21 EASY Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners
Finding freelance writing jobs for beginners is hard, right?
I don’t know why people always complain to me about how hard it is to find entry-level freelance writing gigs. I found more work than I could handle as a beginner with 0 experience. You just need to know where to look.
I’m gonna show you my 21 dirty, sleazy, ever-so-scandalous ways to score paid freelance writing gigs sans experience and they aren’t those shitty freelancing platforms that shall not be named (hint: they rhyme with FUPWork and Freelancer). Oh, Freelancer is actually the name and not a rhyme. Screw you, Freelancer. I hate you.
Why 21? My top competitor had 20 and I’m a jerk.
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How I Became a Freelance Writer With No Experience (READ THIS)
You’re reading this. That means you’re exactly like me.
I wanted to work from home, wake up whenever, do whatever, wherever, whenever. I was tired of being a broke loser. I was tired of being your average expat English teacher just barely scraping by. Content writing/freelancing isn’t glamorous by any means, but I make 5-6x more than I used to and all on my own time from any city on Earth.
The only problem was I had no idea where to start.
I saw so many “bloggers” and high paid writers making good money and living the dream, and I KNEW I was better than them. What was I doing wrong?
The problem was I was OVERTHINKING and not DOING.
Don’t be like me.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an English teacher, a stay-at-home mom, a crack addict (don’t be a crack addict), a college student looking to break into writing, or whatever.
You can do this. Put some samples in a portfolio and start looking in these 21 places. You’ll be a full-time/part-time freelance writer in no time.
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The Best Places to Find Article/Blog/Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners Online 2019
#1 – Facebook
Facebook is the best place to find freelance writing jobs for beginners, remote jobs, or any work-at-home opportunities.
Yes, it’s my go-to place to quibble with Russian bots over political issues I (nor they) understand.
Yes, I love FB for stalking photos of strangers I’ll never meet.
But I use it primarily to score paid writing jobs. Here’s why it’s the best:
Unlimited, direct access to clients
Facebook is free unlike Suckwork (why is this so funny to me I’m dying in my seat right now?) and you can directly message clients rather than posting bids on their wall and hoping they see.
If people are looking in Facebook groups, then they’re open to finding a writer.
It Puts You Above the Other Writers
Showing the initiative to find them and reach out directly automatically puts you a cut above freelancers on Suckwork (still laughing) and Freelancer.
OK, here’s how to find clients…
First, you obviously have to put in your Facebook profile that you’re a freelance writer/content writer.
Now ya gotta go hunting:
Use that search bar to find writing groups.
Search for these terms:
- Content writing
- Freelance writing
You’ll find a ton of groups. Use the search function within the group to search for the term “writer” or “content writer”.
Look what happens….
BOOM. You will find a ton of:
- Potential clients who need freelance writers
- Digital marketers with content teams like the nice man in the comments there. Maybe you can join his! Obviously, those rates are scandalously cheap and I 100% guarantee they aren’t actually “native English speakers,” but that’s beside the point.
One MUST-BELONG (did I just coin a new phrase here?) group I’m in is: Content Writers (45k members and lots of job posts)
I have a dozen REALLY JUICY groups with tons of potential clients that will make you a full-time writer within weeks. But I’m keeping those all to myself…for now (MWAHWWHAHWHAHWA).
#2) Check With SEO Companies in Your Local Area
OK, the runner up way to find freelance writing jobs for beginners is Search engine optimization (SEO) agencies.
These nice folks help clients rank on page 1 of Google. And one of the most important ranking factors in Google’s algorithm is new and informative blog articles.
For example, if a company, say, Wanita’s Magical Jungle Gym Emporium, wants to rank in Google for people searching for jungle gyms for their spoiled children, they’ll hire an agency that specializes in that. That company will then hire a freelance content writer to create articles/blog posts related to jungle gyms.
That means reaching out to local SEO companies is one of the only sure-fire ways to become a freelance writer fast.
Your success rate will be low, but you could easily land 3-4 regular clients from this method if you’re good. Imagine 4 clients paying you hundreds of dollars a week. That’s a full-time job!
Reddit is a gold mine for finding freelance writing gigs as a beginner, and the competition isn’t nearly as high as Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, or any of the other garbage freelancing platforms.
My opinion in general on Reddit is it’s a horrible place full of bots, political extremism, depression, and r/aww puppy pics (my favorite).
But at the beginning of my writing career, I landed a bunch of decently paying clients on a few different subs.
