Thanks to the web…finding, completing and getting paid for freelance writing jobs is now easier than ever.
In the old days, freelance writers would have to call up newspapers and magazines, network with editors or (heaven forbid) go in for an interview before getting any freelance work.
Now, with thousands of websites, blogs and online publications offering 24-7 work, all it takes is a few clicks, a well-written sample or resume and good rapport with the prospective client.
But, like any web search, you have to be diligent when hunting for freelance writing jobs online. While some sites pay great per-word rates for very little work, others dole out bargain-basement dollars and expect you to be Picasso in return.
As a long-time freelance writer, I’ve had experience with both of these types of sites – and just about anything and everything in between.
I know it can be hard to sort through the mass of search results and find a job that works for you, your budget and your schedule, so to help, I’ve compiled this list of 100+ websites that will pay you – right now – to write. I’ve also included a note about each to help you manage expectations.
Use this as your guide, and good luck finding that perfect project you’ve been searching for!
Content mills make freelance writing a breeze. You sign up, look through various lists of assignments, and pick whichever ones fit your expertise and schedule. Then, you get paid upon completion – usually within a few days or weeks. It’s fast; it’s easy and it’s simple.
With content mills, you do not work with the client directly. The mills hire you to write for the client and when you submit your work and they approve it, you get paid.
Content mills also typically have pretty low standards for writers, so they’re willing to let newbies give it a go even if they don’t have much of a portfolio.
There is a catch though: Content mills usually offer pretty low returns.
Granted, those returns are almost immediate (no waiting on an invoice to be paid or checks to be mailed), so you have to consider what you need budget-wise at the moment before diving in.
Do you want experience and immediate cash flow?
Or, do you want to start working towards a well-paid career?
Generally, I’d say content mills are best reserved for freelancers who are just starting out. It’s how I started but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should do the same.
If you are ready to dive in full force to your freelance writing career, I would say, disregard content mills and head right for marketing yourself and working with clients directly.
To be honest, some of the pay for the ones I listed below are so paltry I struggled with even listing them. But, I know some freelance writers have liked to try them out just to see if they want to get involved in a freelance writing career. So, for those of you, I included these sites.
Please keep in mind though, if you want to build a successful freelance writing career, content mills do not pay you what you are worth. If you start using them, don’t get too comfortable.
Here are a few of the web’s top content mills you can currently write for:
2. Writers Department – With a max pay of $15 per double-spaced page and an abundance of assignments in all sorts of topics, Writers Department can be a good way to get your feet wet in freelancing. Here’s the application form.
3. Constant Content – With more than 70,000 writers on board, you’ve got a little competition here, though you can choose to write on any variety of topics including arts, culture, business and more. Apply here.
5. Scripted – Unlike most content mills, you don’t just claim a topic and get to work here. You craft a pitch for the articles you want, and the customer chooses who they’d like to go with. Because of the added middleman, pay is a little higher here. Apply using this form.
9. Writer’s Domain – The pay on this one is $3 per 200 to 300 words, but if you get good ratings, you can get bonus payments along the way. A grammar test and writing sample is required before you can start. Register here.
10. The Content Authority – Pay varies here, with the lowest starting at .07 cents a word and the highest at 3 cents a word. Once you hit $25 in your account, you can cash in and get paid via PayPal. Here’s the application.
11. Info Barrel – Here, you don’t just choose an article and get paid for it. You get paid based on the views of the ad content placed there. This is meant as incentive to create high-quality content that users want to read, but it can be a financial gamble for many writers. Use this form to sign up.
12. Pay Per Content – A pretty standard content farm, this one lets you choose from a pool of articles, then you’ll get feedback and requests for rewrites. You have to write a test article to get approved, though. Sign up here.
14. Text Writers – Were you a whiz at writing papers back in school? Then try Text Writers and help with academic-focused content. You’ll have to pass a grammar test and upload a sample, but approval usually goes through within two weeks.
17. eCopywriters – Sign up, fill out a profile and upload a sample, and you can start working on a variety of writing tasks. Payments are made via direct deposit, so that’s a fee-free bonus! Here’s where to register.
