Motivation for Freelance Bloggers, Writers, Educators, and Entrepreneurs





It’s Motivation Monday on my blog today!  And I want to offer some motivation especially for my fellow freelance bloggers, writers, educators, and entrepreneurs who may be looking for work or new opportunities.

I have this information on a separate page here on my blog under Finding Freelance Work, but I have also just recently read posts in Facebook groups from several people looking for work. SO… I thought I would share this info once again as a blog post and maybe circulate it to reach more people, or new people, who haven’t yet picked up this information!

This covers my PROCESS of looking for, and applying to, various jobs, as well as a significant linked list of 21 job boards at the end of the post. 😉 Hope it’s helpful to someone reading this – and please share my post, if you’re not looking for work, but know someone else who is!




First of all, I have a couple of email templates I use, saved in my email drafts folder. I use these as my email cover letters, unless a job ad specifies sending a cover letter as a Word document. When I see a job lead, I customize the email cover letter with information relevant to that job.





Next, I keep my resume up to date in a folder on my desktop. I also have it saved in three different formats: Word, PDF, and text. I also keep samples of different types of work in that folder, such as assessment writing items, reading passages I’ve written with their accompanying test questions, and storyboards. I  also have a bookmark online for many of my published articles, so I can easily retrieve links to published samples of that nature.

         Professional summary at the top of my resume


Then I have my regular job boards I visit online (I’ll share those in a moment). When I see a job lead posted that sounds suitable for me, I prepare my email cover letter and include my resume if the job ad specified to send it. Sometimes for the educational work I do (assessment writing, for instance), the job ad specifies to send samples, so I include those.

Depending on what’s happening with work, I might do the job search once a week, or once every couple months. I also follow up a week or two later if I haven’t heard anything, or if a client or company rep responded that they were reviewing resumes and job applicants.





As promised, here is a list of 21 various job boards I regularly visit and I have snagged jobs from many of them–yes, even Craigslist!  The secret with Craigslist is to use good keywords relevant to your job search and watch for a well-written ad, with contact information, and hopefully a client or company name and/or link to their website. The more information offered, the more likely the job lead is legitimate (most of the time–just use caution!)


I also wanted to add this note about paying for memberships to job boards. Keep in mind you should NOT pay to get a job. Also, these job boards are NOT managed by employers or recruiters (unless otherwise noted); nobody from the job leads sites will be contacting you to hire you. They simply offer a list of job leads, saving you the “leg work” of searching for jobs– or perhaps “finger work” is more accurate, since you’re conducting a job search online from your keyboard or keypad! 😉

But you CAN choose whether or not to pay for the service of someone else’s time and effort in searching, researching, and listing jobs. Some sites also include within that fee the option to list your profile and store your resume, to make it easier to apply for jobs directly from the site. Your profile and resume are therefore visible to potential clients, as well, who may contact you (it has happened to me).

In SOME cases, I feel like the fee is worth it for the quality of the jobs listed and the fact the site owner has saved me the time and effort of searching the Internet. It’s a personal decision.  Most of these job boards are free for browsing and finding jobs to apply for; I’ve noted the ones that charge a membership fee, all of which I’ve tried at one time or another. Those that charge fees usually offer a one-month option, which is good if you want to try out their service to see if it’s worthwhile for you. Just remember to cancel prior to the auto-renew date if you’re NOT satisfied.



So here’s the list of 21 linked job boards in alphabetical order:

All of Craigslist

Blogging Pro Jobs

Career Builder [FREE: Allows you to upload your resume,  a cover letter, and build a profile – keeps stats on saved and applied jobs, resume views and searches by companies; sends notifications for posted jobs matching your qualifications]

Connections Education [Variety of remote AND on-site education-related jobs; FREE: Upload your resume to easily apply to positions of interest – keeps record of submitted applications so you can check on them]

EdSurge [Educational technology jobs; FREE: Allows you to set up a profile, receive notifications when matching jobs for your qualifications are posted]

Edu Jobs

Experteer [6-figure executive-level jobs! Has free and paid membership level options, which are expensive – starts at $24.90/month – other options for 3, 6, 12, and 18 months are cheaper monthly rates from $22.90 to $13.90 respectively, BUT you have to pay for the whole period of time, NOT monthly; allows you to build a profile and upload your resume; choose to make your profile public for HR managers and “Headhunters” to view]

Flex Jobs [Charges to access job listing; you can store a profile and resume on-site. Fees are $14.95/mo., $29.95/3 months; $49.95/one year.]

