27 Simple Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner) - Elna Cain (2023)

Are you ready to find freelance writing jobs right now?

The thought of freelance writing tickles your imagination, but you have absolutely no clue how to start, where to look or how to do this successfully.

Well, I’m here to tell you that starting as a freelance writer is possible, and easier than you think.

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I’ve been a successful freelance writer for almost a decade now, and I’ve seen first hand what works and what doesn’t.

I spent countless hours stalking other successful writers, making mistakes along the way.

My goal was simple — find out how to attract high-paying clients and build a lucrative side hustle as a freelance writer.

Good news!

You don’t have to go through all of that hassle.

I want to share with you my tips on how to be a paid writer with ease, even if you’re just getting started.

27 Simple Ways to Start Landing Work as a Writer

Just to let you know, these 27 ways to find freelance writing jobs are the ways I used when I first started out as a freelance writer.

So they are proven tactics for beginner writers who want to do this to supplement their income.

Let’s get to it!

1. Start Cold Pitching

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Do you know cold pitching is a fabulous way to land recurring gig writing?

There’s much less competition and you’ll have a better chance at landing a gig when you contact clients directly.

What is cold pitching?

It’s when you contact bloggers, entrepreneurs, companies, small businesses or startups and let them know how you – a freelance writer – can help grow their business.

Yes, I know, it sounds hard (and scary) doesn’t it? Especially if you’re brand new to freelance writing. But, you know what?

It’s totally easy to do.

First you need to locate businesses to cold pitch to. Maybe you noticed they don’t have a blog – but should. Or, on Twitter you see they are trying to grow their online presence and you think your content can help with that.

You can even do a Google search for find online writing gigs.

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Once you locate these places, spend time researching them.

Some companies are huge brand and it would be difficult for a brand content writer to find a job that way. So get a Gsheet and mark some companies, but then niche down to get smaller companies that would need help with your writing. Some examples:

  • Cruelty-free beauty products
  • Eco-friendly beauty products
  • Luxury beauty products

From there, find the right person to talk to (Editor, Content Manager or the owner) and draft up a cold pitch!

This can be the hardest step and takes the longest but in the end you’ll have a list of businesses and contact information to pitch to.

In your pitch make sure to include:

  • How you found out about them
  • Who you are
  • How you can help them
  • A writing sample to demonstrate your writing skill

2. Pitch to a Job Board Ad

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If you’re new to freelance content writing and you want to find quality online writing jobs, responding to a remote job ads is your best bet.

It’s also the main way many new writers use for finding consistent work – including me!

One of my first writing jobs came from a job board for writing about automotive topics!

I tell my course students to do as it helps you gain confidence as a new freelance writer.

A bonus to using job boards over a freelance market place like Upwork or Fiverr to find remote work, is there isn’t any bidding.

Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups post job ads to freelance writing job boards and you pitch to these ads.

These sites also have a remote writing job section so make sure to check those out!

Sometimes you are asked to give your rate; other times the job ad specifies a starting rate for content.

Here is an example of a job board on a free job site, specific for freelance writers.

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While this isn’t the entire job ad, become familiar with what the writing job expect from a freelance writer.

There are paid job boards you can use but I would suggest you first start using free job boards. I was able to find my first freelance writing job writing 800-word blog posts for $100 on a free job board.

Here are the best freelance job boards to start pitching to:

Check out my step-by-step guide on an insanely fast way to find freelance writing opportunities using job boards.

As well here are other roundups for more writing job boards that are packed with thousands of writing opportunities:

Check out one of my pitches that landed me the job and notice that I even quoted a job board that doesn’t exist (boy was I brand new to all of this!)

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3. Follow Tweets From Job Boards

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Did you know social media can be a goldmine for landing gigs? I didn’t know either until it happened to me several times.

Twitter is a great place to find freelance writing jobs quickly and it’s a great way to build relationships with potential clients.

And by following certain freelance writing job boards you won’t be hard-pressed trying to land a gig during a dry spell. For example, I found this tweet recently:

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Want to know which job boards I follow:

Don’t forget to follow other freelance writers (like me) to get notified of new job postings. I’ll repost or post new jobs I see online to help you!

And while you’re at it, also sign up to the free Morning Coffee newsletter. You’ll get the latest freelance writing jobs in your inbox. This is a simple way for beginning writing jobs since it’s free and you don’t need a website to start.

4. Use Your Website

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The best way to attract high-paying clients is to have a professional looking website.

And, it’s how I can make a living doing this almost a decade later!d

But, if you are just starting out, this may not be an option for you right off the bat.

Maybe you have a personal blog that you’ve built during your spare time. You can definitely use your site to offer your freelance writing services…in the beginning.

Eventually, though, to really ramp up your business you’ll want to invest in a self-hosted WordPress siteand create a professional looking writer website.

*Check out my super simple, techy-freestep-by-step tutorial to start a blog for your business (there’s even a video to show you how to start your website).

Don’t think a brand spanking new writer can do this?

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Just take a look at my course participants’ websites after taking my complete freelance writing course:

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And if you want to get away from churning out 500 word posts for a measly $20, this is the route you go.

I teach in-depth the precise pages to have on your site and the type of copy that attracts prospects in my course – since I know having a strong writer website is essential to a successful business.

For many years my little writer website has drummed up hundreds of leads and multiple tens of thousands of dollars.

