Making money writing and editing can be lucrative and fairly easy ways to bring in extra cash every month.
So if you’ve got a way with words, you might want to consider freelance writing part-time.
The best part?
The work can be done from the comfort of your own home (meaning less commuting and more earning).
Take a look at this list of sites that hire freelance writers.
Content Platforms & Content Marketing Agencies
Applying to Zerys is as simple as filling out the form and providing a writing sample.
You can also take the editor test and become a writer and editor (like I did!).
Zerys pays on the 1st and 15th of the month. While the work was consistent at one point, for me, the assignments have started tapering off. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
Making money writing with Zerys isn’t too hard (as long as there are assignments available in your niche industry).
Copify allows you to write articles for a variety of clients. You can claim the assignments you want and then you have a certain amount of time to complete that assignment (anywhere from a few hours to a few days).
Once you’ve completed a certain amount of the lower-paying articles (and have received a five-star rating on at least one assignment), you’ll be eligible to move on to higher-paying assignments.
I’ve had assignments in the $100-range, but the work isn’t as consistent as I’d like. Many of the work I see is in the lower-paying range.
However, sometimes there’s an influx of work that could keep you busy for a few weeks or months at a time. I’ve had that happen a few times since I’ve been a writer for them (since August 2017).
It’s always nice to be able to go back and make some extra cash when it’s available.
The site doesn’t appear to be accepting new writers at the moment upon a quick glance at their “How Do I Become a Copify Writer?” page.
But check back often. You never know when they’ll be hiring again.
Crowd Content is great for micro-tasks and shorter writing assignments, like product descriptions.
If accepted, you’ll be writing for companies like Best Buy and Michael’s.
I’ve also written for Caring.com writing profiles for senior homes across the country.
But I no longer work on the platform, so they might’ve changed things a little bit since I last wrote content for them.
Making money writing for the platform can be be pretty lucrative if you get accepted to certain client projects. If that happens, you could get a pretty consistent income for months at a time.
Writer Access usually has jobs posted regularly. You can even sign up to get email alerts when new jobs are posted.
In my experience, the Writer Access platform has a lot of low-paying jobs that you can use to earn a decent passive income.
But a lot of the jobs that come across my dashboard aren’t really interesting to me. It’s mostly plumbing and auto stuff.
So, if you don’t mind writing that kind of content, you might enjoy writing for Writer Access. Making money writing for writer access might not be consistent, but every now and then I get an email about assignments available.
Once approved as a writer, you’ll need to create an online portfolio, which can then be used to show potential clients.
The editors of the site might also contact you with writing opportunities.
I haven’t gotten any work through them personally, but I’ve heard it’s a decent source of freelance work.
Go register as a freelancer on the site and see if you can make money writing for the site. Good luck!
(I’ll update if I ever hear anything back from them LOL)
People Per Hour hires several different types of freelancers including writers and editors.
Because it’s a marketplace, you’ll have to send a proposal to get projects, much like UpWork. Project types range from CV/resume writing and contract writing to article writing and web content writing.
Just glancing at the page now, I see jobs between $20 and $260, so there’s a good range.
The one thing I don’t like about People Per Hour is that if you don’t win a project after proposing for about six months (correct me if I’m wrong), they make you start paying to keep proposing.
I guess to make sure you’re serious? I don’t really know.
Verblio allows you to write articles for clients based on their needs. If the client likes your article, you’ll be paid.
If not, you can recycle the post and try to sell it to another customer. Verblio rates were recently raised. For a 300–400 word post, the pay is between $10.50 and $14.
In order to get access to higher-paying assignments, you’ll need to reach Level 4.
Once you pass Level 4, you’ll be able to access the next tier of assignments, which pay more per post. Verblio pays once per week to PayPal (every Monday evening).
I still haven’t made it past level 4 because I just don’t like writing for Verblio as much anymore because there’s no guarantee that your hard-earned work is going to make it into the hands of a client — in other words, whether you’ll be paid.
But now that I know you can repurpose content and use it on different sites, I may revisit the idea of writing for Verblio consistently again.
