There is no shortage of companies online looking to employ high-quality writers, happy for them to work remotely from home (or a local cafe).

Thing is, legitimate opportunities are hard to find, aren't they?

The internet is awash with low-paid, unrewarding writing opportunities that force many writers to ply their trade at pay-grades far below what they're actually worth.

Believe us - we've been there too, and it ain't pretty.

Time for change.

Writer's Edit helps new and established writers to help find legitimate, paying jobs all over the internet.

We connect high-quality writers with genuine remote-work opportunities that we consider to be paying a reasonable wage.

Every single job opportunity is personally reviewed by us before it's placed onto our jobs board.

We do not accept paid job submissions, so you can be absolutely sure that every listing is there because we thought it would add genuine value to our community.

The directory includes current jobs and opportunities such as:

  • Freelance Writing Jobs
  • Book Publishers Seeking Authors
  • Magazines Seeking Authors
  • Creative Writing Opportunities
  • Staff Writing Vacancies

  • Fiction Writers
  • Poetry Writers
  • Blog Writing
  • Writing Prizes & Competitions

We keep the directory updated daily, and welcome all feedback from members regarding the listings.


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How do I get started as a freelance writer?

To begin your freelance writing journey, the first thing you’ll want to do is establish a sound online presence. To achieve this, there are a few things you should do:

Create yourself a website.
This is an important step, as a website will often be the first thing potential employers look for when considering a freelance writer. With the rise of website creation platforms such as WordPress, Wix and Weebly, it’s never been easier to design and publish a professional-looking website.

Your site should include a brief introduction/description of yourself and your writing career; contact details and relevant social media links; and, most importantly, an online portfolio including links to previous writing work.

It’s also a good idea to incorporate a blog into your website. Blogging is a great way to keep yourself writing constantly, and it will give potential employers an immediate insight into your creativity and the way you write.

Create profiles at legitimate online job websites.
Sites such as Upwork (formerly ODesk), Freelancer and ProBlogger are essential points of call for writers seeking online work. Creating profiles and regularly checking these sites can expose you to some great freelance writing jobs in Australia and around the world.

But be careful: unfortunately, the nature of online work can make it quite easy for freelancers to fall victim to scams and dodgy operators. Be sure to check the legitimacy of any site you sign up to or any online job you accept.

Do some background information searches and look for reviews from other freelancers vouching for the legitimacy of online job sites and contractors.

Work for free to build up your portfolio and contacts.
We know, we know – the phrase ‘work for free’ doesn’t exactly inspire feelings of joy from any writer! But as an emerging freelancer breaking into a tough industry, it’s often the only way to build your portfolio and get yourself and your writing out there.

You’ll find plenty of opportunities online for unpaid internships and volunteer contributor positions, and while they might seem unappealing, don’t dismiss them as a waste of time just because you aren’t being paid.

You will gain valuable experience, build a solid portfolio and develop working relationships with people in the industry – all key steps towards becoming a successful freelance writer and attracting paid writing jobs in the future.

What types of freelance work can I get online?

There are several different types of jobs that may be relevant to you as a freelance writer. You should aim to develop a versatile and varied set of skills that allows you to juggle several different types of online writing jobs. The most common of these include:

Copywriting – creating written content for print and online sources.
In this field, you may find work as a content writer, writing text for websites; this will involve creating engaging, concise content that is SEO-friendly.

Other common copywriting jobs include writing advertising, sales or marketing copy, which are all different to creating straight website content. You will need to write with potential customers and sales in mind, crafting clever and original copy including advertisements, slogans and taglines.

Blogging – writing and publishing blog posts, often for blogs that are part of a company or business website. Blogging is a content creation tool that has steadily gained popularity in recent years, and nowadays it is common for companies to hire freelancers to write their blog posts.

As a freelance blogger, you may be provided with a list of topics on which to develop blog posts, or you may be given more of a free rein to come up with and research relevant topics.

