This year I’ve decided that it’s time to start making a little cash with my writing. Seeing that more gratifying methods, such as selling something, anything, to the markets, are not proving effective, I’ve turned to the pinch penny world of assignment copywriting.
There are several sites that offer the service of collecting assignments and then offering them to prospective writers. Over the last few weeks I’ve researched three and here is what I have found.
Freelancer.com: Not just for writing, but for any freelance job that can be done at a computer. They offer a free membership which allows the user to bid on up to 10 projects a month. Between site fees and client fees take a huge 13% of any earnings. The payed memberships range from $5/month to $50/month. Most projects seemed to pay way too little for what they were asking.
US.Copify.com: This site is specifically for copywriting and nothing else. There are no fees and to join you must submit a writing sample. This sample is then rated and writers can choose from projects up to that rating. Ratings can be raised by receiving positive reviews and feedback. Each author maintains a profile page that tells potential clients what skills they have and in theory receive direct orders from future clients. I received a standard rating and can choose from any job listed as standard or below. Over the course of a week only two jobs were posted that I could choose from, which is a bit of a let down. They pay using paypal.
Textbroker.com: Also a site specifically for copywriters. Similar to Copify, prospective writers apply and submit a writing sample which is rated. I was rated a three out of five, which I read is generally what everyone gets. This rating can be raised as well based on feedback from the Textbroker staff. In contrast to Copify, there are more than enough articles to choose from. Also, Textbroker takes extra steps to ensure that it’s running a legitimate business and requests for government issued ID and a W9 form. Level three writers get around $0.01/word, level 4 $0.014/word and level 5 $0.05/word. Still small peanuts, but it’s a start in the field and with experience and good ratings writers can move into receiving direct orders and building clientele which pay more.
For now I’m going to try Textbroker for a while and see if it takes me anywhere. I’m not trying to pay rent with what I make and have the liberty of experimenting to see if this is something I want to spend my time doing. If anything it’s a chance to learn about new and random things and get my writing out there, even if it’s not with my name on it.
If there is anyone out there doing copywriting on a more professional level, feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.