The Secrets to Finding Writing Jobs
Finding paying freelance writing jobs on the internet is hard. You find a great gig, then realize they are only hiring on-site writers. Or you find a local freelancing gig and it doesn't pay. Grr. I feel your pain. Over the years, I've come up with some easy ways to dig up work that fits my niche, freelance lifestyle and pay requirements. I'm going to spill them right now.
Hit Up Twitter
I love Twitter. It is so useful for gathering writing tips, networking and getting inspiration. It's also a great place to look for freelance work. Businesses and publications often post about open gigs. All you need to do to find the posts is to type some hashtags into the search bar.
Here are some to get you started:
#fbloggerswanted (Fashion bloggers wanted)
Search Google the Right Way
Searching for writing jobs on Google can bring up job posts from 2005 or jobs that are five states away and require on-site work. Such a waste of time!!! You can avoid all of the crappy job posts by searching smart. If you want to search a certain site, put site: in front of the site name, then add keywords in quotation marks. For example, I've had a lot of luck with this search: site:craigslist.org "remote writer. " Some sites to try other than Craigslist are:
Some other terms you can try are: • "content writing companies" • "freelance writing companies"
To get newer job posts, add the date:
site:craigslist.org "remote writer " July 15th 2016
Now the secret to finding high paying jobs. Just add the type of payment you're looking for:
site:craigslist.org "remote writer " July 15th 2018 pays $220
site:craigslist.org "remote writer " July 15th 2018 $50 per hour
site:craigslist.org "remote writer " July 15th 2018 .50 per word
Successful writer Jennifer Mattern recommends this combination: writer and "compensation: * per article" site:craigslist.org (Replace the * with the monetary amount you want to be paid.)
If you want to search everywhere, just leave off the site and type in the rest of the search. This will bring up high-paying gigs from company job boards that most people never look at.