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**Updated November 16, 2016**

If you’ve clicked to read this article, then you’re probably one of those people who visits MakeUseOf frequently, and you’ve come to know what the site is all about.

You know that we are a bit different than your typical tech site. We explain things to people — from complex programs and Arduino projects to tips and tweaks for your Android or iOS device. We do it all in a way that is easy to understand, and will hopefully enhance the life of the reader in some way.

So what does this have to do with you?

Me — A MakeUseOf Author? Yes!

Have you always been told that you have a natural gift for explaining complex technical jargon to people? Do people tell you that you are a wonderful writer? If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions, you may have found a home writing for MakeUseOf.

And the coolest part? You can write articles from anywhere, even your favorite cafe. Sure beats being stuck in a cubicle all day, doesn’t it?

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If you’re getting excited about the prospect of writing for MakeUseOf, let me share a few things about the experience, so that you know it’s really for you. Then, I’ll describe the kind of person who writes for MakeUseOf, so that you know whether or not you’re really a good fit. Finally, I’ll share a little bit about the rewards that you’ll get for your efforts.

What Writing for MakeUseOf Is Like

If you think online writing is an easy job, you may want to close this article now. It isn’t. It’s tough work — it requires research, attention to detail, and plenty of revising and editing. That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun, it just means that it’s a job only true writers love to do.

So how do you know if it’s for you? Well, here are all of the reasons you might love writing for MakeUseOf:

  • You get to work with editors who want to help you publish your best writing
  • You get to have your tech prowess witnessed and read by a potential audience of over 800,000 people a day
  • You’ll have a managing editor who will work to motivate and drive you to constantly improve yourself
  • You can take part in internal contests and discussions with the small, tight-knit MakeUseOf writer community
  • You get to go to bed every night, peacefully aware that you’ve helped people improve their lives with technology

So how do you know if you’re the kind of tech geek that we’re looking for?

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Well, deep down, I bet you already know. You live, eat, and breathe technology. You love helping people learn more about new technologies that can enhance their lives. The only question to ask yourself is if the kind of place described above is a place you’d like to be a part of.

What MakeUseOf Writers are Like

What kind of writer do we hire at MakeUseOf?

MakeUseOf writers:

  • Read about technology, talk about technology and write about technology
  • Are happiest when they’re helping someone learn how to do something new
  • Are dedicated to the craft of writing and are very good at it
  • Are experts at explaining complicated things in simple terms that nearly anyone can understand
  • Are polite, friendly, and have a great sense of humor

When you join the MakeUseOf team, if you have all of the qualities above, you’ll feel like you’ve found a new home. Everyone on our writing team has the qualities above. Most of us are even really good-looking. I mean, check out this guy.

Right?

No really, most of us are relatively normal.

The Great Rewards of Writing for MakeUseOf

So, what do you get when you write for MakeUseOf? Of course you get paid, but there’s more to working than just getting paid – you have to really love what you’re doing, and at MakeUseOf we make it easy to love what you do.  Here are just a few of the perks of writing for us.

  • You will work closely with professional editors who will help you to improve your writing
  • You will initially be paid $90 for every full-length article. The longer you write for us, the higher your pay will go.
  • Amazing authors get early promotions.
  • You’ll get cash bonuses for writing superb stuff
  • You may win Amazon gift card bonuses for standing out
  • You may win prizes for internal contests
  • You’ll always have a crew of friendly people to chat with on Slack during the day

Are you a skilled and experienced author who’s ready to take your passion for technology to the next level? If so, reach out to us now and join our team.

Writers We Need

While we’re interested in any tech writer who enjoys writing, we’re especially seeking authors who have a lots of experience with Linux, Tech Explained, MacBrowsers, and Smart Home.

I’m Interested! What Do I Do?

To apply for a writing position, send me email at jobs@makeuseof.com with your desired job position (e.g. Linux writer, Smart Home writer, etc.). Tell me about yourself: your passion for technology, your writing experience, your hobbies, what gadgets you own, etc. The more details you share with me, the better your chances are of getting hired. If you’re an established writer, please link to any published works online. I look forward to hearing from you!

Image Credits: Girls hands over laptop by Katsiaryna Pakhomava via Shutterstock, lassedesignen via Shutterstock

  1. ZentixZaneic
    November 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This sounds like something I would love to do. The only problem is, I'm a freshman in high school and I'm not sure if I would have all the time. Would age be a barrier, and how often would you have to write?

