ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Other Freelance Writing Articles By Janny C

Everything you wanted to know about Freelance Writing but were Afraid to Ask

Freelance Writing From a Beginnger: Writing For Others

Freelance Writing: Inside Look From a Beginner


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Totally understand Rebecca. Thanks a bunch!

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      7 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....

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

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

    • freefogging profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

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

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      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!


    • profile image


      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)

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      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!

    • MPG Narratives profile image

      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!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      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.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      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.

    • Minnetonka Twin profile image

      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.

    • lmmartin profile image


      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


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)