Five Great Sites to Find Freelance Writing JobsFive Great Sites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs



Writers at any stage of a freelance career regularly scan online job boards for paying freelance writing jobs. Professional freelancers who are making a living as writers look to these boards to gain steady clients and increase their monthly writing income. Those who are newer to freelance writing scan these online job listings hoping to get a foot in the door and land that first paying freelance writing assignment.

 


Whether you are starting out as a writer and building a clip file, or you’re well established and looking to boost your monthly writing revenue, it’s important to know where to look for legitimate freelance writing jobs that pay. Here are a few online job boards for writers (some sites mentioned in this article are quite well established, while others are less well known places to look for work).

This article is geared more towards the beginning freelancer looking to get a foot in the door, but should also be useful for writers who have established a freelance career. Hopefully, these web sites will make the difficult search for paying freelance writing jobs a little easier.

Freelancewritinggigs.com

Deborah Ng’s Freelance Writing Jobs is considered one of the most popular sites to find freelance writing jobs. Many freelance writers swear by this site and make it their number one place to look for paying writing jobs.

At this site, you’ll find listings of quality freelance writing jobs that are updated regularly, as well as helpful articles about all aspects of a freelance writing career. The nice thing about Freelance Writing Jobs is that it is geared towards beginning freelancers as well as established writers. In fact, the site has many helpful articles about how to land that first paying writing gig; the article titled “Landing Your First Freelance Writing Job-Where to Begin?” should be required reading for those new to the freelance writing world.

At the Freelance Writing Jobs site, don’t miss the article called “23 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs and Freelance Blogging Jobs” (there is a link to this popular article on the front page of freelancewritinggigs.com.) This article is a goldmine of other recommended sites to find freelance writing jobs that pay.

Accentuateservices.com/xmb

Accentuate Writers Forum is run by fellow Hubpages writer and freelancer Michelle L. Devon (also known as Michy). On the Paying Writing Jobs Forum, you will find a carefully compiled listing of quality freelance writing jobs. A lot of care is put into these postings, and there is a nice assortment of jobs for content providers as well as those who write for magazines.

In addition to offering a listing of freelance writing jobs, this site offers a place for writers to post and introduce themselves, and chat about a variety of topics. Accentuate Writers Forum has given many content providers, like those who write for Hubpages and Triond, a way to branch out and find paying freelance writing jobs for print publications.

Freelancewriting.com

Freelance Writing.com is a huge site with an abundance of resources …

Ten Things I Learned in Twenty Plus Years as a Freelance WriterTen Things I Learned in Twenty Plus Years as a Freelance Writer



1. If you want to become rich, go back to school and become a lawyer or doctor. Yes, there are rich writers but the odds are against you. That’s not to say you won’t become one of them, it’s just to say if you’re in it for the money, it’s no place for you. Most freelance writers have full-time, or at least, part-time jobs. If seeing your name and something you’ve written in print sends you into orbit, then you’ll make a good writer.

2. If you’re a hardheaded person, writing is not for you. Very few editors will work with someone who is stubborn. One editor wrote he received an article he liked but it needed work in order to fit into his magazine. He called the writer, explained the changes needed and asked the writer to rewrite the article. When the editor received the rewrite, all the writer did was change a few words. So he called the writer again and tried to get the writer to agree to the changes needed. The writer fought many of the changes but the editor was able to get enough changed to publish the article. However, after that, whenever the editor received anything from that writer, he simply put it into the SASE and returned it unread.

3. Too many people think they can write for publication without learning how to write for publication. This is mind boggling. You wouldn’t expect to perform brain surgery without going to medical school, why would you think you can write for publication without learning how? Okay, that may not be the best example, but learning how to write for publication will save you years of struggling to get published. (Hint: If you don’t know the difference between a book and a novel or an article and a story or don’t know want an SASE is, you better take a writing course.)

4. Very few writers escape the thrill of receiving rejection slips. Louis L’Amour, who at one time was among the top five best selling authors in the world, was reported to have received 200 rejections before selling anything. J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected several times before it was accepted. I received over 100 rejections before I sold my first article and I still get rejection slips.