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      You would have to be old enough to pay taxes on earnings. The absolute minimum you can write is one a week, but it would ideally be more.

  2. lisuifeng
    November 16, 2016 at 7:22 am

    excuse me but would u plz tell me what's brand of the phone in your first picture?

  3. Quaning
    November 16, 2016 at 7:01 am

    will u pls tell me what is the phone in the first picture?

  4. Matt Duczeminski
    September 6, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    Still need writers for your team? I emailed you a few weeks ago, but I imagine you have a ton of messages to wade through. Let me know!

    Thanks,
    Matt

  5. Allan Jay
    June 22, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Is the writer post still open?

  6. Matthew Charles
    June 11, 2016 at 4:09 am

    When would the results be announced?

    • Ryan Dube
      June 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I'll be responding to every applicant one way or another.

  7. Patrick Saunders
    June 10, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Can you use writers from Africa - ones who work on shoestring budgets and with (generally) slow internet?

    • Ryan Dube
      June 10, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Hi Patrick.

      Yes. The real question is whether you feel those limitations would prevent you from submitting at least an article every week, plus respond to editor emails, and use Slack.

  8. John Wohlscheid
    June 7, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I feel sorry for the guy who has to dig through all the applications and writing samples. :)

  9. Richard Borkovec
    June 7, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Does MUO happen to have a program for "guest" writers? People who just want to submit an article every now and then, perhaps for little/no compensation. I think this would be a great idea, and something to really expand the MUO article base.

    For example, I have a huge passion for Linux, and recently bought a MacBook (late 2009 model) to learn the ins and outs of OS X. I don't consider myself in a glaring position to regularly write about either, but an article here or there I could definitely do.

    Just a thought!

  10. Dionysos
    June 5, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Do writers always need to come up with article ideas or is there a pool of topics to get people started?

    • Ryan Dube
      June 5, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Dionysos - good question. We tend to have a healthy balance of both. Editors do research title ideas they'd like to see written for their sections, but authors also pitch ideas -- which tends to get easier the more you write about a topic and discuss ideas with editors.

  11. Howard Blair
    June 3, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I "applied" by e-mailing a sample article a couple of years ago, but was turned down...perhaps I'll try again. :)

  12. A41202813GMAIL ..
    June 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Talk About Liberals - **Cleavage** Much ?

  13. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    May 31, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    For a site full of techie writers, it seems to be politically "liberal" when it comes to the social issues :)

    • Ryan Dube
      May 31, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Oh gosh, don't let my love of Bernie paint the entire site and all its writers with a single brush. :-) (For the record, I voted for GWB, so not all things are so black and white!)

      • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
        June 1, 2016 at 11:11 am

        LOL, GWB was a moderate at best.

        As for Bernie, he supports state-mandated socialism requiring state-mandated associations in opposition to freedom of association (a liberal concept) - these state mandates are the basis of fascism - left or right.

        Do you have any redneck writers ? :D

        • fcd76218
          June 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

          Where is it written that "techie writers" must have a certain bias when it comes to social issues? Or on any other issues, for that matter?

          For a self-described Libertarian, you sure are quick to pigeon-hole everybody! GWB is moderate. Bernie is a Fascist. MUO is Liberal. Seems to me like your motto is "There are only two opinions, MY opinion and the wrong opinion".

        • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
          June 1, 2016 at 2:06 pm

          It isn't; but they tend to have a very logical mind with even math backgrounds. I find these people are not usually that politically "liberal" in their views although I don't preclude that at all.

          And I did say he could me moderate to please people like you :D

          ALL people who support state-mandated associations over free ones to achieve social goals are fascist. Real liberals support freedom of association.

        • Ryan Dube
          June 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

          Luckily nothing most liberals on the American political scene today are suggesting are state-mandated any more than public school is mandated over private school (they aren't). They do however open up access to the poor and middle class. I think that's really what being an American liberal is all about - not your strawman argument. But what does this have to do with our hiring...are you interested in writing for us and offering a bit more of a conservative, redneck voice? :-)

        • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
          June 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

          Really, do you support state-mandated wages (usually called "minimum" for now). How about state-mandated press like printing one's income or printing (product) labels ?

