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While some sites charge a monthly fee to access their job listings, all of the resources below are free. While most of the postings are you guessed it again! There are also editing positions, ad copywriting and other jobs thrown into the mix. Some are location-based, some can be done remotely. One of the top job boards for telecommuting, FlexJobs enables you to create a custom job search profile to meet your specific needs.

This weekly e-newsletter provides a nice compendium of freelance writing and editing jobs of all shapes and sizes from around the Web with competitive pay rates. Save yourself the time of scouring numerous sites and let this newsletter bring the decent jobs right to your inbox. Created by Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, an authority site on blogging, you know jobs listed here will be from serious employers who have an idea what good writing is really worth.

With exclusive job opportunities as well as posts pulled from sites like Indeed and Craigslist, this board consolidates a variety of gigs for everyone from newbie to seasoned freelancers. Networking goes a long way in the freelance world, and LinkedIn is a great resource to do some networking through common connections.

Some writers have been able to make a decent buck on sites like Upwork , but they are often the exception rather than the rule and have usually invested huge amounts of time to make it happen. Have a little patience, keep persevering, and you will find those clients who truly value you.

Looking to get even more serious about your freelance writing. The Write Life published two e-books to help you find more paid writing gigs. This post originally ran in September We updated it in February Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor; you can follow her on Twitter CordeliaCallsIt. Looking for freelance writing jobs? Kelly Gurnett Kelly Gurnett runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits and is growing her own freelance writing, editing and blogging empire day by day.

You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook and hire her services here. Move from irregular client work and crappy pay to being a freelance leader in your field. For those who are a bit more familiar with AP and Chicago Style for writing for magazine styled publications, allfreelancewriting. I think writers, especially new ones, need to value their skills and pitch to clients who are willing to pay decent rates, instead of trying to get work from the penny pinching cheap clients!

You are SO write about valuing your work. I am now hoping to start my first freelance writing job at uvocorp my essay sample is still under evaluation. May I hear a word or two from you as your usual advice to beginners like me?

I encountered that company once when I am looking for other academic writing companies. But the experience is just horrible. Once they see that you already has a few dollars on your earnings, the support sharks will flood you with multiple revisions with corresponding monetary penalties. The first and second revisions are ok, but after running your work on plagiarism checker hundreds of times and proof-reading for grammar mistakes thousands of time.

They will still ask you to revise something and dissolve your earnings through penalties one after another. They will not stop until you say you give up, in the end you lost all your earnings from unreasonable revisions and even end up owing them money for negative balance on your earnings. So, are you an academic writer? I have been looking for chemistry or biochem based writing work and have had trouble finding appropriate places to look.

Do you have any suggestions? I worked as a freelance academic writer for about 5 years and Uvocorp was one of the sites I worked with. I totally agree with Norbert. Everything looked fine for about assignments before I started receiving revision requests.

I had them review their comments and remove fines for the first two revision requests. However, I just gave up when I got the next seemingly senseless plagiarism remark. I was not sure if it was unintentional from their part, but I felt annoyed and disappointed by then.

I started out writing for a website, not quite as bad as that one, but making just a few dollars for rather long articles and no byline. I was young and desperate though — would never do it again! The website needs to be catchy and informative, with writing samples easy to access. I always advise my friends, who wish to get into freelance writing, to create a great website and put forward their experience.

So where are the legit sites? I began as a freelancer just this summer and found a lot of low-pay cruddy stuff. I wrote a blog on my experiences and it offers tips, tools and help. My fist post may be helpful to you as a beginner: I am a writer and have a manuscript I am trying to get published. My manuscript has been accepted by two companies, but It cost a lot of money to do that, so I thought I would try to make money this way. Should I go further with this, and if so, can you help me along and teach me the ropes?

Outsourcing and exporting work over-seas occurred in my former profession by the Medical Transcription Services, and it seems a fact of life in my 2-month stint as a content article writer. The content mill has an author forum which is helpful for learning the ropes and venting! I did apply to The Writers Hub, and was surprised when they asked what my per page rate would be? I am hoping to network locally with a non-proffit in the coming weeks and eventually find a content article opportunity that pays decently, desires my talents, and provides a reasonable degree of work or referrals.

