Last Updated May 29th, 2018

How To Find Work At Home Proofreading Jobs And Editing Jobs

How To Find Work At Home Proofreading Jobs And Editing Jobs

Work at home proofreading jobs can sound like a fun and pleasant way to earn money from home, especially if you like to read. But as with any other work at home opportunity, you have to convince an employer to hire you first, by showing that you have the skills they’re after. Becoming a work at home proofreader or editor can take some time.

As with most jobs, at home or elsewhere, having experience helps a lot. You’ll find far more opportunities as a proofreader if you have already worked as a proofreader or editor. Entry level work at home jobs are much harder to find.

What Skills Does A Work At Home Proofreader Need?

If you want to find work at home proofreading jobs, you need a keen eye for finding errors in written work. Your eye for spelling and grammatical errors cannot depend upon automatic checkers – they miss too much.

While a degree in English or Communications may help get into this field, they may not be required. Many editor positions require a Master’s degree or even a PhD, as editing jobs are frequently for academic papers.

What is required is that you enjoy reading and regularly spot errors that others miss. You also need to be familiar with common word processing software. When you work from home, you must also be comfortable with how work is sent to you, which may vary by employer. It also helps to be comfortable troubleshooting your own equipment, so you don’t lose a lot of time waiting for someone to help you with minor problems.

Proofreaders should also be familiar with the popular writing style guides, such as APA, AMA, and Chicago Style. Which one the client prefers will determine which one you follow.

What Equipment Does A Work At Home Proofreader Need?

You will already have most of the equipment you need to work at home as a proofreader. Your computer is an obvious need, as is a good internet connection. A comfortable home office is a help in keeping out the distractions.

You will also need either the physical books or online access to a dictionary, thesaurus, style guides and reference materials. A Dropbox account is often useful for proofreaders as well. Grammarly can be a big help in spotting obvious problems, although it’s not a replacement for what you do as a proofreader.

Which reference materials you need will depend on the kind of proofreading you do. McGraw-Hill’s Proofreading Handbook is a good choice if your focus is on proofreading, but you may want to consider The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders as well. You may also need one or more style guides, such as The Chicago Manual of Style, depending on the needs of your specialty.

Some proofreaders like to use an iPad and the iAnnotate app for proofreading, and find it a more effective combination than proofreading on a computer. At least, that’s what Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere recommends. She has a free webinar you can check out to decide if this is for you. I haven’t taken the course myself, so I can’t review it. I’ve seen people love it and people dislike it. Her focus is on legal transcript proofreading.

Editing Vs. Proofreading

The line between editing and proofreading can be a fine one, which is why I have grouped them together here. Proofreading is mostly about correcting errors in grammar, spelling, syntax, and formatting.

Editing jobs may require some extra care with fact checking, as well as the overall quality of the writing. Editors may rearrange information or change the tone of a submission.

Requirements may be somewhat higher for editors than for proofreaders. Experience in a particular field may be required.

Who Hires People For Work At Home Proofreading Jobs?

There are many possible places to look for work at home proofreading jobs. Newspapers, authors, bloggers, graduate students, marketers and more may all need a proofreader at times. These companies all offer remote proofreading jobs. Most will require an editing or proofreading test to demonstrate your skills.

American Journal Experts – Mostly hires independent contractor editors in various fields, but may also have proofreader and translator contractor positions. Work may include editing work by non-native English speakers, so that the research done is clearly communicated.

Cactus Global – Cactus is based in India, and some of the jobs require that you be in India, whether you telecommute or work in their office. Other positions require that you be in Asia or Africa. Worldwide locations may be available, especially in their freelance positions.

Edit 911 – Applicants must have a PhD in a writing-intensive discipline and be a published scholar.

EditFast – EditFast connects freelance editors to jobs. You must pass the EditFast review to be eligible for jobs. They send projects out to the most qualified editors for those projects. EditFast keeps 40% of the total project cost – the rest goes to the editor who does the project. It can help if you have specialized knowledge.

Enago –  Editors must be proficient in English, as some of the submitted work will be from ESL authors. They are seeking at least 5 years of relevant academic copyediting/substantive editing/proofreading experience. Enago also hires freelance peer reviewers and journal experts.

Gramlee – Says they’re always looking for new contractors to add to the team. They link to a Google form for your application.

