A content writer is someone who creates written content for blogs, books, eBooks, the web, copy, podcasts, or even scripts. In years gone by, positions at content writing services were reserved for those with graduate degrees in communication, English, or creative writing, but the field has since opened itself up to professionals from all walks of life who have a talent for the written word.
One of the main benefits of being a content writer is that many content writing jobs give you the freedom to work from home. After all, employers are after your writing ability, and you don’t need to be office-bound to write well.
There are several platforms that you can utilize to find your dream job as a remote writer. In fact, there might be too many to choose from. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down the list for you and kept only the best.
Blog and Marketing Content Writing Jobs
If you’re internet savvy and not looking to write lengthy novels, then blog or marketing content writing might be just the profession for you. Starting your blog can be a laborious task, and there’s no guarantee that it will be successful. Fortunately, you don’t need to take that risk because hundreds of employers are looking to hire freelance bloggers and social media managers.
ProBlogger is an online community of professional bloggers, but that’s not its main selling point. That would be its fantastic job board that boasts hundreds of blogger vacancy listings. ProBlogger is probably the best place to look for gainful employment if you want to make a living from writing. This platform’s writing vacancies cover everything from YouTube blogs to mommy blogs, do-it-yourself (DIY) articles, and copy.
You do not need to log in or register to view ProBlogger’s job board, but employers do need to pay a minimum fee of $70 to advertise their vacancies. In this way, ProBlogger weeds out scammers and employers who are not willing to pay a premium to get the best possible employees on board.
Additionally, its “advanced job search” option allows you to choose the kind of company whose vacancies you’d like to view. This means that you can filter out large multinational companies or small start-up businesses at your discretion. It also allows you to choose the kind of jobs that you’d like to see (for example, you can choose to only see vacancies for full-time or contract positions).
ProBlogger also offers a whole host of free educational online courses about blogging and content creation that new content writers can use to hone their craft. They’re currently offering free courses on blog creation and writing efficiency.
The Green Parent
The Green Parent is always looking for bloggers to write about sustainable parenting practices. Some of the topics that seem to be the most popular are homeschooling and alternative education, holistic approaches to pregnancy and birth, sympathetic parenting methods, sustainable fashion, breastfeeding, cooking healthy family meals, and growing fruits and vegetables at home.
The pay is also decent, and writers can expect to earn a little over $95 per article. Applying is as easy as writing an article on a topic similar to the ones mentioned above and submitting it to the editors of the magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org along with a 30-word introduction about yourself as a writer.
You don’t need to be a parent to have your submitted article accepted, although it will undoubtedly count in your favor to be one. Bear in mind that all of the articles submitted to The Green Parent need to be written in British English (not American English) because it is a British magazine.
The Ultimate List of Better-Paid Blogging Gigs
This is a free eBook containing, as the name suggests, a list of 75 blog writing jobs that pay $50 or more per submission. It was published by the founder of BeAFreelanceBlogger.com, Sophie Lizard, in 2015, but most of the listings in it are still available as paid gigs, which means that it’s worth a read if you’re looking for a remote job as a professional blogger.
All you need to do to get your hands on this book is visit Sophie’s website, enter your email address, and wait for your free eBook to be delivered straight to your inbox, no strings attached. You could spend hours and hours scouring through Google looking for blogging vacancies that you have no real way of verifying, or you could trust Sophie’s months of research and go by her employment guide.
Ghostwriting and eBook Content Writing Jobs
Perhaps you consider yourself a serious writer and would prefer to take on longer projects that pay more instead of pursuing a myriad of smaller projects for less pay to make ends meet. If this is the case, you should consider pursuing a career as a ghostwriter.
A ghostwriter might sound like a specter that can be found haunting some long-forgotten library, but it’s not nearly as macabre as the name suggests. Ghostwriters are people who write books, eBooks, articles, pamphlets, blogs, and social media posts on behalf of someone else without ever taking credit for their work. Luckily, you don’t need credit if you’re a ghostwriter because ghostwriters are some of the best-paid content writers around.
The Urban Writers
The Urban Writers is a well-known ghostwriting content creation service. It is, without a doubt, one of the best content creation companies to work for. It was founded in 2018 by Natasha and Marco Moutinho and has since become a source of income for a massive team of professional writers. Not only have they given many writers from all walks of life a chance to live their writing dreams, but The Urban Writers also proudly cultivates an incredibly supportive and caring environment for them. The Urban Writers’ remote yet structured approach makes it a suitable option for nearly anybody. They specialize in producing high-quality ghostwritten articles, eBooks, blogs, and SEO articles, which means that they are perpetually looking for talented writers who are capable of filling these niches.
