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I’ve been a freelance writer for over nine years now, and I get asked a lot about where to find freelance writing jobs. And not just any freelance writing jobs. Good quality freelance writing jobs!
When I first started, I was obsessed with landing my first client. I had no clue what I was doing; I was a stay-at-home mom who decided to leap into freelance writing full-force…from scratch.
So, you know what I ended up doing? I literally (digitally) stalked other freelance writers. I went to their websites, looked at where they were writing, read blog post after blog post, made a ton of mistakes along the way, but eventually figured out how to attract high-paying clients.
But, you don’t have to do that. I’ve found 10 ways a beginner can land good freelance writing work. I’ll go through each of them in detail for you in this post!
If you’re just starting to think about freelance writing, bookmark this post and come back to it when you’re ready to get started.
8 Easy Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
Just to let you know, these 8 ways to find freelance writing jobs are the eight ways I used when I first started out as a freelance writer.
So they are proven tactics for newbies who want to become a freelance writer and land some writing jobs online.
Start Cold Pitching
Do you know cold pitching is a fabulous way to land recurring gigs? 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.
Once you locate these places, all you have to do is draft up a cold pitch and send it off to the right person! 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
Pitch to a Job Board Ad
If you’re new to freelance writing and you want to find quality jobs, responding to job ads is your best bet. It’s also the main way many new writers use for finding consistent work.
And it’s something 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 Guru to find a writing gig, 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.
Sometimes you are asked to give your rate; other times the job ad specifies a starting rate for content.
While there are paid job boards you can use, 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 job boards to start pitching to:
- Paid Writing Jobs
- Work from Home Jobs
- Blogging Pro
- Canadian Freelance Writing (you don’t need to be Canadian to apply to these jobs)
Ask Friends, Family and Work
Okay, this may be a no-brainer, but you never know until you ask! Before you make your leap into freelance writing, let your friends and family know.
Doing this can help secure your first samples as a new writer. Your friend or family member may need you to edit their résumé or just write an ad for their flower shop.
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!
It’s also important 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 friends and family.
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!
Use Your Website (if you have one)
The best way to attract high-paying clients is to have a professional looking website. 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 site and create a professional looking writer website.
Guest Post (For Free!)
When you guest post on popular sites hundreds and thousands of people will see your writing.
And you can bet one of those viewers is a potential client. This is how I was able to first build my portfolio and eventually land more clients.
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.
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 to your site.
Pitch to Sites That Pay Writers
Besides publications and magazines, there are hundreds of blogs that pay for guest posts.
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.
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.
Start Warm Pitching
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.
I’m sure you’ve seen or heard that Craigslist has low quality writing jobs and it’s not a place to score good gigs. Well, I know for a fact Craigslist can be full of quality clients.
You just have to know what cities to look in. If you want the best writing gigs, check the New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston and Miami sites.
Businesses in big cities often have big budgets. So do a quick search in each of these cities a couple times a week and start pitching!