Hello Essay – Must have a college degree, and a graduate degree is preferred. Must be a native English speaker. You also need evidence of writing and editing experience. Positions can be part or full time.

Kibin – Sometimes has openings for freelance editors and proofreaders. Their main service appears to be editing essays for students.

Kirkus – May have openings for freelance proofreaders and editors for books. They also may offer freelance reviewer positions. Titles may be in English or Spanish.

Life Tips – Life Tips editors edit the content produced by their freelance writers and help clients develop their content strategies for their sites. Benefits are a possibility.

Managed Editing/Wordfirm – Sometimes needs experienced editors. Prefers at least five years of experience, but states that they often hire people with even more experience. These are independent contractor positions.

OneSpace – OneSpace works with freelance editors, writers, data entry, product researchers and transcriptionists. Some work requires that you speak a foreign language or have experience with the subject in a particular country. Payment is daily.

Paper Check – Applicants must be employed by or enrolled in an accredited university in the United States, with at least a 3.6 GPA, or have a graduate degree and at least 5 years of professional editing experience.

Polished Paper – To apply, you upload your resume and take a 35 question editing test. They encourage you to use resources such as MLA, CSE, APA, and Chicago formatting guides to take the test.

Proofread Now – Proofread Now states that they have very high expectations of their proofreaders. They require at least five years of professional proofreading experience and must perform well on a challenging battery of tests.

Proofreading Pal – Applicants must be a current graduate or postgraduate student with at least a 3.5 GPA or have a graduate degree and five years of experience. If they like your initial application, you should hear from them in about 5-10 business days for the next step.

ProofreadingServices.com – This company accepts applications from any country, but you must demonstrate superlative proofreading and editing skills. They state that their pay is above average and hours are flexible.

Pure Content – Pure Content hires freelance editors and writers. You don’t have to speak English, but will only qualify for projects that are in your first language. Editors must complete an editing test, and they prefer some editing experience. They hire all around the world.

Scribbr – This company is based in Amsterdam, and offers freelance academic editor positions. You must be a native English speaker to apply. You can work from anywhere, and they have an exclusive Slack community for editors to discuss issues. They expect some experience as an academic editor.

Scribendi – The telecommute editor/proofreader positions with Scribendi require that you have a relevant college degree and at least three years of editing, writing, document production, or language teaching experience. A graduate degree is preferred. They offer free training to all of their editors.

ServiceScape – ServiceScape is an online marketplace for freelancers looking for editing, translation, graphic design and writing jobs. The company has been around for more than 15 years. They allow you to integrate predefined services, and you can set up custom projects as needed for clients.

Sibia Proofreading – Not always hiring, but requires significant editing experience and knowledge of your field. Sibia mostly offers editing services for academic, scientific, and medical journals and reports.

SmartBrief – Some of their editor positions are telecommuting positions. While positions may state that they are in a particular location, many can be telecommute for the right candidate. Overnight positions may be available as well. Freelance writer positions may also be available.

Student Loan Hero – This company sometimes hires editors to help improve their writers’ content. The company is fully remote and offers benefits.

WordsRU – Requires at least a Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience in any academic discipline, as well as two years of experience editing or proofreading. They especially like experienced editors who can work on weekends.

Wordvice – Wordvice hires freelance editors as well as freelance translators and content writers. Editors must be enrolled in or have completed a graduate program, and have at least two years of editing experience. Editors will edit and proofread academic papers, admissions essays, and other documents.

Other Places To Find Work At Home Proofreading Jobs

You can find proofreading jobs on some of the general freelance boards, such as Upwork or PeoplePerHour, along with any other freelance jobs you may qualify for. Requirements will vary by client, of course. You may have to bid for the jobs. Make sure you charge enough for your time and increase your rates as you gain experience.

You can also set up an offer for proofreading on Fiverr and similar gig sites. Don’t offer too much for $5, and increase your rates when you qualify to charge more.

It may be a good idea to join the Editorial Freelancers Association, as they have a job board. They also offer resources for members to get their business going.

If you want to search for proofreading or editing jobs on your own, you need to use the right keywords. Which ones are best will depend on your specialty.

Proofreader or proofreading are both great keywords if that’s what you’re after. If you have the qualifications to be an academic editor, use that as a keyword.

