Best Freelance Site (maybe)

Okay, so I have been a freelance writer for about 8 months now, and I can say I have had some experience with the different freelance writing sites out there for new writers. Especially since I still consider myself a new writer as well. There are a lot of different people out there who will tell you that they know the simple way to start your writing career, if you just give them your money and buy their books. Well, here’s a simple thing for new writers to look for.

If they really want you to work for them, they will pay you, not make you pay them. One site that is great for this is Iwriter.com. They pay you to write for their web site, and the prices are a good start for people who are wanting to get their foot in the door with writing. But, with everything else, there is a down side to this site. Let’s look at the pro’s and con’s of this site and you can decide for yourself whether you want to join them or not.

Cons

The prices are set by the clients. While some might not see an issue with this, there can be a huge issue with payment as Iwriter makes you have a minimum balance on your account of twenty dollars before you get paid. If you are writing 500-word articles for only $1.01 per article, that is going to take you a long time. Especially since the site also makes you have at least 20 reviews under your belt before allowing you to write more than one article per hour.

The prices are cheap. This can be a good and bad thing. It’s good while you are just starting, but bad as the high paying articles for Standard Writers are quickly snapped up by others who have fast internet connection and mouse clicking capabilities than yourself. The highest I have ever seen an article for Standard Writers is $6.03 for a thousand words. Not very well paying since there are other sites out there that will pay $0.1 per word and that makes a thousand word article worth $10.

There is no monitoring for tax purposes. This means you will never actually have to pay taxes on the money you earn, unless your honest and claim the money you make on your taxes. To do this, however, you will need to fill out a form with the IRS and have the company you are working for sign off that they are responsible for paying you. This is difficult to do with Iwriter as they have no way to communicate with them except through a forum on a web site. There is no address to mail things to, phone numbers to call in case of emergency, nothing except an ability to submit a ticket and wait for someone to get back in touch with you.

There is no way to make sure you get paid. With other sites I have found, if for some reason an article goes unreviewed for a maximum of 3 days, the company accepts the article for the client and issues payment for the article. This is not the case with Iwriter. I went 4 months unpaid for an article because after submitting it, the client disconnected their account and that article was left on my list for that entire time. I had to submit a ticket to get it paid or removed. There is no monitoring of the site to make sure people get paid in a timely manner.

Pros

Easy articles. The articles given are easy enough, and if you follow the special instructions you can get them approved relatively easy. The only hard part is getting the clients to actually read the articles and approve them instead of put the articles through Copyscape three times after Iwriter does and then check the keyword density level.

Fast work. The maximum amount of time you get to complete the article you accept is 5 hours, minimum is 2 hours. That means that the faster you work, the faster you can get your articles out there. Ideally, you can be able to get your twenty reviews in about a week so that you can begin writing back to back articles. However, don’t expect to get paid like you requested. It can take the clients literally months to review your article and accept or decline it.

Easy payment schedule. Iwriter allows their writers to get paid in one of two ways. Weekly or bi-weekly. Weekly payments are sent out on Tuesdays every week. I chose the weekly payments, but because of the payment constraints on the articles, I only collect a paycheck once a month.

Easy plans for promotions. You have one of two ways to get promoted from Standard to Premium to Elite. One way is to write and get a 4.1 star review after having over 40 reviews. This is harder to do than you would think, but possible since there are articles and writers out there that are making the higher pay rates. The second way is to write a series of articles for Iwriter to review separately and pay them over $200 for the effort of reviewing your articles. You can get a promotion in about a day with this second way.

I personally believe that Iwriter is a new writing company that is just starting out. All of the cons that I have mentioned can be ironed out and the site can be great. After all, being able to sell an article for as little as $1.25 is a wonderful idea, and should be available for those who need help with guest blogs, re-writes for web sites, and many other things that people who don’t have a lot of money need.

I visit the site every day, hoping for work. Sometimes I find it, sometimes I don’t. And sometimes I don’t get a chance to accept the article before someone else does. However, I am on at last count, 6 client’s favorite writers list, so should something pop up in my skills bracket I will be able to have consistent work. After 40 reviews though, I only have a 3.1 star rating. Mostly because of the cons listed above not being addressed.

The beginning

So this is my first post, blog, whatever you would like to call it. I guess this should be where I introduce myself.

Greetings. I am a space alien from the planet…oh wait…that’s not right. That’s actually the first line for a story I’m working on.

Ok. Here’s the real thing. Hi. I am a writer who is simply looking for work wherever I can find it. I am a published author, trying to make my writing career a success. I am wanting to be a stay-at-home mom for the sake of my children, yes I am one of those parents who loves their kids so much they don’t want to miss a single moment of their lives, but I am also the type of person who gets bored when the kids are at school and the housework is done. I do better writing than I do out in the work field, and I have been told that since I am divorced, I will never be able to support my kids on my own and I am stubborn enough to prove everyone else wrong.

I’m from the south of the United States of America, and as such I tend to type as I speak, which means with an accent. What sounds grammatically correct to me might not sound so with someone else. If that is the case, when working for someone other than myself, I am willing to do re-writes. I believe in giving someone a second (or third or fourth) chance so that they can better not only themselves, but their skills as well. How can someone learn what other people find acceptable if other people are constantly rejecting their efforts? They can’t.

I have written over 40 articles for iwriter.com, and if you go to my account you may see that only half of them have been accepted. That is because not everyone believes the same as I do and aren’t willing to settle for anything other than absolute perfection. But, no one is perfect and we all make mistakes. The way to be adult about it is to move on and try again.

I have also written for textbroker.com, though not as much as the other site since I just recently found textbroker and have been working with iwriter for quite some time. My articles are approved whenever I write them for that site, and so because of that, I have been using textbroker heavily. Perhaps too heavily as I am having harder and harder chances of finding work on that site that I can do. A.K.A. been going weeks without getting paid.

I have also written a little over 20 articles for Voices Yahoo. They can be found under my soon-to-be-married name Amanda Young. There is also a picture of me there as well, it was uploaded using my old cell phone, but it works as I haven’t really changed much over the years.

Writing isn’t the only job I have either. I am also the owner of Gaia’s Knitting Circle, which is a business in which people place orders in for what they want to be made and I make it for them. From toys, to clothing, to even blankets, I have made quite a lot of things for others. Though with winter in full swing, the majority of that business’ revenue is tied up in blankets, scarves, and gloves. I don’t mind though, it keeps me busy when there are no writing jobs available.

I am also writing a trilogy based off of the Greek myth of Gaia. I have chosen a publisher for this endeavor, thought to be honest, I have some questions that need to be resolved before I commit my series to them for publishing so I’m not even sure if they will be the ones who publish my book or not in the end.

And that’s me, I guess. I take my work very seriously, and if you have made it to this point then I hope that has come across clearly for you. My family may come first, but there is always work-time and family-time boundaries that no one crosses. Not even me.