If your dream is to get paid to write, you’re in luck.
This dream is easier to turn into reality these days because every type of online writing job you can do from home is available with a quick Google search.
This wasn’t the case several years ago. From 2000 to 2010, it was common for online jobs to turn out into scams and freelancers had to learn to protect themselves the hard way.
Today, job boards, marketplaces and other platforms operate with a fee or use feedback systems to keep scammers at bay and encourage people that online jobs can really become a legitimate way to earn stable income from the comforts of your own home.
So why don’t everyone with some writing skill just quit their day jobs and focus on providing writing services online?
The Perfect Online Writing Job from Home
The problem isn’t the lack of writing opportunities available, but finding the perfect ones for your skills, circumstances, or expected fees.
In some cases, the job is only available if you’re based from the U.S., Canada and other English-as-first-language countries. In other cases, the fees paid are so low that only those from developing countries can survive from their earnings.
If you want to make it as a freelance writer, here are several things you should decide before checking out what writing jobs are in store for you:
- Tone of writing – Whether you’ve got experience writing legal letters and corporate memo, or prefer the conversational tone of blogs, social media, and other much modern platforms, deciding the tone early on will allow you to filter the writing jobs you’re interested in.
- Fiction vs. Non-fiction – You don’t have to worry about choosing which has better opportunities, since there are plenty of fiction and non-fiction writing jobs available. But since newswriting, academic writing, web copy, resume writing, and other copy that require technical writing is totally different to blogging, writing short stories or poetry, and so on, knowing where your writing skills fit perfectly would increase your productivity and income in the long run.
- Side cash vs. Full time – Will you be able to commit working on a full-time basis? Or are you planning to write for cash on the side? This is an important consideration, especially since it correlates the amount of income you’ll be taking home each month.
- The Boss – Freelancers still work for other people, whether this means you’re taking in a client directly, or working for a content mill, marketing firm, or any other company. Freelance writers who work for companies are usually teamed with other writers and editors, as well as content managers to help with work calendars.
Other factors, such as payment currency and software requirements, may also affect your decision on a case-to-case basis. But answering these four considerations could help trim down your results when searching for freelance writing jobs.
150+ Ways You Can Get Paid to Write
I tried to categorize this list as organized as possible with payment information and other important info. Have fun hunting your preferred freelance writing jobs from home!
Share Poetry, Greeting Cards, Short Stories and Fiction Writing
Note that many of these sites only accept unpublished work.
1) Grain Magazine – Earn $50 from every poem accepted
2) The Sun Magazine – Known for paying $100 to $250 per poem. This publication loves personal, cultural, or political writing.
3) Poetry Foundation – $10 per line or $150 per page of prose
4) Blue Mountain Arts – This greeting card company pays $300 for submissions perfect for greeting cards.
5) American Greetings – Submit poems, quotes or other content for greeting cards. Pay varies.
6) Goblin Fruit – This site accepts short stories with a mythical theme, and pays $15 per poem
7) Chicken Soup for the Soul – Pays $200 for inspirational, true-to-life personal stories or poems.
8) Orion Magazine – Pays $100 for poetry that focuses on nature, culture, and place.
9) Boulevard Magazine – Requires $3 payment for online submissions. If accepted, you can earn $100 to $300 for prose, or $25 to $250 for poetry.
10) Clubhouse Jr – This kid-friendly site is continuously looking for age-appropriate stories and poetry with a Christian angle. They pay around 15 and 25 cents (USD) per word.
11) Crazy Horse – Accepts fiction and non-fiction stories, poetry and other types of publications with a pay of $20 to $200 per submission.
12) VQR Online – This site doesn’t just accept poetry, they also allow nonfiction, opinion pieces, personal essays and so on. They pay $200 per poem or around 25 cents per word for short fiction, prose, literary criticism, and other types of content.
13) The Three Penny Review – Pays $400 per story or $200 per poem. Doesn’t read submissions sent from July through December.
14) Ploughshares – Ploughshares have several kinds of content submissions available with prizes ranging from $25 to $1,000. Some contests here have entry fees, so make sure to double-check guidelines.
15) Rattle – While online submissions only get $50 (print submissions are paid $100), all free submissions are automatically considered for the annual Neil Postman Award for Metaphor, which has a $1,000 prize.
16) Arc Poetry Magazine – Contemporary poetry are accepted at $50 per page.
17) New Myths: NewMyths.com currently pays 1.5 cents/word with a minimum payment of $30 for all submissions, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The content must have a hint of fantasy or science fiction element to the story.
18) Agni – Pays $20 per page for accepted prose and $40 per page for poetry, with a $300 maximum.
19) The Pedestal Magazine – Pays $40 per accepted poem.
