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20 of the best freelance writing marketplaces

20 of the best freelance writing marketplaces 5.00/5 (100.00%) 4 votes

Whether you’re looking to make a little extra cash or want to make a living as a freelance writer, we have found several different sites that can help you find writing work with a broad range of employers.

There are three main listing types: Sites that are free to access, those that require a membership fee, and a couple that are commission-based, taking a portion of any earnings received.

Whenever possible, we have linked directly to the relevant section or search results to make it easier to find the kind of jobs that suit your time and talent.

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Freelance job listing sites

  1. All Freelance: A comprehensive resource for freelance writers of all skill levels
  2. Behance: An online platform to showcase & discover creative work
  3. Craigslist: Every day, businesses take to CL to fill part-time and off-site job openings
  4. Ed2010: A community of “young magazine editors and magazine-editor wannabes”
  5. Freelancer.com: Where nearly 5 million jobs have been posted since 2004
  6. Freelance.com: For freelancers regardless of geographic location
  7. FreelanceWriting.com: Daily and real-time freelance writing jobs for freelance writers
  8. Freelance Writing Gigs: For seasoned writers and beginners
  9. Freelanza: Job listings, news and articles relevant to creative & tech contractors
  10. JournalismJobs.com: Founded in August 1998
  11. Media Bistro: The #1 job board for the media industry (Free registration required)
  12. People Per Hour: Global marketplace for independent service providers
  13. Simply Hired: Aggregates job listings from thousands of sites
  14. Writerfind: Freelance & telecommuting job listings
  15. Writer’s Weekly: Freelance job/paying market listings for writers every Wednesday

Membership/subscription (fee-based) job sites

  • Guru: Charges all freelancers a project fee, based on profile membership type, and is deducted from the total amount paid by an employer for a project
  • iFreelance: Freelance members must pay a monthly subscription fee in order to create a profile and bid on projects
  • WritersMarket.com: Offers market listings for more than 2,000 magazines, as well as hundreds of newspapers and online publications. Listings include contact information, submission preferences, types of articles accepted, payment rates and more

Commission-based freelance job sites

  • eLance: Elance adds an 8.75% service fee to your quote. When work is delivered and payment is made, they deduct their commission and transfer the rest to you
  • oDesk: Charges a fee equivalent to 10% of the total amount charged to your client.

Have a suggestion for us? Let us know via this form, or in the comments!

This list is current as of August 2013


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