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Freelance 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
- Zerys. 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.
- Copify. 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).
- Crowd Content. 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.
- Writer Access. Writer Access usually has jobs posted regularly. You can even sign up to get email alerts when new jobs are posted. But they go fast, so you’ve really got to be on it in order to make some decent money. Competition is fierce, especially since there aren’t very many high-paying gigs.
- Contently. 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.
- Triple Curve. Based in California, Triple Curve occasionally offers writing projects to freelancers that want to work from home. They hire writers and editors that can provide high-quality content. Projects consist of blogging, copywriting, product/page descriptions, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and Short and Medium Answers. In order to write for Triple Curve, you’ll need a strong background in creative/copywriting content writing and editing, excellent English communication skills, and preferably be U.S. or Canadian-based. They pay around $8-$15 per article.
- People Per Hour. 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.
- Blog Mutt (now Verblio). 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).
- Demand Media (now Leaf Group). I wrote for Demand Media/Leaf Group when I was just starting out writing, 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 Demand Media means you’ll be published with a byline on sites like eHow, Golf Link, Livestrong.com, and Trails.com. Once you’re accepted and you sign a contract, you’ll be able to claim assignments from the Dashboard of your account.
- CrowdSource (now One Space). Writing for One Space means writing for high-level clients like Lowe’s, InstaCart, Staples, and Overstock.com. 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!
- 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.
- Rightly Written. This company provides a wide range of services that require freelancers, including blogs, web content, newsletter, and email writing, technical writing, social media, creative writing, eBooks, white papers, resumes, copywriting, scriptwriting, and 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.
- Godot Media. Godot Media offers writing services such as article writing, blog writing, copywriting, ebook writing, social media management, SEO, content marketing, and product descriptions. There’s no information on their website to suggest how the hiring process goes, so I’d recommend contacting them with a friendly email asking about how to apply. Don’t just send them your resume before asking about open positions.
- inklyo. Inkylyo is a site that offers courses (like a smaller version of Udemy or Teachable) and welcomes the opportunity for freelancers to submit guest blog posts. Simply fill out the contact form and answer the questions.
- Great Content. 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.
- Online Writing Jobs. 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.
- Steady Content. 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.
- Content Divas. Content Divas is currently not accepting new writers, but you can always check back periodically. Once they start accepting new writers again, be prepared to submit a 400 to 500-word article and one 250 to 300-word blog-style piece. According to their site, you can choose from several topics for each article. For the first article, topics include email marketing, SEO, article marketing, How to drive traffic to your website, Internet marketing, and Twitter tips. For the second blog post, you can choose from topics like Puerto Rican Vacations, Debt Management, Diabetes in Children, Real Estate in Washington, and Spyware.
- CopyPress. CopyPress is a content marketing agency that claims they have some of the best talent and technology. I’ve only applied as an editor to this site a few months ago as of this writing and still haven’t heard anything back. They told me after I passed the assessment that I’d get a test editing assignment. Nothing as of yet. The reviews for this company haven’t been the best, but everyone’s experience is different. So, you never know.
- Clear Voice. 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.
- Content Runner. 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. While you’re waiting, you can pick up a few micro-tasks through Crowd Flower, a company partner.
- Quietly Writer Network. I was recently invited to join the Quietly Writer Network via email and the network is pretty much new, so I don’t know much about it from the inside. It’s been four days (as of this writing) since I applied so I’ll update you guys as soon as I hear anything back. Here are a few screenshots from the email they sent. (Update: I was invited to join the Quietly Writer Network, but only received one assignment from them to date).
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Freelance Job Boards
- 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.
- Craigslist. 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.
- iFreelance. On iFreelance, you can bid on hundreds of projects and keep 100% of your fees, according to the site. iFreelance also offers jobs for designers, developers, and marketers.
- College Recruiter. 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.
- 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, designer, publicist, marketing specialist, and similar jobs you’d find at a publishing house.
- Freelancer. 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.
- Upwork. Formerly Elance, 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.
- Blogging Pro. This job board is updated daily with jobs for high-quality freelance writers and editors, even though it’s usually only a few listings. Some of them are still worth checking out, however. I got an interview for a job I applied for on Blogging Pro.
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. You’ll know if your article was selected if you see a message like this:
Companies That Hire Writers
- Talent, Inc. I recently 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 Monster. 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. 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.
- Atlas Research. 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. Elite Daily hires part-time travel writers with a strong background in travel and a passion for sharing their experiences traveling with others. If you’re interested in seeking out the coolest destinations around the world, figuring out the best places to stay, and discovering the most luxurious hotels and Airbnbs, check the site to see if they’re currently hiring.
- 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 helps organizations combat complex content challenges and gets readers to take action. If this sounds like something you can do, go for it!
- Word Agents. This company provides premium content writing services to agencies, small businesses, webmasters and a variety of other types of companies. Check back often for open writing positions.
- Healthline Media. This company hires remotely for roles like Freelance Medical Advisor, Freelance Medical Reviewer, Freelance Social Media Writer, and Freelance Health, Science and Public Policy Reporter. Employees say the company offers an extremely collaborative environment that’s open to ideas from all levels of employees.
- Thrillist. 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 areas, you might want to consider applying.
- Shmoop. 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. They offer freelance, part-time and remote jobs.
- Listverse. 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.
Question & Answer Forums
- DigitalGlobal.com. This site pays you for answering questions, asking questions, and referring other members. Payment is once a month depending on the number of DG coins you have.
- Answeree.com. 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.
- BeerMoneyForum.com. With this forum, you have the ability to be paid whenever you want. Anyone can join and get paid to participate in the threads and create new threads. The minimum payout is 1000 BF points.
- Forumcoin.com. Forum coin is one of the most popular sites you can get paid to ask and answer questions on. You can also get paid to respond to the different threads and earn points or request to join the Article writers forum and earn even more points. You can get up to 150 points per article submitted and once you reach 500 points (which equals $5), you can cash out to PayPal. With Forumcoin, you can get paid in just a few hours.
Hopefully, this list helps you find your first or next freelance writing or editing gig.
What’s been your experience with the sites I mentioned? Let me know in the comments.