2 of the best writing jobs sites (and 1 to avoid)
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If you’re starting out as a freelance writer, finding regular (well-paying) jobs is one of your main priorities. In this article, Safrean Bronwynne Powell looks at two of the best writing jobs sites, plus one site freelancers would do well to avoid.
Working in a global economy gives freelancers the opportunity to partner with clients from across the world. And online writing boards offer one way to connect with these clients.
As more professionals choose to work as independent contractors who sell their services, there’s been a rise in the number of freelancing platforms.
With hundreds to choose from, where do you begin your search?
ProBlogger was started by Darren Rowse in 2004.
The ProBlogger job board is one of the most well-known, and reputable, job boards.
I found one of my first - and best - 'gigs' here. Months later, I still work with this team because they’re professional, I enjoy what I do, and I get to work with a cool bunch of people.
Here’s some of the reasons you need to bookmark the ProBlogger jobs board:
- Many clients are looking to work with long-term contractors.
- Most postings are open to writers from across the world (in some cases jobs will clearly state the ad is only open to writers from the US or UK).
- Job specs (in most cases) are very detailed.
- Several new jobs come online each week.
You can get the latest jobs sent to your email. If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend setting aside time each day to check if any new jobs have been posted.
The site itself is a great source of information. Rowse has useful tips on how to grow your own blog, and his podcast offers first-hand insights into the business of blogging.
BloggingPro is another valuable resource for the freelance writer.
Packed with strategies to help you improve your blogging skills, the jobs board is filled with exciting writing opportunities.
I landed a regular gig with a great client on BloggingPro.
When pitching for a job, be sure to research the client and include any relevant information in your pitch. Most posts will come with the client’s details like a website link. This is useful because you can tell if the project will be a good fit, and it shows the client you’ve done your homework.
You can search for jobs by industry, location and contract type, e.g. freelance, part-time, etc.
If you’re new to freelance writing, finding new clients can be daunting.
When you start an online search it won’t be long until you find a link to the Freelancer.com job board. It may look enticing, promising you great opportunities to expand your skills and grow your freelance career. Don’t fall for it.
At the start of my freelance writing career, I quickly signed up for an account with Freelancer.com.
Set my rate and started looking for projects. I sent bids for several projects and waited.
I only received about one reply during the first week. The 'client' wanted me to know he thought I was over-charging, and that a US-based firm was going to do his 1000-word writing job for $US25.
Honestly, after a few more days, I questioned my sanity.
Freelancer.com is a content mill, and any writer will tell you, content mills are a race to the bottom.
The lowest bid always wins. You’re not going to build your portfolio there, and it’s not likely you’ll begin any long-standing relationships. On the other hand, some writers are full of praise for content mills, making a decent living from the jobs they land there.
So, if you’re still on the fence, you can sign up for a free account and test the waters with a few bids.
Finding freelance writing jobs doesn’t have to be difficult and exploring multiple freelancer platforms may help you establish a successful freelance career.
About the author
With a background in journalism and public relations, Bronwynne Powell is a South African freelance writer and editor. Her primary focus is technology, and she works with SaaS companies to create content to better connect with audiences. She shares more about navigating the gig economy and parenting as a work-at-home mom on Instagram and her website.