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The Best Freelance Writing Websites

Updated on June 15, 2010

So you’re a freelance writer, and you’re good. No, you’re really good. You’ve written dozens of articles, short stories – perhaps even a novel – and you know that some of the words you’ve created are pure gold. You know that these words deserve recognition and that they deserve money.

It should be your lifestyle: long mornings of writing of whatever you want.

So why isn’t it?

The best, and most fixable, answer to this question is that you just haven’t found the right freelance website; you haven’t discovered the best freelance writers websites which can get you to that next step. Of course it could just be that you’re grammar is poor, or you’re characters just aren’t likable, but that’s for another time. The world needs more positive attitude anyways, so it’s better to assume that the problem lies beyond the skills of your hand and that you do have the skill for writing freelance sites.

The good news: the problem is very fixable. Once you find that freelance site, or find a single employer who absolutely loves your writing, then the world opens up around you. It’s like momentum, and once it gets going, grows big enough, it will be hard to stop.

If you want to become the best freelance writer you need to begin with the best freelance writer websites.  And this begins with finding the right site and making the best freelance portfolio - the bigger and better that becomes the bigger and better you become. 

With this in mind, here is my list of the best freelancing websites.


2. iFreelance (www.ifreelance.com)

Pros:

  • i. Commission free.

  • ii. Communication between buyer and provider has a very relaxed style; choose any way you want to communicate and not be penalized for it.

  • iii. Very ‘promote yourself’ friendly. Boast openly about your skills and be rewarded for it.

  • iv. Customer Support is almost open 24/7.

  • v. Much less crowded then other freelance websites = less competition.

Cons:

  • i. Membership fee required for all levels.

  • ii. Not as commercial as other sites, and lack of ‘big’ projects.

  • iii. Much more oriented on website design and coding than writing.

  • iv. Payment occurs externally, and therefore there is a risk of have incomplete transactions.


    Bottom line: A nice place to go if you already have some establishment in the freelance world. Buyers will easily find you and can easily find them.

1. Elance (www.elance.com )


Pros:

  • i. Thousands upon thousands of jobs, ranging in many different freelance areas.

  • ii. Four different types of membership, including a free one.

  • iii. Clean and concise interface that focuses on the easy communication between employer and employee (communication can be done entirely on the site, via the interfaced message boards.)

  • iv. Great way to start a freelance portfolio; you can take tests that show your skills to the employers, as well as show all the certificates that you’ve earned from various institutions.

  • v. Registration is easy and straightforward. No credit card, address, or any serious private information needed.

  • vi. Payment is done entirely through the site, and there are no external transactions, making a much less strenuous process.

Cons:

  • i. A wide range of competition to obtain the job you desire.

  • ii. The site is required to take a commission of 4 – 6 % on the income of every job you complete.

  • iii. The free membership only allows you to make a proposal to ten jobs per month; therefore if you want to make serious income you have to become a paying member.

  • iv. Not entirely for freelance writing, and sometime your portfolio can get lost in the mix of web design and other media based jobs.

  • v. Requires a tedious admission test, which is basically a time-consumer to prove that you're actually a human being.


    Bottom line: Elance is a great place to start your freelance career, providing you with many options to show your strengths, as well as pursue jobs even if you lack experience.

4. All Freelance Work (www.allfreelancework.com)

Pros

  • i. Free membership.

  • ii. No commission.

  • iii. Large database of jobs to choose from.

  • iv. Large community which is constantly updated with questions and message board. A great place to learn and to become a better writer.

  • v. Filters out all the jobs deemed as ‘bad’ and has a daily lists of the top jobs of the day.

Cons:

  • i. Tedious and cluttered site navigation.

  • ii. No ‘big’ jobs.

  • iii. A lot of fake jobs posted; can easily waste your time on the site.

  • iv. Risk of doing the job and then not getting paid.

  • v. Communication between employer and employee is all external and can become very hard to accomplish.

Bottom line: A baby in the freelance community. Is more focused on the community aspect then the actual work aspect. A great place to go to learn and gain experience.

3. Guru (www.guru.com)

Pros:

  • i. Largest freelancing site out there. Millions of members and millions of projects to choose from.

  • ii. Three different types of memberships, including a free one.

  • iii. Advanced profile process that shows who you are in a concise manner. Those who are qualified will get noticed.

  • iv. Payment occurs through safepay escrow: this forces employers to deposit money into the account before you start working on the project. A safe way to avoid fraudulent employers.

  • v. Guru reviews all employers and all projects before they are posted.

  • vi. Communication is straightforward and occurs through various message boards both private and public.

Cons:

  • i. For a free, basic, membership, Guru deducts 10% of commission.

  • ii. Almost have to become a full member to have a reasonable chance of becoming successful on the site.

  • iii. A five dollar fee to take a skills test is required; unlike other sites which give it to you for free.

  • iv. The biggest freelance site; very easy to get lost and never find any work.


    Bottom line: Guru is a freelance giant. It is the most respected, and has the most members. A great place to go if your serious about becoming a full time freelance writer and are willing to invest money to make it happen.\

5. oDesk (www.odesk.com)

Pros:

  • i. Post a profile, apply to jobs and interview for free.

  • ii. Automatically track how much time you’ve worked.

  • ii.Get guaranteed payment, without the hassle of paperwork.

  • iii. Get paid by the amount of hours you work. Withdraw money anytime.

  • iv. Large database of jobs which are constantly being updated.

Cons:

  • i. Have to be hired by a company. Experience is a must, as well as a great portfolio.

  • ii. Not specifically for freelance writing. Easy to go weeks without finding a job.

  • iii. Large talent base – have to be extremely skilled to get the job you want.

