The best part-time jobs for writers

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Traditional newspapers have been firing editors and editors for more than a decade. But writing and editing jobs are growing rapidly on the web. Whether it’s powering corporate websites, fueling new blogs, or supporting the burgeoning self-published book industry, good communicators have a variety of choices.

Indeed, the writing and editing work is so copious and varied that it may be necessary to narrow the field by choosing the genre to pursue. Here are some of the many types of writing you can do and the platforms that can help you find writing and editing jobs in this niche.

The comedy

If you’re funny and have an irreverent way of seeing the world, try writing for Cracked. One of the biggest comedy writing sites on the web, Cracked accepts submissions from just about anyone. And, if your paper is accepted, the pay isn’t too bad. According to Cracked’s “write for us” pitch: “For your first four accepted articles, you will receive $150 each. Starting with your fifth article, you will receive $250. »

It’s also important to note that articles on Cracked are posted with your byline and may link to your own site. This makes Cracked a solid way to build your comedy writing resume. But the site’s editors expect the stories to be funny, accurate, and well-sourced.

Company

Content connects companies looking for copy with writers willing and able to produce it. One of the things that makes this site special is that it does not allow authors to bid against each other. (Tendering tends to push prices into the basement.) Instead, it sets a price for each piece and offers the job to qualified writers to complete the job. Although not all jobs pay well, they are within a reasonable range. And each job is clearly described so freelancers can decide if the paycheck is worth their time.

Skyword connects Fortune 1000 customers with content creators, who produce blog posts, infographics, and corporate videos. The client sets the rate of pay, which can be accepted or refused by the freelancer. And Skyword charges the client (not the freelancer) a fee for the matchmaking service. All contracts also include a “kill fee” to ensure that freelancers won’t walk away empty-handed if a client changes their mind.

FreeUp hires freelancers to create content for websites, brochures, and other projects. Prices are set according to your level of experience. Experienced content creators earn $30 or more per hour.

Creative

PenguinFreelancers, one of the largest publishers in the world, is looking for remote freelancers for editing, proofreading, cold reading and indexing. Editors and proofreaders must read at an average rate of 10 pages per hour. Cold readers should read 10-20 pages per hour. Copy editors earn about $36 per hour, while proofreaders and cold readers earn $31, according to the site’s job posting.

Reedsy connects authors with professional editors, writers, and designers who can take a book project from concept to reality. Most authors using the site plan to self-publish, so the quality of manuscripts varies widely. Publishers set their own payment rates and formulas, determining when progress payments are required. Payments are collected automatically by the site, so publishers don’t have to pay customers late.

Marketing and Advertising

Creatively connects creative artists of all persuasions with businesses and individuals who need their services. The site makes it easy to post a portfolio and apply for jobs offered by a wide range of local and national brands. The writing opportunities listed here range from screen writing to writing commercials and marketing materials.

WorkingNotWorking connects writers, editors, designers, illustrators, developers, animators, photographers, directors, and producers with companies that want to hire them. This places the entire cost of finding workers on companies, allowing freelancers to earn 100% of the rates they set.

Niche — Cover Letters/Dating Profiles/Product Descriptions/CVs

ServiceScape connects freelancers in writing, editing, translation and graphic design with people who need their help. The clientele of the site is very varied. These include students and scholars seeking help with research; business people needing written or edited proposals and projects; and authors of books, screenplays and other manuscripts. Freelancers set their own rates, which are built around standard terms. For example, publishers, writers and translators set their rates per page (defined as 300 English words or 600 Chinese characters). The site takes half of the money you earn. So you need to factor ServiceScape’s high fees into your pricing.

With Fiverr, creatives determine what to write, set their own prices, and differentiate themselves with “pro” badges. Writers in this market say they can earn six figures just by creating a clear description of what they do. This can range from writing blog posts to writing or editing resumes, product descriptions, dating profiles, and ad copy. You explain what you do and set the price of your writing and/or editing “packages”.

Kristof is the publisher of SideHusl.com, an independent website that reviews money-making opportunities in the gig economy.

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