Reddit Hack: Clients like to hire active freelancers. There are so many scammers and slackers on that site you won’t believe. Clients will check your history and ask to see samples. If you’re a Redditor, stay active on subs like:
- r/technicalwriting (technical writing jobs pay better than most freelance writing jobs)
The subs to actually find jobs are:
r/forhire might be a clusterfuck, but if you search for “content”, you’ll actually see that there are a ton of opportunities for finding freelance work.
I landed a client paying $50/hr within 2 weeks of starting my freelance journey. Man, I can’t tell you what it’s like to go from making about $9/hr to making $50 in just 2 weeks. No promotion beats that!
This is like r/forhire…but only for…you guessed it…
Here it’s best to post an “ad” describing your services, experience, and rates. Clients looking for writers will reach out to you!
#4) Freelance Writing Job Boards (Not Freelancing Platforms)
Freelance job boards are a different animal altogether from the loathsome platforms that you’re used to.
On freelancing platforms like Guru or Suckwork (this never gets old), desperate freelance serfs grovel for work to their lords and ladies. Job boards are a bit different. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, and other freelancers will post open positions or 1-off job ads and you apply directly with them.
It’s roughly the same idea, just not as sleazy and no Suckwork fees.
I remember searching some of the lesser-known freelance job sites and landing a bunch of paid writing gigs. Some even turned into full-time job offers that I politely declined.
I ain’t about that “workin-for-the-man” life. Though I did end up taking a full-time job with an agency about 2 months into freelancing (money is money)…I quit that quickly though. Anyways, rambling again.
The best freelance job platforms to help you quit your job and achieve freedom or fulfillment for whatever BS people are peddling these days are:
- Remote.co – A great place to find full-time or part-time work from home gigs.
- Contenta – Super clean layout and tons of content writing jobs at all levels.
- Problogger – The most famous and most competitive. Great place for jobs if you put the work in.
- BloggingPro – Less famous than Problogger but good nonetheless.
- Freedom With Writing – You can actually pitch to write for them too. There are jobs paying $100 or more.
- All Indie Writers – Lets you search by keyword. Plenty of freelance creative writing jobs here too.
- We Work Remotely – I found one of my first legal writing jobs here paying well over $100 per article. Not as active as some of the boards that are strictly for writers, though.
PRO TIP: The best way to land gigs on these platforms? FOLLOW THEM ON TWITTER. Create an account just for freelancing and follow job boards. Instead of searching for the best jobs all day, they’ll literally tell you what the newest, hottest jobs are.
You know what? Fuck it. Twitter is going to be a whole separate entry on the list—that’s how good it is. I changed my mind. Let’s get crazy.
#5) Twitter – #LetsFindFreelanceWritingWorkAndQuitWorking
Let’s get crazy! Time to holler at some freelance writing jobs.
Show everyone that you’re a #freelancewriter by tweeting new things you’ve written, sharing useful stuff, or even commenting on tweets from other companies.
In your description, use keywords that prospective clients might be searching for or might catch their eye when they pop over to your profile.
Follow These Accounts:
- @FreelanceWJ (Freelancewritinggigs.com)
- @WriteThisMoment – Ignore the flood of inspirational quotes
You can also land clients “warm pitching” on Twitter, but that’s a different ball game altogether and something I’ll walk you through in a different post.
#6) Your Own Writers Blog/Site
If the world were just and fair, you’d have a killer writer’s website with thousands of samples, reviews from happy clients, icons from companies you’ve worked with, and an inbox so full it bursts your belt.
But the world is not fair and that shit is expensive and takes years to build. I had a sick writing website full of samples and reviews, but it took over a year and I actually ended up rarely using it because I was so busy already from networking and cold pitching.
Your own WordPress blog is a great way to score more freelance writing jobs for beginners. They’re easy to set up.
Just use a YouTube tutorial. Here are the best themes for a WordPress writers website in 2019.
Don’t worry about having tons of visitors or creating the greatest site of all time. That’s not going to happen.
What you should do is create interesting content about writing and share clients you’ve worked with successfully (ASK THEM FIRST). Paste that shit all over social media. Follow industry pages on Facebook, follow freelancing Twitter handles (you’re following the handles I suggested before, right?), create a freelancing Linkedin. That’s where you share your content.
Just write stuff that shows you know what you’re talking about.
- 5 ways to write the perfect SEO blog
- 3 tips for writing non-shitty articles
- The one tip that changed my writing forever (HINT: It’s not what you think!)
All stuff like that.
It would be even better if you created a video…wow, Kevin. That’s a great idea for the next entry on the list…VIDEOS!
