Best Resource Websites For Freelance Writers
With the growing necessity of small, medium, and large business to have a strong online presence, writing opportunities are on the rise. But as the demand increases for content writing, so does the competition for writing jobs.
It is important that you match your writing skills and interests with the right opportunities if you want to get the gig. Take time to research opportunities thoroughly - it will be good preparation for when you will have to research the topics you will be writing about.
Although writers do network themselves and share leads, the best place way to find work is to be prepared and be aggressive. The more jobs you look at, the choosier you can be. You may need to take small, less exciting and lower paying assignments at first, but the more you make a name for yourself as a reliable writer and easy person to work with, the more likely it is that soon clients will be seeking you.
Where To Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online
Beware of scam sites - there are plenty out there. While it is reasonable for a website to ask you to pay to advertise your services, rates, and availability, stay away from any site that asks you to pay them for leads, or that asks you to complete assignments without a contract.
Here are a few great sites that offer real opportunities to help get you started.
About.com: Owned by the New York Times, About.com hires subject experts, called "Guides" to write about specific topics. A dynamic community, About.com's openings change frequently so if you do not see a topic right for you now, be sure to keep checking. Currently, About.com has many openings for its Spanish sites. If you are bilingual or fluent in Spanish be sure to check out current openings.
Freelance Switch: Find writing jobs for businesses, trade magazines, news feeds, blogs, websites, ads, and even content for search engine optimization. Post an ad or browse writing gig opportunities.
Writerfind.com: Browse through ads calling for everything from editors to magazine articles to ghostwriting projects. A great site to find hot picks.
JournalismJobs.com: This is a tidy little site for writers looking for freelance writing jobs with an emphasis on journalism. Also featured on the site is a section on fellowships, awards and contests, and even online classes.
MediaBistro.com: Generous and regularly updated job listings for just about every industry that requires writing of some kind: sales and advertising, marketing, design, online publications, social apps and gaming, educational materials, web development and much more.
About Freelance Writing: Run by writer (and ghost-writer, yes, she is available for hire) Anne Wayman, this website is rich with ideas, strategies, and tips for writers of all levels. Learn how to set fees, find leads for writing gigs, and you can even submit guest posts to help you start branding yourself as a writer. Wayman offers her own ebooks as well as suggestions and resources for self-publishing your own book.
Bloggerjobs.biz: Yes, there are plenty of opportunities for bloggers, but there are many other writing jobs online posted on this site as well. The day I visited, there were ads for content writers, website proofreaders, and even a call for search engine optimization (SEO) experts to tie in content to links and SEO work.