9. Leaf Group (Formerly Demand Media/Studios).
I wrote for Demand Media/Leaf Group when I was just starting out writing in 2007, but back then, I think their guidelines for new writers were much more lenient.
Today, their standards are a bit stricter. Writing for them was easy, but choosing articles based on weird titles was the norm.
Writing for Leaf Group means you’ll be published with a byline on sites like eHow, Tech Walla, Sapling, Hunker, Cuteness, Livestrong.com, and Well + Good.
Once you’re accepted and you sign a contract, you’ll be able to claim assignments from the Dashboard of your account.
You’ll have to go check out their site to see how and/or if things have changed since those days when it comes to applying and choosing assignments.
Even though it was a content mill, it paid decent money for a college kid.
Writing for One Space means writing for high-level clients like Lowe’s, Staples, Instacart, and Overstock.com, according to the site.
With competitive rates, One Space gives freelancers the freedom to manage their projects and their lifestyle by providing a hassle-free platform.
Even better? They claim to pay daily so you’ll never have to wait to get paid.
Go apply on their Freelancer Application page.
Currently, it says there are no open freelancer positions (as of this writing), but the site encourages you to apply and they’ll get back to you once a position opens up.
11. Text Master.
Text Master hires freelance copywriters and translators to work independently.
You can access their SaaS platform 24/7 and you also have access to a team of project managers to help you along the way.
Payment is usually made through PayPal within 7 to 14 days of project completion.
12. Rightly Written.
This company provides a wide range of services that require freelancers, including:
- web content
- email writing
- technical writing
- social media
- creative writing
- white papers
- slogan writing
After sending in your resume, you’ll be asked to complete a series of tests.
After successful completion, you’ll be hired on a trial basis so that they can assess your abilities as a writer and see how well you manage deadlines and working with different clients.
13. Godot Media.
Godot Media appears to be a platform where you can apply and get freelance jobs. On their careers page, it says:
“We are a fast growing content marketing company working with a wide portfolio of customers. We are looking for talented, driven and sincere individuals for multiple positions to become a part of our dynamic team.
With Godot, you will get the opportunity to work in a great environment, which will be both professionally and personally rewarding. Whether you are a fresher or have been working in the industry for a long time, we have several opportunities that you may find suitable for your career stage.”
Godot Media offers writing services such as:
- article writing
- blog writing
- eBook writing
- social media management
- content marketing
- product descriptions
Apply on their “Job Application” Page. It looks like this:
Go check it out and sign up if it sounds like the kind of content you’d enjoy creating.
Get a Copywriter is a platform that allows writers and editors to join and get a consistent workflow, weekly payouts, and zero fees, according to the site.
Writers are hired to create content like:
- Blog posts
- Web pages
- White papers
- Product descriptions
- Press releases
But according to them, “We accept less than 2% of writer applicants. Only native English speakers are allowed on the platform.”
And they receive hundreds of writer applications per month. So, apply and see what happens.
Great Content is a content platform for SEO audit, multilingual copywriting, editing and proofreading, localization, and editorial planning.
To become an “author,” you fill out the online application form (describing your experience and providing unique writing samples).
Then, you wait for the QA team to evaluate your work and make a decision.
If accepted, you can get started picking through the available assignments. You can pick one or two to get you started.
This site claims you can get paid up to $50 an article writing web content for some of the most recognizable brands in the world.
Writers are given two or more days to complete an assignment and all work is due by 3pm ET on the due date given.
If you miss a deadline, you won’t get paid and the assignment gets reassigned. You’ll also need to write a test article before you can begin writing — a 500 plus word assignment that “gauges your writing skill.”
You’ll need to submit an application, provide a photo ID, and fill out a W9 form.
I recently became an editor for Steady Content (at the time of this writing) and because they’re in the beginning stages of getting everything up and running, it’s not exactly the best to navigate or look at.
Steady Content has small orders for editors (since I did not apply to become a writer, I can’t comment on the prices) ranging from $4 to $8.
They don’t take long to edit (for the most part), but some articles needed to be sent back to be rewritten and as of right now, there’s no button that allows you to do that.
