3 Types of Freelance Writing Gigs and How to Find Them

Most freelance writers have several sources of writing work where they can get paid to write articles. Some are ongoing, some are one-off, and some are gap-fillers. All can be good. Read on for a bit about each of the above categories and how to go about getting those types of writing jobs.

Ongoing
Finding regular writing clients can be a good thing. Do a good job and you might get ongoing writing work.

One-Off Jobs
By marketing yourself, you can find writing jobs that are one-off scenarios. Someone might need a press release written, might decide that they want to write a new sales letter, want help re-vamping their website content, or want another freelance writing service. Marketing can help these clients find you.

Gap fillers.
There are content companies and busy clients that may offer you an all-you-can-write buffet. Having a few of these eggs can be a good thing because you can make fast money writing when you need to up your earnings or when you have a gap in your schedule. You an also spend some of your gaps working at upping your passive income streams through writing for revenue sharing sites, such as InfoBarrel and HubPages, or through developing content for your own sites and blogs.

How to find Writing Gigs:

Find ongoing and one-off clients by marketing on an ongoing basis. Freelance writers who market can get found by clients and some of those clients could provide you with regular work.

In terms of gap fillers, sign up with a writing agency, start a profile on a freelance bidding site such as Elance, sign up with content companies such as Textbroker, Internet Brands, and Demand Studios so you can dive into one of these options as and when you need to.

Getting paid to write articles can be a business of feasts and famines. By diversifying your incoming writing work sources and by continually marketing yourself you can have a wide array of options available.

Demand Studios Now Hiring Canadian Writers and UK Writers

I signed up to get paid to write articles for Demand Studios in 2008. They offer an all-you-can-write buffet for writers where you can get paid to write articles ranging in fees from $3-$75 per article plus revenue sharing options. I got accepted. But then I realised they accepted my application in error because they only hired US writers. Sad face 🙁

I left my account in tact. It allowed me to get updates relevant to writing for DS and I knew that there was a chance that they’d eventually let their friends to the North in. Today I got an alert on the WAHM writers forum which led me to Deb Ng’s freelance writing jobs blog and sure enough, today was my lucky day.

I emailed Demand Studio’s Help Desk and they tweaked my existing account to reflect my Canadian status and voila! I can now get paid to write articles for sites like Ehow and others. At the moment my freelance writing and web marketing service business is smokin’ busy but it’s great to have DS as a gap-filler.

Get Paid To Write At Daily Article

If you’re in search of places you can get paid to write, so you can become a 6 Figure Freelancer (or five figures, or heck, even 4 figures to start!), Daily Article is another source to remember. Some writers write articles specifically for this site and others use it when they’re unable to sell an article to a magazine, to a client, or when a sample article is not purchased by a potential client.

Membership fee? No, but Daily Article takes 20% of your fee.
Payout minimum? None. Daily Article pays as soon as they get paid.
Payment Method? PayPal
How much can you get paid? You set your own price.

Sell Your Freelance Articles

You can set your own price in the system and list the word count and topic. It’s a good idea to browse the site to see what prices others are charging so you can determine what the median price is for articles selling on the site.

The DailyArticle.com marketplace allows freelance writers to list their unique articles for sale and you get paid your 80% when the buyer purchases the article. They see a sample or an article scramble from the inquiry page and choose to place an order. The website staff verifies originality and quality before approving it to their customer base which includes existing customers and random site visitors.

Tip: Getting an up front fee for your writing can be great! But, If you want to make more from an article than a few dollars by selling it just once, consider learning about some passive writing income programs.

Update:

The day I wrote this blog post on April 20, I posted my first article. I chose an article I’d been hanging onto for about 6 months that a client couldn’t use on the Daily Article site. I posted it in the marketplace for $16 and on April 24 I had a PayPal payment of $12.80 for the article. While a lot of factors will dictate how quickly you sell an article, I did want to post this update to show that I have been able to successfully use this site.

Make Passive Income With Flixya

Flixya is a site that allows you to

  • upload videos,
  • write blog posts,
  • and share photos

These actions can enable you to earn Google Adsense revenue from the site. It’s free to join and you need to use your own Google Adsense account in order to get paid.

