If you are a freelancer, you know well how important it is to always have enough clients. And if you are reading this article, you’re probably looking for ways to find them.
There are so many crowdsourcing platforms online, but only some of them are the best of the best. Today I’m going to share the best job sites for freelance writers with you.
My first recommendation is to pick only one website among them unless you don’t want to become confused quickly. I assure you, you’ll still be able to find good work and, moreover, you’ll avoid being overloaded with multiple propositions and projects (we both know that two or three big projects at a time are already hard to handle).
Nowadays companies rarely look for staff in newspapers. Sure, they still search for personnel on job sites, but at the same time turn their attention to various crowdsourcing platforms. It’s convenient and sometimes even cheaper: for example, if a company doesn’t have a blog or a website that has to be filled with up-to-date content regularly, it doesn’t need to hire a full-time writer – it’s always possible to find a freelance one instead and ask him to complete a few projects.
To do so, a job poster creates a project, allowing freelance writers to post bids. There are some things that need to be mentioned in a bid:
- a proposal itself;
- a preferred rate for the project;
- an author’s bio and portfolio;
- reviews that the author got from his previous clients.
The more you mention the better: after all, a job poster is going to select a writer based on the things mentioned in a bid. One of the biggest advantages of these websites is that they try to secure the projects as much as possible, so the chances that you won’t get paid in the end are quite low (though it’s still possible). The websites also handle all the transactions.
It’s important to know that though the registration is free, some of these websites may require a certain membership fee. Always check it before choosing the one for your work.
So, let me tell you more about the monsters of the freelance work industry.
Upwork is probably one of the biggest crowdsourcing platforms: two well-known freelance websites (Elance and oDesk) have merged into one and that’s how Upwork appeared. The main client audience of this site comes from Canada, U.S., and U.K. Registration on Upwork is free and so is a certain number of bids you receive after registering, but you still have to pay if you want to increase this number or to purchase more features.
You can find jobs for translation, copywriting, article and blog writing, etc. You can also choose a project with a fixed or hourly rate (the last one is counted with the help of a special program). This site charges 10% of your total rate for its services.
This site is not very famous but still is a good one. To start working on iFreelance.com you have to register, create your profile, upload a portfolio, and then start bidding. This site charges a monthly membership or a certain percent of a project fee for its services. The fee depends on the number of projects assigned to you and allows you to save money if you work on this website for a long time.
Moreover, if you are paying the monthly fee, you can:
- make your portfolio more impressive;
- write clients directly;
- promote an external website.
You can create a few profiles under one membership too: this allows teams to work in a more convenient way.
It is one of the world’s largest job websites. Freelancer.com specializes in both crowdsourcing and outsourcing, and is one of the best places to find a freelance writing job.
You can find jobs for copywriting, academic and article writing, etc. You should know though that Freelancer.com is one of the most competitive sites: this means that jobs are posted almost all the time, but at the same time you have to stand out to get the project you need.
Though this website’s main specialization is graphic design, freelance writers can still find projects there. Freelancers from all over the world can use it, but the ones from the U.K. would probably benefit the most: it is a British website, so the main currency there is GBP (and the dollar conversion rate isn’t too good).
There are a few ways to find freelance work on this site:
- Create a profile, upload your portfolio and promote yourself;
- Search for a job, sorting projects by category, skill, date, etc.;
- Submit bid proposal.
You have to remember that you have only 15 bid proposals a month: if you use all of them, you’ll have to purchase more.
Another one of the world’s biggest freelance sites. It has over 160 professional categories and allows hiring freelancers from your country or all over the world for both small and big projects.
You can sign up there for free and get 10 free bids for a month, but if you want more, you’ll have to upgrade your membership (though it doesn’t have to be very expensive: you can choose one of the low-cost plans).
Guru is good both for experienced freelancers and for ones who’re just starting to work in this field. If you don’t have an outstanding portfolio, do not worry: it’s possible to take a skill test (or a few) to prove your skills. Clients actually look at the results of these tests, so it can be a good way to increase your professional “worth” on this site.
After you choose a website that appeals to you the most, prepares yourself for hard work. Getting the first project can be hard, but if you remain patient and keep trying, you’ll succeed in the end. I wish you good luck with that!