The Best Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
So, you’ve decided to be a freelance writer. That’s great! Freelance writing is a great side-hustle or full-time gig. What’s not great is your lack of knowledge about where to find freelance writing jobs for beginners.
Do you look at freelance writing job boards, content mills, or other websites?
You’re not alone. Like other industries, it can seem difficult to find jobs when you’re a newbie freelance writer, but all new freelance writers go through the same thing.
Sometimes the only places new writers can find work are content mills. But there are plenty of places to find well-paying jobs so you can make a living as a writer.
So, I decided to research and make a list of 28 places you can find freelance writing jobs for beginners to make the job search a little easier.
I don’t think that content mills are the best places to find writing jobs, but I included them in this list. They don’t pay well and certainly aren’t the way to make a good living writing online.
How to Find Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
There are several things that you really need to do BEFORE you start looking for freelance writing jobs. But if you’re like most of us and want to start making money right away, you can work on these things while you look for jobs.
However, these tasks are critical to leveling up to better clients, so they are definitely necessary.
Choose a Profitable Niche that Brings in the Money
“What,” you say? Yes, you need to niche down to level up your profits, and no, that won’t lead to fewer clients.
When you niche down, you’re picking a topic that you can write about endlessly, make money from, and use it to position yourself as an expert. It’s one of the only ways to find better-paying writing clients, and if you’re blogging, it’s the way to find your true tribe of fans.
Because choosing a niche can be difficult, I created a FREE challenge that lays out the tips on how to find the best profitable niche for you.
This challenge teaches the three main components of a profitable niche. You can find the Niche Down to Level Up Your Profits Challenge here when you’re ready.
Build Your First Website
Once you decide on your niche, you’ll want to build a website to market your services and establish yourself as an authority on the topic. You can still make money without a website if you just create a portfolio site.
But most entrepreneurs will tell you that creating your own website is the best way to show prospective clients your samples, host a blog, and show the services that you offer.
You’ll need web hosting, and I recommend Bluehost. They have amazing prices (seriously they’re hard to beat), and their customer service is fabulous. Plus, they make it easy to set your website up if you’ve never set up one before,
Bluehost makes the process pretty easy and you can get hosting as low as $2.95 a month. That includes a free domain and free SSL certificate, which you need. (I didn’t know this when I started.)
A word of advice though. Bluehost is a great web hosting service for new bloggers looking for a deal, but if you’re in this for the long and thinking about monetizing your blog, then SiteGround is a better choice.
I want to optimize my website for speed for SEO and a better user experience, and my awesome technical support people won’t even optimize websites that use Bluehost.
I just wanted to make sure you knew that while Bluehost is good, you will likely need to switch later down the road. I switched to SiteGround recently and I love them. They have always been there for me with technical support.
Create a Freelance Writing Portfolio
Another task to complete is to create a freelance writing portfolio to show possible clients. Now you’re probably wondering how to do this if you’re just starting your writing career, and
I wrote a full blog post on it–How to Create a Freelance Writing Portfolio that gets clients. It’s easy to do even if you have no experience.
Now, without further ado, here are some websites where you can find writing gigs. These sources are free and paid job boards, freelancing platforms, remote job boards, and unique places to find freelance writing jobs.
Freelance Writing Job Boards and Websites
The best places to find freelance writing jobs for beginners that we’re going to focus on are freelance writing job boards and websites. Now, without further ado, here are some websites where you can find freelance writing jobs for beginners.
These sources are free and paid job boards, freelancing platforms, remote job boards, and unique places to find freelance writing jobs.
1. Freelance Writing Jobs
Freelance Writing Jobs is more than just a place to find freelance writing jobs for beginners. It’s also a great place to learn more about freelance writing and running a business in general.
There is a job board and daily round-up articles on recent job posts. You’ll find a wide variety of topics to choose from.
2. ProBlogger Job Board
Freelance writing job boards are excellent places to find freelance writing jobs for beginners as long as they’re reputable. ProBlogger has a reputable job board that is one of the best places to find freelance writing jobs for beginners.
One of the things I like about the ProBlogger job board is they work hard to verify postings, so no scams! Scams are something new freelance writers have a hard time avoiding because of their newness to writing online.
There are also a brought variety of niches too, from cannabis to daytime soaps.
Some people classify ClearVoice as a content mill, but if it is, it’s a damn good one. ClearVoice was one of the first platforms that I set up a resume on or CV, as ClearVoice calls it when I wanted to up my freelance writing game.
