Work From Home as a Writer or Editor for CloudCrowd: A Review
CloudCrowd is Gone!
You can find former CloudCrowd writers and editors at CrowdSource now.
I'll update this review soon to reflect the changes.
Using CloudCrowd is an Awesome Way to Make Money From Home
Im pretty active on several different boards for freelance writers, and it seems like everybody is constantly whining about how much CloudCrowd sucks. Ill admit that I hated CloudCrowd at first, but the site has definitely grown on me. It has now become one of my main eggs for freelance writing, and it's the first place that I check for work each day.
If you're here, you probably want more info on working from home with this well-known site. Ill share my experience, and then you can combine it with what you read on the forums to make your own decision. I love CloudCrowd, but I'll admit that it isn't for everyone.
CloudCrowd recently merged with CrowdSource. I will update this lens soon to reflect the changes.
Important Update: Read This Before You Read the Rest of the Article
CloudCrowd is no longer CloudCrowd.
Well, it is, but not for much longer. The company was bought out by CrowdSource, and most of current workers at CC are not very happy about it. The queues have been dry for weeks, and the admins are being pretty quiet. The future doesn't look promising for current CloudCrowd workers at the moment, but this could change at any time. I will be updating the other sections of this article soon if things do not get better.
Stay tuned for more information. I'll continue to update you throughout the merger.
Is it easy to get hired by CloudCrowd?
Yes and no. Anybody can sign up to write for CloudCrowd, but that doesn't mean you'll actually get to write anything. After you sign up, you have the option of several different tests. I have passed the marketing writer test and the general writer test. There are others, but I can't really remember - stuff for editors, keyword research, and things like that.
Currently, I hold the level 2 marketing credential and the level 1 general writing credential. I haven't passed the editing test yet, although I did attempt it once.
Are the tests hard?
I thought the tests were somewhat difficult. The content itself isn't hard to write, but there are a lot of rules to memorize and guidelines to follow. Don't attempt to just wing it during the test. Study the guidelines first unless you want to fail.
If you don't follow instructions, your piece will not make it through the testing phase. It doesn't matter if you're the best writer on the planet. Follow the instructions, and don't come cry about it in the forums if you don't.
This grammar book is awesome. I recommend reading this before you take the tests over at CloudCrowd.
How much does CloudCrowd pay?
Most of the writing work that I accept on CloudCrowd pays around .02 or .03 per word, but some of the level 2 projects pay about twice as much as that. This is lower than several of the other content mills and clients that I write for, but I'm okay with that. I enjoy the work at CloudCrowd and find it easy to still make a decent hourly rate. I'm a fast writer, though. Your own experience will depend on what you consider to be decent money and how quickly you can write.
When will I get paid?
CloudCrowd pays daily for work completed Monday through Friday. Weekend work rolls over to Monday’s pay period. That’s my favorite thing about this site. If I have an unexpected expense pop up, I can just jump on CloudCrowd and write a few articles or product descriptions. They pay via PayPal, so set up an account if you don’t already have one.
Can I Put My CC Work on My Writing Resume?
When you write for CC, you're working as a ghostwriter. You are not allowed to put specific samples on your resume or take any credit for the work. It is okay to say that you work on projects for CloudCrowd as long as you don't share specific details. I usually say something like, "I write marketing copy for well-known retailers" when new clients as what I do over at CC.
Is There Steady Work at CloudCrowd?
If you're new to the freelancing world, you might not realize that work is never guaranteed. CloudCrowd usually has plenty of work to go around, but sometimes they run out. It just depends on what clients request that week and how many people are working.
What's the community like?
I thought the community was terrible at first, but I like everybody now. The staff and other writers are wonderful about answering questions in a timely manner. It took me some time to get used to the fact that people will jump on the forums and complain about projects, but now I'm okay with it. That's because CloudCrowd actually cares about its writers, and they respond to most of the forum comments/complaints. Oh, and they respond quickly - usually on the same day.
CC Admins are hilarious.They crack me up each time they post some goofy comment about new work. I don't want to share specific comments since I wouldn't feel right doing that with the general public, but just know that you'll be mingling with some pretty funny people if you pass the testing process at CC.
What else should I know about CloudCrowd?
READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE YOU ACCEPT A TASK.
I cannot emphasize this enough. People always cry that CloudCrowd is a scam because their work was rejected, but it's usually their own fault. When work is wrongly rejected, you can appeal. I've had most of my appeals granted, so the appeal process is not just something that CC created to give you the illusion of writing for a fair company.
How can I write for CloudCrowd?
Sign up. I've included a link below this section.
If writing isn't your thing, CC also has other tasks, such as keyword research, editing, and image descriptions. The tasks vary depending upon the needs of different clients, so check back often to find work at home tasks that appeal to you.
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Apply for freelance work at CloudCrowd by clicking this link. If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to ask me. I'll do my best to help.