If you’re interested in legal transcription editing, you can search for scoping or scopist jobs as well as searching for jobs that simply call it legal editing transcription. Be aware that scopists may start with shorthand transcriptions and type out and edit the full document.

Be sure to use the right words to find work at home positions. Remote, virtual, home based, telecommute, freelance, and contract can all help you find jobs.

Beware of scams. If a job listing looks too good to be true, it probably is. I left out some of the companies I found because I didn’t feel right about listing them. Sometimes it was because the pay was too low to be worthwhile for most people, even though reviews show that they pay. I don’t like recommending jobs to people that don’t pay a fair rate.

Be particularly careful if any opportunity asks for money, even if it’s for a membership. Be absolutely certain that any money you spend is reasonable. Check reviews before you spend anything. These jobs won’t usually cost anything, but some resources might cost something.

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Last Updated January 29th, 2018

Freelancing 101 – Freelancing For Beginners

Freelancing 101 - Freelancing For Beginners

Freelancing has become a very popular way to earn money, whether as your primary income or as a side gig. People appreciate the flexibility the freelance lifestyle gives them. The hard part is often getting started. This freelancing for beginners guide may help you find your first gigs and get things moving.

What’s So Great About Freelancing?

There are many things about freelancing that people find appealing. When freelancing works, it’s pretty wonderful.

Great pay – Once you know how to set your rates, pay for freelancers can be higher than working for someone else.

Flexible work – So long as you satisfy the needs of your clients, you’re the boss. Work when you want, where you want, using the tools you prefer.

Lots of options – You have many options when starting a freelance business. Here’s a list of freelance business ideas to get you started.

What Parts Of Freelancing Are Difficult For Beginners?

Getting your freelance career started isn’t always that easy for beginners. There are a lot of challenges you must face.

Getting started – Your first clients may be very difficult to find. Jobs may be few, far between, and may not pay as much as you would like.

Getting paid – Clients can be slow to pay for the work you do. Sometimes one won’t pay at all.

Lack of benefits – If you need medical insurance, you have to find it yourself as a freelancer, and it can be expensive.

Self-motivation – It’s all up to you to get it all done. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood or not when you have a promised deadline. Sometimes this means working long hours on a project that isn’t going right.

Create Your Freelance Portfolio

A solid portfolio is key to getting clients. They need to see the work you’ve done before they’re ready to hire you.

Your portfolio should contain a variety of examples of your work. You don’t want it all to look alike, as that won’t show the range of your skills. A sample of your work demonstrating each of the skills will build client confidence in your abilities.

Your portfolio should show your best work. If you consider a sample merely adequate, it’s probably not a great choice for your portfolio. A portfolio should impress potential clients.

Your portfolio should be available online. Setting up a website or having someone set one up for you is not terribly difficult, and will make it easier to show clients your portfolio. A professional website is a vital tool for most freelancers these days.

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Set Your Pricing

Setting your prices as a freelancer can be difficult. It’s tempting for a lot of beginners to set their prices too low so that it’s easier to get work. This should only be done with caution, as it can be difficult to raise your prices later. You should always try to get paid what your work is worth.

How you set your prices is up to you. Your rate should take into consideration that you probably won’t work 40 hours a week on paid projects. Much of your time will be spent looking for projects, especially in the early days. Most freelancers choose either an hourly or a project rate. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Clients often like the project rate because they know upfront what they need to pay you for your work. The disadvantage to you is that you don’t get more money if the project is more difficult than you expected. On the plus side, if it’s easier than expected, you just earned more money in less time. Your project rate should be based on what you would like to earn per hour and how many hours you think the project will take, even if you don’t share those numbers with the client.

Hourly is good because you’re getting paid for how long the project takes you. If you’re fast, that gives you time to take on more projects.

Hourly makes many clients nervous because they don’t want to be on the hook for more money than was estimated at the start. It’s good for the freelancer, however, as they get paid for however long the work takes. You will need to carefully track your work hours so that the client can see where the time went if they ask.

However, you set your pricing, make sure you require a down payment from clients at the start of your project. This is protection for you if payment in full is difficult to get later.

Get Ready To Work

While you can work wherever you want as a freelancer, you should have a good home office setup for regular use. This is a space you can work when you need to be undisturbed.

A dedicated room with a door you can close is ideal, but not possible for all freelancers. Some set up space in their bedroom; others use the kitchen table because that’s the only practical spot they have.