5. Use a Business Card

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Yes, I know the bulk of your freelance content writing jobs will be online but I strongly recommend sourcing gigs locally.

It’s important – before you leap into freelance writing – to be ready at all times for potential writing gigs in your day-to-day life.

This means creating business cards that you can quickly give to small businesses while you grocery shop or head to the salon.

This was one of the first things I did and got to work with a printing company and a potential newspaper!

I contacted an editor of my local newspaper and they set up a time to meet with me.

I drove to my downtown city and met up with a journalist editor and he told me they needed writers do go to events and write about the events.

While I found this fascinating and a fun writing job, I declined since my twins were quite young and I wanted to stay home mostly since our car wasn’t that reliable at the time!

Doing this can help secure your first samples as a new writer.

You may also end up finding another writer in your town! I’ve met two freelance writers where I live and meet up with one of them regularly!

When you decide to quit your 9-5 job to do freelance writing full-time, let your work and coworkers know. They may end up being your first client and can provide you with your first testimonial!

Once your community knows, start sourcing local writing jobs.

6. Guest Post (For Free!)

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What? How can writing for free pay off?

The quickest answer is that when you guest post on popular sites hundreds and thousands of people will see your writing.

This is exactly what I did to gain my first samples and that led me to finding my a writing job.

Even several years later, I am still pitching for guest post opportunities.

So far, recently, I’ve guest posted for Good Men Project and Addicted2Success.

And you can bet one of those readers is a potential client.

Pitching to job ads is great, but if you don’t have a good set of samples – especially from pieces published on other people’s sites – it will be hard to land a quality client, but not impossible.

I didn’t have any published articles or samples when I landed my first quality writing gig, so it can happen, but it’s difficult.

So, where do you guest post? It’s up to you. You can do a quick Google search, “niche + write for us” and see what happens.

This is the result for, “parent blog + write for us”

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You’ll see roundups of all parenting blogs that accept a guest post and ones that are just the website that is accepting guest writers.

Visit their guest post guidelines and pitch your post idea!

And don’t forget to spend a few minutes drafting your author bio.

This is the best piece of copy you have to convince readers to come over to your site. I use several different author bios depending on where I am guest posting. Here’s an example of an optimized bio.

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7. Network With Others (Freelancers and More)

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You know, the best thing you can do for your new freelance writing biz is to network with other freelancers like other writers, VA’s, coaches, your current boss, and more.

Remember, we are all in this together and it isn’t a competition!

When I first started, I reached out to a few freelance writers (that I was stalking at the time!) and asked them their opinion on a starting rate. While most said go with your gut, I was grateful for their interaction and their patience with my numerous questions.

A few months later, I had another freelance writer refer work to me! How amazing was that? In fact, one writer introduced me to my ideal client and I can’t thank her enough!

I then began connecting with other VA’s and bloggers and landed blog writing jobs from that!

And now, when I’m swamped and can’t take on more freelance writing work, I offer mycourse students first dibs on potential jobs! It’s a win-win when you network.

So, if you’ve been following a freelance writer – ahem, me! – go ahead and reach out them.

But, you can network with friends, family, past bosses and more.

Writeto1k student Ciara Williams broke into freelance writing by letting her friends and family know all about it.

I gained my first clients by sharing my content writing (that soon expanded to include content creation) business with family & friends! I have several friends who ownbusinesses. Two of them are sisters who were in need of content writing & content creation services. I provided content for their blog, newsletters, & social media. I enjoyed the variety & the experience provided me with different types of content to add to my portfolio (I already had writing clips from published work).

8. Start Warm Pitching

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Hold up! Didn’t I start this post by telling you to cold pitch and now I want you to start warm pitching. What changed?

Well, to maximize your chances at landing a quality writing gig, you need to work both ends – indirect and direct approaches.

While cold pitching is a direct way to land work, warm pitching, on the other hand, is a more indirect and slower way.

It all centers around creating relationships with brands and business.

For example, when I find a business in my niche, I follow them and Like their Facebook fan page. That way I can keep an eye on them and engage with their posts when I can.

So, if they tweet out a post on their blog, I’ll read it and then respond in hopes of getting on a prospect’s radar:

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Over time, if I nurture this relationship, I could land a freelance writing job easily.

This approach also plays well on Instagram. I started to use Instagram for my email copywriting service and it has proved to be highly successful in landing work simply by connecting with clients.

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As you can see from my DM on Instagram I watched this coaches live and she asked about my email writing service. Oh yay! That one thing brought in a ton of email writing work!

9. Say You’re For Hire

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How easy is this? If you have a social media profile – which you should! – advertise that you’re for hire. It seems obvious but many new freelance writers don’t state whether or not they are for hire.

Prospects won’t know if you have time to take on more clients so when you tell them you are for hire, it just makes it easier for them to consider you.

Also, it lets other freelance writers know that you are available for writing work.

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Early on when I first started freelance writing, I was lucky enough to land a writing job from simply saying I was for hire. A prospect messaged me on LinkedIn and told me another writer had referred me to him.

I had no clue who this writer was, so I messaged her back and asked how my name came up in their conversation. She had replied by saying my “for hire” signature had alerted her that I was looking for work! Presto, landed a gig!

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10. Visit Local Printing and Design Companies

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Another great way to land consistent writing work is to contact your local printing and web design companies. Sure, you can go to your business district and let the local dentist or local pet shop owner know that you’re a writer for hire, but this takes a lot of time out of your day.

