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Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners Without Content Mills

Updated on September 6, 2014
Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners
Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners

I started freelance writing back in 2009. Back then freelance writing jobs for beginners were mainly at content mills. You know, places that produced tons of content every day just to have some space for Adsense ads and advertisements. Some paid well, some not so well. Since last year when Google went on the proverbial warpath against thin content and content mills freelance writing jobs for beginners have taken a different approach.

No More Content Mills

First and foremost, get the idea that content mills are a place for freelance writing jobs for beginners. They aren't. Many of them aren't even accepting new writers. The ones that are still operating are running around like rats on a sinking ship trying to figure out how to stay relevant. I define content mills differently than most. Content mills create content for themselves and pay a small fee for the content. When I say content mills, I'm talking about Yahoo! Contributor Network, Demand Media Studios, WiseGEEK, Life123, and even Bright Hub. Forget them. Pretend they do not exist. Eventually they won't.

Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners at Content Brokers

I define content brokers as places that connect writers to people who need content. These would include such places as Textbroker, Writer's Access, Interact Media, Reliable Writers, Love To Know.. Some pay low wages, but they do pay and are a good way for a beginner to get involved. Some of these places even turn out to be a point where better paying clients hook up directly with writers for better paying gigs.

Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners Selling Your Content

There are a couple of places where you can write articles and sell the content to clients directly. Places such as Constant Content and Daily Article are excellent choices for this. I know a few writers who make a full-time living simply selling articles at these places. The key here obviously is writing on topics that are in demand such as making money, losing weight and love.

Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners on Craigslist

Believe it or not my first freelance writing job came from a Craigslist ad. It didn't pay much but it got me hooked. I even remember what it was. Some dude looking for 500 word articles on purification systems. Ha!. Wrote 'em and had the money in my Paypal that evening. The jobs are in Craigslist, just a matter of sifting through them to find the good stuff amongst all the junk.

Freelance Writing Jobs For Beginners At Local Businesses

One place often that people forget is local businesses. Take a look to see if some of the businesses in your area have a blog or website. If they do, what does their content look like? Can you make it better? Email them or call them and offer your services. The worst they can do is say no. But chances are you'll get a great paying gig just by offering to help revise their content.

These are just a few ideas for finding freelance writing jobs for beginners. There are plenty more. Some people even go the route of marketing other people's products through their writing in the form of affiliate marketing. In reality the sky is the limit and there is nothing holding you back from earning money as a writer.


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    • Molly Layton profile image

      Molly Layton 

      3 years ago from Alberta

      I'm sorry I didn't run into this one sooner. It is so helpful. I've checked out Textbroker and Constant Content so far. They do look interesting. Do you have any other information on those places?

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      Nicholas Pollock 

      4 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Thank you for the differentiation between content mills and content brokers. Makes it a little easier to navigate these crowded waters.

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      Angela Greenfield 

      5 years ago from Nebraska

      I'm a beginning writer, and I have been told that I should aim for the top. My question is: How can I aim my small arrow at the top when I fear that I will miss my target?

      I will keep Constant Content and Daily Articles in mind.

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      5 years ago

      thanks great!

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      Wilhelm Wepener 

      5 years ago from London, United Kingdom


      I know right. :) It's amazing how others can't see the opportunities when it's sitting right in front of them. I hope that this tip helps a lot of newbies out there.

      Warm regards!

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      Brian Scott 

      5 years ago from United States

      Your tip on procuring freelance work from local businesses is very true. In my case, I have a handful of local businesses which have outsourced work to me and paid much better rates than what I would typically make online.

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      Wilhelm Wepener 

      6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Hi Kenwrites,

      Thanks for the awesome hub! In addition to what you've mentioned, I'd like to emphasize to newbies how important it is to capitalize on "repeat business".

      If you're a newbie, you may have a hard time getting a foothold of how things work online, which sites to go, or what to say to the clients. It may take you days, weeks, or even months to get a job. That being said, once you DO get a client (I'm positive that you will if you just persevere and be very careful with what your saying), treat the client with utmost respect and the client's project with critical vigilance to make sure you finish it on-time and with remarkable quality.

      Picture this... If you just have 5 -10 clients getting back at your for repeat projects, you won't have to look for more clients (if you're just working alone). Having 5 - 10 clients will get your hands full and your pockets for that matter as well.

      Hope this comment helps!


      If anyone needs coaching on how to do freelancing or setting-up their own business. Contact me. I'd be very glad to help!

