I am a writer. So are you. That’s why you clicked on this blog post. You want to make more money writing, but struggle with where to find work.
I have an answer for you.
Based on the three reviews I’m about to share, I bring home an additional $1,500 – $2,000 a month writing for content sites. I know some writers scoff at content sites. I don’t.
I am a ghostwriter, but there are periods where I don’t have a book to write for someone else. So instead of starving, I write for content sites that are fair and don’t pay too bad. I still market my ghostwriting services, but instead of waiting for my ship to come in, I go out and get it.
Freelance writing can happen from anywhere. When your well runs dry and your bank account is low, consider one or all of these opportunities. Here are 3 freelance sites that pay well and that I dabble with regularly:
This is my favorite freelance writing site I’ve come across yet. In any given month I can make anywhere between $400- $600 additional dollars writing press releases, blog posts, and website content. And you know what? I truly enjoy it.
I’ve been writing for them for over a year. The thing I like about this site is that it pays out more than any other content site I’ve tried. (Here is a post of five content sites I dabbled with last year, including WriterAccess.) If you write well, the editors pay attention to that and will recommend you for jobs. I’ve had this happen a handful of times and I love this. I end up with steady clients that trust my work.
If you find a client that likes your writing, they put you on a Love List. This ensures regular work for you. That means that instead of a writing job going on the general assignment board for thousands of writers to see, it goes on a small board that only you and any other Love List writers can see.
I’m on the love list to write 500-word self-help blog posts for a few different sites. This is my kinda content! So when I get an email alert that this particular client has posted a handful of jobs, I can go directly to WriterAccess and save a job to work on later.
Aside from this, the team members at WriterAccess are SO damn friendly, real, and personable. That’s rare, so I hold this platform in high regards.
Lastly, they have a Casting Call option where you can “audition” for a potential job by writing a short paragraph on why you would be a good choice. I always respond to these. I don’t always get the jobs, but I feel like these jobs are better pay and better opportunity. After you write for WriterAccess for a while, one of the editors may even recommend you to the client, which makes landing these long-term jobs easier.
What To Know:
This site requires an extensive application process. They ask lots of questions, so be prepared. You will need previous work to share with the editors as you complete the application, too. If you have experience and you’re looking for a side hustle to bring in some extra cash, take the time to complete the application. It is worth it.
How you get paid depends on the rating the site assigns you. I’m a 4, so I average about $20 for a 500-word post. I don’t take a job unless I like the subject and I know I can write it in 20 minutes or less.
I reviewed this site last year. I didn’t make a heck of a lot of money then, but they’ve changed up the way they do things and I’ve been making between $100 – $200 additional dollars a month.
For the most part, I write blog posts that are never more than 500 words. If I know I can write the post in 20 minutes or less, I’ll take the job. I never take an assignment on a subject that I don’t understand or doesn’t interest me.
Things have changed since my first review last year. The site is now set up so that when a client posts a job, it’s actually an audition first. That means you have to write a 250-word post to impress the client.
If they don’t like it, you don’t get paid. (Ug.)
If they do like it, they will choose you as a regular writer, but you still may not get paid for your audition piece. That’s the caveat. Even if they choose you as a regular writer and like your work, you may not get paid by that particular client for that 250-word sample you wrote.
I don’t like that.
Basically, the client decides to choose you as a writer but also decides not to pay you for the sample. (It could be anywhere between $7 – $12 dollars.) In my opinion, that tells me this client is a bit stingy and will continue to be. These are the kinds of clients that typically reject work, expect miracles, and ask for entirely too many rewrites. Nope. Not for me. As it is, writers on content sites don’t get paid a heck of a lot anyway. The last thing I want to do is rewrite a 400-word blog post that only pays me $12 dollars. No, thank you.
Having said that, there are good clients on the site that will pay you for your sample and give you steady work.
What To Know:
This site offers a writing test. It’s not complicated. This is a great site to start with if you’re an aspiring writer that doesn’t have any published work behind you.
The clients on this site offer anywhere between 2.8 cents a word up to 7.5 cents a word. That’s not a lot. I never take a job for less than 3.5 cents, and when I do take it, I make sure it’s something I can finish in 20 minutes or less. By following this rule for myself, I can make an average of $13 dollars a post.
This is a job board offered by Darren Rowse. He’s a blogger and content marketer with a wealth of information on his site. I LOVE this site because it offers jobs where you get paid 100% for your work.
WriterAccess and Zerys take a percentage, thus the reason the pay on these sites is less than it would be if you were taking on a personal client. By taking the time to search for good jobs on ProBlogger, I can make anywhere between $1000 and $1500 additional dollars a month.
I check the site every morning. Actually, I now have it set up now through IFTTT so that I get every job opportunity immediately emailed to me. If it tickles my fancy, I apply to it.
Some jobs tell you up front what they will pay. Some don’t so be advised. You may take the time to apply for something that you think you’ll enjoy writing, only to discover they barely want to pay you. Be good to yourself and take jobs that you think pay fairly.
What To Know:
You could apply for a new job every day and not get anything for a month straight. I highly encourage you not to give up. You may apply to a job that asks for a 1,500-word post only to learn that they only want to pay you $30. Keep applying anyway. There are clients out there that value writers and are willing to pay you what you’re worth.
I have a client that I write two 1,500-word posts for each week. I get $250 a week from him for both posts. I have another client that pays me $100 a month for five 400-word posts. I accepted this job because I get to choose the subject, I get to use my voice, and I can write a short post in 20 minutes or less. He also publishes the posts with my name and a link to my site, which is very generous. If I can drive traffic back to my site and still get paid, I consider that a bonus.
In a Word…
Choose your jobs carefully. Like I said in the beginning, there are some writers that scoff at these kinds of sites. But if you choose carefully and don’t sell yourself short, you can find decent work.
What sites do you use? Is the pay fair? Are you happy with them?
Joleene Moody is a former television reporter and anchor turned freelance writer, blogger, and speaker, based in Central New York.
(No, not New York City. Not even close. 🙂 )
Learn more at www.joleenemoody.com