Is The Freelance Writers Market Saturated?
In an online world where it’s getting harder and harder to get noticed, I question whether we’ve reached a saturation point for freelance writers. While writers are a community-minded bunch, we are still competing with each other for writing gigs, publishers, exposure, etc. So I wonder whether or not freelance opportunities have reached a zenith.
When I Googled the title to this blog, lots of freelance sites popped up, as well as the ‘people also ask’ segment loaded with related questions and drop-downs. When I clicked on the drop-down for ‘How do I get freelance writing jobs?’ this showed up:
If you’re just thinking about freelance writing, bookmark this post and come back to it when you’re ready to take action.
Start Cold Pitching. …
Pitch to a Job Board Ad. …
Follow Tweets From Job Boards. …
Ask Friends, Family and Work. …
Use Your Website. …
Guest Post (For Free!) …
Network With Other Freelance Writers. …
Start Warm Pitching
Intrigued by the list, I checked for the source. It lead me to a website where freelance writer, Elna Cain, offers a free 6-day course and basically promises to teach you how to earn good money from freelance gigs. Honestly, I didn’t see anything different on her site; it contained the usual marketing and calls to action, like signing up for her newsletter, her free course, and some paid options. Ironically, I also found several grammatical/spelling errors in the midst of all the marketing content. I wonder how well she writes for her clients if her website has these kinds of errors.
From what I read, she does offer some good options/tips for getting freelance work but none of it is any different from what’s already on so many other sites. Curiosity got the better of me, so I signed up for her free 6-day course.
I’ll let you know what happens.
Quality of Freelance Writing: Up or Down?
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my other question is whether the quality of writing in freelance gigs is going up or down and is it a problem? With so many people out there trying to be freelance writers, I wonder if the quality of content is affected. Just go online, search Google, websites, job boards, etc. and you will find an overabundance of errors in copy/content. I see it all the time on Indeed, in both job posts and reviews. I’ve seen errors on Yelp, too, but there’s no way to know if the person was hired to write the review or if they actually interacted with the business.
Fifteen Freelance Options to Try
The following is not an exhaustive list; there are numerous sites to search, requiring some time on your part. It’s important to find a good fit for you and your writing skills. Always start out with writing what you know. Do some research, and just maybe you’ll land a paid writing gig:
- All Indie Writers
- Facebook (especially groups)
- Flex Jobs
- Freelance Writing
- Freelance Writing Gigs
- Job Box
- The Barefoot Writer
- The Write Life
- Various job boards (Glass Door, CareerBuilder, Zip Recruiter, etc.)
- We Work Remotely
I’m waiting on Lesson 3 to arrive in my Inbox; once I receive all 6 free lessons, I’ll post my review of what she offers. Stay tuned!