It can be hard to find writing jobs, especially from sites you can trust. An important rule is not to pay for a list of companies that will “surely” hire you once you hand over your money. That’s a pretty good rule for any kind of freelancer or contractor, and it seems to be an ongoing scam targeting this type of job seeker. The old adage applies: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
If you’ve searched on Craigslist lately, you’ve probably seen their caution about different scams focused on getting a writer’s information or payment in exchange for a promised job, listing, training, or similar information. It’s wise to distrust sites that want your personal information or a fee in exchange for information.
You can find plenty of no-cost, online sources for legitimate writing jobs. Here are some places you may not have heard about, but they are good places to search for writing jobs.
For book reviewers: MyShelf.com is accepting applications for book and ebook reviewers. Professional reviews are required. Reviewer receives complementary books in exchange for reviews. Reviewers outside of the U.S. are given e-books to review. While it’s not paying job, the complementary books will keep your bookworm-self happy PLUS it’s a great addition or starting position into writing. From my experience, my position at MyShelf.com birthed many opportunities.
For writing resources: become a member of SquidLog.net, a free social networking and blogging community for Squidoo lensmasters. You can learn more about writing on Squidoo, plus search updated, writing jobs listed on SquidLog’s home page.
For Freelance Writers, join the fr^e network, Freelance Writing Organization International, which lists thousands of writing jobs, updates on writers’ resources, hosting writers’ portfolios, and so much more.
For a more detailed search of writing jobs, try Indeed, a search engine for jobs. Users can search thousands of job listings, newspapers, company sites, job boards, and associations.
You may find the right fit on one of these writing sites. If you know about a legitimate, writing job site, please send me a note. I love to share resources with my fellow writers.