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2018 gift guide: writer’s block

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gift ideas for writers

It’s that time of year again! Holidays always seem to be the time of year where we feel totally stumped by the people we want to gift. Either they have everything, or they don’t “need” anything. Sometimes it’s a really nice gesture to take a deep look at the recipient’s personality and connect that to any gifts you want to give them. It’s a good tip to keep in mind year-round!

There are tons of different kinds of writers – novelists, journalists, essayists, bloggers, or those who like to journal every day. Show your support for their passion with some of these hand-picked items!

Easy Tiger Literary AF Pen: There’s something about writing with a pen and paper that makes me feel super accomplished, plus removing a computer from the equation can cut down on distractions, increasing productivity and focus. This one from is super heavy duty and features a replaceable ink cartridge, so when they use it up, they can keep on going with this super sleek pen.

Writer Emergency Pack: These are great for both daily writing exercises or to get over a hump in a new piece. Each card provides a tip, situation, or some other way to look at a scene. I used to have these and loved using them to write quick flash fiction pieces.

On Writing Well: This book is a classic for a reason. The style of the book, the timelessness of the advice, and the practical skills make it a must-read for any writer (and that includes people who write anything through the day, be it a text message to your friend or an email to your boss.)

Scrivener: Every writer has their favorite word processor, so they might already have something they’re married to. Even so, Scrivener is widely regarded as the be-all, end-all of writing softwares for writers. Scrivener creates index cards for everything so it’s easy to reorganize, features a robust outliner tool, and basically just provides any feature a writer could dream of. (Plus, the company is called Literature and Lattes. I love that.)

Aquanotes: While it seems like a quirky white elephant gift, these do actually sound pretty useful. I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve lost in the shower, and the ability to jot down a few notes for later is invaluable.

Frixion Pens: These are some of my favorite kinds of pens. They’re erasable and come in tons of different colors – there are even highlighters to go along with them. I love using these in my bullet journal and planners, but they’d also be great for outlining stories or mindmapping plot points.

Novel Teas: No secret that I love tea! There’s something about a warm cup of tea or coffee on my desk that puts me in the writing zone. These cute ones are themed to American Classics, so the quotes on the bags could offer some motivation through writer’s block. Maybe they’ll be on the next run of bags!

Tea Press/Travel Mug: Even if your writer doesn’t like loose leaf tea, this travel mug is a must-have. Dani and I both bought them recently, and it keeps your drinks hot for HOURS. My tea was so hot that after an hour, I finally took the lid off to let it cool down, and four hours after I made it, it was still warm and toasty!

Aloe Plant: Or any kind of plant, really, but studies have shown that plants can increase productivity! I have this aloe plant and love the nice ceramic pot it came in. Costa Farms on Amazon has many other different options, including hard-to-kill varieties like pothos and snake plants.

What’s on your list? What’s your favorite tool for writing?

November 20, 2018
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monthly roundup no. 8: may 2018

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May is over, and it felt like finally, knock on wood, I got a reprieve from some of the stuff that’s gone on this year. Between mourning my grandma, my mom’s cancer diagnosis, and some other personal stress, nothing truly remarkable happened! I went to LA for work, went out to Navy Pier to see some Nashville friends play, and even got to make it to a Cory Branan show. The older I get, the more I start to really enjoy May – it’s usually when I spend a lot of time planning out my summer, and just like last year, I’m so excited to be spending it in Chicago. It’s the king of street festivals and I love that there are so many fun, free ways to see the city!

This month my saved links echoed the theme of something I’ve been focusing on in therapy – you don’t have to carry around everyone’s crap, and you don’t even have to carry around your own crap.

The Cost of Losing Your Keys: Okay, this first one is less in the “theme” of the others, but I’m so proud of it – I’M FINALLY PUBLISHED ON THE BILLFOLD! It’s been my favorite blog for years (the only one that I can remember reading in every city I’ve lived in) and I would be lying if I didn’t think it was super cool that I’m published on the same site as Taylor Jenkins Reid now. Last summer I lost my house keys… and let’s just say, it’s cost a lot more than I would have thought it could. (My roommate would like to update the total with an additional $50 from when she locked herself out of the apartment and had to take a Lyft out to pick up our spares from my boyfriend.) Anyway, it’s been my goal to write for The Billfold for a really long time, and I’m so happy to have finally done it.

9 Simple Ways to Start Living a More Minimal Lifestyle: Apartment Therapy has been my guilty mindless blog lately, and the articles are really helping me purge things I don’t need anymore but have struggled to part with. 8 and 9 in this list have been key to me while trying to clear out my closets. Their Weekend Project series is super fun too – every now and then if I’m just sitting at home not doing anything, I’ll take a look to see if there’s something I can quickly knock out.

If It Ain’t Yours, Don’t Carry It: Marisa Mohi is a friend-of-a-friend I’ve linked to before, and if you’re a writer, I definitely suggest adding her blog and YouTube channel to your regular reads. This post helps to simplify a pretty easy concept – you don’t have to carry the burdens of others – and it’s just something that I needed to hear at just the right time.

On Weight: I know Malory through the same grapevine I know Marisa from, and her food podcast is really great (if you’re in the Oklahoma City area and need food recommendations, OKC OVER EASY is where to look!) I’ve struggled with my weight for basically my whole life except the two years I was running super regularly. In this post, Malory says weight is stress I carry around on my body. I identify with this in a brutally familiar way, and part of losing weight for me is shedding the memory that a lot of the weight carries.

