I’ve had lots of people asking about the online websites I’ve been writing for lately, so I thought I’d do a quick rundown. I’ve been surprised by the number of great sites available to freelance writers. These services match writers or sellers, with buyers looking for blog posts, website content etc., then take a small commission as their fee.
Aside from the usual learning curve when beginning something like this, I’ve had a great time while earning extra cash. At the end of this post I’ll include a list of the most popular freelance websites. I haven’t used them all, but I’ll tell you about those I’m familiar with.
Freelancer.com – I started out with a site called Freelancer. For some reason I could never get going with this one. The pay was minimal, and a couple of people stiffed me in spite of that. I know at least one person who really loves this site, so it works for some people, just not for me.
Postloop.com – This site pays writers for posting on other people’s blogs. I had trouble getting signed up for this one, so it didn’t work for me either, although it sounded like a fun way to earn dollar$.
Fiverr.com This is my favorite site so far – and no they’re not paying me to say that. On Fiverr you create an account and propose to do something for five dollars. This is a fun site to peruse whether you’re serious about selling or not. There’s a wide variety of categories and people are very creative with their business ideas.
As for writing – My account says I’ll write 300 words for a blog or website. I get $5.00 for each “gig” I sell – well actually $4.00 after Fiver takes their cut. After you get established, you can offer “extras” such as an express delivery for an extra fee, or you can charge more for larger jobs etc. My husband has gotten into it too. He sells radio spots, and offers to post on people’s blogs. Fiverr operates on the pay pal system and I haven’t had a problem transferring my earnings so far.
This has been a lot of fun. Business is brisk and I’ve even had to turn people away when I’m overbooked. Right now I write blog posts for a realtor and a travel agent, and also write scripts for a producer who’s creating a video Wikipedia. I’ve written about everything from pets, to the benefits of drinking water, and bounce houses. I have re-written a resume, a job proposal, and a financial planner’s About Us page, and never know what will come up next. One of the best things about this job is the constant variety.
The following are some of the more popular sites. Check them out if you want to GET PAID for writing!
• Zeerk SEO Clerks
• Ten Bux
I’d love to hear people’s experiences with these or other sites. Let me know what works for you!