Looking for sites like iWriter? I've compiled a list for you of other great alternatives that you are going to love.
iWriter is far from the only freelance writing site out there. As online business grows and more more traditional businesses increase their presence online, the opportunity to work as a freelance writer also increases. And this is great if you like to write... right?
So anyways... without further ado... let's get right into this because I don't want to waste your time. However, it's important to briefly touch upon what iWriter is and the opportunity they offer before we move on to the list of alternatives.
What Is iWriter Exactly?
iWriter, in a nutshell, is a platform that connects clients looking for content on their sites with freelance writers willing to write that content.
The content I'm talking about here could be...
- Blog posts
- Amazon reviews
- Cover letters
You, as a writer, write content based on the instructions outlined by the client... simple as that.
Overall this place is pretty good and has potential. Even up to $100 a day is possible, although there are other options where you can make more.
If you got denied, just didn't care for iWriter, are looking to sign up for multiple freelance writing sites, or whatever the case... here are some other good options for you...
Included: 15 alternatives + another lucrative option at the end
Here Are 15 Good Alternatives:
Freelance writing sites like iWriter..
If you are looking for the closest possible alternatives, those listed below are your best bets. These are all platforms that deal specifically with connecting clients looking for content with freelancers looking to get paid to write content.
Some things differ, like their pay structures, writer levels, etc... but the basics of what they offer both writers and clients are the same.
There are also other related ways to make money on some of these platforms, such as by proofreading and article rewriting, both of which help to ensure quality content for clients.
CC is a pretty reputable place with a large base of clients and freelancers. Apparently they even serve high-end clients like Walgreens.
You can find some of the better freelance writers making up to $80 an article.. and according to CC themselves, making as much as $90k a year.
The application process involves filling out some typical information, taking a quiz and submitting a short 100-250 word writing sample.
This site is fairly popular, so if you have been looking into alternatives to iWriter for any length of time there is a good chance you came across it. They also work with some well known brands.
At Textbroker they pay a bit differently... per word. You can make anywhere from 1.3 cents to 7.2 cents per word, which can be pretty good.
When signing up you will submit a short writing sample and this will be graded and given a rating based on its quality. This rating will then determine your pay starting out.
One thing you may notice about this site after landing on it is that they offer clients articles at some extremely low prices... which gets you thinking... can I even make good money here?
They don't offer quite the potential as some of the others, but you can still make up to $20 an article which might be okay if you are just starting out.
Here the signup process is a bit more lenient. Although suggested, there is no need to provide a sample article.
WriterAccess isn't as large as places like Textbroker, but they have some pretty good offerings. The pay ranges from 2-10 cents per word in their "general marketplace" and if you are good enough to become part of their "pro marketplace" you can even earn more.
Writers are given a star rating based on their quality of work (by first submitting a sample writing) and the higher rating you have the more you get paid per word.
That said, they do take a pretty big cut... 30% commissions.
Some writing projects are simple and don't require much effort while others require a lot more, some you even need to interview for.
WriterBay has a good opportunity but is a little more picky when it comes to their freelancer base. They only bring people on board who have a bachelor's degree and look for writers with knowledge in a variety of different areas. The focus is on writing academic papers.
The pay, as usual, ranges a lot based on the project. Both part-time and full-time earning is possible.
When applying you will have to submit proof of a bachelor's degree along with sample work, and pass a few tests.
Other freelance sites..
Upwork, Freelancer.com, Guru... these are all very well known freelance sites that connect freelancers with clients. The difference between them and those listed in the beginning is that these sites accept freelancers of all kinds.
Clients come to these sites to hire people for programming, developing, graphic design, marketing, finance, etc. etc.... and of course... writing.
Looking for a writing 'gig'?..
Fiverr is another popular freelance site. Here you can build your own little freelance brand around yourself and attract clients.
The reason it is called "Fiverr" is because gigs start out at $5... but you have the ability to charge a lot more than that for top-notch services.
I'm listing this under 'gigs' but really it's not much different from a lot of the other freelance sites. It just seems to cater a little more to the gig economy, that's all.