They pay some of the best rates of all the platforms and are a repository of helpful information for both new and experienced freelance writers.
One word of caution and that is you must really make your CV as complete as possible. Also, writers with specific niches may not find many jobs, and it doesn’t work like other platforms and job boards.
You’ll get notified of a possible writing assignment, and then you have the chance to apply for them. They must have some type of algorithm that pulls out good possible writers for the different industries and then they can choose from the pool of people that apply.
I didn’t receive a single possibility for the first year I was on the platform and kind of ruled it out.
However, a couple of my most lucrative projects eventually came from ClearVoice, so don’t throw in the towel too early. You can make a great income from ClearVoice’s freelance writing jobs for beginners.
The platform also finds new content that you’ve written and sends you an email so you can add it to your CV. So, every time I publish a blog post they find it usually within a day or two.
Contena is another popular place to find freelance writing jobs for beginners. It’s a paid membership site, but that also means you can find some excellent writing clients and projects.
Some writers said that they landed a client the first month that paid for the whole membership, so it might be an incentive for you to work hard to cover that cost.
Contena provides up to date job listings so that you don’t have to search through endless out of date job listings, so it saves time as well. You also get access to coaches and other resources to help you throughout your freelance writing journey.
5. Blogging Pro
Blogging Pro is specifically for blog writing jobs as well as freelance writing jobs. Some extremely well-known brands use Blogging Pro to find freelance writers such as the well-known medical site Healthline. It’s definitely worth checking out.
6. The Penny Hoarder
The Penny Hoarder is not so much a job board but one of those hidden gems. They don’t have a wide variety of freelance writing jobs for beginners. But,if you can write about numbers and strategies as well as provide advice, this may be one of the places you want to pitch.
They want smart money guides, unique job ideas, success stories, and eating, traveling, and living on a budget.
7. Media Bistro
Media Bistro is a favorite for many freelance writers. It has remote job postings as well as freelance writing jobs that are location-specific. Some major media brands find writers through Media Bistro, such as NBC and HBO.
There are other job positions listed on the website, like photographers and other jobs with media companies.
Upwork is one of those dreaded content mills I mentioned earlier. I found my very first freelance writing client from Upwork. Now I shudder when I think about it. Plus, this particular client tried to tell me that no one could compare with their rates.
They were right; almost everyone pays MORE. Their pay sucked, to say the least.
But to be fair, some people preach about making vast amounts of money on Upwork, and some have made even more money selling programs that teach you those secrets.
Just know that you pay Upwork about 20 percent of anything you make on their platform. It tends to be popular because beginners can find a lot more freelance writing jobs.
9. All Freelance Writing Job Board
The All Freelance Writing Job Board is a great place to find recent job postings for the past 30 days. You can also subscribe to the freelance writing jobs feed on an app like Feedly to see the newest job postings.
This job board publishes ads from their own clients who need writers as well as third-party ads. This job board is another great resource to find freelance writing jobs for beginners.
10. Writers Weekly
Angela Hoy, the publisher of WritersWeekly.com is the author of 19 books. She has a variety of articles and resources that are helpful and interesting to read, as well as recent job postings. You can even browse publications that take submissions.
Writers Weekly also supplies information on pay, the editors to contact, and topics they accept. This website also purchases articles from writers, but before you pitch to them, make sure to read the guidelines.
11. Be a Freelance Blogger (BAFB)
The BAFB $50+ Job Board is another job board that posts jobs writing blog articles, content for web pages, and more. It’s not one that you hear much about.
The rules are posted on the job board page, and there is a Facebook group associated with it.
As someone who started out making under $.05 per word, the fact that all these jobs are at least $.10 a word is great! I wish I’d known about them when I started my freelance writing career.
They have a wide variety of topics such as cannabis, vegan food, pets, fashion, tech, social media, virtual reality, and more. You’ll find some great topics to choose from.
Now Freelancer is a global writing platform that is considered a content mill. I said I was including them in case you wanted to try them. I’m also mentioning them to warn you.
As a new freelance writer, you may run across these writing job websites on your own, and I want you to know they may not be the best places to work.
Now that I’ve gotten off my soapbox, Freelancer has all kinds of freelancing jobs. You can search by skill, language, featured jobs, and latest jobs. They also offer 24/7 support and let you add a portfolio to the platform so clients can browse it and read your profile.
LinkedIn is a great place to find jobs, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s one of the best places to find jobs and connect with professionals. It’s where all my clients come from LinkedIn Jobs lets you search for writing projects by location or job.
