30 Best Freelance Writing Websites for 2021
It isn’t always easy finding jobs for writers online. You have to know the right places to look while avoiding content mills and other low paying freelance writing websites. Luckily, there are plenty of reputable platforms out there that can help you find clients for your freelance writing business.
To help you get started, I created a list of the best freelance websites for beginners. I will update it regularly with new opportunities as I find them.
What Are The Best Freelancing Sites For Beginners?
Here are the sites I recommend the most for freelance writers who are just starting out:
1. Freelance Writers Den
Freelance Writers Den is one of my favorite freelance writing sites. It’s run by successful writer and coach Carol Tice, and for $25/month you get access to numerous writer bootcamps, an online community, and a job board. I was a member myself a while ago, and wish I had signed up earlier in my writing career to learn everything she has to offer. Carol teaches you how to earn good money writing blog posts or other types of content in the niche of your choice.
The site also has a “junk-free” job board curated by a manager who scours the internet for the best writer jobs. Definitely worth the membership fee!
Upwork is by far the most popular freelance site out there. It was born from the merger of eLance and Odesk, two competing platforms that existed back when I first started freelancing. Upwork serves as a broker, ensuring that clients get the services they pay for and freelancers get paid what they deserve.
There are way too many writing job postings on Upwork than you have time to sift through on a daily basis. But luckily Upwork has really good filtering options so you can narrow down your options, including things like project budget, duration, category, payment verified, etc.
3. Writers Work
Writers Work is another new platform that can help you jump start your freelance writing business. Even if you don’t have a lot of experience, you can skip the learning curve with their career training videos and magical job finder. If you sign up for Writers Work, you’ll receive curated freelance writing gigs right on your dashboard that you can easily apply to.
4. Freelance Writing Jobs
Freelance Writing Jobs is a comprehensive job board for writers that curates gigs from sources around the web. Online writing jobs are updated every weekday, saving you tons of time visiting different job boards to see if they’ve updated their listings. Many of the other freelance writer websites in this list post are a part of the curation process.
Just make sure you thoroughly vet any gig you find before applying for it, as the platform doesn’t screen the job listings.
5. Media Bistro
Media Bistro is a lot more than just a freelance writing website. It’s a collection of tools and resources to help you build your media career, including online courses, freelance pitching resources, a portfolio showcase, and more.
Businesses have to pay to list jobs on their job board, so you can rest assured you’re only applying for jobs from legitimate employers. Their listings include all sorts of freelance jobs, but you can filter results down to writing gigs only.
25 More Freelance Writing Websites For 2021
Here are the rest of the top online writing websites for 2021 in alphabetical order:
6. Behance Jobs
Behance is a platform designed to help people find creative jobs. Freelance writing is just one of many job categories listed on the site — it includes digital art, editing, fashion, UX design, illustration, and more.
Many of the jobs listed are actually full time or internship positions. But you can use site filters to narrow down results to freelance positions only. You can also search worldwide, or only show results in a specific geographic area.
The BloggingPro job board is a great place specifically for new freelance writers to find blogging gigs. It’s one of the many freelance writing sites I used to check when I first started looking for writing gigs. It also sometimes includes gigs in editing or journalism.
Jobs posted on the board are not vetted. There’s no sign up process, and when you apply, you’re working directly with the client. So it’s good to do your own investigation into whether the client is legitimate before starting to work. That said, BloggingPro does charge businesses a fee to display jobs on the site. So that weeds out a lot of low quality or scam jobs.
ClearVoice is a content marketing platform and freelance writing website that connects brands and agencies with freelancers to create content. You upload your CV and detail your specialities when you sign up. Then you can share your CV with potential clients on the platform, apply for individual jobs, or participate in group pitches. You can browse jobs and/or set up alerts so you only see potential gigs that match your expertise and expected pay rate.
9. Constant Content
Constant Content is one of the quality writer websites that helps businesses find freelancers. You start by creating a profile on the site, indicating your relevant skills. You have to take a short quiz, and once your account is approved you can start writing for clients. The platform has more than 50,000 clients and 100,000 writers to work with them. You can apply to work on gigs that match your skill set, and work with your favorite clients long-term. Whether you’re writing blog posts, articles, ebooks, or other content, you can find work at Constant Content.
