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Starting Out as a Freelance Writer

When you start out as a Freelance Writer you will no doubt come into contact with what is called Content Mills. This is term for sites that provide content writing for a Tiny Fee. Believe me when I say, most of these sites really only pay a tiny fee. The well-paying sites require a resume, a portfolio and expert knowledge about certain niches. Let's assume you are starting out like me. You don't have any Professional Training, didn't finish high school, no resume and no portfolio.

If this is your scenario then content mills are the best place to start. Many authors hate them, and for good reason, but in the end they are an evil necessity for people like me. It was at a content mill that I learnt to manage my skills, receive valuable critique and gracefully take rejections. In my opinion it was a valuable experience that brought me closer to success and if you don't have the qualifications then I suggest starting with Iwriter.

It takes about five minutes to start writing an article and there aren't any requirements. People from all over the world are registered there and the site itself has grown significantly. Unfortunately you will have to start at the bottom and this means writing 500 word articles for about $2.45. The rating given by the requesters will have a great effect on your pay rate. After 30 reviews, if your rating is 4.1 or higher, then you can write premium articles and the pay rate is doubled. If you have a rating higher than 4.6 you can write elite articles. The highest rated writers are able to take on jobs that pay roughly $24 for 500 words, but for this you need a rating of 4.85.

They pay with PayPal and you can choose whether you want the payments made on a weekly or monthly basis. However, you have to have $20 in your account. I spent more than a year on Iwriter and I was paid every time. I also got some of my private clients from there.

Another alternative you can try is PeoplePerHour. It's very different from Iwriter in the sense that it provides a platform where clients are looking for all kinds of freelancers. Instead of just taking a job, freelancers bid. The client will offer a certain amount for a certain job and the freelancers are left to out-price each other. In essence you get to make a pitch to the person posting the job along with the price you are willing to do it for.

The BAD Parts

Things to keep in mind during your use of these sites:

Iwriter requesters are mostly rude and straightforward. They can reject your article without giving a reason, My suggestions for beginners are to look for clients with a high approval rate and low wordcount articles. Your rating won't be affected by the word count of the article, so stick to small articles that can be done quickly and easily. There is less room for error and moving up the ranks won't be so difficult.

As for PPH, there are a lot of scammer clients who place huge paying jobs and end up running away with your work. I did make a few bucks on PPH, but I discovered that the money the client pays into your escrow account means absolutely nothing. After the job is done and the payment has to be released then things can go bad. PPH doesn't check the source of the money until after payment has to be made. My advice is to look for clients who have a good reputation and reviews.

I am sad to report that these are the only good platforms for those without professional training. I'll go into other platforms in following posts and if there is somebody who knows about other sites then please share them.


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Starting Out as a Freelance Writer


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