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Earn money online: Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them

Websites that will Pay you (2)There are a lot of side gigs/hustles that a person may earn money from. Countless! Bloggers, stay-at-home mums, students and even those who are fully employed can earn extra income from writing on websites that pay writers for articles. There are a lot of websites to write for out there but some of them offer low pay. In this article I have compiled websites that pay better than most in the market. If you are interested in writing, go ahead and check these ones out:

Earth Island Journal

Pay: They pay 25 cents/word for shorter pieces (1,200-1,500 words) and for longer investigative features (2,500-3,000 words). You can expect to earn about $750-$1000 for an in-depth feature story.

Topic interests: Environmental issues which include: wildlife and lands conservation, innovations in science and technology, public policy, climate and energy, animal rights, public health, environmental justice and cultural survival, related film, music, and books.

Guidelines: They want stories that will surprise, provoke, and entertain readers and that explore new territory overlooked by other publications.

A Fine Parent

Pay: $100 upon acceptance of an article, with an opportunity to earn a $200 bonus for the author of the most viewed blog post at the end of the year.

Topic interests: This positive parenting website focuses on a specific theme each month. A Fine Parent contains longer articles (typically 1,500-3,000 words), and focuses on quality content over quantity. Submissions open intermittently when the site creator announces the next few monthly themes and accepts outlines for potential articles.

Guidelines: A Fine Parent asks writers to include as many examples and personal anecdotes from their family and friends as possible, as well as links to authoritative references that support their points, with at least one of them pointing to a respected research study or published book.

The FreshBooks (invoicing site)

Pay: $200 a post and up. Be prepared to negotiate to get a better rate.

Guidelines: The ideal story length is 800-1200 words, they only accept original content and do not publish anything that’s been published elsewhere (including on your blog).They also do not accept sponsored or advertorial posts designed solely to promote your business.


Pay: $200 for 1,000-2,000-word posts on marketing, business productivity, and growth topics.

Topic interests:

  • Audience & Engagement – attracting, growing, engaging an audience i.e. list building, blogging, lead generation
  • Online Courses & Education – creating online courses, running a course, piloting a course, etc., specifically
  • Offer Creation – creating an offer, pricing, positioning, etc.

Cooking Detective

Pay: $120-$160, depending on depth of the topic covered Articles (2000+ Words): $75

Topics interests: Healthy recipes, nutrition tips, entertaining menus, fitness guides, buying guides, reviews of cooking courses and kitchen appliances.

Guidelines include that articles must be written following their approved steps, must be new, original and have not been published anywhere before, should have useful and quality content and should be well written and easy to understand.


Pay: reportedly pays $300 for longer (2,000-4,000 word) book summaries.

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Topic interests: Random

Guidelines are writers should:

  • Avoid the use of first person plural (we, us, our)
  • Rephrase – or quote, when appropriate – the original material in accordance with standard rules on plagiarism
  • Avoid long, complex sentences
  • Use active voice
  • Reach for evocative vocabulary, powerful expressions and a smooth style
  • Don’t use phrases such as “the author says…” or “getAbstract thinks”; instead, write as if you were the author. *(Taken from their website)

Christian Science Monitor

Pay: basic rate for a story is $250. Longer stories can pay appreciably more. Short stories or sidebars often pay half the basic rate.

Topic interest: International and national news, features about people making a difference, a Christian perspective on science, books, the new economy, and energy voices.

Guidelines: Every section has different requirements. Get in touch with the right editor and do not start writing before you have been approved and have a contract. Work from new writers is accepted on spec only.

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Pay: $150-$200 for 500-word posts.

Topic interest: Upworthy is open to unusual ideas that will resonate with millions of people, and they love to experiment. Positive news, social justice, original stories that support the mission of creating a better world.

Guidelines: Surprising , meaningful , visual  and shareable. Stories are generally short (usually less than 500 words)


Pay: varies but in the range of $250-$400.

