While we are advocates of cold outreach — less competition and higher rates — we understand it can be intimidating for new writers. When you're just starting out, you may find it easier to respond to job postings than to contact editors on your own.
You might be surprised at how many places will pay you to write — even if you don’t have a ton of experience.
If you’re looking for ideas on where to go to find writing gigs, we have a free resource available on the Freelance Writer Academy website.
But, if you’re looking for places to get started with your writing career, here are three of our favorite places to look for your next freelance writing gig:
The Problogger job board is where Miranda got her first real start. It’s a low barrier to entry, so the gigs don’t pay particularly well, but you can get your foot in the door and find regular work. It's one of the best places to find ongoing gigs with clients that need fresh content. It doesn't pay great, but you can get clips and a fairly secure income.
When you’re hoping to weed out the really low-paying jobs, the Freelance Writers Den offers a job board where you know you’ll get paid at least $50 per post. While you do need to pay for access, it can be worth the tax-deductible cost to find job postings that you know aren’t junk.
This is Kat’s preferred way to find new clients and cold pitch. There’s a monthly fee, but you’ll make better connections with publications more likely to pay you more. (We offer a great expert webinar on how to find gigs on social media in the Resources section of the Freelance Writer Academy.)
In general, the better leads come from places where you pay a small fee or are willing to sign up for higher-quality job leads.
We usually post our own job leads in the exclusive Freelance Writer Academy Facebook group, and we frequently get people asking us to recommend writers from the Academy for their projects.
With the right approach, you can apply for gigs and land something that will sustain you for months — or even years.