There are plenty of quality freelance writing gigs online. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. It’s a popular topic too; a post on where to find freelance writing gigs online was one of the most popular on this blog in 2013…
2013 was a long time ago, so I thought it about time I offered you an updated list of where to find freelance writing gigs online for your perusal.
While I stand by the notion that the best freelance writing gigs are acquired by cutting out the middle (wo)man and pitching directly to clients, there are of course exceptions to this rule.
Oh, you want to hear the exceptions? No problem:
- Freelancing websites and job boards are especially useful if you’re just starting out, when you may not have made many contacts, nor have existing clients to vouch for you yet.
- Because life isn’t perfect, there are also those times when you just need the odd freelance writing gig or two to tide you over.
- Some regular, well-paying clients are also to be found on freelancing sites and job boards. I know, because I’ve found them.
Where to Find Freelance Writing Gigs Online – UPDATED!
At the end of 2013/start of 2014, two similar freelancing sites – Elance and oDesk – merged to become one almighty site for buying and selling a huge range of freelance services: Upwork.
With two mega freelance writing sites merging, and a snazzy new interface to work with, things are way more interesting over at Upwork these days. It’s easy to sign up – simply hit ‘Become a Freelancer’ on the home page and enter your details. You can then filter the categories to writing and browse hundreds of freelancing jobs right away.
There are so many different freelance writing gigs to choose from on Upwork, ranging from content and blog writing to proofreading and translation – and much more besides. I tend to hear a lot of Upwork success stories from the freelancing writing community over in the US, but it’s an international site (as is this one!).
Because Elance, oDesk, and therefore their illegitimate child, Upwork, is so popular and well-known, there’s a lot of competition. While you shouldn’t let this put you off, you should know that it does tend to drive down the per-hour and per-gig rate. When I first started out as a freelance writer, I pitched for a few writing gigs on Elance, before giving up and deciding to pitch to companies directly instead – thereby cutting this fierce competition down to, well, about zero actually.
I suspect that the average rate for a freelance writing gig hasn’t changed much since the merge. Having said that, I’m far from being active on the site, so if any readers can give us an update in this area, please be kind enough to do so in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
The ProBlogger Job Board has been around for years now, and is still going strong. Exclusively for bloggers, it’s a solid and reliable job board to pick up one-off freelance writing gigs that could turn into long-term clients.
ProBlogger Jobs Pros:
The Problogger Job Board does exactly what it says on the tin and is updated frequently. It’s still as good as it has ever been in terms of featuring quality gigs on a regular basis, and I know some bloggers who have made a fair bit of money with regular work from it.
ProBlogger Jobs Cons
Although the quality of leads on the site is generally good, you do have to check out each job and do your own research as ProBlogger doesn’t endorse any of the ads personally. That’s all pretty standard stuff if you’re applying for freelance writing gigs online in this way though. (Even on the best job boards, you’ll always get the occasional advertiser who thinks it’s perfectly OK to ask writers to work for next to nothing.)
In my 2013 post, I cited People Per Hour as my favourite freelancing website for getting quality freelance writing gigs online. Despite not using sites like this much lately, I still stand by this statement.
People Per Hour Pros:
On a personal level, this is the only site of its kind that has resulted in highly-paid, regular writing work for me. It’s a good-looking, user-friendly site that is well managed. What’s more, pitching for writing work isn’t half as laborious or competitive as it is on sites like Upwork, and I also find that the rates for freelancers are much, much fairer. Having said that, don’t just take my word for it – check out all of these sites and see which ones you feel more comfortable with personally.
People Per Hour Cons:
People Per Hour do take a pretty huge chunk out of your freelance writing wage – particularly on larger amounts. Back in the day, I’ve had as much as 15% taken from a £300 deposit before. That’s £45 (over $70 USD) just for hooking me up with a freelance writing gig! Having said that, I wouldn’t have found that job otherwise… and they do have a business to run!
***This site is currently offline. I have emailed the owner and will update you when I get a reply. I’m leaving the details up for your reference.*** WriterInbox is a paid service for freelance writers. Once signed up, you’ll receive an email a day with a list of quality freelance writing jobs, thereby cutting the amount of time you spend searching for gigs online.
I tried out WriterInbox after seeing a link to it on Twitter. I told the site owner I would try it out for a month (which anyone can do for $1) and if the quality of jobs were high enough I’d include it on this list. I’m happy to say that the jobs I received in my month-long trial certainly had plenty of potential and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I even received my list of freelance writing gigs on weekends!
Not every listing included what the fee for the gig was (as this was not always available). I mentioned this in some feedback to the site owner. They let me know that in the case of a fee not being available, whether a writing gig is included or not is based on the quality of the company and scope of the job. They also round up the best writing jobs from Upwork on the email as a sort of bonus, and I suggested they extend that scope to People Per Hour too.
Tom Ewer launched his Paid to Blog Jobs site in 2014, using a subscribe-to model for blogging job seekers.
Paid to Blog Pros:
If anyone can do a good job of a project like this it’s Tom. Although I’m not a member myself, I’ve heard some good feedback from the freelancing writing online community about the quality of jobs Tom and his team unearth for subscribers. (Again, any direct feedback in the comments would be much appreciated.)
Paid to Blog Cons:
It ‘aint free! Some people believe you shouldn’t have to pay to find jobs, while others don’t mind. It was $20 per month when I first wrote my post on where to find freelance writing gigs back in 2013, and it has since crept up to $30. While I know some people won’t want to pay it, I guess it’s just a case of weighing up how much time you spend looking for quality writing jobs. Then decide for yourself if you think it’s worth it.
So there you have it – five different ways of finding freelance writing gigs online. Who knows, one of these sites might just unearth your biggest and best freelance writing client yet.
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(PS I've left the old comments from the original 2013 post below, but please feel free to add more if you think you can help a fellow freelance writer out!)