5. The first page of a manuscript is the most important page of the manuscript. Believe it or not, many editors decide if they are going to reject manuscripts based on the first page, and in some cases, the first two paragraphs. I used to think this was a rip off. What about the middle and the ending? Then I was asked to judge a writing competition. I learned everything an editor needs to know is within the first two paragraphs. If there are grammar errors, there will be grammar errors throughout the manuscript. The same holds true for poor writing, misspellings, bad sentence and paragraph construction and even facts. (If there’s one mistake …

Freelance in a FlashFreelance in a Flash



Various circumstances can cause a former full-time employee to find herself suddenly freelancing as a full-time profession. Late last year, I had begun planning my smooth full-time to freelance transition and saw myself just about ready to give my employer a full month’s notice.

 

At the beginning of December (just two business days before I planned on handing in that one month’s notice), I found myself involved in two car accidents within three days of each other. With minor injuries, I had the option to collect disability from my full-time employer, but learned that I would be unable to legally collect any freelance income in addition to my disability earnings. Even freelancing part-time, I knew I’d be able to make more than the disability paid, so I quit the job rather suddenly after sending in documentation about the accidents.

The transition was abrupt even though I had already begun preparations. Here’s what I learned immediately after my sudden transition:

An abrupt transition isn’t easy. Different circumstances might have been better, but life had something else in mind. Car accidents, job losses, recessions, sudden relocation for a spouse’s higher-paying job or an ill family member needing care-these things happen and they don’t happen gracefully. Accept it and move forward.

Communicate with existing clients. Be candid but professional with clients about your situation; if they have more work and approve of your previous work, they’ll give it to you.

Communicate with family members. An abrupt transition likely means that you have other things going on emotionally and you’re probably stressed. Communicate with your family members to let them know that you need time and space to work, but don’t afraid to ask for support when you need it.

Once these primary steps have been handled, here’s what you need to do to freelance in a flash.

Week One

Assess your finances using estimates. You need to get working, and fast. Do a rough estimate and re-budget if necessary. You can revisit this in time, but for the moment, you’ll need to find out if there’s any money available for your start-up costs.

Get what you need. Folders, paperclips or even a new color printer-certain things are essential for a full-time freelancer. Make a quick list and do a one-stop shopping trip at the least expensive office supply store. Get that rewards card if you don’t have one already. Save those receipts-even if that means stuffing them hurriedly into a folder for now, and stick to essentials only.

Take on a full workload and keep looking. If you can, don’t take a large amount of time off, even if you can afford it financially (in my case, I only took a few days’ recovery time with minor injuries before I was freelancing). The best remedy for a job loss or sudden change at this point is the reliability of your favorite clients.

Get to work. Once you know you are actually able to freelance full-time, …

Starting a New Business: Freelance Vs. LicensedStarting a New Business: Freelance Vs. Licensed



With job loss at an all time high right now, more and more people are considering being their own boss. For many this may be a temporary solution but for some it could be more permanent. Once you do actually decide that you need a little extra income, you will need to do a little thinking of what that actually means. There are two different approaches to working for yourself. One is becoming a licensed business and filing the appropriate paperwork and the other is to be a freelancer. There are definite benefits to both of these choices. You will need to weigh those benefits yourself.

 

There are different aspects that you will need to look at when deciding which route you want to go. In some states, you still need to file a business license as a freelancer but they are cheaper fees and less paperwork. There are also some industries that you will need additional paperwork and fees. An example of that is in California you need a license to sell any type of monitor or T.V. screen. Many states have some additional licenses and fees for products sold but for services offered there are little to no fees. A trip to your local Chamber of Commerce, either online or in person, will answer many of your questions.

As a freelancer, you will have the benefit of not filing for a business license. This is a definite choice for those that are only doing work from home temporarily or part time. If the business is not a full time or permanent way of life for you, you stand to gain from freelancing. As a freelancer, you advertise your services or goods yourself and do the work on your own. As a freelancer, you cannot have any employees. You are basically an independent contractor. This means that you work on your own. If you are offering labor services, you can hire additional help on a contract basis. In some states, this makes you a business and you will need to file the appropriate paperwork. The biggest benefit of being a freelancer is that you do not have a lot of tax paperwork. You need to keep a log of what you earned for your taxes but you do not have to report monthly or quarterly. As a freelancer, you also do not have any overhead, hiring restrictions, EO responsibilities, insurance requirements, or any of the other business requirements. It is much harder to advertise and you are not eligible for any government contracts or services. If you are only working temporarily or in certain industries, like IT or writing, then freelance would be a viable alternative.

