Freelance directories

I was writing about this for a book, and thought it might be useful to blog too. Would love to know of more good freelance directories, and any views on those listed below: There are a number of directories where you can list your details so editors or clients can search and find the people they need. All the directories listed below rank well on Google at time of writing, which is important as more and more people are searching online to find writers. All the directories allow you to list your specialist areas and skills.

    • People4business.comFor all types of freelancers, but with a large media section. Allows you to set your rate, which leads to an enormous variety of rates per hour. Clients can give ratings for freelancers they have used. Free listings for freelancers, 10% fee for clients making a booking through the service
    • The NUJ Freelance Directory Covers writers, editors, sub-editors, broadcasters, scriptwriters, web designers, translators, trainers and researchers in UK and Ireland. Available in print and online, arranged by region, skill and specialism. Entry is for NUJ members. You can choose between a basic entry and an enhanced one for a small fee of £10 o £20 which means you remain in the directory for two years.
    • For a slightly larger fee of £50 you can be listed in this directory for 1 year, which includes a freelance bulletin board and email address. The directory is searchable by name, skill, specialism and location. Includes your picture and links to your work, web site or blog and email. Featured on home page on rotation. Has the advantage of being a site used for advertising journalism positions, and hence visited by employers.
    • Daryl Wilcox Publishing Freelancer Directory Free for journalists, you can specify your specialisms and areas of work, upload detailed profile information and also opt to receive relevant press releases.
    • Freelance UK ( Currently free to join, as with other directories you can specify your areas of work and web address. You can also upload a document about what you offer.

    • Press Gazette Freelancer directory – awaiting details
  • The British Association of Communicators in Business also has a small database of members available for freelance work. Clients ask for a job to be mailed round to members.