I’d contemplated starting a blog for years before finally launching Money Mozart in 2015. I did it because I loved talking about money and I had nowhere to get my thoughts out.
As it turns out, what happened was quite the opposite. The blog now gets a lot of readers each month which only continues to motivate me even more.
Then I realized how much I enjoyed writing. I decided I wanted to expand into freelance writing, writing for other publications.
So one of my goals going into FinCon was to find out where the best freelance writing jobs for beginners were. I considered myself a beginner since my blog was less than a year old.
At that stage in the game, it’s not easy to get larger publications to hire you for writing.
Since then, I’ve taken on some pretty cool freelancing gigs. One has even led to a regular contributor role for one of my favorite blogs.
I never thought I’d enjoy writing as much as I do. It’s a perfect means to vet out thoughts while inspiring not only others but also yourself.
If you enjoy writing (or don’t quite know yet but want to give it a try), you’ll find the below resources valuable. Here are 20 of the best places to find freelance writing jobs (for beginners).
I’d say this is one of the best sites for any beginner. iWriter is one of the most accessible places to find online writing jobs. Currently, you sign in and have to do a small test, then you pick articles and start writing once you pass the test.
There’s also a rating system with iWriter. You make more money as an Elite Plus writer and little money as a Standard writer, which is where you begin. Consistent, quality writing will increase your ratings.
This will then increase your earning potential. It may also lead to requesters asking you to do their projects for them individually. Joining the site is absolutely free.
Previously known as Odesk, Upwork is a single stop for all kinds of writing jobs. This includes developers, marketers, researchers, web design, and information security. And of course, freelance writing.
Name a field of interest, and most likely you’ll find a freelance job category in
In your proposal, you’ll define your payment rate (which is your bid). You’ll also include information to show that you have the skill the requester is looking for.
The requester will review the bids, and you may get an interview, given the job right away, or neither. Projects are requested on different levels so you can bid for projects at your level. They can be entry-level, intermediate, or expert.
Beginning freelancers may find it hard to make good money at first because of the bidding system. With Linkedin, to showcase your talent.
Various expert skills tests are also available for freelancers to take. Once you pass the tests, you can display it on your profile to show your expertise. Joining this site is free.
The BloggingPro job board is mostly for bloggers. On this site, you can blog about almost anything. Here several employers are looking for people who can write on an array of subjects.
You can browse for jobs using categories, and when you find the job you like, you send an application. Most employers will request for previous works as a reference.
There is no membership for this site, so you deal with employers directly. Also, as there is no direct moderator, you may find some scammers. I suggest verifying that an employer is legit before applying for a job.
Flexjobs works with the single goal of making your job as flexible as your life. They have job listings in 55 career categories, which can be part-time or full-time and at entry or executive level.
All the job listings are screened to ensure there are no scams, which is a nice feature. Joining this site is on a subscription basis (either monthly, quarterly or yearly). To view the job listings, you have to be a member with an active subscription.
Freelancer.com is a job board offering over 100 different types of job listings. You can get work in three steps: browse jobs matching your skills, apply for the job, and get hired.
You can also sign up using your Facebook account (or your email address if you’d prefer). Employers will go for the best bidder, which is usually the lowest price for the best quality.
Some projects on Freelancer.com are massive and could keep you busy for a while.
Founded in 1998, JournalismJobs.com is the largest and most viewed journalism job resource. Most of the top news companies use this site.
For this job board, you can create an account, upload a resume, and subscribe to different categories. Job listings include public relations, television, radio, digital media magazines, trade publications, non-profit, academia, financial, and technology.
Whatever you specialize in, you’ll probably find it here. After creating an account, you can then browse and apply for a job. Another bonus – you don’t have to be a registered user to see the job listings on the job board.
On Guru, you create a profile and define the freelance services you want to offer. Employers will find you by these services when they search for freelancers to hire.
You can also search and apply for jobs that interest you, in any category. This site makes it easy to showcase previous work you’ve completed to back up your proposals. They also provide job matches daily, so you don’t miss out on an opportunity.
ProBlogger has a job board where any blogger looking for freelance work can usually find it. Jobs here aren’t screened, so make sure you do some due diligence on your clients.
There’s no sign-up process, and you don’t create a profile. Just find a job that fits your skills and apply.
Another cool feature – the site includes resources that bloggers can use to improve their own blog. You can share your experiences and promote the blogging medium. It’s really a one-stop shop for current and aspiring bloggers.
SimplyHired is a job board listing more than 900 official occupations in the United States. You can also find jobs in 24 other countries and in 12 different languages.
