two secret places to find paid freelance writing jobs

two secret places to find paid freelance writing jobs

In the very beginning of my online writing career, finding a reliable source for paid online freelance writing jobs was not easy. Although there were many sources (there are many, many more now), they were not great for beginner writers in that experience and an online portfolio was required.

Although I did get a few jobs from other sources without having a full portfolio, they were temporary and lasted only for the duration of a project, which led me to seek out more sources for online writing jobs from home.

I will share my top two secret sources, one of which put food on the table for a long, long time.

The first one is Hirewriters.com. If you are as green as they come and have zero in the way of a portfolio or references, this is the best place I can think of for you to start. This is where I started. The way it works — you need to sign up to use the website. There is no fee to sign up. Jobs are posted by employees via the website with the requirements, article length and pay offered.

You select the jobs you want depending on your level of experience, which is kept track of by the Hirewriters system. The more you write, the higher level you accomplish.

The pay for beginner jobs are painfully low. Try like $2 to $3 USD for a 150 to 200 word article. The good news is that you don’t have to stay in this category long before you work your way through the levels to expert. There, jobs often pay better. I say often, because looking at it now, I’m not so sure. Back when I used the system, people were paying $35+ USD for a quick 400 word article for an expert level writer.

Their system keeps track of every article you write and over time, provides a “portfolio” of sorts, to those looking to hire a writer. The system tells potential employers how many articles you’ve written, how many were completed on time, how many were accepted and how many were rejected. You are given an overall level rating (from beginner to expert).

This is my actual dashboard from years ago. I don’t use this system any longer, but keep the account. I’m not really sure why. Regardless, you can see I have three rejections. Those were the first three projects I ever wrote on Hirewriters. All three were rejected. It was a rough start, but I quickly learned to avoid projects by posters who did not sound like she/he knew what they wanted for a final product. After I learned that lesson, it was smooth sailing and I never had another rejected article.

The system also let’s employees rate you and comment. This too, is kept for reference. As you can see from mine, I wrote one article for shartman….then another and another. I became his primary writer and he paid very well. At the end, he was even adding a tip.

I wrote those 99 articles over the course of seven months. I left Hirewriters after being recruited by a lady whom I wrote several articles for. She enjoyed the articles I wrote and ended up hiring me off the system (which meant I got to keep 100% of my earnings) and for the next year, I wrote articles for her clients on a near daily basis. She was in one country, and I, in another. From that, I was able to put together a nice portfolio.

Another place I really enjoyed and did well with was Ed2010. It’s not a mainstream “freelance writing place” per se, but instead, is a place to find some pretty incredible select jobs that are not listed anywhere else.

This means less competition. At least, that’s the way it was years ago, but although Ed2010 has grown, it remains one of those secret sources for awesome writing and editing job opportunities. I was hired by a New York company from this site to provide articles for an online health magazine. Again, it paid well, offered daily work and lasted nearly a year.

I do not utilize Ed2010 anymore either, but I remain a subscriber and newsletter surfer. I think it’s more good memories than anything else. I appreciate what these two places did for me when I needed help most and is likely the reason I hang on.

Anyway, by the time the New York writing job ended, I was up and running with my own website, which was earning a little money and more importantly, I had earned my Mexican residency, which meant I could work locally.

The rest is history.