Signing Up For Adsense

Apply to sign up for Adsense by visiting http://www.google.com/adsense and filling out the application. If you want to increase your chances of being approved, start a blog somewhere and write several quality posts over a few week period first. Google won’t accept all applications, particularly if they don’t know why you want an account.

If You’ve Got An Adsense Account Already

If you already have a Google Adsense account, your Flixya profile will enable you to link it. Many sites offer revenue sharing services for those who submit content but Flixya offers 100% of your revenue on your articles. My guess is that there are enough public areas of the site earning decent Google revenue to make this profitable enough that Flixya doens’t have to claw back any of your earnings.

How Often Can You Get Paid for Flixya Participation?

The great thing about this revenue model is that Google pays you directly so you can add several Google Adsense blogs and sites and revenue sharing sites together to meet your minimum payout level of $100.00. When your Google account reaches $100 you’ll receive payment the following month via bank transfer to your account or via paper cheque sent through the mail. So you don’t have to wait until Flixya earns you $100 on its own because it combines with the Adsense revenue you earn from other sites like Blogger, your self-hosted WordPress blogs, and HubPages.

How Much Will You Earn?

Those who put together their content with optimised SEO writing way as well as those who work hard to ensure their content gets plenty of social marketing can find that this could be a great passive income opportunity. You could earn pennies to start with but that money could keep coming long after you’ve published something on the site.

<3>How Much Can You Make With Google Adsense?

There are no set rates for making money with Google Adsense. It literally has unlimited earning potential. Varying factors determine how much ads are worth and your earnings can vary and build momentum over time depending on various things such as search engine optimization of your articles, the quantity of articles, and the subjects you’ve written about. Videos are particularly popular today too so you could earn a very decent income if your Flixya video goes viral.

Learning all you can about what ranks well and pays well is going to help you make a decent amount of passive income with Flixya.

Caution!

Do be careful that your content and actions don’t go against Google Adsense TOS (terms of service) otherwise your account could be terminated and your earnings forfeited. Google has very smart security checks in place that enable them to discover click fraud in a heartbeat so it’s very wise to familiarise yourself with how to manage your account properly so that you don’t risk being banned.

5 Places To Get Paid To Write Articles

If you’re looking for beginner freelance writing jobs or filler writing work for your down time, the following five writing companies hire new writers on a regular basis. How much do freelancers get paid to write articles? That can vary from $3-$100 per article depending on many factors. General article writing pay for the below companies ranges on a scale of just below .01/word to .02/word or slightly better.

Below are rated worst pay to best pay with pros and cons for each company.

Content Gurus

Pro: This is a lower paying but easy company to work for that offers easy article writing for pay.

Con: Monthly payday only

Textbroker

Pro: Plenty of work available and twice monthly pay. This company also hires writers on a graded system. The better you’re graded, the better you are paid.

Con: lower pay, US writers only

Need An Article.Net

Pro: This site offers regular paying writing work as well. What many like about them is that they pay weekly on Friday nights

Con: non compete clause may limit your own career pursuits and pay is on the lower side

(their website doesn’t offer a writer’s application so you’ll need to contact them through their e-mail address if interested in applying.)

Quality Gal

Pro:This is a slightly better paying writing gig that offers regular writing work with a graded system so the better the quality, the more money you earn. Company is: We Build Pages

Con: This established company has a great reputation and offers decent rates but some suggest the research work involved can be a bit high for the pay at times.

Demand Studios

Pro: Plenty of work writing how to articles for good weekly pay. DS pays writers, editors, transcribers, and videographers.

Con: Some limits on how many weekly articles new writers can do, and strict style guides to follow

Get Paid to Write Articles

All the above companies offer a system whereby writers can claim articles from a content management system and all offer a somewhat automated payment system as well where writers are paid via PayPal.

I am a busy freelance writer, blogger, and consultant that isn’t working with any of the above content companies as I do have regular clients and some private “filler” sources of writing work and also write for passive income that has unlimited potential but I do hear good (to mostly good) things about the above content companies hiring and paying freelance writers on a constant basis so they are a great starting point for beginners or a great option for filler work for writers as well.