Searching for online writing jobs is often the thing that most freelance writers struggle with.
I’ve been there.
Content mills like Textbroker, Writers Bay etc sound like the perfect way to start earning money – once you’re signed up you don’t need to keep pitching, there’s the opportunity of constant gigs and you’re getting paid to work from home.
So, whats the problem? Crappy pay, being undervalued and no opportunity for progression.
Trust me, content mills are not the way to start a freelance writing career. I remember signing up to a content mill when I first started and getting a shitty $5 for a 250 word product description. Not good.
If you’re currently relying on content mills for an income, don’t worry! I’m here to let you know there’s an alternative route.
Searching for online writing jobs and constant pitching sounds exhausting. I hear ya! It can be a little tedious at times. However, knowing where the best places to find online writing jobs are will save you a lot of time and effort!
Here are 5 ways to find online writing jobs (that pay well)
You’ve probably heard of Problogger before – that’s because it’s one of the better job boards out there. Typically, the majority of online writing jobs on here pay relatively well because companies have to pay to list their job. I have seen a few low paying gigs on here in recent months so it’s best to check each listing carefully.
The big problem with this job board is that there is a lot of competition. That’s not to say you won’t land jobs – I’ve scored a couple of gigs from here over the years so it can definitely be done. Just make sure you write a strong pitch and include your best samples of work when applying.
Twitter is a massively underrated platform for finding content jobs online. When it comes to using Twitter as a freelance writer, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Firstly, you need to optimize your profile. That means you need to mention you’re a freelance writer and the niche you specialize in. For example, take a look at my profile below.
Notice how I have my email address in my profile so people can contact me. I also link to my blogs as well as my writer’s website. I definitely recommend linking to your professional website or portfolio as this is what potential clients will search for. I also have a clear photograph of myself and my location is specified.
Did you know you can also search for jobs via Twitter? I’ve even scored a job this way.
You won’t find leads every day but a regular search often brings up a few opportunities. Take a look at the results below after I searched for tech writer needed.
I suggest searching for ‘writers required’, ‘copywriters required’, ‘freelance writer’, ‘looking for a writer’ and using your niche like ‘finance writer’, ‘medical writer’ etc. to find relevant results.
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LinkedIn is a goldmine for finding online writing jobs. Again, to use LinkedIn, it’s best to optimize your profile by stating your niche and that you are a professional writer. Take a look at mine below.
I suggest filling your profile out completely – you can link to samples of your work, state any jobs that you’ve had, mention your blog/s and link to your portfolio or writers website. Now, I’ve linked to my blog in my headline, but I recommend linking to your writer’s website here unless your blog is associated with your niche. For instance, if you’re a health writer and you have a health blog, that fits perfectly.
While LinkedIn has a job section, you probably won’t find the many freelance opps here. The best way to find writing jobs is to type in ‘looking for a writer’ or ‘looking for a copywriter’ in the search bar and then clicking on posts.
Change the search results to latest and scroll through – here you’ll find clients who have posted an update looking for writers. Some of these jobs are location based so it’s best to check before applying. You can then send the client a message or email to learn more about the project.
Just like Twitter, Facebook can be highly effective in your search for freelance writing clients. To use Facebook in your job search, I suggest joining groups. The Cult of Copy Job Board is one of the best for job opportunities – this board is perfect for those with sales copywriting skills as clients are often searching for writers who can create adverts, sales funnels etc. However, jobs for article and blog posts do come up from time to time.
Also, make sure you join my Facebook Group here *shameless plug* as I post job opportunities at least once a week and any personal leads I have will be shared here too.
Other communities to join include those aimed at freelance writers or freelancers in general as these may include creative entrepreneurs searching for a writer or freelance writers who are looking to share their leads or job load with others.
Online writing platforms have a bad reputation but there are a few new kids on the block who are looking to change that. NDash is a writing platform that promises higher levels of pay.
It’s free to join and once you sign up, you can complete a profile, add your niche and some writing samples. As well as paid assignments, there is also a list of companies you can cold pitch to. These companies are signed up to the NDash platform so this may be ideal if you want to get started cold pitching but are a little nervous.
On the paid assignments dashboard, you are required to send a pitch to apply. You’ll then hear back if you’ve been successful or not. Current assignment pay varies from $60 to $120 for articles but web copy assignments are much higher. I recommend signing up and having a browse around the site. Generally, more technical topics seem to be in demand when it comes to the paid assignments but there are a variety of companies on board to cold pitch to.
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