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5 Best Websites to Get Freelance Writing Jobs US, UK & Worldwide

Susana has been a successful freelance writer and editor for 10 years. She shares tips for budding writers who want to work from home.

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Whether you're based in the UK, the US or somewhere else in the world, there are plenty of jobs for freelance writers available on the net if you know where to look.

Anyone can use the freelance websites below to get work. Experienced journalists with solid writing backgrounds, writers of web content or simply those who would like to get into the business of writing for money.

Of course, the more proficient your writing skills are, the higher the prices you can command for your work.

The 5 Best Freelance Writing Websites

Whatever your background, you'll find plenty of job opportunities at the freelance writing websites below. Some of the websites like freelancer.co.uk and PeoplePerHour, are primarily for those writers based in the UK, but to be honest where you live doesn't really matter. Regardless of the country you live in you can join any of the following freelance websites and start working.

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How Freelance Writing Websites Work

Most of the freelance job sites work in the same ways.

Firstly, you'll find two main areas of the site - one for providers (that's you as a writer) and one for hirers (the people who are going to pay you for your work).

In the provider section you'll be able to see the jobs currently open in various categories such as writing, design, programming etc; the hirers budget for the particular job; how many people have already placed a proposal and how much time is left before bidding ends.

Once you've signed up for one or more of the freelance writing websites below and before you start bidding on copywriting work, you'll need to:

1. Complete your profile

2. Add your CV (If required)

3. Upload your writing portfolio.

You'll also need to choose how you would like to be paid. Most freelance writer sites pay via Escrow or PayPal. If the site offers online tests of your skills, it's definitely worth taking a few so that you can show potential clients your level of writing ability especially if you haven't got much of a portfolio.

1. Constant Content

I've listed Constant Content first, because you tend to get the highest pay for your articles there (up to $250 but mostly in the $20 - $120 range). Constant Content works in a completely different way to the other freelance writing sites you'll see below.

At Constant Content you can either write the articles you want to write and post a set price for your work, or take writing jobs from clients who will pay you a fixed fee.

As already mentioned the fees are pretty good at $20-$250 per article, but to be accepted here your grammar, spelling, sentence structure and use of English must be impeccable.

Many writers are turned away, but if you can make it past the editor's standards, who reviews all submitted articles manually, then it's a great place to get writing jobs that pay well.

Sign Up to Constant Content

2. & 3. Freelancer Websites

Freelancer has two websites covering a global freelance market freelancer.com and freelancer.co.uk which mainly covers the UK.

It doesn't matter where you live, you can sign up for one or more of these websites, though freelancer.com does have the most writing work opportunities. Both sites offer many freelance work opportunities for writers, copy editors and proofreaders, as well as freelance jobs for web developers, telemarketers, researchers, virtual assistants, data entry, graphic designers, plus a whole lot more.

If you're UK based freelancer.co.uk is a good venue to get freelance writing jobs, because the pay tends to be higher and far more in-line with UK hourly rates than some of the other freelance sites.

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4. People Per Hour

People Per Hour is an international freelance site based in the UK where you can find some exceptional quality freelance workers and some very high value jobs.

It works in the same way as Upwork or Freelancer in that you'll write your profile, take skills tests, bid on projects you like the look of and build a reputation, but in addition to that you can also post short jobs where you set the price called "Hourlies".

Hourlies don't need to take an hour to complete, but they are set services such as; "I will write one 500 word article on any topic within 24 hrs for £25".

PeoplePerHour also uses the Escrow system for payments. You can earn really great money here, in my experience, much more than on sites like Odesk and Elance.

Sign Up for PeoplePerHour

5. Upwork

Upwork has a reputation among freelance writers for being a poor payer, but this is not necessarily so. You'll see many writing jobs offered with extremely low budgets because many writers on Upwork are non-native English speakers/writers and live in countries where the cost of living is very low.

If you're a native English speaker, ensure that you let customers know this when you bid on work and capitalize on this advantage.

You can get well paid writing work on Upwork, it just means looking a bit harder through the writing job postings and building up your reputation.

Alongside writing for hire I also hire other writers from time to time. I'm currently paying 0.03-0.06 cents per word for native US/UK writers on Upwork which relates to $30-$60 per 1000 words. That is proof that you can earn decent money there.

Write at Upwork

Membership and Fee Options

At this point you can also make a decision about which membership option you want to go for. Most freelance job sites offer various levels of membership - some free and some paid.

To start with I'd recommend going for the free options, so that you can get a feel for the site before spending out any money.

