How To Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online

The three main ways that people find freelance writing jobs are:

  • Content mills – At these job you would write for a specific company and choose from a list of articles that they want to have written.  You must follow specific guidelines.  You would be paid at predetermined times. Sites such as iWriter, PPH, Odesk etc.

  • Residual income – You can earn money as a freelance writer by joining sites like Squidoo, Hubpages and others.  They allow you to make money through Google Adsense and payout would be determined by the type of programs they are using to generate income.

  • Private clients – This is when you do freelance writing jobs for an individual or a company.  You are usually paid by word, by article, or by the hour.  You are usually paid after a job is completed and approved or at predetermined times.

For this article, I am going to focus on Private Clients.

Places Where You Can Find Freelance Writing Jobs Online with Private Clients

Throughout your online searches will discover that there are many places where freelance writing jobs are advertised.  Some of them are better than others though.  It will also depend on what kind of writing jobs you are looking for, but these ones are a good start:

  • Freelance Writing Gigs – This site is run by SplashMedia and publishes a list of writing jobs daily (Monday to Friday, minus holidays).  They have a policy of only publishing jobs that pay $10 or more.  They have a selection of writing jobs including blogging, article writing, magazine writing, resume writing, and more. 

  • ProBlogger Job Board – This is the job board associated with Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger site, which has an excellent reputation.  You’ll find reputable companies that are looking for bloggers here.  These jobs tend to pay well.

  • Craigslist – I know a lot of writers are wary about applying for jobs through Craigslist but there are a lot of great jobs advertised here.  You have to watch for the warning signs and be careful about the information that you provide but I have gotten several good writing jobs through Craigslist.  When I first started out in writing online, this was my main source of jobs.

  • Write-Jobs – This site is a newer one to me but I’ve seen some great jobs here.  It has jobs for freelance writers as well as magazine jobs and places that are accepting manuscripts for fiction, too.  And there are contests, which can be a good source of income, but the competition is much higher.  Definitely worth checking out on a daily basis.

  • About Freelance Writing – Anne Wayman has been writing longer than most of us and she has a pretty good eye for the jobs.  You’ll find a nice list of writing jobs several times a week.

  • Freelance Job Openings – This site has all sorts of jobs for freelancers and there a lot of freelance writing jobs included.  You can use the filters to find what you want more specifically.

The key to getting freelance writing jobs online with private clients is that you have to apply for the job. You need a good resume and a cover letter that focuses on your writing skills.  And you need to dedicate some time to searching for and applying for writing jobs on a daily basis.  Once you have put in the work, you will find that writing online can be very profitable! 

9 Tips to Finding a Great Writer on Fiverr

Finding a Great Writer on Fiverr

If you have not heard of Fiverr, it is a site where you can buy a wide array of “gigs” from people all over the world. Gigs start at $5 but many Fiverr sellers have extra options where you can get other services added on for additional costs. If you are looking for a writer at an affordable price, this can be a good place to start.

Most people will tell you that you need to be careful on Fiverr – especially when buying writing gigs. There are many people who do not deliver the kind of quality content that you want to display on your blog or anything else that has your name attached to it. So, how do you find a good writer on Fiverr? Here are a few tips:

  1. Look at the reviews. While it is true that anyone on Fiverr long enough will have a couple negative reviews, you should try to find someone that has a 95% rating or higher.

  2. Use the search option to find gigs that are relevant to the topic that you are looking for. If you’re looking for sports writers, search for “sports writer”, “sports blogger”, or something similar and you will be more likely to find someone that is knowledgeable about sports.

  3. Remember that quality is more important than quantity. Someone that is offering to write 1000 words for $5 is likely not going to give the content the attention it deserves and you’re more likely to end up with something that is completely unusable.

  4. Read the description. Fiverr suppliers will often provide details in their gig about what they can/will do or what they can’t/won’t do. Pay attention to this because if you order something they aren’t able to do they are likely to request that you cancel the gig. Also, those who are upfront about what they can/will do and what they can’t/won’t do are more likely to deliver quality.

  5. Don’t hesitate to contact the seller directly to ask questions if you’re not sure if they are able to deliver their gig the way you want it. Most people will be honest about their abilities when they know that not delivering what the buyer wants can result in a negative review.

  6. Don’t order 50 of the same gig at once when the turnover time is only one or two days. No one can write 50 articles that fast!

  7. Ask for recommendations. If you work in the online world you likely know others that have bought gigs from Fiverr (even though they may not talk about it publicly). If you find someone that has used Fiverr to find writers, they will likely be more than happy to give you a recommendation.

  8. Look for sellers that provide all the information you need in their gigs and also has a bio with a description that reveals some of their experience and has a picture. Professional writers generally have a picture of themselves.