20) WritingCareer.com – This is a great resource for those interested in submitting poetry across the web. Amount per poem varies. So does the due dates. So check regularly.
21) Comstock – This adult humor greeting card company accepts submissions for $50 per accepted idea.
22) Crafty Morning – If you love food, experiment on dozens of recipes and don’t mind sharing, you can get paid $10 to $20 per recipe contributed to the blog.
Get Paid to Write for other People’s Blogs
Some blog owners are willing to pay for your time, expertise and shared knowledge, if you’re interested in a paid guest post that would bring value to that blogger’s readers.
Some websites have in-house writers working for the publication day in and day out, but these websites also accept submissions occasionally if the idea you pitch them are worth it. Aside from the list below, you can always check for the “write for us” section on any website if it is accepting submissions from their readers.
Most of the time, you have to submit a pitch before you’re given a chance to write for the blog. Always read the guidelines they’ve posted before any submission.
Bonus: Bankforeclosuressale.com – Pays $100 (can negotiate more for stellar content) for real estate, foreclosure, flipping houses, investing or properties related articles.
23) A Fine Parent – Parenting niche. Pays $75 via PayPal for an article around 1,500 to 3,000 words.
24) A List Apart – Web design industry, pays between $50 and $200 for articles up to 2500 words.
25) American College of Healthcare Sciences – This site encourages industry experts to write blog posts of 600-1000 words about homeopathy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, aromatherapy and general wellness. If your post is accepted, you earn $50 and keep your byline.
26) AutoShopper – Accepting US-based authors who are auto enthusiasts. Pays $10 to $20 per car-related article.
27) Back to College – Focused on older people going “back to college.” Pays $55 for approved posts.
28) BlogPaws – If you are equally passionate about pets and social media, you can write advice and tips for fellow pet lovers and earn $75 if your work is accepted.
29) ChangeAgent – This education-focused site changes themes per issue, but if your submission gets accepted, you get $50 for a 200-1000 post.
30) Cracked – Those with great sense of humor and are up-to-date with pop culture, entertainment and politics should check out Cracked. Every accepted post gets you $100.
31) College Humor – The biggest comedy site online, College Humor continues to accept articles about anything under the sun and pays its contributors between $35 and $50 per article.
32) Cooking Detective – Foodies with culinary knowledge can earn $120 to $160 for longform (up to 4000 words) guides, or just $75 for 2000-word articles.
33) Cultures and Cuisines – Food and culture niche. Pays $200+ per article.
34) DesertUSA – Content about desert ecosystems gets paid $50 for every approved article.
35) DollarStretcher – Love finance? Or simply good with money? This site accepts article submissions in the personal finance category and pays $0.10 per word for an 800-word article.
36) DropZone – If you’re a fan of skydiving and has tons of tips and valuable info to share, DropZone is open to discussing writing fees. Pitch something good that their readers will love, and your article or review might get accepted.
37) Doctor of Credit – Personal finance blog; Pays $50 per blog post via PayPal as soon as the post goes live.
38) Dorkly – This high-traffic comedy/entertainment site pays $35 to $75 per article. Perfect for those who write viral-material pieces.
39) Down East Magazine – This magazine features Maine and its food, culture and history. If you’re from Maine and have off-the-beaten path destinations to share, send your pitch for a chance to get paid up to 70 cents per word upon publication.
40) Eating Well – Great exposure for food bloggers. Pays $1 per word, but only upon publication.
41) Edible Seattle – Awesome exposure and writing gig for Seattle-based writers. Pays 30 cents per word (made upon publication) for articles about cooking and eating around the Seattle area.
42) Elite Personal Finance – Personal finance category; Pays $100 per article.
43) Freelance Moms – Accepting articles from freelance moms. Receive $75 to $100 via PayPal for every accepted post.
44) Fund Your Life Overseas and Incomes Abroad – Want to share your secret to traveling or living overseas while still keeping a stable income? International Living pays $75 for a story published on their e-newsletter and $400 if published on the mag.
45) Funds for Writers – Write guides on how to earn a living as a writer and be paid $50 for every accepted, unpublished original article.
46) Great Escape Publishing – Ideal for writers with vast travel experience and has something to share about making travel efficient. Pay is around $50 to $200, depending on the type of article accepted.
47) Go Nomad – Pays $25 for personal travel posts (800 to 2000 words)
48) Horse Network – Got passion for equestrian sport, horse health, and other related topics? Not only will you get paid for the article itself, Horse Network also adds $100 for every 1000 shares on social media.
49) How Stuff Works – Pay is $100+ per article, but it’s hard to pitch stuff here since they are extremely selective.
50) Income Diary – Content marketing, content for websites, making money with websites, and other similar articles are paid for $200 a pop. Submit your pitch before writing.
