Helium Content Source works with a wide variety of publishing partners, and new opportunities are posted on the Helium Editorial Freelance Assignments page every week.

We’re looking for more than just writers, though. We also need knowledgeable, experienced copy editors to work on projects, and we’re currently looking to expand our pool of editors. Do you have an eye for detail and a passion for spelling, grammar and punctuation? If your answer is yes, visit the freelance assignments page to learn more about how to apply.

If writing is more your style, we’re also looking for writers for a number of different projects. Here’s a peek at what we’re looking for this week.

Among the assignments we have open now:

  • Marketing writers who can tackle easy website copy
  • Experienced professional copy editors for numerous content creation projects
  • Writers with a specialty and expertise in writing about technology and computers
  • Experienced financial writers for an ongoing bi-weekly assignment aimed at appraising merchants with the latest financial information that impacts their accounts
  • Recipe writers who can write original commentary and stick to weekly deadlines
  • Marketing writers with a background in banking
  • Experienced marketing writers who can write witty, clean copy for daily coupon deals client
  • Auto writers who can write informational articles, blog posts and know social media
  • Bloggers based in Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal to write about local news, events and entertainment
  • Writers who can write to African American topics of interest and concern, such as lifestyle, health, history, news and current events
  • Fly-fishing and hunting experts
  • Freelancers with a background in construction
  • Writers adept at covering home improvement/construction industry needs

Helium’s assignment system brings you hundreds of assignments each day. However, some assignments are only open to writers with certain qualifications. How do you find these additional writing opportunities? Visit the Editorial Freelance Assignments page!

Helium Content Source works with many publishing partners and every week we post new opportunities for freelancers to write for our clients.

Among the assignments we have open now:

  • Writers with a specialty and expertise in writing about technology and computers
  • Business journalists with experience covering sustainable business practices
  • Experienced financial writers for an ongoing bi-weekly assignment aimed at appraising merchants with the latest financial information that impacts their accounts
  • Recipe writers who can write original commentary and stick to weekly deadlines
  • Writers who can tackle computing subjects like cloud computing and business analytics
  • Marketing writers with a background in banking
  • Writers with a specialty in writing about military wedding etiquette
  • Experienced marketing writers who can write witty, clean copy for daily coupon deals client
  • Freelancer skilled at writing advertorials or white papers for major software companies
  • Auto writers who can write informational articles, blog posts and know social media
  • Bloggers based in Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal to write about local news, events and entertainment

Learn about how to apply for these assignments on the Editorial Freelance Assignments page.

Beginning June 1, we’re welcoming in the summer months with our new promotion: 10 Squared. What’s that mean, you ask? It means that for every 10 articles you write (and we accept) to a single leaf channel, we’ll give you a bonus $10 assignment. And just to keep the math going, 10×10=100 so we’ll run this for 100 days.

Why? Because promotions are fun. Also, to herald our new Writing Groups Assignment system, which debuts in June. As we’ve been saying on Helium’s Community Discussion Boards, writers should write to titles in the leaf channels they know best and where they feel most confident.

We really want you to show us the subjects (leaf channels) that you’re interested in writing more about and know something about, for example: Auto Repair, Perennials, Business Law, or even Denver, Colorado.

We’ll be looking for your quality work and keeping those articles that show your quality writing. When we’ve accepted 10 of your articles in that leaf, we’ll target a $10 assignment just to you in that same leaf channel.

You can submit work through the assignment system, suggest your own titles and write to existing titles on the site. (Reminder: Writing to titles with more than 6 or 7 articles doesn’t add much, unless you’re confident you can do better. Search out the onesies!)

You don’t have to come up number 1 — though that’s nice to aim for. And, sorry, this doesn’t apply to the Creative Writing channel.

We’ll perform regular sweeps to see who’s written where so we can award the $10 titles.

Good luck and get writing!

Janice Brand, VP Helium Content Source

Everyone lives somewhere. Why not share what you know about your hometown? People are constantly searching for local content such as “best day hikes for kids in New Jersey” or “best family restaurants in Rochester, NY.”

Writing this type of evergreen content about your state or hometown on Helium is a great way to add to your writing portfolio. By showcasing your expertise in this niche, Helium Content Source staffers can identify you for future local-based writing assignments with our many publishing partners.

