Online Writing Jobs: Where to Get Writing Jobs + More Tips!

Last updated on July 11, 2020

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So you think you can write for pay?

You probably can.

Meticulous writers are not born. Some things are inborn alright, but others you can develop over time.

For every deliciously crafted word, sentence and/or paragraph, for every copy that vividly lights up your imagination, and for every sales copy that works your instant gratification senses, the writer took some time to hone his or her craft.

Technically, writing is an art and artistic endeavors do demand practice to perfect.

Also, not every “expert” is an expert.

Not every Tom, Dick and Hannah really cares if you do make it as an online writer or not. So, why write this then? What’s in it for me?

Having taken the tough, self-taught route to Elite Level Writer status on one of the more popular article writing sites on the web, you might want to tap from my experience as an online article writer.

This 14-minute read will reveal to you fine details that most “experts” haven’t—and probably never will. You know what they say about the devil and details. Read on.

1. Know your stuff

“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time—or tools—to write…” –Stephen King

You cannot begin to underestimate the importance of reading to better your writing.

What is SEO? What is the difference between web copy, sales copy, white label articles, article writing and general content?

What is white hat SEO and what makes it differ from black hat SEO?

Did you know that article writing is academic writing made easier to read for a more diversified readership base?

As the writer, you break sophisticated findings and statistics down to layman terms. If all these sound like metaphysics now, then you are doing the right thing by consulting Google.

Research your niche before going in all at once.

Writing for the web can be wildly dynamic, where penning an electronic vacuum cleaner review for a picky Indian client, a product description for a bustling electronic cigarettes firm in Australia, and website copy for a steroids company in Nevada, could all be part of a single day’s workload.

Not all writing assignments are entry-level as you might (mistakenly) expect.

It is imperative that you know the type and level of your audience and adjust your write-ups accordingly.

Also, determine what niche or topics best fit your personality. That’s because if you don’t like what you do, you probably won’t do what you do for the long run and when the going gets tough.

Lesson Learnt: To help with this task, read and learn at every opportunity available. Freelance writing jobs have  fewer entry-requirements, but to make real money online writing articles you’ll need to be decently informed.

2. Where to Get Writing Gigs as an Online Freelance Writer

Unless you’ve had some writing experience from elsewhere, you don’t want to start with your own freelance writing account—no Writers Domain, Constant Content, Fiverr, People per Hour (PPH), or Upwork (formerly Odesk and Elance), and most definitely, no iWriter for you.

It would seem counterintuitive, but it’s all part of a smart strategy.

All these freelance writing websites use a rating system based on a 5-star scoreboard to categorize writers’ capabilities. IWriter, for example, currently categorizes writers into four distinct writer-groups.

There are the:
– Elite Plus writers (4.8-5.0 stars)
– Elite writers (4.6-4.7999 stars)
– Premium writers (4.1-4.5999)
– Standard writers (anyone rated below 4.1 stars)—you don’t want to be stuck here for too long.

Clients you write for leave you feedback and rate your pieces out of 5 stars, the best score you can get—the better your research and scribe’s skills get, the higher your scores/rating soars or convalesce.

The opposite is absolutely true.

Your rating/score determines how much money you can make online writing—the higher up you rank the better you are paid per word.

Everyone starts at the standard level and works their way up.

If you rush to register your own account before learning to work the knots in article writing, your stars will certainly dim and prompt iWriter to consider you dispensable.

Lesson learnt: To become a better writer, seek first to become a subcontractor and write under a skilled writer. While it pays peanuts, the hands on experience you’ll get will in the long run pay off in spades as you rise fast through the ranks to the better paying categories.

Once you’ve gotten some experience under your belt, you can then look for jobs at:

3. Are Online Writing Jobs Sustainable?

There’s more than enough work to go around for the right writers.

Content is indeed king in internet circles, and every smart webmaster out there cannot begin to understate the importance of human-created copy.

Readers are not idiots.

Human readers can tell whether a flesh and blood human wrote a particular piece or the website owner simply used automated software to churn out spin content.

Smart webmasters, podcasters, and internet marketers, and e-commerce honchos know that a good online writer creates what they need: engaging, persuasive and reader-captive content.

Content that cuts to the chase and adds value to their sales funneling by converting prospects to buyers, raising awareness and closing the sale.

Lesson Learnt: There have never been more freelance writing jobs to go round. And as long as the internet lives on, there’ll always be a need for content. The trick is for you to consistently update yourself with the dynamics that drive content demand and empower your skills set accordingly.

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4. How Much Money Can You Make Online as a Writer?

