Best Websites to Get Freelance Writing Jobs UK, US & Worldwide

1000's of Freelance Writing Jobs at the Best Freelance Writing Websites

Whether you're based in the UK, the US or somewhere else in the world, there are plenty of jobs for freelance writers available on the net if you know where to look. Anyone can use these freelance websites to get work - experienced journalists with solid writing backgrounds, writers of web content or simply those who would like to get into the business of writing for money. Of course, the more proficient your writing skills are, the higher the prices you can command for your work.

The Best Freelance Writing Websites

Whatever your background, you'll find plenty of job opportunities at the best freelance writing websites below. Some of the websites like freelancer.co.uk and PeoplePerHour, are primarily for those writers based in the UK, but to be honest where you live doesn't really matter. Regardless of the country you live in you can join any of the following freelance websites and start working.

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How Freelance Writing Websites Work

Most of the freelance job sites work in the same ways. Firstly, you'll find two main areas of the site - one for providers (that's you as a writer) and one for hirers (the people who are going to pay you for your work). In the provider section you'll be able to see the jobs currently open in various categories such as writing, design, programming etc; the hirers budget for the particular job; how many people have already placed a proposal and how much time is left before bidding ends.

Once you've signed up for one or more of the freelance writing websites below and before you start bidding on copywriting work, you'll need to complete your profile; add your CV and provide links to, or write summaries of, your writing portfolio. You'll also need to choose how you would like to be paid. Most freelance writer sites pay via Escrow or PayPal. If the site offers online tests of your skills, it's definitely worth taking a few so that you can show potential clients your level of writing ability especially if you haven't got much of a portfolio.

Constant Content

I've listed Constant Content first, because you tend to get the highest pay for your articles there (up to $250 but mostly in the $20 - $80 range). Constant Content works in a completely different way to the other freelance writing sites you'll see below.

At Constant Content you can either write the articles you want to write and post a set price for your work, or take writing jobs from clients who will pay you a fixed fee. As already mentioned the fees are pretty good at $20-$250 per article, but to be accepted here your grammar, spelling, sentence structure and use of English must be impeccable. Many writers are turned away, but if you can make it past the editor's standards, who reviews all submitted articles manually, then it's a great place to get writing jobs that pay well.

Freelancer Websites

Freelancer has 2 websites covering a global freelance market freelancer.com and freelancer.co.uk. It doesn't matter where you live, you can sign up for one or more of these websites, though freelancer.com does have the most writing work opportunities. Both sites offer many freelance work opportunities for writers, copy editors and proofreaders, as well as freelance jobs for web developers, telemarketers, researchers, virtual assistants, data entry, graphic designers, plus a whole lot more.

If you're UK based freelancer.co.uk is a good venue to get freelance writing jobs, because the pay tends to be higher and far more in-line with UK hourly rates than some of the other freelance sites.

People Per Hour

People Per Hour is an international freelance site based in the UK where you can find some exceptional quality freelance workers and some very high value jobs. It works in the same way as oDesk and Elance in that you'll write your profile, take skills tests, bid on projects you like the look of and build a reputation, but in addition to that you can also post short jobs where you set the price called "Hourlies".

Hourlies don't need to take an hour to complete, but they are set services such as; "I will write one 500 word article on any topic within 24 hrs for £25".

PeoplePerHour also uses the Escrow system for payments. You can earn really great money here, in my experience, much more than on sites like Odesk and Elance.

oDesk

oDesk has a reputation among freelance writers for being a poor payer, but this is not necessarily so. You'll see many writing jobs offered with extremely low budgets because many writers on oDesk are non-native English speakers/writers and live in countries where the cost of living is very low. If you are a native English speaker, ensure that you let customers know this when you bid on work and capitalize on this advantage. You can get well paid writing work on oDesk, it just means looking a bit harder through the writing job postings and building up your reputation.

Elance

Elance is one of the most well known places on the net to find writer freelance jobs and a multitude of other types of freelance work as well. As with oDesk, you'll need to start with bidding for quite low paid writing work and increase your rates as you build up your reputation (unless you already have a good portfolio which showcases your writing ability.) Always go for jobs that are offering payment through Escrow as this protects both yourself and the client.

