In my experience, most online posting sites for writing jobs are dominated by high-quantity-low-pay offers. I’d immensely appreciate any hints you have on finding job boards whose mission involves *emphasizing* high-quality opportunities that pay accordingly, rather than mixing them at random among pocket-money article databases and small businesses with small budgets.
Looking for higher-paying freelance writing job opportunities is a bit like panning for gold – you are going to have to look closely and discard a number of things before you find the nugget you are looking for. Indeed.com has a neat feature that filters your search results by salary, and that may be an option for you.
You could also consider buying a subscription to TheLadders.com. It specialized in 100K+ opportunities and it does include work from home jobs. The site offers a free trial before you subscribe.
Many of the higher paying opportunities are never advertised. That’s why you should always be open to expanding your network of contacts and avoid burning bridges wherever possible.
Figure out who your target market is and find a way to make contact with people at the companies that fit in with your plan. Go to conventions and trade shows, become a regular on discussion boards that are focused on your niche market and use tools like LinkedIn to expand your circle of professional business contacts.
Keep in mind that the small business owner you are talking to today may not always be a “small” business owner with a small budget; if you develop a good working relationship from the outset, they will come back for more work and over time will be able to pay higher rates.
These strategies will take time to pay off for you; it may help to picture yourself planting the seed of an idea (hire me!) in a potential client’s mind. You can’t rush the process, any more than you can tell a flower to hurry up and grow faster. Just keep talking to people and developing your contact list and you will see results.