Whichever membership option you go for, be aware that the way these freelance sites make money themselves is by taking either a fixed commission for each job you complete or a fixed percentage based on the job value.

Bidding on Freelance Writing Jobs

With the above elements in place it's time to begin bidding on work. Be specific in your bid about why you would be the best person for the job and don't make the mistake of doing a cut and paste job when writing your bids - hirers really don't like this and it will be a waste of your time.

In the early days you will more than likely need to bid low ($1-2 per 100 words) in order to get a few jobs. Once you have a few writing jobs under your belt and you've received positive feedback (most of the writing sites have this feature kind of like Ebay), you can start to increase your prices.

What Makes a Good Freelance Writer?

The best earners on freelance sites are 100% reliable, deliver their work on time and to customer specifications, communicate frequently with the client and can write fluently on a variety of topics.

Your spelling, grammar and sentence structure need to be good as well, because the customer will not want to have to spend time editing your work. Your writing will need to be fluent, but fortunately you don't need to be a literary genius to get good writing jobs.

Freelance Writing - A Great Way to Make a Living

Making a good living as a freelance writer is highly achievable and makes a wonderful compliment to writing on article sites (such as this one - HubPages) or your own blogs and websites, especially if you're not having a good month revenue wise!

You can boost your monthly earnings at any time by taking freelance writing jobs at any of the freelance writer sites mentioned here. Working as a writer from home can be extremely satisfying if you're a lover of words and it's a fantastic way to get a good work/life balance.

Work around your family commitments, travel and work abroad, work at home in your PJ's, earn extra income on top of your day job. Whatever reason you have for wanting to write freelance it's an achievable and worthwhile goal.

Go for it!

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Comments

Janisa from Earth on July 09, 2018:

I would recommend less popular sites for beginners for less competition.

Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on August 15, 2017:

Very good tips, Susan.

Jeramey Conrad from Northeastern United States on October 15, 2015:

Just took the Constant Content test! Thanks for the link! Right now I'm kicking myself because I should've saved my sample I wrote at the spur of the moment! It was a good one! Thanks again!

Sam Oman from Philippines on June 26, 2015:

Hi Susan, Now everybody wants to work home or specially the content writers. All these websites give them a freedom to work independently. Great writing and great by you.

Mark Johann from New Zealand on May 14, 2015:

Keep it up Miss Susana. I guess this is a job worth a challenge. Writing is difficult for some but to us it's fun.

MeMelissa Johnson on February 10, 2015:

Thank you, Susan for such a great list. I think freelancercareers is a great opportunity for writers nowadays.

Nicholas Pollock from Columbus, Ohio on September 25, 2014:

As someone just getting into the business, I am amazed at how great a resource the writers on HubPages are for newbies. That includes you. Thanks, and quite useful!

Kristi Tipps-Deutsch from Colorado Springs on August 01, 2014:

This hub is super helpful. It offered me some new information and validated some of the choices I've already made. Thank you!

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 08, 2014:

Glad you found the info helpful Thelma :)

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 04, 2014:

Thanks for sharing these useful informations. I have to check them all. Have a nice day!

Susana Smith (author) from UK on November 05, 2013:

Glad to be of service :)

Rae Saylor from Australia on November 04, 2013:

You, ma'am, have no idea how helpful this is! THANKS HEAPS :) Voted up!

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on August 11, 2013:

Great hub Susana, thank you for sharing , voted up.

seanorjohn on February 19, 2013:

Constant content seems a good payer, but as you say you have to have perfect English. My punctuation is dodgy. Great info in this Hub. Voted up.

Vickiw on January 12, 2013:

You'll be the first to know! Meantime, onwards and upwards. Published this morning, and have another in mind. This is probably a form of craziness. Where is Dr. Phil?

Susana Smith (author) from UK on January 12, 2013:

Good luck at CC Vicki!

Vickiw on January 12, 2013:

Hi Susana, loved this article, and have just sent off my first piece to CC. Keep fingers crossed. I really enjoy your generosity and the style of your writing. Thanks for being such a help

christollesseb from UK ME ASIA on April 09, 2012:

Dear Susana S,

Just joined here recently and found your Great Hub! It's packed full of interesting info plus links to so many potentially useful websites. Voted across and up! Thanks for sharing. Christo.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on February 05, 2012:

It's been a while since I used some of these websites but I'm pretty sure all offer a free (but limited) membership. You get a certain amount of free bidding credits per month.

htodd from United States on February 05, 2012:

Odesk is great website with no monthly fee ..All other websites charge fee for that

Patrice Beaulieu from Maine on December 09, 2011:

Wow, thanks for all the links and info about freelance writing websites. It's nice to have all this information in one place. I've used freelancer.com myself and have had luck with it. It's a great place to find work if you're just starting out or have a packed resume.

