Are You Getting Paid What Your Words Are Worth

By: Marlene Affeld

computer-1583432__180Although the economy seems to be improving, there are still a lot of people unemployed or under-employed. Are you one of the many that are attempting to supplement your income as a freelance writer? Are you looking for fair compensation for your efforts? Are you tired of working for peanuts?

When first getting started as a freelance writer, it is easy to become discouraged. It seems that most of the assignments available offer a pittance rather than a real income. To establish one’s self as a successful freelance writer does require patience and persistence. Although the completion is fierce, a diverse array of companies offer fair compensation and steady work for talented writers.

Whole Life Magazine relies on freelance material to fill its pages. They are currently seeking writers to submit articles on natural healing, green living, alternative healing, social responsibility, sustainable food, personal growth, spirituality and the environment. Compensation for an 800 to 1200-word article varies from $150 to $200 dependent on the topic and the author’s expertise and experience. Additionally, Whole Life Magazine has many regular departments that pay from $75 to $150 depending on the research required and the writer’s experience. The City of Angels section features 200 to 400-word articles and pays $35 to $35 depending on length and subject. The BackWords section features 750-word personal essays, highlighting milestone events or life-changing moments in the life of a writer and pays $100. Send a query via e-mail to

If you work or play in Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Magazine hires writers to provide material about the city and surrounding island. Honolulu Magazine publishes stories about local history, sports, lifestyle trends and personality profiles. The pay scale is impressive. They pay $600 to $1,800 for featured articles and $100 to $600 for short stories. Submit a query letter, resume and writing samples to A. Kam Napier, or contact Honolulu Magazine managing editor Michael Keany purchases articles for two separate publications: The Write Markets Report and They seek passionate writers to contribute articles on how to find markets and increase writing income. They are also looking for articles about home-based businesses and self employment opportunities for writers including ghost writing, self-publishing, resume writing, technical, scientific or corporate writing. They pay $60 for a 600-word article.

Fresh Healthy Vending pays $15 to $25 for articles or blog posts. The company is currently seeking writers to craft feature articles for their family of websites. At Fresh Healthy Vending, your writing efforts are appreciated. Writers are given their own author-credited column and produce insightful articles about the company’s healthy vending machines. If you need a reputable site to build your portfolio, develop your writing skills and earn substantial money at the same time, visit their site and submit a resume and cover letter. pays .025 per word or $10 for a 400-word article. To apply, send an e-mail to along with your resume and writing samples. All writers must speak English as their native language.


Job Opportunities For Talented Writers

computer-1245714__180By: Marlene Affeld

Had you asked me a few years ago, if it were possible to make a living by writing online content, I would have responded with an emphatic “No!”? Today, my answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Tried of “pay-to-join” sites that turned out to be “scams”, I searched for paying sites hiring content writers. I sent off dozens of applications. I polished my writing skills. The turning point came when I found several legitimate sites that value their writers and offer fair compensation, editorial feedback and an opportunity to build your writer’s portfolio.

If you have earned a Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. degree, consider applying at The company requires excellent writing skills and dedication to deadlines. Skilled writers receive $16 per page. Bonuses are available for high-quality work.

A leader in freelance writing services, Academia Research offers an excellent opportunity for writers to demonstrate their expertise and experience. Academia Research pays the highest fee per page in the industry. They provide 24/7 editorial assistance and an endless list of available assignments.

If you are searching for a freelance writing job that pays what you are worth, provides security and offers opportunities to grow as a writer, go to and register. Talented writers can make up to $50 per hour. The application process consists of a detailed questionnaire, grammar test (TOEFL basis) and a sample five-paragraph essay on an assigned subject. Sample essays are judged on uniqueness, grammar, and consistency. If you can meet’s high standards, this is one of the best writing opportunities available.

AcademicExperts.US, online assistance and expertise agency, seeks academic experts from all parts of the world to help to high school and college students in Masters and Ph.D. programs. An MA or Ph.D. degree is required in your area of expertise. Applicants must complete a four-hour online exam and provide proof of their degree. Writers earn from $7 to $31 per page. Editorial support is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions on your assignments.