Your workspace should have all the tools you need to be productive easily accessible. This may include your computer, internet access, printer, reference materials, and so forth.

It also makes sense to look into setting up accounts with various tools to make your freelance life easier.

Toggl, for example, is a time tracking tool many find useful. The basic version is free, and paid plans are reasonable. You can set up tasks and time how long you work on each.

Slack is very popular for teams, but may not be suitable for all freelancers. There’s only so much an individual can do with Slack. If your clients use Slack, however, it’s a good way to keep in contact with them. Independent workers can use Slack to join communities of other independent workers, so that you have someone to chat with during the day.

Asana is for project management and can help you whether you’re working alone or as part of a team. Set it up with due dates for your projects and tasks. You can view everything on a calendar, making it easier to see where you’re overscheduled and where you have openings. The basic version is free and allows up to 15 people on a team.

Job Boards Make Freelancing Easier For Beginners

There are a lot of freelancing job boards you can consider using. They aren’t just for beginners, but they make it a lot easier to find work.

This is a selection of websites you can look at for freelance work. Some specialize in particular types of work, such as writing or tech. Others offer regular work as well as freelance, and you may need to narrow your search on them.

Upwork
Linkedin Profinder
Flexing It
People Per Hour
ProBlogger Job Board
Freelance Writing
We Work Remotely
Working Nomads
Virtual Vocations
Stack Overflow
Sologig
Smashing Jobs
WP Hired
Local Solo
Toptal
Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs – a list I created.

Get Paid

Your contract with clients should make it completely clear when you expect to be paid for your work. Clients won’t always pay on time, so having penalties for late payment spelled out in your contracts will help you deal with that. Freelancer’s Union has a contract creator you may find helpful.

A part of getting paid on time is taking a partial payment upfront. If a project will take a long time, invoice your clients during the project as well. This way you don’t have to worry about collecting the entire payment at the end, when some clients tend to become forgetful.

Invoicing and accounting are important to the health of your freelance business, and there are some wonderful tools for that. Freshbooks has been around for a while and does a good job.  It will help you send out invoices and estimates, track time and expenses, and accept credit card payments.

If you want a free invoicing software, try Wave. It charges for credit card processing, bank payment processing, and payroll. The invoicing and accounting sides are completely free. You can use it on your computer or use mobile invoicing and receipt scanning through its apps.

Keep It Legal

A freelance business is still a business, and in most areas you will need a business license. If you aren’t seeing clients in your home, this is usually a simple process. If you have people coming to your home, that’s where it can get more complicated, as you may need to show that you will not be bringing an excess of traffic into the neighborhood.

You may also need to register a business name. In many places, if your business name is simply your name, it’s not a concern. If you want a different name, you probably have to register it.

Taxes are another concern. If you’re doing at all well with your freelance business, it is a very good idea to pay quarterly taxes. This way you will not need to pay a huge sum at tax time, and it helps you avoid tax penalties.

Keep receipts for anything you want to deduct from your taxes. They might be important.

Fear Is Normal

Freelancing is a scary business for everyone, not just freelancers. It takes time to get enough clients, and even experienced freelancers sometimes won’t have enough. You have to keep on top of things.

Use that fear. It’s a push to work a little harder. Send out more proposals. Learn something new that will improve your skills. Get out of your comfort zone.

Final Freelancing For Beginners Tips

Don’t overload yourself when you’re a beginning freelancer. You do not need to take on every possible client. Overloading your schedule is a sure path to failure.

Keep business hours, and try not to work too often outside of them. There will be times when it’s necessary, but you need downtime too. Don’t let overwork ruin your enthusiasm.

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Last Updated August 30th, 2017

20 Freelance Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

20 Freelance Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time

When you need flexible work, starting a freelance business is a great option. While you still face deadlines to get things done, you usually have a lot of options for when and how the work gets done. But first, you need to find the right idea to get started as a freelancer.

Most freelance businesses don’t require a lot of equipment beyond what you probably already own. You need a good computer setup, with all the accessories required for the work you want to do. These may include a printer, fax machine, drawing tablet and more.

You should focus on skills you can easily demonstrate as a freelancer. It’s very hard to get started if you can’t show potential clients the work you’ve done in that area before. You need a portfolio or work history with clear examples to show them.

