What started out as a hobby has become a genuine career aspiration for many WordPress users.
Building your own thriving website is the dream for most, but unfortunately it can take a long time to make a new website profitable.
For many, the fastest way to make a living with WordPress is to get a job. Most WordPress jobs are nothing like your typical 9-to-5, though: because of the online nature of WordPress, many jobs are remote, meaning you are able to work anywhere in the world — all you need is an Internet connection.
Of course, finding that elusive first WordPress job is always the most difficult step. Putting together a simple portfolio website to show off your skills will make the process much easier.
If you have no idea where to start your search for your first WordPress job, you’re in luck: today I’m going to show you a few places to find WordPress jobs.
WPhired is a job board for a variety of different WordPress-related jobs — whether you’re a developer, programmer, writer, or SEO specialist, there is something for everyone.
With a relatively high turnover of jobs, it’s well worth checking back here every few days to see what new offerings are available. There are freelance projects listed, as well as more formal positions, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and internship roles.
Searching by job category is a quick way to find the most relevant jobs — you can easily find plugin development, theme customization, and writing jobs this way. Don’t expect comprehensive details in every advertisement, though (because you can advertise a job for free, the quality of jobs can be hit-or-miss).
ProBlogger Job Board
If you dream of writing for a living, it is well worth checking out the jobs board section of the popular WordPress blog, ProBlogger. There are usually one or two new postings each day, so be sure to check back regularly — you can subscribe to their RSS feed for instant updates.
ProBlogger Jobs lists all kinds of writing jobs, including non-WordPress jobs. Because of the nature of the ProBlogger website, though, if a WordPress writing job is being advertised it will probably be listed here. You will also see a number of niche writing jobs that will require a familiarity with the WordPress interface.
The quality of postings tends to be high; advertising a job costs $50, which is enough to deter most of the timewasters. With a relatively high advertising fee, pay rates tend to be quite reasonable, too.
Competition is fierce as a result, and it can take a while to land a position. Be sure to follow all the instructions in the listing or your application may be discarded – many listings will request you use a specific phrase in your application.
BloggingPro Job Board
Another job board for content producers is the BloggingPro job board. It’s a great place to find WordPress writing jobs, as well as writing jobs in general. The board is updated regularly, and you should find one or two new listings each day — if you want to write specifically about WordPress, there is a WordPress-related writing job listed every week or so.
Despite being able to advertise a job free of charge, the quality of listing is generally high. Most employers will go into a good amount of detail in their listing, so you have a strong idea of what the job will involve and the rate of pay — the rates are usually pretty decent, too.
Similar to ProBlogger job board, there’s lots of competition here, so make sure your application stands out, and that you follow all of the advert’s instructions.
Authentic Jobs lists a wide variety of remote jobs for online creatives. There are full-time, part-time, freelance, temporary, and internship roles available in a number of categories. These include front-end, back-end, and app development, as well as a number of content roles — with WordPress-specific roles added regularly, you’re bound to find something to match your area of expertise.
With a hefty price-tag attached to advertising job opportunities, Authentic Jobs attracts only serious employers — advertising a freelance position costs $249 for 60 days. This means the job listings are comprehensive, with a list of required and desired skills, plus details of all the job perks (salary details are generally excluded, though).
Authentic Jobs has built up enough credibility to attract some of the world’s biggest companies to its job board: Apple, Facebook, and Mercedes-Benz all use Authentic Jobs for recruiting talent. You can subscribe to receive either daily or weekly updates in the areas that interest you.
If you only want WordPress jobs, I strongly recommend you head over to Jobs.WordPress.net, a WordPress-specific job board. You can find general design, development, writing, and web performance roles here, as well as more specific plugin development and theme customization opportunities.
The listings are segregated by category, making it easy to find the right type of work for your needs. Unfortunately, there are relatively few jobs here, with only a handful added each week.
You also see a number of low quality postings: posting an advert is free, and this means some people put very little effort into their listing — it is not uncommon to see only one sentence to describe the role.
oDesk is a job board for people looking to hire freelancers, and for freelancers looking for work. It does receive a fair amount of flak, but due to the sheer quantity of jobs listed there — over 100,000 jobs are posted each month — it is well worth checking out. You can find a wide variety of WordPress jobs, including writing, SEO, theme customization, and web development.
It isn’t for everybody, though: as you are competing with freelancers from all around the world, including those who can afford to work for less due to a lower cost of living, prices are inevitably driven down. There are a lot of low paid jobs there, but if you search around you can find some hidden gems.
oDesk also uses a rating system, which some freelancers find prohibitive. It’s a catch-22 — without ratings you will struggle to find work, but without work you can’t get ratings. This can work in your favor down the line, though: if you are able to build up a solid reputation there, you will become first choice for the big budget projects, and can make a good living there.
People Per Hour
People Per Hour is a UK-based freelancing website, very similar to oDesk. It is much smaller in size, but this is more than offset by the larger budgets on offer — the majority of freelancers are from the US and UK, and this means prices are not driven down to the same extent as on ODesk.
Despite being relatively small in size, there are still a substantial amount of WordPress jobs on offer, with a number being added every hour.
If you’re serious about a career in WordPress, applying for one of the many WordPress positions available is the quickest way to get the money rolling in.
Of course, there are plenty more places to search for WordPress jobs. Your favorite websites might not be recruiting actively, but many of them will jump at the opportunity to work with the right candidate. It’s all about marketing yourself the right way, and reaching out to the right people.
And remember: even if it takes a while, don’t get disheartened — with a reputation, experience, and a reference behind you, things will get much easier going forward!
Do you know any other awesome places that advertise WordPress jobs? Let us know in the comments space below!
Shaun Quarton is a freelance blogger from the UK, with a passion for online entrepreneurship, content marketing, and all things WordPress.