Get Paid to Write Online
The following websites are sites that our writers and editors have either personally tried and have had positive experiences with or sites that we we have received positive feedback about from a significant number of freelance writers and editors when it comes to the overall process of working and being paid on time.
Some sites like IAPWE or TextBroker may involve less of a bidding process than other sites like Upwork or Freelancer.com, which are primarily freelancing platforms that put clients in touch with freelancers for potential work, howver all of these websites are sites that pay freelance writers and/or editors directly for their work.
1. Upwork – Upwork is a platform where freelancers and clients can interact. Clients post jobs while freelancers can apply for them.
When it comes to freelance writers and editors specifically, we have heard some complaints that the rate of pay can be very low, however this depends upon the type of job one applies to. There are certainly clients who post jobs on Upwork that offer low wages, however there are also clients that post higher paying jobs. It is up to the freelancer to choose which jobs to apply for.
It may not hurt to start off applying for a few jobs that may not pay the most, so that you can begin to gain some experience and positive feedback, which will help increase your chances of being hired when applying for higher paying jobs.
Another thing to keep in mind, is that platforms like Upwork, which bring client and freelancer together, charge fees for almost every transaction. So, if a client is paying you $50 for a blog post, you may only see $45, and that’s before taxes and any other expenses or fees you may have to maintain your freelancing career.
2. Freelancer.com is another website similar to Upwork. While Upwork is largely considered the most popular freelancing platform with the largest user base of both clients and freelancers, Freelancer.com seems to be growing in popularity.
One point you may want to consider, is that, even if Freelancer.com has 10 clients on its platform or 10,000, it still may be worth joining simply for the purposes of increasing your exposure to more clients, thereby increasing your chances of landing work. This is the type of mentality that we have found to be a common denominator across successful online writers and bloggers; namely, seeking new paying freelance writing opportunities anywhere and everywhere. We have found that freelancers who regularly put themselves out there and who apply for as many jobs as possible, increase their chances of landing the high paying work from the dream clients that they are looking for. While sites like Upwork and Freelancer.com may not always have the highest paying work available, by at least creating a profile on freelancing platforms like these, you will have more job opportunities with the option to turn down any jobs that don’t interest you.
The good news, is that, like Upwork, Freelancer.com has a user base of millions of clients and freelancers. The bad news, is that this means you will be competing with a large number of other freelancers for jobs. Freelancer.com also charges transaction fees like Upwork.
3. Guru is probably the third most popular freelancing platform, with much the same model as sites like Upwork and Freelancer.com. While Guru may not have as large a user base as the previous two websites that we covered, however it has a similar overall model, which involves freelance content writers and editors bidding for available jobs posted by clients. While Guru also charges transaction fees, you may want to keep in mind that, along with paying these fees, freelancers are often provided with some level of assurance that they will be paid according to the terms of the posted job and that they will also be afforded some form of recourse should they encounter any issues with a client, be it nonpayment or otherwise.
Another thing that you may want to keep in mind, is that almost all of these sites, whether we are talking about Upwork, IAPWE, iWriter or TextBroker, tend to learn the terms of their policies and resolution processes in favor of the client.
Why, you ask? Well, the clients are the ones bringing money to the site/company/platform. What does this mean for you as a freelance writer or editor? It means that, while you can take some degree of comfort from the fact that writing for any of the websites on this list means that you will be writing for a company with an established reputation, it is always a good idea to take precautions and to be aware of any red flags or signs of problematic clients. When push comes to shove, if you have a problem with the client, most websites will make it easier for the client to find a favorable resolution or outcome as opposed to the freelancer.
Guru is not any different in this regard, however this isn’t any reason not to sign up and create a freelancer profile so that you can increase your exposure to an additional pool of writing and editing gigs from some wonderful clients.
4. TextBroker is one of the most well-known and reputable “content mills” in the online freelance article writing space. A content mill, is a place where writer and editors can usually find reliable freelance work, however the tradeoff is often that this work tends to not pay very well. Like most content mills, TextBroker employs a ratings system, which helps achieve two things:
1. The ratings system helps assign writers into categories based on their level of skill and quality of content as determined by the editors or content managers at that website. This helps clients in determining which writers or editors to choose for their projects.
2. Assigning ratings also helps to determine the rate of pay for writers. Usually, the ratings system will consist of up to 5 levels or stars. Writers assigned the lowest rating will typically earn the lowest pay rate while those assigned the highest rating will typically earn the highest pay rate. It is usually difficult for writers to acquire the highest rating, since client expectations are typically quite high when hiring a top-rated freelancer and these websites do not want to disappoint their clients.
