The 2009 List Of Ghostwriting Jobs Websites

by Amanda J Evans on January 13, 2009

If you are one of the many people deciding to make the transitition into ghostwriting in 2009 then you are going to want to know where to start.  Now I could plug my ghostwriting Uncovered manual here but I’m not going to.  If you want to buy it you can 🙂

Today I want to list all the websites I know where you can bid on ghostwriting jobs.  I probably won’t be able to list them all so if I miss any that you recommend be sure to place them in the comments.  I would like to be able to compile a very comprehensive listing here on The Hidden Writer so that anyone looking for ghostwriting jobs will know where to start.  I would also like it if people would post their opinions and experiences with these websites in the comments section because that way we can help prevent time wasting.

2009 List Of Bidding Websites For Ghostwriters

  1. Elance – This is probably the most common place for ghostwriters to bid on writing jobs.  A paid membership can cost from $9.95 with 20 connects (bids) per month.  You can also become a free member with 3 connects per month.  Elance has to be my favourite, it’s where I started out and whenever I am short on work this is the place I always return.  I have secured many of my full time clients from this website.
  2. Guru – Guru is next in line after Elance and is a paid membership website.  I have to admit, that I don’t have much experience with Guru.  When I was starting out Guru’s membership fees were too much for me.  I have heard some good reports about this website though so hopefully someone will be able to provide some more details.
  3. Get A Freelancer – Get a Freelancer is an extremely busy freelance website with plenty of jobs to bid on.  You can join for free and your get 15 bids per month.  You can also upgrade your membership to Gold status for $12 and if you do you don’t have to pay fees on the jobs you win.  My only complaint about this website is that all the jobs that are posted are really low paying.  I have seen people bid $30 for up to 40 articles.  I don’t know if anyone gets high paying or even reasonably paying work from here.  Anyone any comments?
  4. Rent A Coder – Again I am not really familiar with this website.  Membership is free. 
  5. Odesk – This is another website that I am not familiar with so any input would be appreciated.
  6. Direct Freelance – I am a free member of this website and receive daily emails when jobs are posted.  Most of the jobs look very promising but I haven’t as yet bid on one because you need to be a paying member to do so.   It is worth joining as a free member and subscribing to their email alerts so that you can see for yourself the type of ghostwriting jobs on offer.
  7. Biz Reef – I am also a member of this website.  What appealed to me about this website was the fact that you could bid in your own currency.  I subscribe to their email alerts and receive frequent emails  about new jobs that have been posted.  The jobs look promising but there are also jobs with very low pay so I am still undecided about this one.
  8. EU Freelance – This website is linked to GetAFreelancer and is relatively new.  Bids are placed in Euro but like Get A Freelancer I have a feeling they are from people looking to have work carried out for nothing.
  9. Writerlance – Don’t have very much information on this website.  As far as I know it’s free to join but again somewhere low bids can be expected.
  10. Pclance – This is totally new to me and one I never heard of until I started researching this post.  Hopefully someone will be able to provide more information.
  11. Ifreelance – This is a website that I joined as a free member back in 2007.  It was very promising and had some excellent ghostwriting jobs.  After a couple of months they changed to a fee paying site and because I have an Elance membership and my client base was growing I didn’t upgrade.  Anyone have experiene with this website that they can share?
  12. Project4hire – This is another website I discovered when researching for this post.  Any information would be great.
  13. Writing Bids – Another new one to me, looks very similar to all the other free websites.  Hopefully someone can provide more information.
  14. Gofreelance – Another one that I have yet to experience but again probably very similar to the free websites that are out there.

I think the main problem with websites free websites such as Get A Freelancer is the members.  There are people who are bidding next to nothing to complete the projects and that is why more and more  people are becoming convinced that they can get work done for nothing.  What do you think?  Have I hit the nail on the head here?

Until next time,

Keep writing.

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Amanda J Evans

Freelance Writer/Ghostwriter/Author
I am a writer and author living in Ireland with my husband and two wonderful children. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and love working in the self help and spiritual genres. My other specialist area is online gambling and I have been writing for this genre since 2007. I am always available to discuss project ideas and collaborations as well as book writing.

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1 Jen 01.15.09 at 1:58 am

oDesk is pretty user-friendly. Buyers post hourly or fixed-rate jobs. If hourly, they guarantee payment even if the client doesn’t pay. They pay through PayPal and other similar options. They don’t do checks except for large companies/providers. You can sign up for daily job alerts or browse their listings.

To work with oDesk & have your payment guaranteed, you have to work within their system, which includes downloading their oDesk team software. You also have to at least pass the oDesk readiness test before applying for any jobs.

It’s free to providers (freelancers). Only buyers pay oDesk. I’ve done a couple successful assignments with them. Also, their tech support is johnny-on-the-spot and very helpful.

Best,
~Jen

2 Sage 01.06.10 at 11:48 pm

I tried iFreelance and was very disappointed. I signed up for the $69.95 membership in each of two related writing and graphics fields. I bid on dozens of jobs and would have submitted more, had there been more. I never got a single response from an employer and thought this rather strange since my inquiry rate on two other sites you mention was approaching 30%. I emailed their customer service four times and never had a response. I didn’t feel this was worth the money and the only way to prevent auto-billing is to discontinue your profiles, i.e. quit bidding on projects. Wish I could report a better success rate!

3 Amanda 01.07.10 at 10:18 am

Sage,

Sorry to hear about your disappointment with this freelance writing website. I have read other reviews of a similar nature for this website too and it is probably best to steer clear of websites like this. If I had to give my personal opinion on what I think is the best bidding website I would have to say Elance. I have had an account with this freelance writing jobs website since 2004 and it is responsible for starting my freelance writing career. Even though I don’t use it that often now I do still keep my profile open. You can have a free profile on Elance and this gives you 10 connects every month that you can use to bid on jobs. Have you signed up with Elance? If not I recommend that you try this website.

Amanda

4 Nicole 10.01.10 at 1:30 am

I looked into Rent A Coder. The name has changes and it is now V-Worker. They are different from most paid sites in the fact they do not charge you a sign-up fee or a monthly fee, but rather a % of the project total. The minimum fee is $3.00 and their fee is 6.5% – 15%. If I sign with them I will let you know how it goes.

5 Amanda 10.01.10 at 8:58 am

Thanks Nicole,

Be sure to let us know how it goes if you do sign up. 15% of your total project cost sounds a little high though and I think I would prefer to pay a monthly fee and have them take a lower percentage.

Amanda

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