According to the official Writers Work website, they claim that you can make $35 to $45 per hour writing, all while working from home. There’s no experience necessary and best of all, you can get started in 30 minutes.
Quite the claim, I figured it was time for me to dive deep, as I always do, and see if these claims were actually true.
Is Writers Work Legit?
As with all of my reviews, I’m 100% honest and would never, ever promote something I wouldn’t sign up for. This isn’t how I work.
If you like the idea of writing and want to “write your way to the life you want,” then this may be a platform to consider.
Let’s take a look…
What is Writers Work?
Writers Work has been around for a few years it seems, but the company doesn’t talk about itself like the many other companies I talk about. In fact, they don’t even have an “about us” page.” All I could find is that the creator was maybe someone by the name of Jennifer Harrell and the company was founded in Austin, Texas. I did find that they are also the owners of Surveys4Checks.com, MyWritingJob and Master Writing Jobs, to name a few. There’s not much else, unfortunately. To me, this kind of raises red flags, but it’s not a deal-breaker, at least not yet.
Looking at the website, it appears that Writers Work is an “all-in-one” platform that helps you find your dream job as well as help balance your freelance writing career. It includes all of the career training you need, writer tools and an online portfolio, all for a very low price. Picture it almost like a virtual writer’s assistant.
The company will also help train you as to how to succeed online with its training modules as well as help you find the best freelance writing jobs online. Daily, they are said to scour the web for the best writing gigs and then delivers them straight to your inbox. It is said to help get rid of the irrelevant posts. They can also help you get published and paid as they list the multiple websites online that will pay you to submit articles to them if you don’t want to hunt for clients.
If that’s not enough, they also include an in-house word processor and grammar checker, which helps you “cut back on distractions” as well as help improve your grammar as well as a project organizer that helps you “nail every deadline.”
It does appear they have a lot of tools for you to succeed, but does it live up to the hype?
The BBB Rating
In my research, the first thing that struck a nerve was the poor BBB rating. I’m usually not a huge fan of BBB ratings as owners can often buy their way to a good review in a sense, but I still make it a habit to take a look at the reviews.
In doing so, I found more than 17+ complaints, giving the company a “C-” rating. According to the BBB, the reason for the rating was due to the number of complaints received, the length of time the business has been operating as well as the time it took for the business to respond.
When I was reading these “complaints, ” this is what many of them had to say:
- a lot of problems with the “30-day guarantee” refund
- no contact information on the website
- found out the “30-day guarantee” refund does not include the premium features, which they try to push
- the company “grossly” misrepresents the service
While many of these complaints were in regards to the refunds, it did appear the company closed them, so I could only hope they gave a refund as stated in the terms and conditions.
How Much Does It Cost?
Of course, you’re probably on this review and/or are curious because it will cost you something.
As I was writing this, the company charged $47 as a one-time fee, but if you wanted to pay monthly, it was only $15 a month. Do keep in mind that this pricing can change as time goes on.
According to the fine print, you could receive a 30-day money back guarantee if you ever feel it isn’t worth the price. This is pretty straight-forward to me. You pay the price, you get the product specified.
A note to consider…
Once you sign up, the company will immediately up-sell you, with some products listed for as much as $99. When I signed up, this is what I was presented with.
- $29 for a “Freelance Writers’ Toolkit,” which includes a downloadable PDF with done-for-you resumes, tax guides, sample contracts, etc
- $99 for a 30-minute private coaching session bundle plus the toolkit mentioned prior
- $99 for two courses, “Jumpstarting Your Freelance Writing Career” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Writing for the Web”
In my research, the company will refund the one-time payment but not the up-sells. Be sure to know of this before buying. All of these add-ons are 100% optional.
What’s Included in the Cost?
If you pay the one-time fee, you will immediately gain access to the following:
- a freelance job board
- massive list of publications that may accept your work and/or pitches
- project management, which allows you to organize jobs
- an in-house word processor that helps improve your grammar and work overall
- online portfolio that you can use to send to clients
- training modules to help new writers
- work features, such as time logger, statistic analysis, etc
It’s quite a bit, I’ll be honest, but is it really worth the cost?
That’s what I will touch upon next.
In each section below, I will talk about what’s included as well as how it can benefit you.
The Job Listings
One of the main reasons many sign up for this service is due to the job listings. Writers Work is said to curate jobs from multiple sources, saving you the headache of finding them on your own.
In looking at the job listings, it does appear that you can save time, but many of the jobs they listed appeared to come from other sites such as the Problogger job board, for instance. Keep in mind that there are a lot of free writing job boards out there, many of which I covered on this website. Just use the search bar above to find the many companies that are willing to pay you to write for them. A quick search can find them online, too.
In short, I wasn’t too impressed with the job board as it didn’t include a lot of unique jobs. For now, I wouldn’t recommend it as a “pro” feature as again, you could use Problogger or even Indeed to see what kind of freelance writing gigs are in your area.
As a pro, however, I did like that you could filter the results by city and even set a preset so that you’re alerted any time a new job pops up. This feature could save you time, but again, the same features are available on Indeed, for instant. In the freelance world, being first to a job is huge. The faster you can apply, the better your chances at landing the job could be.
