I have been writing freelance articles for over 10 years. I have firsthand experience that a writer can earn a very comfortable living, provided you produce quality content, you are professional, you have determination and you know where to find the market for your work. There are many ways you can find out about calls for submissions for magazines, journals, blogs and other online publications. Paid services exist, and you can get some excellent referrals from those sources.
You can also subscribe to websites that offer a daily supply of jobs for writers at no charge, since they make their money through advertisements and selling products. You can also peruse Craigslist for writing opportunities that pay. When I first started out as a freelance writer I used all the free services I could find. I got a few good leads that eventually turned into writing contracts but it was a lot of effort to screen the results to find the ones that were legitimate. For example, even though it’s against Craigslist policies to post jobs that are really scams to get your money, somehow those scammers find a way to do it. Also, CL is a popular resource for short term writing jobs, so you have a lot of competition. I once had a website owner tell me, after he gave me the job that I was one of 80 people that had applied. Luckily I was one of the first to apply because he did not have time to read all 80 resumes along with their writing samples.
As a professional freelancer, I like the type of writer’s market service that pre-screens the results for me and sends them to my Facebook news feed. I check my FB feed several times a day, so it’s easy to see the message and click on the link for more information. For example, I like the daily posts I get from Paid Freelance Writing Gigs. This is a relatively new page but it already has made a mark by offering leads for reputable publications that accept freelance work. Here’s an example:
POWER FOR LIVING. Power for Living, a weekly take-home paper for adults, is filled with inspiring articles about famous and ordinary Christians whose insights demonstrate following Christ. The publication features reports on unique ministries, world missions, spiritual trends, and issues that affect families. Pays up to $375 (1500-1700 words) per article.
Here’s another example:
RURALITE. Ruralite magazine is a monthly family-oriented, general-interest publication used by 47 rural electric cooperatives and PUDs in seven Western states to communicate with their members. Ruralite readers are predominantly rural and small-town residents who are interested in stories about people and issues that affect their Northwest lifestyles. Payment ranges from $50 for a short, 100- to 200-word feature to $500 for a major, well-illustrated article.
(Source: Paid Freelance Writing Gigs)
So, if you’re looking for paid freelance writing gigs, this is a great writer’s market resource, with top quality opportunities. A word to the wise – make sure you read a few copies of each publication before you submit an article so you are familiar with its audience, and make sure you follow the submission guidelines to the letter.