Complete Writers.Work review (Not an affiliate): Is it legit? (2019 edition)
Before I begin, let me say that I am NOT an affiliate of Writers Work. I am a user, and I believe you will be one too if you’re really a writer… just kidding, I don’t believe that.
To-be-noted: Anyways, I’m not doing the other kind of business where I say this site is useless and then promote another business, there is no affiliate link in this article. Go ahead and take a look, for confirmation.
Unlike other reviews of Writers Work, I’ve provided the most necessary information that an interested person would require. I’ve intentionally not provided all the background technical stuff like it how the business works and so.
So go ahead and enjoy the simple review from which you should be able to make a decision whether it is worth it or not!
Introducing Writers Work
If you’re still here reading this, then you probably already know a little about Writers.work. But let me explain once again.
Writers Work is an online application/ service for writers, specifically freelancers. It is a stop where the writer has the ability to see the latest writing job postings from many different sites. Nothing more than that… It isn’t an academy or a company that employs writers!
‘How does this help?’ you ask? Simple. We all know that online writers and freelancers don’t rely on one job/client/source/customer- they work for various people at a time. This is where Writer.work aims to kick in.
It gives a platform where a writer can easily find his best-suited job within a couple of clicks. Also, when all the writer’s projects are in one place, then it naturally has the advantage of easy management.
Though their advertising may seem tempting, it is NOT that simple. Well, at least not if you’re a beginner or a mediocre with freelancing.
Why did I join Writers Work?
For the past year, I’ve been freelancing for Writers Academy. This is a pretty amazing platform for people who are good at writing as well as for people who write once in a blue moon as the job offers provided aren’t very constant. In the Writers Agency, there is no contact between the freelancer and the client on the other side.
The offer comes up, writers write and submits within the given deadline. The client approves it. The amount in Australian dollars is said to be “earned” where the payments are made every Friday through Paypal. Check more about Writers Academy on my review here.
This is fine for a short while but somewhere deep down, with this system in place, I felt like it’s being spoonfed to me. So to get a real experience of a person who writes to earn his daily food, I made a move. Hence, I decided to sign up for Writers Work.
Is Writers.work worth $47?
There are two frank options when it comes to pricing. One is the 15 dollars for the subscription for one month- hence a monthly payment plan. The other is a one-time/’lifetime’ payment of 47 dollars. Now is it worth the price? That all depends on you.
Of course, there is a mentioning that the price of 47 is actually 50% discount with the real price at 94 dollars, which makes it all the way more tempting. So far, I’ve never seen changes with the pricing. So don’t sweat it.
Anyway, the service also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. That gets you all wrapped up.
Honestly, as a freelance writer, I don’t know why anyone would go for the 15 dollars monthly payment which will definitely be more expensive later. But I guess that the option provided is just another strategy here.
Job listings in Writer.work
There are actually two places in writers work where a writer would be working on. There is the ‘Submission’ page where usually one-time project or gigs are brought in to the dashboard.
These are from various sites ranging from article prices 0 to 2000 dollars, sites paying by word (per word rate- 0 to 325 dollars). You can set in your filters of the number of word counts or if you want to give in a pitch or not and so on.
I personally felt there are not many chances of getting a gig there, so I use the other page- the ‘Jobs’ page. Here, there is a little more hope where you can submit your application with a resume to different sites and postings till you get a job.
Of course, Freelancer.com has this feature too, but it still is great. There are more filters available here, so go crazy with your specifications. Most of the jobs posted here are from the sites below:
- Writers.work (yes, it does have its own system but it isn’t very popular yet I believe)
Another thing to keep in mind: If you are ready to sign up, make sure you have Microsoft Outlook functional. It will come in handy for a few applications.
How much can you make with Writers Work?
Though their adverts say you can start earning from 20-65 dollars per gig/hour within 30 minutes, it isn’t that simple. You can get started away with the training of course, but there is no telling of how much you can make. You can even have zero outcomes if taken lightly.
If you ask if it’s worth the amount, I say that it all depends on you. The training that they provide is no doubt great. The training is through a number of modules containing videos. At the initial, a book of about 100 pages is provided. Made for a writer who’s about to start out his career, it covers all aspects of freelancing writing.
As the website claims, it is true that the platform does function well with both, an experienced writer and a beginner. If you already are an experienced writer, then I’d say you’ll flourish very quickly if you work for it.
But to a beginner, it surely is going to take a while. But if you really love to write, then it’s worth the amount and the effort.
The best part about the training
When I went through the training, I found that there was no beating around the bush. The most necessary things that a writer needs to know as a freelancer has been given… the kind of information that you don’t usually get by searching on Google.
