8 Websites To Start Your Freelance Writing Career

Freelance writing WebsitesGetting started with Freelancing is easy only when you have enough work in your hand, the problem with Freelance writing is there is no consistency in the job. You may get tons of articles request in a month, or sometimes you may not get any writing job. It’s important that you don’t keep your eggs all in one basket just incase one source dips, and you lose a large chunk of your revenue. Here I’m creating a list of such Freelance writing websites, which will help you to keep you busy with new writing jobs.

Whether you are just beginning or well into your freelance writing career, the quest for more work is always welcome. Here are eight websites you can use to begin your freelance writing career online.

These websites are a mix of marketplaces and websites where you can find people willing to buy your articles. Take a look through and find a couple that works best for you. Let me know what you think or which ones you use already.

Before, we move ahead I suggest you to read following posts for better Freelancing career:

Handy list of Freelance Writing Websites:

Though, Before you use any of these sites, I suggest you to use Google recent search and look for writing jobs. This will help you to directly reach the people who are looking for blog writers or copywriters, and you will save enough money. Make sure, you click on more search tools > and use posted in last seven days(Google search).


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Freelancer (previously GetAFreelancer) is a freelance job board that offers over 100 different available types of jobs for freelancers. IT, writing, programming, design and so much more – if you have the skill for it, Freelancer can help you find a client. Freelancer is great for writers to get started by providing massive jobs – some require over 500+ articles to be written!


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UPWork is another main contender for major freelance job boards. Much like Freelancer, UPWork offers a wide variety of jobs that can easily be accomplished online. Although the pay isn’t always the best, the sheer amount of jobs available will always give you something to do.


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For outsourcing work or finding jobs, eLance is one of the best. You will need to register to view more details and bid on jobs, but the eLance community is very mature and bridges the gap between clients and those seeking online pay.


Although highly overlooked, Craiglist is still one of the easiest to find freelancing writing jobs. Craigslist’s main appeal to network people within the local area but you’re not restricted to just your city – take a look around and see what you can find; thousands of companies and individuals post jobs for writing for blogs, articles, and websites.


Backed by the mind of Seth Godin, Squidoo has a fantastic community and writing system that allows anyone without a blog or website to start writing and making money online. The intuitive interface allows you to quickly create ‘lenses’ about whatever subject you want. Throw in AdSense, eBay, Amazon and other forms of advertising and you’ve got a great platform to earn passive income by writing.


Constant-Content is one of the premiere article marketplaces for serious freelance writers to make money online. Because Constant-Content is so mature, writers can demand top dollar for their articles (charging upward of $100+ each article!). Constant-Content has a strict editorial process but, the large marketplace and demand for writing makes this marketplace one of the best.

Final thoughts and suggestions

Within this post, you’ve been presented with eight different places to find freelance writing gigs online.  It’s best to start with one and work your way up. Enter one marketplace and you’ll be able to expand into others – giving you a commanding voice when selling and promoting your articles for online income.

Make sure you complete your profile and add your portfolio on these sites, which will make you look like a professional and an expert. Do you know more such freelance writing sites, which will help a freelance to get writing jobs online? Do share which all websites do you use to find freelance writing work?

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COMMENTs ( 40 )

  1. says

    Hi Harsh Aggarwal,

    A lot of successful online businesses find themselves in the position where their business is so successful they no longer have time to write as much as they used to and if you can adjust your writing style this is a great starting gig.

    The other reason you should consider this is it gives you the opportunity to find out more about how online businesses operate. This knowledge will help you cater your writing to offer more diverse services than just writing per se.

  2. says

    So informative. Thank you for that. The sharing has enabled me confirm that using Freelance.com is a great risk. I worked for a client in Freelance and instead of paying about $1500, she paid $35 and the company did not help me. Am currently with Elance and if a similar thing happens to me again, I have a huge list of alternatives gathered from the sharing.

  3. says

    Awesome list. Thanks Murlu for sharing great list of freelancing sites. I have used already Freelance and Elance. But I think it would be nice to try the other sites in your list. Keep sharing such important post.

  4. Ash says

    I would stay away from freelancer. Elance and Odesk are fine. How did the other networks work for the community here?

    • says

      I think oDesk works just fine. Though it work more for development or other virtual assistant work, but so far I hired few writers from oDesk in the past, and it worked.

  5. says

    Bubbles is also option for freelance writers. They have their own rules and very strict policy against plagiarism. Bubblews will pay you one cent per view. It means 100 views will make 1$ for you and also give you a bonus of 1$ after sign up.

