Are you a writer who is always looking for sites that hire writers? Do you enjoy copywriting and are considered well-versed in it? Would you consider yourself a prolific blogger for a targeted niche? Then the freelance writing site CopyPress might be something of interest to you.
CopyPress is currently open to writers in the US, Canada, Australia, and England.
What Exactly is CopyPress?
CopyPress is a freelance site that uses writers to write for large scale projects in a variety of industries. CopyPress hires two kinds of writers: CopyPress General Writers and Specialty Writers/Bloggers. Founded in 2009, CopyPress is a way to bring creatives (writers, illustrators, developers) and advertisers/clients together.
General Writers are eligible for assignments by becoming certified to write specific types of content (sharebait, product copy, infographics). These General Writers will receive assignments in a variety of niches.
Once accepted as a General Writer, CopyPress will supply the CopyPress Writer’s Guide and offer certification in either sharebait, product copy or infographics.
Specialty Writers/Bloggers are eligible to only write for their specialty. After they have registered, they must prove that they are an expert in their field by also filling out a Specialty Writer/Blogger application form and presenting samples of their work. They will also be supplied with the CopyPress Writer’s Guide.
However, both types of writers should already possess the:
- research skills to find interesting stories.
- knowledge of grammar and writing mechanics.
- strong command of the English language.
- ability to construct well-written copy
- understanding of how blog content works.
- ability to follow directions from editorial objectives.
- reliability and dependability.
What is the Pay and When is Payday at CopyPress?
Paydays are the 1st and 15th of each month and payment is made via either direct deposit or PayPal. Pay will vary depending upon the client and the assignment.
How Does CopyPress Work?
After the freelancer writer/developer registers, the freelancer will need to create a profile. After creating a profile, the writer will select between the two types of writing. Based on that, the HR Department will send the writer the necessary forms to fill out and send back in 10 days.
Once assignments come in, the editors and project managers will try to match the writer to the project. An offer email will be sent to the writer, and the writer can accept an interview or decline the project.
While there is a job board, only registered writers can apply for these jobs. There is no bidding for jobs.
What Are the Computer and Equipment Requirements at CopyPress?
As with all freelance sites, your equipment will be based on the job you will be doing. At the least, I would suggest:
- an updated computer and laptop.
- antivirus and malware software.
- connection to an online thesaurus.
- connection to an online dictionary.
- connection to Grammarly.com or any similar spelling/grammar checker.
Are You an Independent Contractor or an Employee at CopyPress?
You are an independent contractor and responsible for your own taxes—like all freelance websites. Should you make over $600 a year, you will be sent a 1099 Income Tax Form.
What Do People Think Of CopyPress?
I think that CopyPress really looks like a great opportunity for freelance writers as well as developers and illustrators. The thing that impressed me the most is the ongoing education for writers with the CopyPress blog and certifications.
Regarding what other people think, there are some reviews posted on Glassdoor and Indeed. Note that most of these appear to be from in-house employees, but you'll find a handful from their work at home freelancers.
Feedback on CopyPress
Feedback is a little mixed. Some of their writers complained that the pay is too low and the work is sparse while others seemed to think they were paid decently.
How Can an Interested Applicant Apply to CopyPress?
Go here and begin the process. Good luck to all who apply.
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