To gain freelance blogging jobs, you will need to have a versatile, adaptable writing style, a reasonably good knowledge of SEO best practice, and a feel for what makes an engaging, easily readable blog post.

Blogging jobs may also encompass social media management, which can involve writing Facebook posts and tweets and/or sharing blog posts and other content via social media.

Article contributions – writing feature-length articles, often for blogs or online magazine-style websites. This type of work is often offered on a voluntary basis or as part of an internship, but you may also be lucky enough to find work as a paid freelance contributor.

Whereas other types of online writing jobs can often be quite dull or formulaic, article contributions can allow you the freedom to flex your creative muscles a bit more.

You may be able to write on a topic you’re interested in, or contribute an opinion piece here and there. This is a great type of job to help build up your portfolio of writing work, too.

Editing – a different type of freelance work that may not involve much writing, but that has plenty of merit and advantages.
If you’re a great writer, there’s a good chance you can be a great editor as well!

At the very least, you’ve probably got the basics of spelling, grammar and elegant sentence construction down-pat, and this will come in handy with freelance editing work.

Whether a company needs someone to edit the content of an online publication, audit a selection of already-written blog posts, or double- and triple-check their website content, you may be just the freelancer they’re looking for, so always keep an eye out for editing jobs as well as writing ones.

How Do I Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online?

For most people, being a freelance writer means living the dream. But to be able to commit to freelancing full-time, you need to find enough work to sustain you. So how do you find freelance writing jobs online?

With freelancing becoming more and more common, the amount of different places to source jobs online can be quite overwhelming. Here are a few great places to start when seeking writing work online.

Freelance job boards
One of the most common places you’ll find freelance writing gigs is on job boards. These are specialised boards where companies post listings seeking freelance writers for one-off, short-term and long-term jobs.

On these kinds of boards, you’ll usually find advertisements for several different types of freelance writing jobs, including copywriting, article/blog post writing, content writing and even editing.

Google
As well as browsing job boards, you can also find freelance writing jobs simply by searching on Google. You’ll need a few carefully selected keywords – we suggest starting with words like ‘freelance’, ‘writer’, ‘writing’, ‘job’ and even your location to narrow down the search a little.

Often, these Google searches will bring up similar results to the postings on the freelance job boards we mentioned. However, they will also bring up results from individual companies’ job pages, and from places like Craigslist or Gumtree, which can also be good places to find freelance work.

You may also like to use Google Alerts so you don’t have to perform the same Google searches manually every day. Google Alerts is a tool that automatically notifies you via email when new results appear under specified search keywords.

To use Google Alerts to notify you of freelance writing jobs, create a number of alerts for each different search you usually perform. Remember to put search terms in quotation marks to display exact-match results. Then, select how often you want to receive the alerts (we recommend once a day), and choose which region you’d like to see results from (for worldwide results, leave this blank).

Google will now ensure that any new results under your freelance job searches will be delivered directly to your inbox each day.


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What are the pros & cons of online freelance writing jobs?

As with any type of work – especially freelance work – there are both positive and negative sides to the story. We’ve listed a few below to help you gain a realistic idea of the ups and downs of life as a freelance writer.

PROS:

Variety of work.
One great thing about freelance work is that it’s anything but boring. You’ll be completing a wide variety of jobs in a wide variety of areas, using a range of different types of writing.

As well as helping you develop a diverse skill set, this will nurture your creativity and keep you on your toes, as well as exposing you to many interesting clients and subjects.

Flexibility and freedom.
Working as a freelancer, especially one who specialises in online writing jobs, allows you to be flexible with your schedule, taking on as much or as little work as you want.

It also gives you the freedom to spend more time on your own creative endeavours than you might have been able to while working a ‘regular’ nine-to-five job.

Experience and networking.
The range of experience you will gain as a freelance writer is second-to-none. You’ll develop a strong, varied portfolio with experience in many different areas, and you’ll build up an extremely valuable network of industry contacts and references.