#7) Create Videos/Screencasts and Tell Clients What You Will do for Them
As I progressed through my freelance writing career (that I started from complete scratch, by the way), I eventually got to a point where I was basically writing only for one supplement company because they were giving me so much work.
I landed that job with a video (actually, it was a screencast but screw you). In that video, I went through their content and detailed:
- What I didn’t like about it
- What I would change
- My ideas for future cooperation
- Different types of content I’d produce for them
- A quick “sample” where I spoke a few sections of content out loud so they could hear the difference
- A few corny dick jokes if I recall correctly (hey, this is the guy that thinks Suckwork is hysterical)
If you have an ideal client in mind (e.g. legal marketing firms, cooking blogs, shoe companies), locate them and cold pitch them with an accompanying video.
If you’re getting clients via Facebook, create a video for everyone that needs new blog content. They will be FLOORED. Trust me. When they hear aloud the reasons why their blog sucks and how you’re going to fix it, it creates an indelible impression in their minds.
So many writers are just low-priced scammers and cheats that put in 0 effort. Don’t be like this guy…
Videos are the best way to secure high-paying clients by cold pitching and you don’t need a nice camera to do it…
I just use Loom, a sick little program that lets you record your screen or cam or both.
Loom is so easy to use that even I figured it out, and I’m about as good with technology as an Ouranopithecus. By the way, that’s a distant human ancestor that predated Neanderthals. I had 0 clue of its existence before I checked the Wiki article on human evolution and picked the longest name I could find.
So yeah, just to sum up this section right quick:
- Video/screencasts will grab any prospect’s attention
- Use Loom to narrate a screencast about what you plan to do to their blog
- Choose a piece of content and thoroughly dissect it, telling them what’s wrong and what you’ll do to fix
- Then, pick a section, preferably the intro since everyone fucks this up, and actually speak it aloud and tell the client “can you hear the difference in that?” Even if yours isn’t actually better, speaking with this level of confidence is impressive to clients
#8) Leverage Your Own Network
Sounds stupid, but it’s worth noting. I actually landed a gig from a friend of mine in the beginning. It was editing their business documents and helping them correct some content errors on their website.
It didn’t pay much but that’s not the point.
As a beginner, you need every bit of work and every portfolio-padding piece you can get your grubby hands on.
What I did was post on my Facebook wall that I was now officially a freelance writer. I showed everyone my portfolio and let everyone know I was available for a free sample.
Someone bit! Hey, when you’re trying to get out of the 9-5 grind, you gotta do everything you can. Tell all of your friends or family, let everyone know you’re down to write their resume or school essay.
It’s your thang baby. Do what you wanna do.
#9) Write for Charity
Charities are the real heroes in the world. And as a new freelance content writer or copywriter, you’ve got skills they can use.
Charities need everything from web content to fundraising letters, and if you care about something deeply, you can reach out to them via their website, by connecting with them on Linkedin, or commenting on their Facebook page.
I had a tracheostomy as a child. Sucks. Shit happens. All good now, so I’m happy. But the vast majority are not as lucky as I am to have Wolverine healing genes (flex) and thousands still need help. So naturally, a charity that helps kids with trachs is something I’d like to help.
Google causes that you care about and get in contact. Offer them whatever you can.
Craigslist is kind of like that friend that has a cool house and lenient parents, but something is just “off,” ya know?
He’s super nice, but you always end up drinking way too much Seagrams Dry Gin and smoking god knows what. For that reason, you try to avoid him as much as possible.
That’s Craigslist to me.
Either way, Craigslist is good in a pinch if ya need something on a dull night, but not something I’d rely on that often.
You could google “writing jobs near me” or you could just head over to the local classifieds section of good ol’ Craigy boy’s list.
Just select the writing/editing sections under JOBS, and search the board.
Once you’ve contacted everyone looking for writers in the writing/editing section, you still have another resource for locating some Craigslist writing gigs…
Under the JOBS section, there’s another tiny section called “GIGS”.
Right under the “talent” subsection (skip this, you aren’t talented) is a subsection called “writing.” Guess what’s in there!?!?!?
More freelance writing gigs near you! Have at it.
#11) Linkedin and Linkedin Jobs
Linkedin is a great place to find freelance content writing jobs for beginners.
In fact, I reached out directly to the CEO of one of the largest digital agencies in Colorado and offered him two free blogs if he gave me a shot.
