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13 Free Online Job Boards for Freelance Writers

13 Free Online Job Boards for Freelance Writers

Freelance writing sounds like a dream job to so many people; working from home in their PJs, or sipping on lattes as they type away in a cute cafe downtown—what’s not to love?

But the truth is, becoming a successful freelance writer takes a lot of work and dedication. There’s more to it than what we see on shows like Sex and the City. There’s bookkeeping, keeping track of invoices, coming up with new story ideas, constant communication with editors, and even interviewing sources, but the hardest part is often finding work.

A lot of new freelance writers have no idea where to look for paying gigs, or gigs that pay more than pennies. So many beginner freelance writers end up writing for content mills where they literally get paid less a cent a word. For example, a few years ago I found myself trying out a content mill. After writing two 500 word stories, I made a whopping $0.75, which I couldn’t even withdraw from my account until I reached $5. It’s still sitting there years later.

If you want to get into freelance writing, but aren’t sure where to look, here’s a list of job boards.

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1. Freelance Writing Gigs

Freelance Writing Gigs list a variety of different gigs in a daily blog post from Monday to Friday. Jobs they list include copywriting, content writing, blogging, journalism, editing and more. It’s more of a roundup post of the best writing gigs from around the web, all conveniently posted in one place and is the perfect site to find freelance writing jobs.

2. ProBlogger Job Board

The ProBlogger job board is the perfect place for beginner freelance writers. This is where I found my first two gigs, gigs I still have to this day because they pay well and are very professional. ProBlogger is an amazing resource for bloggers to learn all about the business side of it. Darren Rowse, creator of ProBlogger, is legit and so are the job postings found here.

3. All Indie Writers

One thing I really like about this job board is that the job listings have their pay rates right there before you click on the actual job listing. They’re even categorized between low pay and pro-rate! Some of the pro-rate jobs even go up into $1000 or more. The job listings here are also quite varied and even include poetry submissions.

4. Writing Career

Writing Career is very different from the other sites listed here because it includes call for submissions for poetry, short stories, novels and more, so if you’re into creative writing rather than reporting or non-fiction, this is a great site. They still display job postings for non-fiction, too, but instead of ongoing work it’s usually for magazine articles.

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5. Freelance Writing Jobs

This is a Canadian site and most, if not all jobs, are based in Canada. They list new job postings almost daily, making it a great site to visit each morning. They, too, list a variety of different writing styles and projects.

6. Blogger Jobs

This job board is nice because they list not only freelance jobs, but also internships, full-time writing jobs and more, so be sure to check off the option that you want when looking for work. Some of the jobs are for a specific location where you will have to go into their office, which only works if you’re local to them. They also share a daily blog post with recent gigs and job openings.

7. Journalism Jobs

I feel like this website is more for professional journalists. They post jobs for newspapers, PR firms, publishing houses and things like that. Still, it’s a good site to check out if you are looking for a professional writing job.

8. Who Pays Writers

This site doesn’t really post about reoccurring gigs, but it does share websites and magazines that pay for submissions, and even shares how much they pay! This is a great site to look into if you want to get into feature writing, especially for magazines.

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8. LinkedIn Jobs

You can find jobs on LinkedIn’s job board, which is great because it shows jobs that are local to you. LinkedIn is a great tool for networking and every freelancer should have an account with them. LinkedIn makes it easy to display your talents, experience and portfolio. Obviously this is perfect for when you want to reach out to people or apply for jobs.

9. MediaBistro

This site is great for looking for a job. You can search by industry, location, duration and company. If you’re mostly just interested in freelance writing, look under duration.

10. Morning Coffee Newsletter

This is a newsletter that gets sent out weekly with a list of current gigs and job openings. Signing up makes it easy because instead of searching the job boards, you can simply get a list of available writing gigs right in your inbox. However, if you prefer to search their job board instead of receiving their newsletter, the jobs they share are often listed on their website, too.

11. BloggingPro Job Board

BloggingPro has a job board that lists a variety of writing jobs and gigs. They, too, make it easy for you to search your specific style or niche.

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12. Craigslist

Craigslist gets a pretty bad reputation, but when it comes to freelance writing gigs it’s an excellent place to start. Since anyone can post to Craigslist for free, and it is not filtered like these other job boards, it’s important to do your research before accepting any work.

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Last Updated on August 14, 2020

How to Find a Career That Is Right For You

How to Find a Career That Is Right For You

There are thousands of careers to choose from. No wonder finding the one that’s right for you can feel like a guessing game.

Choosing or changing careers can be scary. Even if it’s right for you now, you might wonder, who says it’ll still be a fit in the future?

The truth is, you have to start somewhere. Whether you’re looking for a first job out of college or need a new career, follow this process to find the right one for you:

1. List Out Careers You Could Pursue

It sounds simple, but it’s good advice: Start with what you like. Even before you begin looking for the right career, you probably have an idea of what you’re interested in.

Next, make a second list, this one including your strengths. If you aren’t sure whether you’re actually good at something, ask someone close to you who’ll give you a truthful answer.

Once your lists are made, cross-reference them: What do you like to do and do well?

In a third list, rank these. If you’re skilled at something you don’t particularly like, for instance, that should fall lower on the list.

