Are you fluent in telling a story, be it a sad one or a happy or funny one? Can you put that story into words? I am sure most people can, so why not put your good story-telling skills to good use?
Get some money while you are doing something that comes so naturally to you. The best part about it you can work from home or anywhere you want.
Given there are different styles of writing. You need to identify which one you are to give yourself an edge in this industry.
There is the persuasive writing style whereby the author shares his opinions and biases and justifications and reasons to show the correctness of their position.
There is the descriptive writing style whereby the author describes the scene in enormous detail. Then there is the expository writing style where the author focuses mainly on the subject matter without voicing his or her opinions usually backed up by facts and statistics.
Lastly, there is the narrative writing style whereby the author is trying to tell a story not just imparting information.
These sites will pay you good money to have you write stories or articles for them.
If you are great and passionate about funny and hilarious stories, then this is the site for you. You can write for them in four categories,
Articles, where you just write a funny story concerning anything. It could be celebrities, movies, or science as long as it’s funny.
Images, whereby you get to take photos and write a small caption on the photo. And they will combine them with other people’s similar work and come up with a set. Or you can do the complete image sets all on your own in the Single-Artist Image sets.
Finally, you can do the Photoplasty and Pictofacts Contests. Where pictofacts require some light writing and research and photoplasty are a little artsier.
You need to be well knowledgeable in digital marketing, SEO and small businesses to write for them. They have several guidelines that you need to meet to be considered for a guest post on their blog.
You need to write original content as your work has to pass a plagiarism checker, have a casual tone, use quotes from experts, and have 1000+ words.
Another requirement also is that you need to be a native English speaker. If your article is published by them, you cannot publish your article anywhere else.
The submission process begins with filling in a form. Which can have you waiting up to 2 weeks, if your article is chosen, they reach out to you. They pay $50 for every published article.
If you are a guru at Web development technology and coding languages then this is definitely the place for you. They are always looking for people with your knowledge.
If the outdoors is your passion then this is definitely for you. They pay between £50-£100 for every article that you submit to them. Credits go to you ensuring maximum exposure of your work.
They give a list of topics they would like you to write on. So they basically do half the job for you but prefer you to use your own photos. Most likely to verify that you are actually an outdoor person.
5. Our Times
This site has 3 categories, you can send in Features, Poems, or Stories on Working for a Living. For the features, you need to send in your story idea with a short sample of your work, it takes up to a month to respond.
If your idea is accepted you send in your story preferably as an email attachment. You also need to include a short biography about yourself including where you live, work, and any other necessary detail.
Features should have 1500-3000 words, reviews 600-1000 words, and lastly commentaries 850 words. Editing is a must and always happens and most times they write the headlines themselves.
Payment is $25-$100 per article depending on the length, a shorter piece will receive lower pay than a longer one.
Submission of your final copy is expected no less than two months before the said date it is to be published. The payment is done mostly on the day of publication. You receive a free copy of the magazine and a full-year subscription.
Poetry is preferred to be on working rights, injustices, and lives. It could take up to 12 weeks to receive a response after emailing your submission. Working for a Living is usually stories about the workplace whether you are still working there or you are retired.
This is for people passionate about nature, wildlife, landscapes, and travel photography. They focus more on the photography side of this. Regular contribution to the site is encouraged, which is usually one article per month.
Regular contributors are paid $20-$150 per article. This is based on the type of article and the experience of the author. It is best to contact them before you post an article to see if they would be interested in your post.
Some of us are passionate about green living, being a vegan, or vegetarian. If this is your lifestyle you can write for The Green Parent on such. Also more about parenting & raising children, pregnancy, green travel, simple living, fashion and beauty. It has several topics you can write about.
They need it written in the first person and it has to be a real-life experience. They require you to submit the work to them as an attachment in word to email@example.com. With contact details and a brief description about yourself, where you live and work and your level of expertise on the work, you are submitting.
A full-length article is usually 1500-2000 words and a short article is 600 words. They require the work to be sent two months before the work is to be published, so if you do not get a response within two months, you should try again. They pay £75 per 1000 words.
If you have experience in dealing with money in your job. By that I mean you are an accountant or a banker or a salesperson, then this is for you. Yes, they may accept articles from people who have had an experience with money on a personal level but they prefer experts on the subject.
As the name suggests they write mainly on ways to have a fuller life while spending less, creating a saving habit and getting out of debt. They pay $0.10 per word and require the work to be 500-800 words. You need to email your submission as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are passionate about learning new things and sharing them with others then this is for you. You need to write original content for them. The content needs to be accurate and factual, well-researched, and not published anywhere else on the web.
The content also needs to be educational and entertaining. Draw the readers in as they learn about the new thing you are telling them about.
When you pitch your idea you need to include the interesting fact you just found out. The angle you plan to take, the best title for the work. A rough estimate of the number of words and lastly a brief description of yourself. Also, your level of expertise needs to be emailed to email@example.com.
After submission, you will need to be patient until they get back to you.
Pet lovers cannot be left behind in this writing journey. Blogpaws is a site you can write for if you have a pet or you are basically a pet enthusiast. They have so many things you can write about, so you are never out of content.
It is also a site where you can find a pet to rescue or can help someone else rescue a pet. Their word count is 350-500 words per article and pays around $75 per post.
11. Hostel Geeks
This is for the people passionate about travelling, more so in the hostel side of it. They need writers to write about 5-star hostels. You need to meet certain qualifications before you can write for them. One you need to be a local, that is you need to know the area well, as you will be a kind of guide.
Your content needs to be original and they need people from certain cities. So be sure to check them out before writing any content, if you meet all the qualifications, you fill in a form and submit it. They pay $15/hour.
12. The Sun Magazine
This site is looking for poets and people who can write personal essays, short stories, interviews, some photography and non-fiction as well. If you think you are a good fit for this then you can email your submission to thesunmagazine.org/submit.
They pay $100-$250 for poetry, and $300-$2000 for fiction and personal essays. $1000-$2000 for interviews, $500 for cover photos, $100-$200 for interior photos and $500-$1000 for photo essays.
They usually have a list of topics with deadlines on which you can submit a story, saving you a lot of time.
If you have a very imaginative mind, then this is the site for you. They accept short stories in any genre, which could be an adventure, science-fiction, or romance. As long as it is within 500-1000 words, any more or less you are automatically disqualified, they are very strict about this.
You can only submit one story at a time and submit your work in doc. RTF. or txt format and their response time are 2days-10weeks so you have to be patient. They pay $80 for original content and $0.02 per word for reprints.
14. Watch Culture
You can write about basically anything on this site. But their main focus is on TV, Gaming and Comics, Film and Wrestling.
All you need to do is sign up by entering your email on their website in the write-for-us category. Once you set up your account as a contributor you can contribute as much as you would like.
Your work is passed onto the editorial team after submission to check if it is in line with what they would like. Submission is not a guarantee of publishing, if you are deemed not appropriate, your contributor privileges will be reviewed. The pay is £0.50 for every 1000 views in the first 28 days of publishing.
Writing is a skill that is fine-tuned with time and sometimes it may take some time. But as long as you keep writing, you will definitely get better.
The best thing about it is you get paid with little investment. Just your skills, a computer and an internet connection. I hope you found this list to be helpful, I would very much appreciate your comments.