With TextBroker, where you are on the ratings scale can results in significantly different pay levels. Writers on the higher end of the scale can make a pretty good income, however the availability of 5-star level work may not be as plentiful as the lower paying work. It may go without saying that 5-star writers have the option to select any level of work available while, for example, a 3-star writer would only be eligible for selecting 1- to 3-star level work.
TextBroker has gained a fairly good reputation when it comes to reliability of work and payment, however there are many complaints by writers who either were unable to achieve a high star rating or found dealing with TextBroker’s editing staff and/or clients to be difficult or problematic.
5. iWriter is another popular website where clients and freelance writers come together. iWriter, like TextBroker, utilizes a ratings system and for the most part, follows a similar overall format to that of TextBroker. iWriter seems to be a bit more user-friendly, with a user interface that highlights individual writers to clients and helps indiivdual writers build upon positive feedback from previous clients to help increase their exposure on the website as well as their chances of being selected for future jobs.
One of the main complaints we have seen from iWriter has to do with a point that we made earlier in this article; that many of these websites tend to structure the terms of their policies so that the client is favored over the freelancer.
An example of this when it comes to iWriter is the revision policy, which is the main source of discontent amongst writers that come to us with complaints. iWriter provides clients with a pretty generous revision policy that offers a considerable amount of leeway for clients when it comes to the types and degree of changes that they are allowed to request from writers. For example, if a client decides the modifications outside of the scope of the original guidelines are needed, iWriter may allow the client to make these types of change requests without requiring the client to pay additional money for the project.
Writers are then often left with little choice but to comply. otherwise they may risk receiving a low rating, which could then negatively affect their ability to get work in the future. Or, worse, this negative feedback could cause a lowering of their rating and a corresponding decrease in their overall rate of pay.
This may sound like a difficult situation, and while we don’t disagree, it is not a reason in itself to write of iWriter. We included iWrite on this list because, on the whole, we have received more positive feedback than negative, and the negative feedback that we have received centers mainly around some of the policies that favor clients. iWriter still pays their writers on time and is up front about their terms and policies.
We mentioned earlier that it is a good idea for writers to exercise some degree of caution and to protec themselves as much as possible so as to hoepefully avoid situations like the one described above. One way for writers to do this, is to proactively mention to prospective clients that they have certain expectations when it comes to revisions; such as not being expected to make changes that fall far outside of the original specifications provided by the client. This can help to put the client on the same page as the freelancer and to lower the chances of any unforeseen problems and confusion later on in the course of working together.
6. IAPWE or International Association of Professional Writers & Editors is both an association that provides resources to freelance writers and editors, as well as a source of writing work for online writers and editors. While the IAPWE also offers different membership levels, some of which are paid, the IAPWE provides a plethora of resources and tools for freelancers for free as part of their free entry-level membership. For the purposes of this article, we will discuss the process of working directly for the IAPWE.
The IAPWE operates in much a similar manner to sites like TextBroker or Upwork, in that they maintain a network of clients who come to the IAPWE for content and freelance writers and editors who have demonstrated, through the IAPWE’s application process, the ability to produce quality content to meet the needs of these clients. Many of the IAPWE’s clients are small businesses with some of their clientele consisting of larger name-brand companies that want access to a pool of established and quality writers and editors.
IAPWE utilizes a third-party cloud software for organizing and assigning work, which almost all freelancers have expressed to be both an efficient and superior means of working as compared to some of the convoluted workflows on the larger freelancing platforms. Unlike many of these larger websites, which offer to pay freelancers via direct deposit, check and some other third party payment processors like Payoneer or PayPal, the IAPWE only offers payment through PayPal.
Also, unlike many of the other websites that help to bring freelancers and clients together, the IAPWE tends to do more of the legwork as far as helping to ensure that freelancers do not encounter some of the problems with clients that may present themselves more frequently with other platforms. The IAPWE does this by making expectations more clear to clients and informing them of revision policies that are not as favorable for the clients.
As a result of this, the IAPWE does not accept any client just as they do not accept any freelancer that seeks to join their network. This means that, while the rate of pay for freelance work for the IAPWE is higher than other content mills, the volume of available work is not as high as with some of these other websites that offer either lower paying work on the whole or those that have user bases in the millions. This is the main complaint that we have seen from freelancers that write or edit for the IAPWE; that the availability of work is not always consistent and that ssometimes it’s not until several weeks after joining did freelancers find work to start to become available.
