Being a freelance writer has never been easier, thanks to the Internet. Finding online resources may take a little digging, but finding the right places to look online for freelance jobs is much less time-consuming than consulting books and magazines for the information.
- Craigslist. Craigslist is a network of free sites that cater to individual cities. By searching your city's Craigslist, it is possible to find many freelance writing jobs. If there aren't many in your area, you can check the listings for other cities as there are many freelance writing jobs that can be done from home. Craigslist carries a wide variety of writing jobs, from resume proofing to ghostwriting novels. But, the site is largely unmoderated and may have a few listings that are not legitimate. The site simply allows people to post jobs, with no escrow service and no recourse if the buyer doesn't pay.
- Elance. Elance is a site devoted to freelancing jobs that are posted by buyers and bid on by writers and other freelancers. The site has an escrow service available and has a feedback system to make it easier to weed out buyers who are potential problems. The problem with this site is that the site takes a percentage of the money you earn, and the money earned is usually less than what you would make on the open market. For people willing to trade a little income for some security, this is a good site to find jobs.
- GetaFreelancer.com. This is another bidding site, and always has plenty of jobs to choose from. This site is not recommended, however, because the jobs generally go for extremely low amounts, and there is a high commission cost on top of that. But for freelancers wanting to get a start in the freelance world, and willing to write for very low pay to do so, it may be worth it.
- WritersMarket.com. The Writer's Market series is usually thought of as a resource for book publishing, but there are also many markets included for smaller submissions, such as a comprehensive magazine market list as well as markets for short stories and novellas.
- Freelance blogs. There are many quality freelance writing blogs that are written by people who search the web for promising freelancing leads and then post them to the blog. Many freelancers get regular clients from leads in freelance blogs, and most of them are posted from websites that do not charge commissions on completed work. There are also plenty of non-Internet writing jobs available on these sites. The downside is that, like Craigslist, you will go it alone on most of these jobs. Many of the jobs listed on blogs are actually garnered from Craigslist, so if that is the route you wanted to take anyway, this is a definite time-saver over making your own city by city search.
When searching the Internet for freelance writing jobs, remember that there are unscrupulous people looking to steal work from hard-working freelancers. Always make sure there is a clear contract in place, especially if there is no escrow available. The best idea is to have the money released in increments as the work progresses so that the writer does not get taken for the entire work.