Last Updated May 1st, 2017

115 Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs

115 Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs

Freelance writing is one of the easy ways to get started working at home… or that’s what many people believe. Truth be told, while it’s fairly easy to find poor paying writing jobs, it’s somewhat more difficult to find better jobs. You have to prove yourself first. You may have to do some time with the gigs that don’t pay so well to show that you have what it takes to get the better opportunities.

One thing to be careful of is that you don’t stick with poor paying freelance writing gigs for too long. Do what you can to work up the gigs that pay better. Your goal should always be to get paid what you’re really worth. Don’t assume that your work is worth less money just because you’re a freelancer or you work at home. Try to get paid what you’re worth regardless of where you work.

A few tips before I start listing places to find freelance writing gigs:

1. Pick a niche.

Your life as a freelance writer will be easier if you pick a niche to focus on. You’ll know your topics better, which can mean much less time spent in research. Writing about things you know is much easier than having to read up on everything you’re assigned to write about.

2. Know your market.

Knowing your market goes beyond selecting a niche. It means you have read through enough issues of the magazine or posts on the website to know what that market is looking for, and the style they prefer.

3. Make sure the market is active before pitching.

Many magazines and websites only accept pitches and submissions at certain times. Check their websites before preparing a submission or pitching an article. If the website doesn’t make it clear, an email or call to an editor to ensure that they are accepting submissions may be a good idea.

4.  Don’t take on more than you can handle.

When you need to earn money from home quickly, it can be tempting to take on a lot of jobs. Don’t do that too quickly. You’ll be overwhelmed.

Start with just one job and see how it goes. Add on jobs as you figure out how many you need to earn what you need, how many days a week you want to work and how many hours each of those days. Sometimes you’ll have more or less work than you want – that’s how freelancing goes.

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5. Focus on quality.

Even when a gig doesn’t pay all that well, focus on providing quality. Anything you write may be seen by potential employers. You don’t want to lose out on a good gig because you were sloppy on a minor writing assignment.

It’s not at all uncommon to need a couple of hours to write a good article. It’s not so common to write a good quality article in a half hour. Assume your writing will take time.

6. Always be ready to brainstorm.

Ideas may come when you least expect them. Make sure you’re ready for them wherever you are. You can use a brainstorming app such as XMind, Wisemapping, LucidChart or many others. Alternatively, carry a notepad so you can write things down whenever you want.

7. Set your rates.

Don’t undercharge for your work. If you’re earning too little per article or post, you’ll be tempted to sacrifice quality, so that you can write articles more quickly. You may need to start out a little low to build a reputation, but don’t stay there long. You deserve a good wage.

Your rates should take into considerate the length of the article requested and how much research you will need to do. Some topics you will be able to write clearly about with little difficulty. Others may require hours of research.

Creating a rate sheet is not as simple as stating what you charge for a 1000 word article. Take a look at the range of rates listed on this website. Avoid the temptation to set an hourly rate – this article explains why. You may be more comfortable starting out with hourly rates, but make the switch to project based when you can.

All that said, often you have to accept whatever the going rate is at the magazine or website you’re submitting to. Setting your own rates can still help you decide if what they’re offering is worth your effort, even if they won’t pay it. Freelance writers often have to approach publications; publications don’t always come to them.

8. Blog.

Run your own blog about your niche. Not only can you earn money from it through ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored blog posts and more, it will get your name out there and visible to potential employers.

Your blog is where you really show your stuff. You can link to work you did for other websites and post original content. Include a “Hire Me” link that is highly visible so potential employers can notice it. You can link this to a list of other places you’ve written for, your rates and other relevant information that will help people decide to hire you.

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9. Don’t expect an immediate full time income.

It takes time for most freelance writers to earn a full time income, or even the part time income they may be after. You’re building a business, and it takes time to get the client list you need. Don’t let the time required frustrate you. Freelance writing can be a side gig until you really get things going.

Places That Pay

Now, on to the listings. Not every publication will be accepting submissions at all times. Please, please, please pay attention to posted guidelines on each website. You will waste your time otherwise.

I’ve separated these into approximate categories. Some cover a broad range of topics. I’m not sharing their rates because they are subject to change. I’ve seen anywhere from $10-350 listed. A number of sites don’t list their rates anyhow. They simply state that they pay and that editors will offer an appropriate rate.

Entertainment

  1. Industrial Scripts
  2. Screen Rant
  3. Wide Open Country

Finance

  1. Doctor of Credit
  2. Dollar Stretcher
  3. Income Diary
  4. Money Crashers
  5. The Penny Hoarder
  6. Wise Bread

Food and Drink

  1. Cooking for Engineers
  2. Cuisine at Home
  3. Eating Well
  4. IWA Wine Blog

Greeting Cards

  1. Avanti Press
  2. Blue Mountain
  3. Comstock
  4. NobleWorks
  5. Oatmeal Studios
  6. P.S. Greetings, Inc.
  7. Smart Alex
  8. SNAFU Designs

Humor

  1. College Humor
  2. Cracked
  3. Dorkly
  4. Duffel Blog
  5. Funny Times

Internet

  1. A List Apart
  2. BlogPaws
  3. eCommerce Bytes
  4. eCommerce Insiders
  5. The Layout
  6. Scotch.io
  7. SitePoint
  8. Webdesignerdepot

