Believe it or not, greeting cards are a massive business, so much so that I had to put them in their own section. It is estimated that the industry runs upwards of 7 billion, per year. That’s a massive profit for pictures and words on paper!
They’re such a common thing that you probably don’t even think twice about seeing them in daily life. It’s a birthday, or some other occasion, and you give a card along with your present. That’s just how it is, right?
And that’s exactly why this is such a good industry. Like any industry, its size means that there is a way for you to profit. While each company has different needs and guidelines, there are certainly some that you make a perfect match with. Here are 15 different options you can try:
Get Paid To Write Greeting Cards From Home
1. Paper Magic Group
They create boxed Christmas cards. You can contact them for guidelines on what they do and do not accept.
Once known as just “ComStock,” this is a greeting card company that’s specifically focused on adult-themed cards. They actively accept submissions and they have a tendency to prefer raunchy cards. In return, they’ll pay you $50 for accepted submissions. If the site is down, you can email your submission directly to [email protected].
3. Smart Alex
The lighter side of the adult-themed cards, Smart Alex is more about risque and topical cards. The ‘raunchy’ type of humor you’d submit to ComStock won’t fly here, so keep it relatively tasteful. No word on what their payment is like.
4. Blue Mountain Arts
Taking a turn away from the adult sites, this is a company that prefers family- friendly messages. They like artful, personal messages, so you should keep your silly jokes for a different company. And be careful, this company is not interested in rhyming poetry submissions!
5. It Takes Two
This is a bit of wildcard entry. While I’ve read online that they accept submissions, the website says very explicitly *not* to send them submissions. You can always give it a shot, but do so at your own risk!
6. Recycled Paper Greetings
As the name suggests, they create their cards with recycled material. Use their contact page to contact them for guidelines. the kind of art they want.
7. American Greetings
Second only to Hallmark in the world of greeting cards, American Greetings does actually accept submissions from freelance card creators. They aren’t just looking for any, though. You’ll need to contact them officially and set up a meeting to discuss the submissions.
8. Gallant Greetings
These guys are always accepting submissions, though there is a warning that they won’t return your submission regardless of whether or not it is accepted. However, if you’re really passionate about greeting cards and considering making a career out of it, they are accepting actual long-term employment applications.
The big daddy of greeting cards companies. This company is making a huge market share of the greeting card industry, enough to afford their own TV channel and everything! So you can imagine that there are ways to make money through them.
Unlike many of the others on this list, these guys only accept in-house writers. So writing for Hallmark is a full time job, and it may or may not require you to relocate. It’s a great opportunity for someone who wants to get some career experience as a writer, but not quite so great for those wanting some freelance action.
10. Oatmeal Studios
Not to be confused with internet cartoonist, The Oatmeal, Oatmeal Studios is a fun and down-to-earth company that deals in a variety of cards. Unlike some of the other tentative entries on this list, Oatmeal Studios is absolutely accepting submissions right now.
Despite the somewhat cynical company name, these guys are straightforward business-people who are willing to accept your submissions. Submissions for this company are not just limited to greeting cards, though, because they are also interested in other types of merchandise, like stickers. If you manage to get your submission accepted, it’ll be an easy $50.
12. Shoebox Cards
While this was once a standalone operation, Shoebox Cards now operates as a subsidiary of Hallmark. That doesn’t mean they won’t accept submissions, though – you can go ahead and email them from their website if you are curious about it. When I looked into it, the only hard guideline I could find was not to send too many submissions at once.
13. P.S. Greetings
This seasonally-focused card company accepts submissions, with variable payment depending per-person. They have a peculiar system of submission, it would seem: you can only send your submissions by post, and it must be in a self-addressed stamp envelope (SASE.)
14. Avanti Press
Avanti Press is among the larger distributors in the industry, and they will occasionally accept submissions. At time of writing, it says that they’ve filled all their positions. But since they’re a noteworthy distributor, it wouldn’t hurt to send them a work sample, in case they start looking for submissions/writers again.
15. Freedom Greetings
This company is actively seeking out salespeople to expand their range of distribution, but they are also accepting submissions for artists and editorial positions. There is a contact form of their website that will make it easy to contact them.