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40+ Places to find Good Paying Freelance Writing Work

on May 11, 2012

There are lots of websites out there that pay writers $10-$20 per article, but today I went in search of places where established, quality writers can make more money. These are sites that expect the articles to come to them polished– no typos, no grammar slips, no awkward sentences. Just good, compelling content that their readers will love and share!

Okay, so here are some good places to check out for work that pays much better than the “content mills” (sites like TextBroker, Demand Media, and MediaPiston– which all serve a purpose, but do not pay really well.)

Local Businesses: I cannot stress this enough!  There are literally hundreds, probably thousands, of small businesses in your immediate area with websites that do little to nothing in terms of bringing in revenue. A good writer can post articles and blogs on the web to drive traffic and increase search engine rankings–which in turn increase revenues and profits. You can also help revamp their websites, and market the website and the business for them on the web.  Approach these companies directly–you can typically find a list on your Chamber of Commerce website. Send them a prospecting letter, along with some samples of your work—and yes, it is absolutely fine to do it online. Many businesses prefer email communications.

Check out this Roundup:  This is a roundup of over 30 sites that pay writers for their articles. Most pay around $50 or more, and some pay as much as $900 for a long piece, compiled by young blogger Bamidele Onibalusi. Check them out and make some money!  http://www.youngprepro.com/websites-that-pay/

Odesk, VWorker, Elance–Seriously! You just need to ignore the lowball offers and look for the REAL employers who realize that outsourcing is less expensive than hiring a full-time writer; these people are looking for quality writers. I have several clients on VWorker that pay me from $30–$100 for articles from 300 words to 1500 words. Professional companies NEED good writers they can turn to in a pinch, so WOW them with your writing and they will keep coming back.  Also check out this article by Missy Nolan– she tells you how to filter out all the junk offers on Odesk. http://daniellemcgaw.com/how-can-i-get-high-paying-writing-jobs-on-odesk

Technical Writing, Screenplays, Travel, Sales Writing: Certain writing niches pay better than others, and if you yourself established in one of these areas, your income will skyrocket. Companies will pay  from $500 to $1,000 for a well-converting sales letter. (That means a long-form sales letter, typically 1500-2500 words that SELLS a product!) Technical writing is very detailed, but also pays extremely well. Beginning screenwriters can earn upwords of $40,000 annually, and the sky is the limit for those with experience– one hit movie and you can name your price! Beginning travel writers only make about $30,000 per year on average, but they can also get perks like free travel and meals. Experienced travel writers earn much more.

Make Use OF: This site pays per post,  Minimum of $60 per post, $10 bonus for posts taken from Story Ideas page, bonuses for lots of traffic to your article. Write a good article that gets shared a lot, and you will likely make over $100.   http://www.makeuseof.com/write-for-make-use-of/

Please keep in mind, if you are brand new and do not yet have a portfolio of good work you can show, you most likely will not get these higher paying jobs– yet.  If you are new to freelance writing, or just have not gained any ground, check out this article for new freelance writers on my sister site. It gives you some actionable steps to take when getting started.  Follow the steps I outline, and you will be able to start making some money right away, and be moving toward the better-paying jobs that we are discussing on this post. 

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  1. Good info Denise! Would you say vWorker is better paying than oDesk and Elance?

    • denisegabbard says:

      Actually, from what I have seen, I think that Elance might be the best place for writers to earn the most. VWorker (then RentACoder) was the first freelance site I found, and I have done lots of work there, have an excellent ranking, and lots of great clients– but I know that not everyone likes it. As a new writer, I would open an account on each and test the waters.

  2. walimaulana says:

    Good posting, thanks for the info list of the websites that pay for writers. But I think not easy to be quality writers.

    • denisegabbard says:

      No, it is not easy, but there are ways to improve your skills. (Check out the resources for writers here.) Also, the more you write, the more comfortable and confident you will be with your writing. Good luck to you!

      • walimaulana says:

        Thanks for the advice Denis.
        I saw your 30+ sites references, like developer tutorials, audio tuts+, psd tuts+, 1stwebdesigner, worldstar and other, I think they need someone expertise in computer or other specific fields. This is not easy to be expertise in this field. And more challenge because to produce writing for these sites need synergy these expertise and how to write an article itself.

      • denisegabbard says:

        Hi Again, Wali— Yes– some of the sites are fairly technical, but some are about blogging, parenting, saving money, etc. Realize too that if they like your work, they will often let you submit more articles. From looking at your blog, it seems that you understand a lot of the technical aspects of the internet, so it might not be a stretch for you to write some of those more technical things.
        If English is not your first language, getting your writing accepted can be more difficult– I will try and put together a blog post with more tips to help you in the next day or two.

      • Wali maulana says:

        Hi Denise,

        How the rules / ethic if we put a statement or chart from other writers to our book? Do we need to put the source reference at the special chapter? For ebook because the word can link to the reference address, it is enough the approach and no need to put at the special chapter? Do we need request approval first to the writers if we want to put one statement or more / part of their article in our book? Or we can put the their statement / chart and put the reference too but no need to request the approval ?

        Thanks in advance Denise.

        • denisegabbard says:

          Hi Wali– I think it is common courtesy to ask permission, but legally, I believe you are fine to quote someone if you attribute their statement to them fully. Of course, I would not copy pages of someone else’s work, EVER…As far as charts go, I think you should definitely get an okay first for that. It is great to link out to others in your book, gives you both more credibility–just be sure they are good with it, too… Sorry I took so long to answer. If you ever need questions answered quickly, feel free to email me at denise.writeandgetpaid.wordpress.com…I check that daily.

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