Freelance Job Openings

Freelance Writing Gigs

Glassdoor [FREE: Allows you to upload your resume and a cover letter, and build a profile – keeps stats on saved and applied jobs, resume views and searches by companies; sends notifications for posted jobs matching your qualifications]


Higher Ed Jobs

Home Office Careers [*Expensive. Charges to access full job listings and to apply; requires setting up a virtual resume on-site before applying; rather convoluted sign-up process. Fees: $19.99/mo; $39.99/3 mos.; $99.99/one year.]

Instructional Design Central Jobs

LinkedIn Jobs [If you have a LinkedIn profile, it’s really convenient; just click the “Jobs” icon at the top of the page. You can also track jobs you apply to; get insights on where you stand in relation to other job applicants based on your skill set; and in some cases, just hit “Easy Apply” and your profile info and resume, if you choose it, automatically get sent in to the employer.]

Problogger Jobs

Virtual Vocations [*Expensive. Charges to access job listings with hiring company and contact info visible; you can store a profile and resume; keeps track of jobs you apply to. Fees are $15.99/mo, $39.99/3 mos., $59.99/6 mos.]

Write Jobs

Write Jobs PLUS  [This is one of those cases where I think it’s fine to pay a fee, because the good folks at the WJ site research for better and higher paying jobs for their PLUS version, for a very reasonable donation of $5/month, $10/3 months, or $40/year.]

ZipRecruiter [FREE: Allows you to upload your resume, a cover letter, references, and build a profile – keeps stats on saved and applied jobs, job alerts, sends emails when companies have viewed your applications; sends notifications for posted jobs matching your qualifications]

**About bidding sites: In my personal experience and opinion, you should stay away from job bidding sites (Constant Content, Elance, Outsource, to name a few). Again, just my opinion, and others may vary–but I have never had good experiences with them, as many of them charge for membership and bids tend to go to the lowest bidder (so you might not ever make enough to justify the cost of membership).

This only devalues the work we do and diminishes the efforts we make to present ourselves as professional freelance writers, worthy of what we should be paid. Check out the recent victory in New York City, via the efforts of the Freelancers Union (which offers free membership and many benefits): Freelance Isn’t Free Act Passes in NYC!



So What About YOU?


Are you currently looking for freelance work or know someone who is?


Do you have any other job boards you check that I don’t have listed?







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14 comments to “Motivation for Freelance Bloggers, Writers, Educators, and Entrepreneurs”

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  1. Lavanda Michelle - September 18, 2017 Reply

    I don’t do freelance work, however I know a few people who do and they like the income. I will share your blog with them.

  2. Allie - September 18, 2017 Reply

    This is such a great resource! I’m definitely bookmarking this. I do the same with my resumes (date them in a folder in different forms). I also have like 5 cover letter templates that I change based on the job. I’m going to be moving soon and looking for a new job, so I’ll be back here to join some of the boards and resources you listed (:

  3. summer - September 18, 2017 Reply

    This is so awesome for freelancers. Tons of great resources here!

  4. Corinne Rodrigues - September 19, 2017 Reply

    What a fantastic resource you’ve created, Karen. I’m bookmarking this while I check out some of the links. Thank you.

  5. Tasheena - September 19, 2017 Reply

    Looking forward to sharing this wonderful list of resources. I currently do not do any freelance work. However, it’s something that I have considered in the past. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Courtney Blacher - September 19, 2017 Reply

    I think freelance jobs are really good for part-time. And this post is so motivating, thank you for sharing.
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  7. Reese Alvarado - September 19, 2017 Reply

    Nice post, now I see how many benefits freelance jobs have. Thank you for sharing this informative post.
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  8. Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS - September 19, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for the list, it is helpful. I am happy that you mentioned you should not have to pay to list on a job board, I agree. Thanks for the information.

  9. Via Bella - September 19, 2017 Reply

    I am so pinning this because it is super helpful. I have been looking for more freelance work especially recently.
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  10. Erica Ardali - September 19, 2017 Reply

    I’ve always been pretty interested in freelance writing work. I’ll definitely put this post to good use. Thanks!!

  11. Amna Tariq Shah - September 20, 2017 Reply

    Love the spirit of motivation… I’ve done freelancing in the past and I’ve been thinking to take it up again for the last few months… this must be a sign 😀 thanks for the amazing post !!
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  12. Amber Harrop - September 22, 2017 Reply

    A great resource and am going to use it as I just got my first Freelance client this week

  13. Janice Wald - September 24, 2017 Reply

    I have a steady freelance gig which is great but it doesn’t pay very much, so I’d be open to additional opportunities. My expertise is in blogging, SEO, productivity, and social media.
    However, I would not pay to join a job board or a job site.
    I will bookmark your article in case people I know need your tips.

  14. Elise Cohen Ho - September 26, 2017 Reply

    Wow. Karen, this is a wonderful resource list. I know how hard you have worked on it and I am sure that many will appreciate it for a long time to come.

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