Here are some business ideas you can start out with as a freelancer.

1. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants provide a range of services to businesses, such as graphic design, writing, administrative tasks, social media marketing, and more. If you have a range of skill you would like to use as a freelancer, marketing yourself as a virtual assistant may make a lot of sense.

You can specialize in certain types of tasks as a virtual assistant. You can start out on your own or join a virtual assistant service if you’d rather have some help finding clients.

2. Bookkeeper/Accountant

If you’re good with QuickBooks or other accounting software, you can find freelance work. Many home businesses need help with their bookkeeping, both at tax time and year round.

3. Writer

There are many kinds of writing jobs out there that a freelancer can do – blogging, ghost writing, and article writing, to name a few. Depending on the type of writing you do, you may have to pitch your ideas to someone, or they may come to you and ask you to write a specific piece for them.

4. Copywriter

If you’re good at writing copy for marketing purposes, you may do well as a copywriter. You need to create compelling and convincing copy for your clients’ needs.

5. Graphic Designer

A graphic designer creates images for their clients’ needs. This can be a logo, a pamphlet, a layout for a website, and so on. Most graphic designers use software such as Photoshop and Illustrator. The quality of your graphic design can make or break a marketing project.

6. Translator/Interpreter

There are companies that hire freelance/contract employees to do translation and interpretation. You can work on business documents, interpret for doctors and patients, and more. You need to be fluent in both languages you are working in.

7. Music Teacher

Music teachers have been finding their own students pretty much forever. You may need to go to students’ homes as a music teacher, or they may come to you.

8. Pet Sitter

When people go on vacation, their pets still need to be cared for, and many don’t want want to put their pets into a kennel. A pet sitter goes to their clients’ house and cares for their pets while the client is away. This includes making sure the pets have food, water, and have been cleaned up after. Cats and dogs will need playtime. It’s ideal for someone who truly loves animals.

9. Pet Trainer

Another freelance opportunity you can consider if you love animals is that of a pet trainer. This will probably involve dogs most often, but some cat owners need help too.

10. Mobile Notary Public

A mobile notary public goes to clients to witness documents. The pay can be good, but finding work can be challenging – I had a cousin try this a number of years ago.

11. Google Advertising Consultant

Take a courseicon and get Google AdWords Certified, and you can be a consultant to businesses that are advertising on Google AdWords. Many businesses need help getting their ads set up to maximize their return.

12. SEO

Many businesses also need help with their search engine optimization and other digital marketing. If you have learned how to help pages and websites rank well on search engines, many companies will be glad for your help. A good SEO knows how to use the right keyword research tools and keeps up with what works and what doesn’t over time.

13. WordPress Consultant

WordPress is incredibly popular and relatively easy to use, but some small businesses need help getting it setup just a right. Choosing the right plugins, theme and other settings can be overwhelming to someone new to WordPress. As a consultant, you can help businesses configure it properly for their needs.

14. Photographer

Photographers usually don’t work entirely at home, but you can base your freelance business there. You have a lot of possible specializations as a freelance photographer – wedding photography, family portraits, stock photography, real estate photography and more. Specialization is a big help in finding clients, so that they know what to expect from you, and you know what to expect in a job.

15. Tutor

Many students need a little extra help to do well in school. If you’ve taught a particular subject or are very good at it, you may be able to work as a tutor.

Some tutoring companies require that you have a teaching certificate, but you can work on your own as well. Tutoring may be done in person or online. So long as you can do a great job helping students understand the subject, you should be able to find clients.

16. Social Media Marketer

Social media is huge, and many businesses need help with it. If you know how to build a following, post interesting statuses and bring sales to the business, you can do well as a freelance social media marketericon. You need to know which tools are most effective, how to track metrics and keep up with current social media trends.

17. Software Developer

Many companies need software developers for short term freelance projects. You may update previously developed software or start up something new. Software developers can work on traditional software, apps, or advanced websites.

18. Website Designer

A website designer is not always a software developer. You might work more on the appearance of the website than on how it runs in the background. A good designer creates an interface that is easy and attractive for visitors to use.

19. Party Planner

Do you throw a great party? You may be able to plan parties for others as your own business. Take the stress of planning parties off your clients and make their events memorable.

