This month as I continue on with my Skillcrush class, I’m focusing a bit more on the development side of the remote world. While it’s still possible to find plenty of customer support jobs (so you can start working from home without any previous experience!)
Developer Program Manager at GitLab: This tech company has a great reputation and reviews from employees. The program manager is responsible for growing the community of GitLab developers, working to improve open source contribution and work on educational programs.
QA Analyst at Modern Tribe: If you like breaking things, finding mistakes, and getting them corrected before a product is shipped, QA might be the life for you. Apply for this position with Modern Tribe, a digital agency that creates some really cool campaigns and websites – QA can be a really great opportunity for employees looking to make a jump from support to dev.
Release Manager at Analytics Fire: Always dreamed of being a rocket scientist… kinda? Analytics Fire builds software for companies in solar power, and that’s kind of the same thing. If you have a lot of experience in Ruby, Python, and React, the primary role of this position is communicating with clients to ensure smooth product launches.
Developer Evangelist at Twilio: Have a hardware product background but prefer to write about things, rather than create them? Twilio is looking for someone to create content for their blog and social channels, speak and volunteer at relevant events and conferences, and building partnerships with companies and developers. If I had the experience (and was at all considering leaving my position, which I don’t see happening ever!) this sounds like a great role.
Web Developer at Pennsylvania State University: Penn State’s teaching department is looking for a developer with two years experience in Ruby. I see a position at a university and all I can think of is FREE EDUCATION, but, you know, maybe that’s just me and my desperate desire to go to grad school.
Site Reliability Engineer at DuckDuckGo: DuckDuckGo is the search engine that protects users’ privacy – a pretty hot topic, considering. They’re looking for another engineer to keep the site online and stable including building updates and scoping new projects.
One of my favorite resources for freelance gigs is AND CO’s The Gig List. Every week they send an email with ten freelance opportunities – while they aren’t all remote options, many of them are (and they always find really cool options and companies!)
This month’s remote job roundup is support and content heavy, as normal – with a few big name companies included. You might not even realize that places like Snapchat or TED hire remote workers, but they do – and they’re hiring now! Update that resume and dedicate some time this weekend working on your job search!
Operations Manager at The Engine Room: Here’s a secret: I’ve always wanted to work in operations. In high school, I would think and think: “what kind of job organizes things? How can I spend my life getting people where they need to go?”Tour managers, for sure. Event planners? When I moved to Virginia and worked at the arena, I learned about the operations department. Their entire jobs are dedicated to strategizing and planning. If this is something you enjoy, this job with The Engine Room might be for you!
Customer Support & Happiness at Later: I just read a book about women in technology that talked a lot about working at a startup. I’ve never had the interest, but this customer support opening at Later isn’t strictly service. You’ll be doing technical writing, triaging bugs, and working with the engineering team to work on a new product.
Operations Support Specialist at Karat: Karat is a company working to ease the hiring process in engineering. They’re looking for some evening and weekend support on their operations team – you’ll be developing communication protocols, assisting on interviews, and working to ensure quality. Operations Support Specialists also provide customer support, addressing any questions applicants have. This is a great opportunity for anyone with some HR experience who is looking to go remote!
Copy Editor at Snapchat: Yep, you can work remotely even for companies like Snapchat. This part-time contract position for a copy editor sounds really fun, and requires evening and weekend availability to cover the current entertainment news. You’ll be creating copy and editing graphics and filters for their Our Stories feature, and collaborating with the Content team to provide marketing assets that are pitch-perfect and on brand.
Marketing Manager at Code HS: If you’re passionate about technology and education, you’re probably familiar with Code HS. It’s an organization that makes it easier for schools to teach coding, with full curriculum and support. They’re looking for a marketing manager to spread the word through traditional routes, and favor those with a technical bent due to the nature of the product. If you have a blog, that includes you!