Job search sites & job boards for freelance writers..
As the name suggests, this place is all about connecting people with jobs that are flexible. There are many different types of jobs you can find here, including writing jobs that could be remote, part-time, etc.
One big problem with a lot of freelance sites and job boards is scams. With Flexjobs each listing is carefully screened so you can rest assured that you will get paid as you should.
Lots of opportunity here.
This place is more of just a job board that could be quite useful if you are on the prowl for a freelance writing job. Clients post their jobs here and anyone can go and view the listings... no need to create an account.
If you find a job you like, you can simply apply for it and will be redirected to the site where you can do this.
You are bound to see listings for sites that you know. There are some jobs offering stable long-term hours with some pretty good pay. It's worth taking a look at if this is what you are looking for.
On this job site you can find all sorts of different jobs dealing with writing, however, it would be better for someone looking for a more stable writing job rather than a freelance position.
There are many different full-time position postings. Some are remote position but most postings are not.
It's a great source for finding good writing jobs but the unfortunate fact that many are not remote positions might make it something that you aren't looking for.
Formerly called FreelanceWritingGigs, this is a site you can use to make finding such jobs much easier. Basically what they do is go out and find good freelance writing jobs that you may like from other sources. They do the dirty work of scouring the web looking for these opportunities.
Much of the jobs they find come from other places that I already listed.
FreelanceWriting is another job board where clients go and post their jobs for all to see. The way this would benefit you is you would easily be able to scroll through all the available jobs.
That's about all they do though. When you apply for a job you will be directed to the particular website to do so.
You will find all sorts of positions posted here: freelance, full-time, part-time, remote, etc. No need to create an account to view the listings.
Yes... Craigslist. This site may not be the most appealing, but I definitely wouldn't not count it out just yet. There is plenty of opportunity here.
While you aren't guaranteed to find a job you'd like by any means, there very well could be listings that you are interested in. You just have to put this on your list of sites to regularly check if this is the route you want to take.
No type of writing job is off-limits here. You find it all.
How Much Money Can You Realistically Make?
This is an incredibly difficult question to answer because of the many different job types, pays structures, etc that you will find on these various sites.
That said, it is definitely possible to make a living as a freelance writer or as an employed writer.
HOWEVER... if you are going to get into freelance writing, which I'm guessing you are probably interested in since the main point of this post is to talk about "sites like iWriter" which is freelance, then you have to be aware that you will not make much when starting out.
The freelance platform Constant Content claims that their top writers are making $90k and higher a year... but you can sure as heck bet that they didn't start out anywhere near that.
When it comes to freelance work it is a bit difficult to get started in. You start out with no reputation and no one really trusts you. Reputation comes with good work and good ratings. Once you build a reputation you will more easily get clients and there will be those that stick around.
It's possible even with freelance to have regular earnings after building relationships with clients and gaining trust.
Beware of Scams
I also want to give quick warning about scams.
Some of these platforms don't do the greatest job at screening their client's listings. So just look for any signs that are unusual and avoid jobs that seem a bit strange.
You are unlikely to be scammed but it's always possible.
Another Great Option for Freelance Writers
Have you ever considered starting your own blog/website?
Seriously... it can be very rewarding. I know this personally because this is what I actually do for a living... I make blogs/websites and monetize them in a variety of different ways, such as affiliate marketing.
The reason I think this is a potential path that you might really like is because writing is a big part of the job. But the good thing is that you work for yourself and write what you want to write... not cater to the demands of clients.
- No boss
- Lots of income potential and ways to monetize
- As flexible as it gets
- You write what you want to write
There are lots of upsides.
The downside is that it takes a while to get things going... meaning to get your website established and earning money. But in the meantime you could always do freelance writing.
Do freelance writing and create your own website on the side, or vice versa.
Why do you think all these clients are paying people to write for them?
It's because they are making more money from your writing than they are paying you. So why not just write for yourself on your own site? It makes sense to me and I know.
But anyways... it's just a thought. If interested I would highly recommend this training to get started (same training I used). You can also read a more in-depth post I wrote explaining everything here.
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