Content Writing Jobs: 10 Handy Places to Get Hired Online

Handy Places to Find Content Writing Jobs. Makealivingwriting.comWhat’s in your toolbox to build your freelance business and find content writing jobs?

Ask your network. Send cold-pitch emails. Make phone calls. Try direct mail. Connect with agencies. Marketing is the name of the game, especially when you’re starting out.

These are proven marketing strategies to find prospects and get hired for content writing jobs. The more prospects you reach out to, the closer you get to your goals to move up, earn more, and make a living writing.

Looking for another way to find freelance work?

It’s no secret that trolling Craigslist for content writing jobs or putting all your bets on Upwork to find great clients aren’t the best ways to build your freelance writing business.

But there are some online resources you’ll want to add to your toolbox.

If you want to get hired, grow your network, and build your portfolio of freelance work, check out these handy places to get hired online.

Online resources to find content writing jobs

Finding your own clients to pitch freelance writing services will almost always win out over content mills, bidding sites, and job boards.

But there are some online resources worth checking out to help you:

  • Identify clients in your niche
  • See who’s hiring freelancers
  • Find out what type of content writing jobs are in demand
  • Fill a gap as a temporary writer until a full-time position is filled
  • Get hired for a freelance assignment or long-term contract

Tip: Don’t ignore listings for full-time writing jobs. Find a writing job in your niche that looks like a good fit, except for the 9-5 part? Reach out to the editor or marketing director with a letter of introduction. It’s a great way to land a temporary contract until they hire a full-time employee, which can take months at larger organizations.

Ready to check out the list of handy online resources to find freelance work?

1. CloudPeeps

When an editor or marketing director needs a writer, chances are pretty good they’re going to ask their “peeps” first. So how do you get on an editor’s radar?

That’s the foundation for CloudPeeps, created to match freelance writers with companies like Airbnb, Virgin America airlines, Lyft, Zappos, and many others.

Is it just another place that pays cheap rates for content writing jobs? You decide. Clients expect to pay freelancers $60 to $100 per hour or $100 to $250 per blog post.

2. Flexjobs

Want to know a little secret about the Junk Free Job Board inside the Freelance Writers Den? A few of the job listings come from FlexJobs.

It’s a paid service that complies thousands of online listings for freelance writing jobs and other remote work. (You’ll get 30% off with Code: SAVING30, thanks to Carol’s affiliate partnership with FlexJobs.)

Tip: You can search the listings without handing over your email address or paying for the service. Use the Advanced Search feature, add a keyword from your niche, and choose a category like Writing, Marketing, or News & Journalism. If you want to see all the details, you’ll need a subscription.

3. Freelance Writing

The Freelance Writing job board gets a virtual fist bump for being an online resource for writers longer any others on this list. Since 1997, like when the Internet was still pretty new. Their staff compiles freelance writing jobs to keep the list going.

Companies can also use the site to find writers. Some of the most recent listings include jobs for blog writing, case studies, copywriting, and more.

Tip: Check the “Remote” box on the left when you search the list to filter out the full-time jobs. And be selective. You’ll find some writing opportunities here that pay professional rates. But others don’t…just a reminder that the best content writing jobs are usually the ones not advertised.

4. Glassdoor

What’s it like to work for company X? If you want to get some insight about a potential freelance writing client, Glassdoor is a good place to look.

But it’s not just a place for employees to post glowing reviews or less-than-happy employees to dish out the dirt. Glassdoor is also a place where employers are looking for freelancers to write blog posts, articles, case studies, white papers, marketing-funnel content, and more.

Here’s an example: A basic search under the Jobs tab for “freelance writer” returned a list of about 1,300 writing jobs. Refine your search, and you’ll be able to sift though the list to find content writing jobs in your niche.

5. Indeed

Indeed.com showed up on the Interwebs 14 years ago as a recruiting and job search tool. It didn’t take long for Indeed to outperform it’s competitor, Monster.com (which once paid $4 million for a series of Super Bowl ads).

At the time, most of those writing jobs were for the 9-to-5-sit-in-a-cubicle kind. But that’s changing in today’s freelance economy.

