It's been a long time since I got writing projects- was too busy with motherhood! Can't complain. ;)
So I tried applying for writing jobs on Indeed and got a job as a writer for academic writing. Unfortunately, with a lot of factors influencing my work-especially the on-and-off brownouts, including my prepaid internet connection, the next-day deadline and that perky little guy named Mico who only sleeps after 10PM, I couldn't keep up with the requirements. Even posting for my blog is hard to do! Man!
Luckily, I found three great websites that are sure to help you get a steady job! Yes! That's my title. Take note they may help you get a steady job but most of the jobs posted are not really for a regular gig. It's the relationship with your client that can actually get you that steady job for a lot of good reasons. I'm just trying to help here. It's not just for me. It's for you too. If you're a new mom like me and want to have more time with your kids and writing is your favorite thing to do, then you can check out these sites. I'll tell you all about it.
Upwork is actually an online marketplace for different jobs and freelancers. It was Odesk before. What I love about upwork is that their site is comprehensive and you can decide for your hourly pay and negotiate with a client. If you don't like writing or it's not your best skill yet, you can do virtual assistance, research, web design, photography or do just about anything.
What to do: You have to sign up as a freelancer. Create a profile, brag a little and write your strengths and skills in a tagline. Mine is: "Your all-time well-rounded virtual assistant, researcher and writer" You can do better than that of course!
So complete your profile before submission and once you're done, you can submit your profile and wait until it's approved. Upwork usually sends you an email that your profile has been approved and you're ready to go. They have these connects that you can use in applying for jobs. Like for example, a job opening requires 2 connects, so you can use that and wait for the connects to add up-usually about a month, I guess.
Competition is tough so send your best cover letter and fill your profile with a lot of good-looking skills. You can also take tests relevant to your skills and when you have a high score, it shows up on your profile too. It took me months to get a project and another month to land on another project so I hope you'll be more patient in sending those applications.
Payment: Whatever your hourly rate is, Upwork charges 10% so you can adjust your rates if you want to receive a higher pay. It goes with fixed jobs too.
Payment method: There are a lot of payment methods to choose from but I recommend choosing the local bank deposit or bank transfer. I tried it with BPI and I had a successful transaction.
Some notes: Upwork does not give you a full go on fixed jobs because they're not entirely secure on fixed job payments but I got a successful transaction on my first ever fixed job.
This site hires new Filipino freelance writers. I'm new to this site. I'm still learning and reading a lot of articles on their help center. I only got two approved essays out of the submitted 6 essays but I think it's not that bad, is it?
What to do: It's actually pretty easy to register on their site. You just have to register your email address and your username and create a password and you're already a member! They'll send you an email telling you that you're aaawwweeesssooomee!!! Yeah, that's what I got. :)
You're actually free to choose whatever articles you like to write about. There are a lot of topics to choose from. I got hair wigs, home automation, travel to Nicaragua and other interesting topics. You just need to claim the writer's slot and you usually have 24 hours to submit the essay. There's not much competition on sending cover letters to apply. You just need to claim the vacant slot right away, it's that easy. However, they offer lower rates compared to other sites. For a 1,000-word essay or article, they pay you P120.
They also have great announcements on bonuses, incentives and prizes. I read it on my dashboard.
Payment: I'm new to this site so I have not actually withdrawn payment from them yet. The site noted that you can cash out anytime. But when I tried to withdraw the payment of P120, it gave me a warning that for withdrawals below P1,000 they will have a P100 charge. So I guess I have to wait then.
Payment method: I saw bank deposits and GCash. I chose the bank deposit.
Some notes: They have a very strict penalty warning on not submitting on time and it shows up on the profile so I got a lot of red marks because of that 24-hour deadline. I also got a little bit of hard time on revisions and rejections. The editors will send you a message and will tell you piece by piece what you should do to revise your essay, otherwise they will just reject your article for being irrelevant and give you a penalty warning. I'm not really good with rejections and revisions because I'm uber sensitive with people telling me what I would improve on. So I'm just taking it slowly so the comments won't easily break my heart. But I'm actually learning a lot on article writing so I think I'll stay here for a while.
I have recently registered to this site and have not really explored anything yet. But I heard a lot of success stories from this site and contractors got regular jobs for more than six months. I think you should take a look-see for yourself and tell me what you think. I'll update this post as soon as I get a job on this site. :)
These are only three of the websites that worked for me when I needed a more flexible time with baby Mico but I'm sure there are lots out there. If you have other great websites that you want to share, please tell me on the comments below. I'll be happy to try them and tell you what I think.