What: Write funny stories/listicles for pay

Expected pay: $150 – $350 per story

Husl$core: $$$$$

Requirements: a computer; mad writing skills and a good sense of humor

Review: If you’re a writer who is funny and has an irreverent, somewhat off-kilter, way of looking at the world, you may want to try writing for Cracked. One of the largest comedy writing sites on the web, Cracked takes submissions from pretty much anyone — you don’t even need to be 18.

And, if your article is accepted, the pay isn’t too bad. According to Cracked’s “write for us” pitch: “For your first four accepted articles, you will get $150 each. From your fifth article onward, you will get $250. If your article becomes one of the ten highest traffic-pullers of the month, you’ll earn an additional bonus payment of $100.”  Importantly, too, your articles on Cracked are published with your byline and can link back to your own site, so it can also be a great way to build your writing/comedy resume. That said, the site’s editors are exacting and expect that your stories will be funny, accurate and well sourced, so even though they’re paying more than the other writing mills, you’re going to spend more time writing each article too. 

If you want to write but comedy is not your specialty, check out the job listings at ProBlogger.

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