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:
Travel and lifestyle
Back home from an amazing trip? Or love to write about the must-see places and things to do in your city? The Travelista Club pays $40 (Australian Dollars; as of October 2017 this is about $30 USD) for travel articles about the places you’ve lived in or visited yourself.
[UPDATE 6/28/21: Travelista has posted the following announcement on their submission page: “Due to the recent decline in revenue from advertising and sponsors, we have had to close our paid writers program.” They are still accepting unpaid posts if you’re looking for a clip.]
Looking for a place to break into the niche of organic living, growing your own crops, and raising animals? Nifty Homestead pays $50 per assignment and is looking for how-to articles, guides on homesteading topics, and list posts to help new and seasoned homesteaders.
Horse Network pays $50 for articles about horse health, equestrian hobbies and more related to horses, plus a bonus if your article is shared 1,000 times on social media. Your best bet for breaking in? Pitch an article idea about horse health, horse and human interest stories, or a profile on a person raising or racing horses.
4. Yoga Basics
Like yoga? Know the difference between Downward Facing Dog and Corpse pose? Or do you know an instructor who teaches classes you can interview for a story? Get paid to write about yoga at Yoga Basics. This site pays $30 for articles and is looking for writers who can submit one or two articles per month.
5. Plum Deluxe
Plum Deluxe pays $30 for articles about a variety of topics related to entertaining, special occasions, tea time, tea parties, well-being, spirituality and mindset. Trying to break into this niche? Plum Deluxe encourages new writers to pitch story ideas.
If you need a clip in your portfolio about wine before you pitch a major magazine like Wine Enthusiast or Wine Spectator, this is a great place to start. This site publishes blog posts about wine and wine accessories and pays $50 and up.
Need proof you can find writing sites that pay in any niche? This site pays $50 (plus bonuses for high traffic) for articles about theme parks. Theme Park Tourist is a guide for visitors and theme park fans. And you’ll get the editor’s attention if you submit a pitch on Florida theme parks or Disney attractions.
If you want to get paid to write about your cross-country backpacking adventure, overseas excursion, or know someone who is a world traveler, send a pitch to The Travel Tribune. This site pays $50 for travel articles 1,000 words and longer by knowledgeable travelers.
Wanderful pays $50 for blog posts about women and travel. They’re looking for pieces on travel tips, global issues, traveling as a trans or queer woman, travel issues impacting women of color, and other ideas that may interest their audience of women who love venturing around the globe.
Social impact and causes
This site publishes content about issues that impact women over 40. Have an idea for an article? Women’s Voice for Change accepts personal essays, political and social analysis and commentary, and articles on other topics in fashion, culture, arts and business. This site pays $50 per post.
Technology and software
11. Router Freak
Like to geek out over networking and technology topics? Know how to explain tech topics in plain language? Router Freak pays $30 for articles about computer networking and topics of interest to network engineers. Personal experience preferred, and new writers are welcome to pitch ideas.
12. Digital Ocean
If you can write about technical topics for an audience that includes software developers and network administrators, this may be a good market for you. Digital Ocean pays $50 and up for software tutorials and guides.
If your life revolves around apps and messaging on an iPhone, you probably have a story idea you can pitch iPhone Life Magazine. This print and digital magazine pays $50 for iPhone and iPad-related articles. For your best chance of getting accepted, pitch an idea about iOS apps or Apple gear.
Know the ins-and-outs of SEO, content marketing, and social media strategy? Or want to write an article about news and emerging trends in digital marketing? RankPay has an audience of people who want to stay abreast of news and trends in this industry. Pays $50 per article.
15. Real Python
Looking for more tech writing sites that pay? If you know the Python computer language or can interview programmers who are, pitch an idea for an article or tutorial about coding using Python. Pays $50 and up.
Want to write about advanced PhotoShop techniques, digital imaging and editing? Pitch an idea to SigTutorials, which pays up to $50 per assignment. How-to guides and tutorials are the typical format for published pieces.
17. The Work Online Blog
The Work Online Blog pays $50 for articles that pertain to online work, freelancing, contracting and blogging. Your best bet for breaking in? Submit a pitch for a list post or how-to article on a work-at-home topic. [EDITOR’S NOTE 6/28/21: This site is no longer functioning.]
Craft Your Content is a writing site dedicated to helping writers get better at the craft, develop their own voice and style, and build a freelance business. This site pays $50 and higher for articles about writing craft, business and entrepreneurship.
Have an article idea about freelancing, ghostwriting, or starting a writing business? Pitch editor and founder Cruz Santana. Pays $50 for articles. Interested in article ideas that help new freelancers get started.
Parenting and Education
20. Stork Guide
What to expect when you’re expecting, and what happens after Junior is born. That’s the kind of advice you’ll find at The Stork Guide. This site was created to help expectant moms and new parents handle the joys of raising newborns and toddlers. Get paid $50 to write each assignment, and story ideas for first-time moms are encouraged. [EDITOR’S NOTE 6/28/21: This site is no longer functioning.]
Did you know an estimated 1.7 million kids in the United States are home-schooled? It’s a growing trend in education, and Practical Homeschooling Magazine is on a mission to make it a positive experience for parents, teachers, and students. Practical, how-to-articles on homeschooling and personal experiences are encouraged. Pays $50 per assignment.
How to pitch writing sites that pay
If you’re ready to pitch a markets on this list, consider these tips to boost your odds of landing an assignment:
- Read the guidelines. Most of the sites on this list publish guidelines to help you pitch appropriate ideas. Read the guidelines. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often writers don’t follow the rules.
- Proofread your pitch. Ask a fellow writer to proofread your pitch, or get feedback on how to improve it in the Freelance Writers Den. At the very least, proofread your pitch before you hit send to catch any mistakes and improve your odds of success.
- Accept feedback. If you hear back from an editor with a “no thanks,” don’t get discouraged. A rejection or constructive criticism can help you get better.
- Keep growing. Pitching is a numbers game. The more markets you pitch, the better your odds of landing an assignment. And as you gain experience, you’ll be able to move up and earn more.
Good luck and keep pitching!
Know any other writing sites that pay $30-$50? Let’s discuss on Facebook — this blog is always looking for more starter markets that pay.
Kaitlin Morrison is a freelance healthcare and finance writer in Moses Lake, Wash. You can find her online at www.kaitlinmorrison.com