Where to Find Freelance Writing Gigs Online: Updated!

There are plenty of quality freelance writing gigs online. You just have to know where to look and how to find them. It’s a popular topic too; a post on where to find freelance writing gigs online was one of the most popular on this blog in 2013…

2013 was a long time ago, so I thought it about time I offered you an updated list of where to find freelance writing gigs online for your perusal.

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While I stand by the notion that the best freelance writing gigs are acquired by cutting out the middle (wo)man and pitching directly to clients, there are of course exceptions to this rule.

Oh, you want to hear the exceptions? No problem:

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  • Freelancing websites and job boards are especially useful if you’re just starting out, when you may not have made many contacts, nor have existing clients to vouch for you yet.
  • Because life isn’t perfect, there are also those times when you just need the odd freelance writing gig or two to tide you over.
  • Some regular, well-paying clients are also to be found on freelancing sites and job boards. I know, because I’ve found them.


Where to Find Freelance Writing Gigs Online – UPDATED!

1. Upwork

At the end of 2013/start of 2014, two similar freelancing sites – Elance and oDesk – merged to become one almighty site for buying and selling a huge range of freelance services: Upwork.

Upwork Pros:

With two mega freelance writing sites merging, and a snazzy new interface to work with, things are way more interesting over at Upwork these days. It’s easy to sign up – simply hit ‘Become a Freelancer’ on the home page and enter your details. You can then filter the categories to writing and browse hundreds of freelancing jobs right away.

There are so many different freelance writing gigs to choose from on Upwork, ranging from content and blog writing to proofreading and translation – and much more besides. I tend to hear a lot of Upwork success stories from the freelancing writing community over in the US, but it’s an international site (as is this one!).

Upwork Cons:

Because Elance, oDesk, and therefore their illegitimate child, Upwork, is so popular and well-known, there’s a lot of competition. While you shouldn’t let this put you off, you should know that it does tend to drive down the per-hour and per-gig rate. When I first started out as a freelance writer, I pitched for a few writing gigs on Elance, before giving up and deciding to pitch to companies directly instead – thereby cutting this fierce competition down to, well, about zero actually.

I suspect that the average rate for a freelance writing gig hasn’t changed much since the merge. Having said that, I’m far from being active on the site, so if any readers can give us an update in this area, please be kind enough to do so in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

2. ProBlogger Job Board

The ProBlogger Job Board has been around for years now, and is still going strong. Exclusively for bloggers, it’s a solid and reliable job board to pick up one-off freelance writing gigs that could turn into long-term clients.

ProBlogger Jobs Pros:

The Problogger Job Board does exactly what it says on the tin and is updated frequently. It’s still as good as it has ever been in terms of featuring quality gigs on a regular basis, and I know some bloggers who have made a fair bit of money with regular work from it.

ProBlogger Jobs Cons

Although the quality of leads on the site is generally good, you do have to check out each job and do your own research as ProBlogger doesn’t endorse any of the ads personally. That’s all pretty standard stuff if you’re applying for freelance writing gigs online in this way though. (Even on the best job boards, you’ll always get the occasional advertiser who thinks it’s perfectly OK to ask writers to work for next to nothing.)

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3. People Per Hour

In my 2013 post, I cited People Per Hour as my favourite freelancing website for getting quality freelance writing gigs online. Despite not using sites like this much lately, I still stand by this statement.

People Per Hour Pros:

On a personal level, this is the only site of its kind that has resulted in highly-paid, regular writing work for me. It’s a good-looking, user-friendly site that is well managed. What’s more, pitching for writing work isn’t half as laborious or competitive as it is on sites like Upwork, and I also find that the rates for freelancers are much, much fairer. Having said that, don’t just take my word for it – check out all of these sites and see which ones you feel more comfortable with personally.

People Per Hour Cons:

People Per Hour do take a pretty huge chunk out of your freelance writing wage – particularly on larger amounts. Back in the day, I’ve had as much as 15% taken from a £300 deposit before. That’s £45 (over $70 USD) just for hooking me up with a freelance writing gig! Having said that, I wouldn’t have found that job otherwise… and they do have a business to run!

