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

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

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.

Want to write personal finance articles? Here are 18 outlets to pitch

While details of payment often depend on each editor and pitch, many of these publications pay writers — sometimes handsomely. Those that pay don’t usually allow links back to your personal blog or website.

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

Here are 18 opportunities for personal finance writers.

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. Only publications in the print version are paid.

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 specifies that it’s hiring writers, which means it’s a paid gig — but it 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

Although they don’t have a super-simple contact form or contributor-specific email address, pitching Entrepreneur could land you in one of the premier personal finance publications in the country.

Find the department that best fits your story and pitch directly to that editorial inbox. 

Payment: Unverified. Some sources say $1.50 per word.

4. Man vs. Debt 

Started over a decade ago by Adam Baker and his wife Courtney as a personal passion project, Man vs. Debt has grown into a formidable personal finance community — and offers a great opportunity for getting your work out there in front of more eyeballs.

Email your post to baker@manvsdebt.com as the body text of an email (as opposed to an attachment), and write “Guest post from (your name)” as the subject line. 

Payment: Accepted submissions aren’t compensated monetarily, but will be put in front of the blog’s sizable audience.

5. The Penny Hoarder

The Penny Hoarder tackles fun and unique ways to make and save money. They’re looking for evergreen articles of at least 700-900 words and are particularly interested in stories that share specific details.

Payment: Pay rate will be individually negotiated.

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: Unlisted, but sources suggest an average of about 64 cents per word.

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. The 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. Please submit your piece in the body of the email rather than as an attachment, and keep it to 400-1000 “jargon-free” words. 

Payment: Unlisted, but sources report a minimum of 50 cents per word.

11. Beating Broke 

If you’re a member of the Yakezie Group of personal finance and lifestyle blogs or author of an established financial blog on a different network, you can submit guest posts to Beating Broke. If your content’s a good fit, you may be able to become a contributing writer and post on the blog regularly. 

Payment: This is an unpaid opportunity, but you may include a “reasonable” amount of links in your content, including to your own website.

12. Forbes

Go big or go home, right? Being published in Forbes is a big deal for any writer, and this is one case where the pay matches the prestige. Submit a well-crafted pitch to ideas@forbes.com

Payment: Although this one might be a little tough for beginners to break into, one writer reported a pay rate of $2 per word for a lengthy piece involving a good amount of investigative footwork.

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. They’re also on the hunt for an SEO expert to write an in-depth post about keyword research using either Ahref or SemRush.

Payment: Worthy articles are paid at a rate of up to $200, and the SEO post mentioned above has a budget of $200-$500.

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. Reach Financial Independence 

Personal bloggers with non-commercial sites can contribute guest posts to Reach Financial Independence, a blog dedicated to working smarter and living more. Your original piece must be at least 800 words in length, and may not include affiliate links. 

Payment: This is another unpaid opportunity, but the writer guidelines specify you can include up to two links back to your blog in the body, and links to your social accounts in the bio.

16. Money Crashers

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

Payment: Although a rate isn’t listed on the website, Money Crashers claims its start base rate of pay is “competitive,” and there are additional monthly performance incentives to earn based on traffic

17. Money Saving Mom

This well-known blog is written by financially savvy mommy blogger Crystal Paine, who’s published several books and ecourses. 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. Modest Money

If you manage a personal-finance-focused blog of your own or otherwise have ample financial writing experience, Modest Money is looking for guest posts from you! Posts should be at least 500 words long and may include up to two links to your personal website

Payment: Although this is an unpaid opportunity, the chance to link back to your personal site is gold!

We updated this post in 2019 so it’s more useful and relevant for our readers! It was originally written by Brianna Bell and updated by The Write Life team. 

Photo via mandritoiu/Shutterstock 

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14 comments

  • 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,

      Brianna

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      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
      Editor

    • Elise O. says:

      Carol-thanks for your insightful comments and objections. I agree that we cannot give writers false hope about the cutthroat publishing industry we live in and hopefully survive in. Being a freelancer is not for the faint of heart. Not for the lazy folks. And not for people who think they will get rich quick after leaving their ho-hum corporate job. Reality check. To do this job, it takes a lot of grit, commitment, bruised egos and rewrites. Is it worth it? Yes. To find $1/word — you have to know your subject, do your research and create relationships with the right editorial people. Hopefully, you can also write. Just saying. To work in this business it takes more than people realize.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    http://www.financeblogzone.com/write-for-us/

    Thanks Again!

  • Brian Kuhn says:

    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.

  • Eric Pemper says:

    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! 🙂

  • Hi Brianna, thanks for sharing this great list. Being a personal finance blogger I always look for opportunity where I can make some money by writing some guest articles.
    There are so many bloggers who are earning thousands of dollars by writing for different websites.
    Great list.

  • Hi Brianna, this is really what any personal finance writer would prefer to read. Thanks for sharing all these blogs. That’s really great curation for the personal finance blogs and its really worthy for us. Depending on content monetization solely through adverts like Google Adsense, really puts a high risk. So, if one adds different sources of income in your portfolio then it not only mitigates risk but also grow your personal finance to all new level.

    Most needed list, look for such articles from you.

    Thanks

    Regards
    – Amaltas Dwivedi

  • Wow this is really an informative piece for the personal finance niche writers, I really found the post helpful