Published on March 15th, 2015 | by Jade
Freelance Writing Review in Essays.ph
I do not consider myself a newbie in freelance writing for Essays.ph. As a matter of fact, I have been a registered user or writer since 2011. I remember I was in between jobs back then and since I had to wait for my last pay to be released, I decided I had to do something, both financially — as well relieve me from boredom. I do believe in the saying that idle hands are the devil’s playthings.
So apart from being able to do something worthwhile, I was glad I could earn through writing essays. The pay is not much, I realized, but with all the scams littering the Internet promising oodles of money for online work, I was glad to find something that was true to its word.
Writing for Essays.ph is quite simple: after signing up, just wait for the email confirmation. I’m not sure if they still require new applicants to submit a sample or screening article because that is what I remembered doing that time. Once you are allowed to pick assignments, you can browse different topics that interest you and start writing. You have to keep in mind though that there are deadlines for every assignment so make sure to submit on or before the due date or you will be issued warnings. They will also check if your essay is free from grammar errors and plagiarism. There are also specific instructions to follow for every assignment that you claim.
Here’s what you can expect, based on my own working experience with them:
Schedule: You choose when you want to work. You can work anywhere you want to, whether in the comfort of your own room, at a coffee shop, it’s up to you. I regularly check topic assignments to see if anything catches my fancy. I usually get tasks 2-3 times a week.
Assignment: Once you claim an assignment, you need to read and follow specific instructions for the topic such as the number of keywords in the article and others. Remember to proofread to avoid revisions which may also affect your rating as a writer. You will pick assignments based on keywords or topics. Some examples of assignments I took were about “weight loss” or “wedding candy buffets”. There are topics that are easy enough to do without research, but with some you have to do a little bit reading in order to write. I remember getting an assignment about investments and I had to do tons of Internet research before I could begin writing. I would suggest choosing a subject you are familiar with to make writing hassle-free.
Deadlines: You have to submit on or before the due date, and it is usually 24 hours, except for longer pieces, such as e-books or guides. My most recent assignment was an e-book and the total turnaround time was almost 2.5 days.
Revisions: You will be alerted if you need to edit or do some revisions in your work, and of course, you need to do so otherwise you may not get paid. I have never experienced being flagged for revisions, though.
Payment: Rate is usually P60 for every 500 words, but it sometimes it varies for every assignment. I was able to receive a little over Php1100 for writing 20 articles that are 400-500 words each. I never had a problem with receiving payment from them. My payment was coursed through BPI which only took 1-2 days to reflect in my account, other banks may take 3-5 days. You can also choose to withdraw payment through PayPal, G-Cash, Smart Money and others.
I have not earned a lot from writing at Essays.ph since I only get assignments when I have spare time, but I believe that as a writer, you are in control of how much you want to earn by the time you devote to getting and working on assignments. My overall experience with them has been pleasant and I find their staff very accommodating and professional to work with. Writing for Essays.ph is recommended for anyone who wants to earn extra money during their free time.
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The competition is intensifying for Filipino freelancers and bloggers in major freelancing marketplaces like Upwork, Elance, and Freelancer.com, especially for those who are just starting their freelance career. While it is absolutely worthwhile to be a member of these websites, I would recommend branching out of and focusing on some of the untapped opportunities that are available online, just waiting for you to discover.
For those who see blogging or writing as a chance to enter the challenging but rewarding world of freelancing, I have listed some websites that might help you find writing gigs that suit your skills and salary needs.
Craigslist Philippines offers search per cities and job vertical. I suggest that you do a Craigslist search through Google first. One search technique I often use is to type the following keywords into my Google search bar “site:craigslist.org freelance writing job”. Results show all freelancing jobs available worldwide, which will open doorways to a lot of various markets looking for high level English.
OLX.ph works similarly to Craigslist. It’s a Philippine-based classified ads website, which has a variety of writing job categories from companies that are on the lookout for freelance writers. You may also apply the same Google search technique mentioned above.
Many companies have an established presence on LinkedIn.com and use it to post corporate news including job opportunities. Many of these announcements are fed in from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. Such announcements give you some really golden opportunities to post comments (that are strategically linked to your work) and make yourself known to these companies. Click here for more tips on how freelancers can leverage Linkedin to find work.
In Essays.ph, you just have to create an account, choose the topic that you would like to write about, claim your slot, write, submit and let an editor review your work. It’s a thriving online community focusing on writing essays (as its name suggests) and articles. You also get to mingle with your fellow freelance writers in here.
Freelance Writing Jobs (FWJ)
Freelance Writing Jobs is a leading websites for freelance writers to learn, grow, and discuss issues, questions, and more. The site provides helpful tips and resources for freelance writers while posting writing job advertisements at the same time.
4writers.net has been providing opportunities to freelance writers for over eight years. It is one of the most highly trusted websites in the freelance writing industry. In order to join as a writer, you must hold a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.
Known as a research company in the international market, Writers.ph posts various freelance writing job opportunities. All you need is to sign up for an account. They are currently seeking writers who are inclined in writing English academic, creative, technical, or journalism pieces.
Although online job boards tend to get a bad rap for being full of time wasters and bargain seekers, the ProBlogger Job board offers up a healthy share of viable opportunities. .
These are just some of the numerous job boards, websites, and marketplaces that provide opportunities to promising Filipino freelancers, writers, and bloggers. As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, so get started today! Join two or more of the websites mentioned above in addition to known marketplaces like Upwork and Elance. It will surely be a worthwhile investment that, with persistence and hard work, will pay off in due time.