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Being A Canadian in an American World

Updated on May 29, 2012

I am a Canadian and proud of it. But for some reason, my nationality is a bit of a hindrance when it comes to various online pursuits that I have tried. While being Canadian does not stop me 100%, there are definitely limits in where I can and cannot work. In some ways, I have to work harder than the Americans to get to the same places as they are (no offense to my American friends).

Content Mills

A lot of mills have a limitation as to who can work for them. You have to be willing to enter your social security number so if you are not American you cannot work there. While there may be ways around this, I do not know how to do this. There are definitely sites out there that are open to Canadians such as The Content Authority and Textbroker based out of the UK.


Blogging does not seem to prefer certain countries over other ones which is nice for the Canadian worker. You can set up accounts with the various blog hosts and then set up affiliate accounts for them. Depending on the affiliate you want to deal with, you may not be able to set up an account with them. But overall, this does not seem to be a problem.

Task Sites

There are a variety of sites out there that allow you to complete tasks and get paid for them. The ones that come to mind are CloudCrowd which is through Facebook. I worked on this site when it first started but there have been a lot of changes and I have not worked there in the last couple years. Another site that I work on is Mturk which accepts people from all over but there are restrictions in cashing out. Americans can get cash but Canadians can only cash out for credits. That said, is more expensive for us to shop on due to the fact that we have to pay shipping.

Private Clients

For many people, the best method of working online is to find private clients. No matter what your skills are, you can likely find people out there looking for your abilities. You can find clients on sites like Odesk or Elance which both accept Canadians but some of those out there looking for workers may not accept certain nationalities. Another place to offer your services are on sites like Fiverr where people can buy your services for $5 (3.92 after fees) but once you work with someone a few times you may be able to go offsite.


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      PageC 5 years ago

      It seems these companies should be more accommodating. I hope that changes.

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      Danielle McGaw 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      I've had the same experience.One thing I do find is that private clients tend to love Canadian writers, as long as you are able to write with American spelling.