20. Caregiving

Caregiving doesn’t have to mean running a daycare in your home. You can use sites such as Care.com to find babysitting jobs, opportunities to care for the elderly and more.

There are quite a few more freelance businesses you can start as a side hustle or as a business intended to become your sole income, but these are a place to start your consideration. Specialization is often a good idea, so that your reputation is built on your best skills.

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Last Updated May 1st, 2017

115 Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs

115 Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs

Freelance writing is one of the easy ways to get started working at home… or that’s what many people believe. Truth be told, while it’s fairly easy to find poor paying writing jobs, it’s somewhat more difficult to find better jobs. You have to prove yourself first. You may have to do some time with the gigs that don’t pay so well to show that you have what it takes to get the better opportunities.

One thing to be careful of is that you don’t stick with poor paying freelance writing gigs for too long. Do what you can to work up the gigs that pay better. Your goal should always be to get paid what you’re really worth. Don’t assume that your work is worth less money just because you’re a freelancer or you work at home. Try to get paid what you’re worth regardless of where you work.

A few tips before I start listing places to find freelance writing gigs:

1. Pick a niche.

Your life as a freelance writer will be easier if you pick a niche to focus on. You’ll know your topics better, which can mean much less time spent in research. Writing about things you know is much easier than having to read up on everything you’re assigned to write about.

2. Know your market.

Knowing your market goes beyond selecting a niche. It means you have read through enough issues of the magazine or posts on the website to know what that market is looking for, and the style they prefer.

3. Make sure the market is active before pitching.

Many magazines and websites only accept pitches and submissions at certain times. Check their websites before preparing a submission or pitching an article. If the website doesn’t make it clear, an email or call to an editor to ensure that they are accepting submissions may be a good idea.

4.  Don’t take on more than you can handle.

When you need to earn money from home quickly, it can be tempting to take on a lot of jobs. Don’t do that too quickly. You’ll be overwhelmed.

Start with just one job and see how it goes. Add on jobs as you figure out how many you need to earn what you need, how many days a week you want to work and how many hours each of those days. Sometimes you’ll have more or less work than you want – that’s how freelancing goes.

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5. Focus on quality.

Even when a gig doesn’t pay all that well, focus on providing quality. Anything you write may be seen by potential employers. You don’t want to lose out on a good gig because you were sloppy on a minor writing assignment.

It’s not at all uncommon to need a couple of hours to write a good article. It’s not so common to write a good quality article in a half hour. Assume your writing will take time.

6. Always be ready to brainstorm.

Ideas may come when you least expect them. Make sure you’re ready for them wherever you are. You can use a brainstorming app such as XMind, Wisemapping, LucidChart or many others. Alternatively, carry a notepad so you can write things down whenever you want.

7. Set your rates.

Don’t undercharge for your work. If you’re earning too little per article or post, you’ll be tempted to sacrifice quality, so that you can write articles more quickly. You may need to start out a little low to build a reputation, but don’t stay there long. You deserve a good wage.

Your rates should take into considerate the length of the article requested and how much research you will need to do. Some topics you will be able to write clearly about with little difficulty. Others may require hours of research.

Creating a rate sheet is not as simple as stating what you charge for a 1000 word article. Take a look at the range of rates listed on this website. Avoid the temptation to set an hourly rate – this article explains why. You may be more comfortable starting out with hourly rates, but make the switch to project based when you can.

All that said, often you have to accept whatever the going rate is at the magazine or website you’re submitting to. Setting your own rates can still help you decide if what they’re offering is worth your effort, even if they won’t pay it. Freelance writers often have to approach publications; publications don’t always come to them.

8. Blog.

Run your own blog about your niche. Not only can you earn money from it through ads, affiliate marketing, sponsored blog posts and more, it will get your name out there and visible to potential employers.

Your blog is where you really show your stuff. You can link to work you did for other websites and post original content. Include a “Hire Me” link that is highly visible so potential employers can notice it. You can link this to a list of other places you’ve written for, your rates and other relevant information that will help people decide to hire you.

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9. Don’t expect an immediate full time income.

It takes time for most freelance writers to earn a full time income, or even the part time income they may be after. You’re building a business, and it takes time to get the client list you need. Don’t let the time required frustrate you. Freelance writing can be a side gig until you really get things going.

Places That Pay

Now, on to the listings. Not every publication will be accepting submissions at all times. Please, please, please pay attention to posted guidelines on each website. You will waste your time otherwise.

