It’s all very well being able to write, and even better if you have motivation to set up your own writing business. But none of this means much if you don’t know where to look for a freelance writing job! That’s why, this week, we want to talk to you about finding an enjoyable and lucrative freelance writing job online in a hassle-free way.

What is a freelance networking site?

You might have heard of freelancing sites (sometimes known as freelance marketplaces or content mills) elsewhere. In fact, we recently wrote about freelance networking sites in some detail. The advantage of sites like these is that it can give you a leg-up. If you have no portfolio, or can’t summon the courage to cold pitch, sites like these can give you a shove in the right direction. Unfortunately, they may not pay the best rates. However, on any one of these sites you will discover the occasional gem of a client who pays fairly and can even refer you for work outside of the website. Upwork, People Per Hour and Freelancer are all examples of freelance networking sites.

What is a freelance writing job board?

Unlike freelance networking sites, job boards are simply a list of job adverts, usually with a set budget. You won’t bid against other writers (at least not publicly). Instead, you’ll contact the owner of the project directly and discuss the potential of you working with them. Job boards can include Indeed, LinkedIn and even certain Twitter feeds. When browsing a job board, make sure that the freelance writing job on offer is remote-working, unless you’re happy to be situated in an office environment.

What else is there?

If you’re interested in writing blogs or customer communications for businesses, you can pitch directly to a business irrespective of whether they’ve posted an advert. Every business requires a writer, and more often than not, business owners don’t have time to keep their communications regular and current. That’s where you come in. Sending a pitch to a business can be fruitless unless you customise it properly. This involves doing your research, getting to know the business owner and producing example content that’s relevant to what they do. For a more in-depth look at writing a pitch for a business, you can download our Writing Content For Business’s course!

Another option is to reach out within your social circles and work on referral. If you know a business owner who is happy to give you a website re-write job, this gives you a) something for your portfolio, b) a testimonial and c) an opportunity to be referred by your contact to other people on their network. This is a good way of working, as it removes the need for you to cold pitch, thus saving you time.

Remember, due to the way we now connect online, you are not restricted to UK based work. It is entirely possible for you to work for any company or publication, regardless of their location. When doing this, ensure you alter your language (in your pitch as well as your article) to fit the local dialect and spelling.

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