So, there are still a few kinks to be worked out on their end.
The Growth Machine/Writer Finder is less of a site and more of a service that connects you with clients.
After you’re accepted, you’ll get emails regularly whenever a new client needs writers.
CopyPress is a content marketing agency that claims they have some of the best talent and technology.
I’m currently an active editor for CopyPress. When you log into your dashboard, you can see available assignments to edit.
I’m currently in the process of applying for their writer position, too.
Clear Voice is a freelance talent network that allows you to upload items to your portfolio and create a profile to attract clients.
If you work freelance for the platform, you’ll receive an email every time there’s a new assignment available in your areas of expertise.
You can log on to your dashboard and apply for the assignment and if you’re chosen by the client, you’ll be notified within 48 hours.
I have that option, but I also get assignments sent directly to me from both past clients and from Clear Voice Services, meaning they want me to write the assignment exclusively.
Make sure you fill out your profile until it’s 100 percent complete and you can start to make money writing with Clear Voice as soon as you get an assignment match.
This is an online platform in which writers have to set up a profile, add a writing sample, and provide proof of identification.
Once your identity is verified, you’ll be able to access the pool of available writing assignments and make money writing by choosing which tasks you want to complete.
While you’re waiting, you can pick up a few micro-tasks through Crowd Flower, a company partner.
I was invited to join the Quietly Writer Network a few years ago.
The site claims: “Quietly is a content marketing agency that can help your business gain an edge on the competition with unique data and insight.”
It doesn’t give much information from writers beyond what you see in the photo.
I was invited to join the Quietly Writer Network, but only received one assignment from them to date.
Go apply and see if they have more assignments. You never know.
Scripted is a content platform where you can sign up and submit proposals for jobs. You can also be “Smart Matched” to jobs, which was my favorite way to get jobs because there was no waiting around.
It works the way most platforms work.
You fill out your profile with your information, upload samples, choose the topics you want to write about, and then you’ll have to take and pass a written test.
Once accepted, you can start getting “Smart Match” jobs emailed to you.
But you have to be fast accepting them because they’re open to other writers.
The one thing I hate about this is that it doesn’t give you much time to decide if you can confidently tackle or not.
To learn how I got jobs accepted, check out my article on writing the perfect copywriting pitch.
Constant Content is a site where you can either write content directly for clients or write content and post it on the site in hopes that someone will license it.
I tried it for a little bit and I couldn’t do the strict rules about articles. I couldn’t write in the style I wanted.
They wanted me to write big, bulky paragraphs and were way too stuffy about English grammar rules. Like don’t start a sentence with the word “and.”
Are we in grade school? Is this academia?
It might be for you, but I didn’t really wanna create content under those strict rules.
It also didn’t help that there were so many other writers posting their content in the most popular niches (like business and marketing) — a lot of it.
So, I write for myself and still have a few clients I write for outside of platforms and agencies.
Composely is a platform that claims you can “get top-paying freelance writing jobs from clients in various industries.”
They say: “Work with Compose.ly and get paid one of the highest rates on the market.”
They offer services like:
- Blog articles
- Press releases
- White papers
- Technical content
So, that’s the kind of content you’d likely be writing.
They hire writers on a regular basis, according to the site. I’ve applied, but am still waiting to hear back. Go apply and see if you have any luck.
Get Paid for Book Reviews
There are a few sites where you can get paid or “tipped” for book reviews.
A few of them include:
Reedsy is a a great place to find work as a book reviewer or story reviewer because it’s a site dedicated to collecting the best stories from up and coming writers. The site also hosts short story contests you can enter every week.
Not to mention, it’s also a platform that connects content creators with companies who need that kind of content.
So there are a few ways you can make money writing on Reedsy.
While Reedsy doesn’t pay you directly for book reviews, you can earn “tips” from other Reedsy members. To apply, first read their guidelines and tips on how to become a book reviewer.
Once you’ve read through the article and you’re ready to do so, sign up as a book reviewer with Reedsy.
On the flip side, Online Book Club actually does pay directly for reviews.