You don’t have to be a member to view job listings. Do a simple search using a keyword and location, and you’ll usually get plenty of results for jobs meeting your expertise.
After that, you can then apply for the job. You can also sign up and create a profile. If you do, you’ll get job alerts whenever a job that matches your skill set is posted. Pretty cool.
10. Constant Content
Constant Content is a content writing and sourcing site where you can register as a freelance writer. There are different categories and subcategories where you can write unique and custom content.
To register as a writer you create a profile, checking your skills in a list. Then you’ll do a small quiz. After you pass, your account gets approved, and you can start writing.
On Textbroker, you’ll start with free registration and verification of your U.S. citizenship. Then you’ll submit a writing sample, which will be used to give you a writer rating. After that, you can proceed to complete your author profile and start writing for clients.
There are 3 ways to get work here. You can jump on an open order (first come first serve), get placed on a team of other writers like you for work, or have clients send you work directly.
Yes, you can find writing jobs on Craigslist. There is one significant downfall though – it’s Craigslist.
Jobs aren’t verified… hardly anything is. It doesn’t mean you can’t find excellent freelance writing jobs though.
Just make sure you do your due diligence and check into every prospective client. Find your location and select ‘writing jobs’ to get started.
13. Freelance Writing Jobs
Freelance Writing Jobs (FWJ), formerly Freelance Writing Gigs, simplifies writing jobs from Craigslist into one daily blog post. You can still search for different categories and different locations, too.
While the site tries to reduce bogus listings, make sure you’re still looking into the client hiring you, so you aren’t scammed.
FreelanceWriting.com is another job board listing different open writing job opportunities. Jobs on this board are researched and handpicked from other popular sites.
No membership needed. Just browse through the available jobs or search different categories for the position that matches your writing skills and apply for it.
15. Genuine Jobs
Genuine Jobs is one of the most accessible websites to use. On their homepage just click ‘apply now.’ You’ll get to a landing page that lists all the freelance jobs on the job board.
Browse through until you find one that interests you, and apply. You can also search for jobs using keywords on the search provided. You do not have to pay to use this site.
iFreelance.com requires you to pay a monthly fee to create a profile and bid on projects. As a freelancer on this site, you can bid on projects or an employer can contact you directly.
This site doesn’t charge commissions for work done, so your only cost to the site is the monthly subscription fee. All projects are screened to avoid scams, too.
17. Online Writing Jobs
Online Writing Jobs is for SEO content writers, copywriters, bloggers, and subject matter experts in a variety of industries. It’s free to join – just create a profile and verify that you’re a U.S. resident. Then you can start writing and get paid.
This one is a little different. RedGage enables you to make money online from your videos, links, blogs, and photos. Basically, whatever you’re already doing on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and all other social sites, you can make money using RedGage.
At Writerbay.com there are 4 simple steps to getting started. First, you’ll fill out an application to get registered. Then you’ll take a grammar and formatting test, followed by a short essay sample.
Finally, you’ll upload any higher level education or certificates you have, if applicable. There are no registration fees, and earnings on this site are competitive.
20. Writer Access
Writer Access is growing in popularity for people who want to order content. Thus their freelancer staff is increasing. Not only can you write on Writer Access, but you can do things like graphic design, translation, photography, and editing.
Like most other writing platforms, you’ll have to go through an assessment to determine the level of writer you are. Once you reach a certain level, you can begin pricing your work at whatever you want.
It’s quick and easy, and you keep 70 percent of whatever the cost of the content is, which is pretty competitive in this space.
So you can see, it’s pretty simple to get started as a new freelance writer. There are plenty of sites out there where you can find work, and find it fast.
The biggest downside to being a new freelance writer is the pay. You’ll often have to accept a lower dollar amount until you can build up your portfolio of samples, as well as your credibility.
A great way to increase your credibility though is by learning how to write better. I strongly recommend taking a look at Earn More Writing – a course created by a fellow freelancer named Holly Johnson.
Don’t let that stop you, though. Writing can be incredibly relaxing.
You’ll also learn a lot. Often you’ll get freelance gigs on topics you know little to nothing about.
This will force you to do research and learn more. It can be a rewarding side hustle, or even a full-time job eventually.
Have you tried freelance writing? If so, where do you get your gigs? Please share your experience in the comments below!
Chris is the founder of Money Mozart, a blog about personal finance. He discusses frugality, minimalism, and achieving financial independence by living well below your means. He’s also an avid craft beer lover and an aspiring minimalist.