The cliché answer is that it depends. The actual answer is that it really does depend.

While a 500-word article sells for about $1.5 when you are a subcontractor, the same word count could fetch you about $52 as an Elite Plus writer on iWriter and most other premium writing sites.

High-value clients on platforms such as Upwork (and other who you will acquire via cold pitching, on LinkedIn or Problogger) are willing to pay up to $125 for a 500-word article.

Quality is what matters as opposed to what website you work with.

Lesson Learnt: High value clients are looking for ultra quality content. Focus on building your skills—it pays better in the long run.

5. How Much Should You Make?

In particular, how much should you charge for your services per hour?

If your skills demand it, you can write and charge clients on an hourly basis as well.

But do know that as you become more experienced and are able to accomplish repeat tasks with little effort and in even less time, you could sabotage your own earning potential.

Instead, charge on a fixed, per-project basis.

This way if you are fast, it won’t be counterproductive to your wallet or purse.

In fact, everyone goes home happy—the client satisfied with the turnaround time and you, well, paid and ready to take on more assignments.

Lesson Learnt: Be smart. Make as much as your skills can attract, whichever way you go about it.

Fortunately, there are vast resources you can use online that are particularly resourceful for helping you to get your feet off that researching rut and into making money online writing articles.

The thing about resources is that you have to search, find legit ones and transform those from their raw nature to a complete product that you can effectively use if you are to benefit from them.

Many do-it-yourself guides leave out a couple of other crucial details you need to know to start writing online for pay.

Do you know someone who would benefit from reading this post?  A newbie who needs the above tips to jump-start his or her career? A seasoned writer who is suffering from burnout maybe? If so, please share it!!

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Nielsen Mobile App: This app pays you $50 every year just for keeping it installed in your mobile device!

Survey Junkie: Get paid to complete surveys. Earn $1-$3 per survey. 

About the author

Virginia Nakitari is a work from home mom passionate about making money online. She's here to show you legitimate companies offering full-time, part-time and remote jobs from home! Stay tuned!

  • $125 for a high quality 500-word article, that is jaw-dropping!

    Sheeroh, you should one write about how fellows who have accounts exploit subcontractors. How do you explain this? I have an account and I make KES 1,000 for every 500-word article but I pay a fellow who actually does the article only 150 bob! Similarly, I get paid KES 1,200 for every 275-word page of an academic paper yet I pay the fellow who actually does the work 250 bob per page!

    • Hey there Allan,

      You are right, it’s just exploitative to underpay a writer simply because they are not in-charge, and they are in the dark concerning how much you earn yourself.

      If the writer is good, pay them what they truly deserve. That’ll pump their motivation and creativity buds and lead them to write even better when they know that their great job is appreciated.

      Furthermore, the better your writer writes, and the more productive they are, the more cash you’ll make yourself. It’s a win-win.

  • Wow! that’s an amazing info dedicated to freelance writers. However, starting from scratch/newbie as writer needs a lot of perseverance and dedication. Getting to familiarize yourself with all those stuff such as “plagiarism, grammar, paraphrasing, etc.” will actually require a step by step self-training and paid training as well ( this is the best way to grow your writing career at a fast rate, just find a genuine professional like “Walter” for example who’s a pro in article writing and blogging). Similarly, if academic writing is your bread, there are also some instruction based on it, such as learning how to familiarize with writing formats (APA, MLA etc.). In addition, you may want to try transcription (which is actually the best freelance job for beginners since typing skills and at least good English grammar will be your basic requirement) Sheeroh can explain it better….

    As a rule of thumb, Never give up easily. Success comes from trying, you don’t need to be perfect, perfection will follow you from behind as you keep trying and learning.

    Thanks sheeroh, keep it up!

    • Hi Jeremy,

      You are most welcome.

      Starting from scratch can be challenging, true. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information online that you can use to get a head start, including from right here on WOK.

    • Hi Jeremy,

      Awesome comment. You are right about getting personalized training. This way you can not only be best equipped for the market, but also have a mentor to share the various success stories and challenges with. I’ve come to realize this can be powerfully motivating.

      Starting from scratch can be challenging, true. Fortunately, there is also a wealth of information online that you can use to get a head-start, including from right here on WOK.

  • hi all i also want to know how to write articles. i have done academic writing before. any help will be appreciated. thanks

  • Hi sheeroh am interested in writing . Which are the sites to visit and can i get someone to train me before i start. Thanks

  • Thanks for such a wonderful and thoughtful post on such a timely issue for me. I will certainly heed what you have said and look into finding online employment.

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