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I am often asked how to start a freelance writing career. There are two ways. One is to cold contact companies. The other is to apply to freelance writing positions. Here are some websites that list writing jobs.
LinkedIn has a job section that features not only traditional office jobs but freelance and telecommute positions. The website allows users to create job alerts based on saved searches. You also have the ability to save specific jobs and to apply to positions using your LinkedIn profile.
The site also offers LinkedIn ProFinder that allows professionals to bid on freelance gigs. The service was free, but now is available only to those who have a premium account.
Like LinkedIn, Indeed features not only traditional office jobs but freelance and telecommute positions. It also allows users to create job alerts based on keywords. You can create an account to keep a résumé on file or you can apply to jobs directly without one.
JournalismJobs.com specializes in positions for writers, editors and others with newspapers, magazine and online media. If you have media experience, this is a good option. Most positions can be applied to without establishing an account.
To narrow your search, select “Job Type” from the menu on the left and select either freelance or telecommute.
Media Bistro specializes in positions for writers, editors, marketers and graphic design. Most positions can be applied to directly from the results page or you can set up an account for job alerts.
The website also offers career courses and advice articles.
Ed2010 specializes in magazine jobs. Search for telecommute positions. Job postings tend to be very detailed, including how to apply.
Listiller is an exhaustive website that aggregates jobs found on numerous other websites. You can register for job alerts that are emailed multiple times daily. These contain at least a dozen positions.
The site also has a paid membership that gives you access to more positions. Listiller claims more than 7,000 remote writing and editing gigs are added per month for paid members. Paid members also have access to a database that lists paid guest blogging and magazine article gigs.
This website works similar to Listiller, although the list of positions is not as lengthy. Some positions are listed with pay rates.
The site also lists free writing contests and paid markets that accept submissions.
This website specializes exclusively in blogging jobs, although positions are largely SEO focused. In most cases, jobs can be applied to directly from the posting. Job listings link to the employer’s website.
ProBlogger also offers advice articles, a podcast, eBooks, and a blogging course.
Freelance Writing Gigs aggregates jobs found on numerous other websites. It also features its own job board.
In addition, the website offers advice articles and resources for writers.
This is by no means a complete list of websites that list writing jobs. If you know of another website that should be added, let me know.
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