Find well paying full-time or part-time writing jobs, freelance assignments and gigs, contests, grants, and resources easily with these websites.
Whether you are a professional freelance writer or just getting started, one thing remains constant- you must be able to find the jobs!
If you’ve ever done an online search for “writers classifieds”, “writing help wanted ads” or “writing job boards” you know there are many. Unfortunately, the quality of the quantity of sites is inadequate for a number of reasons.
I spent years scouring the interwebz searching for well-paying gigs, and am inspired to compile a list of my favorite job boards by @themadgoat and share the best with you! As we ease out of 2018 and welcome 2019, now is the best time to set yourself as the writer you envision. Good writing job boards will not only assist you in finding great assignments (and even permanent, full time jobs) they will also save you time. Time you can devote to the actual craft of creating and writing.
The criteria of what I determine are “the best” sources for writing gigs:
Quality of leads and ease of searching
How well and consistently their leads pay. By well I mean at or above industry standards. I realize new writers may need to feed from the bottom of the barrel at first, and even accept non paying jobs until they have a decent portfolio and have “proved” themselves as a consistent writer who turns in quality assignments on time, it doesn’t hurt to apply for jobs above your league. Like they say: Reach for the Stars!
How often they update listings
Ability to work remotely from home
The following five are not writing niche specific; i.e. they post jobs from all industries. However, I have found them to be a valuable resource and consistently find writing gigs from within their sites. Scroll down for writing specific job boards.
Writing Specific Job Boards
C. Hope Clark has worked tirelessly to create one of the best writing resource website out there. I have been a subscriber since 2010. She compiles two job market lists each week and sends them out via email every Friday. One is paid- for a mere $12 a year you get at least double the leads. But I subscribed to the free newsletter for years and will honestly say that if you cannot afford the paid subscription, the free one is still amazing and full of info. Hope finds leads from the furthest corners of the web- her newsletter is valuable and by far my #1 favorite place to find writing gigs. You can find jobs, verified contests, grants, residencies, gigs, and almost anything you could possibly want to know about being a freelance writer.
The site is easy to use and has new postings daily. When you find a job you are interested in you will submit a proposal stating what you are willing to be paid to do the job. The only con I can find is that there are many people clambering for the same job and your proposal seems to be what the clients look at first, but I have received a few jobs from the site and they are high quality.
The Write Life offers a huge amount of freelance writing info. From articles on how to start freelancing and what amount of pay you should ask the client, to niche specific markets and help with legal questions.
This site posts jobs from several areas, including programming and design, but every job can be done from the comfort of your home.
Bonus: You can create alerts for specific jobs sent to your email inbox so you do not have to search the site daily.
Used to be All Indie Writers
All Freelance Writing offers a directory of paying freelance gigs. There is a link under each job to the guidelines so you never have to guess what the client is looking for.
Postings for writing and editing jobs in media, education, social media, brand marketing, and magazines.
I have not checked this site in a while as I began a full time writing job as a game narration designer several months ago, but apparently you must be a paid subscriber to search for jobs on their boards now. It's $6.99 a month, however they do offer a free trial so you can check out their marketplace before you commit. When I was using The Writers Job Board I did find gigs. I was impressed. I reccomend taking advantage of the free trial and checking out what they have to offer to see if it's for you.
If you search Craigslist and Backdoor for writing gigs, you might want to check out this site. They scour those (and more) massive classifieds for freelance writing and editing gigs for you.
Posts paying opportunities from bloggers who do not have time to write for their own sites. Sometimes there are not many but there can be a lot. But the most important thing is they are checked and they do pay at or above industry average.
These are my favorite writing job boards that I have counted on time and again over the years. Do you have a great resource not on the list? Share in the comments! We freelance writers gotta stick together :)
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