Hey extremely sorry for writing this one a little late, got involved with something important. I know you have been waiting for this one, since it is gonna open the door for you to adopt writing as your earning job! Today I will be giving you genuine reviews and opinions of various writing portals through which you can earn. These are my own experiences of-course. Read my previous blog before this one where I have talked about building your portfolio and social presence. Read it at ‘For those who want to earn through their passion for writing (Part 1)’.
Now coming to the point, after creating my background in writing, I searched for various freelancing sites and got various names such as:
Remember that this are not chronologically based on their credibility and their services. These are not specifically for writing but offer various fields for freelancing. The first one I tried was freelancer.com. Got immediate responses and was awarded an project the very first day. It was long term project where I would have to write article for the client 5 to 6 days of week and it was agreed that maximum would be 4 articles per day. The rate agreed was $1.5 per 500 words. Although, I started getting work immediately from many clients, but the website always made me feel suspicious since the clients were not very professional, nor do they communicated through the website platform or through mails. They communicated through Skype and gave descriptions of the articles to be written. Even the file transfer was through Skype. There was nothing even made official on freelancer.com.
But I kept working for them and they told me that they would me paying after a week. And the week came and went away, I kept my patience for 2 more weeks. One of the client’s account was deleted on freelancer and whenever I confronted him on Skype there was no reply! Although one of client paid me through Paypal but that too very late. So in short you are gonna get immediate work on freelancer but there is no guarantee if you will be paid or not.
But I have learnt to never regret anything and the experience made me learn lot of things, like which kind of articles are required to be written, the general defined duration for specific words, the way to escape through Copyscape and many more things! After this experience, I stopped using freelancer. But I wouldn’t recommend you to not even try it. Try it at least for 2-3 weeks. You get work, learn a lot and if you are lucky you will get paid. But please try it as really its an immense learning experience that you will realise later, as I did.
Then there are Upwork and Fiverr. These sites are reliable and good ones but then you have to be good at what you are doing ie. writing in this case, to get work. You need to show creativity here, starting from creating a fabulous profile and bio. This is what will fetch you work. But I didn’t try them much. I started concentrating more on freelancing sites which are specifically for writing. Although I would certainly recommend you to consistently work with 3 sites:
Persistence is the key and once you get established in these sites you would be earning really good. Guru.com doesn’t have much work for writers, so just once in a while browse for jobs here.
Now some really good sites specific for writers:
1) iWriter ( My personal favourite!)
6) Textbroker (only for US citizens)
All of these have different systems of operating, but are really good ones. You can earn a lot even from a single article, but very high quality content is required. The first and second websites are the ones you should really start from. iWriter is simply the best, you never have to worry about payments here! Although there are different levels of writer like standard, premium, elite and elite plus. You would be starting from standard writer and will earn very less amount of money, but you will earn and as you progress slowly to higher levels you will be earning really good. I just love their system and modus operandi. It is a very organised and systematic website. Dotwriter is similar, but has very less amount of article in writer’s pool. You can sell your article on marketplace here too.
I would advice you to work late in nights in IST zone because the articles comes in more numbers during night. Keep a cup of coffee ready and sleep during days. Although I don’t do so myself, I work throughout the day and still earn really good. When I was a standard writer I used to earn about $100 in less than 5 days. I was only working 3-4 hours though. You can earn much more than that. It just depends on your stamina and how long your mind can support you to write quality articles. Don’t keep on writing simply because you want to increase the numbers or earnings. Write till you give quality stuff because the reviews will affect your ratings. Now I am a premium writer and earn pretty good!
I love writing in early morning hours. Even if I ddin’t get articles on iWriter, I always invest certain amount of time daily to my own blog. You have to invest in yourself everyday. Don’t let your portfolio go down anytime. Keep working on it continuously. So these were some of the tips and reviews of freelancing websites. I would keep on giving you more tips on the writing stuff whenever I will find more.
Just keep following! 🙂
Oh I forgot to give you some homework I wanted to: Research about every website I gave you today. Read there reviews from other sources as well and make accounts on every website you think are worthy of. Please do it before I publish my next blog. I am really strict about this! ;):)
* Even before doing the homework I am advising you to first and foremost register yourself on iWriter (This is my recommendation for all beginners!)