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How to Make Money with Textbroker
I recently established a writer’s account on the website textbroker.com. I decided to write a hub about my experiences there so far and the advantages and disadvantages of writing for this website.
Many HubPage users have undoubtedly heard of, or already used, Textbroker. For those who have not, Textbroker is a website where clients submit requests that are posted on textbroker.com and accepted by writers. The assignments can vary significantly in length. Typically, the more words they want you to write, the more money you will make if they accept your submission. The amount you are allotted to complete the assignment also varies. All of the assignments I have seen allowed at least 24 hours.
You may have noticed that I wrote “if they accept your submission”. This is an important point that needs to be emphasized. You are at the clients’ mercy. It’s possible that you could spend an hour writing an article, only to have them reject it and pay you nothing. Obviously, if that happens, you have wasted your time (other than the educational value of knowing what NOT to write, I suppose). Textbroker allows clients up to three business days to respond to your submission. If the client does not respond to you by then, the client must pay you the money whether they like your work or not. Although most clients have responded to me in a timely fashion, the three business day timeframe can sometimes leave writers hanging.
When you sign up, Textbroker gives you a writing test and then rates your proficiency from “1” (worst) to “5” (best). If you score a “3”, for example, you are only eligible for assignments that require skills of “3” or below. You cannot accept the higher-paying “4” or “5” assignments. I received a “4” rating and completed my first five assignments last week. Four of them have been accepted and paid for, and one is still pending.
Unfortunately, Textbroker puts a temporary hold on new accounts after writers have completed their first five assignments. Clients aren’t the only ones who evaluate your work –Textbroker’s moderators will as well. They will review your first five assignments, assign them ratings, and give you feedback. Although this is potentially helpful, it means that you cannot accept any new assignments while the review is taking place. The review can take up to two weeks to complete. Textbroker claims that this is the only time that they will place a hold on your account, so at least it only happens once.
There are a wide variety of assignments available, covering myriad different subjects. You can search for subjects such as animals, trucks, foreign languages, financial planning, and many others. So far, I have written assignments about party buses, warehouse repairs, pooper scoopers, plumbing, and financial advice. I knew very little about any of these subjects before I started writing. With a little research, however, it’s not difficult to write 300-500 words on any subject.
Textbroker pays through Paypal. You can request a payoff as long as you have made at least $10, a threshold that is not difficult to reach at all. If your clients like your work, you can easily earn more than that on your first day. That said, the individual assignments are not exactly lucrative. The most I have received for one assignment was $6.50 for 500 words. If you are going to make any sort of significant money on this website, you are going to need to write many quality works.
-Large variety of assignments
-Paid automatically if client doesn’t respond within three days
-Easy to sign up
-$10 payout threshold
-The clients have complete authority in determining whether you get paid
-Holding period of up to two weeks after first five assignments
-Clients have up to three business days to respond to you
Is Textbroker Right For You?
Those are my impressions so far. I have only been on the website for a couple of weeks, so I may update this article later. I hope this will help you decide whether Textbroker is a good fit for you. Personally, I am still interested in it despite its flaws. I have made some money off of it, and hope to make much more once my waiting period is over.
I have also recently applied to another, similar website called Writer Access. If anyone has any experiences they would like to share with that website, leave them in the comments.