Finding freelance writing jobs for beginners can be quite a challenge. With no experience and no idea how to get started, it can seem near impossible to find your way.
The trick is to start simple. The first step is to sign up with some content mills that hire freelance writers with no experience. Once you’ve had some articles published and have developed a taste for what clients are looking for, you can branch out.
If you are under 18 years of age and are looking for freelance writing jobs, there are a few sites listed in this article that hire minors, but you can also check out our article Online Writing Jobs for Teens Under 18.
You can also decide to focus on a specific niche in freelance writing, such as food writing, cars, finance, travel, health and fitness and etc, which all have their own unique paths and options.
Here’s a list of content mills that hire freelance writers with little to no experience:
To become a writer for Skyword, sign up on the site, fill out a short bio and submit some writing samples. Once you are signed up, then you have to apply to one of the programs on the site and wait to see if you have been accepted. Payments vary by program. The minimum age to join is 18 year olds.
To become a writer on Textbroker, register on the website and submit a short writing sample. The sample will be reviewed and assigned a rating. The rating system is as follows:
2 star rating = .7 cents per word
3 star rating = 1 cent per word
4 star rating = 1.4 cents per word
5 star writers = 5 cents per word.
Writers can increase their rating with each article they submit. Payments are made via Paypal. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
To become a writer for eCopywriters, sign up on the site, fill out a short bio and submit a writing sample. If your writing sample is rejected you will not be allowed to join, so make sure it is well written. Writers are paid “per word” and payments are made via Paypal. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
To become a writer for Break Studios, sign up on the site, submit a resume and some writing samples. If you are not accepted the first time you apply, you cannot apply again, so make sure your application is in order when you submit it. Pay rates vary by article. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
Love to Know
To become a writer for Love to Know, sign up on the site, submit two writing samples, a resume and list of qualifications for the specific channel you are applying for. Payments are made via Paypal.
Pay rates vary per article, but rates generally range between $15-$50. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
To become a writer for Writer Access, submit an application on the website. Pay rates range from 2 cents to $2 a word, depending on what level of writing the client requests. Payments are made twice a month via Paypal. Minimum payout is $10. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
To become a writer on iWriter, simply sign up on the site. Writers earn between $1.62-$4 per article, depending on the word count. Each article is assigned a rating and writers must maintain a rating of between 3.2-3.4 to continue working for iWriter. Payments are sent either weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on the writer’s preference, and are made via Paypal. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
After working for these companies for a while, you’ll start to see a pattern for what type of articles, style and subject matter clients are looking for. The experience you’ve gained will help develop your style and voice and strengthen your overall writing skills. Once you’ve done this, you can begin looking for private clients. There are a variety of ways to do this, but once again, you should start simple. Go to freelance writing sites where clients are seeking writers for projects. These sites tend to pay better than the content mills, but are more competitive so you’ll have to be persistent and patient when trying to secure writing gigs on these sites. Here’s a list of freelance writing sites where you can find private clients:
Upword, which used to be Odesk and Elance, is a freelance writing site where writers can find articles to write. To become a writer for Upwork, simply sign up on either website. Writers on the sites apply for projects and bid on much they will charge. The winning writer is chosen by the client who proposed the project. Payments are made via check, direct deposit or Paypal. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
Reddit is a social bookmarking site that also has a sub section at www.reddit.com/r/forhire and www.reddit.com/r/hireawriter where freelancers and clients can post listings. To advertise your freelance writing services on the site, simply sign up on the site and post a listing detailing your writing skills and services. If any clients are interested, they will respond to your listing. Or you can browse through the listings of freelance gig opportunities that clients have posted on the site. The minimum age to join is 13 years old.
Fiverr is a micro job site where users offer their services for a $5 fee. One of the most popular services on the site is article writing. To advertise your freelance writing services, simply sign up on the site and post a listing. Each gig is rated by each client. Writers with the best ratings are ranked higher in Fiverr’s search results. Writers who earn a good reputation are often sought out by clients to write for them privately, so doing a good job on each gig is of the utmost importance. Fiverr keeps $1 out of every $5 you earn as a commission fee. Payouts can be requested 14 days after the gig was marked complete. Payments are made via Fiverr revenue card, Paypal or one of Fiverr’s other withdrawal providers. The minimum age to join is 13 years old.
Craigslist is a free online classified advertisement website. Many clients list freelance job opportunities on the site. To find freelance gigs, go to the Jobs section and click on “writing/editing.” You’ll find a long list of all kinds of freelance writing gigs. Another way to find freelance work is to go the Gigs section and click on “writing.” Just remember to be wary of these listings because there are a lot of scammers on Craigslist. Never give out your personal information, such as your name, age, place of residence or phone number to anyone you don’t know and communicate only by email at first until you learn more about your prospective client.
One final note: To be successful as a freelance writer, you need to deliver what you promise and then some. Finish articles on time, even early if you can. Rewrite them until they are perfect. Write more than the agreed upon word count. Reputation is everything and good writers are in high demand online. Once word gets out about what a great freelance writer you are, you’ll have no shortage of clients seeking out your services.
After you’ve gained some experience, you can also experiment with other ways to make money writing online.