Does this sound like you?
You keep hearing how writing is the easiest way to make money online but writing isn’t really your “thing”.
You’ve toyed with the idea of writing for money but figured you wouldn’t make enough.
Your mind is full of things you’re passionate about and you KNOW you can make money but you just don’t know where to start.
If you’ve dabbled in writing or just want to give it a go to see if you have what it takes, I know of places where writing for money can bring in a nice little paycheck. Like at least $50.00 an article nice.
So find your niche, gather your thoughts, and let the writing flow.
As I find more places where you can make money writing I will be sure to add to this list.
Writing For Money: Make At Least $50.00 An Article
Women, Parenting and Mommy Blogs
Metro Parent is a site that pays for fun stories and articles for patents in the state of Michigan. According to their website, there are four levels of potential payment:
- Features 1,000-2,500 words: $150-$350, depending on complexity of topic and number of sources required to do the story justice
- Department columns: $50-75
- Parent Pipeline pieces: $35-50
- Reprints: $35
A Bit of Anything
listverse, a site that has “top 10 lists of everything under the sun”, will pay you up to $100.00 to write a list on any topic – as long as you write at least 1500 words.
ThePennyHoarder.com may pay you up to $75.00 if you write 700-900 words about saving or making money…but… this must be pre-arranged with the editor, who can be emailed at: editor(at)thepennyhoarder(dot)com
Sun Magazine, a publisher of essays, interviews, fiction and poetry, Sun Magazine has been around for over 40 years. They pay as little as $100.00 for a piece of poetry up to $2,000.00 for an essay. Before you get too excited, though, there is a 3-6 month waiting list before you hear from them regarding your submission.
Cracked has been around for more than 50 years and they look for writers who are funny, smart and/or creative to create articles, photoshops, infographics, and videos. They say experience isn’t necessary – you just have to be good.
Upworthy, a massive blog that has tons of news articles, videos, and graphics that tend to go viral. claims they look for original stories that support their mission of creating a better world. After you have successfully pitched your writing to the editors you will be expected to write 500 word posts. As far as compensation, their site does not come out and state the pay but I have read elsewhere that they pay $150 – $200 for a 500 word article.
Money Saving and Personal Finance
The Dollar Stretcher is a HUGE online and printed publication that takes articles on how-to and money saving tips. They currently pay writers who are published in their monthly print version (not their online/web version). The pay is 10 cents per published word, with expectations of articles being between 500 and 700 words and payment will be made in about 2 weeks by check or Paypal.
Travel and Food
Cultures and Cuisines, website where food and travel meet, pays their writers a set rate of $200 per article. They seek writers who provide well-written narratives from their own point of view and in their own voice.
Viator Travel Blog states they are always looking for freelance writers with destination experience. When I first learned of Viator, I read they paid around $100 for a 1000 word article, but now their site says they pay $45.00 for a 300-500 word article and expect 3-5 per month.
Business, Marketing, Writing
Writer’s Weekly pays their writers $60.00 for a 600 word post (via Paypal). They accept articles on how to make more money writing, not how to write.
Web and Tech
AListApart is a site “for people who make websites”. Pay is $50-$200 per article
The Graphic Design School pays $100-$200 for each published design course you write.
Based in Germany, Smashing Magazine is for the web development and design community. They pay writers, who are located all over the world, to write their tips, techniques, and ideas regarding all things web. Although their site does not state the pay, it is based on the quality and length of the article.
WpHub will pay you $100-$200 if you can write 800-1200 words (with visuals) about web design trends and WordPress related topics.
- Once you decide on a place that interests you, make sure you read their guidelines and expectations. They have strict rules.
- There is a lot of competition and some of them get thousands of submissions so you may not get a response for several weeks. In some cases, several months.
- You should have a fresh view of the topic you are writing about.
- Any writing you do MUST be your own work. These places will check for copying and plagiarism.
- Be prepared for rejection. Some of these sites are very picky in the ideas you pitch.
- Put your best work forward, some of these places pay based on length and caliber of article.
So what do you think? Are you ready to start earning money writing for some of these places?