Where To Find Freelance Writing Jobs

Last Update: September 19, 2012
Where to find freelance writing jobs is something long time and would be writers are struggling with these days.

More and more traditional publications like newspapers are either cutting back or closing distribution to turn their focus online.

There are really tons of job options online for freelance writing in the way of article content, eBook creation, blogging and even ghost writing. There are actually more opportunities for writers today than ever before.

How many freelance writers out there would be selling their skills if they understood the opportunity we learn about and apply here at WA. Even within the confines of our community there used to be a jobs section where writers would offer their services at a fixed cost.

I often wondered why someone here at WA that has all the training available to understand how much money can be made by someone that is truly a skilled writer. I guess the trade off is making money on ones content as soon as it is completed versus publishing it yourself and the possibility of it earning 100's of times over through affiliate links or even Adsense ads.

Much of the content I publish on my sites these days is contracted through writers on elance and I work with freelance writers that obviously have a really good grasp of how to properly SEO and write engaging content that is perfect for Affiliate Marketers.

These folks could be making so much more money using the content they write for themselves if they had the benefit of the training and resources here at Wealthy Affiliate.

Getting back to the question that started this post, where to find freelance writing jobs, there are tons of sites you can sell your skills.

The question I guess I would ask in return would be....

Why sell the one thing that can make the biggest difference in your ability to make money online for pennies on the dollar.

I am sure there are plenty out there that probably make some extra money through freelance writing jobs online and I am curious to get your opinions on how you justify it versus using that content for yourself.
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uridium Premium
Competition is crazy these days for writing jobs, if you look at Odesk, Elance and others, people are writing content for pennies. What I find it much better is to go offline, direct to companies and offer writing services. You can offer to write some content upfront for free in order to make it an easy sale. Then, you can charge 50 bucks for an article and then pay somebody else 10 bucks to write the thing. Call me lazy, but this is how I always try to look at things.
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joniki Premium
This is happening more and more on elance. There seems to be folks that are starting content writing services and employing freelance writers to create the content.

If you can find a core group of quality writers it is not a bad business model. Having a team that can crank out dozens of articles a day where you are making a buck or so per article would not be a bad gig.
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TonyaWells Premium
That's not called laziness, its business savvy! I tired that a few times, but I always end up doing most of the writing myself. I guess I just like things to sound a certain way :)
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uridium Premium
Hey Tonya. Yeah, it depends on if it is for a client or your own site. If your own site then it is important for your visitors to hear your voice and spin on things.
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Willow Tech Premium
I think it is an effective way.
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Willow Tech Premium
What about quality?
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anindochk Premium
I was trying to find that wonder website here.. :P :P Eventually realised the wisdom! :) Truely said. But sometimes Joniki, people are in desperate need of cash to just survive. Probably, in that time, freelancing would be Godlike!
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joniki Premium
Prior to finding WA I tried all manner of things to make money online so I do understand that.
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Willow Tech Premium
Yes, sometimes it is the ugly truth.
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TonyaWells Premium
I have written hundreds of articles for clients and didn't have a clue about how they were using them to make money until I joined WA.

I still have most of those clients, mainly because I am not making any money right now with my websites. I have cut back on the amount of content that I provide others, but writing covers about 60 percent of my income. It's going to take a while to get my websites to those levels.

The good thing is that I learn as I go and I don't have to worry about how I'm going to cover pizza Tuesdays for the family!

I just look at it as doing what I have to do until its time to do something else!
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joniki Premium
That makes total sense. What was it that made you go looking for another way to make money with your writing skills?
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mama2karsten Premium
I would say one can make money both ways. Most good content writers have websites just like template builders do, graphic artists, videographers, etc. On their sites they create content to sell their content. Take copyblogger.com for example: Sonia(one of the founders) writes lots of copy for the site. She also writes articles and content for other sites because she is a great content writer. Seth Godin.com... great writer & blogger, creates the content on his sites & blog to share his professional knowledge FREE. As a result, He sells lots of books about content that he has created... and so it goes. People like this are generally selling themselves as opposed to a tangible product. And they do exceptionally well. Now Newspapers, magazines, websites outsource to people like this based on their authority or expertise on a specific subject. As streamlining labor costs is becoming the norm to contain overhead expenses, companies are now outsourcing these services instead of having the liability of a full time writers... So good writers and content providers are becoming businesses. Take O'desk, elance, hubspot,scripted, writer access,Fiverr and so many more... They have a stables of great freelancers that are true experts in a given field. It is the latest way of doing business and it is anticipated this trend will continue to grow exponentially.
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joniki Premium
I understand and agree with what you are saying. These folks are using their writing skills to build a full time income.

I was more referring to folks that pick up things like freelance article content jobs on elance.com and get paid 4 or 5 bucks per article.

I have used some that have a very good understanding of SEO within articles as well as how to naturally insert keywords into articles.

I have articles that I paid 5 bucks for that have generated hundreds of dollars over time.

Of course I have to factor in the time I use to get traffic flowing to that article once I post it.

I guess I never considered that some of these folks are not established or have a reputation and selling cheap but quality content helps build a reputation online.

Certainly not saying there is anything wrong with people earning a living whatever way they choose.
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mama2karsten Premium
joniki... I hope you did not mis-interpret me... the $5 people ( can be very good writers) also up-sell aditional services and go for volume... many live in other countries and $5 is a lot there ... so many variables with this stuff... just a note to clarify. I think you raise some interesting things to think about. I enjoyed the article. Julie
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chamaltatis Premium
For most freelance writers, they only know how to write but they don't know how to build websites and do affiliate marketing. For like me however who knows how to do affiliate marketing, I am still doing article writing for others just to supplement my source of income while growing my online business. Once my sites are continually making money and they are enough for me to survive, I'll just focus on adding content to my own sites and not write for others anymore.
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joniki Premium
Makes sense to be able to supplement your income with freelance writing jobs while you learn.

Do you ever wonder how many articles you have sold that may have made others hundreds or thousands of dollars?
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chamaltatis Premium
Yeah, I'm also thinking about that. So me and my partner are now focusing on more profitable niches (thanks for the tip in your post yesterday). Once our sites make more money, I'll stop writing for others.
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