Freelance writing can be a lucrative part-time or full-time job from home. If you are tired of writing for pennies, then this list will absolutely be your ultimate list for the high paying writing jobs around the web.

First of all, if you are new to writing gigs, then I highly recommend to start writing for yourself first, train your writing skills and learn how making money online really works.

Having your own website is a huge advantage when seeking writing jobs because your profile or portfolio, as well as your sample writings, will be required.

Majority of the freelance writers who earn a full-time income through writing gigs have their own websites. Make sure to create yours. You can build it easily and it’s free.

Here are some of the benefits of having your own website as a freelance writer: 

  • Your sample works are in one place.
  • You can get a backlink or reference of your work to your own website.
  • Your writing credibility is higher than someone without a website.
  •  Most of the articles required to be SEO ready and you probably know what it means when you have your own website.
  • You can earn passive income on your website in the long run while instantly earning active income in freelance writing.

But, can you work as a freelance writer without a website anyway? Sure, you can. But everything will be easier for you if you have your own website.

So, let’s dive into this ultimate list.


Business, Career, and Finance (14)

    1. B. Michelle Pippin
      They pay $50-$150 for business-related articles.
    2. Doctor of Credit 
      They pay $50 for personal finance articles specifically focused on credit.
    3. FreelanceMom 
      They pay $75-$100 for articles about running a business as a busy parent.
    4. Grow Magazine from Acorns
      They pay $50+ for articles on finance geared toward millennials. No guidelines posted but you can email to grow@acorns.com with the word STORY in your subject line.
    5. IncomeDiary 
      They pay $50-$200 for articles about making money online, including SEO, affiliate sales, and traffic generation.
    6. Mirasee 
      They pay $200 for 1,000-2,000-word posts about marketing, business productivity, and growth topics.
    7. Modern Farmer 
      They pay around $150 for articles regarding modern farming.
    8. Penny Hoarder 
      Is a  website that shares money-saving ideas. Their rate is negotiable with the editors during the pitching process — and be willing to forego a link back to your site.
    9. Priceonomics.
      They pay $50 for posts which they occasionally request for articles on specific topics.
    10. RankPay 
      They pay $50 per post about SEO, content marketing, and social media.
    11. Stretcher.com
      They pay $0.10 per published word for articles about specific ways to help people save time and money. In-depth articles with practical ideas that people can employ to help them stretch their dollars.
    12. Writers Weekly 
      They pay $40-$60 for articles about making money niches.
    13. FreshBooks
      They pay $200 and up for 800-1200 words posts about freelancing, invoicing, small business, etc.
    14. iWorkWell 
      They pay $200 per article about human resource practices. This website is recommended for expert HR professionals/consultants/academics and employment or labor attorneys with deep expertise in any area of HR.

Essays (7)

  1. Cosmopolitan.com
    They pay $100 for essays posts about college. They’re also using these essay submissions as a way to find writers for assignments.
  2. Dame 
    They reportedly pay $200 for essays. They also accept reported features and other article types.
  3. Eureka Street 
    An Australian site that pays $200 for analysis or commentary post on politics, religion, popular culture or current events in Australia and around the world. They also pay $50 for poetry.
  4. Narratively 
    They pay $200-$300 for 2000 – 2500-word essays on specific topics. Check their guidelines for a list of current needs.
  5. The New York Times Modern Love 
    A column which reportedly pays as much as $300 for essays on any topic that could be classified as modern love.
  6. Skirt 
    They pay $200 for essays about women’s issues.
  7. Vox First Person
    They reportedly pay $400 for 1,500 words article on personal essays. Pitch: firstperson@vox.com.

