Online writing jobs are the perfect type of online job for teens and college students because, although a lot of people hate to write and find it difficult, writing seems to be easier for students because they are already used to writing papers and essays on a weekly basis. If you are a student who also loves to write, even better.
Content writers are in high demand online so you’ll never have a lack of work. Due to the fact that they are so in demand, writing jobs also pay well.
There are a number of places where you can find online writing jobs. Your options for online writing jobs include writing for content mills, freelance writing sites, private clients, writing ebooks and etc.
If you don’t have any experience writing, I recommend you start out writing for a content mill because it’s a great way to learn how to write well for the internet. Then, after you’ve gained some experience, you can move on to freelance writing sites, private clients and etc.
Most of the sites listed in this article only hire teens who are 18 or older. If you are younger than that, check out our article on online writing jobs for teens under 18.
The easiest place to start, especially if you don’t have any experience at freelance writing, is to write articles for content mills. Content mills are websites and companies that pay writers a small lump sum to write an article. Most of the articles produced by content mills are used to create and build websites.
Content mills get a bad rap because they don’t pay a whole lot but they are the easiest way to break into freelancing writing and, as a result, they are actually a great way to learn the ropes of freelance writing. Even though they don’t pay as much as other freelance writing gigs, you can still make some decent money doing it.
The following is a list of content mills:
To become a writer for Skyword simply sign up on the site, fill out some brief profile information, provide your social media information and submit some writing samples. After you sign up, then you can apply to one of the many programs and wait to find out if you have been accepted into that particular program. Skyword doesn’t disclose how much it pays but writers who have worked for Skyword say they pay better than most content mills. The minimum age to join Skyword is 18.
Writers for textbroker can choose which articles they want to write from a large selection of article orders. After submitting an article, editors then edit and rate the article and provide feedback to the writer. The rating system determines how much the writer will earn for the article:
2 star rating = .7 cents per word
3 star rating = 1 cent per word
4 star rating = 1.4 cents per word
5 star writers = 5 cents per word.
Textbroker pays you for your articles as soon as the client accepts them. You may request a payout as soon as your account balance reaches $10. Payments are made via Paypal. The minimum age to join Textbroker is 18.
Article assignments are directly assigned to writers by administrators on eCopywriters. An administrator contacts the writer and offers the project, which the writer can either accept or turn down. To become a writer for the site, sign up on the site, fill out a short bio, identify your writing strengths, provide a writing sample and complete a W9 tax form. Payments are made via Paypal. The minimum age to join is 18.
Love to Know
Writers for Love to Know must meet the following requirements:
*extensive experience with the chosen topic
*at least one year of professional writing experience, editing experience is a plus
*minimum of six months writing internet content, including work with a web-based content management system
*access to a computer, stable high-speed internet, telephone service, and Yahoo! Instant messenger
*Interested in contributing articles on a continuous basis
To become a writer for Love to Know, fill out the writer application during which you will need to provide two writing examples and indicate which topic you have expertise in writing about. Topics include: weddings, cell phones, babies, hair, travel and many more. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
Writing projects on Writer Access are chosen from a pool of writing assignments. Types of assignments include blog posts, ad copy, product descriptions and etc. To become a writer for Writer Access, fill out on application online, fill out your profile information, provide some writing samples and complete a short test. Writers who are accepted are rated and assigned a star rating of 2,3, 4 or 5. Pay rates range according to the following levels:
2 star – 1.4 cents per word
3 star – 2.8 cents per word
4 star – 4.2 cents per word
5 start – 5.6 cents per word
6 star – 7.0 cents per word
A writer’s rating can improve or decline with each assignment. Payments are made twice a month via Paypal. The minimum payout is $10 and the minimum age to join is 18 years old.
Writing projects on iWriter are chosen from a pool of writing assignments. According to the site, there is no limit to how many articles a writer can write each month. Writers are assigned a status, either standard, premium or elite, although the site doesn’t say how the status is determined. Writers are paid 81% of the price of the article, which is set by the client.
This usually amounts to the writer earning $1.62 for a 300 word article, $2.43 for a 500 word article and $4.05 for a 700 word article, although this amount varies depending on your writer status. Elite writers can earn as much $15 per article.
Each article writers submit are reviewed and rated. Writers must maintain a rating of a 3 after 5 articles, a 3.2 after 10 article and a 3.4 after 20 articles. Payments are made via Paypal. The minimum age to join is 18.
Freelance Writing Sites:
Freelance writing sites are sites where you can find freelance writing work. These sites tend to pay better than content mills and require a higher quality of writing. This is why they are a better option for writers with a little more experience under their belt.
Much like content mills, you are paid per piece and the pay rate varies. The factors that influence the price of each piece are usually the length of the article and the quality of the writing. Freelance writing sites are also a great place to find private clients.
If you do great work and always finish your projects on time, clients who hire you to work on a project through the freelance site sometimes will contact you in private and ask you to work for them directly. The following is a list of freelance writing sites:
Upwork used to be Odesk and Elance before the two companies merged. Upwork is a site where freelance writers can find freelance projects to work on.
To find work on the site, writers can browse a listing of available projects and submit a proposal for the project. The client reviews the proposals and selects the one they like the best. Sometimes clients also search the database of writers and personally invites selected writers to submit a proposal for a project they have posted.
Upwork deducts a 10% service fee from your payments. To become a freelance writer on the site, simply sign on the site with an email address or through your facebook account. The minimum age to join is 18 years old.
Reddit.com/r/hireawriter is a subreddit where clients can post job listings for writing projects and writers can also post listings offering their writing services. The minimum age to join Reddit is 13 years old.