Membership and Fee Options

At this point you can also make a decision about which membership option you want to go for. Most freelance job sites offer various levels of membership - some free and some paid. To start with I'd recommend going for the free options, so that you can get a feel for the site before spending out any money. Whichever membership option you go for, be aware that the way these freelance sites make money themselves is by taking either a fixed commission for each job you complete or a fixed percentage based on the job value.

Bidding on Freelance Writing Jobs

With the above elements in place it's time to begin bidding on work. Be specific in your bid about why you would be the best person for the job and don't make the mistake of doing a cut and paste job when writing your bids - hirers really don't like this and it will be a waste of your time. In the early days you will more than likely need to bid low ($1-2 per 100 words) in order to get a few jobs. Once you have a few writing jobs under your belt and you've received positive feedback (most of the writing sites have this feature kind of like Ebay) you can start to increase your prices.

What Makes a Good Freelance Writer?

The best earners on freelance sites are 100% reliable, deliver their work on time and to customer specifications, communicate frequently with the client and can write fluently on a variety of topics. Your spelling, grammar and sentence structure need to be good as well, because the customer will not want to have to spend time editing your work. Your writing will need to be fluent, but fortunately you don't need to be a literary genius to get good writer freelance jobs.

Freelance Writing - A Great Way to Make a Living

Making a good living as a freelance writer is highly achievable and makes a wonderful compliment to writing on article sites (such as this one - HubPages) or your own blogs and websites, especially if you're not having a good month revenue wise! You can boost your monthly earnings at any time by taking writer freelance jobs at any of the freelance writer sites mentioned here. Working as a writer from home can be extremely satisfying if you're a lover of words and it's a fantastic way to get a good work/life balance.

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Pete Maida 6 years ago

This is a keeper; thanks for the great informaiton.


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Hi Pete, long time no see :) You'd do great at constant content because you're writing ability is really top notch. I'm sure you wouldn't have any problems getting past their very picky screening process and it would suit your writing style too. Magazine type articles are the highest earners there.


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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI

Your hub offers some really good information. Well written with useful links.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

This is another great hub, your so amazing at pulling all the need to know details together in a brillant format that is easy to read and grasp. No one else needs to write on this topic... Well DONE! Thanks and Peace :)

P.S. Congrats on being here a year! Looks like you and I may have joined at the same time, do forgive me however I just recently (three months) started working here, I slacked for the first nine months. :)


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GeneralHowitzer 6 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great Susana and one of my great 60dc is showing her feisty and fiery form again... Rated this up and Bookmarked it! Thanks a lot!


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Thanks crazybeanrider - glad it's useful to you :)


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Hi katie - what a wonderful compliment - thank you so much :) I can't believe I've been here a whole year. It's amazing looking back and seeing my progress and all the things I've learnt - I do think I should have more hubs though, lol ;)


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Hey General - feisty and fiery eh? LOL. I'm as soft as marshmallow :) .....most of the time ;) Thanks for the rate up and I'm glad to hear the article could be of help to you.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Thanks Susan, you brought happiness to everyone by sharing this information. I think this is very useful for us. I'll bookmark this one. Please allow me to rate this Up. thank you very much. Good work, Susana!


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CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Great information on freelance writing sites Susana, especially as you included some info on UK sites.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

good info


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you so much for sich great help and information.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Susana, Thank you for sharing all of these sites.I have been signed up with Elance. The other sites sound great also. Your articles is great.


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

@ prasatio - thanks for the rate up and I'm happy to hear this info on freelance writing sites is helpful :)

@ CMHypno - You're welcome. As far as I know freelancer.co.uk is the only one specifically for UK clients and while PeoplePerHour is international you can get a lot of good UK freelance jobs there as well.


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Thanks back to you Enlydia and Hello, hello :)

@ kvirrueta - as a member of some of these sites you'll already know there are some great freelance writing jobs to be got!

@ lctodd - thanks for the compliment :) Elance is good, but the other freelance sites here are on a par with them. Definitely worth trying out!