Successful freelancing is a self-sustaining business: the more work you do and contacts you make, the more work you will get as a result.

Work-life balance.
Often working from home, you are able to create the type of work-life balance you may previously have only dreamed of.

Setting your own work schedule can often allow you to work the days and hours that suit you best, and if you plan well and stay organised, you’ll have more flexibility for family/personal time than you would in a ‘normal’ job.

Doing what you love.
When it comes down to it, all writers have one thing in common: they love, live and breathe writing.

Yes, many writers have dreams of making it big as a novelist, poet or playwright, not a freelance writer – but if you can work towards your dream while calling freelance writing your ‘day job’, you’re luckier than most people.

You get to write every day in some form and get paid for it – what’s more fun than that?!

CONS:

Uncertainty – lack of job security.
This is a big one, but it’s the risk all freelancers take (and it’s not so bad as to outweigh the rewards).

The nature of freelance work means it can be sporadic; sometimes you’ll have so many jobs on the go you can barely keep up, and other times you’ll hit a dry spell – which can, of course, be a bit worrying. Freelancing is very much a type of work that demands proactivity in return for success.

From the outset, you are wholly responsible for the amount of work you will receive; you'll need to put yourself out there and keep a constant eye out for suitable jobs in order to ensure you have enough work to keep you reasonably well-funded.

Irregular ‘work lifestyle’.
As a freelancer, your working life is very different to those who go into the office in the morning and clock off to come home eight hours later.

You will sometimes have to work odd or extended hours, especially if you’re on a deadline; furthermore, when your home is also your office, it can also become difficult to separate work time from ‘regular home time’.

You’ll need to get yourself into a routine that works for you, setting yourself regular work hours as much as possible and learning when to switch off and call it a day.

Rejection.
When you work as a freelance writer, you are constantly going through the process of applying for jobs, and you will inevitably suffer some rejections.

While it’s always unpleasant to be rejected, don’t let it get you down too much: on the flipside, there are such a huge amount of online writing jobs available nowadays that your successful applications will likely outweigh your rejections in the long run.

Responsibility for own finances/benefits.
With all the excitement of pursuing a freelance career, it’s easy to forget about the benefits that come with regular employment, such as superannuation, sick leave, holiday pay and so on.

As your own employer, you’re responsible for managing the pay that comes in from your freelance jobs and developing a plan for things like your retirement fund, unforeseen circumstances that leave you unable to work, and how you’re going to compensate for any holiday time you wish to take.

Lack of personal contact.
You already know that writing is largely a solo endeavour, but life as a freelance writer who works mainly on online jobs can sometimes get a bit lonely!

Communication with clients is most commonly carried out via email, with meetings in person being quite rare.

This may not bother you, but if it does, perhaps suggest a phone call or Skype conference if you need to discuss something with a client – or simply move your ‘office’ to a café or other public place, where you will at least be surrounded by people for a change of scenery.

Once I've Found Writing Jobs, How Do I Actually Get Them?

Once you’ve found some freelance writing jobs you’re interested in, you’ll have to go through an application process. Depending on where you found the job, you will usually need to submit a resume and/or a portfolio of previous work. You may also be asked to complete a writing sample or test before you are offered the job.

To make sure you’re prepared to apply for freelance jobs, make sure your resume is up-to-date and lists all your previous writing experience and education. Put together a portfolio of samples of your writing – you can do this in document format or online at sites like Clippings.me and Contently.

You should also be prepared to write an individual cover letter or introductory email for each freelance job you apply for. Resist the temptation to use a standard cover letter for every job; potential clients will respond far better to cover letters that are specified to their particular job posting.

Above all, be sure that you follow any and all application instructions given in the job posting. This will show potential clients that you’re good at following instructions and paying attention to detail.

What Are The Best Paying Freelance Writing Jobs Online?

You can find well-paying freelance jobs in any area if you look hard enough, but there are some jobs that will always pay more than others.