When you file for a business license, there are many responsibilities that go with it. There are many benefits as well. As a small business, you can qualify for some loans, lines of credit, and local grants. You will also be able to separate your personal finances from business finances. This will allow …

Why Freelancers Can Benefit as TempsWhy Freelancers Can Benefit as Temps



When temporary agencies first started out, they were institutions meant to promptly supply substitutes for its clients. Representatives of temp agencies administered employment based on a frequent shifting of associates, which is why such positions were known as “temporary positions”. Throughout the years, temporary agencies have evolved into a wider range of opportunities for those seeking quick and accurate employment that will fit their qualifications. They are no longer called temporary employees but now can become permanent ones. It isn’t so surprising to know that people nowadays are now becoming more and more affiliated with such establishments.

In the modern world of temp agencies, it isn’t so odd to hear a person labeling themselves as an associate. In the temp “dictionary”, an associate is another word for a temp worker. The great thing about working as a temp associate while being a freelancer is you have a flexible schedule where you can tell your representative what hours you need. If you are a freelancer such as myself, this may be the perfect choice for you. The work is very minimal and it gives you plenty of time to work at your freelance job. Not to mention the best part: making extra money on the side.

As any freelancer can tell you, all work is based on a hopeful basis. You’re your own boss, which is applicable to hubpages. You are free to choose how many articles you’re going to write and when you want to write them while it’s in the Content Managers’ hands to decide how much your article is worth. At other such websites or even magazines or newspapers, you have to reach a certain deadline. It’s hard to make a living writing for hubpages unless you plan on writing a great deal and with valuable content. This is why holding a temp job on the side is a good choice, especially for amateur writers.

The one major benefit of working as a temp AND freelancer is you don’t have to worry about job security. Nearly every temp agency I’ve worked for has offices throughout the country. You build up a wonderful reputation if you stick with one temp agency and if you do your research well enough, you may find an agency that offers medical benefits. It also gives you experience in a wide array of companies. In all the temp agencies I’ve worked for, I’ve worked in construction companies, aerospace industry, music industry, and architectural design firms. All of these places not only gave me experience but also ideas for article topics.…

Tasks Freelance Blogger’s Can Do on a Slow DayTasks Freelance Blogger’s Can Do on a Slow Day



Freelance bloggers rely on their blogs to earn their money. They post to them frequently and build up a following and in time they begin to earn an income that helps to sustain them. Blogging is a great way to make a living, but even a freelance blogger has a slow day now and again. So what can you do when they’re having a slow day? Here are a few ideas to get you going.

Market your blog. Join a few social networks and stop in and do some marketing. Find friends with comments that your blog would address and mention your blog in a casual post. Put your blog into your website listing on your profile. Make a comment on your latest blog post or an upcoming blog post that may interest many on your social listing.

If you’re going to be out and about running errands and unable to post to your blog, take along some flyer’s and business cards and put them up on some bulletin boards or leave a few on a table in waiting areas. Don’t be shy now, you’re marketing your blog here. This is a great time to toot your own horn and make your blog known.

If you’re going to be at home you can make some edits on your blog. Add some different advertising for a change of pace or change a color or two around for a different look. Pre write your blog postings and set them up to auto post later in the week, month or year. You’ll be farther ahead and well on your way to a secure income if you have your blog postings ready to go ahead of schedule.

Take this time to read similar blogs and make polite appropriate comments and leave your blog url in your comments. Often people want more information and if your blog has it why not let them know. You could also go to a site like Yahoo answers and see if there are any questions that might pertain to your blog. Write up an appropriate answer and either reference your blog or cite your blog in your answer for even more visitors. If the question is fresh and you have a blog that pertains take advantage of it.

You could set up a blog that lists all your blogs and every time you post a new posting add it to the blog you set up. This could be a showcase of all your blogs and articles or websites that you just make a brief comment on.

Write a few articles for a change of pace and use your blogs as reference. You can easily hyper link your blogs in many articles providing they pertain to the article and are done so tactfully without directly pointing them out.

