This last six months I have been researching ideas for creatively earning more income–both for myself and for my new book. I’ve just finished listing 10 websites where a novice writer can try publishing their articles or essays and get paid. It’s in the back of ‘Creative Ideas for Making More Money’ – my freebie.

Write Articles for Money

Writing freelance articles is just one way to earn more money if you’re an active retiree, stay at home parent, or lucky book writer. There are of course other writing-for-money ideas:

  • copywriting of business marketing materials
  • editing and proofreading essays (if you’ve done a course)
  • creative writing of short stories and entering loads of competitions
  • ghost blog writing for busy informational businesses
  • ghost writing books

Besides the amazing FreedomwithWriting.com (offers a huge list of publications who pay for writing), I also came across a professional money blogger who makes a full-time salary through affiliate relationships. What a great idea! She lives in New Zealand but has a global crowd.

I’ve been a copywriter for small business and a book editor, but only dabbled in freelance article writing. Recently I realised that, wow, I can improve my creative writing skills while getting paid for articles in my niche area.

Ah, but how to get well-paid writing gigs in Australia? For that, you need a specialty.

niche author blog
One way to get started writing is to start a niche blog

Why become a Specialist Writer?

You may find that picking a niche, having a simple writing portfolio, and searching for local magazines who use external writers is a much easier route than simply grasping for any article writing job.

Having a niche also helps with your ‘findability’. Specialist expertise may help Google find your blog… or magazine editors decide on you as a writer, because both want an authority in subject matter. But don’t expect to get a high Google authority and trust right away. It takes time and work and social media posting.

For one way to showcase your new writing, you can use BeHance for a free writer’s portfolio.

How Do I Find Magazines to Write for?

The path I’ve used to look for magazine editors is: go to the local library, pick out a few lesser-known magazines to niche in, and write email pitches to the editor or editorial assistant (their address is normally on the block inside the magazine).

A second way is trying regular job-seeking websites. I came across a job as Writer/Editor for a national, informative site for the over-60s, and soon after my interview I got offered some paid article writing work. You can also search for only freelance writing work on Indeed (put freelance in keyword box).

A third way is to look at the independent article writer publishing opportunities, including that of creator on Medium.com and reviewer on Weekend Notes.

The main tip is: try to start with magazines or sites which would be a good fit for your writing personality, topic, and level. It’s no good trying to write for Huffington Post or National Enquirer on your first go… and anyway, think more niche than this and let Google bring you some ideas.

New writers also rely on freelancer job sites, like:

MistakesWritersMake.com – finding work in various overseas writing markets.

Problogger Job Board – paid blogging opportunities, reviews, guides, freelance articles

Pedestrian.TV jobs – content writing is a good way to get experience (Australian), as long as it does impact your portfolio and skills.

Mumbrella jobs – look for freelance work there, from agencies.

Remember to really zoom in your interests and talk about relevant angles when pitching the editor. Relevancy to what their audience likes is absolutely crucial.

Don’t forget to sign up for my Creative Ideas list — with 10 other places to secure freelance article writing (global) work — and have a go!


Creative Ways with Money by Jennifer Lancaster will get you thinking about new ideas to save, protect, earn and invest in 2020. Australian and US content. ePub $7.99. Paperback $23.99.

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