Family and Parenting (8)

  1. Just Parents 
    A UK-based site that pays $60 per post about pregnancy and parenting.
  2. Parent.co 
    They Pay from $50 for non-snarky articles about parenting and family issues.
  3. Scary Mommy 
    They pay $100 for original parenting posts.
  4. Stork Guide 
    They pay $50+ per post that focuses on pregnancy and parenting of newborns and toddlers.
  5. The New York Times’ Well Family
    They pay $100 for articles about parenting. Pitch the editor.
  6. Metro Parent
    A publishing group that pays (1) Features 1,000-2,500 words: $150-$350, depending on the complexity of topic and number of sources required, (2) Department columns: $50-75 and (3) Parent Pipeline pieces: $35-50. Their general goal is to have a good mix of fun and substantive local stories of interest to local parents.
  7. A Fine Parent 
    They pay $75 per accepted articles about practical parenting tips and you will also be able to link back to your site in your article bio.
  8. Babble From Disney
    They pay $150 per 1200 words post about anything that’s relevant to parenting.

Health (4)

  1. The Anxiety Foundation 
    They pay $50 for mental health-related articles.
  2. PsychCentral 
    They pay for articles that cover generally about mental health. They don’t list a pay rate on their site but a reader on last year’s list reported they are a paying market. So, feel free to negotiate your rate.
  3. ACHS 
    The American College of Healthcare Sciences pays $50 for articles related to holistic health and wellness. They want articles to be in the 600 – 1,000 words range.
  4. O87 Recovery Diaries 
    They pay $250 for Essays (approximately 1,200-1,500 words in length) about your mental health recovery story.

Lifestyle and General Interest (27)

  1. BBC Britain
    They don’t publish their pay rate, but I’ve seen reports of $350-$1,000 for various BBC sites. Pitch stories with a British slant for an international audience.
  2. Bitch Magazine’s website 
    They pay rate is negotiable for articles about pop culture features.
  3. BookBrowse 
    They pay $50 for a 600-word book review.
  4. The Daily Beast 
    They reportedly pay $250 and up. Their submission guidelines have a black-hole editorial@ email address, so you’ll want to do a little digging to find the right person to pitch.
  5. getAbstract 
    They reportedly pay $300 for 2,000-4,000 words book summaries.
  6. Gothamist 
    They pay $50-$150 for reported pieces about New York in
  7. HowlRound
    They pay $50 for posts about the theater —generally about management and marketing, play production and writing, and so on.
  8. The International Wine Accessories blog
    They pay $50 and up for articles about wine and wine accessories.
  9. Knitty 
    They raised their rates to $120-$200 for articles about knitting and knitting patterns. They also have a sister site —Knittyspin — for knitters who like to use handspun yarn.
  10. Listverse 
    They pay $100 for 1,500 words post about lists on various topics.
  11. OZY 
    They pay on negotiable rates for your different news and stories.
  12. Refinery29 
    They reportedly pay $75 and up for slideshows, articles, and essays on various topics. They also post their needs for specific columns on their guidelines page.
  13. TwoPlusTwo Magazine 
    They pay $200 for original posts about poker. They post your articles for six months, after which time the rights revert to the writer, so you can sell reprint rights or post it on your own blog.
  14. Upworthy 
    They pay $150-$200 for 500-word posts on different topics.
  15. Vice
    Their pay rates are negotiable for posts about food, technology, music, fashion, and other lifestyle topics.
  16. YourTango 
    They pay $50 for posts on love, sex, travel, mental health, and just about anything else that affects relationships.
  17. 10tenmagazine.net
    Their rates are negotiable for the articles for merging photographers, bloggers, writers, fashion brands, Jewellery designers, Lingerie & Swimwear Designers, stylists, hair stylists designers and makeup artists.
  18. Strong Whispers
    They pay $50-$150 per published article about lifestyle, environment and other social issues. negotiable, but they typically pay. They are willing to pay more for the right article and website aims to publish 2-3 guest posts per month.
  19. Watch Culture 
    They reportedly pay £700 for articles on Film, Music, Gaming, Sports, Television and much more.
  20. Uxbooth 
    They pay $100 for articles about business strategy, information architecture, etc.
  21. Listverse 
    They pay $100 per approved list, and they’d like articles to be around 1,500 words and to feature at least 10 items. They are looking for an interesting and unique list of articles from writers. Your lists can be about anything, as long as the topic is unique, unusual or interesting.
  22. Back to College 
    They pay $75 – $135 for articles about education for older students.
  23. The Change Agent 
    The Change Agent is an Adult Education Publication that pays $50 per article about anything from 250 words to 1,000 words.
  24. Drop Zone 
    They pay $50 for an article that is accepted and up to $100 for an article that is featured. Dropzone is a Skydiving blog visited by millions of people monthly, and by writing for Dropzone, you will get a lot of exposure.
  25. Reader’s Digest 
    They pay $100 per 100-word true story.
  26. Popular Woodworking Magazine 
    They pay $250 per post about your opinion on woodworking as a hobby or career.  This is a chunk of change to write 600 words on your thoughts about woodworking as a hobby or career. And they encourage newbie freelancers to submit – even freelancers who are not pro woodworkers.
  27. Country Magazine 
    They pay $250 per post about the country lifestyle. You can submit contents about anything that relates to this lifestyle.