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2. Take a Career Assessment

Standardized tests shouldn’t make decisions for you, but they can get you pointed in the right direction. Career assessment tests gauge your abilities and interests and make recommendations for career paths based on the answers you give.[1]

Before reviewing your results, take a break. Getting some perspective can help you see whether your answers were guided by your mood. Look at the percentage match and ask yourself whether you could see yourself doing the work of the career or role every day.

For example, if your responses emphasized helping others, the test might point you to a medical career. However, if you don’t want to work in a hospital or clinical environment, you might cut that option or place it lower on your list.

3. Sweat the Details

Every career has gratifying and frustrating things about it. Before you choose one, you need to be clear on those. Reading reviews and job descriptions you find related to each career, make a list of its pros and cons.

There are a lot of factors to think through. Key questions to ask yourself include:

  • What are the hours required by this type of work? Can they be flexible?
  • What skills are required? Do I possess them, or would I be willing to learn them?
  • What are the education requirements? Can I afford to go back to school?
  • How much do jobs in the field pay? Is the payscale top-heavy or evenly distributed?
  • What does job growth in this sector look like? Are they traditional or contracted roles?
  • Are opportunities in the field available in my area? If not, would I be willing to move?
  • Would I be working solo or on a team?

In answering these questions, you’ll find yourself crossing a lot of careers off your list. Remember, that’s a good thing: You’d rather find out a career isn’t right for you now than after you’ve put yourself on that path.

4. Find the Sweet Spot

The crux of the career question is this: What’s the “sweet spot” between your interests and strengths and the market’s needs? The greater the overlap, the better.

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Be warned that you’ll have to compromise. Perhaps you enjoy working with animals, but there’s no demand for that line of work in your area. You might be good at math, but you wouldn’t want to crunch numbers in a cubicle for a living. Finding balance is crucial.

5. Start Networking

What’s the best way to get the real story about the careers you’re interested in? Talking to professionals in the field.

Where should you find these people?

  • Reach out to local businesses.
  • Scour your social media networks, particularly LinkedIn.
  • Ask a past employer for recommendations.
  • Sign up for industry events and conferences.

Schedule a short interview with each of your new connections. Ask them to weigh in on the comments you see online. Every role and company is a bit different, so don’t be surprised if their responses don’t align.

Regardless of who you find or what they say, write it down. If one interviewee’s responses differ wildly from online responses, chat with someone else in the field. Do your best to find out what’s the rule and what’s the exception.

6. Shadow and Volunteer

As valuable as networking can be, you need a firsthand glimpse of the work. If you hit it off with one of your interviewees, ask to do some job shadowing. Sitting beside someone as they work can help you understand not just the pay and the responsibilities but also the culture and work environment associated with each career.

Job shadowing is a good way to get your feet wet before taking a career plunge. If you felt uninterested or unhappy during your shadowing experience, it’s a good sign that you should ponder a different career path. If your shadowing experience made you want to come back for more, you may have found your calling.

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Volunteer work is an alternative to job shadowing that can get you the experience you need as you analyze your career options. As a volunteer, you can be more flexible with your time and get opportunities you wouldn’t find elsewhere.

7. Sign Up for Classes

Many careers have an academic component that you can’t ignore. If you decide you want to be a lawyer, for instance, you might want to know you can survive law school first.

Sign up for an introductory class or two related to each career you’re interested in. The earlier you do this, the better. If you’re still in college, the class will count as an elective and may be covered by your scholarship, but if not, look for a community college option to keep costs low.

Taking a single class is not the same as earning a degree in the field. With that said, it’s a good way to test the waters before you invest thousands of dollars.

If the content interests you and you look forward to class each week, that’s a good sign. If you start dreading the class or choose to drop it, focus your attention elsewhere.

8. Enter the Gig Economy

Contracted work is a great “try it before you buy it” career tactic. Skipping to an entry-level role requires more commitment than you might want to give while you’re still investigating your options. The gig economy offers the best of both worlds: paid work as well as flexibility.[2]

Gig workers take work from companies or individuals that do not directly employ them. Plumbers and artists are good examples. Rather than receiving a regular paycheck, they sell their services by the task or deliverable.

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In the gig economy, you aren’t bound by long-term agreements. If you don’t like the experience, you can simply move on.

You never know if you’ll enjoy something until you try it. And because contractors work with professionals in the field, gig workers naturally get networking and shadowing opportunities.

9. Market Yourself

As you zero in on your dream career, there’s one final test you can use to find out whether you’ll be successful: marketing yourself as a candidate for hire. Whether you get bites is a key indicator of how you’ll fare in the field.

Beware that, as someone without much experience in the field, you’re going to get a lot of rejections. Don’t be discouraged. If you get two interviews out of 50 applications, think of it as two opportunities you didn’t have before to find your ideal career.

Just as important as outreach is a good inbound strategy. Set up a website, and post your portfolio on it. Describe your dream job on your social media.

Recruiters are constantly on the lookout for candidates that fit their company. The more exposure you get, the more people will be interested in what you have to offer. Put yourself out there, and you just might find the perfect fit.

Don’t Give Up!

Nobody ever said it was easy to find a career that’s right for you. Finding one is tough enough, and even then, you may find yourself looking for a new field ten years into your career.

Whatever you want from your professional life, you have to be willing to put in the time. Don’t hesitate, and don’t give up. Start your search today.

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