Starting out as a freelance writer can be intimidating. For myself, it was mostly the idea of having to find jobs that scared me because I didn’t know where to look.
I even fell for a couple of content mills, which literally paid pennies for entire articles, and only after they accepted them. After writing two stories and earning $0.75, I realized my time was worth waaayyy more than that! Freelance writers deserve to be paid fairly.
If you want to get into freelance writing, but aren’t sure where to look, here’s a list of job boards that I use. The job boards listed here are legit, they offer good paying gigs and are free to access. They also have a variety of different gigs from blog articles, copywriting, content, editing and more.
If you’re new to freelance writing and want more information before searching for work, definitely check out 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success* and my post How to Start Freelance Writing: A Beginner’s Guide.
This site lists a lot of great writing jobs on their blog Monday to Friday. The jobs are broken up into sections, which makes it really easy to skim through when looking for your style of writing: copywrite, blog posts, journalism jobs, editing and more. There’s pretty much something for every kind of writer listed here.
This is where I found my first two gigs. ProBlogger is an amazing blog for bloggers to learn all about the business side of it. Darren Rowse, creator of ProBlogger, is legit and so are the job postings found here. Some jobs listed here are also for pretty good money.
I wasn’t sure if I should add this one, because it’s not always legit; some postings are scams and I’ve heard pretty bad stories. However, a lot of freelance writers do find decent gigs through Craigslist. I guess you just have to be careful.
One thing I really like about this job board, is that the job listings have their pay rates right there before you click on the actual job listing. They’re even categorized between low pay and pro-rate! Some of the pro-rate jobs even go up into $1000s of dollars. The job listings here are also quite varied, and even include poetry submissions.
I like this site because it is very different from the other job boards. It also includes poetry, short stories, novels and more, so if you’re into creative writing rather than reporting or non-fiction, this is a great site for you. They still display job postings for non-fiction, too, though.
This is a Canadian site and most, if not all jobs, are based in Canada. They list new job postings almost daily, making a great site to visit each morning. They, too, list a variety of different writing styles and projects.
This job board is nice because they list not only freelance jobs, but also internships, full-time writing jobs and more. Just be sure to check off the option that you want. Some of the jobs are for a specific location where you will have to go into their office, which only works if you’re local to them. They also share a daily blog post with recent gigs and job openings.
I feel like this website is more for professional journalists. They post jobs for newspapers, PR firms, publishing houses and things like that. Still, it’s a good place to check out.
This site doesn’t really post about reoccurring gigs, but it does share websites and magazines that pay for submissions, and even shares how much they pay! This is a great site to look into if you want to get into feature writing, especially for magazines.
You can find jobs on LinkedIn’s job board, which is cool because it shows jobs that are local to you. LinkedIn is a great tool for networking and every freelancer should have an account with them. LinkedIn makes it easy to display your talents, experience and portfolio. Obviously, this is perfect for when you want to reach out to people or apply for jobs.
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This site is great for looking for a job. You can search by industry, location, duration and company. If you’re mostly just interested in freelance writing, look under duration.
This is a newsletter that gets sent out weekly with a list of current gigs and job openings. Signing up makes it easy because instead of searching the job boards, you can simply get an email. However, if you prefer to search their job board instead of receiving their newsletter, the jobs they share are often on their site, too.
Finally, BloggingPro has a job board that lists a variety of writing jobs and gigs. They, too, make it easy for you to search your specific style or niche.
Are you a freelance writer? What job boards do you like to visit for gigs?
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