Web & Tech (18)

    1. A List Apart 
      They pay $200 per article that covers web design.
    2. Indeni 
      They pay $50-$200 for posts that cover Check Point firewalls, F5 load balancers or Palo Alto Networks firewalls.
    3. Linode 
      They pay $250 for articles about Linux, Socket.io, NoSQL databases, game servers, Open Change, and Web RTC.
    4. SitePoint 
      They pay $100-$150 for articles on HTML, CSS, Ruby, PHP, and more.
    5. SlickWP 
      They pay $100 for posts about WordPress and the Genesis Theme framework.
    6. Tutsplus 
      They pay $100 and up for tutorials on various technologies, including Web design and Flash. Tuts once ran a network of 16 different blogs, including Freelance Switch, but today it’s all together on a single site that encompasses design, gaming, photography, writing, and more.
    7. WordCandy 
      They pay $0.06-$0.10 per word for ghostwritten pieces about WordPress, which will appear on some of the larger WordPress blogs, such as wpmudev.
    8. WPHub 
      They pay $100-$200 for posts on web design trends, coding best practices, and other WordPress-related topics.
    9.  iPhone Life Magazine
      They pay $50 to $100 per post about the iOS platform and anything related.
    10. DigitalOcean 
      They pay $100 to $200 for tutorials and step by step guides about Linux and FreeBSD cloud hosting.
    11. Evanto
      They pay up to $100 by contributing an article to Theme Forest, and you can easily use the opportunity to get more exposure for yourself.
    12. Spyre Studios 
      They pay $50-$160 for articles and tutorials about web design.
    13. Smashing Magazine
      Their pay rates are negotiable for every article about web design and programming.
    14. Photoshop Tutorials 
      They pay $50 – $300 for articles about Photoshop; your article can either be a quick tip or a full tutorial.
    15. Crazy Leaf
      Their pay rates are negotiable for articles and Tutorials about Graphic Design, Web Design, Flash, Photoshop, Vectorial Graphics, Design Inspiration, Programming, Print Design, Design Resources, Photography or just a “Top 10 articles.
    16. InstantShift 
      They pay rates are negotiable based on the quality of the article submitted.  You can write about any design specific topic as they cover most of the topics related to the design and development
    17. A List Apart 
      They pay up to $200 per post about creating websites.
    18. LWN.net
      They pay $200 – $250 for 1500 words article expert knowledge of the free software community. Contact the editors to discuss your interests.

Travel and Food (12)