Update your twitter site and list your latest blog postings. Add a few more friends to your twitter account so that you’re constantly building your list.

You could also take this time …

Targeting the Wrong Markets: The Biggest Freelance Writing MistakeTargeting the Wrong Markets: The Biggest Freelance Writing Mistake



Freelance writers make plenty of mistakes as they learn the ropes and develop their craft, but targeting the wrong markets is arguably the biggest freelance writing mistake. If you’re targeting the wrong markets, you aren’t selling any material. Every freelance writer must find the perfect markets for his or her style, voice and expertise. Sometimes this conclusion is reached after months (or even years) of hard labor and rejection.

 

Shooting Too High

Every young freelance writer wants to land a gig with Better Homes & Gardens or Time Magazine or National Geographic. The reality, however, is that we all have to pay our dues, and that usually means starting out with markets that don’t pay as well as Newsweek. Shooting too high is part of targeting the wrong markets — your eyes get far too big for your stomach and you start querying magazines that probably aren’t going to give you an assignment.

To avoiding targeting the wrong markets in this fashion, try to view your career as a freelance writer objectively. How many clips have you published in other magazines? And do you have what it takes to write for a large publication? It isn’t always about how well you can write; it also has to do with your ability to evaluate a potential market and then provide the type of story a specific publication wants.

Shooting Too Low

Some freelance writers target the wrong market in the exactly opposite way: They shoot too low. They figure that no one would ever want to publish something they created, so they write for publications that either pay very little or don’t pay at all. This can be just as detrimental to your career as shooting too high because clips from disreputable magazines is just as bad as no clips at all. Not only that, but you’re sending the message that it’s O.K. for writers to work for nothing.

When looking for potential markets, find smaller magazines that pay, but that don’t have national coverage or that have specialty niches. This will allow you to build up your craft while still making at least a little bit of money.

Not Playing to Your Strengths

Every freelance writer has strengths and weaknesses that affect the way he or she works and lives. If you play to your strengths, you’ll be able to make the most out of your freelance writing career and you won’t ever feel as though you are stuck in a rut. When you write articles for magazines that don’t interest you or that present problems in your writing, you’re targeting the wrong markets.

If you want to make a career as a freelance writer, you’re going to have to look at each market objectively before you decide whether or not to query it. Order several back issues or look them up online to get a feel for the voice, style and culture of the magazine itself. If the subject matter doesn’t interest you or if you don’t …

Freelance Author’s Beware – How to Spot Publishing ScamsFreelance Author’s Beware – How to Spot Publishing Scams



If you have to pay them to publish your creative works or to send you a book…it’s a scam! If you are a well developed writer, a publishing house will give you money and copies of your creative works. As a struggling freelance writer, you must beware of publishing scams that exist on the internet. According to Mrs. Allen (2007), you should investigate the publishing company that you plan to sell your work too. So many, gifted writers actually get caught up in these types of scams.

 

Before signing any contract with a publisher, please take time to investigate the history of the company. Start, by calling the Better Business Bureau and ask them about the company’s history of complaints. Then, look for local or online writing communities and ask other writer’s about the publisher that you was approached by. Many of these writing groups have information about current scams that exists.

Then, take time to research the many paying markets, which are waiting for a talented writer to come their way. Your writing should speak for itself and it will, if you treat it as a career and keep learning as you write. Keep submitting your work often and listen to the editor’s notes, because they know what they want or need. Never allow other people to edit your work, instead taking writing course online or at the local community center.

Next, search the internet or your local bookstores for books that list the current paying markets. There are many books that deal with every writing market like: magazines for children and adults, novel and short stories, poetry, and song writing. You may find a home for all of your writing and you won’t have to deal with annoying scams. Also, you may find some freelance markets or communities on the internet.

However, watch out for the freelance communities that exist on the internet that charge you money, but don’t bring you any work. Always look for communities, which allow you to speak with their other authors through discussion forums or chats. Only you can protect yourself from being swindled, by the phony promises of a swindler. As an author, it is your job to sell your writing, so spend time researching the market and its preferences.