Online Book Club pays between $5 to $60 for book reviews, so don’t expect to get rich (or even leave your FT job) off the money you’ll make doing this.
It’s better to look at it as supplemental income.
Read through the guidelines to see what they’re looking for. I read through their guidelines and it all seems pretty straightforward.
I was accepted as a book reviewer at Online Book Club, but I haven’t reviewed a book yet. I’ll update this post once I do with my experience.
To begin the signup process, click here.
For the full list, check out: How to Get Paid to Read Books
Get Paid to Write Stories
There are a few sites you can get paid to write stories on, including on Medium.
1. Vocal Media
Vocal is a paid site that you can earn money from by uploading your stories. You can build your audience and find readers on the site, but it’ll cost you.
Vocal isn’t free. It cost $9.99/month or $99.99/year at the discounted rate. There have been some mixed reviews about Vocal. Some seem to enjoy it, but I haven’t really checked it out myself.
If you have, I’d love to know more about your experience with the site in the comments.
Writing for Wattpad means you have the opportunity to become part of their WattPad Stars program, which means that the company will share some of the revenue you generate from your stories.
That means, you’ll have to put some of your stories behind a paywall so that people have to pay to access it.
Using this method, you can give away some stories for free and make some paid. That way people can find your writing and get familiar with your writing before they have to pay.
Make money writing on your own terms on WattPad.
Simily is another site where you can publish stories and get paid based on views. But there have been reports of authors claiming the payment structure isn’t what it should be, but that’s to be expected with a new site.
Fellow Medium writer, Ossai Ceejay wrote a review of Simily you can read before you sign up.
He makes a good point in saying that you can view this as an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something that could become as big as Medium.
Go check out the site, read the review (and maybe a couple more if you’re anything like me), and then make a decision about whether it’ll be worth your time.
Never depend on a single income. Make an investment to create a second source.
Freelance Job Boards
1. Pro Blogger.
ProBlogger updates its job board on a daily basis with jobs for freelance writers and editors, although it’s typically not with very many jobs.
However, it only takes one so find jobs that align with your experience and skills and apply. It can’t hurt to try.
I recently got a gig pretty quickly on there that seems to be long-term, so fingers crossed you find one too.
Craigslist can be a goldmine for finding temporary or ongoing writing projects if you’re just starting out.
Oftentimes, if your work really shines and you’ve made quite the impression with a client, you’ll be asked to stay on long-term.
Simply go to your area’s Craigslist and search through the Writing Jobs and Writing Gigs sections.
I wouldn’t recommend Craigslist for established writers because you may get lowballed when you’re clearly worth more. Make money writing for people who respect you and your craft.
This site lists jobs for college graduates and those who have completed a graduate degree.
Search for part-time, seasonal, and entry-level jobs, as well as internships.
On a site like this, you’re much more likely to find a job specific to what you studied in college.
Go check it out and see what jobs they have listed. You could get hired to make money writing for a company.
4. Book Jobs.
Looking for a career in the publishing industry? Books Jobs is the place to be.
Here you’ll find jobs and internships related to publishing, including positions like:
- editorial assistant
- marketing specialist
If you’re interested in getting that kind of editing work, you might just find your dream job.
Finding a writing or editing job on Freelancer is fairly easy, however, you will need to submit a proposal and bid on projects posted on the site.
The best proposal wins the project.
Make sure to fill out your profile fully and include all pertinent information so that your chances of finding a project you like increase.
If you don’t mind this kind of structure, go apply and make money writing for the site.
UpWork is a bidding site where writers can submit bids on projects posted by companies needing a writer or editor.
A lot of writers claim to have had success on UpWork, while others say it’s a waste of time. To each his/her own.
In my personal experience, it’s been tough to get decent paying work on UpWork. But that doesn’t mean that’ll be your experience.
Go check out the writing and editing jobs on the site and see if anything piques your interest. You might have better luck and actually make money writing on UpWork.
This job board is updated daily with jobs for high-quality freelance writers and editors, even though it’s usually only a few listings.
Similar to the ProBlogger job board and the LinkedIn Job board, you can find jobs in your field and apply for them.
Some of the jobs that come across this job have been pretty interesting.
