30 High Paying Side Hustles for Bloggers and Freelancers

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I know several bloggers who use freelance writing to supplement their income.  It certainly isn’t passive income and can be labor intensive, but the earnings generated can get you by in lean months.  The exposure received is also beneficial to your brand and business.  Occasionally submitting work to editors helps improve your writing skills as well.  Heaven knows we can all use a little constructive criticism from time to time.

Whether you’re looking for a feather in your cap or some moolah in your pocket, Writer’s Market annual guide is an excellent resource to help you find paying assignments.  I cannot stress enough how important this book is to the freelancer trying to get paid for her work.  Every year, a new addition is published with tips and tutorials on how to submit your work in a professional and efficient manner.  The best part is, the guide reveals who is accepting articles, where to send submissions, how long it takes to get approved, and the pay rate.

Writer’s Market is divided into categories like Child Care and Parental Guidance, Food and Drink, Health and Fitness, Beauty and Salon, Hobby and Craft, Travel and Camping, Business and Finance.  If you want to save yourself hours of legwork, buy the book!  You can pay for an annual subscription of $40 to WritersMarket.com or purchase the book for considerably less online.  I choose to order the physical copy every year.

Take a peek at my 33 high paying side hustles for bloggers and freelancers.  Several sites were found in the book.  I’ve separated the list into categories depending upon your niche.  But first, here’s a helpful video by Maggie Linders for those of you who have little or no experience with this type of writing.

Mommy and Parenting

StorkGuide is the hub for pregnant women and new moms. This site accepts how-to’s, guides, and tips about mothering small children.  You’ll be paid $50 for posts 700 words or more.  Additionally, you’ll have a byline with a link to your website.

Parent.co publishes posts about parenting and life as a mom or dad. Compensation starts at $50 for up to 1,200 words.  There is also a bonus program for social shares that pays between $50-300.

Red Tricycle is geared (no pun intended) toward busy parents who want helpful articles that will inform and entertain them.  Your submission of 800 words gets you a 2-3 sentence bio and a backlink.  When your post reaches 25,000 page views, you earn $50.  They will occasionally take articles you have already published.

Fitness and Health (Physical and Mental)

Whole Life Times prints stories about natural health, alternative healing, green living, and sustainable food.  WLT pays $100-175 for articles 800-1,100 words and $35-150 for shorter posts.

American College of Healthcare Sciences invites experts to submit posts of 600-1,000 words on topics related to holistic health and wellness.  For your effort, you’ll receive $50.  Also, you will gain exposure with a photo, short bio, and a link to your personal blog or business website.

Anxiety Foundation is interested in those who would like to share their experience, knowledge or tips about mental health.  Posts should be unique and a minimum of 550 words.  Expect payment of $50, a biography, and a link to your website.  Nice!

Money Making/Saving and Personal Finance

The Dollar Stretcher is a group of publications providing readers with ways to assist them in saving time and money.  They want articles with practical tips that people can use to help them stretch their dollars.  Your posts should be 500-700 words and will earn $50-70.

Doctor of Credit accepts posts on consumer credit/finance topics including money making opportunities, bank sign up bonuses, and credit sign up promotions.  You can make $50 per post (they suggest 600+ words) including a short bio with no links.  Another option is to write an article for no compensation.  You’ll be allowed a bio and two promotional links to your website or an affiliate program you want to promote.  Excellent!

FundsForWriters is all about earning a living as a writer.  Duh, right?  They want articles with pointers, success stories, and profitable business practices related to freelancing and blogging.  Short and sweet posts of 500-600 words will earn you $50 for original content and $15 for reprints.

“If you are a writer, ask to be paid for your work. If you are asking a writer to appear, pay them.” – Hope Clark, Editor, FundsForWriters 

Hobby and Craft

Knitty accepts patterns and tutorials on, you guessed it, knitting.  Check out the site to find examples of what this publication desires.  Compensation is $120-200 plus a link to your website.

IndieMade needs original posts related to the marketing of creative companies involved in crafts, music, writing, photography, clothing design, and jewelry production.  The site only pays about $25 for a 500-word article, but you can make $60 for a 2 minute, edited video post.

Bead and Button is a bimonthly magazine dedicated to the designs, materials, and techniques needed to make beaded jewelry.  Articles range from 1,000-1,200 words and earn $75-300.

Travel

Cultures and Cuisines is a site dedicated to traveling and food.   Posts can be about exotic locations or places near your home turf.  Pay is a non-negotiable $200 for articles 800-3,000 words.

DesertUSA is a regional publication that focuses on the North American Desert.  Subject matter should emphasize natural history, adventure, and local culture.  Posts range from 1,000-1,500 words with 3-5 photos and earn $50.

Viator Travel Blog publishes travel advice, things to do, and places to go. You must agree to write a batch of 2-5 posts on a particular area or region.  Word counts range from 300-500 and pay is $45 per article.  Not bad!

Great Escape Publishing needs 300-600 word articles for its newsletter, The Right Way to Travel.  The site pays $50-200 each.  Please Note: They only respond to unsolicited articles on an as needed basis.  You may want to send an email first.

Business, Marketing, and Work at Home Mom

Freelance Mom is a blog about the topics close to the working mom’s heart.  Posts should be 900-1,500 words and earn $75-100.  If your article is the most shared that month, you’ll receive a bonus of $150.  That’s a real incentive to assist int the promotion of your article.