    1. Big Grey Horse 
      They pay $125-$200 for posts about Texas. Photos must be included. Texas-based writers are preferred because the site requires in-person visits.
    2. Desert Times 
      They pay $50-$100 for stories about the deserts of North America and the culture and lifestyle of the people who live there. They prefer writers to also submit photos.
    3. Expatics
      Their pay rates are negotiable for posts about U.S. expatriates.
    4. Fund Your Life Overseas 
      They pay $75-$400 for articles about business ideas that can provide enough income for U.S. ex-pats.
    5. Saveur 
      They pay from $150 for “amazing stories about food and travel.”
    6. The Salt 
      An NPR’s food blog which reportedly pays $200+ per post about food.
    7. Transitions Abroad
      They pay up to $150 for 1,500-2,000 words posts about living, studying, and volunteering abroad. cultural travel, country guides, teaching abroad and working abroad in general.
    8. The Travel Writer’s Life  
      They pay up to $200 for posts about getting paid to travel (writing, photography, tours, etc.). insider tips on earning more income as a travel writer and insightful interviews.
    9. Cooking Detective
      They pay up to $160 for 3,000-4,000 words about cooking, nutrition and food recipes.
    10.  Nutri Inspector 
       They pay on different rates such as Ultimate how-to guides (3000-4000 words): $120-$180. Informational articles (2000-3000 words): $120. Product reviews (1000 words): $60. Your topic will be all about food, nutrition, weight loss, and kitchen products.
    11. Draft
      They pay $0.80 per word for content with a beer-related topic.
    12.  Wanderlust 
      They pay £220 per post for their feature articles (with article length around 1000 words). This is a Britain-based Wanderlust which targets the travel market as well.

Writing (6)

  1. ClearVoice
     They pay $250-$400 per post with different niches. It is a platform which connects bloggers in various niches. 
  2. Freedom with Writing
    They pay $50+ for lists of paying publishers. They also pay for short ebooks, so there is an option for longer-form of content, too.
  3. Write Naked
    They pay $75 per 450-650 words post. You will be paid for writing a blog post. Guide their guidelines to see the list of their irrelevant topics.  
  4. WOW! Women on Writing
    Wow will pay up to $150 for a 3,000-word feature article from female writers. Their audience is diverse and all focused on providing excellent content for women.
  5. The Write Life 
    They pay up to $75 for posts that cover all areas of the writing life, including freelancing, marketing, blogging, publishing and the craft of writing.
  6. Funds for Writers 
    They pay $45 – $50 per article aimed at helping writers get paid for their writing. They have a preference for success stories.

Humor (2)

  1. College Humor Media  
    They pay $25 if they put your article on the Articles page, $50 if they put it on the homepage, and an additional $50 if it gets more than 100,000 views. This is an online entertainment company targeting a core audience of people ages 18-49.
  2. Cracked.com
    They pay $100 – $200 per article plus bonus and competition prize in Photoshop every week. This is basically a humor site. So, if you are a funny/smart/creative person, then this is a good opportunity to earn some extra cash with article writing.

Religion & Special Interests (5)

  1.  Devozine 
    They pay $25 – $100 per post. Devozine’s goal is to provide guidelines to young adults in order to strengthen their faith in Christianity.
  2. Guideposts
    They pay $250 for Christian faith-based essays.
  3. Pentimento
    They pay $250 for articles about the disabled community in general or real stories about specific disabled individuals and their lives.
  4.  LightHouse
    They pay $100 for uplifting essays by blind or visually impaired writers writing about conquering adversities in life.
  5. Aish 
    They pay $200 on publication preferably first-person accounts on the positive influence of Orthodox Jewish beliefs on everyday life. Contact: article-submissions@aish.com.