50) iWorkWell – Human Resources topics; pays $200+ for an article.
52) JustParents – Accepts articles related to parenting and pregnancy (and caters to the UK audience).
53) Knitty – Knitting topics. Pay is $150 to $200 per published submission.
54) LadyQ’s – Focused on women-related topics like dating, relationships, fashion, beauty, etc. Pays $50 per article.
55) Listverse – Love reading listicles? This site pays $100 via PayPal for every list-based 1000-word article that gets accepted.
56) Loaded Landscapes – Writers passionate about nature photography, image processing, and related topics can earn $20-$150 per accepted piece.
57) Make a Living Writing – Get paid $75-$150 for accepted blog posts about earning with your writing skills.
58) Matador – Get paid $25 for travel-related articles.
59-90) Here are more blogs that pay you to write: Narratively (various topics), Online Writing Jobs and Rank Pay (online business), ScheduGram (social media), Technopedia (tech), The Partially Examined Life (culture), Yoga International (health), The Penny Hoarder (personal finance).
There’s also plenty of blogs that pay you to write about writing, such as The Write Life and Writer’s Weekly. Parenting is also a common niche, so if you’re a parent with superb writing skills, check out details for ParentCo, Red Tricycle, and Storkguide, among others.
You’d be surprised at the niche available for writing. You have very specific categories like New Scientist (for physicists) or Modern Farmer (modern farming) to pop culture and entertainment sites like Screen Rant and Paste. Of course, location based publications like Radish Magazine (that serve Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa) may also be an interesting route.
Web design and programming sites also have a continuous need for content. If you’re on the techy side, check out SitePoint, Smashing Magazine, UX Booth, Write Stuff (databases), RankPay (social media), and more. Technical writing like these gives higher rates. So does medical-focused content such as PsychCentral or The Anxiety Foundation.
Long-term Writing Jobs
This category includes both part-time and full-time writing jobs, which goes beyond the per-article gigs. You’d have to send your CV and writing portfolio to land any of these online writing jobs from home, but they’re worth it.
91) Beacon Fire – For US-based copywriters who are interested in part-time work.
92) BootsnAll – Travel lovers with real-world experience with itineraries and tips, on top of modern writing skills fit nicely with this travel website. They don’t open writer positions regularly, but you should check them often if you’re interested in travel writing.
93) Book Browse – Become a book reviewer and get paid to write a review or two of books from their library every month.
94) Distance Web – Hires copywriters with experience crafting copy for ads, web sites, and email marketing.
95-100) IAC – If you’re not aware of what IAC means, that’s OK. It’s the parent company of many of today’s popular websites that accepts article submissions. This includes College Humor, DailyBurn, HomeAdvisor, OKCupid, Investopedia, TheDailyBeast, DotDash, and many more.
101) IndieMade – Accepts writers from anywhere around the world. Focuses on topics about marketing creative businesses. Pay is sent monthly, depending on how many content you submitted and got approved.
102) Kinzer Projects – This company regularly needs freelance writers to complete various writing projects. Pay is negotiable based on experience.
103) Kirkus Media – Book lovers are paid to review books from self-published authors.
104) Lifehack – It’s not easy to become a paid contributor for this life hacking blog, but once you get in, you need to submit at least 2 800-word articles per week (each pays $20 to $30).
105) Life Tips – This company regularly needs SEO Specialists, copywriters, and editors; accepts freelancers from all over the world.
106) Metro Parent – Michigan-based writers and parents are given a voice about local issues. Pay is between 40 to over $200. You can serve as contributor, or work on a full-time basis.
Teaching people how to do something requires not only exceptional writing (to be able to explain anything in layman terms) and knowledge of that particular niche. As such, tutorials often have higher fees than regular blog posts.
107) AppStorm – iOs or apps for Macs in-depth tutorials gets you $60 a pop
108) Brew Your Own – Dedicated for beer brewers. Pays content 1,500 and 3,000 words in length for $200.
109) CrazyLeaf Design – Accepts design tutorials (web design, photography, graphic design)
111) eCommerceInsiders – For experienced ecommerce business owners who wish to share their insider secrets; Pays from $75 to $150 for articles (400 to 600 words)
112) Family Handyman – $100 per post
113) KnowledgeNut – Accepts various tutorials for $10
114) TutsPlus – This high-traffic website focuses on coding, web design, IT, and other techy topics.
Academic Writing and Adult Writing
Academic writing is on the greyscale of content writing, since some people may find it unethical. However, some websites like A Pass Education and Academic Experts are legit and pays college-level writers higher rates than your average blogger.