Applying to become one of The Urban Writers’ ghostwriters is as easy as filling out an application form and attaching a sample of your work (one that you believe best shows off your writing skills). Your income as a ghostwriter for The Urban Writers will depend entirely on how quickly you’re capable of producing quality content; however, many writers have been able to make it their full-time occupation.
As a bonus, some of the projects that you can complete through The Urban Writers are fiction eBooks, which means that you can get your inner Stephen King or Terry Pratchett on if you’re so inclined.
Unlike The Urban Writers, Upwork isn’t an employer but an employment platform. Unlike many other employment platforms, it isn’t simply a list of available vacancies; it actively screens who can see the vacancies advertised on it by selecting the freelancers who are allowed to work on the platform. This means that it's a bit exclusionary because there’s no guarantee that they’ll accept you onto their platform (they’re notoriously picky).
If you do get accepted, you’ll have access to hundreds of legitimate high-paying long- and short-term employment options, and it’s because of this that Upwork has become a favorite among freelancers.
You should register an account on Upwork’s website if you think that you might be up to Upwork’s standards and if you’d like access to their platform. Upon registering your account, you’ll be required to verify your email address and fill out quite a lengthy questionnaire about your areas of expertise, level of experience, and pay expectations. Once you’ve been accepted, you should be able to bid on vacancies for everything from academic writing to creative writing.
Contena is an employment platform just like Upwork. The main difference between these two platforms is that Upwork is free but exclusionary, while Contena requires a paid subscription but won’t show you the door if you’re looking for work. While it’s true that Contena lists some of the highest-paying content writing jobs around, it’s also true that getting access to them can be a bit of a hassle.
First, you need to create an account to view vacancies on this platform. Once you’ve created an account, you will receive a message stating that your ‘application’ is being reviewed. A few minutes after that, you should receive an email stating that Contena is currently full and that they’re not onboarding any new freelancers. A day or two after that, you’ll likely receive an email stating that a spot has opened up for you but that you need to pay a set amount to register your Contena account.
The paid element of Contena puts a lot of freelancers off from using it, but there are thousands more who swear by it as the best platform to use if you’re looking to find a writing gig that will pay you what you’re worth.
Websites and Publications That Will Pay You for Your Writing
If you don’t feel up to dealing with employers or employment platforms (or if you simply don’t want to be weighed down by them), then you might want to consider drawing up a list of publications and websites that are willing to pay freelancers for their written submissions. You could bring home the bacon by regularly submitting articles, stories, or other written content to websites and publications like these.
If books are too long and writing them feels like a chore, but blogs are too short and don’t keep your attention, then you should consider putting your pen to paper and writing a couple of short stories for money. It can be pretty difficult to find an employer that’s looking to hire a full-time professional short story writer, but luckily, you don’t have to.
Fireside Magazine is always keen to pay for well-written short stories belonging to any genre under the sun (the only requirement being that they truly need to be entertaining or, at the very least, somewhat profound).
You can earn as much as $0.12 per word for every story that you write that is accepted for publication by this magazine. Submitting a short story for consideration is as easy as emailing it to the magazine’s editor at email@example.com.
Asimov’s Science Fiction
If you consider yourself to be a ‘Trekkie’ or if you grew up worshipping Luke Skywalker, then you might want to pursue your science-fiction (sci-fi) passion in the form of a career. Fortunately, thanks to Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, it’s 100% possible to do so.
This sci-fi magazine has been in print since the late 1970s and doesn’t show signs of slowing down any time soon. You can earn as much as $10 per 100 words for stories that are less than 7,500 words, making it one of the best-paid gigs in town even when compared to the salaries of writers for major corporate players. Submitting a story for publication is as easy as going to the magazine’s online submissions portal and clicking “new submission.”
Do you really, really enjoy making lists? Perhaps the thought of drawing up a grocery list makes your day, or maybe you’re planning your life in clear-cut bullet points. Whatever the case may be, Cracked is a list lover’s paradise.
This website is always looking to pay for clickable content that is written in the form of a list (think “10 Worst Botched Plastic Surgeries” or “5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Elon Musk”). The pay is pretty good too, and you can expect to make a minimum of $150 for every article that you submit that gets chosen for publication on the website.
Becoming a part of Cracked’s writing team is as easy as registering an account on the website and joining the writer’s forum. There are no prerequisites or tests to pass, and you could probably start writing for the site immediately if you wanted to.
Final Thoughts on Employment Resources for Content Writers
It is easy to find employment as a freelance writer, especially if you already have a good idea about the kind of content writing jobs you’d like (writers do need to do a little bit of introspection to determine their niche market).
The benefits of working remotely as a writer are innumerable, but the biggest pro is probably that you get to unchain yourself from an office desk and live the kind of life you’ve always been dreaming of.
Reaching out to any one of these employers, publications, or websites is bound to help you find your dream content writing job.