Welp, he said yes and I had a roughly $500/month client. That was enough to pay my rent in a sweet condo overlooking the ocean in Penang, Malaysia. All because I sent a 30-word message on Linkedin.
Here’s what I did:
- Looked for companies in my niche at the time.
- Connected with them on Linkedin
- Sent a targeted pitch to the company
That’s it. It really worked.
What would you do with an extra $500 a month? And that’s only from 1 client. ONE.
But that’s not the only way to get freelance writing jobs on Linkedin. Oh no, my friend.
LINKEDIN JOBS BOARD!
Linkedin has a job search function that lets you see all of the available positions advertised on the network.
Pretty sweet. This is more of a place to find full-time writing jobs. Most are in-house from what I’ve seen. Some do consider work-from-home writing jobs based on my experience. A quick search of “writer” turns up some juicy opportunities.
A few things jump out at me right off the bat, some positive some negative. Let’s start with the bad stuff first. Danbury…
Now onto the positives. These are open writing positions with very competitive pay. They will also consider letting you work from home. The only problem is that if you’re a beginner, you’ll most likely be underqualified for the position.
So, here’s what to do instead to find AWESOME JOBS FOR ENTRY LEVEL WRITERS.
Search for “SEO content writer” instead of “writer” and look what turns up:
That’s more up your alley.
Have at it.
#12) Content Mills
Content mills are companies that hire hordes of zombie writers to pump out living dead content to feed larger marketing companies. This probably where most people get started finding freelance writing jobs as a beginner.
No need to know the business model behind it—just know that these companies will pay you to write as a beginner, and that’s all that matters.
I’m not a fan of content mills and I’ve honestly never used one. I was lucky enough to get all of my clients via cold email, recommendations, Linkedin, and Facebook with the occasional other route thrown in if I was in a pinch.
Content mills are good for new writers because they:
- Generally don’t care about quality, so it’s a good place to cut your chops as you get started
- Hire tons of writers. They also fire tons of writers or the writers quit/end their own lives due to mindless writing assignments
- Offer paid work and plenty of it if you get in
Some are better than others, but if you need work I recommend applying to as many as you can. The ones I recommend are:
#13) There Are Sites That Pay up to $200 Per Article…Just Ask Them
A pet peeve of mine is new writers bitching that nobody wants to pay any money for good writing.
There are endless companies like this. This is just a random invoice/payment processor that I use. Yes, they aren’t looking for regular contributors, but they will accept a post if it belongs on their blog. If you position yourself as an expert in the niche they’re in, you can easily charge $80-$120 for a 1,200-word blog post. Once you have samples and referrals that can shoot up to $200 or more. FOR ONE BLOG.
You just need to find a blog to contribute to within your niche. Man, if only some guy were cool enough to compile a list of blogs accepting paid posts according to niche…
- Great Escape Publishing
- 101 Holidays
- Transitions Abroad
- Verge Magazine
- Penny Hoarder – A blog about pinching pennies. Trust me, the editors live up to the site’s title. Best of luck negotiating with these guys. They will pay well if you push them.
- Doctor of Credit
- The Dollar Stretcher
Digital Marketing/Make Money Online
- A List Apart
- The Layout
- The Anxiety Foundation – We’re all experts in this by now. Might as well get $50 to write about your weird anxiety quirks (why is that vegetable purple? WTFFFF!!!).
- Coffeycomm.com – Send an email and introduce yourself as a freelancer to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Health Journal
- My Protein – They only pay in gift vouchers according to the site…get swoll anyway
- Lies About Parenting
Ok, that’s all you’re getting. Find the rest on your own.
#14) Guest Post for Free
Nobody turns down free shit. And since basically every publication is looking for fresh, original content, you’ll find plenty of guest posting opps as a beginning freelance writer if you just pitch, pitch, pitch.
Pitching beats bitching every day of the week.
Basically, you’re just doing the same thing as before, except you won’t be getting paid. The good news is that since this is all free, there’s almost no barrier to entry.
Why Guest Post for Free if You Can Find Paid Gigs?
Well, for one, getting a paid gig is a lot harder. And two, a large publication can pay in exposure in the way a smaller media outlet can’t.
For example, I’d gladly write a free post on say, the Huffington Post, instead of a small one for a travel blog. The value of being seen as an expert in a field is immeasurable.
Finding free guest posting opportunities is just kinda hard, to be honest.
Unless you use this neat HACK I HAVE: google “niche + write for us” or “niche + guest post” and see what turns up.
You’ll like what you see…
Thine eyes be not deceived by a spell. This is truth ye doth see.