If you’re looking for freelance writing jobs, Contena is a great resource. Contena is a membership site that helps professional and aspiring writers launch their careers. Their courses and resources will help you set your writer rates, build your portfolio, and land clients. They have a writing job finder tool that compiles different writing gigs from around the web, making it easier and faster to sort through and apply for each. While there is a paid membership fee for using the site and its tools, it’s well worth it if you take full advantage of everything Contena has to offer.
Craigslist is a well known platform for job listings, including freelance gigs. Its listings include lots of scams and low-quality gigs, so you have to be extra careful. But plenty of legitimate businesses post freelance jobs on the platform all the time. Just make sure you never work for a client you found on Craigslist without first receiving some kind of downpayment for your services.
Craigslist results are limited by your geographic location. So it’s a unique opportunity to find writing gigs for businesses in your area.
FlexJobs is a generalized job board that helps people find remote and location-based work. You could spend hours browsing the listings that are constantly updated, or use custom search parameters to narrow down results. It offers 55 career categories, including several that pertain to writing. All listed jobs are pre-screened, so you don’t have to worry about scams like on Craigslist. In order to view the details of a job listing, you need to join the site and sign up for a subscription.
Fiverr is a freelancing site based on the idea that you can hire freelance services for only $5. Those rates were not at all appealing to me when I first started freelancing, but the site has changed a lot over the years. Now they have a “$5 and up” system, so you can charge $100 or more for your writing services.
The great thing about Fiverr is that you don’t have to actively search for and apply for work. You just hang up your shingle and clients will come to you with projects.
Freelancer.com is a platform that connects businesses with freelancers for all sorts of projects, writing among them. You sign up, create a profile, then start browsing jobs that are relevant to your skills. What’s unique about Freelancer.com is that freelancers bid on a job, then clients select a freelancer with the best skills and bid. You can charge per word, per blog post, or per project, etc. Some jobs on the platform are just one-time gigs, but you could also land ongoing projects that earn you more money online.
FreelanceWriting.com has probably the most comprehensive aggregation of writing gigs of all the freelance writing websites out there. It pulls jobs from sites like Indeed and Craigslist, so you don’t have to go to a bunch of different platforms to find work. If you want to avoid certain platforms, you can easily exclude them from results to save time.
There’s no need to create an account with FreeelanceWriting.com. You just click on the job listing and it will direct you back to the original platform to apply.
Guru was one of my favorite platforms during my first couple years freelancing. It’s less crowded than platforms like Upwork or Freelancer, so it’s easier to get your proposals noticed. To start you create a freelance profile illustrating your skills and experience, including your standard rate. This makes it easier to start a job agreement with clients through the platform. When potential clients search for freelancers on the platform, your profile can also show up in results for the relevant skills you list.
17. Human Jobs
Human Jobs is new to the list of freelance writing sites as it just launched recently. It’s a job network for liberal arts graduates, but also includes many freelance positions for writers and other businesses. The platform allows you to upload your resume to showcase your experience, browse jobs, and learn from thought leadership that can help grow your freelance writing business.
Indeed is one of the best sites for freelance writing jobs because it hosts a large number of listings. It includes jobs in all sorts of niches, such as customer service, accounting, retail, marketing, etc. It also shows full-time location-based jobs. So you’ll want to filter down results and find jobs for remote freelance writers.
You need to create an account and upload your resume to use Indeed. You can apply for freelance writer jobs right from their platform.
iWriter is one of the best freelance writing websites for beginners who want to find their first clients. You have to apply to join by filling out a form and completing two writing prompts. If accepted, you can start selecting writing gigs and work for clients on the platform. Your pay rate is pre-determined based on your rating as a Standard or Elite Plus writer. Deliver quality content long-term and you can upgrade your ratings and pay.
While iWriter is great when you’re first starting out, pay is low and it limits your potential earnings. Eventually it’s better to get off the platform and find your own clients so you can grow your income.
Some of the most successful freelance writers find work on freelance writing websites like JournalismJobs.com. This platform is specific to gigs in journalism, but there are lots of other part-time and freelance jobs posted on the site. You can easily filter results by industry, position, location, job type, and salary. Most listings are newspaper jobs, but there’s also magazines, digital media, academia, public relations, and others.
