Maybe you have a passion for writing about a specific topic or maybe you just enjoy writing for the sake of it.
Becoming a freelance writer and writing articles is a great way to make money online and if you put serious work into it, it may even become your new full time job.
Content is always in great demand from businesses and websites of any kind.
Valuable content is what elevates a site above the rest and makes it truly shine. Content adds value to the audience and creates strong lasting relationships between customers and businesses.
The great thing working as a freelancer is that you can choose the volume of the work you want to do and when you want to do it. You can choose when to work, for how long and for how much (hopefully).
You can work for multiple customers (obviously not by selling the same article more than one) and by following the rules and guidelines of each marketplace / employer each time.
If you deliver valuable content consistently and bring results to your customers, you will make a name for yourself and soon attract more and higher paying work.
So, you have the skills but you are lost when it comes to selling your content. There are tons and tons of websites out there where you can submit your articles or look for work as a freelance writer.
I will divide the websites in two lists: one for entry level articles – low pay per article and one for experienced content creators with high pay per article.
Entry Level Writers – Low Pay Commissions
At iWriter, you’ll be able to earn money by writing articles for other people. Anyone can register for free and start earning money immediately. You’ll be able to select which topic(s) you would like to write about, select as many or as few articles to write each day and work at your own speed.
The process is really simple. Anyone who requires an article written can come and enter a description. The task is visible to all the writers (there are some skill levels) and you simply have to browse a list with all the article gigs, select the ones you can fulfill and submit your article.
The rate is around $1.25 for a 150-word article, and the minimum payout is $20.
iWriter is a great place to start writing and practice entry level articles. As you complete jobs and get higher ratings, you can earn more money
Everything costs $5 here. You can offer your skills as a writer for $5 a piece. You aim for volume. Good writers have a lot of requests and large job queues. Keep writing and you can slowly make decent money.
Note that even though Fiverr markets itself as a $5 marketplace, the fees for a job can go multiple times that. You start with $5 but the sellers add additional value offers to their gigs increasing the amount of earnings.
Upwork was formerly oDesk + Elance. Now both sites are combined to the newly improved Upwork. You have to register and create your online profile.
Note that you should spend some time into presenting yourself in a proper way so that you can attract more job offers.
Apart from that, there are tons and tons of writer jobs that you can apply for. At first it may be a little difficult to land a job but soon you will earn your first ratings and then will get more and more job requests.
Experienced Writers – High Pay Commissions
Pay: $400 or more
The Penny Hoarder is one of the top websites when it comes to personal finance and how to make money. You should aim for articles of 700+ about specific issues, backed up with statistics and numbers. Payments can be extremely profitable ($400+).
Topic: Web Design
A List Apart focuses on web design. You should aim for articles of 1,500 – 2,000 words. After you submit an article, it will be read by an editor and you will work closely with him in order to revise it as needed. For each article you get paid 200$ within a month of publication.
Pay: ~ $300
Metro Parent Publishing Group is always looking for talented, experienced freelance writers to enhance their magazine, ancillary publications and website.
If you can create fun and valuable content for local parents then this is your best choice.
Topic: Bizzare, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Science, Society
Pay: $100 (Paypal)
ListVerse has an audience of 15,000,000 users per month. You don’t need to be an expert in anything, you just need to have great English, a sense of humor, and a love for things unusual or interesting.
Pay: $50-$75 for articles, $100-$150 for interviews and personal stories, $150-$200 for articles with specific income advice a reader can print and follow to earn more income.
The travel writer’s life publishes articles on the craft and business of getting paid to travel, whether by writing, photography, tours or other means.
They also publish short interviews with successful readers and members, as well as professionals working in a field that enables their users to get paid to travel. Note that they do not publish straight travel stories.
Topic: Culture, Entertainment, Science
Top Tenz prefers list articles in a wide subject variety. It contains detailed guidelines on how to write and format your articles before submitting them.
Topic: Living Overseas
Pay: $250 – $400
International Living magazine aims at providing a scope and depth of information about global travel, living, retiring, investing, and real estate that is not available anywhere else at any price.
Do you have a knack for finding the best travel opportunities and hidden bargains? Do you enjoy travelling and living all over the world?
The, you should consider submitting your experiences in writing here.
Pay: $60 – $500
Wptuts+ is a highly respected source of information when it comes to WordPress. The great thins is that you don’t have to be an expert or a professional in the field. As long as you have something valuable to contribute, you can submit it.
Additional Resources for Freelance Writers
Have you already gone through the aforementioned websites? Do you need even more resources? Well, here are some more links and lists for you to work through.
Writers in Charge’s List of 110 Websites that Pay Writers (PDF – Download)