The training guides on how to deal with clients. Starting from how to price your works to the best methods for payment from the clients. And also what can we do in a situation where the client doesn’t agree to pay.
Need a qualification for writing these gigs?
If you wish to sign up but are afraid that you don’t have any specific qualifications related to writing, there isn’t really much to worry about. As I said, efforts should be put in. Through the training, find yourself the best method to establish yourself as a writer.
As for me, I’ve got this website that you are currently in. This provides as a portfolio to the applications I fill up. And so far, I can say the results have been good as one company actually approved my application! (Just an application, I still haven’t received any projects to work on…)
And I don’t even have any qualifications apart from my 10th-grade certificate!
So there is no need to worry about the qualifications.
A few disadvantages
If you look at it from a practical angle. For 47 Dollars, you’re basically getting training and a dashboard where jobs are easily available to you. But getting these jobs? There is no guarantee. There is NO guarantee that you’ll actually land a client at all even after paying the amount. This applies, especially if you are a complete beginner.
Now if you’ve visited some other website reviews about Writers Work, they would have mentioned that the job postings are expired. This is true. Many of the writing job postings that I’ve clicked through were already expired. But looking at the overview, Writers Work is a new land. Developments are still to be made.
Some issues to be mended in the system
I’m sure that this will be taken care of sooner or later, no doubt about that. Moreover, Writers Work has its own system where one can ask anything related to writing there. The question will be answered in a few minutes. No, a bot doesn’t answer. An actual person on the other side does. That’s a pretty well-set system.
Apart from this, Writer Work claims to have over 60 000 users. So if the claim is true, then development to a flawless system is on its way.
What else does Writers Work offer?
Apart from the exclusive training which is definitely worth the initial investment and the job dashboard, they also provide their own document formatting editor (Something similar to Microsoft Word). This word processor is completely optimized for a full-time writer. It also provides an analysis of the words we type. This includes readability score, grade reading level and even the sentiment of the piece and so on.
The word processor is so optimized that they even provide tunes that people are used to. Such as the noise in a busy cafe! I found this pretty amusing at first, but it really does help if you write for a long period of time.
The smaller tools provided
Apart from this, on the home page, a complete analysis of the work that we’ve done so far is displayed. This consists of the number of characters and words typed and the exact amount of time spent writing.
There are a few smaller things on the application such as reminders and task management. These may not be very handy at first. Explore them later. But as one prospers in the era of writing, then these small tools come to be very useful!
Something I can’t hide
Just a small fact that I want my readers to keep in mind. I still have NOT received any solid opportunities of freelancing through Writers Work. I have submitted several applications and letters to several different companies and establishments and now I’m just waiting for a call.
Yes, I did mention previously that I had an application approved, but no. There has been no contact with the company after the application approval.
As soon as I get an opportunity, I will be sure to let all of you here know!
A few other features
Some other features that I didn’t highlight are given below. These didn’t really seem important to me but considering that my readers know, I’ve provided them below.
- A separate ‘Submissions’ page. Here, the opportunities are usually in this manner: You submit an article or pitch. If the site approves you then you can proceed and get paid for it. These are submissions, not jobs.
- Portfolio: A separate page where you can display your works and give an elaboration about your services for your client… (yes, this wasn’t important to me).
My website serves better as a portfolio I believe (The website that you are currently in).
So here are are the pros and cons in total:
- For a one-time payment of 47, you’ll be getting the training
- A dashboard where writing gigs of all sorts end up there.
- It saves a lot of time, undoubtedly.
- Portfolio feature…
- A great inbuilt writing application… with the analysis too.
- You’re just getting the training. Nobody is going to guide you to your first gig to work on.
- The dashboard has gigs alright, but there isn’t any guarantee you might even get one of those writing jobs.
- Some of the jobs(a handful) offered are expired. But as I said, they’ll come around later.
- Portfolio feature. It’s just good. It could have been a lot better with additional features.
- You need a laptop or a desktop to work on. It does not work on your phone… or at least as far as I’m concerned.
If you’re new to freelance writing, there really is nothing to worry about. Writers Work will guide you with the training. But your job is to work upon that! If you’ve made a decision to really get your fingers dirty, I don’t see what should be holding you back. Go ahead and check out Writers.work!
Here are a few screenshots of the app:
University… or the place with all the training.
Home with analysis.
The Job board…
So let me just stop there with the screenshots. I felt these would be most essential to the readers and interested candidates out there. That is all for now.
By the way, all of this information is from my perspective. I found out the review on HomeWorking Club to be more detailed than mine. So have a look there too.