So, you’ve decided that you want to ditch your day job for a more fun and flexible online solution huh? Craigslist can be a good resource for a lot of things, but unfortunately, most decent-paying businesses stay away from that neck of the woods anymore due to the ridiculous amount of scams and spam posts popping up. There are tons of freelance writing job boards out there, but how do you know where to find them? What do you do if you can’t find any good jobs on the ones you already know of? Maybe you just can’t find the perfect freelancing position at a big enough site, or maybe you’re new to the whole blogging thing entirely – regardless – we’ve got you covered.
This is my absolute favorite resource for finding any writing gigs. New positions are constantly being posted, and I’ve never found any spam on the site. Employers can opt to get their post featured for a month at a rate of $25, or sign up for a less exclusive plan that lasts 45 days for $10. There are free options as well, but most employers go the more premium rout – which is great. If they’re willing to put some cash into it, it’s usually a good indication that they’re a legit business that’s actually going to provide you with work – and maybe even a decent check.
ProBlogger is really similar to Blogging Pro (imagine that). Unlike the Blogging Pro though, there are no free posting options for employers – a 30-day listing costs 50 bucks. That only improves the chances of finding a more solid job; it’s one thing to pay $10 to list a $5 per-post gig, but if they’re going to throw in $50, they probably have a little more funding. I’ve found a ton of jobs on both sites – they really work nice together when you frequently check for updates.
If you start a WordPress blog, you’ll have examples of your work to show to potential employers – which is usually a requirement in the first place. WordPress (.com) is great because it’s free, but easily upgradable if you decide to get more serious with things. It has a bit of a social networking feel to it; you can follow other blogs of your favorite topics, all of which will show up in your RSS reader-style feed. A lot of bloggers have “Hire Me” pages right on their site, so once you get a feel for the platform and follow enough pages you like, you’re bound to stumble across one that would be glad to have you on the team. This method isn’t instant, considering it’s not an actual job board, but it can definitely yield some promising results if you really get into it.
This isn’t a huge list to choose from, but I recommend using all three of the above sites together as a team – that way you’ll have a a decent amount of job opportunities to choose from, as well as a way to network with other bloggers and make a name for yourself in the blogosphere.