If you’re just starting off on this exciting freelance writing journey, you may feel a little anxious – perhaps even scared. Where will you find work? Where will your next client come from? Will my freelance writing business succeed?
A word of warning: there are MANY websites out there who are willing to pay you very little for your good writing. Your writing is worth more than you think, so don’t for a minute think you can sell yourself short.
The good news is that we’ve put together a list of sites below where you CAN get paid what you deserve:
Whether you’re a copywriter, blogger, editor, ghost writer or anywhere in between, you will find work that pays well. And the best part of it is that nearly every one of these suggestions is FREE.
This amazing daily newsletter features 10-20 new writing jobs – every day. There’s also a link to a constantly updated online jobs section so you will be spoilt for choice.
Yes, LinkedIn has evolved into one of the most useful sources for job hunters, including freelance writers. Not only can you use LinkedIn to zoot up your online brand presence and create a company page, you can also find loads of well-paying freelance jobs. You can even sign up for email alerts when the type of freelance job you’re looking for comes up.
Simply visit the job board and search through the job listings. You can search by keyword, location or category. Click on the listing to find out how to apply for the job.
Loads of jobs listed here – from sites like Indeed.com and Craigslist. The site does try to exclude scams but always go in with your eyes open when applying for a freelance writing job.
This site focuses on jobs for journalists (duh) but does also include ad copy jobs, editing jobs and more. Some of the jobs listed require you to be physically present, while others can be done from anywhere in the world.
This site has tons of jobs. Be sure to browse the freelance gigs section for jobs from the media: magazines, publications, agencies and more. From TV to social media jobs, there’s something for everyone.
Darren is a well known blogger and one of the founders of modern blogging. His advice and tips are hugely valuable – as is the job board on his ProBlogger site.
Hand over your email address and you’ll get access to huge numbers of blogging work opportunities. Compiled by freelance blogger Sophie Lizard, you’re going to be very busy for a while.
Yes, this is not free. But it’s so cheap it might as well be. I bought the Kindle edition for USD$6.83.
South African writers can find loads of jobs here. Remember that you’ll get paid in local currency, so make sure the economics is right for you. Personally, I like have rand costs and dollar income.
Which sites should you avoid?
Look, if you’re really hard up for money you can try the following, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. You deserve more, fellow writer.
How much should I charge as a freelance writer in South Africa?
If you want to know what you should be earning as a freelance writer, check out the SAFREA site for guidance. Better yet, sign up as a paid member and get access to exclusive SAFREA-only jobs.
Over to you
What sources of freelance writing jobs would you recommend? Which ones should our readers avoid? Comment below to let us know.