Another niche to consider if you’re looking for higher-paid writing jobs is to check out adult writing jobs. The topics will depend on your expertise, but it can be as monotonous as writing product descriptions of sexy costumes, or writing novel-length R-rated stories. Either way, expect 3x higher rates than average copywriting fees.
You won’t be paid upon submission or publication, but if your published article gets a ton of traffic, you’ll earn continuously as long as the website is up and your written article remains on the site.
117) Hubpages – Earn passive income. Uses Adsense, Kontera, and Amazon for ads
118) News for Shoppers – Product-based content. You earn 70% Adsense revenue share.
119) Best Reviewer – Write top ten lists; Earn AdSense revenues
120) InfoBarrel – Similar to Hubpages. One of the earliest revenue-sharing sites around.
121) Liberal America – This political revenue share site gives you 75% of Adsense revenue share for your articles.
122) Wise Bread – This popular personal finance blog pays 100% of the ad revenue your content generates.
123) Snipsly – Accepts all kinds of content. Gives you 100% revenues of adclicks your articles generate.
124) Unanchor – Get 75% of revenue share from your published travel itineraries.
Get Paid to Write Full-time: Article Writing Services
If your goal is to work full-time, your best bet would be to apply for freelance writing jobs from home. You have to be OK working as a ghostwriter selling your rights to the content once you’ve submitted your work.
Note that some of these companies may be considered as a content mill (with lower pay but a ton of work available), so proceed with caution on sites like those. However, all of the sites below are legit and have paid freelancers for years.
131) Constant-Content – Open to US writers only
132) BlogMutt – Write blog posts for BlogMutt’s clients, who has to approve your post before you get paid.
133) Buy Keyword Articles – US only. Pays one to five cents per word. Receive income every two weeks via Paypal.
134) ClearVoice – Higher pay writing (starts at 10 cents per word), but work availability may not be consistent.
135) Content Divas – US writers only. You earn around $18 for every 1,000 words.
136) Content Remarketing – Always open for senior-level content writers.
137) Content Runner – US only (pays with bank account). Also serves as article marketplace where you can write articles and post them for sale.
138) iWriter – Low-paying, but has plenty of writing projects available. Accepts writers from around the world.
139) Textbroker – US only. No bidding required. Projects are assigned based on your rating. Pays weekly via PayPal.
140) Textbroker UK – The UK version of the Textbroker website. Only available for writers from the UK, Australia, Canada, and Britain.
141) WriterAccess – Accepts US-based writers only. Writers are assessed during application and given a rating (the higher this rating, the more money per word a writer can earn).
142) WritersLabs – Accepts both native and non-native English speakers (but with a bachelor’s degree).
143) The Content Authority – Hires writers from Canada & US. Pays weekly with Paypal.
144) Compose.ly – For senior-level writers (only accept 1% of writers who apply).
145) EditFast – Hires editors, pays $10 per edited content.
146) Ezdia – Accepts content writers and editors worldwide. Pays $1 to $150 per piece
147) Word Gigs – US-based writers earn from $1-4 for blurbs and short articles.
148) Crowd Content – Get paid 2 to 6.6 cents per word; Accepts writers from US, CA, UK, AU, and other countries.
149) WL Marketing – This SEO company has an ongoing need for article writers.
150) Writer’s Domain – Accepts English, French, and Spanish speaking writers. Pays with Paypal.
151) Newscastic – Perfect for US-based journalists looking for side gigs.
152) Get a Copywriter – Accepts copywriters from around the world. Pays $5 to $9 for every 100 words of content
153) RiseSmart – US and Canada. Got skills for resume writing? You can get paid to write resumes on an hourly basis.
Freelance Writing Job Boards
If the resources above you aren’t enough, you can always check out online job marketplaces like UpWork (formerly oDesk), Freelancer, Guru, Hubstaff Talent, iFreelance, PeoplePerHour, BloggingPro, FlexJobs, Indeed, LinkedIn Jobs, MediaBistro, LinkedIn ProFinder, and many more.
There are job boards and marketplaces that are geared specifically for online writing jobs from home. Be on the lookout for jobs on ProBlogger, FreelanceWritingGigs, Writers Weekly, and FreelanceWriting.
Note that some of these marketplaces charge a monthly fee for freelancers to be listed on their sites.
Others require you to bid projects posted by the client, which can be discouraging once you see the amount of competition you have.
How to Succeed as a Freelance Writer
Scams still exist online, so be careful whenever you start a project, apply to any job, or even just providing your resume to the wrong person or company.
You can get paid to write from anywhere you are in the world.
Imagine spending a few months in Bali, working as a freelance writer in daytime and enjoying the beach once sun goes down.
However, to succeed in this field, you need to know what you want to write, how much writing you can do, and if you consider writing as a career or just a side gig.