While I am off work due to injury, I am working on setting up a number of free lance writing gigs. Most are ghost writing articles for other blogs and websites, but I am also close to inking a deal to ghost write an entire book. Many of these sites need talented writers in specialty niches – automobile stuff, law, fashion, computer and IT stuff, and so forth. They don’t pay huge money but they do pay. The more work you do and the better quality work you do equals more money. Plus it is fun – for me anyway – to get back into the writing habit after millions of years of latency.
Textbroker.com : Authors submit some writing samples and are rated by the TB editors for quality. They use AP style, so be warned. Based on your rating, you can then bid on writing jobs. Usually jobs pay either by the job or by the word. There are teams you can bid to join, as well, and these are more specialized. Writers who become recognized or popular within their niche can receive direct orders from clients who request them specifically. They have an excellent blog, offering professional editor-type help as well as author-to-author help. Orders are paid as soon as they are accepted, and you can get a weekly payout through Paypal. Every article is checked by editors through Copyscape, and they have zero tolerance for plagiarism. Editors give you feedback on your articles and how to improve.
ELance.com : Higher end site for authors to put in proposals to complete jobs posted by buyers. Some of the jobs are small – blog articles and posts. Some are huge – contracting for 30 articles per month indefinitely. Some are really huge – like my pending potential ghostwriting of a novel. Pay rates vary widely, as do the agreements on whether articles are published under your own name or that of the buyer. The buyer request must be very specific in this regard. Some of the job requests specify they may turn into full time offers if things go well, so that is unique. There are also jobs for programming and IT services, consulting, marketing assistance, administrative assistance, engineering and legal contracts. It is worth checking out if you are wanting to pick up odds and ends, or to work on supplementing your resume. They currently list popular skills in demand as: HTML (1028 available), WordPress (886), PHP (883), Marketing (825), Mobile (743), CSS (739), Database (695), English (675), Testing (638), Android (567), SQL (526), Sales (509). There are also many translating jobs advertised if you have those skills.
Helium.com : I am new to this site and haven’t really seen much about how they work. They seem to be similar to Textbroker, but authors also peer-review articles. There seems to be a lot of networking type activity going on, more of a support group for writers. It appears you choose your own article topics and write the articles, posting them to the site. Other authors review them and click on them, building your popularity and entering you in contests. Article ideas/needs are also posted, and authors can claim them and write the article. The unique thing about this site is authors publish under their own name, and many of the payments are for revenue sharing – the more clicks your article gets, the more you get paid, sort of like residuals on a book or TV spot.
Fiverr.com : Anyone, not just writers, can post ads for things they will do for $5, called “gigs.” I posted gigs to write short blog or website articles, or for promoting stuff here on this site. So far, I am getting a fair bit of business for the blog postings, and have gotten “promoted” to a Level 1 seller. This allows me to add extras into my gigs – for instance more words in the article for another $10, faster service/same day service for $20, and so forth. Some of the folks on this site do really neat stuff, other are just plain silly. However, if you are willing to do little bits of things for little bits of money that do add up, it is worth checking out.
VFiverr.com : Absolute clone of Fiverr.com I have a profile there, and gigs identical to Fiverr.com, but have received zero orders. It appears very few people use the site in general, so I will probably be taking down my profile to focus on the others in which I am getting orders.
In researching the freelance market, there are tons of other freelance writing sites out there. I have not had the energy or motivation to check them out, but here are there names and links if you are interested.
Write for Cracked.com New Here? Read This. | All of Your Questions Answered Here | Cracked.com Forums
Write for Yahoo.com Yahoo! Contributor Network – contributor.yahoo.com
Real Writing Jobs.com Real Writing Jobs – Earn Extra Money Writing!
IgnitePoint.com Showing You How to Ignite Your WOW at IgnitePoint.com
Instant Article Wizard Instant Article Wizard – Write quality articles on any subject in minutes!
ArticleWorld.net ArticleWorld.net Free Articles
Interact Media.com Website Content Made Simple
Quality Gal.com QualityGal.com | All About High Quality Content
Cloud Crowd on Facebook (14) CloudCrowd on Facebook
GetArticlesDone.com GetArticlesDone – Bulk Article Writing Service
Ecopywriters.com Copywriters – SEO Copywriting Services – Freelance Copywriter
ArticlesforSale.com Articles for Sale
Ozio Media.com Ozio Media | Copywriting, SEO Writing, Reports, Ebooks
Write for YahooVoices Yahoo! Voices – voices.yahoo.com
WritingWorld.com Writing-World.com: Contributor's Guidelines