So you’re an aspiring writer and want to make a quick buck doing what you like. Luckily enough, the web’s full of places which allow for this sort of activity, so you won’t be lacking in online jobs for writers. In this second post, I’ll be talking about my personal experience on iWriter. In a nutshell, we’re looking at a platform which allows workers to write for a certain amount of money and buyers to request a variety of articles and, as of recently, even eBooks.
What’s Nice About iWriter
The first thing you’ll notice is that you can create an account for free and start working right away. The single thing you’ll need to keep in mind when you do this is that you’ll need a working PayPal account in order to receive your earnings. As far as I know, there’s no other way to get paid than through PayPal.
iWriter has an Escrow service, much like Elance, where funds are stored until you complete the project. Once you finish the article, even if the requester does not approve it, funds will be released into your account after 3 days. When and if the requester approves the article, funds are released immediately into your account.
You can withdraw funds to your PayPal account once a week, twice a month or once a moth, depending on how you prefer this. While instant withdrawal would’ve been great, it’s still okay they allow you to choose from three options instead of forcing just one on you.
Online Jobs for Writers at iWriter – Ratings and Timeframes
Writers are rewarded if they get a positive review on their work. AT first, you’ll be in the Standard writer category and will only have the option of writing standard articles which are worth a lot less than Premium or Elite articles. To get to Premium or Elite status, you’ll need a certain number of approved articles and positive reviews. The star system allows requesters to ‘grade’ your article on a scale from 1-5. To get access to better paying articles, your average star rating should be well above 4. There’s a method around having to writing 30+ articles in the Standard niche in order to reach Premium or Elite – you can purchase (for about $150) the opportunity to take the iWriter test. They’ll make you write a couple of articles and grade them; if you do well enough, you’ll be awarded Premium or even Elite status immediately. However, I wouldn’t recommend this method, as nobody can guarantee for the expertise of the unknown people reviewing your article.
When you take up an article, you have a limited time to complete it. So for a 500 word article, you’ll have a total of 3 hours to complete it, a 1000 word article in 5 hours and a 300 word article in 2 hours. The lowest word count accepted is 150, which you’ll have to complete in an hour. This is great as it motivates you to write then and there if you take up a gig. Subsequently, you’ll be sort of pushed into writing more on any given day.
Last, but not least, iWriter does pay their writers. There have been no problems with payment up until now and I’ve been using the platform for about a year.
Check back later for the second half of this article: Online Jobs for Writers – iWriter.com Service Review: The Bad.
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