I’ve separated these into approximate categories. Some cover a broad range of topics. I’m not sharing their rates because they are subject to change. I’ve seen anywhere from $10-350 listed. A number of sites don’t list their rates anyhow. They simply state that they pay and that editors will offer an appropriate rate.

Entertainment

  1. Industrial Scripts
  2. Screen Rant
  3. Wide Open Country

Finance

  1. Doctor of Credit
  2. Dollar Stretcher
  3. Income Diary
  4. Money Crashers
  5. The Penny Hoarder
  6. Wise Bread

Food and Drink

  1. Cooking for Engineers
  2. Cuisine at Home
  3. Eating Well
  4. IWA Wine Blog

Greeting Cards

  1. Avanti Press
  2. Blue Mountain
  3. Comstock
  4. NobleWorks
  5. Oatmeal Studios
  6. P.S. Greetings, Inc.
  7. Smart Alex
  8. SNAFU Designs

Humor

  1. College Humor
  2. Cracked
  3. Dorkly
  4. Duffel Blog
  5. Funny Times

Internet

  1. A List Apart
  2. BlogPaws
  3. eCommerce Bytes
  4. eCommerce Insiders
  5. The Layout
  6. Scotch.io
  7. SitePoint
  8. Webdesignerdepot

Lifestyle

  1. A Fine Parent
  2. Alaska Parent
  3. Bustle Digital Group
  4. Cincinnati Parent
  5. Love to Know
  6. MetroParents
  7. StorkGuide

News

  1. Alternet
  2. Boston Globe Magazine
  3. Creative Loafing Charlotte
  4. High Ground Memphis
  5. New Statesman
  6. Sacramento Press
  7. Salon

Science & Technology

  1. All About Circuits
  2. Asian Scientist
  3. Compose Write Stuff
  4. Earth Island Journal
  5. iPhone Life
  6. New Scientist
  7. SQL Server Central
  8. Techopedia
  9. Tutorials Point
  10. Worldstart

 

Software

  1. Digital Ocean
  2. Linode
  3. LWN
  4. Semaphore

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Sports

  1. American Angler
  2. Athalon Sports
  3. Horse Network
  4. Outkick the Coverage
  5. The Sportster

Travel

  1. BootsnAll
  2. Desert USA
  3. GoNOMAD
  4. International Living
  5. In The Know Traveler
  6. Open Road Journey
  7. Outpost Magazine
  8. Theme Park Tourist
  9. Transitions Abroad
  10. Travelicious
  11. World Hum
  12. Zafigo

Writing, Work at Home & Freelancing

  1. Freelance Mom
  2. Make a Living Writing
  3. Slick WP
  4. The Barefoot Writer
  5. The Work Online Blog
  6. The Write Life
  7. Write Naked
  8. Writer’s Weekly

Other

  1. Back2College
  2. Bitch Media
  3. Cat Fancy
  4. Chicken Soup for the Soul
  5. Craftbits
  6. Curbly
  7. iWorkWell
  8. Listverse
  9. Military Benefits
  10. Online Writing Jobs
  11. Open Permaculture
  12. Photodoto
  13. Smithsonian
  14. Sojourners
  15. Today I Found Out
  16. Woodcraft Magazine

Freelance Writing Job Boards

  1. All Freelance Writing
  2. BloggingPro
  3. Freelancer
  4. Freelance Writing
  5. Freelance Writing Jobs
  6. Guru
  7. iFreelance
  8. Journalism Jobs
  9. People Per Hour
  10. Problogger
  11. Simply Hired
  12. Upwork

Further Resources

There are many resources out there to help you find paying freelance writing work. Who Pays Writers has a long list of publications and comments from writers on what they were paid for the kind of work they did, and how long it took. It’s pretty useful in finding out what a publication pays. The listings are in alphabetical order, so you have to find out on your own how to contact each one, which varies from easy to difficult. In most cases, searching Google for “write for (publication)” works pretty well.

You can go more traditional with the Writer’s Market book. This is published every year, and you may be able to find it in your local library. Amazon also carries a Kindle version. It’s generally considered one of the best resources for writers.

And of course, there’s the Writing Jobs section of the job board here. New jobs turn up there when I find them.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post may be 'affiliate links.' This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.

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