27 High Paying Websites For Writers ($500-$3,000 Per Post)

    1.  Alaska Airlines Magazine
      They pay up to $1,500 per post about a variety of topics for the in-flight magazine – travel, business,  technology, sports, education, personal investing, or one of the other topics they cover, pitch away. Bonus points if you can write with a sense of humor.
    2. The Tablet
      They pay $1,000 for a heavily reported 2,000+ word featured articles on Jewish news, ideas, and culture.
    3. Smithsonian Magazine Online
      They reportedly pay established freelancers up to $600 for reported articles.
    4. Catholic Digest
      This catholic magazine pays $500 for features, upon publication. Their features are approximately 1,500 words and cover marriage, parenting, spirituality, and relationships, along with parish and work life. Seasonal material and topics keyed to the Church’s liturgical year should be submitted at least six months in advance. They want writers with a positive and encouraging voice who write from experience.
    5. VQR 
      This is a journal of literature and discussion with a focus on publishing the best writing they can find. For poetry, it pays $200 per poem (up to four). If they accept a group of five or more poems, you’ll earn $1,000. Prose pays around 25 cents per word. Book reviews earn $500 for 2,000-2,400 words. VQR has limited reading periods, so check the schedule online before you submit.
    6. Maine Boat, Homes & Harbors
      They pay $250-$500 per article covering boating in Main. They like short articles of between 500 to 1500 words.
    7. The Sun Magazine 
      The Sun pays $300 to $2,000 for essays and interviews , $300 to $1,500 for fiction, and $100 to $200 for poetry. If your work’s accepted, you’ll also get a complimentary one-year subscription. They prefer personal writing but they also accept pieces about political and cultural issues.
    8. Boys’ Life
      They pay between $500-$1,500 for nonfiction articles of as many words. This website is a general-interest monthly magazine that has been published by the Boy Scouts of America since 1911. The topics are generally broad “We cover everything from professional sports to American history to how to pack a canoe,”. Read the submission guidelines. Most of all, it should be entertaining to the scouts it’s aimed at. “Write for a boy you know who is 12,” the editors suggest.
    9. The American Gardener 
      They pay $300 – $600 for feature articles, which usually run 1,500 to 2,500 words. They seek writers for horticulturalist profiles, and articles about innovative approaches to garden design, plant conservation, horticultural therapy, and biodiversity, among others. The magazine sometimes offers travel and expense reimbursement.
    10. One Story
       They offer $500 and 25 copies of the magazine for every accepted contribution, but submissions are only accepted between September and May. This is a literary magazine that features one story per issue, and it is mailed to subscribers every 3 – 4 weeks. One Story looks for literary fiction in the range of 3,000 – 8,000 words and stories can be on any subject “as long as they are good.” 
    11. Western Art & Architecture
      They pay $400 to $600 per article. This is a magazine for “art collectors and architecture aficionados across the United States.
    12. Writers Digest
      They pay $300 for a 600-word article. Writer’s Digest calls itself “the No. 1 magazine for writers.” as its main focus is to help writers write better and get published. It is published eight times a year.
    13. Gray’s Sporting Journal 
      They pay from $100 to $1250 per feature article, $600 for yarns, and $100 per poem. Grays Sporting Journal revolves around the great outdoors, like hiking, fishing, hunting, etc.
    14. How
      They pay $250 to $800 per post about graphics design – from tutorials and guides to inspirations, showcases and more. They pay based on a set fee instead of per word. Columns in HOW typically run around 1,200 words, while features are 1,500–2,000 words.
    15. Ceramics.org
      They pay $25 for any short article accepted, $350 for a 1,000 words bulletin, and up to $900 for a 5,000 words bulletin accepted. Your topic is, of course, about all things ceramics.
    16. Vermont Life 
      They pay $600 to $800 per post. Obviously, topics will be about all things Vermont!
    17. MotorHome 
      They pay $900 per post for articles related to the RV lifestyle.
    18. Douglas 
      They pay $0.40 per word for feature-length articles (1,200 to 3,000 words.) Douglas is a business magazine that caters to the Southern Vancouver Island’s community.
    19. Backpacker
      They pay up to $1 per word for articles that are related to hiking/backpacking related activities.
    20. Travel + Leisure Magazine
      They pay $1 per word for articles with fresh ideas and tips about travel.
    21. Kitplanes
      They pay $250 to $1,000 per post. They call themselves “the leading independent voice of kit and amateur-built aircraft construction.”
    22. Colorado Life Magazine 
      They pay $75 to $975 per story. Colorado Life Magazine is dedicated to the entire Colorado state and the magazine uses clever and colorful storytelling to illustrate the many attractions in the state.
    23. Liisbeth 
      They pay $100-$2,000 per article about your feminist perspective on entrepreneurship and politics.
    24. Cicada Magazine
      They pay up to $2250 per article. The target market makes up largely of teenagers and young adults. The rate is $0.25 per word, with a 9000 words cap, so the most you make is $2,250 for one single article.
    25. Travel + Leisure Magazine
      They pay $1 per word for writers with fresh ideas and tips.