A quick way around this is to visit only web design companies and let them know there’s a writer available. These businesses have a full roster of clients that need web content.

This is what I did early on in my freelance writing career and it’s helped with finding consistent work.

11. Pitch Your Story

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For many print journalists and writers, when they decide to go online and freelance, they stick to writing for publications and selling their stories.

While this can be extremely lucrative (for publication you can get upwards to a $1 or more per word), it’s highly inconsistent and it takes months to get paid.

But, it’s still a great option for writers. All Freelance Writing has a library of publications that accept and pay for submissions.

Many sites pay for your story too! Do a Google search for “publication pay submission” or “magazine pay submission” for ideas. Generally you have to cold pitch your story idea first and then pitch each additional time for subsequent stories. This will help you gain freelance work for writers.

12. Join Facebook Groups

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There is a lot of potential for writing gigs and online jobs on Facebook. If you know the groups to join then you should have no problem finding consistent work whether you are a resume writer, copywriter, or even into creative writing!

But, this approach does take time as you are building relationships with potential leads. For me, I belong to several entrepreneurial Facebook groups and I do my best to join in on the conversation.

I might also throw out a question to see if there are entrepreneurs that need help and are overworked.

For example, I might ask, “What’s the one thing you wish was easier in your business?”

From here I’ll take a look at people’s answers and if content writing is mentioned, I’ll respond with a, “if you ever need some writing, I’m your gal!”

Some Facebook groups to join are:

It never hurts to give it a try and put yourself out there!

Many entrepreneurs aren’t aware of job boards or just don’t have the time to sift through hundreds of pitches.

If you put yourself out there in a Facebook group, you could very well end up with a gig that hour.

13. Ask for a Referral

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Okay, this way means you have to have a client already, so if you don’t, then this may not be a good way for you.

However, if you’ve landed a few clients, this would be a great time to ask for a referral.

I know, it can be scary! It was for me when I first started, but then I thought, the worst they can say is no or they can’t.

You can email a client and ask, or use social media like I have done in the past:

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Using this tactic has generated me thousands of dollars in freelance writing income and when I have a spot open for another client, I always first approach my existing clients to see if they have someone in mind for a freelance job.

And since most of my clients are quality clients, I know with confidence they will refer me to another quality client.

By the way, I did end up landing that client and love writing for them.

14. Try Journalism Jobs

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If you’re interested in doing journalism for news reporting sites as a freelance writing job, then check out Cision jobs. Cision is also HARO – Help a Reporter Out – where they connect journalists with sources, but they are sided with Gorkana Jobs.

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Cision jobs does US and UK only. Two other journalist job sites for job listings are:

Businesses in big cities often have big budgets. So do a quick search in each of these cities a couple times a week and get pitching!

15. Pitch to Sites That Pay Writers

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Besides publications and magazines, there are hundreds of blogs that pay for your guest post.

What? Why did I tell you earlier to guest post for free when you can get paid to guest post?

Landing a paid guest spot is a bit more challenging than landing a free guest spot.

So, while you’re building your portfolio with guest posts, you can also pitch to job ads and paid guest blogs to earn some cash and gain beginner writing jobs.

To get started, check out this post on 50 High-Paying Sites that Pay For Your Writing. You can also go on Pinterest or search in Google for blogs that pay for guest posts.

Personally, I never used this approach only because it’s a one-off gig. You write the piece, pitch, wait to see if it’s approved, then get paid a few weeks later. Then you do it all over again.

I’d rather pitch to guest posts for free while pitching to job boards and landing recurring gigs for more consistent pay.

16. LinkedIn Jobs

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Did you know LinkedIn has a job board for writing opportunities?

I never did until recently. I have no idea why because I do spend a considerable amount of time networking on LinkedIn.

Go to their job board and all you do is put in your job (“writer”) and see what pops up.

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You can be more specific too – freelance resume writer or freelance technical writer – too see more results.

You’ll find blog writing jobs, content writing jobs, copywriting jobs and more on LinkedIn.

From here you can decide how you want to approach these businesses – use a warm pitch or a cold pitch. If you have the time to invest in building a relationship and you have clients already, I would use a warm pitch approach. But, if you are itching to land work now, go ahead and add these places to your list to cold pitch.

Another way you can use LinkedIn to find more freelance writing jobs is your profile.

Check out this video to see exactly what I mean (and subscribe to my YouTube channel when you have a chance!).

Finally, engaging on LinkedIn consistently can win you a writing job, even if you neglected it for a while. This is what Sabahet Amjad did.

It was back in mid 2019, I decided to check out my long lost LinkedIn profile and posted a few things – BAM!

17. Use a Content Agency

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Okay, I don’t mean any content agency like a content mill (like Writer Access). The big ones usually don’t pay well and the work isn’t the greatest. Instead, as a freelancer you want to look for smaller content agencies.

For example, Tom Ewer of Leaving Work Behind, has a small content agency called WordCandy. They’re in the WordPress space and are always looking for writers.

The advantages to working with a small content agency is:

  • Usually better pay
  • More job opportunities in your niche
  • Better training
  • 1:1 support

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18. Use a Freelance Writer Directory

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Did you know these exist? They do! Well I only know of one but it’s a good one and you never know right?

