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What would your income look like if every assignment paid $100 and up? Sites that pay writers that much or more are out there. Seriously.
But you’re not going to find them on Craiglist or low-rate content mills that pay pennies per word, or worse. And even a large number of job boards that promise well-paying writing gigs turn out to only have gigs that pay enough per assignment to fill your gas tank.
Skip those gigs, and move on to sites that pay better rates.
Sites that pay freelance writers $100 and up
In this list of 27 sites that pay freelance writers, we’ve identified new markets we haven’t featured before. And even though these sites represent a variety of different niches (e.g. finance, parenting, health, technology, travel, etc.) they all have one thing in common.
These are sites that pay $100 or more for blog posts, articles, essays, tutorials, and other types of writing assignments.
The way you’re going to land a gig with one of these sites that pay $100-plus, is by writing a solid query letter, pitching a well-thought out blog post, or sending a customized LOI (letter of introduction).
Have you been looking for sites that pay better rates? Check out this list. Squeeze your marketing muscles, and start pitching to earn $100 or more per assignment.
Want to write for trade magazines?
The idea probably conjures up images of your byline in glossy, newsstand publications.
But there’s another type of publication that many freelance writers overlook, trade magazines, and the pay rate can be on par with high-profile, consumer mags.
Writers who’ve gotten in with trade magazines often find that the market is stable and can provide opportunities for regular work.
And because trade magazines cover virtually every major industry (along with some you may never even have heard of), there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find ones that focus on topics you’d like to write about.
TIP: Before pitching any of these trade magazines, make sure you study the publication and read the writer’s guidelines (when available), so you get a strong grasp of the kind of content they publish.
In many cases, you can read recent articles on the magazine’s website or request a sample copy. Some trade pubs are highly specialized, so you need to make sure your pitch is relevant.
In this post, we’re going to introduce you to 22 trade magazines that pay up to $2,000 per assignment.
Do you ever wonder where the better-paying freelance writing gigs are hiding? It can be hard to believe a good income is even possible, especially if you’re trapped in low-pay assignments that don’t even earn you the minimum wage.
The good news is, there are plenty of niches that pay better than writing, say, a 300-word blog post or a 50-word online product description — to name just two classic bottom-of-the-barrel niches where pay is often miniscule.
The problem is, many writers aren’t aware of all the different types of freelance writing gigs that offer better pay.
Below is a list of writing niches that I can report writers are seeing strong rates for. I’ve noted rate ranges as I’m aware of them, from talking to thousands of writers through Freelance Writers Den and my coaching. I’ve also included tips on industries and approaches for connecting with these clients.
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Need a good laugh? Humor writing can serve up just the right dose of feel-good vibes to put a smile on your face.
If you’ve got a knack for telling funny stories, humor writing can also be a great way to make money as a freelancer.
Heard any good stories or had any crazy experiences that you could use to land a humor writing assignment?
That’s usually where great story ideas in this niche begin.
Some consumer magazines still have a place carved out for humor writing, like the The Last Page feature in Smithsonian magazine.
A few markets like Cracked and The Onion, still exist that exclusively publish satirical and humor writing.
And there’s plenty of other markets that expect a mix of humor writing in every story to please their readers.
Have a funny story to tell? Or want to take a crack at humor writing?
Check out these 15 humor writing markets:
Want to get paid to write poetry?
If that sounds like a far-fetched idea, you’re not the first writer to think poetry is a low-paying dead end.
You’re not going to get paid to write poetry for most magazines, trade pubs, businesses, or blogs.
But it’s not impossible to get paid for your prose, and get a byline for publishing poetry.
I’ve done it. Should you quit your day job to become a poet? Probably not. Consider writing poetry one way to earn an income as a freelancer writer.
But you can actually get paid to write poetry? Yes. I’ve written poetry for a long list of publications, and ultimately published a book of poetry. It’s not the only way I make a living writing, but writing poetry is certainly one of my income streams.
If you want to tap into your more creative side, write poetry, and get paid for your musings, check out these poetry markets:
Tired of writing for pennies (or peanuts or whichever cliche for crappy pay you prefer) and ready to earn money online for real?