Customer Support Specialist at FormAssembly: Customer support jobs typically have the lowest barriers to entry for someone who is just starting a career with a remote position. Nearly everyone has some kind of customer service position on their resume, whether it’s in retail, serving, or a summer job at a golf course. FormAssembly gets great reviews from employees, and could be a fun and friendly place to start your new remote lifestyle.
User Experience Designer at TED: This job requires a bit more prior technical experience than I typically share here, but it’s such a cool one I couldn’t resist. TED Talks is looking for a new designer for user flows, UI mockups, running usability tests, and more. If you have a web and graphic design background, this would be an awesome chance to work at a really fun and influential non-profit!
I recieved products from NuShield and CoolerPad for review. All opinions are my own.
Summer, summer, summertime. Just because you still have to go to work (which is totally unfair) doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the sunshine and weather. We have a great patio at our apartment and I couldn’t resist the urge to move my office outside this season. There are definitely some necessities you need specifically for an outdoor office – here are my must-haves for making the move away from the desk!
A Great Table: I have this set from Target – it even fit in my Ford Fiesta! I definitely recommend getting an umbrella, even if you don’t opt for a set like this. It will help to have something to hide some of the reflection on your screen (and give you a place to sit in the shade when the temps get too hot.)
An Eye Saver: Speaking of screen glare, something that has been a total game changer for me is the NuShield Dayvue Antireflective Screen Protector. It has solved a problem I didn’t even really know I had. Initially, I got it to help with the glare I was suffering with outside. Basically, I was only able to work outside in the mornings, and the sun was so harsh by the afternoon that even the umbrella couldn’t do enough. With this film, it’s possible to read my screen more easily outside and inside. Until I put it on, I didn’t realize how often I was squinting at the screen, causing tension and headaches. It was an easy application and though it suggests having someone help out on standby, I was able to apply it well on my own. You can even see in these photos how well it’s working: before I put the film on, and after!
Something To Keep Splinters At Bay: Since you’re likely spending a lot of time outside, your toes will want to stay comfy too. Outdoor rugs are great and really trendy right now. I got one that matches the color of the patio set, and I think Dani is just glad I didn’t outfit the patio with astroturf. (Even though I really want to.)
Laptop Air Conditioning: Your body isn’t the only thing that will heat up outside. Computers are also susceptible to heating up. I recently upgraded to a Cooler Master Notepal after using the ultra-slim model for years. It’s an external fan that will help keep your computer from overheating, helping with ventilation and even adding some ergonomics to your keyboard. Keeping your tools in working order is important in keeping the outdoor office working! I personally prefer the ultra-slim model because the Notepal doesn’t have anything to stop the laptop from sliding forward – it’s better for lap use vs. flat surfaces.
Bug Repellent: I like to work into the night (and even if I’m not typing away, I’m probably out there with my nose in a book.) The bugs around us aren’t too bad, but I like a citronella candle on deck just in case they get overwhelming.
Water, Water, Water: Even if you don’t feel it, you’re going to be sweating in that heat. Stave off dehydration or sunstroke by staying ahead on your H2O. I like Hydroflasks – they really do keep your water cool, even in 80 degree heat. If it’s hard for you to remember to drink a specific amount, get a Nalgene bottle and mark off times so you’re sure to be drinking throughout the day. Or, take a page from Dani’s bullet journal and add a water tracker to yours!
Snacks: The best part, right? Keeping your body full is just as important as drinking enough water. Fruit salad is my favorite summer snack. A charcuterie board and cheese plate is also a really great option! Protein is also super important for energy – I really like paleovalley’s meat sticks and, of course, Justin’s Nut Butters.
Do you work outside in the summer? What do you bring to your outdoor office with you?
It’s July! It feels a bit like summer is halfway over, doesn’t it? It hardly seems fair. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean it’s time to lay off the job search, or that companies aren’t hiring. Here are seven jobs you can apply to right now – many of them with no previous experience working remotely, and applying your already great skills!
Fan Happiness Associate at Gametime: If you live in a few specific states, Gametime is looking for you! Providing support for their customer service team and keeping customers happy, they’re hiring for a few different shifts. Positions start at $15/hour, full time with benefits available.
