Shmoop is a company that's relatively new with lots of home-based jobs available!
However, most of the openings do require a degree and they claim on their site that the majority of their contributors have actually been teachers in the past. So this is probably ideal for someone with a background in education.
If you were looking for work at home Shmoop reviews, I do have a little info for you in this post:
What is “Shmoop”?
Primarily the company creates fun, interesting study guides and test prep content in a variety of different subjects for students.
They are looking for people who can inject a lot of personality and humor into what they write. Shmoop's resources are used by teachers and also homeschooling parents.
How do you get paid by Shmoop?
The job descriptions do not list pay other than to say that pay is per completed writing project.
However, an old job listing from Shmoop for last year stating pay is $500 to $1,000 per completed writing project. Because this was posted last year, I can't guarantee that is how much they pay now. According to anonymous Glassdoor reviews, their salaries seem vary depending on the nature of the contract.
Some people seem to have a monthly contract which pays between $539 and $1000 per cycle. Other people describe an hourly contract where the pay varies widely from $5 to $17 hourly. It's possible that the monthly contractors get paid for one writing project each term, which would be in line with the old pay description, and the hourly contractors might be estimating based on the time they spend.
It's hard to be sure what it all means.
While the pay sounds pretty good – or it does if you assume the rate is still based on those old numbers – I'm sure that writing this study and test prep material quite involved. Especially when you consider it must be not only accurate and educational, but also written in Shmoop's witty, engaging “voice.”
It wouldn't be something you could do in just a few hours I'm sure.
What can you do from home for Shmoop?
Their “jobs” page has a long list of available positions, and many of them are work from home.
You can get paid to write their study guides and test prep materials (ACT, SAT, AP exam). As stated above, most of these positions do require that you have a degree (the type of degree varies depending on the job), and some also require that you've had teaching experience.
You won't have any trouble at all understanding exactly what they are looking for because they do a great job of spelling it out on each job description.
When you browse the “Jobs” page, click on the positions that interest you and you'll see it gives a very detailed rundown of all the requirements. Somewhere around the bottom it should also say if the position is work from home. All on-site work is done in Mountain View, California.
Note that as you browse the jobs, the location usually says Mountain View, California. But if you click through and read the description, many state you can work wherever you want.
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Looking for more Shmoop reviews?
If you want to find more Shmoop reviews, I'd suggest visiting Glassdoor and typing in the company name. There you'll find a lot of feedback (honest) from both current and former workers. So far, they have a 3 star rating on Glassdoor, which is not that bad.
Want to apply?
I'm not going to list all of the currently available positions because these likely change all the time. So instead I'll just send you here to the “Jobs” page so you can browse the open positions.
Want to Go Into Business For Yourself?
This is the most profitable route to take as a freelance writer. You can get your own clients and set your own rates, which you cannot really do with Shmoop or other content sites.
A six-figure income is not outside the realm of possibility when you're running your own business.
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She's also written an incredibly detailed guide on working for yourself as a freelance writer if you're interested in getting a lot more information on how to go about starting your own freelance writing business.