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The Best Job Sites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs as Ranked by a Professional Writer

As a freelancer who’s been self-employed full-time since 1996 and using the Internet to find work for just as long, I have curated my own updated list of invaluable job sites I regularly use to find freelance writing jobs.

To rank a job site as “one of the best,” my criteria is simple: the job site or job board has to offer fresh listings of original jobs posted by reputable—or at least verifiable—employers who pay decent to competitive rates.

Indeed.com (est. 2004)

Find freelance writing jobs at Indeed.comAmong the handful of job sites I frequent daily, I consider Indeed.com as my favorite and number one pick. On any given day I can find a handful of promising writing jobs, all of which offer compensation.

The site curates “millions of jobs” (according to the company) from thousands of niche and commercial job boards, staffing agencies, and company websites. The site also lets employers post their job openings directly at the site for free, further increasing the number of job opportunities available to applicants.

To speed up and streamline the process of searching for work at Indeed.com, I use its friendly Advanced Job Search  page to find freelance jobs in several specialties, including copywriting, content writing, and technical writing. Not only do I search for freelance work, but I also search for remote, telecommute, and offsite contract work as well. [ Visit Indeed’s homepage ]

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Indeed.com’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 10 — Excellent
Variety of Jobs: 10 — Excellent
Competitive Paying Jobs: 8 — Excellent
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 10 — Excellent
Transparency of Employers: 9 — Excellent
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 9 — Excellent
= 56 points out of 60

ProBlogger.com (est. 2004)

Find freelance blogging jobs at ProBlogger

ProBlogger.net maintains an active job board at ProBlogger.com (different domain extension) where you can find freelance and contract work. Although you will find many jobs for freelance blogging, you will also find opportunities to write content for landing pages, websites, articles, whitepapers, and the like.

ProBlogger rarely disappoints me. I can often find 3-4 excellent writing gigs each weekday posted by verifiable employers. ProBlogger also has a good success rate at retaining reputable employers who post new job ads throughout the year.

Based on the number of quality jobs that I often find and the fact I’ve been visiting the site for over 10 years, I rank ProBlogger as my second favorite place to find freelance jobs. [ Visit ProBlogger’s Job Board ]

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ProBlogger’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 8 — Excellent
Variety of Jobs: 8 — Excellent
Competitive Paying Jobs: 6 — Good
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 8 — Excellent
Transparency of Employers: 8 — Excellent
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 8 — Excellent
= 46 points out of 60

This is where I find freelance journalism jobs

JournalismJobs.com (est. 1998)

It’s obvious by its domain name that JournalismJobs.com focuses on listing jobs for journalists, reporters, and newspaper staff. The site has a section exclusively for freelance jobs encompassing not only journalism or news reporting, but also for blogging, magazine writing, website writing, etc.

I typically can find four to five new freelance jobs on a weekly basis at JournalismJobs—and they are usually premium-quality, verifiable jobs posted by notable organizations, media companies, and businesses. Pay rates tend to be competitive also. [ Visit JournalismJobs.com ]

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JournalismJobs.com’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 5 — Okay
Variety of Jobs: 6 — Good
Competitive Paying Jobs: 6 — Good
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 7 — Excellent
Transparency of Employers: 9 — Excellent
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 9 — Excellent
= 42 points out of 60

Professional writing jobs at MediaBistro

MediaBistro.com (est. 1996)

Mediabistro.com is another website I visit during the week to spot new writing opportunities. Although the website is aimed generally at media professionals, if you’re a freelance writer, you will benefit from its daily job listings.

I can often find a handful of professional writing jobs each week with emerging and established brands, businesses, media companies, and blogs. Typically, if a major consumer magazine or a global media company needs to recruit freelance writers, they post their needs at MediaBistro. All jobs pay competitive—if not high—rates. [ Visit MediaBistro’s Job Section ]

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MediaBistro’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 6 — Okay
Variety of Jobs: 7 — Good
Competitive Paying Jobs: 8 — Excellent
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 7 — Good
Transparency of Employers: 9 — Excellent
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 9 — Excellent
= 46 points out of 60

ED2010.com (est. 1998)

You can find magazine writing jobs at Ed2010

Ed2010.com is the branded website of ED2010, a networking and mentoring organization in New York City that helps college-aged career-hungry editors and writers break into and succeed in the magazine media industry.

One way ED2010 helps young professionals break into the industry is through the website’s “Find an Editorial Job” section, which features a job board to find full-time, temp., internships, and freelance jobs in the media industry.

With a few clicks, you can filter jobs to show just freelance opportunities, and they almost always include writing jobs. I can usually find two to three (sometimes more) new jobs during the week, depending on when ED2010 updates the job listings. Many of these gigs include writing for magazines, publisher-owned websites and/or blogs. Most gigs seem to target entry-level freelancers and pay tends to be average to low. [ Visit Ed2010’s Job Board ]

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ED2010’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 4 — Fine
Variety of Jobs: 7 — Good
Competitive Paying Jobs: 6 — Okay
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 7 — Good
Transparency of Employers: 7 — Good
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 7 — Good
= 38 points out of 60

LinkedIn.com (est. 2002)

I find approx. 4-5 new freelance jobs weekly at LinkedIn

Did you know that employers pay $400 to post a single job ad at LinkedIn? I thought I’d mention it because the cost—in my opinion—is what probably restricts many budget-strapped employers from posting job ads directly at LinkedIn, the Internet’s largest career/job networking site,  to recruit freelance writers.

Despite the above fact, I do find 4-5 new freelance jobs weekly by using the site’s job search at https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/.  Other opportunities I find, mixed in with LinkedIn’s own job ads, are ones aggregated from other job boards, much like Indeed.com does.

