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by Nancy J Price

Craigslist can be a great place to look for writing work — especially if you’re a freelance writer. From multi-national corporations to solopreneurs, thousands of businesses every day take to CL to fill their part-time and off-site job openings.


Look outside your region

If you’re looking to do off-site (work-at-home) freelancing, be sure to check markets outside your immediate area — particularly NYC and San Francisco. These are two very active Craigslist sites, so rather than a company posting the same ad to numerous regional pages, they will often opt to post a single ad in one of these major metro areas.

Filter for telecommuting positions

When searching outside your local area, be sure to check the telecommute box up at the top of the page, then click the search button again to refresh the results.

Where employers pay to post

One more thing that’s important to note to help you separate the wheat from the chaff: Not all CL ads are the same — there is a fee to place a job posting in certain larger markets. When there’s money involved, you’re a lot less likely to see time-wasting low- or no-pay “jobs” as you scroll through.

Which markets are pay-for-post? Job ads in SF Bay Area currently cost $75 per job per category to post, while listings in several other areas (currently Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Inland Empire, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento, St Louis, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, South Florida, Tampa and Washington DC) cost $25 per job/per category.

They may have to pay — but you don’t

Even though employers must plunk down some cash in order to post an ad to find people, you do not need to pay Craigslist anything to respond to a job listing on the site.

40 Craigslist writing job markets

(Alphabetical by city/metro area name)

  1. Atlanta, Georgia
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Birmingham, Alabama
  4. Boston, Massachusetts
  5. Buffalo, New York
  6. Chicago, Illinois
  7. Cleveland, Ohio
  8. Columbus, Ohio
  9. Dallas, Texas
  10. Denver, Colorado
  11. Detroit, Michigan
  12. Houston, Texas
  13. Indianapolis, Indiana
  14. Hawaii
  15. Las Vegas, Nevada
  16. Lawrence, Kansas
  17. Los Angeles, California
  18. Memphis, Tennessee
  19. Miami/South Florida
  20. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  21. Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota
  22. Nashville, Tennessee
  23. New Orleans, Louisiana
  24. New York, New York
  25. Omaha/Council Bluffs, Nebraska
  26. Orange County, California
  27. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  28. Phoenix, Arizona
  29. Portland, Oregon
  30. Raleigh, North Carolina
  31. Richmond, Virginia
  32. Sacramento, California
  33. Salt Lake City, Utah
  34. San Diego, California
  35. San Francisco/Santa Clara/Oakland, California
  36. Seattle, Washington
  37. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  38. St Louis, Missouri
  39. Tampa Bay, Florida
  40. Washington DC

There are, of course, more markets — see a list of all the Craigslist sites here.

Nancy co-founded in 1999, and helped turn it into one of the top lifestyle websites for women. While serving as the site’s Executive Editor for twelve years, Nancy also helped launch five national newsstand magazines. A fourth-generation San Francisco Bay Area native, Nancy now lives in Arizona with her four kids and their menagerie. Dream of Time – her first novel – is available now, and you can see more from her online at

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