21. BKA Content – BKA, which stands for Buy Keyword Articles, focuses on search engine-optimized content, so the application process is a little more rigorous. Once approved, you’ll start at 1 cent per word and move up from there. Here’s how to do it.
Freelance Writing Jobs – Blogs
If you are looking for freelance writing jobs online, blogs may be the way to go.
With blogs, you’re typically going to work with the editor or owner of the blog one-on-one. In some cases, you may work with an in-between content manager, but that’s only for the larger, more well-known blogs (many of which we’ll get into in the next section.)
You’ll generally need to submit a pitch, your resume and maybe a few samples, and as long as your content fits the theme of the blog (and it hasn’t been done before) you can usually get approved pretty easily.
Here are a few blogs to get you started:
26. Matador – Matador publishes travel content of all kinds – luxury trip recommendations, travel planning tips, language and study abroad help, and more. Pay varies, but typically comes in around $40 per piece. Apply here.
28. The Dollar Stretcher – Do you have a reputation for being the cheap one in the family? Share your budget-saving tips on grocery shopping, raising kids or managing your household at Dollar Stretcher. Pay is 10 cents per word, and writing guidelines can be found here.
29. BootsnAll – Another travel blog, BootsnAll likes interviews with travels, packing tips and guidance on budgeting and saving money while traveling. Here are the guidelines for submitting your piece.
31. xoJane – Aimed at women, this blog looks for all sorts of personal essays and female-focused content. From makeup and fashion to sex, love and relationship, xoJane covers it all. Here’s how to pitch your idea.
32. Go Nomad – This one’s a travel site that exclusively looks for features – unique content on unique places, trips and travels. If you think you’ve got a great idea, here are the instructions for submission. Pay starts at $25.
33. Fit Pregnancy – If you’ve ever been pregnant – or you have some sort of health background – share your wisdom at Fit Pregnancy, where moms go for guidance on surviving pregnancy with their waistlines intact. Guidelines can be found here.
34. The Daily Heckle – Have a lot of opinions? Share them on The Daily Heckle. They look for content around news, sports, politics, TV, music and more. Pay goes up to $30 per piece. Here’s how to do it.
36. The Wayward Post – A little different than most travel blogs, The Wayward Post focuses on socially conscious traveling – seeing the world sustainably and in an environmentally friendly way. Here are directions for pitching. If accepted, pay depends on length and experience.
37. CollegeHumor – Have a knack for the funny? Submit your best comedic content to popular site CollegeHumor, and you’ll not only get paid, but you’ll get some serious pageviews, too. Pay is $35 per post, and instructions are here.
39. Working Mother – Working Mother is aimed at all working moms – including those who are self-employed. They look for features, personal columns and other related content, and pay depends on length and experience. You can get published online or in the brand’s print magazine. Details are here.
42. Bird Channel – Pay is pretty good if you fall into this site’s specific niche: bird watchers and bird lovers. They accept content around bird-related products, health, training and more. Submissions are accepted here.
44. The Green Parent – A spin on the traditional parenting blog, The Green Parent focuses on child rearing in an environmentally friendly, natural way. It also covers green homemaking, natural health, alternative education and other similar topics. Here are the writing guidelines.
45. Leaving Work Behind – A blog all about leaving the 9-to-5 world, most freelancers have some great experiences they can share with the Leaving Work Behind audience. Here’s how to submit a guest post.
48. Smashing Magazine – Though Smashing Magazine has made a name for itself in the design world, it also covers topics like ecommerce, mobile websites, WordPress and more. If you have expertise in any of it, here’s how to submit.
Freelance Writing Jobs – Blogs that Pay $50 or More
These blogs below want the highest quality content, and they’re willing to pay a little more for it. Some offer $50 a post, while other offer hundreds or even more depending on the piece’s length.
Many also have robust email lists and lots of followers, so you can get exposure for your work along the way. Freelancing Writing Riches is just one of these sites, and we happily pay $50 for high-quality guest content on our blog.
Here are a few other big-ticket blogs you can look to write for as well:
52. B2B Writing Success – Use your writing expertise to your advantage, and share your B2B content knowledge with the world. B2B Writing Success pays $100 to $300 per piece. Just submit your application outline using this form.
