Don't Use Freelance Sites to Find Writing Jobs

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

It can be hard finding work as a freelance writer. As a result of this many turn to freelance websites freelance writers.
such as Upwork, Freelancer, or Guru. I know I did when I first started out writing. I am not saying you shouldn't ever use these sites. These sites do have their perks. But when it comes to writing jobs these sites have a long way to go. Based on my experiences I do not recommend them. Here's why:

Too much competition

Upwork, Freelancer, Guru, and others are flooded with competition in freelance writing. There are tons and tons of people competing for the exact same writing jobs as you. This competition is good for the clients. It's bad for you. Too much competition means that people start to engage in pricing wars. It basically becomes who can do this writing job for me at the cheapest rate. 

That means you end up getting writing jobs that pay $5 here, $10 there. You can't live off of that. Then if you want to charge more they throw it in your face that others will do it for less. You don't want to work for these clients. Clients like this are a nightmare. They will nitpick everything you do. You will end up regretting that you bid for the job in the first place.

You don't get credit for the work

When potential clients hire freelance writers through freelance sites it's for ghostwriting. Ghostwriting is when you write for someone else and don't get any author credit. Even if the job doesn't say it's ghostwriting it usually is. They will have you write the blog post or article in Microsoft Word. Then send it to them.

That means you get no author credit whatsoever. As a writer especially freelance you need that credit. Without author credit, you can't use that article or blog post as a writing sample. Without writing samples you can't get more work. The only way you can apply to any writing job is by sending them samples of your writing. You deserve credit for the work you do.

Clients on freelance sites don't give clear directions

I think this is the biggest problem with writing jobs on freelance sites. The clients do not give crystal clear directions. As a writer, you need to know how many words to write, what the topic is supposed to be, formatting guidelines, etc. In order to write what they want you to you need to know exactly what they want.

Majority of the time writing clients have no clue what they want. I have had many clients give me vague directions then get upset when they don't like what I wrote. What they fail to realize is that a freelance writer won't know unless you tell them. If you want a 1000 word article you have to communicate that. 

Even if you do ask they will say I don't know or it's up to you. Then you write it how you want because they said it's up to you. Then they still nitpick. For me, I can't do a writing job with such vague directions. On top of that if you have any revisions you have to let the writer know in advance. You can't let them know at the last minute. Most of the time it's last minute big revisions. 

They don't hire you as an ongoing writer

Most of the time writing clients only hire you for a one time job. It's rarely for ongoing work. Or they will hire you to do one batch at a time. Like 10 articles due in one week. I will also see writing jobs that want you to write one article or blog post a month. How can you make a living writing here and there?

As a writer you want security. You have your own bills to pay. You have to put food on the table. You can't do that with one time jobs. It puts you in the position where you constantly have to look for clients. That is exactly what freelancing sites want. Freelance sites want you to constantly look and book clients. It's how they make their money.

It is way to exhausting to constantly be looking for writing jobs. Your goal is to get a writing job where you either write daily or weekly. Not sparingly.


I am a lot happier writing for myself than I ever was as a freelance writer. Starting my own blog was the best decision I ever made. I am so much more fulfilled and content. Getting writing jobs through freelance sites is not worth it. It is way too much drama, headache, and stress. If you still decide to use caution. Remember to do what is best for you. 

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