If you are looking to make money doing freelance writing online then WriterBay is one of the options you have. BUT… Is this a good option? Or could WriterBay possibly be a scam that is just going to be a waste of your time?
Luckily you came across my review here and I am going to give you a good look at the opportunity that this place offers and whether or not it is going to be worth it for you.
There our a lot of different freelance writing opportunities out there, so you are by no means limited to just a few. You can always take a look at this list of 15 similar opportunites for other options.
- Website: writerbay.com
- Opportunity: Freelance writing
- Focus: Academic papers
- Legit?: Yes
In a nutshell, WriterBay it is a platform that matches up freelance writers with clients looking to pay people to write. In particular, this place is focused on providing the service of writing academic papers. So if you do apply here and get accepted, that is what you will be doing, writing academic papers.
Overall the platform isn’t too bad. The pay is decent and of course the job comes with the benefits of being incredibly flexible and can do it from anywhere, but there are some downsides I will discuss.
Let’s first go over how the job works…
How The Job Works
After you apply and get accepted, which I will go over in a big, you will be able to choose which writing projects you want to complete. They will post new writing jobs daily and you will simply be able to skim through them and do what you want.
Of course you will want to pick a project that you have expertise in, and if not you probably will not get accepted. Before completing a project the client will have to accept you (unless you have PRO writer status – more on this).
Next you will simply read over the instructions and completely writing. Then after uploading the work it will be reviewed and once it is approved you get paid… Simple as that.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, there is no schedule. You get to pick and choose what projects you want to do and if you don’t feel like working one day, you don’t have to.
This is one of the beauties of a freelance job like this, you can fit it around any sort of schedule.
They state on the website that it is possible to get paid up to $20 per page that you write, and that you can even make a full-time income with this. Now whether or not you would consider this a “full-time” income is a matter of opinion, but the point is that there is at least some decent money to be made.
One of the downsides is that you only get paid once a month, between the 16th in the 20th. You will need at least $100 in your account in order to get paid.
Options for payment include:
- Global Bank Transfer
If you want to make more money then you have to prove that you can write well. It is possible to move up to PRO Writer status and get better paying projects.
- PRO Light Writers – Get 15% bonus on completed work
- PRO Writers – Get 25% bonus and ability to get more work easier
Requirements and The Application Process
Another downside to this particular freelance writing platform is that they do require that you have a bachelor degree, or at least that is how it seems. I found they specifically state you must have a bachelor degree at one point yet it seems that you might only need a certificate or proof of higher education at another point.
But if you do have a bachelor degree than your definitely good to go.
The application process is as follows…
1) Registration – First you will have to fill out some information and register, which you can do here. This includes giving personal information and providing contact into.
2) Testing – Next you will have to passgrammar and formatting tests. The grammar test is multiple choice and consists of 15 questions. The formatting test has to do with your knowledge of formatting styles, which are APA, MLA and Chicago format.
You will be scored out of 15 points and only have to get 10 or more to pass.
2) Upload – Lastly you will have to upload your diploma, certificate, or academic transcripts. You will also have to submit a writting sample on a topic they give you.
After that all is completed you will simply have to wait to hear from them. They will evaluate all you have done and get in touch with you if you are accpeted. It could take up to 2 weeks they state on the website, so you might have to be patient.
If you really want the job then put in your best effort on the writing sample. If you are denied you can’t reapply for an entire year!
What Other Writers Are Saying
One thing that I always make a point of doing is looking into what other writers are saying when I review a place like this. I want to hear from more than just the company themselves.
Glassdoor is a good website to find independent reviews from people who have actually worked at places, which I was able to find quite a few good reviews of. All in all you find many mixed opinions, which is what I expected. The negative and positive opinions of this place were pretty even, giving it an overall rating of 2.6 out of 5 stars.
You will find good reviews like this…
But then again there were also some pretty darn negative reviews basically saying that the site is horrible and even going as far to say that it is slave labor…
I also read through quite a few reviews on another very popular independent review site called SiteJabber. Here it had an overall rating of 2.9 out of 5 stars with around 80 reviews total… A little bit better but still pretty much the same story.
After reading through the many reviews from people who have worked at WriterBay I must say that I’m a bit disappointed. It seems that they could definitely improve with how they treat their writers it also seems that the opportunity isn’t quite as good as it may seem if you are only reading the information provided on the WriterBay website.
Conclusion – Scam or Good Opportuntity?
First things first… This place is definitely not a scam. While there are some people claiming that it is, the simple fact is that it is not. They do pay their writers and they do run a legitimate business.
That said, whether or not this place is worth your time is a different question. In my personal opinion I think there are better freelance sites out there.
Another Potentially Lucrative Choice:
You may also consider doing what I do. I write for myself online and make a lot more than most freelancers do. In fact, I’ve been making over $6000 a month pretty consistently now.
If you are interested in making more for the writing you do and writing for yourself, I suggest taking a look at THIS GUIDE I put together that will show you exactly what I do and how to get started doing it.
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