How to Stop Letting Your Anxiety Make Decisions for You: I’m getting much better about this, but I definitely admit that it hasn’t always been easy and I haven’t always excelled. Most of the time, whatever anxiety I feel isn’t even about the thing I’m feeling it toward, so really trying to figure out what’s actually going on has been key in starting to deal with this more effectively.

What are you reading this month? Any particular projects you’re working on to get summer ready?

May 29, 2018
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monthly roundup no. 7: march 2018

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It’s the end of March which means spring is officially here. That means it will finally get warm… right? RIGHT?! This long-lasting chill is making me crazy. Going through my Pocket this month shows me that I’ve been really career-minded lately, and this link round-up post is pretty indicative of that. Read on for some great resources to check out to build your employability and get organized (and also get clean teeth with really cute toothbrushes)!

Signature is one of my new favorite blogs, and their Memoir Writing Guide is awesome. I don’t have any grand plans to publish my own memoir, but past therapists have given me exercises to write about traumas and tough memories – this guide helped give me some more prompts on how to get started on this, and I love writing exercises.

I’m not a hypochondriac (said every hypochondriac ever,) but my family history of cancer has given me some pretty severe anxiety. Any weird ache or pain or ailment or symptom and I’m convinced that I’m the next in line for chemo. This post from WBUR on onco-anxiety – this specific fear I have is actually so common that it has a name – helps me realize that it’s a pretty valid fear for many.

Marisa Mohi is a Twitter friend-of-a-friend with a fantastic blog and super cute Etsy shop. I’ve been gearing up to clean and reorganize my office for literal months – this post with ideas on desk organization for creatives is what has finally gotten me off my butt to get moving.

Marlow is a new business and employment blog, but they already have promise. This article on expanding your network was really helpful – I’m very guilty of being a bit narrow-sighted in thinking that since I’m so happy in my current job that I don’t need to put effort into my career or brand (not to mention I get pretty nervous and awkward at networking events.)

Google’s Digital Garage is a really great free educational resource to work on your employment skills. I’ve been doing some of the digital marketing activities here, and they’re super useful! If you’re looking to career shift or even just build on your current job skills, it’s a really nice resource.

I’ve been a very long-time fan and reader of The Billfold, and current editor Nicole Dieker launched a podcast last fall called Writing & Money. I’ve ramped up my freelance pitching game lately, and this podcast has really helped me feel confident in pitches and stories! < If you have a LinkedIn profile and use any kind of software in your job, you could earn Starbucks or Amazon gift cards for adding reviews to G2 Crowd. They do apparently have a limit so even if you use a seemingly endless amount of programs, they’ll eventually put a cap on your rewards, but I used my Amazon gift cards from them (in conjunction with the ones I’m still loading up on from Swagbucks) to score some sweet new workout wear and running shoes. 

The Student Loan Refinancing Blueprint: I’ve been thinking for awhile about refinancing my student loans. This post from Comet broke down a lot of the remaining questions I had and helped guide me through which of my loans (if any) would be good candidates for refinancing. I also found this student loan spreadsheet from Student Debt Warriors which made me confront all my outstanding debt and really break it all down – something I’ve pushed off and ignored for years.

And now for something completely different, BF subscribed us to Quip a few months ago. I’ve never had an electric toothbrush before, so it’s a whole new world for me, but I really love the toothbrush and the toothpaste is super good. The brush has a built-in timer with notifications every 30 seconds so you know when to switch sections of your mouth, and my teeth are the cleanest they’ve ever been.

Do you read a lot of business or employment articles? Share your faves with me – I love to read career-related posts!

March 30, 2018
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necessities for your outdoor office

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I recieved products from NuShield and CoolerPad for review. All opinions are my own.

my outdoor office

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.)

SPF… A Lot of SPF: With the extra time in the sun, you’ll want to be sure to keep your skin safe. My favorite facial sunscreen is still Block Island Organics facial moisturizer (yep, I’m still loving it.) Your body needs to be covered, too – Sun Bum is my favorite sunscreen for its cool coconutty scent.

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?

July 12, 2017
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where to find work from home writing jobs

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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!

Tech Writing: Computers, the Internet, and Gear

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.

Career

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.

When you’re ready to kick up your freelance writing career, check out Contena. They post high paying writing jobs seven days a week!

Money & Financial Writing Opportunities

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.

Education

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.

Write Naked has two open submission periods every year, and they’re looking for posts that fit their “writing life cut open” motto. Compensation ranges from $50-$200 per post. She even provides a successful pitch for review!

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 Living is 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!

Travel Writing

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 Compass is paying $200-$300 per piece, depending on the department!

Travelicious.World accepts 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.

If you like these resources, check out Contena. They remove a lot of the searching and round up tons of paid writing opportunities every week!

Food & Beverage Bits

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!)

Writing for greeting cards could be right up your alley if you’re a kind, creative, soulful person. Or even if you’re a talented artist or funny person! I used to work in a Hallmark store and loved flipping through the cards and inspirational books on the shelves. Blue Mountain Arts, It Takes Two, Amber LotusSmart AlexSnafu Designs, Shade Tree GreetingsNoble Works Cards and Oatmeal Studios all accept freelance submissions.

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.)

Another one of the older job boards for freelancers is Freelance Writing Gigs. They have a lot of really unique openings, like this opening for Olive Oil Times.

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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June 16, 2017
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