Perhaps that is what the majority of us want here. I am very grateful for this site, thread, and posts! How so many missed that only to find a chance to criticize is troubling. I thought it was just auto-correct showing its butt again. Why is this so? I have, as of yesterday, begun exploring the opportunity of writing for income.

Therefore, with no qualifications save my own, self-perceived ones, I say this: David, you should write to the editor of MedicalExpo e-Magazine and propose your journalism services. Take a look at the magazine first emag. I know the editor and they pay well. My girl came across this site, after I told her about losing a comment posting gig. I appreciate the time you took putting this together.

My international clients hate all the extra fees. You might want to consider keeping your eyes peeled for spelling errors if you want writing jobs…. On the western side of the pond, we would look at some cross-eyed if they used that term seriously. Spelt is definitely the way it is spelled and pronounced in Britain.

My daughter reads and watches many British books, shows, and movies, and she spells and pronounces it that way because she has become so accustomed to it.

She had one English teacher criticize her until she showed said teacher that it is the British way to spell it. It is not incorrect. I have so many stories and poetry and even a couple of novels that I have written or started writing and I always joke that when I die, someone will find my writing and only then, will I get famous for my writing.

I, as the writer, would never turn something in, to have it read by anyone, without proofreading it myself either. One of the posts reads: Any sites you can recommend off the top of your head for someone starting out as a freelance academic essay writer? Should pay well too. Science-Fiction Writers of America, which I use as a guideline, advocates for no less than six cents a word as professional rates.

Most good clients who hire freelance writers will pay considerably more. Most of the content mills I have seen pay about three cents a word. Just saying…again, it trying to be rude or mean. I wish the best of luck to you! I too, am trying to get some writing gigs, and just starting out. I have no idea where to even begin. With that said, I think constructive criticism is a good thing, that if we take need to, can help us out in the long run.

If anyone has any constructive criticism or constructive advice for me, please comment. Hi Donna and others, The online writing lab at Purdue University has resources on the Chicago Manual of Style and the APA manual, as well as many articles related to English grammar usage that are user-friendly! Just type owl purdue university in your fave search engine and it should appear as a result.

I got a fairly good rating but not tops. Glad to have joined this particular thread and sooo thankful for the supportive content on here. Smiles to all, David. And hopefully a movie. It is called Zombie Revelations and has the old with a real touch of reality.

I hope it can save some writers from going through the penny-a-word phase too many of us went through at one point! I would add staying away from Yahoo! Good for you for approaching businesses directly! Thanks so much Kelly for taking the time to research and put together this list.

It will get some good use here! Your skills and time are worth far more, and there ARE clients out there who will recognize and honor that. Hold out for the good ones. I am so glad to run across fellow writers who value what they do and will stand up and say so. I tried ODesk and was not only appalled by the pay rates, but by the attitude of many clients.

Well now, I posted a response that I cannot quote in polite company. So, thank you, your voice is much appreciated. One client said that he already had words. When I looked at what he wrote, it was on a sixth-grade level. No research, statistics, compelling copy, SEO keywords, etc. So I had to start from scratch. I ended up acting like a tutor. Another client loved my work but kept disappearing.

I asked for her website address, information about her company, etc. She let another week go by then disappeared again. I could go on and on. I think that clients who use the content mills do believe that they can get stellar writing for peanuts. I believe these incidents are blessings in disguise. I follow top-notch bloggers and copywriters and hone my skills continually.

It is up to the freelancer to determine his standards and ultimately his worth. Hello Denita and others, I am thankful for this site, thread and continued posts including yours. At present I am an IC with Textbroker International, and try to look at most the jobs as blessings in disguise. Generally, I am a better conversationalist since starting this in late September, agree with you about developing writing skills, and have kind of found my subject niche as it were.

The big picture tells me I have it pretty good, given local opportunities and employment services for those of us who have a handicapability are inadequate in my place of residence. I hope your experience is dynamically different, but you sound quite capable and willing to improve where need be which says a lot favorably concerning what you bring to the proverbial table.

