Are you a beginner looking for content writing jobs online? Don’t know where to start?
First, let me congratulate you for considering content writing as an option to make money online.
In my view, it is an excellent work from home opportunity to earn a regular monthly income with flexible working hours.
Additionally, it helps you to learn new things and increase your knowledge not only in your favorite niches but also in various categories like technology, finance, health etc.
Now, the next question is:
Where to find the content writing jobs online for beginners?
For a beginner, I won’t recommend the freelancing job websites like Upwork, Freelancer etc where there will too much of competition for a beginner. Only very few clients on Upwork prefer beginners for creating content. And, the rest of them expects at least a 90% score and past writing experience on Upwork or other platforms.
Even if you apply for 10-15 jobs by quoting low rates, it may not help to get your first writing gig on Upwork.
Alternatively, you can try submitting articles in content mills like Constant content, Contentgather etc. However, they follow very strict guidelines for approving your work. If you write a couple of low-quality articles, then they will suspend your account and you will not be able to continue your work with them.
So, the best approach for a beginner is to get the projects by directly contacting the individual clients.
But, How do you find the individual clients who need your work?
Before applying for the content writing jobs from home…
Make sure you have all the things mentioned in the below checklist before you send your application for any kind of content writing job.
- A couple of Writing samples – If you own a blog, you can share the links to the good ones from that. Otherwise, you create an original and high-quality post ( 700-1000 words in length) on any topic you like.
- Copy of your latest resume
- A simple write-up which can explain the reason for applying for that job
- Availability or No of working hours (Daily/Weekly)
- Contact information( Email, Skype, Mobile)
- Preferred payment method (PayPal, Bank transfer etc)
Best Places For Beginners To Find Content Writing Jobs Online
Here is the list of places where you can find a lot of writing gigs which are posted regularly.
Digital Point is basically an online discussion where members share their knowledge on various topics like SEO, Affiliate marketing, Programming etc.
Are you wondering what this website has to do with content writing jobs? 🙂
This website has a separate section called Content Creation which is a marketplace for buying/selling content.
Here, you can find many content writing jobs under the heading “Buying”.
How to apply: First, you need to create a free account on DigitalPoint. Then, browse the jobs listed on the “Content Creation” section. If you find a relevant job, then just shoot a PM (Private Message) to the person who created the ad expressing your interest in the job.
You might have heard about Reddit. It is one of the coolest community I have ever come across to know the latest information on any topic.
And, there is a dedicated subreddit named r/HireaWriter where you can find a lot of content writing gigs posted by companies or individuals.
Just look for the threads starting with [Hiring]. Alternatively, you can also create [For Hire] ads to sell your content writing services.
How to apply: Become a Redditor by creating a free account on Reddit. Then, browse the jobs listed on the “Hire a Writer” subreddit. If you find a relevant job, then just shoot a PM (Private Message) to the person who created the ad expressing your interest in the job.
Do you think Craigslist is only a place to buy/sell used cars? Not at all.
Irrespective of your location, you can find a lot of content writing job listings every day on Craigslist.
Locate your country/city from the homepage, click that and browse the following categories to find the job listings.
It is not necessary that you should apply for the ads only in your city as most of the content writing jobs can be done at home irrespective of your location.
Before applying for the job, read the description fully and double check that it is not a scam. Because some websites just create fake ads to drive traffic to them.
How to apply: Copy the email address mentioned in the ad and send an email expressing your interest in the job. Make sure you include the job title on the subject to get a quicker response.
I guess there is no need for an introduction to LinkedIn as most of you will have a profile on the platform. It is a great place to find content writing jobs online irrespective of the number of connections you have on LinkedIn.
Just search the keyword ‘content writing’ in the jobs section to take a look at the latest content writing job opportunities and apply for the ones which you like.
5. Facebook Groups
Check out the below communities on Facebook to know the latest content writing opportunities online.
Most of the groups listed above are closed ones. So, you need to send a request to the admin to join their group.
Don’t like to search the clients? Let’s think the other way around by making the clients find you easily.
Create attractive ads on different categories related to content writing on Fiverr which clearly showcases your talent. The best part of Fiverr is that you can set your own rate. Of course, it may take a while to get your first writing gig on Fiverr but it is definitely worth a try.
WAHM is a forum for Work At Home Moms. I won’t say that you can find a lot of content writing job listings here. However, you can find a lot of information related to content mills or freelance writing websites.
After creating your account, navigate to the subforum Work-At-Home-Professions -> Transcription & Writing to search for the latest content writing jobs.
8. Local Businesses
These days, most of the businesses do have a blog where they create posts to promote their products/service via content marketing.
So, you can contact the local business owners who have a website without a blog and convince them about the benefits they will get after launching a blog. In this way, you can get a constant flow of work.
9. Social circle
Update your social network profile status (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) to freelance writer or content writer so that the news will get spread across your social circle.
Also, you can contact any of your friends/family members who are experienced in this field to get some leads.
You may also like: 19 Sites That Helps You To Become A Freelance Content Writer
Content Writing Jobs Salary: How much will you get per hour?
Usually, the salary for the content writers will be fixed on the per-word basis or based on the total length of the post. Experienced content writers will charge an hourly rate.
If you are a beginner, you can charge $0.01 to $0.05 per word. Majority of the content mills follow this rate only. And, you can increase the rate per word or switch to an hourly package once you gain some experience.
The average salary for a content writer in the US is close to $42,000 per annum. (Source: Payscale)
Free Content Writing Courses
Generally, I don’t recommend taking any course to write content. However, you need to learn a few techniques related to SEO, content marketing etc to grow up the ladder in your writing career.
You can check out the below list of online training platforms to attend the free courses related to content writing.
Getting the first job in any industry is always tough but that experience will always remain on our memories. Likewise, it may take a while to get your first content writing job. However, you will achieve the goal soon if you can put a lot of hard work especially at the beginning of your writing career.