Finding content mills for beginners helped my own freelancing career.
I started to research freelance writing back in 2010 (I think!), and I was a total beginner with no idea where to begin. I had a few writing samples from writing articles for my own site that I was running at the time, and I’d taken some online writing courses. Other than that though, I was a total newb!
With no idea where to actually start finding people and sites that pay you to write, I decided to do some research and that’s where I came across content mills.
What will I learn?
What is a Content Mill?
A content mill is a website where clients post writing jobs, usually things like articles and blog posts. The content mill’s writers, so people like you, get paid to write these articles.
Content mills are good for beginners because they give you a chance to build up a portfolio and start making money as a writer.
Freelance Writing Jobs for Beginners with No Experience
Here are some of the best content writing sites for beginners that I would recommend if you’re just starting out as a freelance writer.
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- Pay: 0.7 cents to 5 cents a word.
- Countries it hires from: US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland.
- Payment methods and frequency: PayPal when you have $10 in your account.
My first recommendation would definitely be Textbroker (review here). It was the site I used when I was first starting out. It paid on time, and the rates were better than other sites at the time.
You will just need to submit a short writing sample. And be at least 18-years old and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Based on your writing sample, you’re assigned a rating, and the higher your level, the more you earn per word.
- Pay: Starts at $10.50 for a 300 to 400 word post
- Countries it hires from: Must have US citizenship and a valid SNN
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal every Monday.
With Verblio, you can get paid to write things like blog posts, newsletters, and eBooks. Verblio doesn’t require you to have any experience. But, you will have to pass a grammar test and plagiarism training module. And, you’ll need to submit a writing sample for review by the site’s team.
Like with TB, the site has ratings and if you increase yours, you can get access to longer and higher paying jobs.
- Pay: $12.25 to $40 an article
- Countries it hires from: United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal on the 5th of the month or whenever you earn at least $100.
To get started with WritersDomain, you just need to register, submit a writing sample, and take a grammar test. You’ll need to have native-level fluency in the language you would like to write in as well.
While the site does specify the countries listed above, it does also state that it needs content writers for multiple languages. This means that even if you’re not from one of the above countries, you could still work with the site.
If approved, you’re assigned a rating, which will determine how much money you make per article.
4. Writer’s Access
- Pay: $0.03 to $2 per word
- Countries it hires from: US, UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa, The Republic of Ireland, and New Zealand.
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal twice per month (processed 4th and 19th day of the month).
Apply for writing work at Writer’s Access. It’s another site that has a rating system which determines how much money you’ll earn.
- Pay: You set your own prices.
- Countries it hires from: Worldwide
- Payment method and frequency: Various, including PayPal and direct bank transfer. After payment is made by the client, you have to wait 6 days to withdraw your earnings.
UpWork isn’t a content mill per se, but it’s still a great site for finding freelance writing work. I found better paying opportunities through the platform, so much so that once I started to pick up work on there, I stopped picking up work on all of the other content sites I’d been previously using.
While content mills like Textbroker offer a pool of articles from multiple clients and writers can pick up the ones they want, UpWork allows writers to work directly with clients.
It’s a freelance website that connects clients with writer’s who’re looking for work. You can apply for the jobs you want. You can find some high-paying gigs if you’re patient and are willing to apply for lots of different gigs.
UpWork does charge high fees though, which are:
- 20% for the first $500 billed with a client
- 10% once you’ve earn $500 with a client
- And 5% once lifetime billings with a client exceed $10,000
If you can get recurring work with one client, then it’s a good option.
6. BKA Content
- Pay: $0.0135 to $0.05 per word
- Countries it hires from: USA
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal every 2 weeks.
Another good freelance writing site for beginners is BKA content. For this one, you need to be able to write at least 1,000 words a week. And you must live in the US and be legally allowed to work in the US.
Great English grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills are also required. And, you’ll need to be at a college writing level as well. You’ll mostly write articles, and the site is focused on creating SEO content for clients that improves their search engine rankings.
- Pay: Varies from client to client. You set your own prices. Average is over $0.10 per word.
- Countries it hires from: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.
- Payment method and frequency: You get paid automatically 15 days after your job is accepted.
Scripted is like UpWork as it brings together clients with writers who’re looking for work. You can propose new jobs to clients directly and there are new projects available each day.
8. Constant Content
- Pay: You can set your own price for articles.
- Countries it hires from: Worldwide
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal, and payment is made the first week of the beginning of each month.
Constant Content is a website where you can list your articles for sale.
I sold a couple of articles through Constant Content years ago and got paid for them. So, it’s definitely a legit site. Clients also post orders on there that writers can fulfill. But the site’s main focus is selling articles. You get to keep 65% of the sale price.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that your articles will sell, so it’s best to put up a few articles, and then pick-up writing work that pays elsewhere.
The best part about Constant Content is that you get to set your own price for articles.
- Pay: Varies depending on writer level and length of the article (e.g. from $2.15 to $25.35 for a 500 word article.)
- Countries it hires from: North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal every Tuesday
Many sites hire people from countries where English is the native language. If you’re not from a country like the US or the UK, then give iWriter a try. It hires from places like Asia and South America too. You’ll get paid 65% of the price of each article. It’s another site with a rating system that, along with the length of each article, affects your pay rate.
10. People Per Hour
- Pay: You can set your own rates.
- Countries it hires from:
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal, Payoneer or bank account. After the client deposits funds, your payment arrives within minutes for PayPal and Payoneer, or it takes up to 1 to 3 working days for bank transfers.
PeoplePerHour is like UpWork where you can work with clients directly. Like on UpWork, clients can set a budget and you can set your own rate for projects. It does charge service fees of between 3.5% and 30%, depending on the amount of money you’ve earned with a client.
11. Crowd Content
- Pay: $0.012 to $0.076 cents per word for content orders. And $0.70 to $1.75 per unit for social media posts.
- Countries it hires from: US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or any country where English is the native language.
- Payment method and frequency: PayPal every Tuesday and Friday.
Crowd content offers blog writing, technical writing, copywriting, and plenty of other types of writing work. It hires writers of all experience levels. It’s another site that gives you a rating based on the quality of your application. This rating determines the type of work you get access to. When you move up in the ratings, you can access higher-paying tasks.
Finding freelance writing work can seem daunting when you’re just starting out. But, it’s good to know that there are plenty of content mills for beginners.
Give these a try, and feel free to share your favorite freelance writing websites with us in the comments section below.
Rena J Sherwood
Textbroker stopped using PayPal in January 2021. Their new payment system requires you to send photographs of your driver’s license. I refused and, after 12 years, was kicked to the curb. They still owe me money, which I’ll never get.
iWriter actually keeps 75% of what the article costs. Writers only get 20-25% because they make you pay PaPal fees. I found this out when a client let me know how much he was paying for an article and was shocked when I told him how much I really got.
Ouch…they used to be pretty good, a long time ago. They don’t pay enough for that hassle though. Thanks for the heads up!