Are you a beginning writer who doesn’t know where to begin to look for work? Are you a freelance writer who would love to have steady work? Are you a writer who is comfortable writing for content mills? Then the content mill, WordGigs, might be something of interest to you.
What Exactly is WordGigs?
WordGigs is a content mill that uses both beginning writers as well as experienced, professional writers but only in the United States.
There are a variety of the types of work there; however, most of the work seems to be article-based with the average article being paid $4.50 for 350 words. Elite writers do make more and to become one of those, you must stick around and earn your merit.
There are shorter posts paying around $2.00 each for about 200 words.
What is the Pay and When is Payday at WordGigs?
Pay is twice a month via PayPal, and can be determined by the agreed upon writing assignment. Payment is paid on the 16th and 1st of every month.
How Does WordGigs Work?
Once you create an account with WordGigs, you will be given a grammar and spelling test–all in one. It is actually on about a high school level, so you should be able to pass. However, if you do fail the test, you will NOT be given a second chance. So pay attention.
From there, you will watch a short training video. Once that is completed, you may browse the categories and decide which articles to write. The client will provide at least one URL for you to use as research. Articles do have a deadline—although many times it is NOT a tight deadline.
What Are the Computer and Equipment Requirements at WordGigs?
As with all freelance sites, your equipment will be based on the job you will be doing. 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 or any similar spelling/grammar checker.
Are You an Independent Contractor or an Employee at WordGigs?
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—in fact the 1099 and a verifiable PayPal address are required before the first payment can be received.
What is My Overall Impression with WordGigs?
WordGigs seems to have just as many fans as it does foes. The reviews seem to be very mixed. There are those fast writers who claim to be making $400 or more a week, and there are those other writers who claim it is not even worth their time.
Another complaint that I hear is frequent rejections from editors when the writer really feels that he/she followed the prescribed guidelines.
How Can an Interested Applicant Apply to WordGigs?
Go to their website and create an account. Then submit per instruction your 1099 paperwork and your PayPal address. Be prepared to take a basic grammar and spelling test all rolled into one, but one try only. Good luck to all who apply.
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