  9. Google search their Fiverr name. Many writers use the same name all over the Internet and you may be able to find samples of their writer or social media accounts that can lead you to information that will help you to make a good decision.

The Golden Rules On Finding Suitable Free Packing Supplies

Free Packing Supplies

There are many aspects to being a great seller, whether you trade via sites like eBay or run your own home business; not only do you have to offer customers the right product, you have to make sure it arrives to them in a way that means they will happily do business with you again. Unfortunately, this can mean lots of boxes and packing materials, which, if you are not careful, can cost a lot of money. The following tips on free packing supplies are designed to help you find that ideal mid-way point between great packaging and low cost.

Finding the right box

Let’s start with the most important aspect of all: something to put the item in. Free boxes can be easily found from a range of sources, from workplaces and different shops to helpful friends and neighbors. Shoe boxes are in great supply and a great medium size, but if you need something smaller then glasses boxes from opticians are ideal. The strength of the box may be a concern if it has already been flattened and used but just remember that wine shops and book stores tend to have stronger boxes with bases that are more secure. Recycling bins can be great too – one man’s rubbish bin is another’s treasure chest – but they may be seen a last resort depending on their condition. If it is exposed to the elements then it is best to move on but if it is safe and dry, say part of the recycling scheme in your apartment building, there is no harm in reusing them.

Be creative with the free packing supplies

Again, family and friends can be a big help if you ask them to save their own packaging, even if that simply means they bag up the foam peanuts from their latest purchase. Failing that, furniture stores and offices can be great source of unwanted packing materials on a larger scale; you could buy a bulk roll of bubblewrap at a reasonable discount but there is just as good a chance that these establishments will have just as much going free. Alternatively, you could think outside the box – excuse the pun – for materials that will provide just as much security without breaking the bank. We all desperately save newspapers when we are moving so why not here, especially when a buyer is unlikely to care if their item is wrapped in plastic or last week’s sport’s section as long as it is intact.

An extra touch to seal the deal

One final tip to add in here, before highlighting the golden rules, is to save paper so you can write little thank you notes to the customer, such as from the backs of envelopes. Not only will this add a friendly, personal touch that the buyer will appreciate, it may help you if you are feeling a little guilty for cutting corners.

Those final, golden rules on free packing supplies

#1 – Check all your possible sources. There is no harm in asking your kid’s school for items that will be thrown out if you have a good relationship with them and you may be surprised by some store policies.

#2 – Be creative with materials that are around. The most important qualities are that it is free and it is secure, not how conventional it is.

#3 – Be aware of balancing low cost with decent quality. A moldy, torn box full of smelly foam or soiled papers is unlikely to bring buyers back!!

#4 – Christmas and birthday parties are your friends. Save all  gift wraps and re-use them!

Remember, there is nothing wrong with free packing supplies: you are not only saving money (and can pass the savings to your buyers) you also help mother nature!

What’s your favorite Free Packing Supplies tip?

Bad Experience With Freelancer.com: Conclusion

my bad experience with Freelancer.com

This is an update on my initial post about being scammed on Freelancer.com. It’s only fair that I do a follow up about my bad experience with Freelancer.com to further clarify the situation and detail what has happened since.

After publishing my last post I submitted it to various social networks, mainly Facebook, Twitter and G+. A friend of mine also posted a link to my blog on Webmaster-talk.com which is actually a part of Freelancer.com (they acquired it back in 2010).

Within a day of this post going live I was contacted by Freelancer’s customer service, not once but twice! One contacted me directly via my blog and the other via Twitter (the freelancer.com staff seems to monitor mentions over there). The customer service rep that found my blog was alerted by the post on their forum.

From my blog post:

freelancer.com scam

Freelancer.com customer support comment

 

 From Twitter:

 

Now they wanted to make it right and asked for copies of my conversation with the real, legit writer. I emailed them all the information I gathered from my own detective work as well as the complete email conversation I had with the original and legit writer. Most of the story was told to them when I first sent a support ticket, but never mind! I sent them the original email that started it all, as well as copies from the email exchange that writer had with the “ring leader”, proving she wrote the article.