Danielle on December 05, 2011:

Thankyou! Very informative. I will definitely consider joining some of these sites. I was feeling a little nervous about starting up but now I feel more assured.

Writergirlbiz from San Diego on October 25, 2011:

Great tips! I tweeted it forward to my followers!

Sabrina S. Siracusa on October 25, 2011:

Great info! I tweeted to my followers! :)

manniond from Manchester, United Kingdom on September 30, 2011:

As a freelance writer used to using biddig sites I found this hub really useful and discovered a couple of websites that I didn't know about.

ChristinCordle12 on September 24, 2011:

Great information. Love making money online.

Cathy Le Feuvre from UK on September 17, 2011:

Thanks for this!!!

WriteitToday from Somewhere in France. on August 25, 2011:

Really good information. Thanks for sharing :)

roshall from Ohio on May 11, 2011:

Great topic and you explained things so clearly thanks.

Deirdre R on April 30, 2011:

Incredibly useful hub - thanks!

Amelia Blick from UK on April 01, 2011:

I've been looking at these websites along with a plethora of others myself. Since you recommend the above highly, I'll check them out myself. Thanks for a useful hub.

Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan from Chennai, India on March 18, 2011:

Thanks. Very useful tips.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on March 17, 2011:

Hi sleek - it doesn't matter where you live as long as you can get a paypal and/or escrow account. Freelancer.com pays via paypal; Elance via escrow; Odesk pays by wire transfer, moneybookers or payoneer mastercard.

Thanks for asking - I will add the info on payment options to the article!

sleekresearch on March 17, 2011:

Hi, really love ur article. I have made up my mind to get started with freelance writing, but the thing is i don't reside in UK, US, or even europe for that matter. What sites do u recommend i look into? I signed up with triond less than a month ago and i've submitted 10 articles already but i want a contract paid writing job. Thanks man.

editorsupremo from London, England on March 16, 2011:

Great Hub Susan, with lots of good information on how to become a Freelance writer. I shall definitely add it to my favorites.

Keish on March 16, 2011:

Susan your articles are always informative and well written.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on March 10, 2011:

Thanks for the update Neo! Glad you found a freelance website you feel comfortable with.

TheNeoHumanist on March 07, 2011:

Just want to add an update to this page. Having had my bad experience with freelancer.co.uk, I did my homework into what other options were out there. Ultimately decided on giving oDesk.com a try, and signed up. Very happy to find that you can set your own privacy preferences, and so I went the whole hog and uploaded my portfolio, did the skills test, and started applying for jobs.

Got my first contract this morning, and all's going well. Very pleased so far.

So, yeah, just wanted to share my experience. Hope it helps.

speedbird from Nairobi, Kenya on March 03, 2011:

To add on your list other freelancing sites include guru.com, getafreelancer.com and rentacoder.com

Susana Smith (author) from UK on February 17, 2011:

Profiles and job listings may be public but communications between you and a client are private, so you can communicate honestly and freely in that sense. I use several names at different websites, but one of my favourites is susana s. It's my real name, just doesn't show my surname. You're right to think that it's important to create mutual trust, so as soon as I make first contact with a client I sign off with my full name. If you take a similar approach your boss will never know!

TheNeoHumanist on February 17, 2011:

Thanks Susanna. Just seems a shame to me - I would very much like to be fully transparent with the clients I'm working with, rather than having to not post a photo or my real name. Hardly engenders a spirit of mutual trust...

Susana Smith (author) from UK on February 17, 2011:

Thanks for pointing that out Neohumanist. I wasn't aware of any privacy issues, but I can see how it would be a problem for you. From memory freelancer.co.uk did have an option to make your profile private, but that was before it merged in with freelancer.com. Now I can't see that option.

I've never been concerned with the privacy aspect myself and haven't researched it on the freelance sites I listed here so I don't know which, if any, sites will offer privacy, but a simple solution is to use a nickname rather than your real name.

TheNeoHumanist on February 16, 2011:

BEWARE YOUR PRIVACY!

I joined Freelancer.co.uk after reading this hub. Was perfectly happy with it at first, and had interest on the first two bids I placed. All was going well. Until...