All the best to you Denita, enjoyed the chance to talk shop! Avoid sites like Researchwritingcenter. I think the better question is, what kind of writing do YOU want to do? What topics interest you? What style are you most comfortable writing in? Freelance writing is a huge industry, and you could be everything from a lifestyle blogger to a marketing copy writer. You need to determine what niche fits your skills and interests best; that will make it much easier for you to locate specific, nitty-gritty advice.

I am based out of India. I would like to write short stories. Could anyone guide me as how I should go about it. Please recommend sites where I should register myself. I have registered myself in Freelancer. You can find them here: This article was quite helpful and the comments were too.

I am just about to finish my English MA and I am broke as joke, living at my parents, and finding writing work online is my priority for the time being. Best of luck to everyone trying to survive out there! Thank you for this post. I just recently got into freelance writing and I feel so stupid already. I feel so cheated. Should I even complete the job? Is it possible that the work she is doing for oDesk would at least provide a portfolio for her future use?

I am brand new to the writing game. Love your words of encouragement to stay true to writing and get properly paid for your talent. I love writing and have been caught up in content mills since I decided to write online about a month ago. I must admit the pennies I have received for my time, talent and dedication has been great to encourage me to seek something better. Are there any books or articles you recommend for beginners looking to earn a living writing online?

The Write Life has actually put together a great list of resources to check out. You can find it here: This article was an actual eye opener. Once again a big thank you for now I know what to expect and whom to deny. Thank you for the tips. This is a great website thank you! I have just graduated with a first but want a writing job from home part time to go alongside another full time job.

Story writing is my hobby and want to share it more to you. Though I need my real chance to start for you. I just wanted to let you know that you are my muse for extensive thoroughness with my writing. Any tips you could share would be immensely appreciated! I use a web programmer for all of my tech issues. Her name is Susan from http: Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! Hey i would love to write. Im pretty good with short stories usually fiction , what would you suggest?

And can you suggest me VA in french website please? Also, Anna has a great list of translation jobs on her website: Hi Holly, My passions include being a life long runner and outdoor enthusiast, having owned a fairly large business in that niche.

In addition, healthy pro-active nutrition, and politics are included. Do you have any recommendations as to what writing industries or companies to pursue? Thank you very much! Hi Kathy, What about Live Strong? They are always hiring writers in a variety of categories. Also, check out your favorite brands and companies and research their blog posts. Thank you so much for this blog post! I have never seen so much accurate and helpful information in one post!

I have bookmarked this page and will be checking all of them out! Thank you so very much! I am interested in a stay at home career in writing. I am a mother of two and I have been writing for many years. Nothing has been published. Do you want to set up a business? Or are you just looking for a little extra side cash?

This may seem a rather daft question, and it is, but: Now, can men, even incredibly heterosexual ones such as me lol , utilize and take advantage of these services as a means to market their writerly talents? Also, I have found that, for me personally, nonfiction writing is easier than fiction. However, I must strongly emphasize that this opinion is tempered by and only true of those times when one finds that they can be just as creative and imaginative and fluid and free and freewheeling in their nonfiction as they are in their fiction.

At least, it is for me, anyway. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity of using this forum as a means of getting a few things off my chest. However, I have one last query to advance: It is not erotica, as they call it. It is far above and beyond the trashy simplicity of erotica. Yet, as I said, the middle section of it is a sex scene, but one that I twist and manipulate every sort of human emotion out of, and that sex scene is not gratuitous, it is essential to the story and the plot.

I am not one to, even in the writing of the very few forays into erotica and eroticism that I have attempted over the past seven years, write of sexuality overmuch, or at all, or gratuitously, but as this was integral, I saw no reason to withhold the sexual from the bounds of my prose.

Regardless, and for comedic effect a few very dirty vulgarities and smutty colloquialisms are used within the context of my tale, but still I wonder: Who would publish such an esoteric, unidentifiable, eclectic work?