Here’s the original writer first email to me (the one that started it all):

I apologise for contacting you this way, but I am currently experiencing a difficult situation with my employer and believe it is my duty to bring this to your knowledge. I am the ghostwriter who was in charge of creating content for the xxxxxx article. Although I’m sure I was awarded less than half of the amount you were initially willing to offer (projects get outsourced too many times these days), I trust you were satisfied with the quality of my work, as no complaints were brought to my attention. I was also willing to invest in a potentially successful working relationship with my employer, and therefore agreed to work for a lower rate for the first batch of articles. However, the employer turned out to be very unprofessional and decided not to pay for my work when I wanted to let him go – moreover, he offered to pay everything he owed me ONLY if I continued to work for him, which is pure blackmail in my opinion. Communication is poor, he has no consideration for my work and pressures me with tight deadlines (although I’m sure you appreciated the fast turnaround). Moreover, he failed to honour his promise to increase payment after the first batch, and although I delivered the quality and professionalism that were expected from me, I was constantly being paid $0.4 per 100 words. I failed to settle this misunderstanding with him – he can’t even speak or understand proper English, which may explain the poor communication. I know this is not your fault, but I make a living out of freelancing and (prompt) payment is very important to me. While I appreciate working with you (even from behind the scenes), I am not willing to transfer copyright until payment for my work is made in full. I am not requesting any payment from you, but am very sorry to tell you I have already published the articles on a personal blog that I have created solely for this type of situation. (removed website address) I trust you’ll understand that I’ve officially been burned too many times to quickly get over these situations and let the time and writing capabilities invested in my work go to waste. I apologise for the inconvenience and hope this will make you think twice about working with this person in the future. You seem very nice and honest. Thank you for your time. Employer nickname: John Anderson http://www.freelancer.co.uk/u/PayedforContent.html (“name removed” probably flipped the project)” –signed by the legit author (name and email removed)”

 

In our conversation Freelancer.com said that it took them so long to reply due to a bug with the ticket system and that I should have got a response from their customer service in a timely manner.

 “Hi there Nathalie,

I hope this email finds you well.

Our initial assessment indicates that a glitch in the ticket routing has caused the delay in answering your original email.
We are currently looking into this and a workaround is currently being looked at in order to prevent things like this from happening again.

In reference with your prior freelancer, appropriate actions have been initially warranted, and additional investigation is in place.
This scenario has given us the opportunity to revisit our existing process, and we thank you for letting us know about this.

I’d be in touch, and provide updates as soon as they become handy.
Don’t hesitate to let me know if I may be of assistance in any way.
Have a great weekend and thank you for being part of Freelancer.com.

Sincerely,

name removed.
Freelancer.com

I am skeptical. Although it took a long time, they did actually answer my ticket but offered no help and didn’t give me a refund. I had to blog and expose Freelancer.com publicly to get a refund for my troubles.

This is the only answer I got to my original ticket, 9 days after sending it and it arrives after threatening a credit card charge back. As you can see it’s one of those common “can” response:

Hello there Nathalie,

Thank you for contacting Freelancer.com Support.

We appreciate your initiative and effort for notifying our department regarding a violation on a site. Violations and abuses of our services are taken very seriously. With the enormous number of freelancers using our site, we are unable to catch violations before they happen, and at times, even after they have taken place. We also do not freeze or delete accounts without investigating the complaint or notification since we do receive a large volume of false or incorrect accusations of such abuses.

We have an obligation to conduct our business in accordance with all applicable rules, regulations and laws as we are committed to helping all users act in a way that preserves trust and respect within the site. All complaints are investigated properly and the action that may be needed should they be in violation of our Code of Conduct and Terms and Conditions. Violations of our Code of Conduct or any policies or procedures on the site will result in disciplinary action, up to and including account termination. The corresponding penalty will be based on the violation made on our website depending on its gravity. With this being said, we’ve already applied appropriate action to the reported user/project.

Furthermore, we recommend that you still communicate with your freelancer regarding the sent payments.

Should you have any other issues or concerns, contact us again.

name removed
Support Team
Freelancer.com” 

Freelancer refunded my money, so I had some money pending on the site that needed to be spent. I decided to browse their database and managed to find a couple of writers that had good feedback, a real picture, a decent bio and solid experience. I hired one lady directly and got a quality article.

Now my Freelancer.com balance is at zero and I doubt I’ll be back.

Although Freelancer took care of my problem and refunded my money, I have lost faith in them as a company. As of today, both account suspended are back on Freelancer.com. This mean it can happen all over again, not because of another shady ring of writers, but because of the same ones Freelancer seems to protect.

I had to go on social media and create a fuss for them to do anything about my problem. It is bad indictment of their customer service I had to go public with my experience before they did anything to rectify it.

The scam ring going on at Freelancer is well known on other sites. I had a similar problem on iWriter over a year ago and it was taken care of within a few hours and their support confirmed to me that from time to time they catch these scammers. So a site as large as Freelancer.com should know about this kind of behaviour from some of their members.

In the end I’ll stick with my usual writers, working directly with them or through iWriter because, after this episode, I have lost all faith in using Freelancer.com to conduct business.

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