Get Paid to Write Personal Finance Articles: 18 Outlets to Pitch Now

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Do you have a reputation for being financially savvy?

Maybe you can crunch numbers in a flash to determine how to get the best deal whenever you’re shopping. Maybe you’re armed with an organized binder full of coupons.

Whatever your secret, when it comes to money, you’re in the know.

So why aren’t you getting paid to write about personal finance? If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your byline in well known money focused publications, it’s time to act.

We’ve compiled a list of 18 opportunities for personal finance writers. While details of payment often depend on each editor and pitch, most of these publications pay writers.

We did the hard work of tracking down these freelance writing gigs. All you have to do is write.

1. The Dollar Stretcher

This popular online personal finance and productivity resource also publishes a print magazine.

The Dollar Stretcher (TDS) has been around since 1998 and goes beyond “six ways to save money on your grocery bill,” — instead, it looks for more unique articles related to personal finance.

TDS also prefers its writers use professional quotes and statistics when possible.

Payment: $0.10 per word, for a maximum of about 750 words. You must include “paid query” in the email, as TDS accepts both paid and unpaid submissions.

2. Wise Bread

One of the highest-ranked personal finance websites, Wise Bread shares articles about personal finance and frugal living.

The exposure on Wise Bread is broad, and any writer on this site will have a large audience — especially if your post is syndicated by Business Insider, DailyFinance or Forbes.

Payment: The site says that it pays, but doesn’t specify an amount. You must apply to become a blogger, and the application process is lengthy and thorough. We’ve emailed Wise Bread for payment information, and will update if we hear back.

3. Entrepreneur Magazine

This worldwide business magazine gives you the most recent news and commentary related to entrepreneurship. There are many different editions across the globe, including United States, Mexico, China and India.

You can apply to become a regular contributor to its blogs, or you can submit a query to a specific department if you’d like to write an editorial. Entrepreneur Magazine accepts a wide range of subjects related to finance, including relevant personal finance stories, or success stories relevant to Entrepreneurs.

Payment: Unverified. Some sources say $1 per word.

4. The Krazy Coupon Lady

This site was designed as a hub for people who love frugal living and couponing. Money-saving topics can range from parenting, home and gardening, fashion and travel.

Payment: Up to $50 via PayPal upon acceptance.

5. The Motley Fool

This popular finance blog discusses the stock market, as well as publishing personal finance articles in its “Daily Finance” section.

Any reader can create a badge and write for the site;you can join the network and publish without requiring approval. However, only the top bloggers from the community receive compensation.

Payment: Although anyone can write for The Motley Fool, only articles that get syndicated are paid. The pay is competitive, according to The Motley Fool’s website, but we’ve emailed them asking for more information..

6. Business Insider

Business Insider looks for a variety of professionals to write columns related to personal finance and beyond, including business owners, journalists, personal finance experts, and entrepreneurs.

Payment: Freelance writers are unpaid, but Business Insider is a high-traffic site that could draw considerable attention to your writing endeavors.

7. The New York Times Opinionator

It’s perhaps one of the most well known columns on this list, although it’s not specifically finance or business related. The Opinionator accepts submissions based on any opinion that you may have, so don’t hold back with your personal finance or business-related submissions. The Times responds within three days.

Payment: $150 per article under 1,500 words.

8. Rockstar Finance

Rockstar Finance is a curated collection of articles related to money, minimalism, budgets, and everything in between. You can submit an article to be considered, but you will not be compensated.

Payment: Unpaid. This is a great place to increase exposure for your own blog or articles that you’ve written elsewhere.

9. Smart Money Chicks

This website gives financial advice geared toward women. It accepts guest posts from writers related to personal finance, but does not compensate for guest articles.

Payment: Unpaid, but writing for Smart Money Chicks is a great way to build your portfolio as a personal finance blogger, especially if you’re just starting in this niche. You can also republish your guest blog post elsewhere after three months.

10. Wall Street Journal

One of the U.S.’s top daily newspapers. Much of the content on WSJ is related to business and breaking news. You can submit an opinion piece to discuss anything relevant to the paper, including personal finance or family budgets.  

Payment: $400 for an 800 word article, according to a source.

11. Afro-Chic Mompreneur

Afro-Chic Mompreneur provides fun and engaging content for female entrepreneurs. Topics range from personal finance to managing time with family. An example of a popular article is 10 Affordable Ways to Rock Halloween in Cleveland.

Payment: The most popular article of the month receives $50; all other guest blogs are unpaid.

12. Forbes

This American business magazine also has an exciting online platform. Being published on Forbes is a bit like Huffington Post: The site has contributors who can post as often as they like by hosting their own “blog” through the Forbes network.

Payment: A great way to get your foot in the Forbes door is to guest-post for a contributor, although this method is unpaid. If you become a contributor for Forbes, you get paid based on your blog’s performance.

According to reports, top Forbes bloggers make anywhere from $45,000 to $100,000 annually.

Ed. note: Thanks to Carol Tice who provided the following update in a comment: “This past Spring, Forbes changed their blogging pay formula (which is a combo of flat-rate and traffic bonuses) to cut earnings about in half (they ended bonuses on older posts, which really hit those of us who write evergreens that could drive traffic all year).”

13. Income Diary

This website is all about earning. Some topics that you may cover include monetizing your blog, earning money from writing, or any other topics related to earning money.