If you’re looking to find companies that can afford to pay you good money, LinkedIn is the place to be.
Set up a profile and market yourself there. Jorden Makelle has an amazing class that I took called Killer Cold Emailing, and it’s a must for someone starting a freelance writing career. It’s also fairly affordable.
Jorden teaches you how to search for companies you want to write for on LinkedIn, how to set up your profile and how-to cold email prospective clients. I loved her class so much that I signed up for her other class for more experienced writers called Fuck Yeah Freelance Blogging.
Make sure you take Killer Cold Emailing first if you’re new to freelance writing.
Contently is another freelance writing platform where you can find writing jobs for popular brands such as Google, Dell, Marriott, Walmart, and more. Some may consider it a content mill, but like ClearVoice, I don’t hear many negative comments about it.
You can find other jobs on Contently like designers, filmmakers, photographers, and more. They have resources to help you navigate freelancing on their platform and freelancing in general. There is also a rate database and rates calculator.
15. Barefoot Writer
When I first started, I became a member of the American Writers and Artists Institute. It’s a great resource, and that led me to the Barefoot Writer. Both websites have excellent resources and classes.
I must be honest they gave me a wealth of information but as a new writer, the courses were kind of expensive. They’re taught by some of the best copywriters in the business, though.
Mindy McHorse is the Executive Editor of the Barefoot Writer and she’s awesome. The Barefoot Writer website and magazine show freelance writers how to go from the Cubicle to the Caribbean, which really resonated with me if you can’t tell. ?
The Barefoot Writer magazine is a magazine that provides tips on making money as a writer, working from home, and how to get freelance writing jobs even if you have no experience.
They also accept pitches on several categories, such as becoming a better writer, monthly motivator, thinking like a writer, cool tools, productivity secrets, and personal essays. The Barefoot writer is worth looking at for their resources alone.
After the horrible first disaster of a job through Upwork, I found the next job on Indeed. I love Indeed because you can set job alerts on your searches and get updates every day in your email.
You can search for a variety of topics, locations, remote work, and just about every other freelance job you can think of. It makes the job search easy when the leads are delivered to your inbox every day.
It’s a great place to find freelance writing jobs for beginners. Just be careful of scams. I think Indeed does the best they can to screen jobs, but they have such a large volume of jobs coming in that it’s impossible to find all the scams. I ran across one using a legitimate company as their cover. Just be careful.
17. Constant Content
Constant Content is like ClearVoice. It’s a platform that brings writers together with businesses that need content. At the bottom of the home page, you’ll find a tab that says Writer FAQs, and it tells you how to sign up and a little bit about the platform.
They also list their top writers on the home page.
At Constant Content, you can write category and product pages as well as eBooks and blog posts. They boast clients like CVS, Sears, Zulily, Walgreens, and more.
18. Virtual Vocations
Virtual Vocations was another one of my favorite places to look for remote freelance jobs. What’s nice is that every job on the website is a telecommuting position. You can sign up for a free account, but that only gives you limited access.
For a small monthly fee of $15.99, you can view and apply for all the jobs. Even better, they scan their job posting really well so they can try to weed out the scams. The monthly membership is worth finding great remote freelance writing jobs.
ZipRecruiter has an excellent reputation, and at the top of their website, you can click the “for job seekers tab” and explore the positions they have. It’s a favorite job search app for many that allows you to search and apply for jobs on your smartphone.
The platform also has a talent network you can join, which connects you with top brands to see if you’re a good fit. It’s a job board for all careers and industries, not just freelance writers.
ZipRecruiter isn’t just for freelancers and remote work; there are also location-specific jobs, so you must sort through all the positions to find freelance writing jobs for beginners.
20. We Work Remotely
As the name suggests, We Work Remotely is one of the largest digital nomad job communities online. They have millions of monthly visitors. We Work Remotely updates job postings regularly and provides research and support to freelancers as well.
I noticed that they have a wide variety of open jobs such as Data Scientist, SEO Specialist, Internet Researcher, Senior Designer, and many more positions in a variety of categories. Some of the positions have broad location requirements such as U.S. only versus global jobs.
Check out the Remote Hiring Guide for more information on hiring and working remotely. This website is a great source of freelance jobs.
SimplyHired is another great website to find jobs of all types, and many of them are for remote positions and freelance writers.