      More power to Kenwrites and keep posting awesome hubs! Cheers!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      6 years ago from Cardiff

      Helpful hub thank you!

    • Reves-diary profile image


      6 years ago from Dhaka

      Being a freelancer, I have checked most of the well known freelancing websites. There are so many things that you need to consider before bidding for one project. In freelancer, i found it really lengthy. In Odesk, found it relative good, and that's the reason of working for sometime. Best thing about this website is that, contractors do contact with you within short period of time. That's my liking though.

      Anyway thanks for your good hubs. Keep on writing of quality hubs :)

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      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi Anti-Valentine,

      Yea they kinda did their whole shut-down overnight much like LIFE 123 did a few years ago. The content mills were good while they lasted, but there are so many other ways to make money with your writing, even here at HubPages. :)

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      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi Ghaelach,

      I love my Clickbank, HubPages, Squidoo and blogs as well as Amazon. The great thing about all this though is that the opportunities are endless and there is no "One Way" that fits everybody. We're individuals. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll find the ways that work best for you and your lifestyle, (as well as your bank account) I think the biggest key to success is having fun doing what you do in the end. Thanks for reading my hub and glad it helps in some small way.

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      6 years ago from My lair

      I'm glad I avoided Bright Hub then. I nearly signed up on there a while back.

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      6 years ago

      Morning Kenwrites.

      After bumping into HP about 15 months ago you can't keep me off my laptop. It's the best thing since KFC.

      Seriously! since christmas I've been looking into ways of bettering myself and maybe earn a few cents along the way. WebAnswers,Clickbank,Squidoo, and one or two others. What has taken up most of my time is reading all about becoming freelance. Most have there own idea's they say is the best. There's hundreds of video's and the books are to many to count.

      Your hub is not over powering and I feel you just tell it as it has been for you. I'll be looking in to the links you give and you never know I might just find something that suits my style.

      Take care Ken.

      LOL Ghaelach

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi Marie-Renee,

      i'm glad you enjoyed the Hub. It's tough building a writing career while working during the day or taking care of other things. My hats off to you as it takes a string will and lots of determination. :)

    • Marie-Renee profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks Ken for sharing your knowledge on this. I sure would like to take a look at these sites you suggested and maybe in time I can also earn from them. Right now the only time I can really write is at night and so even my hubs are not done on a daily basis like other writers. It's a start though but I am planning to give it more of my time. Great hub! Voted up and shared.

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Thanks Wayseeker,

      I love HubPages as well. I had my issues when I first started with Textbroker, but ended up with two great clients for awhile. Thank you again for the comment and look forward to seeingmore of your hubs as well.

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      6 years ago from Colorado

      I've been writing with textbroker and Hubpages for awhile now and I find both to be valuable for very different reasons. I appreciate the frankness of the advice here and the links to useful resources. This is a good place for a new writer to come and find a foothold.

      Good advice!


    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Thanks newcomer,

      I appreciate that and it means a lot. thank you.

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      6 years ago from India

      Great Hub kenwrites. Keep writing and I look forward to more stuff from you!

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi mmcalli0,

      There is plenty of work out there regardless of where you are at in your writing career. Don't allow anybody to tell you otherwise. We all find our way, sometimes just takes a whole different path than the traditional ones.

    • mmcalli0 profile image


      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I found that information to be very useful. I am just starting to look for potential work as a freelance writer and appreciate the information.

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Thanks Dee,

      Yea Google really went to war and rightfully so really. As far as writing, it takes some time to build up the really good paying clients and there is money to be made in the process to keep the house running. :) Some friends have been getting really good long-term clients from Writer's Access and Media Piston. Though the initial work through MP is often low paying, the contacts can be lucrative.

    • kenwrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Crawford 

      6 years ago from Yreka, California

      Hi GioiaDegenaars,

      Great on the Elance and ODesk gigs. They are really good for the educational and techie stuff, not so much general writing I'll have to check out iWriter at some point

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Great information. Thank you for sharing. I'd thought about looking into a couple of the one's you call content I don't need to waste that time....I'll just say "next". LOL Really, thank you for sharing this information. Voted up and useful

    • GioiaDegenaars profile image


      6 years ago from USA

      Great Hub! I am lucky because I get a lot of educational contract work on Elance and oDesk so I'm not feeling better about breaking into writing. I've been at it a little over a year. I am going to check out the sites you listed that I haven't tried. Constant Content is very very picky in my opinion. I do also like iwriter for earning a little extra pocket change. Thanks for writing this!


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