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Freelance Writing 101:Writing Firms Beware

Updated on January 18, 2017

If you want to make money online an option to choose from is to become an online freelance writer. There are many online websites that can help you break into the freelance writing world, but be warned they take their writing seriously. In fact a writing portfolio is a good thing to have. Some of websites that hold good standing are Where you place bids on a job that you want to apply for. In the bid you of course have to sell yourself just like you would do on any job you’re applying for. You have to convince these people you are the right fit for the job, and why. Lastly is a new place that has recently gained some attention. This website is called Fivver. Here you can post you can write whatever for 5 dollars. It takes 5 days though for your money to clear, and be available to you.You do get paid they are legit. As always remember when dealing with anything online be cautious.

Now this brings us to the topic writing firms. If you venture into freelance writing you will come across them. They are a company that is in need of a staff of writers to write articles for their clients. This sounds like great opportunity right? You will get steady writing assignments, and get paid for them. The down side to this is all your work goes unnoticed. All the writing assignments are ghostwritten basically. Another unseen alert that has started to be noticed with these writing firms is they have an extreme high expectation from their writers. They often require you to write a certain amount of articles to be written in a certain amount of time, AND expect them to be good. As a writer I find this highly impossible. If you want a certain amount of truly engaging and high quality articles (Say five.) you will have to give your writer 2 to 3 days tops. First of all you will normally get a list of what the client wants to you write about. Unless you are a master in the topics at hand( Even if you are a master you still may have to look back in your books a bit) it then takes some time for a writer to research on the topic then compile an engaging piece. After that come editing which is a really major important part. For the writing firm manages for you the writer to deliver them error free and original quality work.

I wonder myself how these writing firms find people who can meet their high demands. I have seen so many writers reply that they can deliver 20 articles in a week. My question is are they all engaging? Do they eat? Go to the bathroom? Have a life? I'm a mom so I cannot write 24/7 sadly. The key to writing is to be informative, and engaging. That is what separates being able to write,and being a writer. A Writer spins magic. They can turn something like lawn gnomes into a spiritually engaging informative topic that leaves you going wow I read that article all the way through, and now have inkling now to buy lawn gnomes! Not just a pile of words strung together that sound big, pretty and fancy.

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      JannyC 6 years ago

      Totally understand Rebecca. Thanks a bunch!

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      Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

      Great points to ponder keep up teh good work, and yes I've stumbled and dugg this.... I am a bit backlogged so haven't really had time to read as much....

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      JannyC 6 years ago

      Thank you freefogging! I try my best to constantly improve in my writing skills.

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      freefogging 6 years ago from Florida

      Nice hub Janny. Your writing is improving all the time!

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you Mike happy you enjoyed my hub. I am the same way when I am reading if it doesnt grab me you have lost me. I strive in my writing to add a little spice to everything I write even if its about clear plastic storage boxes. Thank you again!


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      mikeq107 7 years ago

      Very good reserch and well writen..i`m inclined to agree with you onthe subject of the content on the Twenty articles..truthfully a lot of them are really vanilla. If a topic does not grab me at the start its hard for me to read through..again Thanks for writing a great hub!!!

      Mike :0)

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Exactly! I sometimes call also those types of scammers and dupers legit scammers. They know just enough to get under the radar, but when it comes down to it you are giving more than you are recieving. Thank you for comment MPG!

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      Marie Giunta 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      There are many scams on the internet and many of these sites are 'freelance writers wanted' sites. Thanks for pointing out some legitimate sites JannyC, this will help unsuspecting new writers.

      Just a warning though, I was caught on a good site a few years ago and even the owners of the site were surprised at how the scammers were able to dupe so many of their good freelancers. Take care on the internet, ALWAYS!

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Happy you liked it Minnetonka! Thank you very much. Been awhile since Ive had a chance to write on hubpages so good to see my fellow writers again and friends again.

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      JannyC 7 years ago

      Thank you Lynda! Some of them have even asked me to write for them and your exactly right they did the 2 cent per word thing. I dont like math so I declined. Hahaha.

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I agree that it makes you curious if people writing for some of these places have a life. It doesn't interest me one bit. Great hub and information.

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Your notes on the high expectations of those hiring writers (at normally something like .02/word) makes me smile. I've seen the ads. And I've seen the product. I'm often not sure whether it is computer generated or human-written. Good hub. Keep up the great work, Janny. Lynda