Maybe you’ve just entered the world of freelancing, or maybe you’re looking for your next big client. Wherever you are in your career, it pays to know where to look for work.
Luckily for you, we’re living in a golden age of sorts for freelancing. In 2019, 57 million people worked as freelancers in the U.S. That’s up from about 53 million in 2014. In that time, multiple websites, job boards, and platforms have emerged to help freelancers get matched with clients.
Now, you don’t have to spend as much time doing the “unpaid” work of looking for your next assignment. Instead, you can log onto a platform or access a website and bid on jobs. In some cases, the jobs even come to you.
Many freelancing platforms are designed for writers and designers. But there are also plenty of opportunities out there for freelance developers, bookkeepers, marketers, and other types of consultants. You can even be a freelance scientist.
This list isn’t exhaustive, but below are a few of the best platforms you can use to find work as a freelance writer, as well as expand your talents to other fields if you choose!
Fiverr is one of the most popular freelancing platforms out there.
It hosts millions of freelancers from across the globe, and 2.4 million customers bought services there in 2019. Clients go to Fiverr to look for freelancers skilled in writing, programming, graphic design, digital marketing, animation, music, and much, much more — there are over 300 categories for digital services.
To become a seller on Fiverr, all you have to do is choose a username and fill out some basic information about your skills and expertise. You’ll be able to create a profile, which will serve as your window to the Fiverr buyer community.
Next, you can create your first gig. This is the service that you’ll sell on the Fiverr platform. It could be something along the lines of “Writing a Case Study,” “Copyedit Your E-Book,” “Spellcheck Your Resume,” or something else related to your field.
You can create multiple gigs, too. Once you’ve established yourself, you can gain recognition and earn more by becoming a Top Rated Seller or a Fiverr Pro. In fact, Fiverr Pros are considered the “Best of the Best” that Fiverr has to offer, and being accepted into this group requires a separate application process. If you can work your way up to becoming a Fiverr Pro, then you’re definitely considered a premium writer!
Founded in 2014, ClearVoice is a content marketing platform that connects freelance writers, editors, designers, videographers, and content strategists with agencies and brands. The platform enables brands to fully outsource their content efforts, and every assignment is managed by either ClearVoice staff members or a freelance producer on the platform.
ClearVoice freelancers produce various types of content, such as blog posts, articles, white papers, infographics, and web copy. The platform prioritizes freelancers who have experience with particular verticals, such as business, finance, and healthcare, but they’ve added tons of other categories recently.
ClearVoice vets every freelancer who applies to be a part of their network. But your first step is to create a CV (curriculum vitae), which you can do for free without any vetting. You can use your CV like a portfolio or a personal website with no strings attached.
If you decide to apply to ClearVoice’s network, you’ll need to fulfill some basic requirements on your CV. Once your CV is considered complete, just hit the “Apply” button, and someone at ClearVoice will review your work.
If they like what they see, you’ll be added to the network, and you’ll start being matched with opportunities.
Being a freelance writer means being your own business, and there’s no better place for business than LinkedIn. While most professionals use the platform to network and build a resume, you can also use it as a tool for finding freelance work.
Your first step should be to build out your profile. You’ll need a professional headshot, a headline, a summary, links to your published work, and descriptions about any relevant work experience.
Linkedin has also added a feature that allows you to sell services through the platform. You can do so wright in your profile summary. You can also adjust your settings to show recruiters that you’re open to job opportunities.
Once your profile is complete, get active on LinkedIn. Share links to your most recent work, respond to other people’s posts and publish your own LinkedIn articles.
To find work on LinkedIn faster, connect with people who need your skills. Ask other people in your network for referrals and respond quickly to anyone who inquires. You can even search for freelance work using LinkedIn’s search bar or browse the LinkedIn jobs board for freelance gigs.
Freelance Writing Jobs
Freelance Writing Jobs was started by freelance writer Deb Ng, originally as a blog and a job posting site. Since then, it’s grown into one of the most popular websites for finding freelance writing work.
The job board on Freelance Writing Jobs gets updated almost daily with new opportunities. You can search for jobs by keyword and location, and you can sort them based on time requirements.
To apply for a job, simply click on the ad and follow the guidelines provided by the client. Some clients prefer you to fill out an external application form. If not, the website will provide an application form at the bottom of the job listing.
When most people think of freelancers, they probably think of writers, designers, coders, or consultants. Founded in 2015, Kolabtree is a freelancing platform unlike any other — it’s designed specifically to connect organizations with freelance scientists and researchers from around the world. However, if you have a knack for medical writing and research, this is definitely the platform for you.
Kolabtree has a high bar of entry compared to other platforms. They only accept “PhD-qualified experts.” But if you’re a scientist or researcher looking to get your name out there or make some extra money on the side, there’s no better place to look for freelance writing work.
Craigslist gets a bad rap. It’s more-or-less unmoderated, so almost anyone can post an ad for a job on there. Although Craigslist has taken some steps to make the site more secure, you must be careful about information you share on the platform.
That said, there are still plenty of freelance writing opportunities. Craigslist sorts its job categories based on the type of freelancing expertise required, such as writing/editing, so it’s easy to find opportunities that match your skills.
Some of the jobs you find on Craigslist may even be better paying than the ones you find on other platforms. If you find a client who is a good fit, you could even build a long-term partnership with them.
When applying for jobs on Craigslist, prioritize ads that include a company name or website. If these aren’t present, you should verify who posted the ad before you provide them with any sensitive information. A good ad should have plenty of details about what type of freelancer they’re looking for, what expertise they need, and what volume of work they’re prepared to throw your way.
Finally, don’t hesitate to ask about pay if they don’t list it in the ad. There’s no reason to sell yourself short when there are so many other opportunities available.
Don’t Wait for Freelance Work to Come to You
The key to being a successful freelancer is often hustling to find your next assignment, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. The sites listed here can make it easier for you to find work quickly.
After all, you don’t get paid to look for freelance work; you get paid to do freelance work, so get out there and start searching!
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