Among the positions we’ve filled:

  • Local writers for city guide websites
  • Local writers for a national real estate website.
  • Los Angeles neighborhood profiler for a major daily newspaper
  • Writers for the launch of a new regional newspaper

Helium Content Source staffers are constantly on the lookout for writers for these types of assignments. Help us find you by filling out your address in your account settings.

Share your local knowledge

Continue writing in the Local Guides Channel on Helium. Helium has a channel for every state in the U.S. and many sub-channels for various cities, such as Pittsburgh or Las Vegas. We also feature articles about countries around the world in our Destination Guides Channel.

Become a leader

Another great way to get more involved with Helium is to become the Channel Manager of your town’s channel. Learn more about why you should become a Channel Manager today.

So what are you waiting for? Get local… and start writing today!

Amber Hilton, a Helium writer since Sept. 2006, has been writing and editing for Helium Content Source assignments extensively and nearly exclusively for a year.

Like many of you, I started writing for Helium as a way to earn a little extra cash. I was a graphic design student looking for ways to earn extra money from home when I read a blog post about Helium and decided to give it a try. At first I wrote sporadically, and when my initial earnings weren’t very impressive, I pretty much gave up on the site. However, after a boost in passive earnings many months later, I decided to give it another shot, and since then Helium has been a steady presence in my life. Helium kept coming up with new ways to keep me coming back, including writing contests and more recently the Helium Marketplace.

About a year and half ago, I moved from Minnesota to Texas, leaving my full-time graphic design job and piles of snow behind for unemployment and palm trees. With almost four years of experience writing for Helium, I decided to give freelance writing and editing a try while I looked for graphic design work in the Lone Star state. I started competing in Marketplace in hopes of increasing my monthly earnings, and was quickly invited to participate in Helium Content Source projects, working with private publishers on ongoing assignments. To my surprise, the projects kept coming in! I got another pay-per-hour freelance writing gig to supplement my Helium income and have yet to send out a resume for a new graphic design job. I now rely on Helium Content Source assignments for the majority of my income.

My writing has improved a great deal in the four+ years that I’ve been with Helium, but the improvements over the past year have been the most significant. Working directly with editors and project managers on Content Source projects has provided me with valuable feedback that has allowed me to start to think about this as a permanent career change. I’m only 27, and I’m already living my dream of working from home in my pj’s, and I owe much of this to Helium.

Why Content Source

For me, Helium Content Source is the Helium experience. I still write articles for the site and participate in the Marketplace and How-To community occasionally, but most of my time is spent working on regular projects for Helium’s publishing partners. It’s crazy to think that a little over a year ago I didn’t even know that these projects existed, and there are still Helium writers who know nothing about this part of the site. Thanks to the hard work of Helium writers and editors, publishers are eager to work with Helium Content Source on ongoing projects.

I’ve worked on many different Content Source projects for a variety of online and print publishers. Currently, my days are mostly spent writing up short neighborhood profiles for cities across the U.S. for a real estate website. I have also written longer articles on topics that range from pet care, to beauty, to popular culture, to health. I’ve also written various “best of” titles about my city for a leading U.S. news provider. I even wrote some pet articles for a book published in print. Some of the online publishers include an author byline, which in turn has the potential to draw traffic to your Helium About Me page.

How Content Source projects work

Every publisher has different expectations and guidelines, but there are some commonalities. If you’ve excelled in the Helium Marketplace, you’re likely a good candidate for Content Source. The process is much the same, with one big difference: once you’ve been selected to work on a project, you’ll regularly be assigned projects rather than having to compete for payments with other writers like you do in Marketplace. Once you’ve been selected and agree to work on a particular project, you’ll either be assigned titles directly or given a pool of titles to choose from. You’ll know the deadlines and guidelines up front and can plan your work accordingly. Some projects have several “batches” of articles with different deadlines that go on for weeks or months, while others are a single batch with a single deadline. Oftentimes, you won’t know up front whether a project will be on-going, because the initial batch of titles is often a “test phase” that will help the publishers decide if they want to continue working with Helium.

Skills you need

The guidelines for Content Source projects are typically a bit more involved than those in the Marketplace, but the idea is the same. Publishers will give you general guidelines in regard to word count, tone, style, acceptable sources and source citing. I’ve worked on projects with guidelines that are a few paragraphs long, while other publishers might get really specific, providing several pages of guidelines and instructions. If you want to do well, it’s essential that you can follow these instructions to the letter. If anything is unclear, the project manager can address your questions. In my experience, it’s better to ask a lot of questions up front rather than to have to rewrite an article that you may have already put several hours of work into.

