Online writing jobs provide more opportunities than ever for freelance writers to find paying work. While cold calling can still land a writer work, as anyone who has had to go through the process can attest to, the best conversions rate you could expect was 3-4%, and that was if you had a lot of experience.
That’s a lot of time for not a lot of return, and if you had no clips, forget it. You were also limited to a general area of work. With the Internet, the ability for writers to work from home while communicating a long distance became easier and easier, and thus the outsourcing of writing work took off.
If you’re looking to get started writing, look for online writing jobs to help give a quick boost to your career. There are many good websites where you can sell content, and several, such as Associated Content and Constant-Content, allow you to work on whatever types of articles you want and upload them to sell.
In addition to this, you can use your writing on Squidoo lenses to display your skills. By putting quality articles online, you can also get work from people searching for writers (and there are a lot of employers looking for consistent freelance writing talent). If you want to take your writing up to the next level, you can sign up for a membership to either Guru or Elance. You can bid for jobs on these sites, and get some pretty decent paying gigs.
Finding online writing jobs isn’t difficult. There are dozens of writing forums, online writing job websites, and other postings. It’s not hard to find online writing jobs as long as you do a little bit of research and are willing to do the work to back it up.
Outsourcing isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. So many jobs are claimed by non native English speakers that I’ve actually found that it’s been pretty easy for me to nail a lot of work because even my query letter will stick out as sounding more natural.
Online writing jobs are great ways to start your freelance writing career. Just do a little research, make some lists, bookmark your favorite pages and good luck!