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.