I’ve been freelancing since last September accepting content marketing article assignments. I’ve learned a few things along the way that may help those of you looking for a side hustle. I mentioned freelancing as an option on my list of Top Jobs for Coaches’ Wives. Since then I’ve received several inquiries as to which sites are my favorite and which to avoid.
Freelancing Requires Structure
Freelancing is a job where you have the opportunity to take control of your weekly income, but you have to work for your check. There is nothing passive about freelancing. I found that setting up office hours so that I blocked off time where I knew I would write was an effective way to keep freelancing assignments comings. If I didn’t have something to write during my next block that indicated I needed to start searching for a new assignment.
The more you write, the better you’ll become. However, it’s also important to know that you will have to spend time researching your subject. So, make sure you take assignments with subjects you’re familiar with. Check out Top 30 In-Demand Freelance Skills to Learn in 2021 for more details about the different types of freelancing opportunities available.
Here are my Favorite Freelancing Sites:
My favorite site for freelancing jobs is Writers Access. As a content marketing writer, I was able to build a solid list of clients within a few weeks of submitting my profile. I receive 6-8 content assignment offers on average each pay period which is every two weeks.
I don’t accept every assignment offered, but most of them are accepted early in the week and have due dates over the weekend giving me several days to work on each article. In addition to each client who sends me steady work, Writers Access does a great job of marketing themselves so there are always new opportunities to apply through a casting call.
Writers Access is the top site on my list for two specific reasons. First, compared to other sites they pay well and provide a reasonable structure to receive raises. Your inital level (and pay rate) is determined by a grammar test you take online. Second, every assignment I accept is a guaranteed payment as long as I complete the work. There is never a time when I write for free.
Writers Access is a great platform for more than content writers. They have sections for copywriters, legal writers and tech writers as well.
nDash allows you to set your own rates and pitch assignments before you do the work. This means you will be paid for every assignment you receive. nDash provides profile coaching and encourages writers to let their personalities shine.
Although there is a lot of opportunities available on nDash I found the structure similar to LinkedIn and with all the other writing I’m doing I don’t have the time to focus on pitching. That being said, the freedom to set your own rates is great, but you also need to set competitive rates or you may be beat out by other writers even if they are less experienced.
Verblio (formerly BlogMutt) was the first site I wrote for, and it was a perfect way to gain experience and confidence. Verblio pays well for the number of words required with each assignment, but there is not a guarantee the article you submit will be chosen. This means that you may write a lot of articles and not sell them.
I love that Verblio allows you to write as many articles as you want within your level. I also like that the level is initially determined by a grammar test, but there is also the opportunity to raise your level and therefore your word count opportunities. The longer the article, the more you will be paid if you sell the content.
Other Freelancing Sites to Explore
I’ve compiled a list of freelancing websites you may consider exploring for additional work. Not all freelancing sites are legitimate. Any website that requires you to pay in advance is not worth your time. The websites listed below have been included because I personally know someone who uses the site to find freelancing projects.
- Constant Content
- CopyWriter Today
- Pay Per Content
This article was originally published on March 13, 2018, and has been updated in April 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and completeness.