Aside from being able to search the many active jobs available right now, Writers Work also lists multiple publications that will pay you for articles. Now, there’s nothing guaranteed in this, but it could be ideal if you want to maybe submit your work to an online publication and get paid.
In this section, they will explain what the publication is looking for as well as who you can contact if you’re interested in the position. It will also note the pay per article as well as how many words needed.
Looking at the list, jobs range anywhere from $50 to $150+ per submission, but remember that they need to accept your work in order to get paid.
This feature can be useful, but with the right research, you should be able to find a lot of these opportunities for free.
Aside from the job features, wherein you can find freelance writing work, Writers Work includes a project management system as part of your membership.
In this section, it’s a place where you can manage your writing projects.
How useful is this?
It’s hard to say as it really depends on how much work you plan on doing through the platform.
For each writing task you add, you can track the time it took to complete them as well as see which projects are active as of today. It could benefit you, but it’s just a task manager to help you keep track of your projects. It could be useful to some, while others may not use it at all.
The Text Editor
If you want an alternative to Microsoft Word, then the Writers Work in-house text editor may be something to consider, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
In using this editor, it will spit out a score, basically tell you the “readability score” as well as the grade reading level. It will update this in real-time as you type. Even as you’re typing, it will work similar to that of Microsoft Word, underlining errors. Other features include a live word count, sentence count, character count as well as a spell checker. You can also highlight a word to get a dictionary definition.
It appears to be a good word processor, but I would almost consider using it as a sidekick to that of Microsoft Word. It may be a surprise to you if you were to sign up, but personally, I wouldn’t use it as a Microsoft Word alternative. Instead, I may copy my final write-up into the processor and check out the stats.
In the online portfolio section, you have the ability to create a profile of sorts.
In this section, you can link to your social media channels, add your work, a professional photo as well as let potential job hunters know what kind of services you offer. Picture it almost like an online resume of sorts. Why should someone hire you?
It’s not much. In fact, you can take a look at the marketplace without signing up to see what other profiles look like. Take a quick look to see what others are doing. The screenshot above gives you a glimpse as to what it looks like. Again, it’s not too extensive.
I guess it doesn’t hurt to add your profile to the marketplace, but I wouldn’t expect a lot of activity out of it as there seems to be a lot of competition.
What’s known as the “University,” Writers Work provides you with a ton of training materials, from videos to some written guides.
Similar to that of a Udemy course, the company breaks down all of the training in modules, with each module discussing a particular topic.
When I took a glance, there were multiple modules, from getting started as a writer to managing projects. They seemed to be well put together. The training seemed good and could be a great option for all writers, no matter how much experience you have.
You won’t find a ton of information, but there’s some value here.
The Online World – What They Think
Now that you know what’s included in a membership, it’s now time to see what the online world is saying.
As in all of my reviews, I always make it an effort to scour the web and include my findings, both good and bad.
In my search online, I did find a lot of bad, unfortunately, most of which I include below. Here’s what people had to say…
I played around with the text editor for a few minutes and liked what I saw, but I did read reports that people didn’t like it at all. From what I did read, it had a lot of programming errors.
Multiple reports of people saying it was hard to get a refund, even when you’re in the 30-day window.
A lot of negative reviews online, many of which ranged from offering no value to additional problems.
There’s no “About Us” page. Who’s running the show? I only found out information via the BBB page and not sure how accurate it is.
One top reviewer on Reddit said most of the jobs were postings from other websites. I did find this to be true.
The advertising can be a pinch misleading for people new to the industry.
It’s a great starting point for writers, almost like an all-in-one tool. A great consideration if you’re new to the industry.
They do offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, but many did have a hard time getting it. This is hearsay, however.
$49 isn’t too bad of an investment if you want access to jobs and a learning platform.
Writers Work is really a mixed bag. They seem to offer a lot of features and only charge a one-time fee, but a lot of what you get can be found online for free. I’m leaning toward don’t join.
For instance, if you’re looking for jobs, you can use one of the many freelancing writing job boards online, such as BloggingPro.com and ProBlogger.com, to name a few. A quick Google search can yield quite a few options if you’re looking for jobs.
As for the training modules, all of the information provided can often be found online as well, especially through YouTube. While it’s presented nicely in an organized way, it’s just saving your time. So, if that’s what you want, it could be worth it. The same can be said about the “word processor.” You’re not missing anything here, I promise.
Personally, I didn’t find much value in it, but I’m not going to say to avoid it, either. It really depends on if you have the time to do your own research. If you can search Google and dig deep, then you don’t need this site. However, if you want everything sent to you as a freelance writer and you don’t want to do the research, then, it may work for you. $49 isn’t a ton of money.
In the end, I’m not going to say join or not join. I will leave it up to you. Writers Work isn’t a scam, per se. It’s just a company with a bad reputation online.
If you have ever joined and/or you have concerns, then you’re more than welcome to add your thoughts in the comments below. As always, I love hearing from you, no matter what you have to save.
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