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The 12 Best Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs

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Many of us have dreamed of the freelance life. Writing while you’re travelling on the Orient Express (perhaps solving a murder mystery, too), editing a book in a coffee shop in the middle of Paris or Venice, composing a 50-page eBook on operas based on Norse mythology… But is this a pipe dream? Or can these fantasies be turned into reality with your first blog, a client overseas or a job board?

With the meteoric rise of freelancers, there’s been an equal number of freelance platforms coming online with the sole purpose of connecting writers and editors with clients.

For someone who is aspiring to become a freelance writer, or even for a seasoned veteran with years of experience, it can be a headache-inducing challenge trying to locate websites that offer legitimate freelance writing jobs. From fraudulent employers to low-pay positions, it can often be daunting to search for a gig that can pay the rent.

And that’s where we come in. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of the 12 best websites to find freelance opportunities that offer both competitive compensation and challenging work.

Let’s get started.

1. Morning Coffee eNewsletter

Do you love the smell of coffee and a list of high-quality leads of freelance writing jobs in the morning?

FreelanceWriting.com’s Morning Coffee eNewsletter is a weekly list of a dozen or so writing positions that you can peruse as you sip on a cup of joe (or tea) and look for fresh opportunities to explore.

From freelance to full-time, this newsletter contains both positions you could find if you performed an extensive search on the internet and exclusive jobs that you will not find anywhere else. Each post provides a summary, too: company name, payment, skills and the source.

2. Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance Writing Jobs publishes a comprehensive and diverse list of jobs. Whether you’re looking for a copywriting gig or you’re interested in pursuing article writing for a blog that specialises in micro-niches, this website categorises its job postings: content writing, journalism, technical and miscellaneous.

This is a valuable resource that should be your go-to source every morning as you check up on the latest sports scores and your Facebook friends complaining about their Starbucks latte being two degrees below what they requested.

3. Upwork

Upwork may not be a great resource for a beginner because of how competitive the marketplace can be and how complex the platform is. However, if you’re someone who’s been earning a living from online work for years, then Upwork is also a system to consider. You can find pretty much anything on the website, from news writing about professional wrestling to composing eBooks on the existential crisis of the human condition in the Middle Ages.

You don’t need to worry about getting defrauded from your work, because payments are held in escrow. The employer will place the funds in an account managed by Upwork, and once the work has been submitted and approved, the employee is given the money (minus Upwork’s fees).

4. BloggingPro

You will find high-quality leads on BloggingPro, but you will also discover helpful tips, tricks, services and books to give you the knowledge you’ll need to successfully find, apply and receive remote work.

While the jobs you find are stupendous for entry-level writers and professionals who work from home, the only issue is that it doesn’t update its list frequently. Indeed, you may notice that the newest posting is three days old – when the freelance writing market is ultra-competitive, you may be the 75th person who applied for the job, which makes it difficult to get noticed.

5. Indeed

Indeed is a traditional employment search website used by jobseekers in every industry. That said, if you’re searching for a full-time and salaried position, or even just recurring freelance work, then you will quickly learn how this is an underrated resource for freelancers.

If you’re lucky enough, you may even locate jobs that can be done at home. The point is that you should never rule out outlets like Indeed.

6. Freelancer

Freelancer has really improved in recent years. The website used to be a mess, filled with low-paid gigs that would make it impossible to earn even a supplemental income. For instance, there was a post that required you to complete thousands of CAPTCHA codes that would take hours, and you were paid a measly $20 at the end. This benefited the individual who posted the ad because most people thought it would be a cakewalk at the beginning but just quit a quarter-way through the tedious process.

Since then, however, Freelancer has become a premier outlet that rivals Upwork; it uses a similar escrow system.