Research Writer offers an excellent opportunity for exceptional writers with an MA or Ph.D. and a commitment to deadlines. The company provides direct communication with their writers. Editorial comments are helpful, supportive and consensus-orientated. If you want to build your portfolio and be known for your area of expertise, writing for Research Writer is the ideal format. Research Writer seeks writers that are self-disciplined, self-motivated and highly ambitious. Writers must excel in APA, MLA, and Turabian writing styles.

Be paid for your knowledge and creativity while you perfect and enhance your writing skills. is hiring writers to produce top-quality dissertations, term papers, essays and research papers. If you have polished writing skills and a sincere desire to increase your income, apply online. offers editorial support and approval of your application within 48 hours. Applicants are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Writers with higher degrees can choose higher paying assignments. offers an excellent salary of up to $20 per page and a flexible working schedule.


Replace Your Day Job

flowers-871685__180If you can weave words in a concise, entertaining and lucid manner, have a passion for research and a dedication to deadlines, writing from home is an ideal way to supplement your income or replace your day job.

Transitions Abroad is looking for articles on living and working abroad. They are especially interested in articles about teaching English abroad, volunteering, internships, international careers and long-term travel. If you are a passionate world traveler with a talent for writing exciting content about your journey, Transitions Abroad is seeking to hire authors to write about budget travel, women traveling alone, vacation home travel, responsible travel, senior travel and food and wine destinations. The average pay per article is $100.

Blue Mountain Arts accepts submissions of poems and greeting card copy. They seek creative, original and fresh reflections, insightful poems and verse. They pay $300 for a published poem used as a greeting card. For a book published poem, they pay $50. They are looking for poems for all major holidays as well as children and adult birthday cards, graduation cards, wedding cards, thank-you cards and get-well cards. is a newly launched online magazine featuring the iconoclasts, outcasts, misfits and just plain weird people that populate the planet. Nothing or no one is off limits. If you are creative, write with wit and humor, excel at research and want to build your writer’s portfolio writing for a publication that is offbeat, outrageous and irreverent, submit a sample article. Moot Magazine pays from $25 to $300 per article, dependent on depth of research and author’s expertise. hires writers to submit articles and tutorials. They invite writers to create “do-it-yourself” guidelines for home repair projects, cooking and crafts. TutToaster pays from $50 to $200 per article and encourages authors to submit their own photos to illustrate instructions.

Content Corp is presently hiring freelance content writers to submit articles on health, lifestyle trends, finance and computer. Prepare a cover letter to spotlight your talents and submit a writing sample and resume.

Good Old Boat

Writer Bay


Write Your Way To Financial Independence


By: Marlene Affeld

During difficult economic times, many people struggling to meet their financial obligations. Unemployment in many states has risen to record highs. Jobs are “few and far between.”

If you have dreamed of finding a way to share your life experience and be paid to do it, writing online can make your dream a reality. It’s a great way to make some extra income. In time, freelance media writing may replace your regular job.

Forget stressful commutes, office politics and someone else directing your schedule. When you write online, you work for yourself.

There is an insatiable demand for fresh online content. Site owners seek writers capable of meeting deadlines and producing a continuous supply of new articles. Fresh, original content is required to improve the website owner’s search engine rankings.

Website owners use social media sites to expose and promote their products or services. The incredible growth and popularity of sites such as Twitter, MySpace and Facebook drive Internet marketing in an entirely new direction. Website owners need writers to produce original content to keep their social media pages updated.

Wide ranges of online writing jobs are available. However, an innumerable number of very talented people are competing for these jobs. Many writing sites do not require applicants to hold a college degree. Some sites require applicants hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or have extensive experience in their niche market. Other sites seek authors with an advanced degree.

You will do best if English is your native language. You can work from anywhere, on the beach, curled up in your pajamas beside the fireplace or from an Internet café.

The secret of success is to treat online writing like a “real” job. If you work “8 to 5”, then write from “8 to 5”. Once you get into the rhythm of writing daily, you will enjoy the structure and order it brings to your work. Put on your “thinking cap,” consult a thesaurus and write some snappy copy.