          If you are a radical "extremist" like me, you also oppose the state-mandated taking (giving up) of people's money which we normally call theft unless legalized by the state.

          This is not even to mention the "social programs" which are always based upon state-mandated associations in one form or another - if not on individuals then on business or other private associations. Even Obama called his healthcare mandates "the individual mandate" and "the business mandate".

        • Ryan Dube
          June 1, 2016 at 7:16 pm

          Do you have children, and if so, did they attend state-funded schools?

          Do you drive or ride on state-funded roads and bridges?

          Are you protected from criminals thanks to state-funded prisons?

          Will you be drawing upon state funded social security benefits when you retire?

          I'm not sure how or why anyone would think any of these "social programs" are not important, nor how they can operate unless we're all willing to chip in for the greater good. But again...we are completely off topic. This post was about working for MakeUseOf, and MakeUseOf is not a state funded institution, so how on Earth did we end up down this rabbit-hole? :-)

        • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
          June 1, 2016 at 10:01 pm

          I do use those services because the state says it is my right to based upon the money I "paid" the state for these services. Or do you deny that is "how it works" ?

          But I'm willing to privatize in exchange for my money.

          A lot of thinks are important but that doesn't mean I feel I can go out and threaten people with force to achieve these goals - which ALL laws do regardless if you support them or not.
          We call this "the ends doesn't justify the means" - if you disagree please tell us.

          And my post was to suggest that more diversity in some of your writers might be needed.

        • Aaron Tarpley
          June 3, 2016 at 2:22 am

          The spirit of fear, greed and corruption, or rather dominance, are what have bankrupted this country... and your contributions to social security (or is that not how it happened my current contributions are paying your current benefits?) It's not the honorable pursuit of charity or social services to support the collective welfare of all our citizens.
          How to fix it now... is a whole'nother mess. Don't get trumped Howard!

        • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
          June 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

          Fear and greed are not crimes ! violating a person's freedom of association is a clear violation of a person's civil rights REGARDLESS of the end pursued.

          If you wish to fight fear and greed, I suggest you start with your own greed for political power and for using coercive state-mandated associations over others.

          AND I do NOT make "contributions" to social security ! The money is taken from me by threat of state force. Your willingness to put state actions into these terms says a lot about what you think .

          And yes, supporting charities and other social goals are noble... just not at the point of a state gun which you obviously see as a valid means to use on people. Again, this definition of "support" to cover the coercions you support are disgusting.

        • Ryan Dube
          June 1, 2016 at 1:38 pm

          Howard - Oh yes....several "redneck" writers for sure...haha. We're quite a varied bunch of folks with a very wide range of social views. You should see the heated debates in our Slack channels...

  14. Peter Buyze
    May 31, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    All that is fine. But I find that, since the start of this recruitment drive, some of the MUO articles seem to have been written just keep MUO "in people's face". This is detrimental to the quality, which I regret.

    • Ryan Dube
      May 31, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Not sure what you mean Peter - could you elaborate? The "recruitment drive" has been non-existent until the publication of this very post, only today.

      • Peter Buyze
        June 1, 2016 at 3:21 am

        This is a good example: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-see-how-long-until-your-laptop-is-fully-charged/.
        But there are others, and I am sure Tina Sieber knows exactly what I mean. If she does not, I can just deplore that.

        • Ryan Dube
          June 1, 2016 at 2:20 pm

          Ah! I see. You take issue with short form articles -- quick bits of helpful tips. Believe it or not I personally agree with your taste in longer/deeper content, and that's typically what I myself look for online, but the newer generation tends to prefer quickly digestible tips and helpful blurbs -- proven by the fact that these short form pieces are actually doing quite well, especially among the younger demographic.

          So while I can understand your position, you're currently outvoted by our younger readers. ;-)

          No worries though, we still offer roughly the same amount of longer-form, deeper and meaningful articles for you to read.

        • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
          June 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

          A common problem I have with long articles is that the upfront summary is so short that you are forced to read the entire article just to see if you want to read it.

          When possible, a paragraph up front to summarize the article AND it's findings/conclussions is useful. I feel WIKIPEDIA does this very well.

        • Ryan Dube
          June 3, 2016 at 2:48 am

          Good feedback - thank you Howard.

        • Dave Parrack
          June 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

          These short, snappy posts are in addition to the usual longform pieces, so everyone's a winner.

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