Take a few minutes to rummage through those forgotten folders on your computer. Are you going to find the first 50 pages of your unfinished novel there? Or maybe a bunch of poetry fragments? An essay about some obscure hobby that only you and a handful of other people on the planet are into, or even a draft of a movie script? You know, maybe you could make some money off of that talent of yours. And even if you aren’t Faulkner, chances are somebody somewhere will be willing to pay for it. Even in this busy world of ours, there are thousands of creative writing jobs and gigs available at any given moment. Why not give it a shot?
Working from home isn’t just a privilege for the code-savvy nerds. Given the chance, almost everyone can make a living on the web. Copywriters? Check. Virtual assistants? Check. Social media buffs? Sure. Researchers? Always! Not to mention graphic designers, psychologists who can cash in on their expertise as HR managers, mathematicians who can step in as data scientists. And even if you don’t have any of these backgrounds or skills, you can earn something (not much though) on micro working sites such as Amazon MTurk.
To make your life easier, here’s a list of your go-to websites where you can cash in on your creative writing passion. Whatever the niche, whatever your experience – this list is worth browsing.
7 Best Sites to Find Creative Writing Jobs or Gigs
1. WhoPaysWriters – A Great Database to Hunt for Publications That Pay
Are you into journalism and feature articles? I know it isn’t creative writing in the narrowest sense. Still, if that’s your cup of tea, this board will definitely deserve a top spot in the bookmarks bar on your browser.
Just to get one thing clear: this isn’t a job board in its own right. But it’s a great place to start if you’re considering submitting a piece for a printed or digital publication.
It’s based on anonymous reports by people who have already worked with these publications. With every entry, there is a rate per word, as well as some other info: how long it takes to get paid, rights, type of platform, and optional comments on how to reach out to them. Take a look for yourself here.
Yep, the tagline on their logo is true. “Scientia potentia est” is a Latin phrase that means “Knowledge is power”. (And people say Latin is obsolete…)
2. ProBlogger Job Board
ProBlogger is one of the top online resources for writers and bloggers. Their database of over 8,000 articles, tutorials, tips and hacks is a true knowledge base not only for people who are just starting, but also intermediate or advanced writers.
Unfortunately, the job board will never offer more than a dozen listings, but all of them are top-notch and well worth considering. As for creative writing jobs, I’ve seen listings seeking full-time remote essay writers, bloggers about literature and creative writing, and more. You won’t come across those very often, but make sure to apply when you do. It’s very convenient – just fill out the form and upload your resume and other docs. No need to even create a profile!
The site is worth bookmarking anyway, even if you don’t plan on searching for creative writing jobs online. Take a look at the job board here.
If you’ve ever tried to peddle your work around as a freelancer, I know what you’re thinking right now. Upwork used to be the go-to freelancing platform. Back when it was called Elance and when there were far fewer jobs. That, by the way, paid way better than they do now. Some things just don’t get better with time!
But before you discard this opportunity entirely, let me tell you that there are still people who regularly make a big buck on this platform. Just take a look at some of the top-rated creative writers and their hourly rates.
Yep, people can make well over $60 per hour there.
Upwork’s main strength lies in its popularity and an immense variety of jobs being offered. And if you land some of the gigs that pay a penny per word, it’s just because you don’t value your work enough.
Signing up is free. You can browse through the Jobs section here.
Most of the writing jobs on BloggingPro are remote, which means you can work from anywhere. However, you will regularly stumble across ads looking for writers based on location. If that suits you too, good for you!
The service is free for job seekers, whereas employers need to pay a fee. A great way to filter out the wheat from chaff.
While we’re at filtering, you can tick or untick the categories of Contract, Freelance, Full Time, Internship, Part Time, or Temporary jobs.
As with all other job boards, you won’t be able to find a whole lot of creative writing jobs. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye on their job updates.
Anyone remember Medium? Yep, it’s still alive and kicking, even though many people thought it wouldn’t last long. Well, now it’s a paid subscription service. Sure, it’s not the New York Times – but as a writer, you can definitely make money there. And it isn’t super difficult to get in either. All you need is a Stripe Express account that they use for payments.
So how much can you earn as a writer on Medium? This article explains the math. Just like with everything else, only the best writers get to make a living (and a good living at that) exclusively through Medium. For everyone else, it’s not the best paid site in the world. But you might find it worth a try as a beginner who has yet to make a breakthrough.
Another reason why you should give Medium a shot is that they will accept articles on whichever topic may cross your mind, as long as they are good enough. Like they say on their landing page, “Writers should be paid for the quality of their ideas — not the attention they attract for advertisers.” That’s a wonderful motto. I just hope it lives to see another year.
If you’re hooked on adrenaline and deadlines, WriterBay may just be the site for you. It’s not a conventional job board, but rather a freelancing platform. To get in, you will need to pass an English grammar test and write a short sample article (up to 350 words) on a given topic. If you hold a degree in English language or any related field, it will be a plus.
They pay once a month via WebMoney or Payoneer, which are both very nice and handy options. Note, however, that you will only be able to get your hands on your earnings if they exceed $100. If not, they will roll over to the next month. Of course, if you decide to stop working with them, they will pay you immediately, regardless of your balance.
7. LinkedIn – Oldie But Goodie
Many people make the dreadful mistake of treating LinkedIn as a kind of another Facebook. You know, to get in touch with their schoolmates and see who’s done what with their lives, without grandma or auntie commenting on every post.
But there’s so much more to LinkedIn than that. You can start a proper job hunt there, whatever your expertise. Admittedly, there won’t be too many full-time creative writing jobs. Still, you never know what will show up and when. Here’s what to do:
- Complete your profile if you haven’t already. Enter your work experience, diplomas and certificates if any, languages, skills, a neat description. You’ll want to provide enough material for recruiters to decide whether you’re the right person for the job.
- Turn on the option to let recruiters know you’re open to offers.
- Set up an email alert to let you know when there are openings you might be interested in. This is based on your searches, preferences, profile, and interests.
Bonus Tip: Self-Publishing
I’m speaking to you, burgeoning novelist. Or you, short fiction or nonfiction writer. Whatever your personal preferences, you can thrive in the self-publishing world. All you need is a little bit of persistence and a sprinkle of luck.
There are quite a few self-publishing platforms, but the most renowned are Smashwords and Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. Both are free to use. However, Smashwords offers a fixed commission of 60% royalty if you opt for major retailers and up to 80% at their own store, while Amazon offers up to 70% royalty.
Now, even though Smashwords tends to pay a bit better, Amazon has the ear of a much wider audience.
Final Word: What if None of These Work?
All of this sounds great in theory. Real life, however, is so much more complicated than that.
What if none of these platforms manage to solve your problem?
Fret not! They are just a fraction of all the possibilities the internet has to offer. If you don’t mind paying a monthly fee, you can always turn to all-purpose job boards such as Virtual Vocations or FlexJobs. Sure, they cost a bit. But you won’t have to search for jobs manually, sifting through thousands of options and wondering which ones are legit.