Customer Support Specialist at Boords: If you’re looking to break into the tech industry, working for an SaaS is a great introduction. Boords is a storyboarding product that’s two years old, and looks to be expanding! They note that having excellent communication skills is desired, as is customer-facing job experience in the past.
Customer Champion at Zapier: Zapier is a great company with a great reputation, continuing to grow exponentially. They’re hiring a support specialist with working hours that are outside “normal” North American business hours, which is great for a digital nomad (or American night owl.)
Technical Writing Lead at GitLab: GitLab has one of the best company cultures in tech, and they’re looking for a new lead for their technical writing staff. In this role, you’ll take charge of help articles, tutorials, and the knowledge base, while managing other writers and collaborating with the marketing and sales teams to ensure all information is accurate.
Game Day Monitor at MLB Media: If I knew anything at all about baseball, I would be on this job so fast. Get paid to watch games, make sure streams work, and keep up with what’s happening where? If only it was hockey… Apply now – they’re hiring more than one monitor, but it’s certainly competitive!
Do you want to hear something silly? I never considered myself a writer. I’ve had this blog for over five years, with more than 400 posts (and at least 700,000 words.) Off and on over the years, I’ve submitted to and been published by other websites and print publications. In my day job, I’m responsible for copywriting and customer service (a communication job if ever there has been one.) But until a few months ago, I didn’t think of it this way.
In addition to working remotely, I love to help my friends find writing jobs online that will pay for contributions. Today, I thought I’d share some of those sites! Some publications even pay $750 for one post!
What’s in this post? They’re typically freelance positions but could turn into staff jobs depending on the organization and their needs. I tried to stay away from any “content farm” companies as these are typically pretty low paying and might not end up paying in the end anyway. Some housekeeping and notes on what you’ll find here:
All of these are free websites. There are plenty of places that let you pay to access their job board, which I really recommend once you get established – often, this is where you can find the highest paying positions. If you’re just starting out, or don’t want to make a consistent career out of freelance writing, these websites are all great options!
They might change their guidelines or stop accepting posts – if you see one that’s not accepting them anymore, let me know!
Payment pricing is in USD, to the best of my knowledge.
There may be other blogs or websites that pay. My criteria for this list was to only add websites that publish their rates – anything that said “exposure” with no mention of a dollar sign immediately got axed.
I’ll try to update this semi-monthly to keep it as up-to-date as possible and add new opportunities, so be sure to bookmark or pin it for future reference!
Check out these resources and related posts that can help with getting started on your freelance writing career and get paid to write!
A List Apart is “for people who make websites.” They accept three different types of posts: features, articles, and mini-articles, which pay up to $200 per assignment. If you’re involved in making websites from coding to design to content and community (if you’re a blogger, that’s you!) check them out.
Speaking of bloggers, Slick WP is specifically for WordPress users who know how to use the Genesis framework most effectively. They accept posts on tutorials for those two products, as well as reviews of other themes and plugins. It’s a great way to earn $100 for tech-savvy bloggers!
If you’re a UX designer or developer, check out UX Booth. They accept posts with concrete evidence and examples of ways to improve user experiences in a variety of settings.
Lifestyle & Women’s Interest Writing Submissions
I grew up reading Cosmopolitan (no shame here) and they accept submissions from anyone with a unique or crazy college experience. Published essays on their website earn $100, and they’ll keep you in mind for future assignments!
XOJane is known for more risque reader submissions for their “It Happened To Me” series. Pitch features or your own personal stories, and they’ll pay you out if they publish your post!
For a chance to write longer, higher-paying, and potentially more “controversial” articles check out Bitch Media. Their focus is on feminism and pop culture. Each of their issues has a theme announced on their pitch page, and they accept pitches on a rolling basis.
Upworthy accepts pitches on original, meaningful stories. These short posts can be seen by millions of readers and much of their content goes viral, so it can be a great way to make some money and get your name out there as well!