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Zac828 6 years ago from England

Very useful information, thank you.


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vox vocis 6 years ago

Hi Susana! I'm stuck building my profile on oDesk but when I see how low they pay for a lot of work, no wonder I have no motivation to start bidding. Research is always the harder part of writing as it takes a lot of time. I must add, I've seen many non-native English speakers who express themselves much better than natives (if they studied the language and literature, of course). And as for the grammar, when I do the proofreading or editing in my mother tongue, I still need books covering grammar and writing just like a farmer needs a hoe and a shovel to work in his field.


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

Great information here thanks, I will be bookmarking it to digest fully in the future. You've done all the research and given us the benefit, so much appreciated, thanks


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Hi Vox! Yep, I did sign up with oDesk a while back but with the low pay offered for so much of the work I moved onto Elance and freelancer.co.uk. A writer can command a better price for their work on these sites I've found. Then again I know that Sufidreamer does really well writing technical papers on oDesk. EUFreelancer might be a good option for you and maybe you could get some well paid translation work?

I agree with you that non-native English speakers often have a far better standard of English and much better vocabulary! It's certainly not always the case though and we have to find the edge when competing with those that can afford to charge 50c for an article.

Great to see you and I hope you're well :)


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Hi Viking - thanks to you for reading and bookmarking :)


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JenDobson27 6 years ago

My favorites are probably elance and odesk! I'll have to check out a few of those other ones.


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Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Constant Content offers writers just that little extra bit of freedom, which I which I think makes it a good one for any writers to add to his list of sites.


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WebMag 6 years ago

From all these sites I have been actively using odesk and constantcontent in the past few years. As a buyer/customer not provider/author. And I could say that oDesk ROCKS from buyers perspective. I guess providers (writers) could also agree because I noticed a lot of them earn for living by writing through oDesk. Not only people from third world, but from US. There are lot of buyers who order articles only from native English speakers and pay 20$ and more for article. If you are writer you just have to find good opportunities in all that noise.


mistrunner 6 years ago

thanks for the tips susana


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Spindle 6 years ago from Surrey

Good tips and ideas. I will be looking over those sites tonight!!


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blackreign2012 6 years ago

super!! I will try one of your suggestions and see how it pans out ty for sharing this valuable info ~Hugs~


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Great article here. I've been rejected twice by Constant Content, but won't give up. At least they pay enough to live on. Will never understand why anyone will accept the subhuman pay offered at some writing sites. It takes time to do research before and editing after writing.


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thank you for this very useful article. I will probably check out a few of the sites you mention. I'm a refugee from university presses whose budgets have become tighter than bark on a hickory tree.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

wow great information thanks for sharing this.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I'm learning alot, thanks again.


masmasika 6 years ago

Well written.


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Breathingfresh 6 years ago from Camp Pendleton, CA

This was a really informative hub! I myself haven't tried any of these sites and am new to freelancing, and I am looking forward to checking these sites out, thank you.


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Susana S 6 years ago Author

Cool Breathingfresh - Good luck with starting your freelacne writing career!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

Susana-- this is great just exactly what I was looking for, keep up the great work.


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5institutes 6 years ago from Nampa, ID

Yep. You rock. Great Hub! I'm in the middle of a mean deadline myself, otherwise I'd bother to tell you that all your Hubs are pretty phenomenal. Like this one.

But.

I don't have time to say all that...


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samiaali 6 years ago

You give some good advice here Susana S. Thank you very much!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Very useful hub and well written. Thanks. Wish I had the energy to follow up on some of this, but I'm sure some folks here can and do, so your effort is of much value.


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Interesting information. I used to write for a site that was absorbed by another entity. Was hoping to see them on this list. Aparently not. Oh, well. Good hub.


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fayehelen 6 years ago

Just joined hubpages and starting out with this adventure, so great help. Thankyou!


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Wordsmith4Hire 6 years ago from Los Angeles County, CA - USA

Wow, great information for newbie on Hubpages. Thanks.


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charlesroring 6 years ago

Very nice information but I prefer to use Hubpages.com because it is one of the best writing platforms on the internet.