If you want to do well, you also need to be able to meet deadlines, even when things come up in your personal life. Although I’m fortunate enough not to have experienced this personally, the quickest way to get kicked off a project is by failing to meet deadlines. Several project managers have expressed to me that one of the reasons I continue to get work is because they know they can count on me to get my articles and revisions in on time. I may not be the best writer on the site, but I consider Helium Content Source my career and treat it with the same amount of professionalism. Some deadlines are pretty short (5-7 days), while others give you several weeks to perfect your articles (all depend on the publisher).

Once you submit an article for a Content Source project, it typically goes through a pretty rigorous fact checking, editing and review process. If at any point in this process someone has a question for you or finds an error, they will send your work back to you with a note and you’ll have the opportunity to address the issue. If you’re the type of writer who likes to be done with an article after you’ve submitted your final draft, you may struggle with this aspect of professional freelance writing (I did a bit at first), but it’s essential that you see your work through to the finish if you want to get paid and continue to get more assignments.

Payments & quality content

How strict or picky a publisher is often seems to correlate with the size of the project and the pay per article, although this isn’t always the case. For example, a lower-paying publisher that is trying to quickly populate their blog or website with a lot of content (such as the current neighborhood project), may not have the time to rigorously review every single article that comes through. Don’t get me wrong, they still expect quality content, but you are generally less likely to have to revise short articles that don’t pay more than $20 (given that you follow the guidelines carefully the first time around). However, if you’re working on a project for a health/wellness publisher that pays $100-$200 per piece, expect every single fact to be checked and double-checked. At the very minimum, everything submitted for Content Source projects should be a final draft that you have carefully checked for typos and other errors, regardless of how much the project pays.

Payments for these projects will appear under the “Adjustments” column of your “Earnings & Payments” page once your work has gone through the fact checking and editing process and has been reviewed and accepted by the publisher. Sometimes this process is rather brief, but other publishers take a while to review your work. Generally, you receive payments for your work within a month’s time, and you request payment the same way that you would any other type of Helium revenue.

If you’re looking for ways to expand your Helium experience or “move up” in the ranks, I eagerly invite you to apply for Helium Content Source work. If you can follow directions, meet deadlines and create quality, original content, this is the place to earn a substantial second income, improve your work and potentially transform a fun hobby into a well-paying career.

M. J. Joachim is a long-standing Helium writer who has found new excitement and opportunities with professional recognition through Helium Content Source assignments.

Writing for Helium has been an incredible journey for me. Like many of you, Helium has been my nemesis, my joy and my rescuer. It has frazzled my nerves, frustrated my impatience and captured my heart. Along the way, I’ve made a few new friends, admired more peers than you can count, and turned my dream of writing into a full-blown career.

Writing on Helium.com started out as a hobby for me. It was therapeutic, and a way to express my ideas, opinions and test my abilities as a writer. At first, I wrote whenever I felt like it. Over time, I made a regular, albeit flexible, schedule. Today, most of my writing for Helium is assignment-oriented, deadline-based work through Helium Content Source. My schedule is still fairly flexible, mind you, but it’s also goal oriented. One of my main goals is to earn a predetermined income each month. So far, I’ve not only met that goal, but on a few occasions, I’ve even exceeded it.

Project and assignment managers found me and asked me to be a participant in a Helium Content Source project, explaining that they were pleased with the high quality articles I consistently posted on Helium.com. I now write dozens of neighborhood descriptions a month for a real estate website covering city neighborhoods throughout the U.S. This amazing program not only pays well, but guarantees that my claimed assignments are mine alone, and once they pass through the editorial process, I will be paid for my work in a timely manner.

Another benefit of working on Content Source projects is the professional environment, which includes interaction with editors and project managers. I’ve worked on some other sites that have editors, and for those of you with similar (negative) experiences, let me assure you that Helium’s program is nothing like them. It is a positive environment where writers, editors and managers work together to meet the needs of clients. Helium Content Source freelance editors are not always right, and writers are able to present their questions and concerns in a civil environment. That’s not to say justifiable rewrites don’t happen, but when they do, writers usually learn a lot from them.