Guidelines: When you apply, you set the rates you’re willing to accept. The platform emails you when appropriate opportunities arise. Writing gigs are presented to multiple writers, and then the client chooses who they’ll work with. It’s not a bid site, fees are preset.

I know there are a lot of places where bloggers and writers are finding writing gigs. If you are one who has found other websites (paying ones of course!) that are not on this list, i would love to know them as well. Please leave a comment.

Tips for successful pitching

It is crucial that before you pitch to any of these sites, read and follow the guidelines carefully and study the posts they have already run. Practice a lot before write anything for submission. Make sure you either have a fresh topic or a new way of exploring an issue that has been covered before.

Please note that the list will be constantly updated as the writer does more research. Make sure you bookmark this post and come back for more.

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Tips to work from home

By Sharon Chihaka Chanyau

riter (2)Working from home may be fun as you do it at your own time and schedule. It is common knowledge that the joys of working from home are equally threatened by the joys of procastination and the temptations of lying on the couch and watching telly. I can think of a lot of good things and advantages of working from home but one disadvantage is that it tends to distort the boundaries between work and personal life.

So how do we stay productive, and at the same time stay sane?

Set your working hours.

Commit yourself to office-like hours routine just like you do when in full time work, that way you are more likely to get work done during those hours. Working from home is really cool and one good thing is you can set your own working hours. For instance I mostly work in the night to correspond with the USA and Canada time zones. I live in Cyprus btw, and most of my clients are in the USA and Canada. Clients? You ask. Yes, I am a Virtual Assistant and Blogger. (Enough of me) Routines differ, some people work effectively in the morning, others in the afternoon, still others at the witching hour. If you work better at night, and the kind of work that you do permits it, start work at 7:00pm. But whatever your hours are, make yourself a routine, and be committed to it.  Read more about my Journey (Virtual Assistance).  

Take short breaks

These are important! Short breaks like making and eating lunch, can recharge you to do better work. It is wrong to assume you need to be working 100% of the time while you’re home to be more productive.A MAN'S GUIDE ON HOW TO.png


Light exercise like standing up to stretch, going out for walks, popping into the garden and, once or twice a day. On the other hand  a more vigorous workout will keep your mind more alert and your body less desk-shaped. Taking some time to exercise will also ensure your relationship with the home office doesn’t feel constricting and claustrophobic.

Get goals

Working from home means there is no line manager who will come for appraisals so you need to invent your own checking systems. Plan out what you’ll be working on ahead of time. Schedule, if possible, around your natural schedule. Make sure you follow the laid out plan. Believe me at the end of the day you want to feel like you are going somewhere and ensure that years don’t pass by without any noticeable achievements  in money or, especially, job satisfaction.


Take some time to do something you love which is not remunerative, something for you. In your schedule allow time for self-improvement and self-care, whether that’s painting, reading, creative writing. Work can feel like fun at times, but it’s rarely the real thing. You can take on something useless – as in not remunerative or take some time to reward yourself – for example visit a Spa or a Nail Bar to get your nails done. Me time is essential for mental health.

Choose a dedicated work space.

Have a place dedicated space to working (it doesn’t have to be big). It could be a certain table, chair, local coffee shop. That way, when you enter it or sit down, you know straight away what you are there to do. Having a dedicated working space helps you get into the right frame of mind. On that note if you choose a room make your environment clean and bright.

Interact with other humans.

This may sound funny but this is very important. As a human being you need to interact with other people. I know there are deadlines and big goals to achieve but just take an hour or two during the day to talk to other people. Answer emails, call and a have a chat with a friend. This may also boost your level of creativity and energy as it may relax you.

Know when to stop.

When I started blogging I would work long hours as the pressure to perform was upon me. This may make you feel like you have worked hard and done a lot in a day but it may take a toll on your body and health. Avoid working late into the night. If need be, set defined times when you are going to work, and then when it passes, STOP. You can allow a leeway of an hour or an hour and a half but make sure that you do not end up letting work run your life.

Cheers and happy working from home.

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“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” – Ovid

© 2017 Sharon Chihaka Chanyau ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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