Tryeth an alternate niche, ye ask?
Some of these might be paid. Some might be free. Just get off your lazy ass and go try.
8 More Ways to Find Freelance Writing Gigs as a Beginner
Those 13 are the best ways to find freelance writing jobs as a beginner. The rest should come after you’ve exhausted all other opportunities, or, as is the case with #16, if you really care about something. You’ll have to read that one to find out.
#15) Incentivize Referrals for Current Clients
Obviously, this doesn’t apply if you don’t have any clients, hence why it wasn’t in the main group.
But, if you’ve got clients already, incentivizing referrals is a great way to add horses to your stable.
I always offered a 15% discount on the next order to any client who generated a paid writing job for me.
Easy enough. Moving along…
#16) Morning Coffee Newsletter
You could scour the web and compile a list of every high-quality remote writing job available…
Or you can click a button and have them all in front of you as you read your morning coffee.
This eNewsletter is a sick collection of freelance writing jobs for beginners as well as other levels. Subscribe and take 15 minutes a day to apply to a new job and you’ll land a new client fast.
#17) Write for Political Causes
Idiot #1: YOU ARE WRONG!!
Idiot #2: OMG, YOU ARE SUCH AN IDIOT. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO TALK TO ANYONE ON (INSERT SIDE OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM HERE). YOU’RE AN IDIOT!
IDIOT #3: THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT AN IDIOT WOULD SAY. YOU’RE THE IDIOT, (POLITICAL PARTY).
Arguing politics online is pointless. But writing for legit political causes is not.
As an American resident overseas (I had a working visa in the Czech Republic), we are subject to some FUCKING STUPID tax laws, including having to file income tax reports in the USA even if we are living and working in another country (Only if we owe taxes that year – which is really hard to decipher).
I joined the Association of Americans Resident Overseas to help lobby Washington to make changes. This is something I truly care about.
I offered to write for their newsletter, and they were happy to accept it. BOOM! Another freelance writing job for beginners!
#18) Your Local Chamber of Commerce
Honestly, this is only #17 because I forgot about it and I’m too stubborn to change things.
Your local chamber of commerce is another untapped oil well of consistent writing work, especially nowadays. Every businessman or woman in those meetings needs an online presence. Guess how many other freelance digital writers will be present in the meetings?
I’m gonna guess 0.
Make some business cards, create a quick brochure with MS Word, and head to meetings. Tell everyone what you do and how you can help. I bet you’ll land sales pages, web content, blogging, email writing, and just about every type of content imaginable.
NOTE: You will have to pay to join. My local chamber of commerce charges $379 minimum but allows you to attend 2 meetings per year as a non-member. SCORE!
#19) Visit Local Digital Marketing Companies
Every SEO/digital marketing company in your town or local area needs writers.
Instead of emailing, just go knock on their door.
#20) Your School Newspaper
I got so pissed off at my dad for calling my pitbull a cold-blooded killer that I went to my university’s newspaper and asked to write an article about why people believe stereotypes in the media.
Here’s a great article on Wikihow about how to write an article for your school newspaper.
Or, ya know, you can not be an idiot and just email the newspaper editor or go see them in person.
#21) Freelance Writing Directories
Did you know that there are entire directories solely for freelance writers?
I was surprised by how many clients of mine told me they used freelance writer directories to find content/copywriters.
I’ve honestly never used them but getting your name out there in any way you can is the best way to land more jobs as a new freelance writer.
Here are a few of the best directories I’ve found:
- AWAI Directory of Professional Freelance Writers
- Writerfolio Freelance Writer Directory
- All Freelance Writing Directory
- Society of Professional Journalists Directory
Google the rest. I’m not helping you anymore. There should be plenty of freelance writing jobs for beginners listed here.
#22) Become a Kickass Freelanceaholic
When it comes down to it, the best way to get more jobs as a writer is to be a kickass writer. And you can do that by reading up on Freelanceaholics and joining Freelanceaholics Anonymous on Facebook!
Companies are starving for good writers. My current clients complain daily about how hard it is to find good writers. I personally didn’t know until I tried to create my own team.
Writers suck for the most part, especially new ones. But you’re supposed to suck as a new writer. I sucked. Every time I reread my old writing from 4-5 years ago I cringe.
Finding freelance writing jobs for beginners is simple. It just takes work.
It doesn’t matter if you have no experience, no degree, or no connections. All clients care about are results. If you deliver, they will pay you. And they’ll pay you well. You just need to know where to find them.
Stop complaining and go become a freelanceaholic.