Because you can work from anywhere you can access an Internet connection, online writing is a perfect job for the person that likes to travel, desires a flexible schedule or who lives in a remote location and must telecommute to work.

Online writing is a perfect part-time job for “stay-at-home” moms or dads. Parents can make a living working from home, spend quality time with their children and avoid expensive childcare. You can even write from the playground or while the young ones are taking a nap.

Online writing requires a dedication to meeting deadlines on time and producing error free copy. If your work is “perfect” when submitted, your time isn’t wasted with rewrites. Online writing jobs are plentiful, but to land the best jobs, you will have to polish your skills and do an outstanding job, sometimes for not a lot of pay. It takes time to find the right position to match your skills and interests. With a bit of research, you will find that there are a lot of viable options. Online writing can be a lucrative career, offering freedom and a way to express your creativity.

Getting Started

Refresh and update your employment resume. Highlight positions that involved writing.

Build a portfolio of your writing samples. Write different types of articles for various niches. Create “evergreen” articles, essays, product reviews, and “how-to” manuals. Proof each sample carefully and make required corrections. You only have one chance to make a terrific first impression. “Blow your own horn” and publish your articles on your blog or website. Use social media networking sites to promote your articles across the web.

“Don’t Put All You Eggs In One Basket”

On some sites, writers can address virtually any subject. You are limited only by the limits of your imagination. You choose the topic and the direction of the article. You will likely have to write a minimum number of words. Sites that accept “create your topic” articles typically pay based on a revenue share from monies received for advertising that runs in conjunction with your article. Some sites pay per submission. Other sites pay both. You can write for immediate payment or build a cache of articles that will pay you month after month.

Many online writing websites allow you to select from a selection of assignments. The website picks the topic. This is great if there are lots of choices in your area of expertise. You are in trouble if the choice of articles is restricted or eliminated. Always have 2-to-4 online writing websites where your submissions are welcomed.

Finding legitimate writing sites that pay fairly for time invested is difficult. There are lots of jobs out there. Online writing jobs vary greatly in application requirements, expectations and compensation.

Article Writing

About has established a stellar reputation as one of the best sites on the Internet for writers. Their standards are high. If you can “make the cut” the pay is high and dependable. Become an expert in your favorite topic. About is always seeking new guides.

KingTutz offers great opportunities for freelance writers with a background in business, marketing or economics.

Proficient Writers seeks academics, teachers and other knowledgeable professionals to submit articles for pay. Compensation ranges from $7 to $15 a page. There is lots of work for everyone and the application process is fast and easy. Apply today, write articles tomorrow.

Writers pH, a company based in the Philippines, needs article and essay writers. You can work from anywhere, on your own schedule. They pay through PayPal.

4Writers offers fair pay for short articles and essays. A great place to polish your craft, work with skilled editors and develop a writing niche.

Academic Writers

Prospect Solution is a well-respected writing site for research writers and freelancers. They pay above industry standard rates. A college degree in your chosen writing field is required.

Other sites worth checking out include, Freelance Writing Service Asia Writers and Academia Research.

Essay Town seeks writers degreed in any academic field. They are especially in need of writers for economics, mathematics, physics and accounting. Candidates must be able to expertly write term papers, research papers, theses, essays, book reports, and dissertations. Pay is above industry standards.

Home to freelance writers from around the world, Freelance Writing Center, provides steady employment that fits most anyone’s schedule. Many writers consider writing for Freelance Writing Center a dream job. You can make an excellent income. Work full time or choose to write part-time, when and where you want.

Travel Writing

If your life experiences includes living abroad or extensive world travel, Transitions Abroad, is a great place to write about your experiences and earn an income to supplement your travel budget.


Getting Started As A Travel Writer

Are you one of those individuals who constantly thinks about yourlast grand adventure or is mentally planning their next “escape?”


By: Marlene Affeld

Do you dream of becoming a travel writer, jaunting about internationally with a notebook, camera, and a laptop? Do you want to visit exotic ports-of-call and be paid for writing about your experiences? You may say that sounds like a fantasy from a storybook, exciting, intriguing, but too good to be true.