Similar to what we mentioned earlier in this article, joining the IAPWE along with any and all other freelance writing and editing networks or platforms can only increase one’s chances of finding the type of work that they are looking for. We have found the IAPWE to be far smaller in scope as compared to many of the other websites on this list when it comes to the overall volume of work available, however the freelancer-friendly policies and higher pay rate were two of the reasons that they made our list, in addition to our point about exploring as many outlets as possible to gain the highest number of opportunities.
7. BKA Content is another website we have heard mostly positive reviews about, although this is another website that tends to offer a smaller pool of available work similar to the IAPWE. BKA may be somewhat of a cross between sites like TextBroker and iWriter, and the IAPWE, in that BKA serves a network of its own private clients with more of a writer-friendly policy on the whole, however they also have a slightly more formal and convoluted workflow on par with some of the larger sites.
BKA is another website that pays its freelancers through PayPal, and we have not heard any complaints about getting paid, beyond an occassional delay when it comes to receiving payment. We have heard some writers and editors claiming that it has taken several weeks before receiving payment, however payemnt is always received. For anyone that cannot afford to potentially wait an extended time to receive payment, BKA Contant may not be the best option.
BKA Content, also like IAPWE, seems to have a stable of clients that vary widely when it comes to our content needs, which has generally been seen as a positive by the freelancers that have worked for them. This variety means that BKA often has a variety of topics for article and blog posts for writers to select from, which can help reduce the monotony that can be associated with an online content writing career.
8. Crowd Content seems to be one of the more popular, organized and established freelancing platforms geared specifically towards writers, editors and content producers. Crowd Content seems to be continually evolving its offerings for clients. What started with a site that offered writing and editing services, now offers product descriptions, social media posts and metadata.
Like the IAPWE, Crowd Contnet provides free resources to writers and editors to help them be more efficient and successful in their freelancing careers and like TextBroker and iWriter, they utilize a rating system that affects what clients pay for content and how much content providers are paid.
We are not sure how difficult it is for freelancers to achieve the highest star rating (4 stars) on Crowd Content, however it seems that anyone who is able to achieve this can earn a fairly high rate upwards of 10 cents per word.
Crowd Content appears to also provide enterprise-grade services to some of their clients, which would indicate that they have some large clients with pretty sizable content needs. This would explain why Crowd Content is usually hiring and has streamlined their onboarding process. They provide educational materials that help writers and editors make the most of the Crowd Content platform as well as skill-specific testing to aid in the rating process that results in freelancers being assigned to a star level (i.e. 3 stars, 4 stars, etc.).
Crowd Content has automated a lot of their quality control process, which is viewed positively by some writers and negatively by others. While the efficiency that results from this is increased, this also can create for a somewhat detached environment where freelancers may feel that they are not really developing real relationships with their content managers.
9. Zerys is another highly automated and streamlined platform that provides content jobs to freelancers and content to clients. Similar to platforms like iWriter and TextBroker, Zerys maintains a rating system and pays writers based on the number of stars they have. Similar to Crowd Content and TextBroker, freelance writers will be asked ot submit a writing sample which will then determine the initial rating that is assigned to them. If writers are not satisfied with their rating, they can increase this over time by earning positive feedback from clients on the Zerys platform.
A consistent theme throughout this article has been freelance writing platforms having client-centered policies and contingencies in place. In an attempt to maintain timely and quality content for its clients, Zerys implements a suspension policy in which writers that miss deadlines are suspended for an increasing length of time for each infraction. Writers have complained that the tight deadlines and punitive suspension policy can be difficult to keep up with, however, for the most part we have not received any complaints about this company. We are not sure how large Zerys is or how many clients they service, however their volume of available work is definitely not endless. Writers have commented that there are times when no work is available and other times when writing work is plentiful.
Like iWriter and TextBroker, Zerys offers the functionality for clients to build relationships directly with writers and editors through their respective platforms and allows clients to assign projects directly to their favorite freelancers. This can be great for freelancers who want to build ongoing longer term relationships with clients, which could result in a more reliable monthly income.
Something to Keep in Mind
Please note that almost all freelancing websites and platforms, including those not listed here, hire freelance writers and editors in the capacity of a contractor, not an employee. This means that you will be responsible for managing your own taxes and any related accounting in most cases. You may want to account for approximately how much money you will need to pay in taxes and deduct that from your weekly or monthly earnings so that you can have a more realistic idea of how much you are actually earning. We are not accountants or tax professionals and this is not intended as any type of professional advice; just something that you may want to keep in mind.