Always wanted to have a crack at the old writing game? Now’s your chance. Textbroker pays for content for adverts, websites and newsletters. The company acts as a middleman between clients and writers, taking a cut from each piece sold.
Typical payments are £5 to £30 per article, and forumites have written about everything from sport and wildlife to finance and casinos.
How to join
To be accepted as an author – and hopefully get the cash rolling in – you pen a short test piece. Textbroker assesses it, grading you from one to five stars.
You don’t need to be James Joyce, but you do to construct sentences properly and use correct grammar. Fluency in other languages is a bonus – one MoneySaver writes in German.
Tips to earn maximum cash
We’re not talking Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight sums. But some forumites, such as Sinkorswim, are turning over a grand a year: “I’ve been with Textbroker for nine months, and have made over £1,000. It’s a godsend, as I had to give up my part-time job due to a back problem. I got another job, but am reluctant to stop writing, as I really enjoy it.”
Forumite Farmers-wife says: “I have recently started with Textbroker as a writer. Six articles down and I’m hooked. As a stay-at-home mum and farmer’s wife it’s lovely to be doing something for myself. Getting praise for writing is doing wonders for my confidence.”
Pitch to papers and mags
If you’re a talented writer, consider pitching your work to papers and magazines too. The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook has a list of contacts, and you’ll now find many online.
Keep your pitch email brief, including a few lines summing up the feature idea, plus a few short bullet points on what you’ll cover. If you can peg your idea on something currently in the news, even better.