re looking for. From automotive product writer to sales tech writer, there’s a writing job for every interest out there. Follow the posting directions and the links to apply. Love blogging? Check out the site’s podcast, too.
This site is not just for writers. If you’ve got friends who also freelance and do virtual assistant or even accounting work, send them over this site! Remote work is awesome, but remember that there is a bit more rigidity to your schedule. If an employer hires you as a remote worker, they can dictate your hours. If you’re hired as a contractor — AKA a freelancer — those rules don’t apply. If you want a truly freelance role, then search for those terms specifically. Remote workers get to work from home 99% of the time, so it’s still a pretty sweet gig.
A Word About Freelance Job Boards
Applying to freelance writing job boards is not for the faint of heart. You’ll need to put thought and time into each cover letter. After all, it’s basically your pre-interview audition. If you’re a writer, you better believe you’ll need to show off your top-notch writing chops!
Other Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
Not a fan of job boards? There are other ways to land writing work. A few of my faves are included below.
I can’t encourage you enough to use LinkedIn as your professional networking channel.
It’s free, and LinkedIn is amazing for finding writing jobs that don’t make it to other parts of the internet. It’s the first place you can find out from friends with inside intelligence on if their company is hiring.
It also has a handy job search option where you can search phrases like:
- Content writer
- Seo content writer
- Freelance writer
When you fill out your profile, be sure to use the prime real estate at the top to put in searchable keywords that employers might search for on the platform. Additionally, under the security & privacy tab, be sure to let recruiters know you’re open for work. Sometimes the most surprising leads come in from recruiters!
This method of marketing my business has made me thousands of dollars. In fact, most of my business nowadays comes strictly from cold pitching.
What is cold pitching, you ask?
For me, this means reaching out via email to CEOs or marketing managers directly and pitching them my writing services. Not tiny companies, either. I’m talking about companies with multi-million dollar marketing budgets.
Sometimes I get a response to my email within five minutes. Other times I have to follow-up six or seven times. It’s really a numbers game and there’s definitely a template style I use to make it effective.
At first I was terrified to cold pitch, but now it’s so fun to research companies and pitch them ideas. I can’t imagine not doing it, because it’s how I scaled my business to where it is today.
People like using services and products they trust. If your service is top-notch and you’ve had happy customers, don’t be afraid to ask for referrals. Getting work via referrals can be the bread and butter of your business.
You can do this right after you’ve done a great job on a project by simply saying, “Thanks again for thinking of me to work on this project. If you ever know of anyone who needs a content writer, feel free to send them my way!”
Find the Right Freelance Writing Job for You
When you’re faced with tons of job boards or perspectives, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.
Instead, take a step back and take a breath. You don’t have to apply for every single job you see out there. Tackle it one step at a time to make it seem less intimidating.
How do you do that? Try these steps:
- Create a spreadsheet – Each week, create a spreadsheet with all the jobs you are interested in. Include pertinent details like company name, website to apply on, contact person, etc.
- Review – After you’ve made the list, review it the next day. Re-read job descriptions, company websites, etc. and remove the ones you don’t feel so sure about. You may have added them hastily and perhaps didn’t fully read the job description. Don’t waste time on jobs that don’t fully capture your interest!
- Follow the rule of 25 – Each week, make a minimum of 25 contacts on your search. That’s doable at just five per day. Whether you’re making a LinkedIn connection, pitching a story, or applying for a job, five a day will put your services in front of 100 people in a month’s time!
- Always be marketing – Once you pick up a client, it can be easy to push marketing off. Don’t do it! Market yourself several times a week, especially in the beginning. This is a skill you’ll need to constantly work on and doing so each week will make you better and your leads stronger.
The best part of the freelance writing world is that it’s ever-evolving. There’s always a new client to pitch to or a new job popping up. Remain hopeful and vigilant in your marketing, and you’ll stay fully booked!
Where’s your favorite place to find freelance jobs online? Share in the comments below!