You can absolutely work from home writing and make a living.
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 really helpful that I had a blog up and running and a couple of blog posts to show your writing skills.
That way, I was able to show some writing ability 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)?
Related: 65 Creative Ways To Make Extra Money From Home
So, I put together a list of 20 work from home writing jobs to put your writing chops to work. Now, choosing to work from home can be overwhelming, because you often have no idea where to start.
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Extra Writing Tip: You do NOT have to be an expert to contribute to these writing 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!
1. The Layout
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. Sometimes work from home jobs can involve writing about a few things you’re already knowledgeable about, which can be nice.
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).
Here’s how to start earning by writing for The Layout!
2. Cooking Detective
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!
Check out their complete guidelines here!
3. Freelance Mom
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!
Get more info about their paid guest posting guidelines here.
4. Healthy Living
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.
Get the Healthy Living submission details here.
5. Barefoot Writer
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.
Learn more about their submission guidelines here.
6. The Write Life
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.
Get The Write Life pitching details here.
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!
8. Writers Weekly
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. When it comes to writing jobs for beginners. This might be a good place to start.
Here are their guidelines for more information.
9. Dollar Stretcher
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.
Read their complete set of guidelines and get started here.
10. The Penny Hoarder
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 themselves publish articles on ways to earn money writing from home, so you can definitely get a feel for what exactly they’re looking for when it comes to your writing.
Get all The Penny Hoarder pitching deets here.
11. Funds for Writers
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.
Check out their full submission details here.
12. Refinery 29
‘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.
Check the Refinery29 submission guidelines here.
13. WP Hub
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.
Take a look at the complete submission guidelines here.
14. The Freelancer by Contently
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.
You can check out their page here.
15. Her View From Home
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!
Check out their guidelines here.
16. Family Fun
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.
Learn what the submission guidelines are here.
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!’
Get the Babble submission guidelines here.
18. Thriving Families
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!
Get the details on how to get started here.
19. Money Pantry
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!
Get all the details to start writing for Cosmopolitan here.
21. ProBlogger Job Board
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!
Pay? Varies depending on the job
Contena is a job board FULL of work from home writing jobs where you can take your pick and pitch yourself. To get started with Contena you first have to open and account with them to get started.
They have listings based on tiers and you can pay a monthly fee to get access to a tier of your choice.
Get more info on Contena jobs here
23. Freelance Writing Jobs
Pay? Varies depending on the job
All Freelance Writing is a pretty straightforward freelance writing site where you can look at the latest job posting for remote writers needed and you can sort it based on type and pay range.
You can always sign up for their feed so you constantly stay up to date on what they’re posting and never miss a job opportunity.
Check out the All Freelance Writing Job Board here
Pay? Varies depending on the job
Flexjobs is a huge writing board that isn’t only for writing jobs but really any other job opportunity imaginable. They’ve got everything from staff writer opportunities to digital marketing copywriter positions.
One cool thing about the site is that you can filter jobs based on relevant criteria, so you can narrow it down to just look through the jobs worth reading through.
Look for freelance writing jobs on Flexjobs here
25. Blogging Jobs
Pay? Varies depending on the job
Blogging Pro is another place where they post new writing jobs every know and again. So its one of those writing pages you can bookmark and check back on regularly to see if anything it worth pitching for.
Job listings vary anywhere from lifestyle writers to writing for a film making blog.
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.
Pay? TBD If hired
PopSugar is a HUGE site that publishes hundreds of articles on a constant basis. They’re looking for writers that can adhere to their guidelines, like writing pieces that are fun and conversational that are at least 800 words or more.
If you like writing in a more fun and casual style about all things pop culture, PopSugar might be a great place to find remote writing opportunities!
See the full guidelines and writer application here
27. Brian Scott’s Online Writing Jobs
Pay? Varies based on writing gig
Brian Scott’s freelance writing newsletters is great if you want to stay in the know of great freelance writing opportunities on a weekly and daily basis.
You can filter the job listings by the type of work you’re looking for and the date posted.
See the writing job board here
28. Brit + Co (sometimes)
Brit + Co, a huge lifestyle blog spanning all kinds of topics, will sometimes list writer jobs on their own site under careers, or they’ll list job openings on other job boards (like Brian Scott’s Online Writing Jobs).
You can bookmark the Brit + Co Careers page and keep an eye on what they’re posting job openings for.
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!
Work From Home Writing Jobs Are Out There
Paid online writing jobs aren’t unattainable myths. With some grit, writing chops, and determination you can start earning real income writing for different publications online. To earn money writing from home, you have to first out in the work to get there.
Whether you’re only looking for part time writing jobs online, or part time writing jobs for students that are flexible. There’s something for everyone out there. It’s all a matter of looking through, landing jobs, and little by little making those writing connections.
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 an affordable and reliable hosting company
- 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? Let me know below.
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How To Start A Lifestyle Blog And Make Money From Home
How To Live On 50% Of Your Income
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