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The point is, when you’re just starting out as a freelance writer, you need to put yourself out there if you want more employment opportunities.

So by guest posting, pitching, being on social media and in directories, you are everywhere at all times. This increases your chances of a prospect finding you and hiring you!

ProBlogger has a free Candidate Dashboard where you can create your online freelance writing resume.

Here’s Kara Fortier’s profile:

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This might be worth a shot for you so give it a try!

For a paid option you can check out the Freelance Writers Den. It is a subscription-based program with training, forums and support.

19. Reddit

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Reddit is another social media site where you can find more freelance writing opportunities and post that you are a writer looking for gigs.

And don’t think you’ll only find low-paying gigs on Reddit. I recently saw this on their subreddit /r/HireAWriter.

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Other subreddits to pay attention to:

  • /r/ForHire – a place for companies and entrepreneurs who are hiring for project based work. This isn’t specific to freelance writing so you’ll have to sort through the postings. You can also advertise your services in this subreddit.
  • /r/WritingOpportunities – is where you can find publications that pay writers for submissions.

Check out how one Writeto1k student is using Reddit for freelance writing.

Aaron says you can find even gaming writing jobs too!

“For role playing games, videos games, book series, etc. Companies simply need a foundation for their characters and events. Including detailed map jobs for artists, they need writers for with descriptions. Including Character descriptions. The opportunity for WRITING is endless! Just gotta be at the right place at the right time.”

20. “Wow” Your Clients and Make More Money!

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I’ve talked a lot on my blog (and over on FreelancerFAQs) about wowing your clients.

If you can free up time for your clients or make them more money with your content, you’ll probably make more money too.

How?

Well, one of my clients asked me to write for several of his other blogs not because I produce the best content, but because I also format my content for easy uploading and readability, I provide the most up-to-date stats and facts in my posts and I’m easy to work with!

I have clients telling me all the time that I’m their go-to writer. Because of this, I don’t have to pitch every day; if I wow my clients, they’ll give me more projects.

It’s as simple as that if you want to be a successful freelance writer!

21. Use a Job Search Website

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While the twenty ways I’ve shown you are a mix of hustling, looking and pitching, you can also do most of your prospecting for some online writing jobs by simply using job search sites!

From Indeed to We Work Remotely to Zip Recruiter and more, there are dozens of online job websites waiting for you to sign up and start looking for your first writing gig.

These are the traditional job sites I’m sure you know but there are ones that are for remote workers, freelancers of all kind and of course, writing and copywriting jobs for you!

Many of these job sites have you sign up to their platform for free and have you upload your resume (which I suggest you create one yourself that is for your writing business).

22. Use Medium

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Are you on Medium?

Medium is a solid way to create writing samples and have a portfolio for prospects to look at your writing and hire you.

You can also use your Medium articles to share and get in front of your ideal clients.

Many of my Writeto1k students have shared their Medium articles on LinkedIn and have caught the eyes of new clients and landed writing gigs!

If you are unfamiliar with Medium, it’s a free content platform for writers, authors, bloggers, celebrities and business owners.

It’s free to sign up, but if you want to submit your articles to publications you do need to sign up to the Medium Partner platform, which costs $5/month.

23. At School

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Are you in college? You might be able to land a freelance writing job if you are connected with your network.

This is what Ashlyn Needham had happened to her.

I had a very unique way of landing my first client! I was a junior in college (an English major), and the department chair sent out an email to every English student informing us about a company in Connecticut looking for students to intern remotely with them as freelance writers. The email had an attached application, so I filled it out and was hired as one of their writers! I wrote pet articles for $30 an article and did this for about two years.

24. Circling Back

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Look –

Landing that first freelance writing job takes persistence.

You have to keep on pitching and keep on circling back.

This is how Writeto1k student Caitlin Lemon had to do to secure her first writing client.

I’d been talking to a company about freelance work. They talked about possibly doing a trial piece for free. But then their writer bailed two days before a deadline. So I asked them to pay me to do the piece. And they agreed.

25. Having A Blog

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While a writer website is the best tool to have to land writing projects online, a great second way is having a blog. This can be attached to your writer website or be a second website you have (like me. I have my Innovative writer website and this blog).

Clients have told me that they found my blog post, read it and contacted me for blog writing or SEO writing.

And I’m not the only one where a blog has attracted the right client.

Freelancer Nsisong Pro said,

I had a blog where I wrote regularly, they loved my work and reached out.

Your blog can have blog posts topics that is your writing niche or not.

This blog is not my writing niche (digital marketing) but prospective clients read my content, see how engaging my writing is based on comments and shares and see my writing skills in action.

26. Craigslist

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Yes, Craigslist isn’t the first thing you think about when you are trying to find a writing gig. But, it’s these types of sites and places that can be a goldmine for a new freelancer. This is exactly what happened to Lizzie Davey.

My first official client was through Craigslist of all places 😂 but I worked with them for about 18 months and I really enjoyed it! My actual first client was my ex-boss who I did some freelance work for just after I quit.

Craigslist definitely has freelance work for writers so make sure to check the listings more consistently.

27. More Than One Portfolio

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I have a secret to tell you –

This is something I tell my students so this is a big one!

If you want beginning writing jobs then you need to APPEAR everywhere online.

Why? Because it will make you look established and prolific – even if you are new writer.

And a simple way to appear everywhere is to have more than one portfolio site.