  6. Steph says

    Awesome list, I’ve used oDesk already and Craiglist, but I think it would be nice to try the others in your list. Thanks again for sharing. :)

  7. Rose says

    I started out with odesk and gained all the experiences I need to hone me into a veteran in the freelance world. I have been in this for 4 yrs. now and lately I had a client with staff.com. It’s interesting to find a full time career like what I found in staff.com eespecially now that I don’t wanna be hopping from one site to another.

  8. piyush says

    Informative post. I’ve written guest-posts but never given a thought about freelancing. You’ve provided enough options to start exploring about it

    • says

      Lately I am trying to build a freelance writers community at my website theguestwriters.com , where we are writing freelance help, tips and also feature profiles of freelance writers. we want to give webmasters genuine content writers and content writers good pay

  9. Dr. Lawrence Kindo says

    I have used oDesk, Guru, Elance and constant content, but I am most familiar and find Elance user-friendly. Of course, it gives a lot to the job posters while punishing providers in many cases. I hope it changes to suit the providers better.

    • Murlu says

      Was going to say Squidoo/Hubpages but figured most people almost tread them equally :)

      Thanks for mentioning Hub though, definitely worth it for those that want to write.

    • Murlu says

      How are your experiences with them so far Angelmira?

      I’d love to hear any tips you could share or your opinions :)

  10. Dean Saliba says

    I’m looking to get into freelancing and have found this a very helpful post. I’ve used Elance in the past but only for script projects.

    • Murlu says

      Ah yes, Guru!

      I was thinking about going on and on but if I did the list would be in the hundreds haha.

      Thanks for bringing Guru up; definitely worth taking a look at.

  11. Anup@Hack Tutors says

    Recently I joined freelancer.com But I am not clear about it. Can you tell me in details about that site?

    • Murlu says

      In essence, people will publish a job in which you would later bid to win. They will tell you what the job details, how long and so forth.

      My best advice is to write toward the client. Most people just add in a canned response to everybody’s listing but when you can talk to them directly it shows you’re actually interested and not just sending out mass applications.

      After the job is complete, the money is held in escrow and processed. Freelance does take a small cut but for finding additional jobs which you may not have before I think it’s worth it.

  12. Pawel @ Self Employed Cafe says

    Great list Murray. I think it’s worth noting though that some of these sites accept writers from the US only. Or maybe this has changes recently?

    I know I had problems few times being from Europe to get onto some of the sites for that reason.

    • Murlu says

      There are some restrictions for writers overseas but it seems many of them have become relaxed in recent years.

      I think the main issue was with payment. Most love Paypal and since it generally isn’t accepted in some countries it’s posed a problem in the past.

  13. Ron | Travel Bangladesh says

    Good list Murray. Many people wants to earn by writing articles and your list will surely help them.


    • Murlu says

      Thanks Ron,

      We all come from an academia through school so it’s a bit of a shocker when you switch to web writing. These can be a great start for those just beginning or want to snag up some side money.

  14. vijay says

    Hey this is a awesome list and i think if we write articles for these peoples surely we will get huge amount of traffic,Thanks to the author…

    • Murlu says

      You could even use it as a case study!

      Keep in contact for who you write, get traffic details and when you move on to the next client you could hand them over the results of some of your work. That would allow you to up your rates :)

  15. Tech Maish says

    I tired eDisk for 2 months, it is much better then freelancer. Thanks for sharing the list, never heard before about constant-content.

    • Murlu says

      Constant-Content can pay out very handsomely but they are much more stringent when it comes to grammar and formatting but definitely worth the effort for the increased pay.

      How was your experience with oDesk?

  16. Basant | Techno-Pulse says

    Informative post. I’ve written guest-posts but never given a thought about freelancing. You’ve provided enough options to start exploring about it :)

    • Murlu says

      It’s definitely worth giving it a shot.

      You can learn plenty of skills you can later use for guest posting and use what you know now to gain a few jobs.

      What it all comes down to is networking.

      Much like guest posting on other blogs you just have to open the opportunity and keep up with it. If you do this for clients you can find long term work :)

  17. Alamin says

    Thanks nice post. Actually there are lots of people out there who got naturally writing skill but they don’t like to make money but they don’t like to make a blog. So sometimes many of them can’t make money just because they don’t know where to start. So this post will surely help them

    • Murlu says

      Right on Alamin,

      Many can be a little hesitant to start writing their own blog but these can be really great to get the idea of what writing on the web entails.

      I would say overall it would be better to try some of these out like Squidoo when you’re first getting started that way if you don’t like it your work can still stay online as opposed to having your blog die and domain expire, ya know?

      • Murlu says

        Kamal, that also brings up another great opportunity using DigitalPoint (and WarriorForum if you use that as well).

        You could always create and offer a service for other members or create packages for people to purchase.

        Packages work well because people don’t have to wait for articles to be written and you can easily make a larger sale instead of doing them one at a time.

        Thanks for adding in.