4. WriterInbox

***This site is currently offline. I have emailed the owner and will update you when I get a reply. I’m leaving the details up for your reference.*** WriterInbox is a paid service for freelance writers. Once signed up, you’ll receive an email a day with a list of quality freelance writing jobs, thereby cutting the amount of time you spend searching for gigs online.

WriterInbox Pros

I tried out WriterInbox after seeing a link to it on Twitter. I told the site owner I would try it out for a month (which anyone can do for $1) and if the quality of jobs were high enough I’d include it on this list. I’m happy to say that the jobs I received in my month-long trial certainly had plenty of potential and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I even received my list of freelance writing gigs on weekends!

WriterInbox Cons

Not every listing included what the fee for the gig was (as this was not always available). I mentioned this in some feedback to the site owner. They let me know that in the case of a fee not being available, whether a writing gig is included or not is based on the quality of the company and scope of the job. They also round up the best writing jobs from Upwork on the email as a sort of bonus, and I suggested they extend that scope to People Per Hour too.

5. Paid to Blog Job

Tom Ewer launched his Paid to Blog Jobs site in 2014, using a subscribe-to model for blogging job seekers.

Paid to Blog Pros:

If anyone can do a good job of a project like this it’s Tom. Although I’m not a member myself, I’ve heard some good feedback from the freelancing writing online community about the quality of jobs Tom and his team unearth for subscribers. (Again, any direct feedback in the comments would be much appreciated.)

Paid to Blog Cons:

It ‘aint free! Some people believe you shouldn’t have to pay to find jobs, while others don’t mind. It was $20 per month when I first wrote my post on where to find freelance writing gigs back in 2013, and it has since crept up to $30. While I know some people won’t want to pay it, I guess it’s just a case of weighing up how much time you spend looking for quality writing jobs. Then decide for yourself if you think it’s worth it.

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So there you have it – five different ways of finding freelance writing gigs online. Who knows, one of these sites might just unearth your biggest and best freelance writing client yet.

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(PS I’ve left the old comments from the original 2013 post below, but please feel free to add more if you think you can help a fellow freelance writer out!)

Main image courtesy of Mike Boening Photography (text added). Side image courtesy of Travis Nep Smith – both via Flickr.

30 thoughts on “Where to Find Freelance Writing Gigs Online: Updated!

  1. Nice post, Kirsty – as usual 😀

    This is the first time i hear about the problogger job board so thank you – will check it out 🙂

    I am one of those people who use Elance (and oDesk for that matter). I am sorry to hear you have given up on it (but also happy you’ve cut the middle man successfully). I am not that successful on Elance yet but from my experience with oDesk, it’s somewhat easy in the long run to stand out from the crowd as the so called competition primarily consists of not so talented contractors and once you position yourself right on the market, you get some regular clients who are looking specifically for you or the very least – for quality, which they often don’t get from the mass freelance contractors on freelance sites.

    1. That’s exactly what I found with People Per Hour too Diana. As you say, while it may take a while to build a reputation on these sites, once you have done so the work starts rolling in. Thanks for your insightful comments – as always 🙂

  2. Hi Kirsty

    Please mention (Or perhaps I am mentioning it for you!!) that Freelance Writing Gigs is a great site and I have won a good number of jobs from this site.

    Elance may be a good option, but from what I have seen, the jobs offered here seem to be ridiculously low-paying.

    Thanks – DAnthony

    1. You’ve mentioned it DAnthony – thanks for the tip! 🙂

      Yes, I agree entirely with your thoughts on Elance. It certainly takes a lot of time to sift through all the low-paying jobs on there…

    1. Hi Raspal! I hadn’t actually seen that post so thanks! I entirely agree of course… the approach to getting writing work mentioned there is almost precisely what I teach in my freelance writers course. However, I still maintain that jobs boards are good for ‘top-up’ writing gigs and for building a portfolio when first starting out. Thanks again for the nod to this post – it’s a good one.

  3. Happy New Year to you too.

    Thanks for the update. I am still getting off the starting block so maybe this will come in handy.