Her View From Home accepts posts on a variety of niches, from faith, family, and grief to recipes, fitness, and fashion. They pay on a tiered system based on how many views your post gets and pay via PayPal.
Men need all the help they can get, and website Mantelligence pays $0.03 cents per word.
LovetoKnow is a website with a lot of different categories, so no matter what your interest is, they’ve probably posted articles about it. Apply to be a writer with them and make between $25-$100 through PayPal per article.
Mommy Bloggers & Family Content
If you’re a parent, check out A Fine Parent. Payment comes via PayPal at $50 per article, and submissions open at different intervals throughout the year. They offer a signup form where you can subscribe to be notified when they’re accepting pitches again.
Family Fun Magazine has several different columns that they pay for. Check out the PDF file and submit your “idea of the month,” “how we have fun,” or other feature, and you could be $750 richer if they publish your article.
Freelance Mom is the ideal website for stay-at-home writing moms. They outline really specific guest post guidelines, so it’s clear what they are looking for (increasing the likelihood that your submission will succeed.) Depending on your post, they’ll pay you $75-$100 – and if it’s the most shared post on their website that month, they’ll reward you with a $150 bonus!
Michigan represent! MetroParent publishes posts from southeastern Michigan parents on both their website and their monthly magazine. The payment for these posts is high, so think about your favorite family-friendly activities and work send it their way.
Maybe you’re in Arizona instead. Raising Arizona Kids also publishes a print periodical and online articles. Compensation varies based on length and they may assign you stories rather than accepting a pitch.
Storkguide is a guide for first-time moms, so if you have kids, share what you’ve learned with new moms! They’re looking for short posts and pay starting at $50 per post.
In the HR or management industry? iWorkWell is looking for experts to contribute to their website. They don’t post the minimum or average payout, but they note that posts that perform well can earn $200 or more.
Horkey Handbook is a great place for new VAs to learn the industry and for anyone to find productivity and career tips. I’ve been a fan of Gina’s for a long time! They pay $75 per accepted post and may close for submissions throughout the year depending on their content load.
If you’re a small or independent entrepreneur, check out IndieMade. They pay you and provide a byline. Any indie type of business is featured here, from Etsy shops to tips on being a successful musician. IndieMade looks for articles for their resources section as well as their blog.
Consider yourself an expert on business topics? B. Michelle Pippen is looking for submissions on several areas. She’s especially interested in articles with tips on how to make money through Google+ and YouTube and getting booked for media spots or speaking gigs.
The Dollar Stretcher has been around for almost twenty years, and they’re still giving readers tips on how to save time and money. They pay $0.10 per word – depending on your article, that could be very lucrative!
If you’re a personal finance writer, check out Money Crashers. They’re looking for thoroughly researched posts on retirement and financial planning, tax arrangements, credit and debit card news, and any other money lifestyle topic. They pay monthly via PayPal or direct debit!
Doctor of Credit is a website for all things finance: credit information, budgeting, saving, coupons, and more. If you have something to contribute, they’ll pay $50 for each published post. If it’s well-received by their audience, they may ask you to be a regular contributor.
Write about your unusual ways to save or make money for Money Pantry. They accept posts from freelance writers and those without any prior publishing experience! Like many other sites, they also offer staff positions to their favorites.
The Penny Hoarder started as a very popular money saving personal finance website, and it’s exploded into a website with posts on travel, lifestyle, family, and career as well. Some writers do get paid when arranging it with the editors beforehand, but paid writers don’t get the benefit of a link back to their own website in the byline.
First Quarter Finance accepts money-related articles and notes on their website that they’re looking to hire regular contributors. They pay for referrals of successful candidates sent their way too – $50 each!
Science, Medical & Healthcare
If you’re in the healthcare sciences industry, ACHS will pay $50 for every published post on their blog. Posts should be between 600-1000 words on any holistic wellness topic.
Write for WorldStart and help people learn how to use their computer! They accept posts on Windows, the internet, and email tips and pay out via PayPal depending on length.