I did not mean this thing to turn out to be some abridged story of my life, but as the next revelation that I am about to parenthetically reveal is somewhat imperative, I feel I must, if only as a means to create an understanding of me, my works and, most especially, my STYLE and TECHNIQUE as a writer, share the following bit of semi-personal data with you: Thank you bearing with me through this difficult digression….

Hi Lesley, Have you thought about curriculum writing or instructional design? It just depends on your area of expertise within the education field and what type of writing interests you. Hi, I am Rashid from India. Just recently I had started blogging and I had published two based on my personal experience. Now I am willing to write a short fictional story.

Can you suggest me any site where I could begin with? I also have had a lot of luck scoring paid contracts on freelancing websites like Upwork. Its been suggested to me because of my sense of humor and the way I look at life, especially mine!! Blogging has been suggested but boy I feel lost and not so sure.

Hi Paula, This post will give you a great place to start: I just stumbled on this informative gift from your stable by luck today. I like to earn from writing and online typing. Blogging is my favorite.

You also need to have the good aptitude for customer service, so you can keep your clients happy. Thanks for the informative post. Have you ever heard anything about them? If not, could you please look into this? Most legit sites have a page for customers and another for writers. There are a ton of awesome ideas here that I am eager to explore! I am currently working in a full time office job and would like to move from this lifestyle that allows me to write remotely on a more flexible schedule.

I have just submitted an essay to a contest about my experiences as a person with a disability. Gina Horkey has had tremendous success as a freelance writer and virtual assistant and she gives some great advice in this interview: This article by Katie McDonald has some excellent information on identifying strong freelance leads: Oh, and this article has some advice from four successful freelancers Carol Tice, Kristi Hines, Mary Jaksch, and Heather Robson on how to make more money with your writing: I have around 7 years of experience in IT currently a stay at home mom with two naughty boys..

I love to write and earn a living.. Have you written articles before? Or is this your first stab at freelance writing? Get some articles under your belt, then go after higher paying gigs. Its one of the best posts full of good resources on writing content. I have not visited all of the sites yet but I am going to check them all one by one.

Thank you so much. She too has a great list of paid opportunities: I had been writing on agony aunts column I enjoy helping other people. Love to follow my dream and do this for a job. All details are here: Hi holly I enjoyed reading your post on writing I love writing and would like to start blogging How can I find a how to guide to begin blogging?

And with no experience what best choices are there for hiring fresh writers. Hi Meandra, Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to setup a blog: This post explains how to get started: Thanks for all the information.

I am a homemaker and enjoy writing picture book stories, I have been looking for some freelance work and your article has been a blessing. I will be checking at the sites you recommend, thanks again and take care. I would like to recommend my site 20four7va. So many interesting information, thanks. I also would like to recommend another source paperwritingonline. I often write to this site. Hi Amber, Most of these opportunities pay via PayPal.

I like to type and I would like to make some extra money. Please send me some info. Holly, I just wanted to thank you for this incredible post. I can tell you spent a lot of time on it, so thank you, thank you, thank you! That is a great cocktail party fact, too! IS there any sites to become a writer in this field? Try looking at LiveStrong.

This is by far the most complete list I have come across of the highest paying writing jobs. I have been seriously considering working as a freelance writer, however many of the jobs that I have seem are not as generous in compensation as the ones listed here in your article.

I look forward to checking out these opportunities! What do you think the best place to start would be for my knowledge? They hire writers for fitness and wellness articles. Also try looking at Upwork and Problogger. Would anyone happen to know a good place to write opinion articles? Whenever I find these lists of blogs and publications that pay, they are almost never looking for opinion. Maybe the niche is not profitable. Try looking at magazines — many publications will pay a small stipend for short stories, jokes, recipes, and poems.

Good luck and keep us posted! Parents, teachers and homeschoolers — Get paid to share your expertise and ideas with thousands of readers!! Every blog post published on Educents has an author bio. Greetings Holly, Top Tenz is no longer excepting submissions until further notice. They are now using their inside staff writers. Hi I have just written a short story about an old pit bull telling his life story. Any suggestions as to where I go next with this.

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