This is where you house your writing samples and while the BEST portfolio is on your writer website, feel free to set up a portfolio on:

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This way you will attract a bigger pool of potential clients that want to hire you and you can gain work as a writer! Simple and easy for sure!

Common Freelance Writing Jobs Questions

Still unsure if freelance writing or landing a freelance writing job is for you?

Check out these common questions and answers about freelance writing and online jobs to help you decide!

1. Are Freelance Writing Jobs Legit?

I’m not going to lie here – but, there are job scams out there as well as sucky clients.

Common red flags to look out for include a job ad wanting bulk writing projects or want you to write like an influencer or popular person in the industry.

These types of freelance writing jobs don’t pay well and the client doesn’t value your worth as a writer. They see you as a commodity instead of a value perspective.

Another red flag that an online writing job is a scam is if they want you to write a free sample.

This can be their way of gathering unique content for free. If a job ad asks for a unique sample (not one you already have), ensure they pay for it or you write one that is under 500 words.

But, overall, the majority of writing jobs out there are legit! In all the years of freelance writing, I’ve never ran into a scam or client that never paid.

2. What Kinds of Freelance Writing Jobs are There?

There are many types of writing jobs out there and that is a good thing for you!

Some popular types of freelance writing jobs are:

  • Ghostwriting – these types of writing jobs are credited to another person. These can prove to be highly lucrative writing gigs.
  • Blogging jobs – blogging jobs are the easiest and most recurring type of writing job there is.
  • Copywriting jobs – write sales pages, landing page copy or a company’s next marketing campaign.

You can also offer other types of freelance services and gain other jobs like: transcription jobs, proofreading jobs, editing jobs, and typing jobs.

3. What do Freelance Writing Jobs Pay?

Freelance writing jobs are so varied in the type of work that’s being asked, so the pay for article writing vary drastically.

Typical blogging gigs run anywhere from $50-$1,000 a post.

Email writing jobs average a few hundred per email.

Ghostwriting an eBook can start at $15,000.

The higher the rate, the more established you are to command that type of freelance rate.

4. Can Anyone do Freelance Writing?

I believe most people can be a freelance writer even if you know nothing about content marketing. Of course, if you hate writing or you struggle with writing, then freelance writing isn’t for you.

But, if you’ve always enjoyed writing, are creative and are able to work on you own and be your own boss, then you can definitely be a freelance writer.

5. Can You Make Money Freelance Writing?

Yes! I was able make my first $1,000 within months of starting and after years of doing this, I’m still able to stay home, keep my husband home and make a living as a writer!

6. How Does Freelance Writing Work?

Typically the process of landing your first freelance writing job goes like this:

  • You pitch to a job ad
  • The marketer responsible emails you back and asks for more information (like your rate and if you two could chat)
  • You negotiate a good rate for yourself and either accept the gig or give them a service agreement (some writers also ask for half their pay upfront for each project).
  • You’re given a deadline and either a topic idea (or one you have to come up with) and you get writing!
  • When done you proofread it, use an editing tool like Grammarly, proofread it a bunch of times, properly format it and send it off (or upload your piece to your client’s WordPress website).
  • You email your client that you submitted your piece and ask for feedback and let them know you will invoice them.
  • You invoice them and get paid!

7. Who Pays for Freelance Writing?

Many types of businesses and people hire freelance writers.

The most common are small business owners and big brands.

They post a job posting mainly for blog writing.

My main type of client is a small business person or solopreneur. Many of my clients own multiple sites as well.

Some freelance writers only work with coaches, while others only work with credit card companies or brands.

8. What are the Highest Paying Jobs For Someone Who Loves Writing?

If you’re interested in freelance writing jobs online, the highest paid writing are ones that are specialized forms of writing or need specialized skills to write on those topics.

For example, copy writing jobs are one of the highest paying writing positions, but you have to learn the art of selling and write compelling, but also, conversational writing for businesses. Companies hire copywriters to write landing pages, email funnels, sales pages, brochures, press releases and more.

But, you can learn how to write specialized forms of writing and you know what? I can help you with that on my blog. Here are some beginner posts on how to write white papers, case studies, and press releases. All of these freelance writing jobs are high paying and can start at $1,000.

9. Do You Have to Have a Degree to Be a Freelance Writer?

Nope.

I know college students who are already freelance writing as well as adults with only a high school diploma as successful freelance writers.

Look –

Businesses hire writers because THEY can’t write.

They don’t know how to write effective copy to connect with their audience. So they hire a freelance writer – you – as the expert.

And, being an expert in something doesn’t mean you have to have a degree in it! With new titles like Youtuber or Influencer, there are plenty of ways to have a side hustle without having to have a degree.

10. How Much Should I Charge for a 500-Word Article?

Currently, the length of the average blog post is around 1500-2,000 words.

If a client is asking for a 500-word article, I would wonder if they just want cheap writing.

In any case, I would give them my standard rate but for a new writer I would suggest $.10-.12/word.

11. Do You Need to Have a Freelance Writing Contract?

Yes and no.

Most business that hire freelancers have their own contract that you can sign. This is probably the most typical way you will see regarding a freelance writing contract.

If you are hired by a start up and they don’t give you a contract to sign before you write your first article, you can give them a contract but it does have to be legal. Otherwise a summary of services is okay to give to a client to ensure both of you are on the right page and no extra assignments or tasks are slipped in.

