• Sarah Hawkins

Freelance Writers Guide: Writing Jobs For Beginners

Have you always dreamt of being a freelance writer but not sure where to start?

Well, this guide is for you. It's packed full of opportunities!

When you are starting out as a freelance writer it can take hours upon hours of research to find writing gigs that will except submissions from unpublished and newbie writers. I have put this guide together of all the places that I know about, that will accept submissions from beginner writers. I provide a checklist below of what you need in place to start your journey to freelancing.

Getting the first payment for your first piece of published work feels so good and this guide will help you get there. So if you want to start that dream of becoming a freelance writer check out the details below.

My name is Sarah and I have been a Freelance Writer and Editor for over a decade. One of the questions that I get asked time and time again is 'How do I become a Freelance Writer if I don't have any experience or qualifications?"

The truth is you don't need to have a ton of qualifications or a background in writing. You just need a passion for writing, an internet connection and some way to create documents such as Microsoft Word or Pages.

This guide will provide you with how to land your first writing gig. Enjoy the journey!

What is Freelance Writing? A Freelance Writer is someone that works for themselves.

A Freelance Writer doesn't have a permanent contract but gets paid per assignment. It maybe that you write just one piece for a client or a number of pieces on a regular basis. A Freelance Writer finds their own clients by pitching their ideas for articles, blog posts, books etc to a variety of publications, websites or companies.

Basically anything that you write in exchange for a payment where you are not employed by them full time makes the writing freelance.

Checklist Before you start pitching ideas or submitting pieces try to get the following in place:

  • Set up a dedicated email

  • Set yourself up as a Freelance Writer across your chosen Social Media Platforms (slowly start building a following)

  • Write a few example pieces - (Write about something you know and are passionate about)

  • Get Microsoft Office or Pages if on Mac

  • Work out your niche - (What will you enjoy writing about?)

  • Collate your exisiting contacts into spreadsheet - highlight if they have a blog or website

  • A Desire to write - Most important!

Writing Gigs

All Freelance Writing: Pays Up to $25 - $750 All Freelance Writing has a job board with regular postings. There is something for everyone regardless of your writing level or experience.

Barefoot Writer: Pays Up to $100 - $300

Barefoot Writer is committed to helping you learn to make money, work from home, and land freelance writing jobs to achieve your dream writer’s life. They require articles about motivation, productivity and goals for writers

Crowd Content: Pays Up to $1.2 cents - $5.2 cents per word Writers and editors who are from the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or any country where English is the native language can make money on this platform. The pay can be quite low.

Dollar Stretcher: Pays Up to $10 c per word

Dollar Stretcher are looking for in depth articles with practical ideas that people can employ to help them stretch their dollars and live better for less. They only pay for articles that will be published in the print newsletter. Please query your article idea before submitting it.

Eating Well: Pays Up to $1 per word

EatingWell is a food magazine that focuses exclusively on eating healthfully. They welcome ideas from new writers. If you haven't worked with them before, it's best to start off pitching front-of-book ideas, even if you're an established writer.

Freelance Writing Jobs: Pays $ Various

Weekly newsletter with paying freelance and part-time writing jobs, and details of editors actively-seeking pitches. All UK- based. In your inbox every Thursday. Compiled by Sian Meades-Williams.

Her View From Home: Pays Up to $10 - $100 Her View From Home welcomes new writers! They pay for both original and previously published content. Idealy articles be in the 600-800-word range. Payments are based on unique pageviews that are recorded for 30 days after your original or previously published article goes live.

Listverse: Pays Up to $100 You just need to have great English, a sense of humor, a love for things unusual or interesting and be in one of the following countries: US, UK, NZ, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. You write your list (10 items per list minimum).

Wanderlust: Pays Up to $220 Open for submissions for: destination features, trip planners, dispatches, round ups, advice, 24 hour pocket guides and wander sleeps.

I hope this guide has helped you take your first steps towards your journey as a freelance writer, for even more writing gigs please check out my full guide which is currently free on gumroad. Please click here

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