4 Companies Now Hiring Freelance Writers to Cover Sports, Travel and Weed

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Whether you’re planning to start a freelance side hustle or take your writing career to the next level in 2017, we’ve got some fun job opportunities for you.

Here are four companies hiring new and experienced writers around the country.

1. Research and Write About Cannabis Laws

Update: This job is  no longer available. Check out this list to find more freelance writing gigs.

Are you obsessed with rapidly-changing cannabis laws? This company will pay you to write about them.

A medical marijuana industry publisher is looking for a writer interested in cannabis laws and to cover emerging legislation. Previous knowledge is a plus, but not required — you should just be passionate about the subject!

Your job would be researching and writing about cannabis laws and regulations around the country, important rulings, upcoming votes, information on starting a cannabis business, licensing updates and more.

The work is very part time — four to six hours a week — and pays $12 an hour.

You should be a great writer and have some experience with blog writing and research.

To apply: Fill out the online application here.

2. Write Articles to Help Women Reach Their Professional Dreams

If you’re passionate about millennial women’s lifestyle and helping young women succeed, 1,000 Dreams Fund is looking for you.

This organization is working to fund the dreams of 1,000 high school- and college-age girls and women across the U.S. It’s seeking several freelance editors/bloggers to contribute to its blog.

Your job would include pitching, writing and editing your own short articles, plus editing content from a network of college bloggers.

Compensation is $50 per completed post.

Applicants should have at least two years’ experience writing and editing for the web, and some experience managing freelance writers. You should also understand how to make articles clickable and SEO-friendly.

To apply: Fill out your online application here.

3. Write About Travel for TripExpert

This is a great opportunity for new writers interested in travel to get some clips — and get paid for it.

Travel review site TripExpert is adding tons of new content to its site, and it’s hiring part-time writers to help for the next two to six months.

As a content editor, your job will be to read reviews in travel guides, magazines and newspapers and condense them into short summaries.

It’s not a glamorous gig for a creative writer, but it’s a good way to hone your chops! You should be a good writer, but you don’t have to have professional experience.

Plus, it pays $12 an hour for at least 25 hours a week.

TripExpert expects the bulk of the work to happen in the next six weeks (starting immediately), but the project will likely continue for the next two to six months.

To apply: Submit your writing sample and fill out the online application here.

4. Write About Sports and Sports Video Games

Calling all couch potatoes! If you’re into sports and sports video games, SGO (Sports Gamers Online) could have a job for you.

The sports news and review site is looking for writers to create lists, features, opinion pieces and more for its website.

You’ll be responsible for keeping an eye out for relevant breaking news and turning around timely articles, plus writing more in-depth reviews and features. You’ll have access to games to review and get into industry events and conventions like PAX, GDC and E3 — partially covered by the company!

An SGO rep told us pay is 2 cents per word and can go up to 3 to 4 cents per word depending on performance.

You should have previous experience writing and be comfortable with WordPress. Writing on your own blog counts!

To apply: Contact the email listed here.

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Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).