12. What is a Good Rate for Content Writing Jobs?

Your freelance rate is based on many factors like your location, your writing niche and the client or business hiring you.

If you work for a startup, expect to get paid little for your writing. However, if you land entry level freelance writing jobs with companies that have 50 employers or more, then your rates will be higher.

I typically tell my students to charge between $.10 – $.12/word. For the standard you can check out the latest freelance writing stats.

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27 Simple Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs (As a Beginner) - Elna Cain? ›

Even with little or no experience, you can make $1,000 or more per month as a freelance writer in a short period of time. But that's just the beginning! Some of the go getters I know earn as much as $100K- $200K a year from freelance copywriting jobs (more about that below)!

How to find freelance writing work as a beginner? ›

How to Find Entry-Level Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
  1. Rewrite local small-business websites.
  2. Find abandoned business blogs.
  3. Write business emails.
  4. Create a newsletter or brochure.
  5. Report articles for local news media.
  6. Write for local magazines.
  7. Turn your former employer into a client.
  8. Write for local marketing agencies.

How do I start a freelance writing career with no experience? ›

10 Ways to break into freelance writing without experience
  1. Write samples. ...
  2. Find a writing agency to support you. ...
  3. Launch a blog. ...
  4. Write for friends and family. ...
  5. Network with other freelance writers. ...
  6. Get your start with a content network. ...
  7. Revise and refresh your grammar. ...
  8. Learn about SEO.

Can I make $1000 a month freelance writing? ›

Even with little or no experience, you can make $1,000 or more per month as a freelance writer in a short period of time. But that's just the beginning! Some of the go getters I know earn as much as $100K- $200K a year from freelance copywriting jobs (more about that below)!

What is a good hourly rate for a beginner freelance writer? ›

Here's a breakdown to help you gauge your per-hour rate based on your experience level: Entry Level — $15 to $30 per hour. Intermediate — $35 to $60 per hour. Experienced — $65 to $100 per hour.

How much should a beginner freelance writer charge per word? ›

We recommend beginner freelance writers charge no less than $0.05 to $0.20 per word. If you consider the example of a 1,000-word blog post, this means you'll range from $50 to $200 per post. In reality, many beginning writers make $0.01 to $0.04 per word, which is an unreasonably low fee.

Is paid online writing jobs legit? ›

Verdict: SCAM, not worth the money

All the information inside can be found for free online (check the end of this post to learn about alternatives). The training is okay, if you don't know what Freelance Writing is you will learn, but there are no secret tips that are going to make you a successful Freelance Writer.

Is it hard to get into freelance writing? ›

A freelance writing career takes hard work, good time management skills, and the ability to hustle to find new gigs. To help build a rewarding career in this field, study the twelve freelance writing tips every author should know.

Can you live off of freelance writing? ›

To answer the question, can you make a living as a freelance writer? You most certainly can. I came from nothing, with no degree or connections, and have paid my bills with it since about 1995. And I am definitely not the only one who earns a living this way.

Can I get a content writing job with no experience? ›

The good thing is that 'content writing experience' doesn't need to directly translate as actual work/job experience. There exist plenty of content writing courses online which you can include in your CV.

What type of freelance writing pays the most? ›

The healthcare and medical sector is one of the highest-paying niches in freelance writing. Content in this niche requires similar skill sets to technical writing—as well as extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry.

How can I make money writing as a side hustle? ›

Your Options for Best Ways to Earn Money Writing
  1. Author. When it comes to making money as a writer, most people think of becoming authors. ...
  2. Blogger. ...
  3. Freelancer. ...
  4. Editor. ...
  5. Ghostwriter. ...
  6. Technical writer. ...
  7. Transcriptionist. ...
  8. Proofreader.

How much can you realistically make as a freelance writer? ›

How Much Do Freelance Writer Jobs Pay per Hour?
Annual SalaryHourly Wage
Top Earners$156,000$75
75th Percentile$63,500$31
Average$60,985$29
25th Percentile$37,500$18

How much does a 1500 word article cost? ›

The most common freelance writing rate for a 1,500-word blog is $250 to $400. The most common freelance writing rate for white papers is $500 to $1000. Most freelance writers don't charge any additional fees for ghostwriting, and for those who do, most of them charge a premium amount, i.e., between 15% to 20%.

How much does a 1,000 word essay cost? ›

The low end for a 1000-word research article is around $75, while an experienced writer may charge closer to $250 or more. Blog article. Less technical articles are often quicker to write, so you may want to charge less. A 1000-word blog article averages around $50 at the lower end and $175 at the higher end.

How much is a 1500 word article? ›

What's a fair freelance writing rate? $250 to $399 is the most popular rate for a 1,500 word blog post. $500 to $999 is the most popular rate for writing a whitepaper. The most popular pricing model is per project.

What should I charge per word? ›

5–7.5 cents per word is below average, and more beginner rates. 8–11 cents per word is a general average. 12–15 cents per word is slightly above average for writers with more experience. 15+ cents per word is an experienced writer (plenty of samples, client testimonials/references, not all on content mills)

How much should I charge for a 500-word article? ›

For one interview source when writing for an editorial brand, I aim to earn at least $0.75 a word when I'm thinking about how much to charge for 500-word article, and it depends on the topic. That averages to at least $375 for an article.