For the location, I typed in remote and then for the position, freelance writer. That brought up an editor position, a freelance resume writer, content manager, freelance athletic wear writer, a freelance medical technology writer, and more.
It’s definitely worth checking out. The search feature allows you to filter by salary, the date the job was listed, location, and more.
Verblio used to be Blogmutt. This website is a monthly subscription for their clients, so they need new content every month. As a new writer, you’ll fill out a short form so you can get started. As you complete jobs and get excellent reviews, you can access higher-paying writing jobs.
I’ve never personally used the platform, but the process seems fairly simple. You find a job from one of their many clients. Then you’ll research the topic and write articles keeping good SEO practices in mind.
Then you write the content, submit it, and earn a review. The more experienced you are, the more access to writing jobs you have. They pay weekly, which is nice.
Facebook is a great place to find freelance writing jobs for beginners. It’s also a great place to network with people, which can lead to great writing opportunities. I’ve seen people post jobs in Facebook groups before they post them publicly.
If you network with people, they may tag you when they see opportunities that fit you. There are groups dedicated to freelance writing jobs such as Freelance Writing Jobs, Female Freelance Writers, Successful Freelance Writing Moms.
24. Working Nomads
Working Nomads is a unique job board that has remote work for freelancers. Digital nomad jobs are just a small part of these job boards; it’s worth looking at. Check out the categories on the left side of the page, and you’ll see one for writing jobs.
FlexJobs is one of the largest job sites out there. The jobs are for digital nomads or flexible positions that may offer the opportunity to work from home occasionally.
It’s not exclusively for writers. It posts jobs from almost every industry, so it’s a large database like Indeed. I’ve seen plenty of listing for freelance writing jobs for beginners and experienced writers.
The only difference is that FlexJobs is a paid job board, but that also means the leads are higher quality and less likely to be scams. It runs about $29.95 for three months, $14.95 for one month, or $45.95 for the year.
FlexJobs is worth paying the money because there are a lot more positions listed compared to some other job boards.
26. Freelance Writer’s Den
Freelance Writer’s Den goes hand in hand with Carol Tice’s Make a Living Writing Website. Carol Tice is an amazing mentor for other writers. I was actually part of the Freelance Writer’s Den, and it’s so much more than a job board.
There are many free classes you can take to up your freelance writing game. You even get chances for guest posting on her site if you’re a member. They periodically announce it, and I was able to write a post about pushing past your fears to be a successful freelance writer.
Unfortunately, the Freelance Writer’s Den only opens up a couple of times a year. You can get on the waiting list, and it costs $25 a month, but it’s well worth it to get access to the great job board and training.
It’s the perfect place to find online writing tips and freelance writing jobs for beginners.
Glassdoor is another large job board that advertises traditional jobs as well as remote positions. It’s unique in that you can see reviews of the businesses left by people who worked there or still do.
You can see just what issues you may run into but remember reviews can be biased. However, they can also provide a lot of information about the company. You can also see salary details to see what content creators in different industries make.
Some industries pay better than others. Glassdoor includes freelance writing jobs for beginners and more seasoned writers as well. So, it’s not just a great job board, it also provides valuable information to help your job hunt.
Google can connect you with job postings if you type in your topic and freelance writer. You might be surprised what pops up. You may find company websites with job postings or forums.
Now, it may be a little more difficult to separate out the freelance writing jobs for beginners but you’ll definitely see plenty of writing jobs. You can also search publications that accept pitches from beginning freelance writers.
Final Thoughts on Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
This list of places to find online writing jobs is not exhaustive by any means. The ones I’ve listed are for both beginning and experienced writers. There are other job boards out there, and many of those are for more advanced writers.
I wanted to take a second to address the websites that give salaries such as $39,000-$54,000. One of those platforms advertised a writing job salary with a company that I know is almost impossible to make.
So, when they say you can make $54,000 a year, don’t let it fool you because that’s usually for full-time hours, and there are not always enough projects available for full-time work. It’s just something to keep in the back of your mind.
The best thing you can do when looking for freelance writing jobs for beginners, especially when you start, is to develop a routine. You may want to search as soon as you get up in the morning and apply or pitch.
Setting a specific number of jobs that you’ll apply for is great and makes sure you keep the momentum going.
Expect to get many rejections, and many companies won’t even reply back. It’s okay, well, I mean, it can be soul-crushing but try not to take it personally.
Good things are in store for you, and you’re going to land some great gigs, increase your experience, and up your prices so you can live the life you’ve always dreamed of—the Writer’s life, of course.