54. A List Apart – If you’re a pro in web content or web design, use your expertise to create something for A List Apart, which pays $50 to $200 per article. Instructions on submitting an idea or piece are here.
57. Stork Guide – Another parenting blog, this one pays $50 just to share your hands-on knowledge with first-time moms and dads. They specifically look for writers with expertise and experience in baby gear, baby care, toddler care, recovering after pregnancy and the finances of parenting. Just apply here to get started.
60. Michelle Pippin – Business writers, unite! Whether it’s a marketing hack, strategy guidance or tips for upping your personal business income, this blog wants it. Pay is $50 to $150, and details are here.
61. Write Naked – At Write Naked, you can share posts fellow writers would value – interviews with pros in your field, tips for success, day-in-the-life stories and more. The pay is $50 per piece, and full directions on how and when to submit are here.
62. Writers Weekly – This site is specifically looking for content from a freelancer’s perspective, as well as other information on making money as a writer. Posts pay $60 each and can be submitted using these instructions.
63. Great Escape Publishing – Do you make money through travel writing? Do you simply write while on the go? You may be a good fit for Great Escape Publishing, which pays $50 to $200 depending on the topic. Instructions on submitting are here.
64. Scary Mommy – One of the biggest parenting blogs around, this one will give you $100 for every published post. You can even include your social and blog links along with your bio. Here’s how to write for them.
69. Lies About Parenting – Remember all those myths you were told before becoming a parent? This is where you can dispel them, and share with others the real, hard truth of parenting. They’re specifically looking for people who professionally interact with kids – teachers, daycare workers, libraries, etc. – and they’ll pay $50 for it. Here’s how to submit a post.
72. Take Lessons – This blog is aimed at students in music and foreign language, so if you’ve got expertise in either field, give it a whirl. Posts pay $50, and you can apply using these guidelines here.
73. Babble – A longtime parenting blog managed by Disney, this site is pretty comprehensive, but if you can come up with a unique or uncovered topic, they’ll pay $100 or more for your work. Details are here.
74. eCommerce Insiders – If you’ve got expertise that could help online retailers (or their owners), this site is for you. Cover SEO, marketing, logistics and other important topics, and you could get $125 for just 600 words. Guidelines are here.
75. Metro Parent – Another parenting blog, this one is aimed at Michigan families, so if you live in the Mitten State, you’ll be given first priority. Pay is $150 to $350 per feature article, and details are here.
Freelance Writing Job Sites
These sites allow you to scope out lists of freelance writing jobs.
While some of these are user-controlled (the employers do the posting), others are actually managed by a quality control person. These are usually your best bet for higher-paying projects, as the employers, their job and their information has been vetted and verified.
With user-controlled ones, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get – or whether the employer is even legitimate or not! They can often take lots of time and effort to sift and sort through, so bear that in mind when using them.
Here are a few job sites I’d recommend:
76. Freelance Profit Academy – This is my membership site, a place where freelance writers can go for expert advice, exclusive content and a managed and vetted job board. We also have an 8-week bootcamp training course with nearly 70 videos which take you on a step-by-step journey to a successful freelance writing career in 8 weeks. It’s only $1 for a 7-day trial.
77. Upwork – A combination of former job sites oDesk and Elance, Upwork is a platform that allows you to bid for jobs. Complete a profile, set your pay rate and start applying for the jobs you want. It may take a little time to build a reputation on these sites though. I am not a personal fan of these bidding sites for freelance writers, but I wanted to include it if it is something you were interested in. I know some writers who make a great living using this site.
78. Craigslist – Every major metro has its own Craigslist, and it can be a great place to find quick, local work. The best spots to look are under Gigs -> Writing or Jobs -> Writing/Editing. Just watch out for scams! I have a lot of information here on my blog about Craigslist and how to make the most of it. I also have a free report on exactly how I used Craigslist early on to build my career and find great freelance writing jobs. Check it out here.
79. Freelancer – Similar to Upwork, Freelancer is a platform that lets you browse freelance jobs, apply for work and get paid. It can connect you with clients from all over the world.