Lifestyle

  1. A Fine Parent
  2. Alaska Parent
  3. Bustle Digital Group
  4. Cincinnati Parent
  5. Love to Know
  6. MetroParents
  7. StorkGuide

News

  1. Alternet
  2. Boston Globe Magazine
  3. Creative Loafing Charlotte
  4. High Ground Memphis
  5. New Statesman
  6. Sacramento Press
  7. Salon

Science & Technology

  1. All About Circuits
  2. Asian Scientist
  3. Compose Write Stuff
  4. Earth Island Journal
  5. iPhone Life
  6. New Scientist
  7. SQL Server Central
  8. Techopedia
  9. Tutorials Point
  10. Worldstart

 

Software

  1. Digital Ocean
  2. Linode
  3. LWN
  4. Semaphore

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Sports

  1. American Angler
  2. Athalon Sports
  3. Horse Network
  4. Outkick the Coverage
  5. The Sportster

Travel

  1. BootsnAll
  2. Desert USA
  3. GoNOMAD
  4. International Living
  5. In The Know Traveler
  6. Open Road Journey
  7. Outpost Magazine
  8. Theme Park Tourist
  9. Transitions Abroad
  10. Travelicious
  11. World Hum
  12. Zafigo

Writing, Work at Home & Freelancing

  1. Freelance Mom
  2. Make a Living Writing
  3. Slick WP
  4. The Barefoot Writer
  5. The Work Online Blog
  6. The Write Life
  7. Write Naked
  8. Writer’s Weekly

Other

  1. Back2College
  2. Bitch Media
  3. Cat Fancy
  4. Chicken Soup for the Soul
  5. Craftbits
  6. Curbly
  7. iWorkWell
  8. Listverse
  9. Military Benefits
  10. Online Writing Jobs
  11. Open Permaculture
  12. Photodoto
  13. Smithsonian
  14. Sojourners
  15. Today I Found Out
  16. Woodcraft Magazine

Freelance Writing Job Boards

  1. All Freelance Writing
  2. BloggingPro
  3. Freelancer
  4. Freelance Writing
  5. Freelance Writing Jobs
  6. Guru
  7. iFreelance
  8. Journalism Jobs
  9. People Per Hour
  10. Problogger
  11. Simply Hired
  12. Upwork

Further Resources

There are many resources out there to help you find paying freelance writing work. Who Pays Writers has a long list of publications and comments from writers on what they were paid for the kind of work they did, and how long it took. It’s pretty useful in finding out what a publication pays. The listings are in alphabetical order, so you have to find out on your own how to contact each one, which varies from easy to difficult. In most cases, searching Google for “write for (publication)” works pretty well.

You can go more traditional with the Writer’s Market book. This is published every year, and you may be able to find it in your local library. Amazon also carries a Kindle version. It’s generally considered one of the best resources for writers.

And of course, there’s the Writing Jobs section of the job board here. New jobs turn up there when I find them.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

Last Updated February 2nd, 2010

Can You Get Paid for Writing Online Content?

Writing is one of the most popular online jobs. There’s a good reason for it – it’s relatively easy and many people can do an adequate job of it. Some even do a great job of it.

Writing online content doesn’t necessarily pay well in many cases, but it’s relatively easy to get something for your efforts. It’s not going to pay what you would get if you had an article published in a major magazine, but then most magazine articles are much harder to write and get accepted. The standards are different.

That said, if you aren’t interested in a career as a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers and so forth, but just want to write simple articles in quantity it’s not a bad way to go. The pay’s not great but the flexibility is there. You’ll generally be able to write completely on your own schedule.

The trick comes in how you get paid. I strongly recommend getting paid by the article in most cases. It’s nice to know what you’re going to get. You can get $5 per article or even less at some sites. I really don’t recommend accepting under $5 per article even if you really need the work, or under $10 if you’ve been doing the work a while. You should be reasonably compensated for your work, after all.

Sites that pay per article accepted include Associated Content, Bright Hub and Demand Studios. You may also want to consider trying for a Guide position with About.com, as they pay a set rate monthly with expectations of how much you will write for them, for the first two years, and then base it on the ad income that comes in.

Some sites would rather pay based on impressions, then pay out when you reach a certain level. The trouble with this is that there’s no guarantee you’ll get anything if you don’t reach the payout level. Many articles just don’t get that much traffic. And if you do get paid, it’s not too uncommon for things to stick at that under $5 level even over a period of time. It’s just not worth it on average.

Get an above average response to an article that pays on views and you might do better, but that’s a huge if.

Other sites pay on ad income. This can be good or bad also. Overall you aren’t likely to get much on most articles. This can be sites such as Squidoo where you can even include ads in your content on your own, or blogs that accept articles and handle ad placement on their own.

Anything where you’re getting paid on view or on ad income, the site will encourage you to also drive traffic to your articles so that you earn more. In essence, they expect you to write for them and promote for them. It’s a lot of extra work, potentially.

There are also sites where you can get paid to blog, either on your own site or on someone else’s. Same kind of deal as writing content for other types of sites. You’ll want to decide if you’re paid by the post or by the ad income or page views.

This isn’t work that will make you rich, as a general rule, but it can bring in that bit of money you need to help your income when you’re at home.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

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