Nearly all freelance jobs at LinkedIn are posted by reputable companies. What I like most is that LinkedIn provides a link to the employer’s LinkedIn page so you can fully research the company before applying to the job.

My biggest complaint with LinkedIn is its laziness to build a practical search function. For example, you can’t specify a date to search for jobs—LinkedIn forces you to choose 24 hours, 1 week, 1 month, or any time. If you want to find jobs posted within the last three days, too bad. Another example is you can’t filter out volunteer (non-pay) and internships (non-pay) from freelance jobs that do pay.

Show LinkedIn's Ranking

LinkedIn’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 6 — Good
Variety of Jobs: 7 — Good
Competitive Paying Jobs: 8 — Excellent
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 4 — Poor
Transparency of Employers: 9 — Excellent
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 10 — Excellent
= 44 points out of 60

Idealist.org (est. 1995)

Idealist.org has a specialized job board with writing jobs

Idealist.org is the branded web site of a nonprofit organization known as Action Without Borders, which, according to Wikipedia, is a worldwide network of people and organizations laboring towards the mission of a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. (How awesome is that!)

Idealist.org runs a specialized job board where—on occasion—writers can find freelance work ranging from writing grants and fundraising proposals for non-profit organizations to writing educational content for academic publishers. I like Idealist because its jobs are unique and often posted by reputable employers who are willing to pay competitive rates. [ Visit Idealist’s Job Board ]

Show Idealist.org's Ranking

Idealist.org’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 4 — Fine
Variety of Jobs: 6 — Okay
Competitive Paying Jobs: 7 — Good
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 6 — Okay
Transparency of Employers: 9 — Excellent
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 9 — Excellent
41 points out of 60

CraigsList.org (est. 1995)

Writing jobs at CraigsList

Can I ethically list CraigsList as a “top job site” for freelance writers? I have days when CraigsList puts me in a bad mood—literally—because of the many junk, suspicious, spammy-looking and stupidly-written ads that flash before my eyes as I scroll down the screen of job titles. Then there are days when I find more than one legitimate, decent-to-high-paying gigs with reputable businesses.

No matter how much I dislike CraigsList sometimes, I do find myself visiting the site daily so I don’t miss a promising opportunity. In my opinion, CraigsList is a “worthy job site” to “bump into” legitimate work.

You can find most of the legitimate writing jobs under CraigsList’s Writing/Editing job section, and the more “suspicious” ones under the site’s Writing Gigs section. This is because employers have to pay—something like $25—to post a job ad in the jobs section; posting in the gigs section is free.

 To learn how to optimize your job search via CraigsList, read my two articles: How to Search for Local Freelance Writing Jobs at CraigsList.org and How to Search for ALL Freelance Writing Jobs at CraigsList.org.

To safeguard myself from any potential scams or spam, I only reply to job ads at CraigsList if they list a company name or website address which I can use to research and verify information. I’m hesitant emailing any anonymous job poster who asks for personal information, including a resume. [ Go to CraigsList ]

Show CraigsList.org's Ranking

CraigsList.org’s Ranking Score
Scale: 1-10 (with 10 being the best)

# of Daily Freelance Jobs: 7 — Great
Variety of Jobs: 8 — Excellent
Competitive Paying Jobs: 6 — Okay
Website Ease of Use/Readability: 6 — Okay
Transparency of Employers: 4 — Poor
Trustworthiness of Job Listings: 5 — Decent
= 36 points out of 60

Job Boards I No Longer Use

“Not Worth My Time” Job Boards

I should mention job boards that I no longer use so you, the reader, know I considered them. These job boards include Dice.com,  Monster.com , CareerBuilder.com , Krop.com , LinkUp.com , WorkPop.com CreativeHotlist.com , and a few others I don’t care to name. Decades ago I relied on a few of these job boards to find freelance work, but fast forward to present day and I can tell you that they waste my time. Infrequently I may bump into a freelance copywriting job at CareerBuilder, but still—it’s not worth my time to visit the site daily or even weekly.  The exception is if you are a freelance technical writer looking for onsite or partial onsite contract work, then you might want to use Monster or Dice directly.

Other popular job aggregators like Glassdoor.com , ZipRecruiter.com , and TheMuse.com  will help you uncover potential freelance work with reputable companies, but the truth is, Indeed.com aggregates the same jobs they do and much more. Stick with Indeed.com and you won’t have to bother with other so-called “job aggregators.”

How to Use My Job List

How to Use My Job List

I spend under two hours performing a complete job search (searching at each site), Monday through Friday, preferably in the morning as I wait for my coffee to kick in. In a perfect world every freelance writer would have two spare hours to search for new writing jobs each day—and more spare time to reply to the ones that interest them. If you lack time, then I recommend using Indeed.com daily, and perhaps ProBlogger.com, and visiting the other sites every two or three days. If you rely on writing to pay the bills, the worst decision is to wait five days until the weekend because by that time many employers have fulfilled their positions and it’s stressful to sort through all the leads.

A better solution is to let me perform a thorough job search for you each weekday and send you an eNewsletter listing all of the new freelance jobs. Simply subscribe to my free daily job alerts eNewsletter. I’d be happy to help you.


About the author

Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Brian Scott uses his creative skills to freelance full-time as a copywriter, SEO marketing specialist, and graphic designer. Self-employed since 1996, he's had the opportunity to work in traditional media (pre-Internet Age) and now online media. Prior to freelancing, he worked in public relations, newspaper copy editing, and mail-order marketing.

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  • Thank you very much for this article, Brian. It’s very helpful. I appreciate the effort you put into writing it, and I am especially grateful for your newsletter. I always look forward to it!

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