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 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 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.
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 has a mixture of jobs, originally posted from Craigslist, alongside other sites. You’ll also find writing competitions listed too.
Freelance Writing Jobs
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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.
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.
There are a few remote positions on this site, as well as those based in a specific region.
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!
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.
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