When you’re starting out as a freelancer, finding legitimate, well paid work can be tricky. Freelance writing jobs for beginners – that pay more than the minimum wage – are hard to come by.
A quick glance at Australian website ScamWatch shows that in 2017 alone, there were 2567 reports of job and employment scams online, resulting in people collectively losing $1,428,942 after being ripped off by fake opportunities. And that’s just one country.
Even though legitimate writing jobs do exist, many of them aren’t exactly appealing. Dive into any freelance bidding website and you’ll find countless clients who want expert level writers at minimum wage rates.
It’s frustrating. And you deserve better.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, despite what I’ve just told you, there has never been a better time to become a freelance writer. The growth in online businesses has led to more freelancing opportunities than ever before. Entrepreneurs and small business owners need help writing content, crafting sales pages, creating emails, and more. The key is knowing where to look.
In this article, I’m going to share two overlooked places to find legitimate, well paid freelance writing jobs for beginners. In my early months as a freelancer, I landed writing gigs from both these sources. One of these turned into a recurring job that paid $250 each month.
I did this and so can you. Let’s dive in.
Two Sources Of Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners
The first source is your personal network. I’m a huge fan of mining your network, especially when starting a new venture.
I previously shared how to find your first paying client (for freelance writing or any other service) by reaching out to people you already know. This strategy works because people want to help. And if they already know you, no matter how well, they are more likely to hire you than a stranger.
If you don’t have an existing network, you can build one. Research your local Chamber of Commerce, attend some local Meetups where you can get in touch with your target market, or check out networking groups in your area.
OK, the next place to find freelance writing work is job boards.
It may sound obvious, but job boards are a great place to kickstart your career. They’re packed with people who have an immediate need to fill and appreciate quality work.
Will you find jobs that are paying hundreds per hour? Probably not.
But you’ll discover legit opportunities that put cash in your pocket, build your portfolio and, if you do a great job, your happy clients will refer other people to you. One of my preferred job boards is hosted by ProBlogger. Here’s how to get the most out of a job board like ProBlogger’s.
Finding Freelance Writing Job With Job Boards
When you arrive on the ProBlogger job boards page you’ll find a list of jobs in order of most recently posted. Many clients are looking for more experienced writers. But there are always some freelance writing jobs for beginners.
Jobs at the top are super fresh. If you’re brand new to freelancing, here’s what I recommend you do.
Make sure you visit the job boards every day. Several times a day if possible. You want to be one of the first freelancers to apply to a new posting. Get your application to the top of the list. Some postings are filled within 48 hours. You don’t want to miss the boat on the perfect opportunity.
If you have specific skills or experience stick to this niche. Search for clients who operate in that industry. You can pitch from a position of strength, and writing is much more fun when you really know your stuff.
When you find a job that looks interesting, you might be asked for samples or a portfolio. If you don’t have any then you can always do a little research on Google to whip up a couple of writing samples to show the client. I know it means extra work, but remember, you can use those samples in every job post you apply for — not just this one.
Next, read the job description carefully. When you respond, show the client you understand what they’re looking for. Provide solid and relevant samples so they feel confident hiring you. And always address questions they’ve asked in the job post.
Finally, don’t forget to follow up. You’ll be amazed how many employers hire freelancers who bother to follow up on their application. Professional follow up makes you stand out from the crowd (and shows you really want the job!)
It’s a Numbers Game
So, there you have it — two legitimate places to find freelance writing jobs for beginners. By tapping into your personal network and job boards, you can start your freelance journey without the usual competition from freelance bidding websites.
Are these strategies going to bring jobs to your feet without any effort? Nope. Are they going to promise you an income for the rest of your life? Nope.
Freelancing requires a different mindset to traditional employment. You must take responsibility for your income and always be looking for fresh opportunities.
Landing your first paying job is a numbers game. Keep contacting people and applying to jobs, until someone bites. You’ll get better at pitching your services and never know where your first paying gig will come from.
Many freelancers have clients who hire them week after week for years on end. Other freelancers find clients come and go more often.
The effort when starting out is worth it. As a freelancer, you have the freedom to work as little or often as you like. You choose who you work with and where you work. And you can grow your income whenever you need to.
Above all, never give up. It can feel daunting when trying to find freelance writing jobs for beginners. You will get rejected. You will get ignored.
But once you establish a reputation for doing great work, people will start referring you to others. Before you know it, you’re getting random emails that look like this:
Subject: Writing work
My friend Dan told me that you’re an excellent writer and that I should send you an email to see if you’re available. I have a new website that I need content written for. We have a budget of $1200. Can we jump on Skype to discuss?
Imagine waking up to emails like that every week? It’s not just possible. It’s a reality for many freelance writers. The key is to get started.
So, start pitching your writing services. Do a great job. Don’t expect to make a ton of money for a few months but know you’re building a career that most people can only dream of — where you can wake up when you want, stay home, or travel the world, while earning money doing what you love.
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