These days, many bloggers make money from their websites. If you’re not at the point where you’re thinking about making money from blogging, you might be pleased to know that there are other ways to work from home and make an income. I’ve been a full-time freelance writer for almost 4 years and I had zero experience in writing, other than on my blog, when I first started. A lot of people ask me how they can become a freelance writer and where they can find good freelance writing jobs online. Well, grab a cuppa as this might be a long one – here, I share some of my favourite places to find freelance writing jobs online, as well as a few pointers on how you can get started. Whether you’re searching for a new way to make some extra cash, or are thinking about writing full-time, these handy hints will help.
The best places to find freelance writing jobs online
ProBlogger – this is one of the main sites for finding freelance writing jobs. You’ll find quite a few vacancies on here but the pay can differ, so its always best to check each post carefully. The key to being successful on here is to apply quickly as a lot of writers use this site. Take a look at towards the end of this post for tips on how to apply.
BloggingPro – this is another great job board with new vacancies posted each day. I’ve found that the overall pay rate tends to be slightly higher than ProBlogger and there’s a wide range of jobs available.
All Freelance Writing – this site doesnt get updated as much as others, but there are some well paid jobs on here. Like ProBlogger, its best to apply as soon as you see the vacancy as some of these jobs are often posted elsewhere.
Freelance Writing Gigs – this sites gets updated with lots of jobs Monday to Friday. Some of these jobs are from Craigslist but don’t let that put you off. I’ve scored a few well-paid writing gigs via this website.
Online Writing Jobs – this is a great site with a range of writing jobs. You can also receive a daily newsletter to your inbox with the newest jobs.
People Per Hour – this website is a freelance marketplace where you can bid for jobs and advertise your own services. Alongside writing jobs, you’ll find other opportunities like social media, design and editing. The jobs on here tend to be on the lower paid side. However, if you’re just starting out and looking to increase your experience, you may be interested in some of the vacancies.
Writing guest posts for payment
Another brilliant way to get paid for your writing is to write guest posts. Bamidele’s post on sites that offer guest posting opportunities provides some food for thought. I also suggest googling your favourite topic and ‘write for us’ as this brings up many websites where you can guest post – not all of these will be paid opportunities so its best to check the site. Guest posting is a brilliant way to increase your writing experience and build a portfolio.
If you fancy guest posting, you’ll have to write and email a pitch. Many sites have guidelines on their website to let you know what exactly they’re looking for. Usually, they’ll ask you to send an idea of what your post would include – emailing a title and bullet points outlining your idea is perfectly fine. If the respondent is interested in your post, they’ll normally email you back and ask you to write the article in full. Some websites may ask you to write the article and send it as a pitch. In this case, you can always re-pitch the article and/or use it in your portfolio if it doesnt initially get picked up.
How to apply for freelance writing jobs
So, you might be wondering how to apply for a freelance writing job. Honestly, sending applications seems overwhelming at first, but once you get used to emailing and biggin yourself up (seriously, don’t be afraid to show how awesome you are!), you’ll become a confident pitcher.
Firstly, you need to introduce yourself and mention your writing background. If you have no official writing experience but have your own blog, this is the perfect chance for you to showcase your blogging skills. If you dont have a blog, you can find out how to start one here.
I’m Zoe, an experienced blogger and editor. My personal website XXX features the latest fashion news, beauty products and lifestyle advice for women aged 18-30.
I’m a great fit for your writing vacancy as I have extensive knowledge of lifestyle topics, and I have experience in building an engaged audience – my post on X has over XX social shares.
You can find samples of my work here X and here X
I appreciate your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
This is a simple but effective way of applying for writing jobs. Obviously, your application email should be tailored to the vacancy in question. For instance, this example is written in response to a lifestyle writing position.
I hope this helps. Just keep your applications positive and know that searching for freelance writing jobs online is easier than it looks. You could also give social media a try too. Simply search for ‘looking for writers’ or ‘writers required’ in the Twitter search bar and it normally brings up several results.
Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!