We’re tired of it, too. That’s why Carol started paying for posts a few years back — and why she upped her rates to $75+ last fall. And it’s why we update our list of sites that pay on a regular basis.
Below is the new-and-improved, early 2016 edition of Make a Living Writing’s list of websites that pay at least $50 per post.
What’s included — and not
Rather than linking to the list we published last fall, we’re posting a comprehensive and updated new list. We’ve added new markets we learned of in the past 6 months and removed sites that have categories of posts that are below $50. That’s our minimum.
In some cases, these sites keep it on the Q.T. exactly what they pay. We’re including markets where freelance writers in our network report they pay more than $50, in order to bring you the widest variety of paying markets possible.
We also removed sites that are not currently accepting pitches, which knocked a good portion of the writing-focused sites off. Sites where you only have a shot at earning $50 writing on spec, or based on traffic or ad clicks, are NOT included. This is a list of markets offering guaranteed pay only!
The list runs the gamut of topics, from parenting and knitting to business and writing, so there should be something here for everyone.
As always, we appreciate any corrections or additions — please post them in the comments. Here’s the list:
Are you fired up to land more freelance writing jobs in 2021?
What better way to say goodbye to the disaster that was 2020 than with a ton of awesome freelance writing jobs to pitch. You don’t even have to wait until the New Year. Now is always the best time to start.
This past year has seen a wobbly but still robust gig economy, freelance writing jobs included. While travel mags like Delta’s Sky Magazine folded, other niches thrived and even raised their rates, like Elite Personal Finance.
Bottom line, if you’re on the hunt for more freelance writing jobs in 2021, there’s plenty of reasons to hope for the best.
This list includes freelance writing jobs for every level:
- Guest blogging opportunities in several niches that don’t pay but provide fast clips for snagging the bigger fish
- Markets for new writers that will give feedback AND pay
- Markets for experienced freelancers looking to get their name in a leading pub, like the New York Times Magazine, Forbes, and Cosmopolitan
This monster list also includes the main niches, from marketing and tech to science and health. We’ve done all the hard work for you, listing updated rates and editors’ contact info, to help you land more freelance writing jobs.
Fired up and ready to start pitching? Check out this monster list of 200+ freelance writing jobs:
Want to make money on Medium?
Real money. Not pennies for your thoughts.
Sure, you could start publishing your own work on this popular platform…for free.
But if you know where to look, you can make money on Medium and get paid pro-freelancer rates.
Medium is the brainchild of Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Blogger. It’s been around for about a decade and has upwards of 100 million readers. And an estimated 400,000 subscribers pay for full access to the site’s content.
That’s great news for freelance writers. Why?
Medium has 10 official pubs, and more than 10,000 others that use the platform to publish content and connect with readers on a wide range of topics in different niches.
Translation: There’s more than 10,000 opportunities to get published and make money on Medium.
You can get paid to write for Medium pubs, and earn more through Medium’s Partner Program (basically, it gives you the opportunity to earn more for writing content readers like.).
If you want to earn well on Medium, land an assignment with a pub that pays and participate in the Medium Partner Program.
Want to make money on Medium as a freelancer? Check out these 17 Medium pubs that pay pro rates.
Looking for writing courses & community support?
Our online community, Freelance Writers Den, was founded in 2011. Since then, we’ve helped 14,000+ writers connect with peers, improve their skills, and grow their freelance writing income.
Our lively community is stuffed with useful tools and career-building resources. Use our 24/7 forums to get your questions answered by pros. Tap our 300+ hours of self-study trainings to learn new skills.
The Den has live events and multi-week bootcamps where you can tap experts’ knowledge, an exclusive job board, accountability buddies, live chats, and more. Also, if you want feedback on your writer website, LinkedIn profile, or article draft, we’ve got you.
Visit the Freelance Writers Den site to see if we’re open for new members right now. Sign up on the waiting list if we’re not, and you’ll be first to join when we reopen (plus, you’ll get useful free resources in the meanwhile).