It’s after 1:00am in frigid Maine, so it’s officially January 8th…but since I had planned this post for January 7th, I’m quickly snagging a recent post about my favorite work at home job boards.
The writing prompt from the Ultimate Blog Challenge for day 7 of January is this:
Day 7: Create a Resources List
Sharing links to sites that have helped you in your business is a great way to get some “link love”
as well as help your readers with some pretty cool information!
Share the top resources that make your day-to-day online life easier.
I published this originally just last month, but I’ve recently had people ask again for about how and where to find freelance writing work…and since the writing prompt was for a resources list, this seemed like a good idea! I do hope this will be helpful to some of you!
1. Blogging Pro: Maintains a list of a mix of blogging and other types of writing jobs. Some include pay rates, while others ask you to provide your expected rates. Typically, you use the contact info given and follow the post’s instructions for applying. Occasionally, the post directs you to the company’s actual website to apply there.
2. Craigslist: Use this custom search engine at onecraigs.com to search all of Craigslist with strategic keywords such as “freelance writing wanted” and get results from multiple states and cities. Honestly, you really can find legitimate opportunities with Craigslist.
Just pay attention to the details of the posts, including whether they are OK with telecommuting or require on-site work, if they have a professional company name and website, and real contact information.
Also, be cautious about giving too much information unless/until you actually get a job offer. Example of a legit job: One of my first instructional design jobs, back in 2008, came from CL – and I got paid the equivalent of about $25/hour (the client paid per project, but it averaged to that hourly rate).
3. Edu Jobs: For anyone like me, who focuses on writing assessments, developing courses, tutoring, and similar types of education-related jobs, this is a great site. It seems to stay consistently updated and includes original job links and all the info you need to inquire about or apply to jobs.
4. Freelance Job Openings: Maintains an updated list of a variety of freelance jobs, usually with pay rates included (per their site’s policy).
5. Freelance Writing Gigs: Really nice site, maintains an updated list of writing jobs by categories such as content writing, blogging, copywriting, and more. Also has valuable articles and other free resources for writers. You can also sign up for their mailing list, so you can receive a weekly “round up” of job opportunities.
6. Pro Blogger: Similar to the other blogging site, maintains a list of not just blogging, but other writing gigs, as well as Darren Rowse’s blog and valuable resources.
7. Textbroker: A good beginning writer site, or to fill in between other gigs. One of the few sites that’s still around since I began officially freelancing in 2008. You can set up a free account and search for titles you want to write.
8. Writer Access: Another site that allows you to sign up for a free account and functions as a writer profile or portfolio for you. WA serves as the “middle man” between clients and writers, and offers a variety of writing assignments either on the open board or as “Love List” or direct assignments. The application process is lengthy, but it’s usually worth it.
9. Write Jobs: Maintains an updated list of various types of writing jobs, and categorizes them as jobs with pay rates listed, non-Craigslist jobs, and editor jobs. Also provides information about paying literary markets and writing competitions and contests with no entry fees.
10. Zerys (formerly Interact Media): Another site that brings clients and writers together in a similar way, where you can open a free account and take jobs from an open board or receive direct assignments.
One of the fun parts of working at home–especially when it’s so cold–is having my furry companions snuggled up next to me!
So there you have it – based on my personal experience of regularly checking these various sites, and yes, finding legitimate, good-paying jobs…even on Craigslist, as long as you use wisdom and stay alert to avoid scams.
If you’re also a freelance writer or entrepreneur, have you heard of all these sites before? What experience have you had with them? Do you have other “go to” sites you would care to share?