You’ve decided to take the leap and start a career in freelance writing.
You’re excited and ready to begin the journey of working for yourself but there’s just one problem, you have no idea how to start finding freelance writing work online.
As a freelance writer, finding work fast is important and crucial to surviving.
If you have found yourself stuck with no clue where to find work, here are a few suggestions.
Create A Blog/Writers Website
Creating a blog or writer website is the perfect way to showcase your writing portfolio online. Having a blog or website makes you look more professional to online brands, so it is important to create one from the start. Being an online writer means you have to have an online presence and one of the easiest ways to do this is by creating a website or blog.
Potential clients can screen your website and contact you for work if they see that your writing is a fit for them.
Freelance Writing Job Boards
Freelance writing job boards are sites that post ads for companies and websites looking to hire freelance writers. Many writers use these sites to get their foot in the door of the freelance writing world and find good paying writing jobs.
Freelance writing job boards are one of the best options for new writers because they:
- Post ads that usually require little experience.
- Allow you to apply to multiple jobs on one board
- Post ads daily and may even update hourly
- Usually have search options to find niche specific jobs
Experienced writers may look down on job boards stating they don’t offer enough high paying jobs. I believe the right job board combined with pitching to the best jobs, can lead to a gold mine of work for new writers.
Freelance Writing Job Boards to Check Out
Problogger– Posts ads every day, sometimes even multiple times a day
Blogging Pro– A great resource for blogging jobs
Freelance Writing– Journalism, Content, Copywriting and Blogging gigs
Cold pitching is one of the best ways to find high paying freelance writing jobs online. Cold pitching is the act of finding a business online and emailing them directly offering your freelance writing services. This may be an anxiety-inducing situation, but it is worth it in the end when you land a high paying client!
The first step of cold pitching is finding businesses online in your niche to pitch to. This may be difficult as a beginner with no experience. You can simply use Google or use online business directories which provide a list of potential clients in your niche and their information.
Online Business Directories
- Manta– Small Business directory with online and off-line businesses
- USdirectory– Contains millions of companies all over the United States
- Yellow Pages Directory– The online alternative to the paper edition
Warm Pitching is the opposite of cold pitching but can be just as effective when looking for freelance writing work. Warm pitching involves having an online presence and using it to network with brands you would like to work with.
Warm pitching begins by following brands on social media or elsewhere and engaging with them through comments, sharing their content, or tagging them. Once you establish a relationship with the brand or influencer online, you then pitch your services to them.
Warm pitching can be quicker then cold pitching if done right and also increases the likelihood of you being hired because of your established relationship with the brand.
Guest posting is a great start when building a writing portfolio. Guest posting expands your online presence by showcasing your writing on other websites. Use Google to find websites offering guest posts in your niche by searching your nice + “guest post”. I also like to check “work with me” pages on blogs I frequently visit to see if they offer guest posts. These posts may be free, but adding them to your portfolio will lead to paid work.
Some sites even offer paid guest post opportunities. These opportunities are harder to come by as a beginner, but it is not impossible if you have a great pitch and a few awesome pieces in your writing portfolio.
Sites That Offer Paid Guest Posts
Listverse– Features list style posts with at least 10 items. $100 upon approval
The Penny Hoarder– Accepts posts on making and saving money. Payment discussed upon acceptance
Write Naked– Site based on the personal side of writing. Must be 450-650 words $75 upon approval
Cracked– Showcases comedic writing for a range of topic. $100 upon approval
Social Media Job Boards
Mindlessly scrolling through social media is now a thing of the past! If you frequently use social media in your free time, you can now use it to find freelance writing work.
If you use Twitter, follow multiple job boards and check your feed frequently to see the offers they post. Also, check their profiles for any posts you may have missed due to the lovely twitter algorithm.
Twitter Job Boards to Follow
Facebook is a great place to network with brands and influencers and start warm pitching your freelance writing services. Facebook also has pages for job boards that you can check out for writing work offers.
Facebook Job Boards to Check Out
As a new freelance writer, finding quality work may be very hard especially if you have no previous experience. But don’t give up!
Using these methods and having a little patience will eventually land you freelance writing work, I am proof!
If you have other ways of finding freelance writing work please share them in the comments!