Pieces on niche or specialist topics, as well as longer, more complex pieces involving research, tend to pay much better than smaller or more ‘general’ types of jobs.

To land yourself the best paying freelance jobs possible, search for work in particular areas that you specialise in. For example, if you have a science background, seeking science writing jobs could be a lucrative way to go, as these generally require some level of specialist knowledge and as such tend to pay more.

Other types of freelance writing jobs that tend to pay well include:

  • Case studies
  • Corporate jobs, such as annual reports and white papers
  • Trade publications
  • Book or ebook ghostwriting

How should I present my resume (or personal website) when applying for writing jobs?

The process of applying for freelance writing jobs is totally different to applying for ‘regular’ jobs. It’s not just a matter of dusting off your resume and sending it in – most of the time you’ll also have to provide writing samples and/or links to previous work.

As we’ve mentioned above, an easy and effective way to do this is to create yourself a personal website and craft it into an all-in-one resume and portfolio of work.

Your website should be simple, professionally presented and not too content-heavy; it should include a brief description of yourself, your writing skills and experience and, most importantly, a digital portfolio of all the freelance writing work you have completed.

This is usually presented in the form of a series of links to your published work, and it’s a good idea to break it down into sections – for example, ‘Blogging’, ‘Copywriting’, ‘Article Contributions’ etc.

Your freelance writer’s website may be the perfect way to show off your skills and experience, but we do recommend that you still create (and keep up-to-date) a traditional resume document as well. Some jobs will still ask for this type of CV, and it’s a good idea to always have one on hand anyway.

Your resume doc should include all the regular sections and information:

  • Personal and contact details
  • A professional summary or career objective
  • Education and list of key skills/areas of expertise
  • Work history/experience
  • References.

One key thing to note is that the ‘Work history/experience’ section of a freelancer’s resume will be different to that found on a traditional resume.

The nature of freelancing usually means you will complete many different projects for many different companies – and your resume would quickly become novel-sized if you tried to list them all!

Instead, at the top of your work history section you should include ‘Freelance writer’ (as well as your business name, if you have one), outlining the types of writing work you have done as well as any especially notable achievements or projects.

Sending your resume digitally also means you can include some direct links to freelance projects you have completed, as well as linking to your website portfolio.

 


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When Will I Get Paid For My Writing Work?

While you may need to complete some unpaid writing gigs to build up your experience and portfolio, we believe that freelance writers should seek paid work as soon as possible in their career.

If you’re just starting out as a freelancer, the thought of charging for your work may be intimidating. You may be willing to work for free in order to build up your profile and portfolio, and this is fine for a limited amount of time. Freelance writing is a job like any other, and every job deserves a fair rate of pay.

Perhaps start your career by writing on topics you’re passionate about, either for your own personal blog or for sites seeking volunteer contributors. This way, you will at least enjoy the process of building up your portfolio, even though you may not be getting paid for it just yet.

As soon as you feel you’re ready to start applying for paid gigs, do so. Know your worth as a freelance writer and apply for jobs that will pay accordingly.

How much can I expect to get paid for online work?

Whoever said ‘money makes the world go ’round’ was, unfortunately, pretty spot on – so undoubtedly, you’re wondering how much you’re likely to be paid as a freelance writer.

There’s no black-and-white answer to this question; the hugely variable nature of online writing jobs means that payment rates are judged on a case-by-case basis.

However, to give you something of an insight, we’ve put together some basic information about freelance rates, how they are determined and how much you might expect to earn through online work.

First of all, it’s important to note that freelance writing jobs may be paid in a variety of different ways; the three most common payment methods are per hour, per word and per project.

Once you have established your portfolio and reputation as a freelance writer, you may have the luxury of choosing which of these methods suits you best for each job – but when you’re first starting out, payment methods will usually be specified by the client.

Lifehacker suggests that a good place to start your freelance career is by working out the ‘minimum acceptable rate’ at which you’ll be paid. This involves calculating the rough salary amount you will need to earn in order to ensure freelance writing is a viable means of covering all your expenses.

