Get Paid to Write or Edit
A handful of Web sites pay for articles, but unless they’re commissioning your original work, you won’t make big bucks. www.associatedcontent.com pays around $10 per approved/published piece.
Here are some other options for various assignments:
Another option is freelance writing for magazines, trade publications, newsletters, or local newspapers. If you’ve developed a specialty or have a particular interest in a single topic—film, fashion, food, travel—many websites and small publications work only with freelancers and regularly look for writers to do reviews on products or new releases, ranging in topic from electronics to beauty.
Contact the editors of the publications you’d like to work for. (Their names and contact information can typically be found on the masthead or websites.) Ask for their writers guidelines and be ready to submit samples of your work. (This is also where links to your work from the two sites listed above can come in handy.) We hire freelance writers for our company’s magazine, which is published three times a year. All of them have come to us unsolicited with their writing samples and story suggestions.
Compensation varies based on your experience. Novices might have to accept free products or press passes for their work. Experienced writers can expect to make anywhere from fifty cents to $2 per word. For multiple articles, you might settle on a flat rate.
You must use caution when visiting these sites. Even though they contain a lot of legitimate information, they also lead to links to stuff that’s not legit. Be cautious about the sites and the ads you see and NEVER respond to check-cashing, wire transfer or Western Union related offers.