I realised that virtually everything I was doing was public! As I'm employed full-time and my employer doesn't much like people doing work on the side, I didn't want my name to be publicly displayed. I didn't realise it would all be public when I joined so had used my real name as my username. I had simply assumed that, like Facebook, you would be able to choose your own privacy settings.

Nope. Not allowed.

"OK", I thought, "I'll just change my username."

Nope. Also not allowed.

Unfortunately, therefore, I've had to ask that they remove me from their site - after investing hours creating a profile, searching projects, contacting project owners, etc, etc.

Extremely disappointed. I really feel that they've not thought through the full implications of their site design for professional writers.

Does anyone know which of these sites protect your privacy better than Freelancer.com?

AngelaKaelin from New York on February 11, 2011:

Nice list. Here's another one: www.ifreelance.com

AMSpace from London, UK on February 01, 2011:

I wasn't aware of Odesk - thanks!

HartMurengu from Nairobi on February 01, 2011:

Thanks for a very Informative hub

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on January 26, 2011:

Nice article with some useful tips.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on December 12, 2010:

Glad you guys are finding this hub useful :) Another place to get freelance writing jobs is textbroker.com

B.C. Hollywood from Co. Meath, Ireland on December 12, 2010:

I'm really glad I found this hub; great info and excellent links. I didn't realize there were so many opportunities out there.

Thanks Susana S.

coloradomom from Arvada, Colorado on December 12, 2010:

Thank you for the information on finding reputable companies online to make money. I find that when I google knowing who is credible or scam is extremely hard, thanks for the links.

charlesroring on November 17, 2010:

Very nice information but I prefer to use Hubpages.com because it is one of the best writing platforms on the internet.

Dru Cortez from Los Angeles County, CA - USA on November 08, 2010:

Wow, great information for newbie on Hubpages. Thanks.

fayehelen on September 21, 2010:

Just joined hubpages and starting out with this adventure, so great help. Thankyou!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on September 19, 2010:

Interesting information. I used to write for a site that was absorbed by another entity. Was hoping to see them on this list. Aparently not. Oh, well. Good hub.

Pamela Dapples from Just Arizona Now on September 09, 2010:

Very useful hub and well written. Thanks. Wish I had the energy to follow up on some of this, but I'm sure some folks here can and do, so your effort is of much value.

samiaali on August 18, 2010:

You give some good advice here Susana S. Thank you very much!

5institutes from Nampa, ID on July 30, 2010:

Yep. You rock. Great Hub! I'm in the middle of a mean deadline myself, otherwise I'd bother to tell you that all your Hubs are pretty phenomenal. Like this one.

But.

I don't have time to say all that...

Rebecca E. from Canada on July 10, 2010:

Susana-- this is great just exactly what I was looking for, keep up the great work.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on May 23, 2010:

Cool Breathingfresh - Good luck with starting your freelacne writing career!

Breathingfresh from Camp Pendleton, CA on May 21, 2010:

This was a really informative hub! I myself haven't tried any of these sites and am new to freelancing, and I am looking forward to checking these sites out, thank you.

masmasika on May 19, 2010:

Well written.

John B Badd from Saint Louis, MO on May 15, 2010:

I'm learning alot, thanks again.

ladyjane1 from Texas on May 01, 2010:

wow great information thanks for sharing this.

Richard Francis Fleck from Denver, Colorado on April 30, 2010:

Thank you for this very useful article. I will probably check out a few of the sites you mention. I'm a refugee from university presses whose budgets have become tighter than bark on a hickory tree.

FGual from USA on April 30, 2010:

Great article here. I've been rejected twice by Constant Content, but won't give up. At least they pay enough to live on. Will never understand why anyone will accept the subhuman pay offered at some writing sites. It takes time to do research before and editing after writing.

blackreign2012 on April 29, 2010:

super!! I will try one of your suggestions and see how it pans out ty for sharing this valuable info ~Hugs~

Spindle from Surrey on April 29, 2010:

Good tips and ideas. I will be looking over those sites tonight!!

mistrunner on April 28, 2010:

thanks for the tips susana

WebMag on April 28, 2010:

From all these sites I have been actively using odesk and constantcontent in the past few years. As a buyer/customer not provider/author. And I could say that oDesk ROCKS from buyers perspective. I guess providers (writers) could also agree because I noticed a lot of them earn for living by writing through oDesk. Not only people from third world, but from US. There are lot of buyers who order articles only from native English speakers and pay 20$ and more for article. If you are writer you just have to find good opportunities in all that noise.

