Are you afraid of going out every day and working for 9 to 5 at the office? Are you depressed for not getting a job or fired from the job recently? Passing through very tough time and need extra money? Then here you go!
Freelancing is the perfect fit for you. Do you have the habit of writing? Are you a good writer or want to build it as a career? Then we will say yes, we have something for you. You can be a freelance writer.
As a beginner, it becomes difficult for many people to figure out from where to start or which resource to trust or which resources are good for writing in freelancing.
So here I gathered all the resources together for you to make it easier to start and learn many things from freelance colleagues, building a network and finding freelance writing job etc. We will help you to weed out the dreck and find trustful resources that are worthy of effort and time.
Blogs for Freelance Writing
I will suggest you to start with the freelance writing blogs mentioned below. There are advice and wealth of articles in building and managing the career as a freelance writer.
- About Freelance Writing
- LittleZotz Writing
- Funds for Writers
- Freelancer FAQs
- All Indie Writers
- Be a Freelance Blogger
- Freelance Folder
- Productive Writers
- Fab Freelance Writing
- com Freelance Writing
- (from Scratch Magazine)Who Pays Writers?
- Write to Done
- Freelancer’s Union
- Writing Thoughts
- The Well-Fed Writer
- The Write Life
- Words on the Page
It is a great way to meet new people. Make these writing forums for networking building and ask questions to your colleagues.
- About Writing Squared
- Absolute Write Forum
- Be a Freelance Blogger Community
- com Freelance Writing Forum
- All Indie Writers Forum
- Writer’s Digest Forum
Markets for Writers
If you are querying for freelance writing markets then go through some writer’s market directories. Some examples below to get you started.
- Writer’s Weekly Paying Markets and Jobs
- All Indie Writers’ Writer’s Market Directory
- Writer’s MarketOnline Directory
Freelance Writing Gigs
There is a lot of blogs who are paying money for well written guest post. Here are some examples:
It is another important site for freelance bloggers. Along with the tips, advice and guides on how to improve the content it has job board which is the best sources of freelance writing gigs with high payment on the web.
To get the idea about freelancing, blogging and publishing use this website. If you are already there before then check their job board and get updated every day.
Writing and blogging are not the same thing. If you do not want to worry about content marketing or SEO but want to make money through writing then check out the following websites.
Good at essay writing? Then sign up here. There are plenty of opportunities here to get the regular work with competitive rates which are a great bonus.
If you are a serious writer and want to get paid then visit this website. Here writers need to be efficient in researching, writing academic reports, business writing, legal consulting, literature review etc.
I will say that if you need to make money online then it is a better place. FreelancerCareers.com constantly hires editors and academic writers who can write complex writing like- resume, grants or dissertations. There is an opportunity for copywriting also. There the page per writing is one of the best I will say.
AsiaWriters.com look for the writers who are capable of writing Technical writing, content writing, essays, copywriting, research papers etc. So what you are waiting for? Make an account today and start writing.
If you are confident enough of producing entertaining video, visual, or written content then you can check out the following pages:
Cracked.com is concerned with entertainment, pop culture, humor. They pay between 50$ to 200$ per post. You can be in touch with their editors for a guiding purpose which is going to be a valuable learning experience.
For Cracked.com get started here.
Nowadays “Listicles” are very popular form. We will suggest you to check you to check out Listverse. Anything can be written here from science and media to history and conspiracy theories, as long as it is exciting and interesting.
Are you an expert on a certain subject? Then write about it:
About.com is a place where experts gather to share information and create guides in their field of interest. You can join their community and can earn fixed bucks each month.
There are websites that are aimed at assisting all freelancer like- writers, translator, engineers, architects or designers:
UpWork (formerly oDesk) is a great source of high- paying, long- term jobs that every freelancer is searching for. It is the largest online workplace since their merging with Elance.
Freelancer gives access to thousands of jobs and over 1.5 million clients on daily basis. Once you are signed up you will find a great gig in no time.
Guru is similar to Freelancer and UpWork Guru member can find regular work of areas like- finance, IT, design, management, writing etc with reputable clients.
Craigslist is one of the greatest resources for freelancers. It’s not just a place where people sell creepy personal ads or selling random stuff but far lot more things are done here. Though it takes a little bit time to navigate through it but there are some good job offers.
It is mainly aimed at creative work like photography, writing and anything regarding the process of filmmaking. They are strict in the case of hiring new people but if you can get in you are a winner. You will get regular work, inspiring project, and steady pay.
It is a user-friendly and good-looking site that is well managed. Here the plus point is writing work is not laborious or competitive like Elance or Upwork and the rates are also fairer.
One bad side is it takes a pretty huge chunk out of the writing wage which is sometimes unexpected.
It is a paid service for freelance writers. Once you are registered they will give you an email with a list of quality writing jobs so you don’t need to spend excess time in searching for gigs online.
They also make a list of best writing jobs from oDesk and Elance on the email which I think is a bonus!
Paid to Blog Jobs is launched Tom Ewer in 2014 which uses subscribe –to-model for blogging job seekers. It is a good job field where I read some good feedback from the online community about the job quality they offer for the subscribers.
The problem here is it is not free which is a problem for many beginners because many do not have money to go for it.
Sophie Lizard compiled a free e-book containing 45 blogs that will pay $50 or more per each post. It is broken down into some sections like Food Blogs, Writing blogs etc. She added some tips on how to promote yourself after landing a post and how to approach these blogs etc.
This e-book is not free but it is only $4.99. This book provides a compilation of guidelines and contact information for 50 magazines, websites, ezines and newspaper which accept freelance pieces.
It focuses mainly on magazine writing jobs.
The jobs posted are divided into 4 different sectors: Full-time job, Temp/Freelance, Job Paid internship, Unpaid internship. Whisper jobs have a filter that allows finding out the types of job you are looking.