You can do it! Put the days of being tied to a cubicle behind you. More and more publications allow writers to telecommute, providing an opportunity to work wherever.

Don’t get me wrong! Travel writing requires effort and commitment. You will need to be flexible, self-motivated, deadline-driven, and willing to step outside your comfort zone at short notice.

Travel writing is hard work for low pay, and highly competitive unless you are good enough to stand “head-and-shoulders” above a pack of other eager journalists. A great many people do make a good living as travel writers. However, they are a small minority. Many are full-time travelers, part-time writers, working on travel assignments on the side. Like me, others are senior citizens, writing to supplement a pension or social security check.

Don’t decide to get into travel writing for the money. It just isn’t there. If you have a passion and love for travel and sharing your experiences with others, travel writing can be a significant second income and a lot of fun. Do it for the fun; not the money. If you don’t have “deep pockets,” be prepared to manage on a very limited budget – you will not earn much starting out and traveling when money is tight can take a bit of the fun out of the experience.

Prerequisites Of A Travel Writer

Do you have impeccable grammar? Is English your native language? Do you demonstrate fluency in another language? What experience, knowledge or skill set do you bring to the table? If you love to travel and travel regularly, you are already off to a good start.

Patience and perseverance are required. If not put off, and roving the world remains your goal, here are a few tips to help fund your journey through travel writing.

Write And Write Some More

Working as a travel writer, it’s your job is to ferret out intriguing destinations and tell a story in an engaging manner to pique the reader’s imagination; make them dream of traveling where you have gone. That’s heady stuff; another good reason to wake up in the morning put on the coffee pot and write.

You need to be writing constantly, not just for potential publication, but to hone and polish your word weaving skills. Write, then, write some more, always being sure that it is your original work. Use a grammar, spelling and plagiarism checker on each and every article. Get in the habit of reading your words out loud. You will find that you will discover errors or repetitive phrasing that your eye missed.

Write Your Passion

If you are not intrigued by the subject matter, it will be reflected in your writing. Who wants to research and write about something that bores you to tears? Write about your hobbies, children, your passion for organic gardening, or tips on training your puppy. It doesn’t matter what you write about, just make sure that it is something that your find engaging so your readers will too. Take the subjects that intrigue you and incorporate them into your travel writing.

Find a niche that appeals to your passion and become knowledge about the subject matter, then share your quest with readers.

Create Multiple Streams Of Income

Search out sites that will accept your submissions on a regular basis. The pay may not be the greatest, but if it’s a dependable source of revenue, don’t turn down the opportunity. Attempt to establish a relationship with several clients, so if one opportunity dries up, you will still have others that you can count on to accept your submissions for pay. As you improve your skills and build your writing portfolio, lower paying gigs are replaced with others that reflect the increased value of your work.

Here are a few sites that pay writers for submissions. Be sure to acquaint yourself with each website to familiarize yourself with their style and the type of articles they seek before submitting a pitch or query.

Create A Writer’s Portfolio

Create your own website to showcase your writing talents.

Apply For Online Writing Jobs

Matador Network

Matador accepts submissions. Authors are paid $40 upon publication. Visit their site for submission guidelines. Matador is a great place to showcase your talent.

Wanderlust advises, “We rarely publish narrative travel features on this site, but we do consider interesting blogs, inspirational round-ups, guides and advice pieces. Please ensure that you are familiar with the site, our style, and our audience. To suggest an idea, please email us at”

Check out – read other writer’s unique stories and submit your own.


Freelance Writers Needed

By: Marlene Affeld

Have you lost your job or just need a bit of extra money to supplement your income? One of the most productive routes is getting paid for writing online content. “Content is the lifeblood of the Internet.” “Content Is King.”

images-4I know, you have heard that all before, but it is true! Freelance writers are in high demand. This trend indicates that the demand will continue for the foreseeable future.

Write about that with which you are familiar. Write for pleasure; without pressure. Pick any subject, share your knowledge and experience with the world and reap the rewards.

