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TextBroker.com is one of my favorite websites for freelance writing.  As an above average writer, I have received a steady stream of work that I’ve incorporated into my daily routine.  In retrospect, I wish I would have put more effort into TextBroker.com when I first decided to put my writing abilities to the test.

When writing for TextBroker.com, you are submitting content for clients that you have no legal rights to.  You are essentially a ghostwriter and your client has 100% of all rights to the content you submit to them.  If you don’t like the idea of someone else profiting from your work, then ghostwriting isn’t for you.

Starting Out
When you first sign up with TextBroker.com, you need to complete a trial test article for their editors to review.  This sets the tone and determines your ability score.  They give you a list of the types of content you can write to complete this short test.  Once they approve your writing ability and determine your level (normally level 3 – average) you have the opportunity to complete five orders before a second review is considered.  It’s kind of like a second interview.  This could increase or decrease your level and is used to make sure that their team assigned the correct writing level to you in the first place.  When this second review is complete, you have full reign of all the work that is available for your skill level.  All five of these articles you get paid for.  Only the first “test” article is not paid when your initial level is determined.

Job Orders
There are several categories of subjects you can write for.  These range from animals to traveling and everything in between.  It’s not uncommon to spend 20 minutes writing an article about Machu Picchu followed by a 45 minute article about VoIP software.  Most of the articles, blogs, and product descriptions you write for TextBroker.com are for other websites.  Some clients will use them in emails, flyers, and occasionally newspapers.  They paid for the content so they can do what ever they want to it.

Direct Orders are from clients who like your writing talents and are willing to pay you more rather than offer the job on the open orders list.  You can set your direct order amount per client and potentially make far more money.  If the client really likes you, you could wind up making hundreds of dollars from them per month.  However, this depends on how much work the client is willing to hand you.

Team Orders are clients who create a team of authors based on the clients criteria.  These also pay more than open orders and you could excel at the content in these teams.  Usually, team leaders will examine your profile to determine if you are a good fit for them.

TextBroker.com has one of the most busiest open order areas I have seen.  If your skills can lift you to level 4 status, there is never ending work for you.  However, level 3 and level 2 can create a bit of competition between yourself and the other writers signed up through TextBroker.  Some days there isn’t a drop of work to be found for level 3.  Then there are weeks when it seems the workflow will never end.  At any rate, there is usually enough work for one to pay a few extra bills.

The Pay
Although TextBroker is one of the more busiest of freelancer sites, it also pays one of the lowest amounts per word.  However, don’t get discouraged.  There is a reason why TextBroker.com is one of my all-time favorite sites.  While the pay per word is low, the work flow is very high most of the time.  The pay is good enough for me to more than double my paycheck as an IT professional for the school district.  I am able to do this because of the various teams I belong to and the direct orders from favorite clients I receive daily.

You need a PayPal account if you want to get paid from TextBroker.  Since I have a PayPal account with a PayPal Mastercard, I get paid every Friday and am able to get some bills paid immediately.  There are no PayPal fees from TextBroker, so you get your entire amount.

Every couple of months or so, editors will review all of the orders you have written for clients.  If the last five are rated level 4, then that is your level until they review you again.  However, once you hit level 4 they review you every couple of days.  You need to be sharp and know what you’re doing if you want to keep your level.

At level 4, you have the opportunity to take an editor test.  This is the first step to obtaining level 5, which pays 5 times more than what level 3 does.  It’s safe to say that once you hit level 5, you are pretty well set.  Level 5 is hard to achieve, but is well worth the effort and work you put into getting it.

As with everything you do, you will get out of freelancing for TextBroker that you put into it.  If you are a casual writer and really don’t care about making it a career, then you could easily buy Christmas presents or gas money by writing for them.  However, you could make quite a bit of money by working from home if you decide to put forth the effort into becoming a freelance writer for TextBroker.com.

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Michael Brockbank

Michael has been a freelance writer since January of 2012. He has completed more than 6,000 jobs for a variety of clients ranging from animals to travel.

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