Payment: A few sources report that Income Diary pays between $50 – $200 per article. It pays via Paypal.

14. Doctor of Credit

Doctor of Credit shares money management strategies and savings suggestions. The site focuses on practical ways to be frugal, as well as information about credit cards, the best cards out there, and the different rewards available.

Payment: Doctor of Credit accepts guest posts by readers, and accepted submissions receive $50. However, if you publish regularly you may find an ongoing opportunity. You should hear back from the site within seven days of submitting your post.

15. Daily Finance

This website that provides practical personal finance advice from real-life people. You can find topics related to planning for your future finances, saving money, spending, and investing.

Payment: You can apply to be a part of their contributor network, but these contributors aren’t paid. Daily Finance, owned by AOL receives 3.9 million unique views each month, so the exposure may be worth contributing a few pieces for free.

16. Money Crashers

This popular personal finance blog covers a variety of topics relating to money, including frugal living and money management.

Payment: Reports state $35 for an article of 500 -1,000 words with little-to-no reporting.

17. Money Saving Mom

This well-known blog is written by financially savvy mommy blogger Crystal Paine, who recently published a book. You can guest-blog for Money Saving Mom with practical money saving advice relevant to the site’s readers.

Payment: Unpaid, but you gain serious street cred by writing for this site, and you’re bound to get traffic back to your blog or site.

18. The Penny Hoarder

The Penny Hoarder tackles weird, wacky and fun ways to save money. There are also personal stories about how regular people have saved money and climbed out of debt.

Payment: $75 per accepted article, with an opportunity to receive a bonus if you reach a certain number of pageviews. To find out more information about the bonus payment system, read the contributor guidelines.

Who will you pitch first? What other sites would you add to this list?

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Brianna Bell is a freelance writer that specializes in articles on parenting, personal finance, and writing. You can ask her for free writing advice on her micro-blog, Write for Money.... .

Write for Money Microblog | @briannarbell


  1. Brianna, I recently wrapped 3 years blogging for Forbes as a paid reporter. I think your estimates on pay were high…and now they’re even more too high, because back this past Spring, Forbes changed their blogging pay formula (which is a combo of flat-rate and traffic bonuses) to cut earnings about in half (they ended bonuses on older posts, which really hit those of us who write evergreens that could drive traffic all year).

    Before that, I was making about $2000 a month off four posts. Still great pay, but $45K a year? No.

    I’ve written for the print magazine as well — I think it probably creates false hope to tell folks that anyone off the street could guest post on the Forbes blog and end up writing for the magazine. For print, they’re looking for experienced, trained business journalists. They are THE premier magazine in the business-news space, and look for a strong portfolio of reported stories.

    On the plus side, if you fit that description and have a strong pitch for them, they pay $2 a word and up. Most of the free blog contributors are CEOs, consultants and other ‘thought leader’ types, rather than ‘writer’ types…sort of a different planet than who they’d look at for print.

    Entrepreneur I wrote for for many years, including at $100 a post on their blog for over 3 years. Not sure what their rates might be now for online. Sad to say, it’s been quite a while since their print side paid $1 a word for anything but very short pieces. More like $.50-$.75 a word last I knew, and even back in the heyday, long features paid under $1 a word (I’ve written 3 cover stories).

    I have to say I’m disappointed in the sketchy research that went into this post — seems like a departure from the usual Write Life quality standards.

    • Brianna Bell says:

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for your thorough comment, and for the additional information you provided based on experience. That is very informative and much appreciated.

      All the best,


    • Carol,

      Thanks for your insight and experience! This list was a challenging one to put together, in part because the ends of the personal finance spectrum are so far apart. There are some super-high caliber pubs (which are so hard to get into, and to find payment info for), and also some awesome smaller niche blogs (which either don’t accept guest posts at all, or don’t have an editorial budget), but not a whole lot in the middle. I’m curious as to whether the WordRates project will help in terms of transparency in this field.

      In the meantime, I’ll add an editor’s note regarding the numbers situation with Forbes!

      Thanks again,

      Lisa Rowan

  2. Great list! I think trying to quantify writing rates is a tough thing, since things can change quickly, different pieces are paid out differently within the same pubs, and different writers are paid differently as well. The flip side is leaving the numbers out, and I’d way rather read a list like this with ballparks, than no info at all. I think most freelancers know to take the dollar amounts mentioned online with a grain of salt for the reasons I mentioned above. I always love the list posts on TWL!

    • Brianna Bell says:

      Hi Susan! Thank you for the generous comment!

      Writers rates sure are a pain to track down sometimes, and I agree, it’s nice to know ball park.

  3. Thanks for posting this list! Personal finance and investing is my game and I’ve been toying with the idea of trying to write some articles about it. Now that I’ve got some idea of where to submit articles, I think it’s time to give it a try.

  4. Hi Brianna, thanks for sharing all these blogs. Actually I have a blog where I pay bloggers up to $70 .

    Take a look and let me know what you think?

    Thanks Again!

  5. Fantastic article thanks for writing. I’ll apply to a couple of them. Under the New York Times Opinionator I think you mean 1,500 words right? Not $1,500 words. Remove the dollar sign.

  6. Thanks for sharing Lisa! Wow, who knew you can actually earn from writing for sites! I do like to highlight that a lot of bloggers and reputable websites as well monetize on contributions by asking for a fee when you want to guest post on their site.

    Still, great list! 🙂

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