I have mentioned before about working for textbroker. Textbroker.com is a great place to start when thinking of getting into freelancing. They are normally pretty easy to work for and they pay twice a month via paypal.
The other company I work for getting paid per article is Demand Studios. Now, they do require sample articles and I think a resume as well (not positive if it was them or not that needed a resume). The resume needs to state any past work history that would involve writing or editing. I applied with them the first time and sent them an old sample article that I had written for Associated Content. It was written a few years ago and was really not that great, but it was the only article I had to send them. I was denied, and very upset. I continued working for Textbroker and saved copies of my best articles. I wanted to give Demand Studios another shot, but I had to use a different email to do it since I was denied before. I sent them the articles I had saved from TextBroker and I got an email the same day saying that I was accepted!
I was a bit nervous to start working for them because I heard that they are very picky and that they have rude editors that pick apart each article. I finally took the leap and wrote my first article for them and it was accepted with no rewrites! Phew! Now, I'm not perfect and since then I have had plenty of revisions, but the editors have always been very professional and most of the time they rewrites were just a few minor things that needed tweaked. I am not very thick skinned, but I have taught myself instead of getting upset about rewrites I will just take them in stride and consider them to be learning experiences. Demand does have some strict rules to follow when writing articles, but once you write a few articles you will get the hang of it.
With Demand you can pick and choose the articles you want to write. They pay any where from $3 - $15 an article and pay twice a week via paypal. The only thing I get frustrated with is the listings. I don't know who categorizes the articles, but you can filter your searches to a search for only one subject, however, even when I search for "dogs" I will get a bunch of article offers for how to change car parts! I don't know anything about working on cars and it has nothing to do with dogs! So I waste a lot of time sifting through articles finding ones that I want to write.
With Demand you do have to show at least one resource with each article. My advice is to choose topics that you are at least a little knowledgeable about. For instance, I wouldn't write an article on working on cars when I have no clue what they are talking about!
I am really loving this change of work. I feel more free to do what I want. I don't have to worry about working all day and all night for beans. I can take time to play with my kids, or do something I want to do without stressing over it and I enjoy it!! I'm so glad I took the leap into freelance writing!
My next post will be about residual income and revenue sharing websites, so stay close!