15 Popular Places to Find Freelance Creative Writing Jobs
One of the miracles of the Internet is that it has opened all sorts of opportunities in every field imaginable, and writing is no exception. Finding freelance writing jobs has never been easier than it is today. However, despite the abundance of job postings, the good ones are hard to find and take some digging. An ideal job source is a place where there is an abundance of credible clients who are willing to pay you well and where there are enough opportunities to keep you busy
So, in no particular order, here are 15 places that make finding freelance writing jobs a snap!
ProBlogger is one of the best job boards for writers and editors. The best part about this website is that you don’t need to create a profile or sign up via email. You head over to the job board, choose the opportunity that appeals the most to you, and apply. Simple!
You will generally find website and blog owners here who are looking to hire great writers who can take their content to the next level. If you have relevant experience in their field, you stand a good chance of getting the gig. The type of jobs offered varies but is usually centered around the following list:
- Creative Writing
- Content Management
- SEO Writing
- Editing and Proofreading
- Research Projects
Pay is negotiated with the employer directly and is usually not displayed on the job post. The length of the assignment and type of content also varies by client.
In case you aren’t aware, LinkedIn is more than just a place for people to glam up their professional profiles. It is a bonafide networking supercharger! There are two parts to finding freelance writing jobs on the network. The first way is to head over to the ‘Jobs’ section and start searching there.
If you happen to be based in the United States, you can sign up as a professional via the ProFinder app on their website. This is a great way to get in touch with companies who need content written immediately and are willing to pay you for it.
Scripted is a company that is often referred to derisively as a content farm. Well, it might be one but this doesn’t mean you won’t find opportunities here. A huge reason why Scripted works is due to the fact that they screen potential writers rigorously.
This is a good thing since it means clients know they are assured quality service when they place their orders! Passing the assessment test as a writer takes a while due to the volume of applications Scripted receives. However, once accepted, you’re good to go!
The only downside to Scripted is that you will need to constantly pitch ideas to clients when starting out and this makes your job flow a bit unsteady. It is a numbers game when starting out, in other words.
4. The Urban Writers
Hands down, this ghostwriting company is one of the best places to find a steady stream of work and good pay. The Urban Writers caters mostly to the self-publishing market and the popularity of this business model ensures that there is a huge demand for skilled ghostwriters.
Like Scripted, you will have to pass an assessment test but once you get past this, you have access to a steady stream of jobs you can choose from. This is a great way of finding gigs since you can pick and choose your desired level of income and work accordingly.
Put simply, it removes the headache of sending job proposals or trying to figure out how much you need to bid in order to win a contract.
This site works much like Scripted. You sign up to their website and pass an assessment test. Once you pass this test, you can pitch jobs to potential clients or you can apply to existing job listings. Generally speaking, this sort of website caters more towards non-fiction writers. Despite that, there are some good opportunities here.
If you’re specifically looking for freelance creative writing jobs, the next option might work best for you.
Upwork gets a lot of hate from the freelancing community and, in some cases, this might be justified. However, if you dedicate yourself to it, you will find success here. For the first $500 you bill on the platform per client, Upwork takes a 20% commission. After that, it gradually reduces all the way down to 5% over a total billing amount of $10,000.
You will have to take some low paying work in the beginning to build your profile. Once this is done though, you will find steady work and invitations from clients to bid on projects, which makes it very easy to line up your job flow.
7. Writer’s Work
Writer’s Work is a fully integrated platform that offers clients the opportunity to find quality writers for their content needs. The best part about Writer’s Work is that they fully assist you in skill development on their platform and help you create and upgrade your portfolio.
On the flip side, you will have to pay a membership fee of $47 (one time) to join. For the opportunity on offer, it’s worth it.
Yeah, you’re probably snickering at this but Craigslist is a gold mine for landing potential clients. There are all sorts of posts here and odds are you’ll find something in your niche, no matter how esoteric it is. On the other hand, the job postings are not curated so you’re likely to be met with a few duds.
The other annoying thing is you’ll need to browse opportunities by city, which makes searching for a job a bit tedious.
9. Constant Content
This option is the one where you will likely earn the highest amount for your work. However, it is also the toughest place to get into. Constant Content is a marketplace for clients looking for writers and offers writers a variety of options with regards to retaining rights for your work.
In effect, you can become a ghostwriter when working here. Not sure what ghostwriters do? Click here to learn how you can ghostwrite a cookbook!
10. Freelance Writers Den
This is a well-known website that is run by the writer Carol Tice. Amongst other things, it features a job board where you will find jobs that offer good pay as well as courses and other resources you can use to build your writing career.
While the website does charge a monthly membership fee of $25, the real negative here is the fact that there is a waiting list to join and membership opens only twice a year. So, if you’re looking to get in, you’re in for a bit of a wait.
This job board is geared towards people who want some flexibility in their work lives and is not a place that is focused on writing per se. However, it is a great resource for job postings. There is usually a good volume of posts, which means you will find something that interests you.
Like the previous option, this is a paid resource and will cost you $15.95 per month to subscribe to. Some of the jobs here are likely not exclusive to FlexJobs but the quality of clients is pretty good and beginner writers will find this resource useful.
iWriter is a great place for beginner writers to get a foothold and to build their portfolio quickly. The assessment test on this website is pretty easy to pass and, once you’re in, you’ll be able to bid on the huge list of jobs they have. When starting out, your pay is going to be low and you’ll keep just 65% of the overall pay rate.
However, as your rating increases, you’ll find that clients can request for you and that increases your earning potential massively.
Listverse is the premier home of the good ol’ listicle. The site pays you $100 for a 10 point listicle. Usually, they look for humor mixed with pop culture events. Of course, the downside is that you might have your article rejected and not get paid.
While this isn’t a traditional ‘job’, it still is a good way to make some extra cash.
14. All Freelance Writing
This is the oldest job board on the list, having been around since 2006. All Freelance Writing is particularly great for beginner writers to get their feet wet. The jobs that are posted are rated on the basis of a pay category, which ranges from ‘very low’ to ‘pro’. The number of job listings aren’t huge but it is still a great resource for you to find good freelance writing gigs.
15. Online Writing Jobs/Quality Gal
Online Writing Jobs changed its name in the recent past but the number and quality of jobs on offer remain the same. This website is focused entirely on the U.S market and while the pay rates are on the lower side, the job posts here are real and from good quality clients.
Finding great creative writer jobs online can be tough but these 15 resources will help you get started on the right path. Remember, every single one of these places allows you to build a client list and to network your way forward. Ultimately, this is what will guarantee a steady flow of jobs and money, month in and month out.
So, go ahead and check these resources out, and good luck with your writing!