Online magazines often employ both freelance and staff writers. While freelancers have more flexibility and the potential to make more income, staff writers typically have more job stability and access to employee benefits.
Many online magazines, such as Salon or Slate, feature content from regular staff writers and articles pitched and submitted by freelancers. A freelance position offers some advantages, as writers have more flexibility to pursue other writing projects and can submit pieces to as many publications as they wish. Staff writers are typically limited to writing for a single publication, but they receive consistent writing work and a salary. Staff writer positions are typically more difficult to acquire than freelance positions.