Raise your hand if you’ve ever wondered how you can make real side income writing?
Also, raise your hand if you have no idea where to start looking?
If you’ve got both hands raised real high, I’ve got just the list for you. ☺
See, I’ve been able to make income working as a freelance writer and know that it is an absolutely real way to create an extra income stream.
To be able to start though, it’s been unbelievably helpful that I had a blog up and running and a couple of blog posts with a live link (which some companies require sometimes).
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That way, I was able to show REAL proof that I knew how to write and could start getting paid for my work.
I mean, isn’t it nice to be able to have extra cash on hand to pay for extra expenses (hello red wine)?
Sometimes we just have no idea where to start looking!
So, I put together a list of 20 sites that are looking to put your writing chops to work.
Pro Tip: Here I go with the ‘pro tips’ again, but— You do NOT have to be an expert to contribute to these sites, so don’t be intimidated and keep yourself from pitching. You Do have to be a decent writer, though! Remember, the more you practice the better you’ll get.
Make sure you read the end on tips and tricks for effective pitching to get your hard work accepted and paid for!
Earn up to $150 per article
If you’re WordPress savvy and can share your knowledge with the world in an easy to read and comprehensive way then you should write for The Layout.
They even do the hard work for you if you have no idea what to write about (they have a list of topics you can choose from).
They pay $75 for 2,000+ word posts
Are you a cookspert? (see what I did there?)
You can write for Cooking Detective. They are constantly looking for new contributors on food and nutrition. And they even ask you to submit your regular pay rate to see if they’d like you to become a regular contributor!
They Pay up to $100 for a 900-1500 word post
Are you a mommy? Write for Freelance Mom and get paid. They like their guest posts to be at least 900 words long and like personal, researched, or educational articles on parenting topics!
They pay $150 for a 1500-6000 feature word post
If you like writing about health and bettering your lifestyle then Healthy Living is a good option for you. Best of all, they’ll respond within six days of you submitting your story so you aren’t left in the dark and waiting forever.
Pay is $100-$300 per published article
Barefoot Writer wants your writing secrets in a nicely written post! They prefer their posts to range anywhere from 400-800 words.
They pay $75 per 800-100-word post
The Write Life is a great resource for writers trying to get their writing careers started. If you can contribute any valuable writing tricks and tips then you should look into submitting a pitch.
UpWorthy likes your short (500 word) posts that are ‘shareable, meaningful, visual, and surprising.’ If you’re interested in pitching UpWorthy, you’ll have to send them an email and they’ll send you a complete information packet on how to apply!
Pays $60 for a 600-word feature article
Get paid to Write for various topics on Writers Weekly! They cover topics like writing from home, self-employment, and marketing your skills as a writer.
Will pay 0.10 cents per word
The Dollar Stretcher site is always looking for specific ways to save money. If this is something you enjoy writing about and think you have some great ideas on the topic then Dollar Stretcher can accept your guest post.
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The Penny Hoarder is yet another money site that is always looking for contributors! They ask that you submit Evergreen content (if you don’t know what that is read this) and that you make your posts at least 700-900 words long.
They pay $50 for unpublished work
Funds for writers is a writer’s hub to learn all about writing their best work. They are looking for engaging posts that are between 500-600 words long. They prefer submissions that revolve around earning a living as a writer.
‘Wanna write for Refinery29? Here’s Your Big Chance!’
Refinery29 is an upbeat lifestyle site that publishes posts on anything from beauty, to health, to entertainment. If you have a great idea for a post, you can submit it to them and they’ll get back to you with a response.
If they like your work, they’ll even onboard you as a contributor.
They pay $100-$200 per article depending on topic and length
WP Hub is a content site that is all about WordPress. They are looking for actionable articles that inform their readers on WordPress themes topics.
This is a perfect opportunity for you if you are tech savvy.
Example pay rate: Pays $1.70 per word for a 1,000-5,000 word article
The Freelancer has a site where there are open calls for job posts that Contently might need during a given time period. This can range from anything around needing finance experts to needing writers knowledgeable in the Asian culture.
They pay $100 for published content with 4k page views or more
Her View From Home is a lifestyle site that pays you to write posts on family life and homemaking. They like their articles to be between 600-800 words long and pay their writers based on their post views!
Pay is $1.25/word for an 850-3,000 word post
Family Fun pays you to write about family oriented topics! It can be anything from crafts, games, organizing, and decorating.
They pay $150 for a 1,200-word post
Write for Babble and get your best work published with them! They revolve around humorous pieces on motherhood and raising your child. As they say ‘If you can dream it you can be it!’
Reportedly pay starts at $.25 per word for 1,200 – 1,500 word articles
Thriving families, as you might have guessed, revolves around posts on the family unit. On their submission page, they claim to always be needing submissions. And at the time of putting this post together, they have an open call to regular contributors.
This is perfect for stay at home moms!
They pay up to $150 for 700 – 2,000-word posts
Money Pantry is a finance blog, for all those finance savvy writers out there.
They like to publish posts that are reader friendly on topics that revolve around well, you guessed it, money! If you have a unique take on making or saving money then this is a site you’ll want to look into!
The pay? $100 for an 800-word post
Cosmopolitan over here isn’t just about steamy models— they want your awesome and insightful personal essays too. They’ll even ‘hit you up’ for future assignments if they like your work!
The ProBlogger job board is a super-duper site for finding and scoring freelance work!
There are jobs posted on a DAILY basis.
So far, it’s been the job board that I’ve had the most luck pitching to and getting responses from.
And the best thing is that jobs range from all kinds of niches. They’ll post jobs in anything from parenting to wed design to finance blog posts. You never know what they’ll post, so check back constantly!
If you’d like to read about how I got my first freelance writing gig you can check out this detailed post for more valuable takeaways on starting your side hustle.
Tips and Tricks for Successful Pitching
There are three main things to remember when pitching successfully:
- Read the guidelines thoroughly and follow directions to a T
- Always be polite and always meet deadlines
- Look for winning pitch examples and follow that. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel!
Your Next Action Steps:
- First- Make sure you share this with a friend/pin it on Pinterest if this post was helpful to you and added value to YOUR life! ☺
- Start your blog with Bluehost ($2.95 a month!) It’s an affordable and reliable hosting company for your blog when you’re first starting out and building a solid blog foundation.
- Publish a couple quality long form posts around the niche you’d like to write in
- Create a pitching spreadsheet to keep track of everything and start pitching to relevant sites! Use your post links as your freelance samples!
- Remember, getting writing work online is a numbers game. The more you pitch the more likely you are to get accepted (and sometimes you can even become a regular contributor) the key is being consistent!
- Rinse and repeat! (And publish some more blog posts!)
Now you’ve gotta get your freelance game on and start pitching. Any awesome sites I missed adding to the list?
Don’t hesitate to let me know below!