Craigslist is on online classified marketplace where you can find many job opportunities, including freelance writing jobs. To find writing jobs on the site, look for the Jobs section on your state’s Craigslist page and click on the “writing/editing” link. That will take you to a listing for writing and editing related jobs (online jobs that don’t have a specific work location will also show up here.)
Another section to look for online writing jobs in the Jobs section is to look for a section that says “Gigs” and click on the “writing” link under it. This will take you to a listing of available writing gigs.
Fiverr is an online marketplace where people can offer their services for $5. One of the most popular services on the site is article writing.
To find work, post a listing offering to write a 400-500 word article on a specific topic that you name yourself. You can always offer to write an article on any topic but this often leads to confusion because clients will often message you first to see if you are willing or are even qualified enough to write an article on a topic they propose.
It is much easier if you just offer to write about a specific topic. Fiverr lets you post about to 20 different listings, or gigs as they are called, so you can offer 20 topics that you feel confident writing about.
Some of the most popular article requests on Fiverr are:
Diet and weight loss
Travel and leisure
Education and school
Fitness and health
Insurance and life insurance
The minimum age to join Fiverr is 13 years old. There is no minimum payout and payouts may be requested 14 days after the gig was marked complete. Payments are made via Paypal, Fiverr Revenue Card or through on of Fiverr’s other withdrawal providers.
BloggingPro Job Board
The BloggingPro Job Board is a job board that is updated daily with job postings for freelance writing jobs, blogging jobs, copywriting jobs and etc. There is no minimum age to browse the job board and the job postings vary greatly so there is a little something for everyone.
Freelance Writing Gigs
Freelance Writing Gigs is a blog about freelance writing that not only publishes daily blog posts about freelance writing gigs but it also has a job board where clients post available freelance writing jobs. There is no minimum age to browse the blog or job board and many of the job postings are looking for entry level writers.
MediaBistro is another job board aimed specifically at media, writing and journalism jobs. The site has a job board where recent job openings are posted. You can filter the jobs by work at home and entry level jobs so you can find the perfect online writing job for a college student. You can also create email alerts that will send new job postings directly to your inbox.
The site also has a career advice section full of articles on how to get a media job as well as paid freelance marketplace where you can create a personal profile to showcase your writing portfolio. There is no minimum age to join.
Morning Coffee Newsletter
The Morning Coffee Newsletter is a eNewsletter that was first established in 1998. The newsletter is published weekly and contains 10-20 new writing jobs. The jobs come mostly from the other freelance writing sites listed in this article so it’s actually a very convenient way to check the listings on several sites all in one go. The job listings come from Mediabistro, Problogger Job board, JournalismJobs and Craigslist.
The site that publishes the newsletter, Freelancewriting.com also has a jobs section on its site where you can filter jobs by online writing jobs, paid writing gigs, paid article writing jobs and even sign up for job alerts via email.
Problogger Job Board
The Problogger Job Board is yet another job board that posts online writing and blogging jobs. The owner of Problogger says that the jobs posted on the board get a lot of applicants so he suggests that if you see a job ad you like apply quickly, follow the instructions the job listing includes, sell yourself by giving concise reasons why they should hire you, write well, give examples of your work, demonstrate a knowledge of blogging and the topic and try to stand out from the crowd by going above and beyond what is expected of you as a job candidate.
People Per Hour
People Per Hour is an online freelance community where users can browse various types of freelance job listings which include online jobs and writing jobs. Users can also post a professional profile complete with an online portfolio for potential clients to view. The site charges freelancers a listing fee.
Constant Content is a site where writers can upload pre-written articles and sell them for a fixed price. The site allows the writer to set the price and deducts a fee of 1/3 of the selling price.
You can sell your articles under three different types of licenses: Usage, unique and full rights. A usage license allows multiple buyers to purchase and use your article but they aren’t allowed to remove your byline or make any changes. A unique license allows only one buyer to purchase your article but they also aren’t allowed to remove your byline or make any changes. A full rights license allows only one buyer to purchase your article but they are allowed to remove your byline and make changes.
All three license have different price points and the full rights license has the highest price tag. The site states that 70 percent of the prewritten articles are sold within the first three months.
Scripted in a freelance site where writers can find work writing custom content for clients. Writers on the site can pitch assignments directly to customers as well as claim assignments on a variety of topics.
After an assignment is submitted it is then evaluated and either rejected or accepted. If it is accepted, payment for the assignment is sent within five days. If it is rejected, a partial payment is sent. Writers can also set their own prices on topic pitches and job requests.
To apply, writers need to pass a writing test and create a profile before they can start claiming jobs. The company says elsewhere on the site, but doesn’t mention on the page recruiting writers, that only 5 percent of writers are accepted and writers are continuously evaluated and rated.
Content Mart is a freelance site where clients can find writers to work on writing projects. The site brings clients to you by allowing clients to seek out writers for a specific project. The site then connects the client to the writer.
Once the order has been completed, the client reviews the content and either accepts it or requests a revision. The client can reject the order only after a revision request was made and the revision was found to be not to the clients liking. The site handles all of the payments for the writer and charges a 10 percent commission on any money the writer withdraws from his or her account.
Freelancer is a freelance site where clients can find freelancers to work on a variety of projects, including writing projects. Freelancers can post their personal profile on the site. Clients then either browse the list of freelancers or post a project and accept bids to work on the project from freelancers on the site.
The site charges freelancers a small fee fixed project and hourly projects. The fee for an hourly project is 10 percent and 10 percent or $5 for a fixed project, whichever is greater.
Guru is also a freelance writing site where clients can find freelancers to work on writing projects. Freelancers can post a personal profile that details the writing services they offer. Clients can either browse through the list of freelancers on the site or post a project and receive applications from freelancers to work on the project.