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on April 28, 2010:

Constant Content offers writers just that little extra bit of freedom, which I which I think makes it a good one for any writers to add to his list of sites.

JenDobson27 on April 28, 2010:

My favorites are probably elance and odesk! I'll have to check out a few of those other ones.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 28, 2010:

Hi Viking - thanks to you for reading and bookmarking :)

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 28, 2010:

Hi Vox! Yep, I did sign up with oDesk a while back but with the low pay offered for so much of the work I moved onto Elance and freelancer.co.uk. A writer can command a better price for their work on these sites I've found. Then again I know that Sufidreamer does really well writing technical papers on oDesk. EUFreelancer might be a good option for you and maybe you could get some well paid translation work?

I agree with you that non-native English speakers often have a far better standard of English and much better vocabulary! It's certainly not always the case though and we have to find the edge when competing with those that can afford to charge 50c for an article.

Great to see you and I hope you're well :)

L M Reid from Ireland on April 28, 2010:

Great information here thanks, I will be bookmarking it to digest fully in the future. You've done all the research and given us the benefit, so much appreciated, thanks

Jasmine on April 28, 2010:

Hi Susana! I'm stuck building my profile on oDesk but when I see how low they pay for a lot of work, no wonder I have no motivation to start bidding. Research is always the harder part of writing as it takes a lot of time. I must add, I've seen many non-native English speakers who express themselves much better than natives (if they studied the language and literature, of course). And as for the grammar, when I do the proofreading or editing in my mother tongue, I still need books covering grammar and writing just like a farmer needs a hoe and a shovel to work in his field.

Zac828 from England on April 28, 2010:

Very useful information, thank you.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 28, 2010:

Thanks back to you Enlydia and Hello, hello :)

@ kvirrueta - as a member of some of these sites you'll already know there are some great freelance writing jobs to be got!

@ lctodd - thanks for the compliment :) Elance is good, but the other freelance sites here are on a par with them. Definitely worth trying out!

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 28, 2010:

@ prasatio - thanks for the rate up and I'm happy to hear this info on freelance writing sites is helpful :)

@ CMHypno - You're welcome. As far as I know freelancer.co.uk is the only one specifically for UK clients and while PeoplePerHour is international you can get a lot of good UK freelance jobs there as well.

Linda Todd from Charleston on April 27, 2010:

Susana, Thank you for sharing all of these sites.I have been signed up with Elance. The other sites sound great also. Your articles is great.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 27, 2010:

Thank you so much for sich great help and information.

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on April 27, 2010:

good info

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on April 27, 2010:

Great information on freelance writing sites Susana, especially as you included some info on UK sites.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 27, 2010:

Thanks Susan, you brought happiness to everyone by sharing this information. I think this is very useful for us. I'll bookmark this one. Please allow me to rate this Up. thank you very much. Good work, Susana!

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 27, 2010:

Hey General - feisty and fiery eh? LOL. I'm as soft as marshmallow :) .....most of the time ;) Thanks for the rate up and I'm glad to hear the article could be of help to you.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 27, 2010:

Hi katie - what a wonderful compliment - thank you so much :) I can't believe I've been here a whole year. It's amazing looking back and seeing my progress and all the things I've learnt - I do think I should have more hubs though, lol ;)

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 27, 2010:

Thanks crazybeanrider - glad it's useful to you :)

Gener Geminiano from Land of Salt, Philippines on April 27, 2010:

Great Susana and one of my great 60dc is showing her feisty and fiery form again... Rated this up and Bookmarked it! Thanks a lot!

Katie McMurray from Westerville on April 27, 2010:

This is another great hub, your so amazing at pulling all the need to know details together in a brillant format that is easy to read and grasp. No one else needs to write on this topic... Well DONE! Thanks and Peace :)

P.S. Congrats on being here a year! Looks like you and I may have joined at the same time, do forgive me however I just recently (three months) started working here, I slacked for the first nine months. :)

Boo McCourt from Washington MI on April 27, 2010:

Your hub offers some really good information. Well written with useful links.

Susana Smith (author) from UK on April 27, 2010:

Hi Pete, long time no see :) You'd do great at constant content because you're writing ability is really top notch. I'm sure you wouldn't have any problems getting past their very picky screening process and it would suit your writing style too. Magazine type articles are the highest earners there.

Pete Maida on April 27, 2010:

This is a keeper; thanks for the great informaiton.