21. LinkedIn Jobs
Lots of freelancers overlook LinkedIn Jobs as an opportunity to find gigs because most of the listings are location-based. But that shouldn’t stop you from approaching the employer and proposing they outsource the role to a freelancer instead. Many businesses are open to the idea of hiring freelancers because then they don’t have to fill a full salaried role. Your LinkedIn profile in general is a great place to network with potential clients. You can also sign up for alerts from the jobs section to keep up on potential freelancing opportunities.
If you’re looking for companies to boost your freelance writing career, nDash is a great option. Sign up for their platform where you can set your own rates, pitch potential clients, communicate and leverage your own expertise to stand out against the competition. They can help you find freelance writing gigs creating the type of content you want. According to the platform, they have several writers who earn six-figures a year, while average assignment prices range between $150-$450. You get to pick the companies you pitch and work for, so it’s all up to you how much you want to earn.
23. Online Writing Jobs
Online Writing Jobs is one of the best freelance writing websites for new freelancers looking to find quick work. It’s actually a freelancing platform, so you sign up and they’ll provide you with writing assignments. Pay is low, but it’s a great place to start freelance writing and get an idea of client expectations. You have to apply to become a writer on their site, but once they approve you, it’s easy to get work.
Outsourcely is another great freelance writing sites for those who are just getting started and need more experience writing and growing their business. You can get hired through their platform and earn great money writing articles for clients they provide. Outsourcely helps all sorts of remote workers from industry find long-term work, not just writers. All you have to do is fill out a form to sign up. Working through Outsourcely can help you build your writing portfolio and gain more valuable experience as a writer.
PeoplePerHour is a freelancing site trusted by thousands of businesses globally. It was originally designed to serve clients and freelancers in the United Kingdom, but has since expanded globally. That said, most of the job listings are still from people in the UK. If you’re a freelance writer who can specialized writing with British English, this is a great platform to check out.
Like other freelance platforms, PeoplePerHour hosts job listings for all sorts of freelance niches. Just sign up, create a profile as a freelance writer, then filter results to include writing gigs in your specialty.
26. ProBlogger Job Board
The ProBlogger Job Board is another one of the freelance writing websites I frequented when I first started out. It’s a high authority resource for aspiring bloggers that also has a job board. There’s no need to sign up or create a profile. None of the jobs are pre-screened, so you have to be careful about working for anyone without some upfront payment. That said, there are lots of postings from high profile blogs on the platform, so you could get the chance to land a really good gig.
Textbroker is a great place for finding freelance writing jobs online for beginners. To sign up, you have to submit registration and a writing sample to the agency. They will give you a writer rating, then you can create your author profile.
Textbroker not only provides you with clients, but also project management tools for free. You get to choose how and when you work with clients on the platform.
28. Who Pays Writers?
Who Pays Writers? isn’t a job board; it’s a curated list of freelance writing websites that will pay freelance writers for their articles. A lot of these opportunities are in journalism, but there are some blogging options as well. You can spend a lot of time with this resource as it lists hundreds of publications to look into. It’s updated monthly so you’ll want to check back regularly for new opportunities.
29. Writer Access
Writer Access is a platform that connects businesses with freelance writers, editors, and translators. They have an AI-powered discovery engine that helps people find the best writers for their needs.
It’s free to apply and join Writer Access. You need to be a resident of the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland or New Zealand to qualify. They not only provide you with clients, but Writer Access also offers tools and resources for career advancement. Pay is not great, but freelance writing websites like this are a good option if you’re just starting out.
Writerbay is another freelance writing website that connects writers with clients. They have a lot of benefits, including no registration fee, competitive salary, the right to manage your workload on your own, and a writer support team.
As of this writing, their top writer earned $14,000+ in the past 30 days. They offer a flexible work schedule, user friendly interface, and confidentiality guarantee as well.
Websites to Find Online Writing Jobs
If you’re looking to get paid freelance writing, the websites in this post can help. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into with each platform. Some of them vet potential clients for you, facilitate payments, and more. Others simply connect you with businesses who need writers. Make sure you protect yourself and never write for someone without guaranteed payment.
Start exploring these websites to learn about the growing number of writing opportunities out there today.
This post was originally published January 13th, 2020 and was updated and republished on February 5th, 2021