The three main ways that people find freelance writing jobs are:
Content mills – At these job you would write for a specific company and choose from a list of articles that they want to have written. You must follow specific guidelines. You would be paid at predetermined times. Sites such as iWriter, PPH, Odesk etc.
Residual income – You can earn money as a freelance writer by joining sites like Squidoo, Hubpages and others. They allow you to make money through Google Adsense and payout would be determined by the type of programs they are using to generate income.
Private clients – This is when you do freelance writing jobs for an individual or a company. You are usually paid by word, by article, or by the hour. You are usually paid after a job is completed and approved or at predetermined times.
For this article, I am going to focus on Private Clients.
Places Where You Can Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online with Private Clients
Throughout your online searches will discover that there are many places where freelance writing jobs are advertised. Some of them are better than others though. It will also depend on what kind of writing jobs you are looking for, but these ones are a good start:
Freelance Writing Gigs – This site is run by SplashMedia and publishes a list of writing jobs daily (Monday to Friday, minus holidays). They have a policy of only publishing jobs that pay $10 or more. They have a selection of writing jobs including blogging, article writing, magazine writing, resume writing, and more.
ProBlogger Job Board – This is the job board associated with Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger site, which has an excellent reputation. You’ll find reputable companies that are looking for bloggers here. These jobs tend to pay well.
Craigslist – I know a lot of writers are wary about applying for jobs through Craigslist but there are a lot of great jobs advertised here. You have to watch for the warning signs and be careful about the information that you provide but I have gotten several good writing jobs through Craigslist. When I first started out in writing online, this was my main source of jobs.
Write-Jobs – This site is a newer one to me but I’ve seen some great jobs here. It has jobs for freelance writers as well as magazine jobs and places that are accepting manuscripts for fiction, too. And there are contests, which can be a good source of income, but the competition is much higher. Definitely worth checking out on a daily basis.
About Freelance Writing – Anne Wayman has been writing longer than most of us and she has a pretty good eye for the jobs. You’ll find a nice list of writing jobs several times a week.
Freelance Job Openings – This site has all sorts of jobs for freelancers and there a lot of freelance writing jobs included. You can use the filters to find what you want more specifically.
The key to getting freelance writing jobs online with private clients is that you have to apply for the job. You need a good resume and a cover letter that focuses on your writing skills. And you need to dedicate some time to searching for and applying for writing jobs on a daily basis. Once you have put in the work, you will find that writing online can be very profitable!