Tip: A quick search for “freelance writer” on Indeed turns up 700-plus content writing jobs for media companies, digital marketing agencies, and staffing services searching for the right freelancer to fill contract assignments.

6. JournalismJobs

Looking for assignments writing for newspapers, magazines, and media organizations?

That’s what you’ll primarily find at JournalismJobs, which was founded in 1998 by former Washington Post writer and editor Dan Rohn.

Tip 1: When you search for freelance work here, use the “Job Type” tab on the left to narrow your search to “freelance” and “telecommute” opportunities.

Tip 2: Also, if you’re looking for an easy way to get a clip, pitch a local story idea to a newspaper in your community. Sad but true…most operate with a shoestring staff and work with freelancers.

7. LinkedIn Jobs

If you’re going spend any time checking out these online resources to find content writing jobs, use LinkedIn.

As a freelance writer, it’s by far the best place online to network with people in your niche, connect with editors and marketing directors, and find freelance work.

Develop your LinkedIn profile

Take the time to develop and improve your LinkedIn profile as a niche freelance writer. When you optimize your LinkedIn profile, you make it a lot easier for an editor or marketing director to find you. Plus, LinkedIn will recommend job searches based on your profile to save you time.

8. Media Bistro

Before you jump into the search bar on Media Bistro, take a look at the Resources tab at the top of the page. You’ll find useful tips about how to pitch story ideas to a long list of niche, trade, and consumer magazines.

MediaBistro launched way back in 1999, and it’s carved out a niche as a place where companies can find media professionals. That’s good news for freelancers.

When you search for content writing jobs here, you’ll find publishing companies, digital marketing agencies representing Fortune 500 companies, and media outlets in need of your skills.

Tip: Check the “Working from home” box to narrow your search to freelance or remote work.

9. ProBlogger

When Darren Rowse stumbled upon this foreign concept called “blogging” back in 2002, he decided to start a blog to write about stuff like pop culture and spirituality. And he became obsessed with blogging, online writing and driving traffic.

That’s basically how ProBlogger started. The site includes a lot of resources for freelance writers and bloggers, including the ProBlogger job board.

Tip: After sifting through the latest listings, there’s a mix of content writings jobs that pay respectable rates (like $300 per blog post on personal finance topics), and others that don’t.

10. Virtual Vocations

Here’s a FlexJobs competitor. It works pretty much the same way.

At Virtual Vocations, real people sift through thousands of online jobs to create a searchable database where you can find remote work, including content writing jobs.

You can search for freelance work and see what’s out there for free, but you’ll need a paid subscription to see all the details.

“Our job board is 100 percent hand screened,” says Virtual Vocations Public Relations Director Michelle Rawlings. “Every opening we post gets human eyes on it, and is looked at again by our team in 30 days for review.”

Tip: Search by title like “freelance writer” or click on one of the categories like “Writing,” “Creative,” or “Marketing,” to see what’s available. Then use the “Telecommute” filter on the left to narrow your search.

Build your freelance business one assignment at a time

If you want to build a successful freelance writing business, you’ll need to market like crazy…at least at first. Job boards can be one way to find potential clients. Just keep in mind that the best content writing jobs are usually the ones not advertised.

Where do you find content writing jobs online? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Evan Jensen is the blog editor for Make a Living Writing. When he’s not on a writing deadline or catching up on emails, he’s training to run another 100-mile ultra-marathon.

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30 comments on “Content Writing Jobs: 10 Handy Places to Get Hired Online
  1. Hira AfzalThanks says:

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Evan Jensen says:

    Hi Raphael,
    Lots of free resources on this blog to help you get started.
    Evan Jensen recently posted…Positive Thoughts for Writers: 10 Powerful Ways to End the HurtMy Profile

  3. Alice Genes says:

    I second Indeed and LinkedIn – both great places to find leads. Great list!

    • Carol Tice says:

      LI Jobs has only been getting better as time goes on. There are more freelance jobs listed these days — used to be only FT ones (that you could pitch the idea of using a freelancer while waiting to finalize a hire).

