Freelance Writing

Have you tried doing freelance writing? I was at writers’ meeting last week and one of the members told us about the freelance writing she does. (She’s also working on a full length novel.) To earn money now (while waiting for royalty checks), she takes assignments from  TextBroker where she can pick the assignment she wants from a pool of clients and has 24-hours in which to deliver an ad, blog, letter, response, or whatever has been requested. She said the length of the project can run from less than a hundred words to around 600 words.

Before she was allowed to become a part of this group she had to take a written test, and her first few assignments were low paying. Over time, she said, the pay increased.

Once she’s completed an assignment and turned it in, it is looked at before being sent to the client. She said she’s rarely asked to make any changes in what she turns in, but if she was, and this went on for some time, she wouldn’t be given any more assignments. In her case, as her work gained more and more acceptance, she was asked to join “teams.” From the way she described a “team,” a team works with more specific and involved assignments. (One “team” might focus on working with lawyers. Another “team” might work on business ads.) She belongs to several teams.

She likes TextBroker because they check out the clients before taking them on, and she gets paid as soon as her finished product is okayed by TextBroker. She said, when working totally freelance (going to clients herself), she didn’t always get paid on time or at all, and there were a couple instances when her work was rejected by the client she’d personally approached and then later she saw an almost word for word ad of what she’d sent (only slightly rewritten). “That,” she said, “does not happen working with TextBroker.”

(See Tracy Falbe’s comment below for clarification of team vs individual assignments.)

She mentioned other sites that also have this type of service (  and  upwork ), but she said to be careful, there are some that are not good. If a writer is interested in doing something like this, check with others, either clients using the service or writers writing for the site.

I have another writer friend who, in the past, did freelance editing for our local university. I believe she primarily worked with foreign graduate students who needed help with their dissertations. (The graduate student could speak and write in English, but often did not know or understand American idioms.)


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10 Responses to Freelance Writing

  1. Thanks for the post Maris! I’m going to check out these two places!
    Good luck and God’s blessings

  2. Joe Novara says:

    Thanks, Maris. I’m looking into this…

  3. Tracy Falbe says:

    HI Maris, I’d like to clarify that Textbroker only manages client/writer interaction on “Team” orders. “Open” orders are only between client and writer. It’s usually easy to spot clients that should be avoided. Writers can view the rejection and revision rates for any client. If either is high, don’t take their work. Another red flag is 1,000 words of instructions for a 250-word article. Who wants to deal with that? I would say that most of the open orders represent honest work from clients who have reasonable expectations. Getting on teams, however, is the most efficient way to make money on the site.

    • Maris Soule says:

      Thanks, Tracy. I’ve updated the blog with the hope that everyone will see your comment. And thanks for providing so much information about freelance writing.

  4. Melissa Keir says:

    Very interesting information! I will certainly check it out!

  5. Thank you for another useful blog, Maris. I think I’ll check it out. Annette