Where to Get Started as a Freelance Writer

Search online writing jobs from home for beginners

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Writing is a versatile profession, and freelancing is a lucrative way for a professional writer to earn money from home. However, beginners must take the time to build a brand. If you are just starting out as a freelance writer, identify your areas of expertise and be prepared with writing examples before you start your search. 

Most of the businesses listed here contract with people based on a writing sample, rather than a resume and most use independent contractors, rather than employees, so...MORE the flow of work isn't always predictable. These are good places for the talented beginner to build some credibility and accumulate a body of work to show to more selective publishers. Also, these outlets can help writers build a social media following, which is essential to a successful writing career in the long run.

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    Worldwide crowdsourcing company Clickworker hires independent contractors for writing jobs as well as data entry, translation, research and other micro jobs. The company pays on a per piece basis. Registration and qualifying assessments are necessary before workers, called click workers by the company, can accept tasks for payment. 

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    OneSpace offers micro jobs in general writing as well as detailed writing assignments to freelancers. Writers must pass a series of assessments and build a credibility score to access each type of work. The work is submitted, the writer receives feedback, and payment is made to PayPal the next day after work is approved.

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    HubPages bills itself as the "leading online publishing ecosystem." Writers sign up and publish their work to their hub. Revenue from Adsense and affiliates is split with HubPages. There is no earnings guarantee. Your earnings are dependent on your site's ability to attract viewers. Successful writers add fresh content to their sites regularly, and even they take a few months before they begin to see payouts.

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    Listverse pays writers $100 for original 1,500-word quirky articles in list form. Writers choose their topics and supply links to reputable sources for fact verification. Listverse looks for offbeat lists, lists that look at something normal in an unexpected way (Example: Ways College Makes You Dumber), and lists about misconceptions or hidden facts. Payment is made through PayPal exclusively.

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    Writers choose article topics from a supplied pool of questions that cover a range of categories including finance, technology, beauty, nutrition, fashion, gardening and more. Each writer is assigned to a personal editor to hone their skills. After your first batch of articles is approved, payment is made within a couple of days to PayPal. WiseGeek writers are asked to write at least five articles a week.

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    Scripted freelancers pitch assignments directly to customers. They can write in any industry where they have expertise. Although each job has a minimum price, writers can set their rates. Guaranteed payment is made five days after the work is accepted. If work is rejected, writers can qualify for partial payment.

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    BlogMutt is an easy-to-understand premise. You write blog posts for businesses. If they buy those posts, then you get paid. If they don't buy them, you don't get paid, but the posts remain online, and the site says most (about 90 percent) are purchased eventually. You earn points for the volume of your work. Eventually, those points open up higher paying work writing longer posts. Writers are paid through PayPal. The company welcomes new writers and experienced freelancers alike.

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    Writers with Konsus work directly with a project manager who handles all communications with the client. This leaves writers free to write, rather than spending time looking for work. The site posts a constant stream of projects from which to choose. Payment is guaranteed on time, even if the client pays late or not at all. 

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    Zen Content offers writing jobs for product descriptions, FAQs, ad copy, listicles, slideshows, articles, blog posts and buying guides. Writers work in industries with which they are familiar, and each piece of completed work is evaluated for quality. The company welcomes new freelancers and promises to help them grow in their skills. Best practices are available to writers in regularly scheduled webinars. 

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    Writers at Skyword open an account, supply content samples in their areas of expertise and a list of social accounts. When their portfolio is complete, they are chosen to write blogs, media posts and feature articles in their areas of expertise. Access to good-paying articles is determined by the strength of the portfolio, so make sure your portfolio showcases your best work when you apply. The site pays twice a month through PayPal for approved work.