This is a premium one.
A lot of us know Carol Tice of the famous Make a Living Writing blog. It also runs a famous community for freelance writers known as The Freelance Writers Den, and the major feature is called the junk free jobs board.
Carol is a great supporter of writers being paid according to what they deserve and discourage to pay the writers less than 50$.So you will find here top quality offers.
But the problem is you have to join Carol community which charges a monthly fee. Many members gave feedback on getting thousands of dollars of gigs from this job board but the problem is registration not available so easily. Registration is open once a while and the people on advanced notification mailing list get the notification first.
It has come into an existence since 2012 and it regularly shows top online media publications and show how much they offer the freelance writer.
Who Pays Writers is designed in such a way that the writers who contributed to online publications for paying can submit info about the publications like how much they pay and all.
It has a database over 2500 paying market which is updated on regular basis.
They have chances in over 55 countries and they ensure gigs for writers in the children writing, travel writing, Christian writing, and women writing markets.
You have to give a nominal fee in order to access the full list of markets but without fee, you have access upto 500 of the writing opportunities in their database free.
This is a popular resource for the people who want to earn top dollars mainly for magazines.
Every day multiple offers are posted for writing in magazines which pay $100 – $1,000+ per contribution.
Sometimes they offer sites that accept online publication but their main focus is on offline magazines.
Their posting information contains the length of the article required, the payment and how long it will be available.
This site has 4 main sectors- poetry, fiction, non-fiction and there is numerous offer available in each sector.
It posts daily 2-4 posts which are very useful for the writer who wants high paying gigs
Books Suggestion for Freelance Writers
If you are looking for deeper reading to jump into a freelance career then it can help you a lot in a greater way.
- The Wealthy Writer— by Michael Meanwell
- The Freelancer’s Bible— by Sara Horowitz
- Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer— by Jenna Glatzer
- Six-Figure Freelancing— by Kelly James-Enger
- The Money Book for Freelancers, part-Timers, and the Self-Employed–– by Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan
- The Renegade Writer— by Linda Formichelli and Diana Burrell
- The Wealthy Freelancer— by Pete Savage, Ed Gandia and Steve Slaunwhite
- The Renegade Writer’s Query Letters That Rock– by Diana Burrell and Linda Formichelli
- The Well-Fed Writer— by Peter Bowerman
Social Media Tools
The best way to get your name out professionally is to use the power of social media effectively. There are examples given below to get started from social network to online cooperation tools.
- Google Drive
- Google Drive
- Google +
- Zoho Writer
Tools for Writing and Editing
For writing and self-editing some tools are given which might help you. These are online editing tools and word processors.
- Open Office– It is a full suite of tools comparable to Microsoft Office. It is a fully introduced writing platform which gives easy exporting to PDF, perfect for e-Books, pamphlets, guides and other documents easily shared in PDF format.
- WriteRoom(Mac) –For a big writing project, the focus is very important. A full-screen writing tool will give you this opportunity of full focus. So WriteRoom good tools for this focus.
- DarkRoom(PC) -It is a replica of WriteRoom but for Windows only. It is called DarkRoom and free like WriteRoom.
- Zen Writer– A full-screen writing app that will be aesthetic with a dark background and serene light. It will cost 9$ but you can download for free.
- Logline App -It is an amazing app as it is a flawless solution for writing screenplays. Organizing your ideas and chapters is as simple as few clicks. Write notes and organize the sections here without pain. It is handy to use.
- AutoCrit Editing Wizard
- After the Deadline
- Pro Writing Aid
Apps for Freelance Writing
Here are some iPhone and Android apps which can give you smoother way of writings.
- CamScanner Appdo ( scanning of research material)
- Call Recorder(for recording phone interviews)
- Pomodoro Tracker
- Tasks N Todos
- Zoho Writer
Not getting credible information or need expert source to find whose interview to take now? Then check out the list below-
Website Development Tools
You need to have a professional website for bringing your career one step ahead. Give this list a try.
- ElegantThemes— accessing to premium WordPress themes.
- Google Analytics–– Track your website stats to get a well understanding of how clients utilize your site.
- Google Webmaster Tools– It will help you to determine problems (like dead URLs) on your website.
- ThemeForest–– This is an Envato marketplace in order to get blog themes and premium Web templates .
- WordPress Theme Repository– Accessing WordPress free themes.
Online Tools and Calculators
Here are some free calculators, worksheets and free online templates for beginning your own freelance writing business.
- Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator— Setting your freelance writing rates.
- Freelance Project Hourly Rate Calculator — Finding out how much you earned per hour on a project.
- Keyword Density Analyzer— It helps you keep SEO and readability in mind.
- SWOT Analysis Worksheet
- One Page Marketing Plan Template
- One Page Business Plan Template
- One Page Project Plan Template
- Monthly Marketing Calendar
Design Tools for Writers
Looking for design resources or software which are required for writing to make design elements simple? Then check out the list below-
- Canva— image creation tool for my own, and clients’, blog posts.
- GIMP— image editing software which is free.
- GraphicRiver— Templates for client and business projects (like your business cards, brochures, newsletters)
- Scribus— Open source desktop publishing software
- PixaBay-Free stock photos
This is not enough. There might me more. You can add here if you know more.
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The internet is a big place to deal with. It is not because of the growing competition but also for thousands of websites aiming to connect with the clients.
Freelancers have the challenging task of managing all the activities, work, productivities, expenditures etc. because they have only no one but themselves to account for.
So we have listed here many valuable sites that we are hoping to help a lot by making it easier and smoother by giving you a flow.
If any of the links is not working properly then also let us know so that we can make changes properly.
Did we miss any resources? How did you first enter to this freelancing job? Please let us know in the comment box.
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