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    8 Websites To Start Your Freelance Writing Career

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    freelancing career1 8 Websites To Start Your Freelance Writing CareerGetting started with Freelancing is easy only when you have enough work in your hand, the problem with Freelance writing is there is no consistancy in job. You may get tons of articles request in a month or some time 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.

    Whither 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 which 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 7 days(Google search).

    Freelancer

    Freelancer (previously GetAFreelancer) is a freelance job board which 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!

    oDesk

    oDesk is another main contender for major freelance job boards. Much like Freelancer, oDesk offers a wide variety of jobs which 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.

    ELance

    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.

    Helium

    Helium is quickly becoming the ‘go-to’ place for writers looking to make a passive income. Combine writing about your own subject and sharing the revenue generated by advertising, Helium helps show off your writing skills while making you a respectable residual income.

    Craigslist

    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.

    Squidoo

    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.

    ArticleMe

    ArticleMe is a fairly new article marketplace which allows you to write and submit articles to directly sell to clients. Unlike other websites for finding freelancing writing gigs, ArticleMe puts you in control from the subject of your content to the price you charge per article.

    Constant-Content

    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. Wither you choose to make passive income or sell your articles directly, utilizing these websites will set you on the path to earning a living 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?

    This is a guest post by Murray who blogs at Murlu.com. If you like to write for Shoutmeloud, do read: Shoutmeloud revenue sharing program.

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    Alamin

    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

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    Murlu

    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?

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    Kamal Hasa

    Digitalpoint is also a great place to write and sell articles ;)

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    Murlu

    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.

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    Basant | Techno-Pulse

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

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    Murlu

    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 :)

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    Tech Maish

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

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    Murlu

    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?

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    vijay

    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…

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    Murlu

    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 :)

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    Ron | Travel Bangladesh

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

    Ron

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    Murlu

    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.

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    Pawel @ Self Employed Cafe

    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.

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    Murlu

    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.

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    Anup@Hack Tutors

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

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    Murlu

    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.

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    Suresh

    You forgot Guru.com it is a great website.

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    Murlu

    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.

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    Dean Saliba

    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.

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    Rinse John

    Tried Elance, FreeLancer, Odesk, Guru.
    One of the successful one’s for me was Odesk!

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    Murlu

    Looking to be that oDesk is taking the cake – quite a few comments praising it overall :)

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    angelmira

    Great sites, I use most of these myself.

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    Murlu

    How are your experiences with them so far Angelmira?

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

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    Rahul

    Why you not mentioned Hubpages. They are one of best in the list above.

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    Murlu

    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.

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    Dr. Lawrence Kindo

    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.

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    writer4Christ

    Great post! Very informative. I’m new to online writing and this is good stuff! Blessings

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    ashish

    FreeLancer and Odesk definitely the best..

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    piyush

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

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    Rose

    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 especially now that I don’t wanna be hopping from one site to another.

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    Andy

    Thanks Murlu for sharing such a wonderful collection of freelancing site for jobs.Try 99hours also.

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    Steph

    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. :)

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