Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money from home. You don't need any specialized training, the opportunities are plentiful, and you don't even need a website to get started. As long as you can provide well written, thoughtful content — you can make a good amount of money.
New York Times Best Selling Author, Nora Roberts, only has a high school education. She started writing her first novel back in 1979 after being trapped at home due to blizzard conditions. To date, Nora has written 225 romance novels – incredible!
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A few years ago, Danny Margulies decided to quit his full-time job to pursue a copywriting career using the freelance platform, Upwork. Without any special education or training, he was quickly able to hone his skills and pull in six-figures during his second year working as a copywriter.
If you'd like to work-at-home as a freelance writer, here are some of the various types of writing gigs, where to find them, and how much they pay.
Writing blog posts is a quick and easy way to earn money and gain exposure, as numerous sites will allow a short bio with a link back to your website. Many of these sites have established guidelines in place, so make sure you carefully read through the details and follow all of the rules. Crafting a thoughtful pitch will improve your chances of getting accepted.
- 99 Designs – Contact for rates
- A Fine Parent – $75
- AutoStraddle – $50-$200
- B2B Writing Success – $100-$300
- Cambrick Yard LLC – contract to rates
- Chicago Parent – $25-$100
- Christian Courier – $30-$70
- Dollar Stretcher – $0.10 per published word
- Freelance Mom – $75-$100
- GreenPrints – Up to $150
- Horse Network – $100
- Income Diary – Up to $200-$500
- Introvert, Dear – $40
- IWA Wine Blog – $20-$50
- Listverse – $100
- Loaded Landscapes – $20-$150
- Make a Living Writing – $75-$150
- Mold Busters $200-$400
- Money Crashers – Competitive base rates with monthly performance incentives
- Nutri Inspector – $60-$180
- RankPay – $50
- Scotch.io – $150
- Screen Rant – Contact for rates
- Small Biz Trends – Negotiable
- Smashing Magazine – Contact for rates
- Technology Networks – Contact for rates
- The Barefoot Writer – $100-$300
- The Write Life – $75-$250
- Wealthy Web Writer – $100-$300
- Wise Bread – Contact for rates
- Write Naked – $75
- Writers Weekly – $30-$60
Freelance Writing Platforms
No matter what type of writing gig you're looking for (article writing, copywriting, ghostwriting, grant writing, e-books, or technical) you'll be able to find it on these freelance writing platforms. Simply search the job postings and submit a bid. If your bid is accepted, you complete the work and get paid through the platform.
Have a knack for writing short and sweet sentiments? Turn your ideas into cash by submitting your words to greeting card companies. According to Carol Eannarino, payment for a greeting card idea ranges from $10 to $50, depending on the studio.
Helpful Tips and Short Stories
Print and online magazines are always looking for new content; that's why many publications are willing to pay for short stories, helpful tips, poems, and even jokes. Here are just a few publications that pay for submissions. Payment is made only if your tip or story is published.
- Chicken Soup for the Soul – $200
- Cuisine at Home – Up to $50
- Eating Well – Up to $1 per word
- Guide – $0.07-$0.10 per word
- Guideposts – Contact for rates
- KnowledgeNut – $10
- Narrative Magazine $100-$350
- Southwest the Magazine – $1 per word
- Take a Break – Up to £2,000
- The Story People – Up to £2,000
- Writers Digest – $0.30-$0.50 per word
Do you want to write for magazines? Check out this post, where Linda Formichelli tells you how to break into this lucrative writing niche!
Job Boards for Writers
Smaller, niche-focused job board websites are a great place to search for freelance, part-time, and full-time writing jobs. Simply search the sites using these key phrases that meet your criteria.
Do your words sing a song or evoke an emotion? Then perhaps selling your poetry can earn you some extra cash. Here are a few places you can sell your poems.
- Arc Poetry Magazine – $50 per page
- Grain Magazine – $50-$250
- Palette Poetry – $50-$150
- Poetry Foundation – $10 per line, and $150 per page of prose
- Three Penny Review – $200
You'll also want to check out this list of ways that you can earn money with your poetry here.
Are you good at proofreading, interviewing, and persuasive writing? Then becoming a professional resume writer may be the perfect freelance writing job for you.
- ResumeEdge – Freelance
- ResumePundits – Freelance
- Randstad Risesmart – Part-time, freelance
- Talent Inc. – Freelance
- The Job Sauce – Part-time, independent contractors
With revenue sharing sites, you contribute content to the site, and in return, you make a percentage of the advertising revenue generated from your content. Each site does it a little differently; some offer base pay, while others are strictly based on how much traffic or how many clicks your content receives. I've never tried to make money this way, but here are some success tips from Carol Tice.
Do you want to write the next Fifty Shades of Grey? Then submit your manuscript to one of the many romance publishers. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author, Brenda Hiatt has a great list of approximately what each publisher pays for first and subsequent novels.
Who doesn't dream of traveling the world and getting paid to write about their adventures? While most travel gigs pay in free travel, food, lodging, and activities, there are a few outlets that will pay a small amount for your writing.
- Go Nomad – $25
- International Living – $100 per $1,000 words
- Ireland Before You Die – Freelance
- Nomadic Matt – $250
- Outpost Magazine – Pay negotiable
- Young Adventuress – $50-$150
Want to make more money as a freelance writer? See how this freelancer was able to go from $5 to $150 per hour!
As you can see, there are lots of paid writing gigs for writers! Since the majority of these are freelance positions, you'll want to be sure to track your income and expenses for self-employment taxes.
If you're not seeing the type or niche of writing assignments you'd like to work on, you can always pitch your freelance services to companies you'd like to write for.
What type of paid writing gigs are you searching for?
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Originally published on February 25, 2015. Content updated on May 6, 2020.
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Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she's been able to figure out how to find a career path that you're truly passionate about. Holly's had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman's Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.