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Reader Tip: Earn Money Writing for Patch & Demand Studios

Jennifer emailed in the following two ways she is earning money from home:

As a stay-at-home mom with experience in writing, I’ve been able to make between $700-$900 a month working with AOL Patch and Demand Studios.

If you enjoy blogging, shooting videos, taking pictures, or reporting, you can find a job on Patch. You go to and see if there’s a site for your town/state. There wasn’t one for my town, but the next town over had one, so I applied there. After clicking on your particular town’s Patch page, you can find the site editor’s name and contact email at the top of the page.

Patch follows the journalistic style of a regular newspaper, but it’s online-only and focused on news about the town it covers. You’ll be considered a freelancer and paid via PayPal. I work in the NJ/NY metro area and earn $65 per story (compensation may be different where you live).

My Patch editor knows I’m available to work while my son is at school and when my husband gets home from work. He emails me a day or two ahead of time for events he’d like me to cover, and if he can’t get a freelance photographer to cover the event, he asks me to take a couple photos with my digital camera. And because he knows I can work from home, he also assigns me stories in which I can conduct interviews over the phone.

I’ve been offered a chance to start my own Patch site in my own town. They’ll provide you with an iPhone and laptop if you became a Patch site editor, and you’ll then be considered an AOL Patch employee. I had to decline the offer because I wouldn’t be able to devote the time needed as editor. But, I hope that offer will be available when my son gets a little older.

With Demand Studios, you visit and simply click on the heading you want to apply for (writer, filmmaker, copy editor, blogger, or expert). I work as a writer and also a copy editor.

When I applied to be a writer, I had to provide a writing sample and my resume. To be a copy editor, I had to show my past experience in the field. Demand Studios starts you out at around $15 per 500-word story. Copy editing pays $4 a story.

They are strict with their standards, but they offer online tutorials, and they’re patient with new employees. There are forums available to ask questions, reach editors and ask fellow freelancers questions. You can log onto the site anytime and work whenever you’d like. -Jennifer

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  • That sounds like a fun little way to earn some extra money. I’m going to have to check into those. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Katie Haney says:

    I just emailed the Patch editor in our area! I’m looking forward to seeing what comes from this! Thank you so much for the idea!

  • CJ says:

    Interesting..I was writing for my local Patch for 5 months and then was told they had their budgets slashed. I then did a couple of free articles and haven’t had a response, from the editor, to any of my suggestions, since.

  • Jessica says:

    I’ve been writing for Demand and for 3 years. Love it.

    • Jenna says:

      How do you make money with Examiner? I worked for them for a little over 6 months, and maybe made $10…I could never figure out their payment criteria.

  • Roxanne D. says:

    I also write for patch and the most I’ve made is $10 per write-up. They have slashed a ton of budgets over the past few months. Now I write the daily deal each day and make $25 a week, which is fine by me. I write 2-4 sentences a day.

  • Victoria says:

    I highly encourage anyone who has some kind of writing experience to submit their writing sample to Demand Studios. I’ve gained a lot of experience since starting with them over two years ago and this is all work that can be used as part of my professional portfolio/resume once I begin looking for regular work.

    • Stacy says:

      Demand Studios has been great for us as well- flexible work and regular pay. However, they are in a major article drought right now and several people that I’ve recommended apply have been turned down in the past 2-3 months so they may not be accepting many new writers.

  • Jetaime says:

    I just contacted my local patch editor too!

  • Katie says:

    There is not one in Texas, bummer.

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