After my youngest child was born in 2010, one of my biggest goals was to find a way to stay at home with my babies. I was working in NYC at the time in the financial services industry for a wealth management firm. The money was great and allowed me to provide a lot of things for my family. The biggest downside was that I was missing the kiddos growing up. During the week, Monday through Friday, I saw my kids for 5 hours. No, not five hours each day, but five hours total. About an hour each day. It was awful.
I would leave early in the morning to catch the train before the kids woke up. This helped to avoid the meltdown that always happened when it was time for Mommy to go. (and to avoid having to hold it together while trying to get to work without crying along the way…I was rarely successful). At night, I’d get home just in time to give them a bath and snuggle them into bed.
In 2012, I decided I’d had enough and it was time to be home with the kids. My husband at the time and I, decided we would take a chance. I gave my resignation in June 2012. I transitioned out of the job over the course of the next 6 months (my last day was December 7, 2012). After looking for positions where I could work from home, I decided to take the plunge and go into business for myself.
I’m a CPA by trade and so tax preparation and accounting were a natural progression for me. I’ve done that ever since, but also decided I wanted to do a little something different. I loved writing and began searching for opportunities where I could write while building out my blog. If you want to learn how to make money at home online by writing, there are numerous opportunities available. Here are a few that I’ve tried.
For busy Mommas, this is one of my favorites because there are no deadlines. You can write whenever you want. If you start an article and are unable to finish it because of a crying little one, your family is in town, or you simply want a break, you can leave your draft and come back to it later. The biggest downside is that when you’re starting out the articles don’t pay a ton ($8 for 250 words as I am writing this in Nov. 2016), but as you graduate and reach higher levels you have the opportunity to earn more money. You can read more about Blogmutt in detail here.
This is another site that I like a lot. There are deadlines associated with writing for them and you have to be very on top of picking up assignments (they are first come, first served and tend to go pretty quickly), but the payoff can be well worth it. Through my writing there, I have an upcoming opportunity to write for a publication that will give me a byline (how cool is that!). I strongly recommend signing up and dedicate some time to spiffing up your profile. Potential clients use this extensively to check out new writers. I have recently received an inquiry from a client offering 25 cents per word for my efforts. Read my review here to learn more!
This is another writing platform where you can pick up available jobs. They have recently switched over to a format where you write “audition pieces” for potential clients. The client has the option of whether or not to pay you for your submission or simply add you to their favorites list if they enjoy your writing. I’ve had some luck with this process, but am unsure whether the effort is really worth the time. I am on the Favorite writer list for a few clients, and usually, prefer to stick to those. I’ll write a more detailed review soon.
This was the first company I signed up with when I decided to try my hand at writing online. They are definitely on the lower end of the pay scale. They are a great source for filling in the gaps when you don’t have other projects as there is typically always something to work on.
With Textbroker, I find it better to try and get on teams or better yet Direct Orders (those assigned specifically to you). These have a tendency to pay at a much higher rate.
Constant Content allows you to submit articles on a topic of your choosing. It his essentially a marketplace for those looking for good content for their own websites. Writers can set their own price and post the article for sale. Each article is reviewed by an editor before it’s released into the marketplace. There is no guarantee that your article will ever sell. The platform advertises that approximately 80% of all articles written eventually sell.
This is my least favorite of all the platforms I’ve written for and I actually no longer write for them. In my review here, I noted that they have had issues with plagiarism and I experienced it first hand. I wrote an article for a client. The article was then “rejected” by the client. A couple of weeks later, still annoyed by the rejection, I decided to check Copyscape for my article. Sure enough, there it was, word for word on the website of the client who had made the request. I was livid. When I reached out to the iWriter team, we went back and forth for a week. I showed them all the evidence that they requested, yet they chose to side with the client and not pay me for my writing. Needless to say, I won’t be writing for them again and can’t in good conscience recommend them to anyone else. You can read a more detailed review here.
These are a few of the opportunities out there for writing online that I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a way to earn a little side income, give one of these some consideration. Are you aware of any other opportunities that are available? Please leave your suggestions in the comments below.
If there are opportunities that you’ve heard of but haven’t tried and want me to check out, please leave them in the comments or send them to me at [email protected] We’d love to check them out.