I have been able to pick up at least two articles a day on Text broker this week to help wth my new ‘working from home’ lifestyle. There is usually something on there I can write, although some days the pickings are a little on the slim side.
Textbroker is an online service that matches those who need an article, with those who want to write them. They attract orders from all kinds of clients, from little local companies who need a single landing page, to huge chains who need so much content it has to be spread around (think eBay, Zalando etc).
To become a writer you create an account for yourself and are required to submit a piece of your own writing. I wrote about my home town, which seems to be a popular one. There are some instructions which you must follow, and then your work gets marked. You need good grammar, an interesting turn of phrase and to be able to do what is in the brief. A degree in journalism is not required.
Once your article has been viewed, you will either be rejected (often because they have too many authors) or accepted with a rating. It seems a lot of authors get given a three rating to being with, which allows you to accept jobs that have been requested as a grade three or lower. The higher the grade, the bigger the fee. As you prove yourself, you can ask to be upgraded to a 4 rating, but to get to a 5 you must pass a rather difficult grammar test which has so far eluded me – and many others I understand)
Once you are in, then you can view the jobs on offer and decide whether to accept and write them, or move on to the next one. The jobs often only last a few minutes before another writer snaps them up. Sometimes there will be lots of orders, other times there is only one sitting there. I tend to pick things I have some knowledge of because it requires less of your time researching the subject. The articles needed can be product descriptions – a favourite of mine, or blogs, or reviews. Often, I cannot really understand where the client is coming from so I skip by. Their descriptions are either too vague, or so complicated it makes my head hurt. As I trust there will be more jobs to choose from soon, I just don’t bother with these (note to text broker clients – explain what it is you want – but don’t write so much detail that the instructions are longer than the required article and you leave the writer’s creative spirit with no where to go).
When you have written your piece, and carefully proofread it, you upload it onto the textbroker website where it is checked automatically for plagiarism and offered to the client. The client reads it and accepts it or asks for changes. When the client accepts it, the fee immediately goes into your account, and you can ask for a withdrawal once your account reaches 10 Euros (yes you get paid in Euros). You get paid per word, so the longer the article, the more you receive. Most articles I pick up attract a payment of 5 to 7 Euros, so I reach the pay-out threshold in two articles. The cash goes into your Paypal account the next Friday.
Now the payment you receive is not great, but you get paid per word and you can be paid every Friday. I argue that there are few online jobs where you can write, if you get stuck in, day or night, and rack up a hundred Euros with ease, then get the cash on Friday. There have been many times over the last four years when I have done this to help with a big bill, Christmas or a holiday.
I have written my own review of Textbroker, GreatContent and Copify. These are places you can earn money writing online. These are the services I have actually written for and received the payment many times, and I continue to use them today. Please take a look at my article on ToughNickel. (yes I get a tiny per-click payment if you read this article – so thank you in advance!)