  4. I just saw an email from someone in my field suggesting Content Runner. Do you have any experience with that site?

  5. I’ve been a member of Tom’s site for a couple of months, and I quite like it. At first it seemed like there weren’t enough well-paying jobs, but when you check regularly, you’ll definitely have some decent options. I’m also a member of Freelance Writers Den, but the jobs there are mostly copywriting, and I use the site for other benefits (like great resources, feedback opportunities, how to reach certain editors at publications…etc).

    I’m on People Per Hour, but some of the listings there can be pretty vague. Haven’t been tempted enough to apply yet.

    1. Great – thanks for your feedback Pinar! I haven’t actually spoken to anyone who is a member of Tom’s site yet, as it’s still relatively new. Thanks again.

  6. Will do:) I have one regular gig I got through his board, and I’m in talks with another editor. I had another client from that board too, but he lost his sponsor after one post so that didn’t continue. That said, the client was lovely and I got paid promptly. 🙂

  7. Hi Kirsty,

    The information you have given in regards to writing has been inspirational to say the least. I just started trying to find freelance writing jobs. I am a teacher by trade but due to some health issues working as a teacher full time is not an option. My passion is writing and I look forward to having a lot of success in this industry.

    1. Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for your kind words and I hope you have all the success you’re looking for from your writing career. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  8. Personally the only freelance site I use is People Per Hour. I’ve tried using Elance and oDesk but I just find something very off putting about them. It’s not necessarily just the fact that the work tends to be poorly paid but the fact that they’re so popular makes it a real chore to wade through all the crap to find something worth applying for.

    The All Indie Writers job board is very good since the budgets are clearly stated up front for all the jobs posted there and they mostly tend to be well paid.

    1. I agree with you about People Per Hour Chris – and thanks for the tip about All Indie Writers.

      Good to hear from you!

  9. Hey there Kirsty, just wondering if you’ve done any follow ups to this blog? I’d love to recommend BKA Content as a great place for new writers to get their feet wet in the waters on online content writing. Lots of feedback, training and help along the way to help writers improve. Let me know!

    1. Thanks Matt. Just to let you know that I’ve unlinked your website name, but thanks for the suggestion and for dropping by.

  10. Hi there,

    I have a few talented friends looking to get further into freelance writing. You mentioned when starting out that you’d pitched to companies that weren’t advertising directly. I just wondered what kinds of company you approached, and how you went about it? Would love to boost my friends’ confidence as I’m a designer and I wouldn’t be near where I am today without pushing myself to approaching more people and taking on challenges without knowing how! I’d like to share ideas for people/businesses they could approach.


    p.s. Really enjoyed the post 🙂

    1. Hi Linda,

      Thanks for commenting, and glad you enjoyed the post.

      I approached a lot of travel companies when I was looking for clients in the early days. Travel is something I’m passionate about and love to write about, so this felt natural for me. I’d say to any new writers looking to pitch to clients directly to perhaps choose a niche or two first, to avoid the ‘scatter’ approach, then simply research companies they wish to work for online. Could their blogs do with improving or expanding? Are they actually looking for contributors? In time, the things to look out for when researching and pitching to new clients becomes apparent pretty quickly.

      *Shameless plug alert* I cover who to pitch to and exactly how, including email templates, in my upcoming freelance writing Udemy course. 🙂

      Thanks again for taking the time to comment and I hope that helps a few people out!

  11. Hi Kirsty,
    Thank you for compiling this great list of sites offering writing gigs.One of the best ways to get online writing gigs is to directly contact webmasters or blog site owners in your niche(s)to find out if they would be interested in your writing services.

    Some large content sites accept article submissions on a wide variety of topics through their online submission forms. They will pay immediately for any article that is approved by them. A simple search keying in the relevant search terms on Google will bring up a lot of sites that pay upfront for articles.

    Cheers :-).

    1. You’re absolutely right Shaheen. I’ve found this to be a good, proactive strategy for getting freelancing writing work. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. 🙂

  12. Hi Kirsty

    Hope you been keeping well!

    Thank you so much for this info. I have been doing some freelance work, but barely getting enough to quit my job. Looking forward to new beginnings.

    Thanx once again

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