Admittedly, my first few Content Source assignments had me a little bit on edge. It was clear that I had two paths in front of me, one where I could continue writing casually, and another where I needed to challenge myself to meet deadlines, perform in-depth research and address client guidelines and requirements. My choice was easy. The economy was changing, and even though my husband survived every company lay-off, my income was important to the well-being of our family. I chose to climb the writer’s ladder, developing my skills as a true freelance writer. This has resulted in my ability to earn a generous income through Helium Content Source projects, and also enabled me to gain a few outside writing clients who noticed my Helium.com articles as well.

Are you a professional writer or editor looking for freelance jobs? Look no further than Helium.

Helium attracts all kinds of writers — from stay-at-home moms who enjoy sharing what they know, to high school students working on their writing style, to retirees taking pleasure in sharing their poetry, to professional journalists and writers looking for new ways to earn additional income.

The Writing Assignments for Professionals page is where our writers can earn more on Helium through assigned work with some of our hundreds of publishing partners.

These assignments add to Helium writers’ resumes giving them bylined work in leading print and online media outlets. Some projects even lead to full time work.

Current openings

A number of the assignments we currently have open are for hyper-local writers to share what they know about the cities they live in.

Are you a Long Island, NY-based writer? We need you for freelance feature-story assignments possibly leading to writing jobs with a start-up newspaper.

We also need professional journalists to write about local events, attractions, travel, politics and businesses in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Dallas, Hartford, Vancouver and more.

Oftentimes we need writers with expertise in certain niche areas. Right now we need experts in cyber security, the U.S. food service business, business topics, and aging and senior issues.

Interested?

Interested in filling an opening? Writers need to send a cover letter, resume and two clips relevant to the assignment they’re applying for to experts@helium.com. Be sure to put in the subject line a reference to the particular position (i.e., “Long Island writer” or “Business writer” or “Legal writer”).

You have to be a Helium member to apply for these assignments. If you’re not a Helium member, sign up now!

Help us find you

Badges help Helium staff identify you for special projects with publishing partners. Are you a Helium member but have not yet applied for a Professional Journalist badge? Find out more. Are you a Helium member but have not yet applied for a Credentialed Expert (dentist, doctor, lawyer, educator…) badge? Apply now!

Helium is proud to announce that member Cathie Beck’s “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” is officially published today!

Described as a wild ride of a memoir—a “Thelma & Louise-like” tale of love, perseverance, friendship and triumph, Cathie’s book can be purchased on Amazon.com and you can read more about the memoir on her Helium Zone and her website.

Kirkus calls “Cheap Cabernet: A Friendship” a “searing portrait,” and ForeWord Reviews says, “Beck’s writing is breezy, polished
and fun to read.”

Visitors to Cathie Beck’s website can get free “Signature Cheap Cabernet” wine and she has also promised to launch a Helium-based presence on her book promotion to help other Helium authors get their books published and promoted.

Helium is excited to announce our new partnership with R.R. Donnelley, a global provider of integrated communications.

With this relationship, Helium can leverage R.R. Donnelley’s vast business network of publishers, content providers and other partners to bring countless writing and business opportunities to our members. Likewise, R.R. Donnelley can now take advantage of the various products and stable of talented writers in Helium’s knowledge cooperative to increase its content offerings to worldwide partners.

To say that the business potential for everyone involved is huge would be quite an understatement. We can’t wait to bring more writing opportunities to our members, as well as continue to show the world what Helium writers are capable of.

Be sure to read the press release and stay tuned for future freelance assignments through the Helium Marketplace.

Big pat on the back for Helium! And its writers!

Earlier this year, Helium was named to Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2009, in the Jobs and Markets category. Check us out on their website.

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Special thanks to all our members who sent in emails to Writer’s Digest telling them how important Helium is to the online writing space and as a resource for new and experienced writers.

For anyone unfamiliar with Writer’s Digest, it is a highly respected magazine, website and resource for writers. Here’s a quick blurb from the website’s “About Us” page:

Every issue of Writer’s Digest magazine is devoted to helping writers develop their craft and hone their publishing acumen. Since 1920, Writer’s Digest has chronicled the culture of the modern writer and we continue this great tradition through relevant first-person essays, interviews with bestselling authors and profiles with emerging talent. Writer’s Digest also features practical technique articles, and tips and exercises on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business-side of writing and publishing.

Truly, our writing community’s dedication and continuous efforts to write well and raise the bar on Helium are paying off. All of Helium’s members deserve praise and congratulations.

And don’t forget to let Writer’s Digest know what Helium can offer writers for 2010!