Writing Articles for Money
By Eric Hammer
Writing articles for money can take on a wide range of forms.
For example, you could write articles for sites such as Suite
101 and Examiner.com all the way to writing articles for the
local newspaper and even for various magazines. In each of these
cases however, there are different ways of doing this and so
you need to keep in mind the differences between various options
when writing articles for money.
For example, if you were to take work writing for Demand Studios,
you would get to choose from amongst a list of possible topics
to write about but would then be expected to follow a very rigid
set of rules regarding how the article is written. In other cases,
you may not have the chance to choose the topics you'll write
about, but you will get much more leeway in how the articles
It is also important to consider when writing articles for
money how you want to get paid. For example, you may choose to
write for a website like Suite 101 or Examiner.com where you
earn money only from page views of your articles. Or you may
be paid a per piece price for each article that you write and
not be offered the chance to earn anything else from your work.
Still other places, such as Bright Hub pay you a per piece fee
and a per view fee for your work.
How Much Can You Make?
The amount you can make from writing articles for money varies
greatly depending on where you'll write these articles. Some
sites, as noted above will pay you only for page views and this
often means you'll make just pennies on the article. Other times
you can make serious money from writing these articles, especially
if you work for professional websites such as MSN or AOL.
Ways to Make More | Related Opportunities
Remember that writing articles for money has a very broad
definition. You could just as easily write articles for magazines
and newspapers, though that is a very different kind of writing
from the kind of writing you may do for websites. Its also
possible that you may end up writing other kinds of content.
For example, it is occasionally possible to get work writing
for Wikipedia (by putting in a Wikipedia page on a company which
is trying to get noticed), though this kind of work is not officially
sanctioned by the Wikipedia foundation.
Keep in mind that if you contract with someone to write for
them that you either need to arrange for an escrow payment or
for a down payment on your writing. Have a firm policy as well
regarding the number of revisions you'll do on your writing before
you insist on getting paid. Realize as well that some clients
will stiff you it's an almost inevitable part of writing
articles for money. You can minimize this by building trust through
smaller jobs and requiring down payments from your clients every
time you do writing for them.
Qualifications / Requirements
There are no formal requirements to write articles for money.
You simply need to know how to write and how to research a subject.
However, just because you learned how to write an article back
in high school doesn't necessarily mean that you'll do well at
this kind of work. It requires a certain kind of temperament
to do it successfully since the work is usually done at home
and can be feel quite isolating at times.
Start by looking at websites like Elance where you can find
work for writers. The advantage of Elance is that it offers you
the chance to work for someone who will put the money into escrow.
This means you will get paid as long as you deliver the work.
Working directly with clients means taking risks which you need
to consider before you do so.
Check out these helpful resources to learn more about writing
articles for money:
An excellent website where one can find work writing articles
Writing Gigs - A website devoted to how to find work writing
for money and listing jobs where one can write articles for money.