Are you on the hunt for writing sites that pay to land your first assignment?
Or do you want to break into a new niche?
Sometimes going after smaller clients is a great way to gain experience, build confidence, and improve your portfolio.
In this post, you’ll find 21 niche writing sites that pay $30 to $50 per assignment.
These aren’t quit-your-day-job kind of writing gigs. But they’re a perfect place for freelancers starting out to get paid to write, earn more than content-mill wages, and work with real editors.
And for more seasoned freelancers, pitching writing sites that pay entry-level rates can be a fast way to get the samples you need to go after higher-paying clients.
Looking for writing sites that pay in your niche like travel, lifestyle, technology, software, parenting, or the craft of writing? Check out the list:
Have you ever thought about contacting warm leads (people you already know) to find more work?
I did. But I went about it all wrong.
I wasn’t getting anywhere by posting on Facebook or LinkedIn begging my warm leads for work.
Sounds desperate, doesn’t it?
It felt like I hit a client-finding roadblock. I knew I needed to change my marketing strategy. But I wasn’t sure how.
Then, while working in my underwear in a room at my in-laws’ house, I came across a different way to contact warm leads thanks to the How to Write White Papers bootcamp in the Freelance Writers Den.
And I decided to give it a try.
The result: My response rate for sending marketing emails spiked. I landed a new client and contract worth $6,000. I reconnected with some of my contacts, and generated a bunch of leads for more work.
Wondering how to approach people in your network to get more freelance work? Here’s my no-pants-required approach to contacting warm leads:
our coffee cup’s filled. The morning sun peeps through the window. And the house is sweetly silent. It’s the perfect environment to pursue the freelance life.
Or is it?
Being a freelance writer can be a lonely and isolated existence. Ever feel that way?
Here’s how to tell if you’ve spent too much time in solitary confinement:
- The only voice you hear all day is the one inside your head nagging you about deadlines.
- You get excited when a crow flies by the window.
- You wish the package handler who stops by your house by mistake could stay and chat.
- You talk to Siri or Alexa just to hear the voice of someone congenial.
Working from home in peace and quiet is certainly a benefit of the freelance life. And it can be a productivity boon. But spend too much time alone, disconnected, and it can throw you out of balance.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how to beat loneliness, stay connected, and build a better freelance life:
If you’re trying to get referrals to book more freelance writing work with little success, you might be going about it all wrong.
Yes, asking your existing contacts for referrals works.
So do testimonials, guest posting, volunteering, in-person networking, email marketing, and building your online presence. These are proven marketing activities that can help you get referrals.
But there’s an easier and stupidly simple way to get referrals that I’ve been using since I started freelancing a couple of years ago.
It takes very little time, costs little to no money, and can pay dividends far greater than a postage stamp or a few minutes of your time.
I’ve landed magazine assignments, writing gigs, and other types of freelance work with this strategy. And so can you.
Want to learn how to get referrals, more assignments, and be the first person someone thinks of when they need a writer?
Let me show you how easy it is to use this stupidly simple strategy to get referrals.
Ever wasted hours doing article research for a query or assignment?
It happens, especially if you don’t know where to look.
If you’re not getting anywhere with your approach to article research (which probably starts with Google for almost everybody), ask an expert on how to find the information you need.
And just where are you going to find an expert on article research? At the library.
Libraries (all 119,487 of them in the United States, according to the American Library Association) are packed with resources to help freelancers work smarter and faster.
And at every one, you’ll find a reference librarian who knows the ins and outs of article research better than you.
In a recent Freelance Writers Den podcast, we talked with Emily-Jane Dawson. She’s a reference librarian for the Multnomah County Library system in Portland, Ore. And she shared some of her best article research tips for freelancers.
Looking for information to beef up a query letter, pitch a prospect, or complete an assignment?
Check out these article research tips from a savvy reference librarian:
If you want to improve your article writing skills, the Central Intelligence Agency probably isn’t your first place to look.
Yes. I’m talking about that CIA. The organization that feeds the President and senior officials information to keep us safe. I was an intelligence analyst for the CIA for 8 years, and spent most of my time writing for top policy makers.
Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the CIA?
It’s not exactly like living in a Jason Bourne movie. But there is a lot of information that requires article writing skills to keep people informed. Along the way, I uncovered article writing secrets at the CIA that helped me go from analyst to full-time freelancer.
It wasn’t easy. In this high pressure environment, I quickly learned to kill my purple prose, prioritize readability, and create impeccable work under pressure.
Want to improve your article writing skills, land better clients, and earn more?
Here are a few tips from inside the CIA to help you be a better freelance writer: