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How to get paid for writing from home

Updated on April 18, 2015

If you’re looking into building an income for writing from home then you may well have reached a point whereby you’ve heard of just about every scam going. From so called surveys that capture data (to sell on) and then never arrive through to the more sinister of so call home working opportunities it can seem like there are anything but genuine opportunities out there. However earning a living for writing from home is, without question, achievable and in this guide I explain in full how you can get paid for writing from home.

The websites that I mention in this article are those that I have, by and large, merely researched. Before going ahead with any of them I would suggest that you research the website in detail as I have learned that the fortunes of such websites can and very often do change rather quickly. For example, only recently have I written and submitted a number of articles on Triond.com, to then find that the website had been effectively blacklisted by Google Adsense in 2013, and therefore had stopped paying out their writers.

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Content websites

Some websites, such as this very one upon which I write now, allows you to write about anything you wish (within a few limitations) to build up an income from the adverts that are shown (and ultimately clicked) on each. This is a relatively simple concept, however to really be a success upon websites such as these you’ll most likely need to promote your writings upon social media, as well as focus upon crafting well written and engaging content.

Hub Pages

I’ve used hub pages for only a limited number of months, however I have found the experience to be pretty exceptional. The community here is, as far as I can tell, like no other with fellow hubbers who are always happy to help as well as engage with your writings. This genuinely makes it a joy to write for Hubpages and I now feel that if I can build an income whilst conversing and connecting with other hubbers then all the better.


InfoBarrel

InfoBarrel works in much the same way as HubPages, however from what I see I can’t identify as much social action.


WikiNut

WikiNut is a long standing content website where you receive royalties for your writings, similarly to most of the other websites listed here you'll be able to see a dashboard of statistics so you can see exactly how well your content is doing and perhaps gain insight into what you could be doing differently to improve.


Helium

Helium is a content website that has undergone a bit of a shake up in recent times. Today they provide content to 360 micro sites based in various niches to distribute your content. There are managers who see this process through to maintain quality, although there were rumblings that this website may soon be closing.

What’s more many do point out that this is a website that still has a clause in their terms and conditions that they own all rights over your articles and could therefore keep them even come the time that you wished to take them down.


Bukisa

Bukisa provides another option for building up a residual income. Here you get paid for every 1000 page views and the amount that you are paid is actually determined somewhat from the performance of all of your writings in the last month.


Listverse

Listverse is very much what it says on the tin. This website pays for lists (which can be based upon almost anything that you wish); for each accepted list you'll receive $100.


Be a Freelance Blogger

This makes for a relatively unusual entrant to this list as the owner of this blog, Sophie Lizard, actually offers a six times annual writing contest to become a featured guest blogger, for which the winner receives $100.


Tuts+

This website is one that does require experience, at least of some sort. Ran by creative technology giants Envato Tuts+ buys short tutorial guides for around $75 and $150 for longer pieces.


American College of Healthcare Studies

This is another website which pays $50 per article they accept. The niche market here is Health, which mostly involves holistic health and wellness.

Freelancing websites

Freelancing websites provide a great opportunity for home working not only for copy writers but for every service imaginable; from logo design through to audio transcription.

I myself am not professionally trained (that is to say that I hold no English degree or similar) yet have been able to build a considerable client list by ensuring that I offer a quality service at the right price point.

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How to become a freelance writer: A visual guide

People Per Hour

This is a website that I can personally recommend and one that I work through full time (and have since my graduation in Web Development). Whilst I haven’t tried other freelancing websites I know that their structure, compared to other freelancing websites, offers many strengths, specifically that the price points are maintained at a relatively fair level which ensures reasonable pay for freelancers and quality work for buyers.


ELance

Elance makes for the oldest freelancing website out there. Here you can expect a wealth of jobs that are posted every minute, from web design through to business services and with an easy to use interface backed up by a respected workflow management system this may serve as a good starting place for the newbie freelancer.


ODesk

ODesk is known for offering a solid choice for both seller and buyer alike. Having undergone a major quality improvement process over the last 12 months (some of which caused a few ructions within the freelance community, but ultimately aimed to improve the quality of the services that were being delivered) today may be the ideal time to test the ODesk waters out.


Fiverr

This website is somewhat of a controversial topic for many freelancers. This is because, as it’s name suggests, many of the services offered here are for $5 (or around £3.50 GDP). Understandably many freelancers argue that this is cheapening the market with a flood of substandard work. Nevertheless however this is a website that has seen massive growth and one that remains particularly popular. It also may be a good place to begin a writing career as expectations are thought to generally be lower and testing the waters here may enable you to move on to more sophisticated websites that command higher rates of pay.

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Working from home… A Few Points Worth Noting

Whilst I love my job of being a copywriter (coupled with being a web designer) I must admit that working from home isn’t without its drawbacks (which is something I never thought I’d say whilst slaving away at my previous hell on earth office job). Specifically if you’re serious about working for yourself and from home you’ll need to:

  • Be dedicated to your craft and not be easily distracted by all the usual home comforts (such as your TV, phone or bed!).

  • Be prepared for the stress (particularly those that are financially linked).

  • Think outside of the box when marketing yourself and building a business.

  • Be ready to adapt to change (particularly as the popularity of each of the websites mentioned above coupled arguably change overnight)

If you already use freelancing websites, which is your favourite?

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I’d love to know your thoughts of the website mentioned above in the comments below. This is particularly true given my experience that I mentioned at the beginning of this article and the fact that I would hate others to face the same time wastage with any of the previously solid providers here. I’d also love to hear about your HubPages journey so far; I myself am really enjoying pretty much everything about this website and hope that I can build up a respectable residual income to compliment my freelance work.

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      Shelley Heath 2 years ago from Birmingham

      Hi Both,

      Thanks! And yes please do check them out and let me know how you find them, from the very few freelance and writing websites I've tried I've found there are generally a few gems with others that are the total opposite, so it's always useful to hear about other's experiences :)

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      Penny Miranda 2 years ago from Portland, OR

      I'm about to check out a few of your suggestions, so I'll have to get back to you on them! I write for Demand Media Studios right now, but I'm looking to expand because I'm restricted to one category. I tried Outsource.com, but found that freelancers need to pay a monthly fee to bid on gigs, which doesn't appeal to me. I'm glad you've included such a comprehensive list here!

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      David 2 years ago from UK

      Very nice read. I used to work from home as a freelance writer when I graduated university but couldn't seem to secure enough work to see any long term security so I opted for a career in education. However, my dream is still there so I'll definitely be checking out some of the sites mentioned.