As a new freelancer, you may be tempted to take on jobs for any amount of money, no matter how small – but in reality, this won’t be sustainable and you’ll be doing yourself a disservice in the long run.

So, where possible, try to use your minimum acceptable rate as a guide when deciding whether or not to take on a particular job.

Now, let’s talk cold, hard cash. As a rough starting estimate, Kate Toon, a successful Australian copywriter, suggests that brand-new freelance copywriters can earn anywhere from $60 per hour upwards.

Depending on the type of work, you may earn slightly less than this when starting out (or even slightly more), but this figure as an average seems to be corroborated over a few different sources, so it’s a good benchmark to remember.

Keep in mind that you can usually earn a little more by specialising in certain areas of expertise and writing longer-form articles or opinion pieces on those topics. This is a good way to find work as a contributing writer for magazines, blogs or other online publications.

In these cases, you will most likely work to a standard rate set by each publication (usually on a per-word basis).

Australian media and marketing website Mumbrella suggests that ‘magazines can pay between 30c and 80c a word while newspapers generally pay between 60c and $1’ – obviously a slightly higher rate than you may earn while completing standard copywriting.

What Best Practices Would You Recommend Following?

Every freelance writer works differently, but there are a few general best practices that we recommend you follow in order to achieve success as a freelancer. Here are a few hints and tips.

Get paid upfront
Often, the bane of a freelance writer’s existence is having to chase up unpaid invoices. Most clients will be honest and straightforward about paying you, but unfortunately, there are those out there who seek to exploit freelancers and may even try to get away with not paying you for your work at all.

For this reason, we recommend establishing a ‘pay upfront’ policy. This will usually involve a percentage of the total cost of the project, rather than the full amount, but it’s good to ensure you have been paid at least something before completing the work.

To do this, we’d suggest drawing up a contract with each client that stipulates:

  • The work that will be done
  • The total amount you are charging for the work
  • The upfront amount required to be paid before you begin the work
  • The timeframe for completion of the job and full payment fromt the client.

Always seek a clear and concise brief
This is perhaps one of the most important things you must do as a freelance writer. There’s nothing worse than having to go back and forth with a client, trying to work out the nuances of a job while you’re completing it. This should all be done at the commencement of the job.

Each client should provide you with a clear, concise and comprehensive brief, outlining exactly what the job involves. Keep the following questions in mind when discussing a brief with your clients:

  • What is the primary purpose of the piece?
  • Have I been provided with all the information I need to include in the piece?
  • If not, what information do I need to seek myself and how will I seek it? (Interviews, external sources etc.)
  • For online writing, do things like search engine optimisation, links and keywords need to be considered?
  • What is the target word count?
  • What is the project timeline/due date?

Take the time to edit and proofread your work
As a freelance writer, quick turnaround time is all well and good – but nothing will guarantee repeat work like quality and consistency.

Never be tempted to rush jobs and send them off as quickly as possible without taking the time to edit and proofread your work first. You’re being paid for a professional service, and this means clients expect a professional result. They might be impressed by quick turnaround, but this impression will quickly be diminished by an unpolished finished product.

What Tools & Apps Would You Recommend For A Freelance Writer To Use?

As a freelance writer in this day and age, you’re blessed with access to plenty of useful apps and tools that can help you manage your workload efficiently. Here are a few we recommend checking out.

Wave Accounting
This free, easy-to-use software by Wave Apps is designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. It allows you to create professional invoices, automatically import transactions to your bank accounts, store information such as receipts for business expenses, generate accounting reports, and much more.

Xero Invoicing
Similar to the Wave Apps software, Xero allows you to prepare invoices, import payments (including directly from electronic invoices), automate invoice reminders, and much more. You can try Xero for free, but will need to purchase the paid option to continue using the software.

