75+ Paid Writing Opportunities

75+ Paid Writing Opportunities By Holly Reisem Hanna

Freelance writing is one of the best ways to make money from home. You don’t need any special training, the opportunities are plentiful, and you don’t even need a website to get started. As long as you can provide well written, thoughtful content — you can make a good amount.

Not convinced?

New York Times Best Selling Author, Nora Roberts, only has a high school education. She started writing her first novel back in 1979 after being trapped at home due to blizzard conditions. To date Nora has written 209 romance novels – incredible!

Still don’t believe me?

A couple of years ago Danny Margulies decided to quit his full-time job to pursue a copywriting career using the freelance platform, Elance. Without any special education or training he was quickly able to hone his skills and pull in six-figures during his second year working as a copywriter.

If you’d like to work at home as a freelance writer, here are some of the various types of writing gigs, where to find them, and how much they pay.

Blog Writing

Writing blog posts is a quick and easy way to earn money and gain exposure, as numerous sites will allow a short bio with a link back to your website. Many of these sites have established guidelines in place, so make sure you carefully read through the details and follow all of the rules. Crafting a thoughtful pitch will improve your chances of getting accepted.

Freelance Writing Platforms

No matter what type of writing gig you’re looking for (article writing, copywriting, ghostwriting, grant writing, e-books, or technical) you’ll be able to find it on these freelance writing platforms. Simply search the job postings and submit a bid. If your bid is accepted, you complete the work and get paid through the platform.

Greeting Cards

Have a knack for writing short and sweet sentiments? Turn your ideas into cash by submitting your words to greeting card companies. According to Carol Eannarino, payment for a greeting card idea ranges from $10 to $50 depending on the studio.

Helpful Tips and Short Stories

Print and online magazines are constantly looking for new content that’s why many publications are willing to pay for short stories, helpful tips, poems and even jokes. Here are just a few publications that pay for submissions. Payment is made only if your tip or story is published.

Job Boards for Writers

Smaller, niche-focused job board websites are a great places to search for freelance, part-time, and full-time writing jobs. Simply search the sites using these key phrases that meet your criteria.

Recipes

Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Then monetize your cooking skills by writing and submitting recipes. While they don’t pay a lot, it’s a fun way to support your Starbucks habit.

Resume Writing

Are you good at proofreading, interviewing, and persuasive writing? Then becoming a professional resume writer may be the perfect freelance writing job for you.

Revenue Sharing

With revenue sharing sites, you contribute content to the site and in return you make a percentage of the advertising revenue generated from your content. Each site does it a little differently; some offer base pay, while others are strictly based on how much traffic or how many clicks your content receives. Personally, I’ve never tried to make money this way, but here’s some success tips from Carol Tice.

Romance Novels

Do you want to write the next Fifty Shades of Gray? Then submit your manuscript to one of the many romance publishers. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author, Brenda Hiatt has a great list of approximately what each publisher pays for first and subsequent novels.

Travel Writing

Who doesn’t dream of traveling the world and getting paid to write about their adventures? While most travel gigs pay in free travel, food, lodging, and activities, there are a few outlets that will pay a small amount for your writing.

What type of writing gigs are you searching for?

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