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Got a computer and a firm grasp on the English language? Use them to make some extra cash as a freelance writer. The various Web sites that offer a starting point to find these jobs can be extremely helpful or simply time-consuming. We’ve listed the best and worst below.

This site is the Wal-Mart Super Center of freelance writing Web sites. It has everything you could possibly need to know about the field, from submission guidelines for just about every publication in existence to links to more than 16 active freelance job feeds. Though it’s good place to learn the basics as a first timer, it can be a bit cumbersome when checking for daily updates.

Legend has it that this one once had a listing of viable, decent-paying jobs but since signing up for the free, members-only site a month ago, I haven’t seen many jobs offering truly substantial pay. This is one to avoid unless your specialty is mass-producing articles or you have time to sift through for the gems.

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Users can easily navigate this site with its niche listings for technical writers, bloggers, résumé writers and more. Several of the jobs listed here, however, are location-specific so be sure to check the requirements before applying.

Craig Newmark’s brainchild is the tried and true friend of the freelancer. It has special sections for both writing/editing jobs (full-time) and writing/editing gigs (temporary). For local opportunities, nothing tops these listings, but as always with Craigslist, beware of scammers.

This site requires membership and, while the jobs pay more than the $1 offered on the aforementioned, they only tend to range from $5 to $20. Unpublished writers can use these as springboards to build a portfolio.

A personal favorite, this site offers a daily listing of freelance writing jobs from around the globe. It fits comfortably into an RSS feed, doesn’t overwhelm and provides a forum for commentary about the listed jobs.

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