Google Drive
As a freelancer, you may not always be working from your home computer. Google’s free Drive app allows you to store all your documents safely online in the cloud. You can create documents within the Docs section as well as saving your own documents such as Word and PDF. You can also share and co-edit documents with others and sync between all your devices.

Dropbox
Dropbox is another great online cloud storage option for freelancers. Similarly to Google Drive, it allows you to store, sync and share all your documents online. For higher storage options, you’ll need to have a paid account, but many freelancers will get by with the free option (2.5GB of storage).

Wunderlist
As a busy freelancer, you’ll often be juggling several different clients and jobs at the same time. To keep on top of all your tasks and get yourself working efficiently, it’s often handy to have a to do list. Luckily, these now come in app form to make things even more convenient! One such app is Wunderlist, which incorporates to do lists, reminders and planning tools to keep you organised.

Evernote
As a freelance writer, you’ll probably be constantly taking notes and writing down ideas. Evernote allows you to do this all in the one place, and syncs everything between your devices so you’re never without your notes. You can also save web content, scan and store documents, and more.

Do you have any other quick tips I can use to make myself stand out from all the other applicants?

We sure do! Here are a few extra pointers to keep in mind while establishing yourself as a freelance writer:

Be actively involved in the writing community.
The world of freelance writing is all about making connections and being part of a community. Yes, it can be competitive (like any and every industry), but that doesn't mean you can’t network and reach out to other like-minded professionals.

Platforms like LinkedIn are ideal for freelance creatives, and so are online writer’s groups, freelance associations and societies, all of which we recommend signing up to if possible.

Don’t be afraid to share your writing, knowledge and experiences with other writers; it’s one of the best ways to keep yourself motivated and inspired, and who knows what wonderful opportunities your networking will lead to?

Keep pursuing your professional development.
The best kind of professional development comes directly from experience. However, there’s no question that avenues such as online courses, seminars and writer’s festivals/conferences are excellent opportunities to keep you constantly learning, developing new skills and sharpening existing ones.

As a freelance writer, you will no doubt have already achieved qualifications from formal tertiary studies, but in the ever-developing world of online writing, there is always something new to learn!

The Australian Writer’s Centre is a fantastic example of an Australia-wide institute offering short courses for professional development, with many courses available to study online as well as in capital cities.

Keep an eye out for any courses or events in your local area and attend as many as you can to give yourself a distinct advantage as a freelance writer.

Just keep writing, writing, writing…
We know this one seems obvious, but you’d be surprised by the amount of work freelancers have to do that doesn’t involve any actual writing!

Between applying for potential jobs, liaising with clients, managing your finances, completing different types of work like editing, and performing all the little tasks that come with being a freelancer…you may forget why you got into this industry in the first place: because you love writing.

Remind yourself of that when things seem tough, and try hard to find the time between jobs to write something just for yourself – just for the love of writing.

Whether it’s a blog post, a quick poem, a letter to a friend or a chapter of that novel you’ve been working on, any writing you do will serve you well in both your professional and personal aspirations.


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Can you recommend any other useful resources or further reading for new freelance writers?

Absolutely! We’ve compiled a list of a few interesting reads and handy resources that will serve you well on your freelance journey:

Running a freelance business in publishing – A thorough and useful overview of what you need to consider when setting up and running a freelance business, by Australian freelance editor Kerry Davies.

What do freelance editors charge? – A detailed page from the Queensland Society of Editors discussing fees and charges for freelance editors.

How to be a freelance copywriter – Australian copywriter Kate Toon offers 13 of her top tips on becoming a successful freelance copywriter.

Make a Living Writing – Does what it says on the label! A comprehensive website and blog with plenty of tips, tricks and advice on becoming a successful freelance writer.

Resources for freelance writers – This handy article from AllIndieWriters.com encompasses a wide-ranging list of resources, links and tools to make freelance writers’ lives easier.

Survival tips for Australian freelancers – Some Australian-specific advice about freelancing, which also links back to a related article about starting out as a freelancer.