Women In Business is a bimonthly magazine covering issues affecting working women.  Topics include business trends, self-improvement, retirement issues, and small business ownership.  Article length should be 500-1,000 words.  They compensate with $100 per 500 words.  Good work if you can get it!

Home Business Magazine covers home office, marketing, sales, technology, networking and everything else related to home-based businesses.  This publication will pay $40-200 for articles 200-1,000 words if they are assignments.  They only offer a byline for unsolicited articles, so it might be a good idea to send a query via email first.

Tech, Website, Computer, and Internet

WPHub focuses on the WordPress development community.  Submission topics range from coding, themes, plugins, and design trends.  Your post should be 800-1,200 words and contain visuals.  Rates offered are $100-200.

A List Apart produces features, articles, and mini-articles on the design and development of web content. Posts should be 500-2,500 words.  Compensation ranges from $50-200.

WorldStart will pay $35 for an 800-word post. They look for articles about Windows, internet and e-mail tips.  Submissions should have at least one image.

HostPresto will pay you to write tutorials about web hosting, web development, and web software.  Articles should be 1,500-3,000 words.  You will earn between $75-150 for your efforts.

Christian/Religion

Thriving Family focuses on parenting and marriage from the biblical perspective.  Posts of 50-200 words pay $50 while posts of 450 words receive 25 cents per word or about $110.  That is an outstanding rate.

Tablet is a daily online magazine consisting of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.  You’ll need to negotiate per-post pay as no rates or word minimums are listed on their submission page.  Rumor on the internet is that the site pays $400 for 1,000-1,500 word articles.

Providence publishes posts from 500-1,000 words on topics related to Christian faith, theology, foreign policy, international relations, and political theory.  The website offers $100 per job but pays $500-1,000 for longer essays and features.

Answers In Genesis is an evangelistic, educational ministry that produces a magazine dedicated to a creation-based worldview.  Article lengths vary between 500-2,000 words and pay from $75-400.

General Topics

Listverse is a quirky, funny site that publishes lists.  I know, not a surprise, given the name.  Here’s the premise; you write an unusual, entertaining post of at least ten items composed of one paragraph each.  Submissions should be about 1,800 words, including the introduction.  If accepted, you’ll get $100.

Women on Writing accepts articles related to the craft of writing and publishing.  Articles range anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 words and earn $50-75.

LoveToKnow offers advice to women on the topics of beauty, health, technology, home and garden, money, lifestyle, and travel.  This gig is freelance, but you would be under contract.  They require at least one year of professional writing experience and offer $25-100 per post.

Well, that’s my complete list of 30 high paying side hustles for bloggers and freelancers.  I hope you found the information valuable.  If so, please share it with others so they can get paid what they are worth.  Do you know of other sites that offer fair compensation to writers?  Give us the low down in the comment section below.

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38 COMMENTS

    • Thanks, Jennifer. I’m so glad you like it. The opportunity is there if you want to supplement your income with a job you love. I appreciate your feedback.

    • Hello, Nancy. Thanks for saying that. I always appreciate the feedback. Let me know how it worked out after you have tried a few sites on the list.

    • Hi, Shirley. I’m honored that you like my list and bookmarked it. Hopefully, it will help you make a little side money. Good Luck!

  1. Wonderful article. I took Great Escape Publishing writing seminar in Denver and it was great. I need to order the new version of Writer’s Market and actually use it because between my blog and podcast it’s been hard focusing on too many things at a time but I know I should

    • Hello, Rebecca. It certainly is difficult to find the time to freelance when you have a blog and podcast. BTW, what is the name of your podcast? I would love to listen to it.

  2. What an awesome list of the many options to earn extra money on the side while building a blogging empire. Patience and persistence will pay off with blogging, but in the meantime, it helps to have this list to look at some other options for side money.

    • Hello, Darlene. What a lovely comment. I like the “building a blogging empire” part. That sounds good to me. In the meantime, patience is the key. Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it, as always.

  3. Wearing but had to share here first for a great list this is. I know I’m echoing what everyone else has said but I also love the fact you’re willing to share it. I always share where I’m getting my freelance gigs – – a rising tide lifts all… Freelancers? 🙂

    • Yes, Carla. I couldn’t agree more. I am all about helping other writers and small biz owners. Particularly, women in business. Thanks for the kind words.

    • Hi there, Shirley. I’m happy to hear that. The main reason I started my blog was to help other women in business achieve success. I’m glad to know you find value in it. Thank you.

    • Hey, Donna. Thank you for the great compliment. I appreciate it. I am conflicted about the time and energy it takes to freelance too. It’s great to earn a little extra cash, but that takes time away from my blog. Decisions, decisions!

  4. What about Guru.com, Elance.com? I saw a comment somewhere that a gal picked up a quickie writing gig & made $350 (don’t know how much writing she had to do). Also how do you know if the pub. accepted your post & how can you prevent them from publishing it anonymously, just curious.

    • Hi, Jane. Thanks for including Guru and Elance. Most publications will let you know in their guidelines how long it takes to get approved or if they will contact you at all. I don’t think a company would stay in business very long if they stole your work and then published it anonymously. You might want to stick to bigger, well-known publishers to avoid that issue. Awesome comment.

    • Hi, Amy. Thank you for your kind words. I hope you find some value in the list. Have a great and productive week!

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