Most of my teacher and SLP friends enjoy researching, creating, and most of all, sharing. Bundle these characteristics with the personality traits of my extraordinary friends and you have the winning combo for freelance writing!
There are so many different freelance writing avenues these days.
Guess what?… SLPs, Educators, and Parents are huge hits in the world of freelance writing. That is why I am going to share some of my favorite writing outlets so you can start making that extra holiday cash or get your creative fix over the holiday break.
What type of writing?
- Educational magazines (print or online)
- Differentiated materials and curriculum guides
- Website and Blog Content
- Resource supports for teachers, parents and students
- Training manuals
- Student workbooks
- Teacher resource ebooks
Freelance Writing Outlets
American Educator is published quarterly by the American Federation of Teachers. Topics include the state of education across the country and covers new trends in education, politics, labor issues, and more.
Pay: $300 for articles (1,000 to 5,000 words)
Boys’ Life is a general-interest, monthly, circulation of 1 million, published by the Boy Scouts of America since 1911. Topics include those that entertain boys 6-17 including nature, health, sports, space, science, cars, computers, entertainment, pets, history, music, and how-tos.
Pay: $100-$1500 for articles (600 to 1500 words)
EDTECH: FOCUS ON HIGHER EDUCATION
Explores technology and education issues that IT leaders and educators face when they’re evaluating and implementing a solution.
Pay: $1 per word
Family Fun focuses on activities and creative ideas for children aged 3-12.
Pay: Variable – Reported pay is $1-2 per word.
Cricket Media publishes many different magazines for various age groups, and they’re all pretty awesome. I read Babybug frequently to my kiddos when they were little, and my oldest sometimes looks at Cricket. The other magazines published by Cricket Media are called Ladybug, Spider, Ask, Muse, Click, Faces, and Cobblestone. Each of these magazines has a different theme and audience.
Pay: The pay varies per publication and on whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, but is generally between .25 to .50 per word.
Teaching Tolerance accepts both magazine articles and online contributions for K-12 educators “interested in social justice and anti-bias topics.” Features run 800-1600 words. Why I Teach pieces run 600 words or less. Story Corner features student-facing short stories and nonfiction. Short articles for the website should run 500-700 words.
Pay : $1.00 per word for magazine contributions and $100 for short online articles
Other Freelance Writing Sites
Study Hall: A Patreon-backed newsletter with weekly freelance, full-time, and part-time writing gigs.
Contenta: This is a quality job board with a focus on helping writers work from anywhere.
Freelancewriting.com: This site not only posts freelance writing jobs, it also provides tips and advice on making a living as a writer.
FreelanceWritingGigs.com: This blog lists new freelance writing jobs daily. You’ll find decent options, trending more towards remote work and blogging.
ProBlogger: The ProBlogger job board lists jobs in the blogging and freelance writing arena.
We Work Remotely: mostly includes programming or tech jobs, however, there is a selection of marketing, technical writing, copywriting, and similar jobs for writers.
LinkedIn Jobs: You should probably be on LinkedIn anyway, but an unprofessional LinkedIn profile is perhaps worse than no profile at all, so make sure your profile is professional and grammar-friendly.
Remote OK is another tech-focused job board. As with We Work Remotely, most jobs are in the programming, coding, and general tech space, but the site also has a handy “non-tech” job search option for those of us who don’t know how to code.
Mediabistro: Mediabistro is a journalism-focused job site with job listings at reputable companies like NBC, Vogue, or Rolling Stone Magazine. There are also remote, freelance opportunities available.
Gotham Ghostwriters: Gotham Ghostwriters connects writers with companies and individuals looking to publish books. Since it’s ghostwriting, you probably won’t be credited, but you’ll be paid well and will gain valuable experience.