Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners: Getting Started Online

Those looking to work from home have far more opportunities available than they may initially think. Freelance writing in itself, for example, offers dozens of shots for freedom to the right individual. Every blogger and website owner needs online content, after all.

From product descriptions to blog posts to expert articles and eBooks, there is a little something for every aspiring freelance writer. This post focuses primarily on writing blog posts and articles. These short works usually range from 350 to 1,000 words. Blog posts tend to be more conversational in tone, while an exert article may require quite a bit of research and instruction.

Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners

Skills Required for Freelance Writing

You must have above par English and grammar skills. In addition to being able to write well, you also need to be organized and self-motivated to work at home.

Getting Started Writing Online

Make it easy on yourself and avoid trying to appeal to the masses. It will be far easier to market yourself and demand a good wage if you can offer specialized services. That applies to writing as well. Assess your knowledge and identify your niche(s). If you come from an educational or medical background, there is a large demand for that knowledge online. If you have a passion for travel, fashion or food, there is plenty of room for you too. Anyone can rehash general information. Website owners and bloggers are looking to hire those that know what they are talking about and can connect with readers on a personal level. Don’t leave anything off the table! If you are great at coupon matchups, there is a job out there for you.

Get Writing Clients

There are a number of places to find writing clients. First and foremost, reach out to your personal network. You likely know a few bloggers or small business owners, ask if they need help (or know someone who does). A few places to find clients online:

Fiverr is looking for a content writer

Even when you have plenty of clients, continue marketing and creating a prospect list for future reference. It is also a good idea to start a website or blog to share links to published articles for those interested in your services. A blog can also serve as a place to post writing samples while attempting to land those first clients.

Important Tips

No free samples – one good reason to start that blog is so you can provide sample upon sample of your writing style without having to create custom samples (which occasionally are mistaken for free content by the requester).

Follow the application instructions – provide links to examples, share your background and keep if brief

Be Careful with Content Mills – There are many freelance writing jobs for beginners to be found at so-called “content mills.” These are essentially sites that act as a middleman between the writer and the client. While there may be plenty of work at sites like Textbroker and HireWriters, you may be starting out at around $.01 per word. That is $5 for a 500-word article. That may be acceptable if you stick within your industry of expertise and can whip out articles in 10 minutes. But if it is taking you one hour to research and write an article, that isn’t such a good deal. claims to pay $20 for each accepted article.

Continue Learning and Growing

In addition to ongoing marketing, you also need to keep up on the industry. Follow freelance writing blogs and forums. Commit to honing your craft and moving up. A few popular, trusted sources of freelance writing information:

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  1. says

    freelancing is the best way to earn money while sitting at home …and if you have good communication skills and great vocabulary sets you can start earning from day one

  2. mariam aditya says

    I’m a Mom and I’m new for this, can you help me to find the trusted website that really pay? My husband tried once, but the client said that his articles were not good enough and he didn’t pay. I couldn’t beleive it, coz my husband is a professional writer and blogger. That story really affected me.

  3. says

    Great tips, useful inks and excellent post! For those who are looking for a writing site that pays a bit more than most, try Constant Content. I made @$2000 in my first two months there, writing part-time. If you want to really succeed on this site, you may want to check out my eBook ‘The Freelance Writer’s Guide to Making Money on’ (available on Amazon).
    You need to be a decent writer with good grammar, but you set your own prices and can make reasonable money if you put the effort in.

    Kevin Casey

      • says

        Angie, I should also mention that I got a nice blogging job from this very list of resources! I am currently writing 500-600 word blog posts for an outdoor products company that I applied to from ‘Freelancing Writing Jobs’ ( Great clients who appreciate quality, and (at least for now) steady work.

        Writers often feel they have to look for work locally. Not so: this job was in Texas, and I live in Australia!

        Kevin Casey

  4. courtneyconover says

    Wow! This post is a fantastic resource, and you clearly know your stuff. I’ve been writing professionally for years now, and I didn’t know HALF of this…granted, I still haven’t truly made the transition over to writing for the Web as opposed to print — and that is half of my problem right there. Grrrr.

    I need to get with the times…

    Happy SITS Day, and enjoy the love. <3

    Courtney Conover

    • says

      Hi Courtney –

      I found the transition from writing for print books to writing for websites a bit of an adjustment too. The main difference is the length of paragraphs. These can go one forever in print, but I try to reduce my online paragraphs to 3-5 sentences for the shorter-attention -span web reader.

      Kevin Casey

  5. cantijustorbit says

    This is a great resource — I hadn’t considered looking for paid writing jobs, but might do so in the future. Thank you for sharing!

  6. says

    This is excellent. There were so many sites in your article that I wasn’t familiar with. I have a whole list of things to do now this weekend! Thank you!

  7. anotherjennifer says

    When I started doing freelance writing, I went with who I knew locally. Hooking up with some marketing companies and website designers who always had a need for copywriting really helped get me started.

  8. says

    This is really helpful information, thanks so much for sharing! I write for television, and am just transitioning now to print. It is quite different, but I am so enjoying the challenge. I had thought recently about looking for other writing jobs, and will try some of the resources you’ve suggested.

  9. says

    Hi! I’m a beginner in freelancing. like to write poetry and short stories. I also like writing articles about parenting, pregnancy, relationships, animals, writing, and language. I would like to enquire about any jobs available in those categories. Thank you!

  10. Akila Krishnamurthy says

    Thank you very much, Angie. This article was very helpful. I’m thinking of doing freelance writing at least once during the holidays, and it’s nice to know that I get paid for these stuff, but could you tell me how they pay, exactly? (I am totally new to this, and have zero experience, so…)

    I just want to stay foolproof.

    And I would be glad if you had any tips for beginners! Thank you!

  11. Autumn says

    I’m currently an editor for a well known insurance company, but with a little one on the way, I’m looking into ways to make money outside of my 9-5. I’m interested in starting local and was wondering if you had any advice on pricing if essentially cold calling for clients? Thanks!

  12. lyubov podolskaya says

    Amazing article Angie, just wandering if you have the same or similar research done for website owner , blog owner on how to heir a freelance writer on a giving topic? and what would be your opinion for owner to provide to the writer as a direction , subtopic and so on
    thank you in advance luba

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