How long does it take to start making money as a freelance writer? ›

Personally, I was able to start bringing in money within the first two weeks. But that was back in 2012 when there were fewer writers to critique. Many content mills today are getting bogged down, so it could take up to a month! If you get a private client, you could start to see a good income almost immediately.

How can I make instant money writing? ›

How to Make Money Writing
  1. Guest Post on High-Paying Publications and Magazines. ...
  2. Become a Copywriter. ...
  3. Do Freelance Content Writing for Businesses. ...
  4. Ghostwrite Stories. ...
  5. Get Paid to Write on Medium. ...
  6. Self-Publish on Amazon Kindle. ...
  7. Blog and Make Money Through Affiliate Marketing. ...
  8. Find Paid Writing Internships.
Apr 20, 2023

How can a beginner writer make money online? ›

  1. Start a blog. Blogging is a tried-and-true method for writers to make money online. ...
  2. Create blog posts (for others) ...
  3. Establish a niche website. ...
  4. Self-Publish a book. ...
  5. Create affiliate content. ...
  6. Write scripts for video creators. ...
  7. Write show notes for podcasts. ...
  8. Create written content for social media.
Mar 24, 2021

Does Amazon pay for writing? ›

No publishing company “pays” authors. Authors are paid royalties (a percentage of the sales price of each book), so your income will depend on marketing. How much of the sale goes to the author for eBooks on Amazon?

How many hours do freelance writers work? ›

According to a 2016 study, the average full-time freelancer works 36 hours per week, reported this article.

How can I become a freelancer in 30 days? ›

What you'll learn
  1. Create a portfolio showcasing key skills.
  2. Bid on projects without charging a fraction of what you're worth.
  3. Build a platform for your business and generate new contacts organically.
  4. Evaluate passive income opportunities you can invest in with your freelance income.

How do I start a career in writing? ›

10 Tips for starting a career as an author
  1. Study writing. Consider taking courses or attending writer's workshops to learn more about the craft of writing. ...
  2. Read a lot. ...
  3. Find your genre. ...
  4. Consider part-time work. ...
  5. Write as often as possible. ...
  6. Start small. ...
  7. Join a writing group. ...
  8. Find an agent.
Feb 16, 2023

Where can I write and get paid? ›

Here are 12 platforms you can use to get paid to write articles:
  • Upwork. Upwork is one of the most popular platforms freelancers use to find work online. ...
  • Copyhackers. ...
  • Fiverr. ...
  • Listverse. ...
  • Vibrant Life. ...
  • Narratively. ...
  • FreelanceMom. ...
  • nDash.
Sep 30, 2022

How much do barefoot writers get paid? ›

How Much Do Barefoot Writer Jobs Pay per Hour? $17.07 is the 25th percentile. Wages below this are outliers.

Do freelance writers get taxed? ›

You probably won't have to pay taxes on all of the income you earn from writing. As a self-employed freelance writer, you'll complete Schedule C to arrive at your taxable income. Use Schedule C to list your income and business expenses.

What is SEO writing? ›

What is SEO Writing? SEO writing is the process of writing content with the goal of ranking on the first page of search engines like Google. This is achieved by researching relevant keywords and creating optimized content that answers the user's intent.

Can I trust Upwork? ›

Upwork itself is not a scam. The website is legitimate, and freelancers can find actual work on the platform. However, as with any business transaction, one must exercise caution when using the website. While Upwork itself can be useful, that doesn't stop scammers from infiltrating the network.

What type of content writing is in demand? ›

What Type of Content Writers Are in Demand? Some of the most in-demand content writer jobs out there right now are: Blog Writers: Professionals in this position take their research and turn it into easily digestible pieces of content for readers.

How do I find a freelance writing niche? ›

Here's how to start testing your niche to ensure that there's demand for your services and that you enjoy it:
  1. Read lots of content. If you think you might enjoy a specific topic or type of content, look for and read lots of examples. ...
  2. Look at job boards. ...
  3. Start a blog. ...
  4. Establish a social media presence. ...
  5. Write a guest post.
May 6, 2021

How to make $200 a day side hustle? ›

Top 25 Ways to Make $200 a Day
  1. Take Online Surveys.
  2. Invest.
  3. Deliver food.
  4. Drive for Uber and Lyft.
  5. Freelance on Fiverr or Upwork.
  6. Pet Sit.
  7. Babysit.
  8. Be an Airbnb Host.

How can I make $2000 a month side hustle? ›

Introduction
  1. Become a Blogger and earn with affiliate marketing.
  2. Offer Proofreading Services as a side hustle from home.
  3. Create Graphic Designs from Home as a Freelancer.
  4. Earn money by testing apps and websites.
  5. Complete paid online surveys for money.
  6. Transcribe videos, phone calls, and other recordings from home.
May 6, 2023

How to make $500 a day side hustle? ›

How to Make $500 a Day
  1. Work As an Influencer.
  2. Become a Freelance Writer.
  3. Monetize a High Traffic Website.
  4. Start a Service-Based Arbitrage Business.
  5. Rent Out Space In Your Home.
  6. Flip Stuff.
  7. Create a P.O.D product.
  8. Amazon FBA.
Apr 26, 2023

Who is the six figure freelance writer? ›

In Six-Figure Freelance Writer, author Amy Suto shares her tried-and-true strategies on how she lands high-paying, high-quality projects as a memoir ghostwriter and creative copywriter—all while traveling the world and not working crazy hours.

