Are you just starting out as a freelance writer? Not sure where to look for jobs?
Well, apart from pitching and approaching business for work you can look online at content mills, job boards and social media.
Finding jobs on Content Mills
I don’t know about you, but I dislike content mills. I tried my hand at different ones such as freelancer.com and found the juice simply wasn’t worth the squeeze.
One of the main reasons I became a freelance writer to earn money and contribute to our home budget and savings. Content mills make this hard to achieve. I found I had to spend hours of my already limited time scouring the sites for semi-reasonable paying jobs.
There are thousands of freelancers on content mills that you need to compete against. Many of them are happy to be paid ridiculously low sums for their work. It is very hard to compete against that. You are trying to stand out in a pool of thousands of like-minded people.
Having said that, I did find a long-term client through one content mill site. I worked for them for a few months, and when I had established a solid working relationship I wrote an email letting them know I was increasing my prices. It was a gut churning moment. I was sure that they were going to tell me to go jump. To my surprise they accepted my new rates without question.
You may be asking yourself why I sent an email increasing my prices if I believed they would end our working relationship.
I had done a lot of reading about increasing prices, and decided the risk was worth it. I couldn’t continue working for peanuts and knew the work I was producing was worth a lot more.
Even though I dislike content mills, if you have the time and energy to spend scouring the site for good jobs then they can pay off.
As a work-at-home-mum to 2 young children I simply do not have the time free for this. So instead, I turn to job boards.
Using Job Boards to find freelance writing projects.
Job boards can be a great source of quality freelance writing jobs. And the best part is most of them are FREE! (Unlike many of the content mills you need to pay a membership for depending on how many bids on jobs you place a month).
One major difference I found between job boards and content mills is the quality of the jobs. For the most part you will find better paying projects on job boards. You will still get the occasional bad egg that pretty much wants you to work for free. However, these are fewer than on content mills.
Searching job boards can still be time-consuming, just like content mills. However I consider this time well spent as the quality of jobs is much higher. I dedicate an hour at the beginning and towards the end of each week (usually Monday and Thursday), to search for and apply to jobs.
What job boards do I use?
There are many options out there. You could easily get lost and spend most of your time searching various job boards.
My tip is to check out as many as you can and then narrow your choices down. Pick a few job boards that you find easy to navigate, have jobs in your niche and look reputable, and that will hopefully pay a reasonable amount.
Here’s the few that I regularly use:
Whilst I have had success with free job boards there are a few considerations:
There is still a lot of competition. You have to compete against hundreds of other writers in your niche. Therefore, you need to work hard and hustle to be noticed.
You need to check various job boards to find reputable listings. This is why I put time aside specifically to sort through all the projects listed on the few job boards I check.
Finding Jobs through Social Media.
Social Media is not just a platform to check what everyone else is up to, post updates and promote your business. You can also use several social media channels to search for jobs.
Follow Tweets on job boards.
I follow several different “job boards” on twitter. Depending on who you follow you will see daily or weekly job postings pop up on your twitter feed.
Searching for jobs on Facebook
You can use the search bar on Facebook to find jobs. It is a great tool!
Simply type in something along the lines of “blogger wanted” and see what pops up. I click “posts” on the top bar so you see public posts of anyone searching for a blogger. On the left hand side you can change the dates so you only see recently added posts.
You can narrow your search too, such as “health blogger wanted”.
Using LinkedIn to find freelance writing jobs
LinkedIn, whilst technically a social media channel, is different from the rest. It is specifically designed for professionals and business.
Developing a professional LinkedIn page is a great way to showcase your work and experience. It is another marketing tool. But you can also use it to search for jobs.
One way is through the job suggestions that LinkedIn provides you. When you create your profile you input what career interests you have, and this is how LinkedIn populates suggestions for you.
Another way is by actively searching for jobs. I have found the best way to do this is obviously through the search function. However rather than looking at the jobs tab I look at the content tab.
I simply type in “looking for a freelance writer” (or something like that), press search and then click on the Content Tab. You can also niche down. For example: “looking for a health freelance writer”.
I am surprised by how effective searching through social media is. You should give it a try today.
I would love to hear about your experiences with content mills, job boards and social media. The good, the bad and the ugly! Post your stories below.
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