HowStuffWorks is a really popular website, so they’re choosy with their contributors. When they’re recruiting new freelancers, they’ll update their website.
Where was this website when I was roaming around as a lonely, lost, non-traditional college student? Back 2 College pays starting at $55 for original features for articles relating to their target audience: adult students who are going back to college. They also have an “Ask the Experts” forum that they recruit writers for as well.
Comedy & Lists
Cracked offers lots of different options for contributing, accepting writing, graphic design (both infographics and their “Photoplasty” series), and video submissions. They used to pay at least $50 per submission, but they now list on their page “we’ll pay you if it’s good.” If you’re funny, try submitting to Cracked!
Listverse is – you guessed it – a website with lists on lists on lists. If they accept your post, they PayPal you $100. Their team of editors choose any associated collateral (like photos or videos) so all you have to do is write your list (with a paragraph or two per bullet point) and send it along for review.
Have some weird bit of trivia? Share it with KnowledgeNut and make $10 per “nut.” They pay by PayPal or Bitcoin, and accept posts around 400-500 words.
Make a quick $5 by submitting an 800-word, 10-item list to Wonderslist. They pay via PayPal or Payoneer, or you can also submit a 1500-word guest post article.
Writing About Writing
The Write Life pays writers $75 per article after they first submit a published article in exchange for a link as credit. They look for posts about 600-900 words in one of their five categories: freelancing, marketing, publishing, blogging, and the writing craft.
Take a look at Barefoot Writer for freelance submission tips, as well as the opportunity to get published in their magazine. They have six editorial opportunities of varying lengths, and depending on the assignment, you could bring home up to $300.
Funds for Writers is a resource for writers to find – you guessed it – funds via grants, competitions, and other sources. Each of their email newsletters also includes one short article. They pay $50 (through PayPal) for original articles they purchase.
For a website with tools, courses, and a job board in addition to its blog, try Wealthy Web Writer. In addition to payment, they also offer backlink options. That helps your SEO!
Make a Living Writing is a great resource for writers of all kinds, and it’s been around for quite awhile. Carol has great courses for writers, free stuff, and lots of great tips on her blog – and she also pays for guest posts. She pays between $75 and $150 per post, and even if you’re not looking to submit, give her site a look. It’s really informative for writers!
Newsletters can also be a great source, like WritersWeekly. They pay $60 through PayPal for each article they publish – and for a weekly newsletter, they need a lot of content to keep it fresh!
Be a Freelance Blogger hosts a Pitchfest, and pays winners $100 during that time. You can submit a post anytime, but it looks like paid opportunities are only available during this quarterly contest.
WOW – Women on Writing sends out a bi-weekly newsletter, and they feature freelance submissions in these emails. Depending on the length and content of the piece, they pay $50-$75 via PayPal.
Health & Fitness
Healthy Livingis looking for lifestyle posts on anti-aging, beauty, parenting, travel, cooking, and more! They also accept recipes, so clean up your favorite, make it as healthy as possible, and you could earn $30-$150.
Work From Home Writing Jobs About Arts & Entertainment
If you’re into theatre, check out HowlRound. They accept a wide variety of submissions (from show critiques to recurring blog series ideas) and depending on the content, they pay $50-$150 per submission. They also offer other options to get paid, like running a live stream or hosting a Twitter chat!
One of my favorite websites, WhatCulture, pays for content. Another one that structures their payments based on views, they accept posts on a variety of entertainment topics (including WWE.)
The Escapist is an online magazine catering to video game and comic fans, with “channels” on tech and entertainment as well. Payment is based on the author’s experience, and it appears they have a heavy editing process.
Uproxx accepts pitches for articles on music, and they also frequently recruit news writers. They especially like articles that go beyond the typical album or concert review – think along the lines of how musicians are using social media, or what innovative trends are becoming more and more popular.
It’s not a surprise by now that I love reading, so BookRiot is a blog on my list to keep up with weekly. They pay contributors for posts on living that literary life. They feature news, commentary, shopping lists, and any other bookishly content!