Finally, never sign any contract without reading it and seeking legal advice from a qualified lawyer. This way, you will know, whether it’s a scam or a reputable publishing company, who is ready to give you a place for your writing to shine. It doesn’t matter is you are a struggling freelance writer or a passionate hobbyist. If you can choose to submit your articles for publication, you should treat it as an important business deal!…

7 Financial Tasks Freelancers Should Complete Early in the Year7 Financial Tasks Freelancers Should Complete Early in the Year



I hate Spring Cleaning. With a passion. A fiery passion.

 

Don’t get me wrong. It needs to be done, yet there’s something distasteful to me about pulling everything I own out of its place, dusting, vacuuming and putting it all back. Even worse is when I must go through my belongings to determine what stays and what goes. If you’re like me, you know what I’m trying to say without many details.

So why am I talking about this while the stores are still intent on selling us candy canes and chocolate Santa goodies? Why am I mentioning a time of year full of new life when many of us are still buried under snow? Has she looked at the calendar lately, you may wonder.

Your finances need a good annual once through as much as you need to tackle the dust bunnies on the forgotten bookshelves. Unless you’re working your freelance business on a fiscal year that begins each spring, waiting for the snow to clear is too late for a fresh financial start. Now is the time.

In fact, there are seven things every freelancer must do right now to prepare for a prosperous 2010.

7. Wash away your retirement excuses 
Whether you’re 20 years old or pushing 50, now is the time to set up your freelance retirement fund.

6. Organize your files 
Archive your computer folders and make room in the filing cabinet for your 2010 invoices.

5. Clean up your bookkeeping act 
If you can’t find out your year-to-date and month-to-date earnings for your business at a glance, it’s time to change accounting systems.

4. Freshen up your tax time habits 
Some may believe it’s too soon to think about April 15th, but if you need an accountant’s assistance for any aspect of your business, contact him or her now before the rush.

3. Dust off the budget 
If you don’t have a budget for your business yet, now’s the time to create one.

2. Toss out your old financial thoughts 
Rather than focusing on how much you need to make to keep the coffee brewing, set a goal of how much you want to make in 2010.

1. Break up daunting financial tasks into pieces 
As a freelancer, you must send estimated tax payments to the IRS on a quarterly basis. Visit the IRS website now to get the necessary forms and mark the payment dates on your 2010 calendar.

The best time to focus on these seven tasks is in December and January, but if you begin your freelance career in the middle of the year, you don’t have to wait six months to tackle each mini project in turn.…

Can You Freelance While in the UK on a General Visitor’s VisaCan You Freelance While in the UK on a General Visitor’s Visa



The Question/Questions
Can you work in the UK if you are getting paid in your country’s currency and if you are working remotely from your laptop? Can you freelance in the UK if you are just using your laptop and still getting paid in your country’s currency? Can you write for sites such as Hubpages while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa?

 

The above questions are all pretty similar to each other and these are questions that I have asked. The main question that I have had was, can I work on sites such as Hubpages and blogs if I go to the UK on a general visitor’s visa? I could not find any rock solid answers for that question, so I decided to ask it in different ways and on different websites but still I received no solid answers. I did receive helpful answers but still nothing really solid.

I even started to Google different phrases to try to find sites that may hold some answers but still never found anything good. I also read many stories of people wondering the same thing that I was wondering and I have read many different peoples’ opinions about whether or not a person on a general visitor’s visa for the UK can freelance or not. Some people said that the UK may consider freelance work such as writing to be working in the UK, while others thought that the UK would not consider that working while in the UK.

Long story short, I have finally received a rock solid answer. If you are wondering whether or not you can write or do certain freelance jobs while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa, then read on to find out whether or not you can.

The Answer 
So can I work from my laptop while in the UK on a general visitor’s visa? Indeed I can write for sites such as Hubpages, and earn a full-time income from writing and owning sites or blogging but just as long as I am getting paid in my own country’s currency.

How do I know this? Simple, because I went to the UK and once I was questioned about why I was staying a few months in the UK, I was told that I could work from my laptop as long as I got paid in my own country’s currency. If you are not earning pounds and you are self-employed and make your money online, then you should be just fine. I got a straight answer right at the border, so if you are a freelancer who makes their money online, and the currency is not in pounds, then the chances are you are going to be just fine.

However, here is a tip. If you do want to stay for a few months in the UK and you are self-employed, make sure you have money on you or in your bank account, as you will want to show them you can …