Making money as a freelance writer is hard, especially when you’re just starting out. Once you’ve established a solid reputation and made a few industry contacts, landing writing gigs will get easier, but in the beginning, you’ll have to put yourself out there and actively pitch to clients and publications.
Pitching is easier said than done. Sometimes, it’s hard to even figure out who’s in the market for your work.
There are plenty of lists of publications that accept articles from freelancers, but these aren’t always up to date. Sometimes, you’ll find that the websites on them have closed their doors to new applicants—and with the recent craze for AI-generated content, it’s anyone’s guess whether the sites that remain will be interested in paying you a fair rate.
To make things easier, we’ve sorted through what’s out there and put together this list of sites that will pay you to write articles (current as of November 2023). To use it, just scan for the type of content you’re most interested in and see if any of the publications appeal to you.