Bottom line: Much more company based. Need to have a wide range of skills. Great place to go it you already have been in the freelance market for a while.

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    • SwanofWar profile image

      SwanofWar 6 years ago from In My Imagination

      Excellent information, thank you! Especially for someone like me, whose just getting their foot into the market.

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      Gyspy Writer 6 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the helpful information.

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Super useful info! Thanks for posting this!

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      Frelance 6 years ago

      Great post. Gave me some ideas.

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      Business At Home 6 years ago

      Getting paid for writing content. Love the concept!!!

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      santosh1946 6 years ago

      The article provides very wise information.The sites which help the author in increasing traffic to the content are best. 'Gauranteed payment' to the author is also a very good suggestion which should be kept in mind by the sites.-Santosh Kumar

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      mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Thanks for all of the valuable information. It seems that you have really done your homework. Very good informational hub.

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      vanchen 6 years ago from British Columbia

      Thanks for all the comments. As an extra note, I've been spending some quality time at Elance lately, and I've been having some good success. Just in case you need a little push to get your career going.

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      carmenph 6 years ago from Philippines

      I have not thought of freelance writing work (yet) but would like to commend you on how you have organized this piece of information that would be most useful for those who are interested in it. You have taken out most of the guess work with your pros/cons/bottom line tips. Excellent work! No wonder you are having much success with yr own freelance writing career. More than what you say, how you say it is a valuable learning in itself. Thank you!

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      Good information you provided here! Appreciate, you sharing the pro's and con's:) Thank you, for sharing the sites:)

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      Really useful information here - thank you. I'm bookmarking this one for sure!

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      ericvonjed 6 years ago

      Thank you. I have noticed at EssayWriters.net, most of the jobs mean doing someone else's homework, and even taking on-line tests for someone else. Horrid stuff.

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      Terry Chestnutt 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Very helpful. Learned a lot quickly and easily. Your writing is comfortable to read, rather than laborius.

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      vanchen 6 years ago from British Columbia

      @eric: I couldn't even imagine doing research and writing essays for someone other than myself. That would be terrible.

      @Wrath: No problem. Glad it was beneficial for you

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      WA Christopher J. 6 years ago from First American Ruins, MI

      This hub was a great time-saver, with very informative content. Thanks for for introducing me to Elance!

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      Aiden Roberts 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Brilliant advice especially for a newbie!

      I am off to check these sites out; thanks again.

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      JadeDragon 6 years ago

      Good roundup of freelance sites. Thanks

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      vanchen 6 years ago from British Columbia

      Glad they were good use to you three.

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      Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

      informative.. give an idea to write more. thanks

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      USMCwifey09 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for these tips! As a newbie, I greatly appreciate someone writing about which sites to look up. Wonderful info!

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      scheng1 6 years ago

      I joined Guru a while ago, but haven't bid for any job yet

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      Freelance Market 6 years ago

      For freelance writers I would recommend not to overlook the possibility to publish photos accompanied by an article. This is another way of finding your niche.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      I came into HP to have something to do in my retirement. This is great as it broadens my horizon and choice- but I must spice up my fledgling writing prowess first. Your suggestion is simply very encouraging. Thanks!

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      writermarion 6 years ago

      very educative for a starter in writing

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      G Roy 6 years ago

      very informative post ! Thanks

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      ediggity 6 years ago

      Wow, awesome Hub. I use constant-content as well. I am going to check out these sites though.

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      Digital Gossip 6 years ago

      Awesome. I was looking around google and i can across this hub. Thx for all the help

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      Jacob Smiley 6 years ago from Nebraska USA

      I'm trying to break into freelance writing and am just getting started with elance. This is a great and wonderful list. Thank you so much!

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      Cassandra Mantis 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      What a great list of freelance websites! Much appreciated! Guru sounds the business!

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      TopUniverse 6 years ago

      Good list of freelance writing sites with relevant pros and cons. Thanks.

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      Josephine 6 years ago

      I have worked with oDesk and it is nice. If you provide quality work, getting a long term client to keep offering you work and better way is easy. Plus if you do hourly work, you are guaranteed to be paid.

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      teamrn 6 years ago from Chicago

      Great and easy read, just like you 'advertised!' Lots of meat on them thar bones!

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      teamrn 6 years ago from Chicago

      Can I ad another site where you're paid for content? Called textbroker (www.textbroker.com); this site was suggested to me when my pretty constant freelance 'gig' dried up. I like the way you used the PRO/CON approach to each site. Shows research/experience.

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      vanchen 6 years ago from British Columbia

      Thats for the input teamrn. I'll look into textbroker and see how it stacks up!

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      teamrn 6 years ago from Chicago

      Have to be honest, although I've been freelancing for a while now, I've not been freelancing for online sites (except Guru) much. Guru didn't 'float my boat' but maybe that's because I didn't sick with it long enough to get regular assignments.

      At textbroker, I submitted 2 articles within 2 days and both were accepted by the client. Granted, I'm not rolling in tough from that, but the idea is for clients to Diirectly specify (Direct Orders) that they want you to do the writing for them. The money is in that. I'm in the early stages and have to run in fact to write an article for them, due tomorrow night.

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      amynichter 5 years ago from Canton, Ohio

      Great hub! Thank you for the information!

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      htodd 4 years ago from United States

      Odesk is really interesting ..Thanks a lot for other sites

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      SharaSharon 4 years ago

      I am a freelancer but I don't want to maintaining accounts at so many freelancing sites. Its a good thing you cited the pros and cons of each site so I can weigh my choices and options. Lately I have registered to staff.com and my experience working for a client there has been wonderful. May be I can also try some other sites in the near future. Thanks!

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      avinash dhameliya 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing...i really good to see this post.nice article.

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