AnySubject will assign you books, provide a copy, and pay for your honest opinion. They make it clear that they want really honest reviews, which might make it a bit easier for someone who struggles with criticizing things they don’t love.
Depending on the book, OnlineBookClub pays up to $60 for reviews. They also provide free books, and in order to ensure that reviews are high quality, your first submitted review isn’t paid. They note that as you establish yourself, you can earn a few hundred dollars a month!
Booklist looks like a great publication to submit book reviews to as well. They assign book reviews and have a lot of content opportunities, and it looks like they even pay for rejections if you’re assigned a book they don’t run your review of.
Kirkus Reviews is looking for freelance reviewers to write 350-word book reviews. Articles are due two weeks after a book is assigned and can be published in their monthly magazine or on their website’s blog. Kirkus also hires freelance copywriters and book editors, if that’s your expertise!
Are you an expat? International Living hires writers to outline basically any aspect of living abroad. You can choose your topic and send along any photos you want to include (though it’s not required.) If they accept your “postcard,” they’ll pay you $75! They have a second newsletter as well that also pays $75 per accepted submission.
Great Escape Publishing is a resource for aspiring travel writers, offering courses on how they can monetize their writing. Of course, they offer paid post opportunities. Depending on what you have to contribute, you could earn up to $200 for accepted posts!
A new magazine, Hidden Compassis paying $200-$300 per piece, depending on the department!
Travelicious.Worldaccepts travel writing of various lengths, and pricing they pay out lines up accordingly. They pay in Australian dollars.
BootsnAll is dedicated to independent traveling, and they’re accepting pitches. If they’re interested in one of your feature ideas, they’ll pay $50.
Another website that has articles on “alternative travel” and destination tips is GoNomad. For $25 per article, they’re looking for engaging and entertaining posts on unique trip experiences or “mini-guides” for different cities.
For female travelers, Wanderful is an awesome resource (and pay $50 per posted article). They include the traditional travel tips and destination suggestions, but they also feature news on global issues. Wanderful’s “Women to Watch” series is also really interesting.
IWA Wine Accessories pays $50 per blog post on storing and enjoying wine. If you’re a wine enthusiast and have a unique tip on serving, storing, or selecting, send it their way! It definitely looks like this is a very niche blog for serious winos.
Here’s another one I can really get behind. Plum Deluxe is all about tea! If you have entertaining ideas, tea time topics, or well-being and mindfulness ideas, they’ll pay you $30 if your article is published.
Niche Blogging Opportunities
If you’re into model trains, Model Railroad Hobbyist has many options to contribute. Whether it’s submitting a video or article, or even becoming a contributing editor to receive regular assignments, this very specific niche blog is a great example of how you can even monetize your hobbies!
Theme Park Tourist is looking for Disney lovers and other amusement park enthusiasts to contribute unique, entertaining, and informative posts to their site. List posts work well for them, and they pay based on page views – you could earn up to $500 for one post (which can be a great start for your next vacation savings goal!)
If you have an inspirational story, think about submitting it to Chicken Soup for the Soul. They pay $200 for every published piece, whether it’s a personal story or poem.
Other Free Places to Find Writing Jobs That Pay
Problogger‘s job board is one of the oldest resources for freelance writing jobs. Their job board has both paid and unpaid opportunities, so be sure to pay attention if you want to mentally filter out any that are for exposure only.
Who Pays Writers is a great resource for aspiring writers. Freelancers who have submitted to different publications can submit their experiences with publishers here, as well as how much they get paid for the assignment, which can be helpful when trying to quote your own pricing. (The Sh*t List is also a new website putting publishers on blast if they don’t pull through with payment.)
Some companies might post openings on sites like Craigslist – I haven’t tried it out just yet, but SearchTempest will search across all Craigslist boards!
Cold pitching to specific websites might still be the best way to land high-paying repeat clients. If you aren’t comfortable with reaching out to people, sign up for Jorden Roper’s free Writing Revolt course – she’s hugely successful and provides examples of pitch emails she has used in the past to land clients.
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