Although magazines, newspapers, and other print communications require writers, the competitions are stiffer and work more demanding.

The majority of online editors demand past publishing experience, impeccable grammar, attention to detail and a commitment to meeting deadline. For writer’s just getting started, the quality of online writing does not necessarily have to meet the rigid expectations of print publications. However, remember that your words are a reflection of you and always do your best.

Due to the ever-increasing demand for fresh content on the Internet, a person does not have to be a published perfectionist to make a living online. Webmasters, advertising agencies, and individual clients seek quality writers who can fluidly express the customer’s message using research of the topic and a polished vocabulary. As a writer, it’s your job to research the subject matter and craft an informative and thought provoking article.

There are countless opportunities to generate income writing online content. Opportunities are broken down into two categories: writing for others or writing for yourself.

Writing for yourself may include creating a blog focused on your favorite music, weight loss goals or travels. Find your niche. You will glean income from sales products via affiliate marketing) or through advertising revenue generated by Goggle Adsense or similar online advertising programs.

Have you considered writing an informational e-book and selling your words for a profit? Many new writers find this to be a good source of revenue. However, dependent on the topic and how aggressively your e-book moves, it may take time before you earn a significant income from your word weaving effort.

The quickest way to earn a decent income as a freelance writer is creating engaging copy for others. Website owners rely on freelance writers to provide fresh marketing copy, press releases, product reviews, and blog contributions. The list of potential online employment opportunities is endless.

As you review potential assignments from various employers, you will find that each has a different writing guideline, business policies, and compensation plans. Many sites pay upfront for articles upon acceptance. Others pay upon publication.

In the freelance marketplace, freelance writer pay rate is dependent on the word count, research required and the subject matter of the article.

Clients of freelance writers have diverse policies, style guidelines and compensation plans. Many sites pay an up-front fee upon publication. Pay rate is dependent on the subject and word count. Other websites share the revenue from advertising displayed with your published articles. Some sites pay both.

Check out this handy research and writing tool. You will love it. It is a great way to research thousands of pages to gather information for creating new articles. 

Words Of Worth

If you have a strong command of the English language and are motivated to make money from the comfort of your home, there are a diverse number of websites that pay for submissions. If you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia, work for Words of Worth. The standards are high. Words Of Worth is an excellent place to show off your talents. A writing sample is required.

Writers Domain

Writers Domain, an online marking company, hires writers and editors to produce high-quality content on a wide range of subjects. Work at home writers in the United States, Canada, France and Australia and are encouraged to apply. Follow the guidelines on the website to submit a writing sample.

Rank Pay

Rank Pay Rank Pay advises that if you are a gifted writer with a flair for creative, upbeat copy that can deliver content within defined deadlines, they would like to review your submissions. Writing work is done remotely, and samples are required. Rank Pay pay writers $100 for a 1500 word article that meets their criteria. Go to the website and be sure to follow designated guidelines.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Editors at Wine Enthusiast Magazine advise, “Wine Enthusiast Magazine welcomes proposals from freelance writers on subjects that pertain to wine, fine food, and travel. You may also pitch story ideas for Wine Enthusiast Online. Subject matter for the magazine and the website includes global wine region news, particularly controversies and innovations; short profiles and QA; creative food and drink recipes; cool merchandise related to wine, food or travel; etc. Payment: $750-$2,500 for assigned articles; $750-$2,000 for unsolicited articles; and 50 cents per word for website articles.

Wine Frog

Wine Frog is looking for wine experts who work in the field and know how to tell a good story. If you think you have a good idea, send a pitch. Pieces on the site are typically 600-to-1200 words. Pay is based on quality and determined before publication.

Wise Bread

If you have a flair for writing snappy commentary about frugal living or personal finance, Wise Bread is a fine site to showcase your writing talents. Apply as a staff writer or guest blogger.

Writers Weekly

If you have experiences and tips for making a living by writing, Writers Weekly purchases well-crafted articles all year long. Visit the site and review the guidelines.

Our Homes pays $.25 per word for home improvement articles. Visit the site and review previous articles and style before submitting your article.