Paid Programs for Technical Writers
Technical writing is the process of documenting processes such as software documentation and instructional material for programming. It can be used as a method of writing about a particular subject related to technology as well. This field of writing has been steadily growing and is expected to grow further in the coming years. There are several paid programs for technical writing out there and I will highlight a couple of them here. Technical writers can make money from writing good articles and submit them to these programs. This can be a great source of income especially when working remotely.
Real Python is one of the top blogs dedicated entirely to Python programming. With a reach of over 1.5 million visits a month, you have a wide audience. They pay up to $300 per article.
Join the Real Python Tutorial Team - Real Python
Do you have a knack for writing and want to get your thoughts in front of thousands of Python developers? The…
Make Use Of
Make Use Of is a site dedicated to modern technology, from tech news, mobile and PC hacks and tech lifestyle guides. Their application process is pretty simple. Writers can make up to $120 per article.
Write For MUO: Hiring Info
We are always looking for strong passionate writers who are motivated to develop and write engaging content. MUO is…
Linode is a cloud hosting company that provides private virtual Linux servers. They cover a broad range of open-source cloud computing technologies from DevOps tools, server technologies, storage and much more. They pay up to $300 per article and updates to existing pieces from $100. Check out if you’re a great match for them here:
Write For Linode | Technical Writing Program | Linode
Write For Linode is a technical writing program that pays you to contribute to Linode's library of guides and…
Digital Ocean is a leading cloud infrastructure provider that enables developers quickly deploy their apps to the cloud. They have a paid community writer program called DOnations in which writers receive $300 per tutorial then the author selects one tech-focused charity or non-profit to receive a donation from Digital Ocean.
Write for DOnations | DigitalOcean
The Write for DOnations program brings together two initiatives: building content to help developers, and supporting…
Guest Writers | CSS-Tricks
We love guest authors on CSS-Tricks! It's always a win-win-win-win! Good for our readers. Good for you the writer. Good…
Tutorialspoint is one of the leading tutorial sites offering everything from programming and frameworks tutorials, app development, big data tutorials and much more. In order to apply, you are required to produce a sample write-up of 2–3 pages to show your writing capabilities and command over the chosen subject. They pay up to $500 per article.
Tutorials Writing for Us
Are you exceptionally good at creating self-learning material in attractive layout? If the answer is yes, then we have…
Sitepoint is a web developer focused website providing tutorials, courses, books and much more curated for web developers, designers and entrepreneurs alike. They pay up to $250 per article.
Write for Us - SitePoint
We're always interested in hearing from developers, designers, content creators, and digital makers who want to write…
Couchbase is a distributed no-SQL database and they also have a community writer program where articles are published on their blog. Writers can be paid up to $200 per piece.
Get paid to write about Couchbase | The Couchbase Blog
Here's a great way to kick off 2017, why not write about Couchbase and get paid $200 per blog post that is published on…
CircleCI provides continuous intergration and delivery services for developers. They have a guest writer program and you can view their writer guidelines in this document. They pay up to $300 per article.
Guest Writer Program
At CircleCI, we want to empower all developers everywhere to do their best work. We provide not just the tools to…
This is one of the best sites offering tutorials, how-tos and courses for software development. They are currently looking for authors for web development tutorials. Their rates start at $100 per quick tip tutorial and $250 per regular tutorial(that is, per article per tutorial).
Call for Authors: Write For Tuts+!
We're currently looking for more authors to join our team! Specifically, we're looking for those who have strong web…
Clubhouse.io provides a collaborative platform for software developers for project management. They have a paid writer program called Write, Earn, Give Program. The Write, Earn, Give is Clubhouse’s program that pays software engineers to write tutorials, how-to and thought leadership content for Clubhouse. With each writer payment, they also donate to a tech-focused charity, non-profit or open source project of the writer’s choosing. They pay How-To / Tutorial: $400 (with working code examples: $600) and $350 for a blog post.
One notable mention is Google Season of Docs that provides support for open source projects to improve their documentation and gives professional technical writers an opportunity to gain experience in open source. This is an annual program where Google provides funding to organizations that need to improve their documentation. The organizations then hire technical writers from a select pool of participants who apply to that organization to provide technical writing support and get paid.
Season of Docs | Google Developers
Season of Docs provides support for open source projects to improve their documentation and gives professional…
As you can see, technical writing can be both beneficial and rewarding if taken seriously. There are tens of other paid community writer programs which I haven’t highlighted but I hope these can serve as a start. What are you waiting for? Get started on technical writing today!