80. Freelance Writing – This all-freelance writing site has job boards for freelancing, online writing and more. Be sure to sign up for the “Morning Coffee Newsletter,” which will email you the best job posts of the day every morning.
81. Contena – A fairly new site, this one’s designed to help you find the highest quality writing gigs around. There’s a free version and a premium version (which will give you access to the really big-ticket jobs.)
82. The Write Life – This job board brings together posts from all over the web, and it includes basic copywriting gigs, as well as more specific stuff like medical writing, technical writing and even transcription.
83. Journalism Jobs – I’ve been using this site since back in college to find full-time, part-time and remote jobs (and at one time, even internships). It focuses more on the journalism world – newspapers, magazines and other publications.
84. Guru – Though not specifically for writers, this is another remote-employee platform that connects clients with freelancers from all over. More than 1.5 million users are on it!
85. Media Bistro – These jobs range from full-time gigs to part-time jobs, remote work and even stringer jobs. Most of them are with news organizations, publications, TV stations or others in the media field.
86. LinkedIn – Log into your LinkedIn account and navigate to the jobs tab. You can browse jobs tailored to your profile or input a more specific search to find just the job you’re looking for. Then, you can apply with just the click of a button using your profile. I write a comprehensive report here on how to use LinkedIn to attract, find and land clients. You can even steal my emails I use to land clients! Get it here.
87. ProBlogger – The ProBlogger job board is one of the most comprehensive ones around. It even divides jobs up into categories – corporate/business, blogging, etc. – so you can find just what you’re looking for.
88. BloggingPro – Aimed specifically at bloggers, BloggingPro’s job board requires payment from the client – so it’s only employers who really mean business.
89. Peopleperhour – If you’re OK with taking an hourly rate, Peopleperhour is a great job site to consider. Create a profile, upload samples, and let clients find you from anywhere in the world.
90. Freelance Writing Gigs – Just as the title suggests, this site’s all about finding jobs as a freelance writer. The job board is updated constantly, and like at BloggingPro – it costs to post, so you only get top-notch listings from real, legitimate clients.
91. Writer Access – Writer Access does things a little differently than other platforms, placing writers into tiers, with each tier assigned a different pay scale. It’s not as flexible as ones like Upwork or Freelancer, but it will definitely connect you with some clients in time.
92. Contently – Contently allows you to post your profile, samples and other stats, and put yourself out there for projects that may come along. The Contently team vets every profile and hand-picks freelancers for every job though, so it’s not the best for getting regular, daily work. Think of it as more of a platform for bonus work when it comes along.
93. All Indie Writers – At All Indie Writers, you can browse a list of constantly updated freelance writing jobs or even add yourself to the site’ Freelance Writer Directory, so clients can connect with you directly.
94. FlexJobs – Made for telecommuters and remote workers, Flexjobs has more than 55 categories of jobs and will even personalize job results to your interests. They charge a small monthly fee though so it isn’t free.
95. Job for Writer – Used mostly for academic and legal writing, this is a great place to find jobs that are a little more specialized.
96. Chicago Artists Resource – Despite its name, this isn’t just for Chicago writers. It offer jobs and freelance work to freelancers everywhere, as well as internship listings if that’s something you’re interested in.
97. Poets & Writers – Even if you’re not a poet, this site occasionally posts some gems. There are also writing prompts if you hit a block.
98. Careerbuilder – Though mostly used for full-time jobs, just be sure to look for “Job Type: Contractor” and you can find plenty of freelance gigs on Careerbuilder.
99. Freelance Job Openings – No searching for pay rates here. Every ad is required to include payment info, so you instantly know if it fits the bill.
100. Whisper Jobs – Want to freelance for a magazine? This is where you’ll get your big break.
101. iFreelance – A little different than other platforms, iFreelance doesn’t take a fee out of the payments you get, like Upwork and Freelancer do. That means more money in your pocket – and a better-looking rate for clients.
I hope you enjoyed this exhaustive list. We will continue to update it as we source more blogs and sites that pay writers. Good luck!
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