Finding The Highest Quality Freelance Writers
If you want to find freelance writers, it can be easy to get lost—especially if you don’t know where to look for the talent you need. A few searches can narrow it down. But sometimes, the sheer number of results can be overwhelming.
Instead, try this curated list of places to look for freelance writers in 2023. Or skip to the bottom to learn about nDash—the ultimate platform for gathering a writing team and improving your content flow!
Social Media Sites
Many people use social media apps to network and find jobs through their connections. Some of these, like LinkedIn, are better than others. But don’t expect all of them to have tools designed specifically for hiring writers.
This website has a tool called Profinder, an optimized search engine that finds writers specific to your needs. It starts by asking you some questions to personalize and narrow your search, then connects you to those that fit the answers you gave.
The drawback is that it’s a paid service, so you need to buy a LinkedIn Premium subscription to access this tool. That’s only worth it if you’re a larger business with many writers coming in and out.
While it’s more time-consuming and might not yield the highest quality results, you can also:
- Search for posts where freelance writers discuss their availability
- Search for network professionals who are willing to make introductions
- Create a post outlining your needs for a writer
Here’s an example of one such post:
Perhaps the most popular social media site on this list, Twitter, is a great place for creatives to share their work. You can find plenty of talent by searching for certain tags, like #WritersLife or #AmWriting. You can even search for specific genres, such as #Thriller or #Romance. Use these tags to find profiles for writers you like, then check their bios to see if they’ll accept a DM from you.
Here’s also where you have opportunities to post about needing freelance writers. Again, this effort might not produce the best results. Here’s an example of what that looks like:
Reddit is the internet user’s internet. It has a board (or subreddit, as they’re called) for just about any subject you can think of! There’s a huge variety of subjects and genres to explore, and there’s no topic too obscure or niche. If it exists, there’s a subreddit for it! There are even work-specific subreddits for job listings and writers available for hire.
But look out, as Reddit is kind of the wild west of the internet. There’s not a lot of moderation or curation—instead, the millions of users use their upvotes (or downvotes) to decide what gets put on the front page. You never know what to expect. So be cautious!
Facebook Groups and Pages
Like many of the sites described so far, Facebook Groups and Pages are great places to look for niche subjects, and many of them are places for creatives to share their work. It’s a safer version of Reddit boards, though you might have better luck creating a post outlining what you need. Be aware, though, that you can’t expect as much variety. And remember that the writers you find on social platforms may not have the experience or portfolios to prove their skill level.
Here’s an example of what that might look like:
Writing Job Boards
The following websites have job listings exclusively for writers and editors, specifically those working on blogs, journalism, or in media.
This site is all about writers for blogs. Whether you need a ghostwriter to provide content for your personal influencer blog or increase blogging revenue, Problogger is a good place to find this specific support.
If you’re into hard-hitting news, Journalism Jobs would be a great spot to find journalists for hire. Try this site to get freelance reporters you need for your outlet who have experience writing for this genre.
This site has a wide variety of job options for freelance creatives in general. You can find copywriters, but they also have dedicated listings for proofreaders, editors, and graphic designers. Media Bistro does focus more on offering support for freelancers (like advice for pitching) than help for those in the hiring hot seat.
Superpath’s Freelance Marketplace
Superpath is the spot for writers that focus on marketing and advertising. If you need someone to talk up your product, service, or business, this site can come in handy. In general, they teach about content best practices so you can implement things yourself. But they do have a marketplace-style option for hiring freelance writers.
These websites have listings for every kind of job under the sun! And while they aren’t as focused on positions for writers, they still have handy search tools to narrow your scope.
What sets Monster apart is that it tracks keywords across the résumés in its database, so employers that pay for Monster+ can search based on those tags. However, the site only operates across 15 countries, so you can expect results to be slightly narrower.
This site is much larger with its international database, and what sets it apart is that it’s completely free to post job listings. Indeed still charges on their “pay per click” platform, but putting the job listings up on their site comes at no extra cost.
On the employer’s end, ZipRecruiter likes to take a shotgun approach to hires—it brings several talented candidates to you at once and will also help you sort them out to choose the best. The perfect choice if you’re looking for a broad approach to hiring. But since these sites cater to traditional employment, you may not see many freelancers here.
nDash is a platform that specializes in building teams of writers. It organizes and streamlines work within its software. It’s the perfect choice to get a ton of written content in a short amount of time.
The software behind the nDash platform is an all-in-one app. It will help you organize your team’s workflow, buy pre-written content, and manage your writers’ output and payments.
You can’t go wrong with nDash—it was built from the ground up with writers, written content, and companies like yours in mind. Request a demo to get started today!
About the Author:
Rachel Jones is the “Sherlock Holmes” of editors. Writing is her passion, and editing is her superpower. Along with her brilliant team of writers and editors at Reason & Watson, she makes it her business to understand your audience. She gets inside their head and surrounds herself with their questions, concerns, and context. The result? Carefully crafted content that hits home. Check out her profile here: Rachel Jones.