How to Get Paid for Writing

If you’re looking to make money as a freelance writer online, you’ll need to know how to get paid for your writing.  There are many different options to choose from, and deciding which one (or ones) you go with can be difficult.  For some writers there will be a limited number of options to choose from, since some payment processors don’t accept or send payments to specific countries.  For others, however, it is possible to choose from many different options.

I personally accept PayPal for the vast majority of my writing.  I also have a couple of clients who send me a paper check each month, which I then deposit into my business account.  So far, this has worked very well for me and I haven’t run into any problems.  For this post, however, I wanted to write a bit about each of the different ways to get paid for writing that I am aware of, and my thoughts on each.  I’d be very interested in hearing your experiences as well in the comments below.

  • PayPal – This is, by far, the most popular payment method used by writers.  You can send and receive money in almost all countries around the world, and it is extremely easy to use.  The fees associated with sending or receiving money can add up quickly if you make a lot of money.  You’ll typically have to pay 2.9% plus $.30 for each transaction.
  • Paper Check – While it might seem a little old fashion, paper checks can still be a great way to accept money.  There are no fees associated with it, and it is easy to keep track of your money.  The major problem with taking paper checks is that you have to wait for the check to arrive, and then clear your account before you can safely do the work.  Paper checks are really only a good option for established clients who you trust.
  • Skrill – Skrill is one of the better known PayPal alternatives.  It has many of the same features as PayPal, but the fees are significantly smaller.  They charge 1% of the transaction, and it is capped at $10.
  • BitCoin – This is the largest of the digital ‘crypto-currencies’ out there, and it is growing in popularity.  I don’t know a lot about how to get paid for writing with BitCoin, but I do know it is an option that many people are considering.  As more and more businesses start accepting this payment method, it will undoubtedly become easier for small businesses like freelance writers to set it up too.

I know there are many other options out there, but these are the only ones I’ve actually done any research on myself.  I’d love to hear your thoughts, opinions and recommendations on how to get paid for writing.  Please make comments below.

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  1. says

    I had one client who couldn’t pay with Paypal for some reason so he sent a wire-transfer to my bank at the end of each month with the amount I earned that month. It was not convenient and the bank charges a $25 fee on incoming wire-transfers for some reason. But, I still think Paypal is the best option. I have been using it ever since I started writing online.
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  2. Debra says

    Question about “pay”—I’ve gained a reputation in our family and circle of friends as being the go-to person when the nieces and nephews graduate from high school and need someone reliable to edit or proofread their college scholarship or application essays. Or when friends are applying for jobs, I’m asked to edit or proofread their resumes or cover letters. I find myself giving advice alongside of these as well.

    I see this as a potential side-line to the other work I do (from home). While I can’t imagine charging my niece or nephew to proof or edit their essays, I do think job-hunting friends or relatives could afford to pay for my efforts. After all I am taking time away from my other pursuits on their behalf.

    Any suggestions how to turn this into a paying proposition? And what would I call myself? Consultant?

    • says

      I agree that you should be making money for this service! I’ve never offered this type of thing as I’m not very good at editing (as you can likely tell from my posts). That being said, editors can make some pretty good money. I’d recommend coming up with a list of services with prices, and then give them to your friends & family BEFORE they ask you for the services. Tell them you would appreciate it if they recommend you to anyone they know who is looking for these types of services, then tell them you will give them (your direct friends and family) a 25% off ‘friends & family’ discount.

      This way they know they will have to pay in the future, but it doesn’t have to be awkward at all. Plus you might get some new referral clients!

      Good luck!


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