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coloradomom 5 years ago from Arvada, Colorado

Thank you for the information on finding reputable companies online to make money. I find that when I google knowing who is credible or scam is extremely hard, thanks for the links.


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Barraoc 5 years ago from Co. Meath, Ireland

I'm really glad I found this hub; great info and excellent links. I didn't realize there were so many opportunities out there.

Thanks Susana S.


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Susana S 5 years ago Author

Glad you guys are finding this hub useful :) Another place to get freelance writing jobs is textbroker.com


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Nice article with some useful tips.


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HartMurengu 5 years ago from Nairobi

Thanks for a very Informative hub


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AMSpace 5 years ago from London, UK

I wasn't aware of Odesk - thanks!


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AngelaKaelin 5 years ago from New York

Nice list. Here's another one: www.ifreelance.com


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TheNeoHumanist 5 years ago

BEWARE YOUR PRIVACY!

I joined Freelancer.co.uk after reading this hub. Was perfectly happy with it at first, and had interest on the first two bids I placed. All was going well. Until...

I realised that virtually everything I was doing was public! As I'm employed full-time and my employer doesn't much like people doing work on the side, I didn't want my name to be publicly displayed. I didn't realise it would all be public when I joined so had used my real name as my username. I had simply assumed that, like Facebook, you would be able to choose your own privacy settings.

Nope. Not allowed.

"OK", I thought, "I'll just change my username."

Nope. Also not allowed.

Unfortunately, therefore, I've had to ask that they remove me from their site - after investing hours creating a profile, searching projects, contacting project owners, etc, etc.

Extremely disappointed. I really feel that they've not thought through the full implications of their site design for professional writers.

Does anyone know which of these sites protect your privacy better than Freelancer.com?


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Susana S 5 years ago Author

Thanks for pointing that out Neohumanist. I wasn't aware of any privacy issues, but I can see how it would be a problem for you. From memory freelancer.co.uk did have an option to make your profile private, but that was before it merged in with freelancer.com. Now I can't see that option.

I've never been concerned with the privacy aspect myself and haven't researched it on the freelance sites I listed here so I don't know which, if any, sites will offer privacy, but a simple solution is to use a nickname rather than your real name.


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TheNeoHumanist 5 years ago

Thanks Susanna. Just seems a shame to me - I would very much like to be fully transparent with the clients I'm working with, rather than having to not post a photo or my real name. Hardly engenders a spirit of mutual trust...


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Susana S 5 years ago Author

Profiles and job listings may be public but communications between you and a client are private, so you can communicate honestly and freely in that sense. I use several names at different websites, but one of my favourites is susana s. It's my real name, just doesn't show my surname. You're right to think that it's important to create mutual trust, so as soon as I make first contact with a client I sign off with my full name. If you take a similar approach your boss will never know!


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speedbird 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

To add on your list other freelancing sites include guru.com, getafreelancer.com and rentacoder.com


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TheNeoHumanist 5 years ago

Just want to add an update to this page. Having had my bad experience with freelancer.co.uk, I did my homework into what other options were out there. Ultimately decided on giving oDesk.com a try, and signed up. Very happy to find that you can set your own privacy preferences, and so I went the whole hog and uploaded my portfolio, did the skills test, and started applying for jobs.

Got my first contract this morning, and all's going well. Very pleased so far.

So, yeah, just wanted to share my experience. Hope it helps.


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Susana S 5 years ago Author

Thanks for the update Neo! Glad you found a freelance website you feel comfortable with.


Keish 5 years ago

Susan your articles are always informative and well written.


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editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

Great Hub Susan, with lots of good information on how to become a Freelance writer. I shall definitely add it to my favorites.


sleekresearch 5 years ago

Hi, really love ur article. I have made up my mind to get started with freelance writing, but the thing is i don't reside in UK, US, or even europe for that matter. What sites do u recommend i look into? I signed up with triond less than a month ago and i've submitted 10 articles already but i want a contract paid writing job. Thanks man.