How much do beginner content writers make? ›

Average starting Salary for Content Writer in India is around ₹1.0 Lakhs per year (₹8.3k per month).

What qualifications do you need to be a freelance writer? ›

What Do You Need to Become a Freelance Writer? Besides patience, tenacity, and a knack for budgeting, successful freelance writers need three things: a portfolio of writing samples, great ideas, and a network.

How much should I charge for 100 words? ›

Better To Charge Per 100 Words Than Per Single Word

The native writers usually charge around $10 for 100 words. On the other hand, you can find freelance writers who charge as low as a dollar or two for the whole article.

How long does it take the average person to write a 1500 word paper? ›

Writing 1,500 words will take about 37.5 minutes for the average writer typing on a keyboard and 1.3 hours for handwriting. However, if the content needs to include in-depth research, links, citations, or graphics such as for a blog article or high school essay, the length can grow to 5 hours.

How much is a 300 500-word paper? ›

How Many Pages Is a 300 Word Essay or Paper? A 300 words essay will be 0.6 pages single-spaced or 1.2 pages double-spaced. A standard single-spaced page contains 500 words.

How many hours does it take to write a 1000 word essay? ›

It takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes to write a 1,000 word essay. How long does it take to write a 1,250 word essay? It takes about 4 hours and 10 minutes to write a 1,250 word essay.

How much do Upwork writers charge per hour? ›

Content Writers on Upwork cost $15–$40/hr.

How long on average does it take to write a 1000 word essay? ›

Writing 1,000 words will take about 25 minutes for the average writer typing on a keyboard and 50 minutes for handwriting. However, if the content needs to include in-depth research, links, citations, or graphics such as for a blog article or high school essay, the length can grow to 3.3 hours.

How much should a beginner writer charge per word? ›

We recommend beginner freelance writers charge no less than $0.05 to $0.20 per word. If you consider the example of a 1,000-word blog post, this means you'll range from $50 to $200 per post. In reality, many beginning writers make $0.01 to $0.04 per word, which is an unreasonably low fee.

What is the hourly rate for blog writing? ›

Blog writing rates in 2022

According to a survey we did of writers from our community and Upwork, the hourly base freelance blog post rates are a median of $25/hour and an average of $37/hour.

How much do bloggers charge? ›

The most common blog post cost discussed by most freelancers is around $100 for a basic post, although more technical posts can cost significantly more. When charging per word, writers will often quote from $. 10 and up to $2 per word.

How do you become a beginner writer? ›

10 Creative Writing Tips for Beginners
  1. Tip 1: Read Widely. ...
  2. Tip 2: Experiment With Different Formats and Points of View. ...
  3. Tip 3: Take Inspiration From Many Sources. ...
  4. Tip 4: Show, Don't Tell. ...
  5. Tip 5: Write With Intention. ...
  6. Tip 6: Learn How to Edit. ...
  7. Tip 7: Practice Overcoming Writer's Block. ...
  8. Tip 8: Study Writing Craft.
Feb 6, 2023

How long does it take to start freelance writing? ›

Probably a month or two to learn the basics and then another month or two to land your first writing job. While it might take you longer overall to build your own publishing powerhouse, it's easier to stay persistent when money is coming in each and every time you publish an article.

What degree do you need to be a freelance writer? ›

What Does a Freelance Writer Do?
Degree RequiredBachelor's degree
Education Field of StudyCommunications, English, journalism
Key SkillsWriting, time management, creativity, research
CertificationCertification is voluntary
Job Growth (2020-2030)9% (for all writers and authors)*
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How do beginner writers make money? ›

How to Make Money Writing
  1. Guest Post on High-Paying Publications and Magazines. ...
  2. Become a Copywriter. ...
  3. Do Freelance Content Writing for Businesses. ...
  4. Ghostwrite Stories. ...
  5. Get Paid to Write on Medium. ...
  6. Self-Publish on Amazon Kindle. ...
  7. Blog and Make Money Through Affiliate Marketing. ...
  8. Find Paid Writing Internships.
Apr 20, 2023

How do I make my first $1000 as a content writer? ›

How To Strategize Your First $1,000
  1. Introduce yourself (1 sentence)
  2. Tell them you want to write content for them.
  3. Give them 3 examples of articles you can write for them.
  4. Tell them you're available for a quick call any day this week to talk further.
Jun 9, 2020

How much should I charge as a beginner content writer? ›

Another major difference to consider is the amount of experience you have. Beginners tend to charge much less, like $. 08 per word or $20 per hour. Those with many years of experience, on the other hand, can charge upwards of $1.00 per word and $100 per hour.

How much does Upwork charge per hour? ›

Web Developers on Upwork cost $15–$30/hr.

What should a writer write first? ›

Outline the story. You don't have to structure it as a rollercoaster, but your outline should look something like this. If you want to write a great story, you need to outline it first. This is especially important if it's your first book, since you need a solid blueprint to rely on when you get stuck!

How to become a writer in 30 days? ›

I'd love it if you kept reading.
  1. Step 1: Establish a writing practice. Create a daily writing routine. ...
  2. Step 2: Study writing. If you're trying to become a better writer over the next 30 days, you need to become a student of writing. ...
  3. Step 3: Read every day.
Mar 1, 2021

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