You may have heard there’s money in writing, and of course, you want to know if there’s any truth to it. Let me start by saying, yes, it’s true!

So, how do you start? How do you monetise your writing skill? What are the best sites for beginners? These are the question this article will answer.

If you’re a beginner, look online

For someone just starting out as a freelance writer, you may not have a steady network of jobs and opportunities, so your best bet is to take advantage of legitimate sites that allow you to offer your service in exchange for a fee.

Which freelance websites are great for beginners?

1. Writing gig websites

When many people think of freelance writing, they automatically think of short writing gigs in exchange for money. Many sites allow writers to offer this service, and some of them require a paid subscription to access the opportunities.

But what if you’re not ready to drop coins when you’ve not even started earning?

Here are some free sites where you can secure writing gigs:


This is a great site for beginners. To start, you’ll have to fill out a form and complete two 250-word writer prompts. Your results will determine your level and the writing jobs you can choose from. The higher you go as a writer, the more money you’ll make. 


This is arguably the most popular site for freelancers that has an excellent market for writers. It’s set up to allow bids for both short-term and long-term jobs. Another great thing about Upwork is that the site keeps a record of all work done by freelancers, which helps build your reputation.


This site regularly offers blogging and freelance writing gigs. It’s basically a job board where freelancers can search for gigs. You may need some writing samples to prove you know your onions.

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2. Article submission websites

Freelance writers also have the opportunity to submit stories, articles and write-ups to certain websites and get paid. Usually, all the freelancer needs to do is study the submission guidelines carefully, pitch articles, and then, wait for feedback. If the pitch is accepted, they submit their writings and get paid.

Some websites that offer this service include:

Which freelance website pays the most?

Most freelance websites offer varying rates for writing jobs depending on the nature of the article requested, the writer’s skill, negotiation ability and the party seeking the service.

Ultimately, consistency is critical for a beginner hoping to cash out through freelance writing. Not only will it build your reputation, but the more jobs you do, the better you get at it. Of course, the money wouldn’t hurt as well. Cha-ching!

Note: While these are trusted sites for freelance writers, prospective users are advised to do due diligence when interacting with clients and other users on the sites.

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