You can get paid for writing on your free time. You do not need to be a professional writer but you will need to like writing, at least about the topics you have a passion on.
A few months ago I discovered I like to write. I started at a few web sites but searching on the web I found a wonderful web site called Associated Content (AC). If you want to contribute articles (by writing them) you can do it on Associated Content. You will become what they call a Content Producer or CP. Content Producers send writing materials to AC for their evaluation. If the article meets certain level of professionalism and characteristics you will receive an offer that you may accept, decline or resubmit. Of course, they can decline your article if it does not conform to certain rules or they have too much articles on the specific topic.
You, an aspiring writer, may gain exposure, get paid for your submissions, and even get paid bonuses on your submissions. For each submission, you can make anywhere between $3.00 and $20.00. You can send videos, images, written articles, and more!
You will need a computer, Internet access, time to write, a PayPal account (this is the way they pay), and valuable ideas (that is content: written, images, videos, etc). Here are the steps to sign up and start getting paid to write on your free time.
First of all you will need to conform to certain basic guidelines. First, you have to be 18 years or older, and a US citizen or US resident (this is because of tax considerations). If you live outside the US you can send content BUT will not get paid (sorry, it is their policy).
First Step. Open a Paypal Account. Granting you have a computer and Internet access you will need a PayPal account. If you do not have already one follow this link to open a new one. It’s easy and free. You will be done with this step in no more than 5 minutes.
Second Step. When you have finished opening your Paypal account, go to Associated Content to start the sign up process by following this link.
Third Step. Once you have signed up for Associated Content, read the AC FAQs on the website. You can access these by following this link. Do your homework, explore the site, read. It will help a lot. You can go to the Forum too. They have many questions and answers posted there.
Fourth Step. Submit your first material. If you are comfortable with Associated Content and have read the FAQs on their website, you are ready to send your first article. You could do it for free or for an offer. Anyway you will have to wait some time (no more than 15 days) to get an answer for your submission. After the three first successful submissions you can publish instantly for free. (for payment you will always have to wait for they approval)
Fifth Step. Promote your content. In addition to getting an upfront payment for your article, videos, and images you can also get paid on a Performance basis. The more views your Associated Content articles get, the more you can get paid. They currently have what is known as Bonus Performance. They pay $1.50 per 1000 page views. SO if you get 3000 page views you get an extra $4.50. Not bad for doing nothing. (well you already did it. You wrote that great article!!!)
Promoting your Associated Content is not difficult. You can send your published content to friends, family members, and promote your Associated Content articles in sites such as MySpace, Digg, del.icio.us, my yahoo, etc.
That’s it!. Follow these five simple steps and start earning money for writing articles in your free time.