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Susana S 5 years ago Author

Hi sleek - it doesn't matter where you live as long as you can get a paypal and/or escrow account. Freelancer.com pays via paypal; Elance via escrow; Odesk pays by wire transfer, moneybookers or payoneer mastercard.

Thanks for asking - I will add the info on payment options to the article!


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vnsatakopan 5 years ago from Chennai, India

Thanks. Very useful tips.


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Amelia Blick 5 years ago from UK

I've been looking at these websites along with a plethora of others myself. Since you recommend the above highly, I'll check them out myself. Thanks for a useful hub.


Deirdre R 5 years ago

Incredibly useful hub - thanks!


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roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

Great topic and you explained things so clearly thanks.


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WriteitToday 5 years ago from Somewhere in France.

Really good information. Thanks for sharing :)


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Cathy Le Feuvre 5 years ago from UK

Thanks for this!!!


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ChristinCordle12 5 years ago

Great information. Love making money online.


manniond 5 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

As a freelance writer used to using biddig sites I found this hub really useful and discovered a couple of websites that I didn't know about.


Sabrina S. Siracusa 5 years ago

Great info! I tweeted to my followers! :)


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Writergirlbiz 5 years ago from San Diego

Great tips! I tweeted it forward to my followers!


Danielle 5 years ago

Thankyou! Very informative. I will definitely consider joining some of these sites. I was feeling a little nervous about starting up but now I feel more assured.


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Patrice Beaulieu 5 years ago from Maine

Wow, thanks for all the links and info about freelance writing websites. It's nice to have all this information in one place. I've used freelancer.com myself and have had luck with it. It's a great place to find work if you're just starting out or have a packed resume.


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Odesk is great website with no monthly fee ..All other websites charge fee for that


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Susana S 4 years ago Author

It's been a while since I used some of these websites but I'm pretty sure all offer a free (but limited) membership. You get a certain amount of free bidding credits per month.


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christollesseb 4 years ago from UK ME ASIA

Dear Susana S,

Just joined here recently and found your Great Hub! It's packed full of interesting info plus links to so many potentially useful websites. Voted across and up! Thanks for sharing. Christo.


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi Susana, loved this article, and have just sent off my first piece to CC. Keep fingers crossed. I really enjoy your generosity and the style of your writing. Thanks for being such a help


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Susana S 3 years ago Author

Good luck at CC Vicki!


Vickiw 3 years ago

You'll be the first to know! Meantime, onwards and upwards. Published this morning, and have another in mind. This is probably a form of craziness. Where is Dr. Phil?


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seanorjohn 3 years ago

Constant content seems a good payer, but as you say you have to have perfect English. My punctuation is dodgy. Great info in this Hub. Voted up.


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liesl5858 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Great hub Susana, thank you for sharing , voted up.


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Rae Saylor 3 years ago from Australia

You, ma'am, have no idea how helpful this is! THANKS HEAPS :) Voted up!


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Susana S 3 years ago Author

Glad to be of service :)


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Thanks for sharing these useful informations. I have to check them all. Have a nice day!


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Susana S 2 years ago Author

Glad you found the info helpful Thelma :)


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StardustOrdinaire 2 years ago from Colorado Springs

This hub is super helpful. It offered me some new information and validated some of the choices I've already made. Thank you!


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Nicholas Pollock 2 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

As someone just getting into the business, I am amazed at how great a resource the writers on HubPages are for newbies. That includes you. Thanks, and quite useful!


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MeMelissa Johnson 22 months ago

Thank you, Susan for such a great list. I think freelancercareers is a great opportunity for writers nowadays.


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Mark Johann 19 months ago from Italy

Keep it up Miss Susana. I guess this is a job worth a challenge. Writing is difficult for some but to us it's fun.


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Sam Oman 17 months ago from Philippines

Hi Susan, Now everybody wants to work home or specially the content writers. All these websites give them a freedom to work independently. Great writing and great by you.


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Jeramey Conrad 14 months ago from Northeastern United States

Just took the Constant Content test! Thanks for the link! Right now I'm kicking myself because I should've saved my sample I wrote at the spur of the moment! It was a good one! Thanks again!

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