Try your luck and see if you can make money writing via a gig from this job board.
LinkedIn Jobs has tons of jobs for freelance writers and editors all around the country.
They even have a feature that allows you to Easy Apply, meaning you can apply with the click of a button (and without filling out an extensive application, which can be a real pain).
Make to optimize your profile to ensure you show up in as many search results as possible (which makes employers come to you).
1. Hub Pages.
I have a few articles published on Hub Pages, but in order to start seeing revenue, you’ll need to publish at least ten.
The articles have to be very well written or they won’t be selected for Hub Pages’ Premium articles.
The site rates your articles and you also get an overall rating that affects whether your article gets selected for their premium partner sites, like Calorie Bee, Turbo Future, Reel Rundown, and Remedy Grove (which I’m guessing gets you more traffic than simply being on the Hub Pages site).
So write great content and you might be surprised to find that one of your articles gets selected.
You’ll know if your article was selected if you get an email informing you about edits they made to the article and links to the finished article.
Rack these up and you could start earning passive income. You’ll have to build on these articles every day to eventually see your passive income grow.
This is a great option for newbies because they publish both new and established writers on a variety of topics, including writing about:
- Creepy stories
- Physical Health
- Mental Health
- Inspirational stories
- TV + Movie discussions
If you can write content on any of these topics, you can write for Thought Catalog and get your work seen by at least a percentage of its 30 million monthly readers.
It’s pretty good exposure. But it takes a while for your article to be accepted. I’ve been waiting about five days now (as of this writing).
I’ll update and let you know how long it actually took to get my article published or accepted. Because it can also be rejected. Mine is currently pending.
Companies That Hire Writers
1. Talent, Inc.
I worked here as a resume writer (July 2018) and the work you’ll do as a “writer” really isn’t writing as much as it is proofreading and re-writing.
Basically, you’ll take a client’s resume and re-word it according to how the client answered the questionnaire.
You’ll be crafting resumes for top brands like Top Resume and Resume Rabbit. (They used to do them for Monster, but I’m not sure if that’s still the case based on their updated website.)
However, the work just wasn’t quite for me because of the turnaround time it took to get paid for one order.
And the payment structure was a bit weird (not every two weeks exactly — but still twice per month).
Fit Small Business occasionally hires writers to join their staff, which includes a small business writer and a finance writer.
The site was founded in 2013 and is read by over 600,000 small business owners and managers every month. If you’ve got specialized knowledge of topics related to running a business or the financial aspects of it, consider applying to become a full-time staff writer.
With a starting salary of between $50K and $60K, this is a pretty sweet gig. You also get a 401K plan with matching and a high-quality health plan.
As of October 30, 2022, they’re currently not hiring, but check back often. I actually snagged an interview with them a few years back, but I guess I wasn’t the right fit for the role. 🤷🏾♀️
You might have better luck. Keep checking back.
This company hires full-time science writers with proven technical editing skills and problem-solving abilities.
Writers have to make sure documents are completed accurately and on time.
If you’re highly motivated and can work without much supervision, this could be the job for you.
Check to see if they have any current openings.
Elite Daily is a site that’s for women and by women.
It appears be be part of BCG and they hire writers and editors for their online content in areas like fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.
Currently, it appears that they’re hiring for a few roles, including writing and editing roles.
So, if you enjoy writing in that space, why not apply? You never know. You might just get an interview. Go check out their open positions.
5. AHA Media.
This company hires part-time freelance editors that can help ensure the quality of content delivered to clients, as well as coach and support writers, aiding them in producing content aligned with the client’s goals.
The company states:
Aha Media is a leading content strategy and content marketing consultancy with deep healthcare experience. We create content experiences for academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, large physician practices, healthcare technology organizations and multinational pharmaceutical companies. Of the top 20 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals, 13 of them are our clients.
If this sounds like something you can do (and might enjoy doing), go for it!
6. Word Agents.
This company provides premium content writing services to agencies, small businesses, webmasters and a variety of other types of companies.
