Bits and Pieces and This and That – Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

It’s been awhile, I know. Already it’s been one of those years, and we’re not even halfway done yet. Oye.

I do want to bring your attention to two past posts of mine — It Can Happen To You and An Update On Writershire(dot)com. By all accounts, this company is mighty shady at best and a scam at worst. Like I said, most of my clients are wonderful to work with, but there seems to be one in every bunch. Fact of the matter is, if it feels too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of “rush jobs” at the last minute, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or investigate the company before you take on any work. If possible, get a deposit up front. I know there’s a lot of complaining from potential employers about being taken for a ride by unscrupulous writers, but the road goes both ways. Protect yourself.

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That being said, I’m going to introduce you to some potential employers I’ve done work for and with whom I’ve had a good experience. They pay, they pay on time, and they pay regularly. Some may not pay top dollar, but a bird in the hand and all that. I hope one or more of these work for you.

Constant Content is a great site to sell articles on just about any subject you might be interested. The pay rate is set by you, the writer, but keep in mind that CC takes a hefty commission. To me, it’s worth it because if there a topic for which I’ve done a lot of research for one client, I can spin that research and post it up on CC for sale. They pay once a month via PayPal, and the other thing I like about CC is their public request system. A client posts a request for an article, detailing the keywords required, and if it’s a subject with which you are familiar or may have research material hanging around, you can submit your article for consideration. If it’s not picked up by the requesting client, it is simply added to your articles for sale.

Constant Content does have a high standard and guidelines, so be sure to read them over carefully before submission.

Another reliable site in my experience is Textbroker. Pay is determined on your rating, and assignments are offered in a variety of different topics. You are rated by the client and the editorial staff, and the higher your ranking the more you are paid. Most assignments are short and sweet, between 200-500 words, and you can request a payout anytime after you reach the threshold of $10, paid twice per month via PayPal. The only drawback, if you can call it that, is you can only pick up one topic at a time. Pay close attention to the due dates…although there’s no penalty for missing one — it simply goes back into the pool — I think it’s rather rude to take a topic and not follow up, you know? Although it has been known to happen to me, too.

Although their vetting process could be seen as grueling, WiseGEEKS pays for all the testing articles, which is definitely a plus. Pay is dependent on the subject matter, but ranges from $10-$12 per 400 word article. There are three rounds of testing — you write three articles at a time, the topics are your choice, then reviewed by an editor. You are expected to improve and implement the changes suggested by your editor. They pay immediately during testing, but once you’re through the process, they allow you to write up to five articles but won’t pay until the proper paperwork is signed and submitted. (This is where I’m at right now.) You are also required to write at least five pieces per week. They have a strict format, and the questions you are answering can take some research, but you choose which ones you want to handle.

Those are just three sites I have done work for and recommend. If you have any questions, leave them here in the comments or email me at annetta.ribken(at)gmail.com and I’ll help you out if I can.

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The next post will be about my friend, Peat, who is currently being held hostage in the UK. I hope he gets home soon, and safely. In the meantime, the dude is kicking ass and taking names…with good reason. More tomorrow :)

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