      And Indeed aggregates jobs from many places, as does FlexJobs – so I think those are real timesavers.

  4. Habib sethi says:

    Nice information please.
    Really impressed

  5. Nina Flanagan says:

    Hey Carol! Great info, as always! Quick question, I took an online course on medical copywriting but am having trouble landing freelance gigs. Everyone seems to want a least one year of experience, even though I have more than 20 years of experience as a health journalist. Any ideas? Thank you!

    • Carol Tice says:

      Why do you think your 20 years of journalism don’t count as ‘experience,’ Nina? Go for it! Or find a pro bono client you can do a sample for and get a testimonial.

    • Evan Jensen says:

      Hi Nina,

      You must have written thousands of stories during your journalism career on a long list of health topics. That’s huge! You can totally get well-paying clients. I mention a couple places in this post, job boards can be ONE way to find clients. But it’s definitely not the only way. Many of the best freelance gigs are never advertised. Go check out these two blog posts, and you’ll get a good idea of how to find your own clients:

      Just put this in the search bar, and you’ll find these posts:

      -Follow This Freelance Recipe for a Tasty Letter of Introduction

      -Freelance Marketing: Shape Up Your Pitch to Get More Writing Clients

      Keep going.
      Evan

  6. Hafsa says:

    I write articles in newspaper locally.Now ,I want to earn from my this skill.Any trainings offered regarding this?

  7. Philip says:

    Hi Evan, do you have some tools which will help me improve my skills as a financial analyst?

    • Carol Tice says:

      Philip, do you mean you do financial stories, as a writer? We wouldn’t have any resources here on how to make a living as a financial analyst.

      I’m not Evan but wanted to take this question because I’ve done a lot of financial reporting, and I’ll just say I learned on the job. At one staff job, the first thing I was handed was a 100-page SEC filing for a company about to go public… and I just started asking questions until I understood the numbers.

  8. Yasmeen Bawa says:

    Hi I am just planning to start writing but dont know where and how to start. Good advice though.

  9. Anusiah Balasingam says:

    Thank you.
    Wishing you success.
    Have a great day ahead.
    Love
    anu
    My youtube channel is “Penny Singham”…any chance of earning an income..from my books advertised there?
    God bless you and my angels be with you always.

    • Carol Tice says:

      Marketing books via YouTube ads is definitely a great idea for a post of its own, Anusiah! Not something I’ve done, but I’ll keep an eye out for any success stories I could feature.

  10. Sharla says:

    Thanks, Evan, for the article on websites for freelancers!

  11. Somia says:

    HI very interesting post
    Thanks for sharing profitable information

  12. Liz McMahon says:

    As always, thanks. Readable, actionable, supportive!

  13. Thank you, Evan. Really helpful and practical article. I’ll definitely make use of this list and I’ve already bookmarked the post. Cheers!

  14. Amazing list of the paid writing jobs. I have tried few and going to try others too as my freelancing writer job.

  15. Williams Ndaba says:

    It’s a great piece that has opened my minds wider and am going to check on the mentioned platforms. I have just noticed that most of the content mills are closing shop with the latest blow coming from Paypercontent. I have to find other means of gaining income in the industry

    • Carol Tice says:

      Great observation there, Williams — the content-mill model is dying because the junk content they create is hated by Google, which penalizes the sites that use it.

      Moving up in the marketplace and connecting directly with clients is definitely the future.

  16. Shaheen Ghani says:

    I am writer. I prepare assignments, notes, and practical books. Also write articles. Plz, help and guide that how can I be3a content writer.

  17. Surekha Galagoda says:

    Thanks a mln for all your support It is a blessing to hv you by my side.may you and your family be blessed with gd health and happiness always

  18. Daniel says:

    Great list of sites and resources! Thanks

  19. steve says:

    Ive done some technical writing as part of my job but how do I get started ats a freelance writer?

  20. Ade says:

    Great article, Evan. It’s really informative and helpful. While I’ve got gigs on LinkedIn and Glass door, Im just getting to know about cloudpeeps and virtual vocations. Thanks!

  21. Anne Murigi says:

    This is super helpful. Thank you.