The site says they produce the following type of content:
- Blog Posts
- Website Content
- Link Building Content
- How-To Articles
- Skyscraper & Pillar Content
- SEO Affiliate Content
- Press Releases
If you’re comfortable creating any of this kind of content, go apply and see what happens.
This company hires remotely for roles like:
- Editor, Investing | Bankrate
- Editor, Small Business | Bankrate
- Senior Writer, Credit Cards | Bankrate
- SEO Associate | Bankrate
- Digital Marketing Analyst
Employees say the company offers an extremely collaborative environment that’s open to ideas from all levels of employees.
If you live in the Charlotte, NC, New York, Texas, San Juan, PR or Saul Paul, Brazil, you might be able to get a position.
They also apparently offer remote roles as well.
This company is based in NYC and provides readers with recommendations for hotspots that the public might not know about yet.
The company hires freelancers on an ongoing basis to provide the content for its growing audience.
They hire for positions like Freelance Writer (Portland) and Freelance Expert Bachelor Party Journalist, and Writer (NYC).
It’s unclear whether they hire remotely. But if you live in the NYC or Portland area, you might want to consider applying.
Thrillist is owned by Group Nine, which isn’t currently hiring, but as always, keep checking back.
This company was founded in 2008 and their goal is to “make you a better lover (of literature, poetry, US history, writing, and more).”
The company helps give people a better understanding of literature and culture in a fun way, according to them.
They have study guides and other study materials for students so you’ll be making money writing that kind of content for this site if you get hired.
They offer freelance, part-time and remote jobs.
Currently, they’re not hiring (as of 10/30/22), but keep checking back.
ListVerse pays freelancers $100 per article. Articles must be in list format and must fall under the scope of topics they usually publish.
According to their site, they accept “lists that look at something normal in an unexpected way (ways college makes you dumb, for example), unsolved mysteries, hidden knowledge (things most people don’t know), misconceptions, and just really astonishing general knowledge about anything — science, for example.
What we don’t want to see are lists on sports, self-help, personal stories, or gaming. We don’t publish opinion lists.”
Not to mention, you can link back to your blog, Twitter account, or a book you want to promote.
So you’ll not only make money writing for the platform, but you’ll also earn from whatever you’re promoting via links.
Question & Answer Forums
Quora is a question and answer site that you can make money from by posting answers to questions people post.
Quora introduced a monetization program that allows you to get paid based on your answer views. That means you can make money writing about topics that interest you.
I just signed up for it so I’m not sure what earnings will look like with about 1.4K views, but I’m willing to try it out.
And I may write more content (or repurpose some) to increase my passive income earnings a bit more. I encourage you to do the same.
Answeree also pays its members points for answering questions, commenting and asking questions.
You can exchange your points for cash once you reach 3,000 points, which equals $30.
Answering one question can get you up to 10 points.
So, while it’s obvious you won’t make a living from it, it could be a decent way to make money writing while you’re waiting.
3. Just Answer
Just Answer is a question and answer site in which experts can make anywhere from $2,000 to $7,000 a month on average, according to the site anyway.
It says you can make money writing for the site when you answer questions in your field of expertise online. You can set your own hours and work anytime and from anywhere.
The site says it welcomes all kinds of experts, including experts in:
- Consumer Electronics
- Heavy Equipment
If you’re also an expert in any of these other fields, you could get paid to write about it.
4. Help Owl
With Help Owl, the site claims you can make money writing content, earn points, and also get prizes. To start earning, you’ll have to create an account.
You can use points to get gift cards from merchants like Walmart and Amazon.
Answering a question gets you 100 points.
Submitting your first accepted answer gets you 1,000 points.
For a $10 Amazon gift card, you’ll need 50,000 points.
So, as you can see, this isn’t something that you’re going to be able to pay your rent with. But it could definitely be supplemental. Every little bit helps, right?
5. Experts 123
Experts 123 refers to itself as “The Question and Answer Encyclopedia.” You can write about topics in the areas of:
- Home Improvement
If you think you’re an expert in any of the above areas, you can make money writing for Expert 123. Sign up today and start earning some passive income.
What’s been your experience with the sites I mentioned? Let me know in the comments.