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Finding Your First Freelance Client: 15 Places To Look

15 places to find your first freelance client

Finding your first freelance client can be a tough gig, especially if you have no idea where to look. When I first started out, I knew of two freelancing sites. Luckily, I managed to find my first client in that way. But, I want you to know that you have plenty of options when it comes to finding decent paying writing gigs. Some of my favourite sites are listed below. Here, you’ll find a range of paying gigs, as well as a bonus download of sites that pay for guest posts!

People Per Hour

One of my favourite sites for finding work, People Per Hour is a freelance site where you’ll find jobs for writing, editing, proofreading, social media and design. As well as being able to pitch for jobs, you can create an ‘hourlie’ to sell a service, such as writing an article or proofreading an essay. Clients can then buy your service directly, without you having to pitch.

Tip: competition can be fierce, so regularly search for jobs (changing the order of jobs to show the newest first is ideal) and apply as soon as possible as jobs can be filled quickly. My free e-course here gives some tips on how to apply for jobs on freelance sites.

Upwork

Upwork is similar to People Per Hour, except you’ll find a lot more jobs listed. Most of these jobs are very low paying, but there are some gems to be found. Again, you should regularly search the job listings and apply asap. The site can sometimes be glitchy, however, it’s a site I’d recommend to try if you’re first starting out.

Indeed

Indeed is a site that brings together job vacancies from many other job sites. There aren’t many freelance jobs listed, but its still a site thats worth checking out.

Tip: Use keywords in the search bar to bring up specific results for job vacancies. Try using ‘blogger’ ‘writer’ and copywriter’ in your searches.

Linked In

If you’re planning on becoming a freelancer, get a Linked In profile. As well as finding job listings on the site, you’ll be able to connect with small businesses and potential clients. Make sure you fill out your Linked In profile as fully as possible, including experience and skills.

Pro Blogger Jobs

You’ll find several writing jobs listed on the Pro Blogger website. Not all of them are well paid, and some only pay on how many views your article receives, so make sure you read the listing carefully before you submit a pitch.

Write Jobs

Write Jobs has a mixture of jobs, originally posted from Craigslist, alongside other sites. You’ll also find writing competitions listed too.

Freelance Writing Jobs

This site has just been taken over so expect it to be regularly updated soon. Sign up to The Morning Coffee newsletter and you’ll receive jobs straight to your inbox.

Absolute Write

You’ll find a few jobs listed on the Absolute Write forums. This is a great job board for those who write fiction, in particular, short stories.

Reddit

Yes!Reddit is an underrated site for job opportunities, but they’re definitely on there. Check out the for hire page and hire a writer.

Bloggerjobs.biz Board

There are a few remote positions on this site, as well as those based in a specific region.

Twitter

Jobs are posted on Twitter all the time – finding them is a real problem though! I generally use the #freelancejobs hashtag and #writingjobs

All Indie Writers

There are a range of low paying to high paying jobs on All Indie Writers. Remember to check this site as often as you can and apply fast to land the job you want!

Ed2010

Most of these jobs are full time, based in New York or LA, however, you’ll find a few freelance, remote jobs.

Freelance Writing Gigs

One of my favourite sites, you’ll find writing jobs, proofreading, editing, journalism, blogging jobs, as well as internships.

The Write Life

There’s a lot of jobs listed here via Simply Hired. Worth checking if you’re based in the US.

Now get the FREE download. This is a list of 47 sites that pay you to write a guest post or article. Get the list now!

Free Stock Photos For Your Work

If you’re writing for a client or even writing your own blog, the chances are you will need free stock photos. If you’re a photography whizz then you’ll be able to take your own photographs. If you’re like me, however, you’ll be interested in finding some stock photos for your work.

You may be able to get permission from certain photographers to use their work but if that’s not possible then here are a few links where you can find free photographs to use for your work.

*You’ll need to check each site carefully as some images may require attribution*

Free Stock Photo Sites

Flickr

A lot of users offer their work under a creative commons license. I find these are suitable for certain types of informational articles and blog posts but they’re not always as high quality as other photos elsewhere.

Freeimages

Over 350000 images to browse from. Some images need crediting and you’ll need to sign up to the website but membership is free.

Creative commons search

This site allows you to search multiple sites for free images. Attribution may be required, depending upon the owner – a link back is normally suitable but its important to note if any credit is required.

Stock photos for free

A site with over 100000 photos available. Photos are categorised into different genres and you need to sign up for an account to download images. Membership is free.

Free range stock

Membership to this site is free and images can be used for personal or commercial projects.

Stock vault

Free stock photos for creatives. Make sure you check the f.a.q to determine how images can be used.

Every stock photo

A massive database of stock photos.

UPICM

A great resource for free photos to use for your blog or articles.

Kaboompics

High quality photos. One of my favourite sites – I often use their images for my posts.

Designerpics

Another great site that I’s used many times. Images are licensed under creative commons.

Stocksnap

Free images with no attribution required.

Death to the stock photo

Receive free images to your email every month.

Isorepublic

Free images for creatives.

Snapwire snaps

Receive 7 free photos every 7 days.

Splitshire

Free high quality images.

Unsplash

Receive 10 new images every 10 days.