Scripted Writer Review: A $24.50 Minimum?

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Scripted helps individuals/companies hire freelance writers for whatever writing project they may have.  Picture it like a middleman, where they connect you, the freelance writer, with someone who needs your help.  The unique thing about the service is that they charge customers a monthly fee which includes “content credits,” in which they can use to purchase content from the writers using the platform.

As I write this, the company has had more than 200,000 orders completed with close to 50,000 customers.  It’s a very legitimate company, but the question is if it’s worth your time?

Whether you’re a seasoned freelance writer or you’re looking to break into the writing industry, Scripted may be something to consider.

In today’s review, I talk about Scripted.  I will talk about how it works, what you can make as well as what others think about it.  As in all of my reviews, I’m 100% honest, only recommending what I feel is worth your time.

Becoming a Writer

If you want to become a writer with Scripted, they offer opportunities for both beginning and experienced writers.  The website claims to accept only two percent of those who apply, but we really don’t know what these applicants look like.

To be considered as a writer, you do need to reside in either the United States, Europe or Canada.  They note they may allow other residents in the future, but at the moment,, you must reside in one of the three countries specified.  They also ask that you have some topic expertise, and of course, seeing you will be a writer, be able to write with proper grammar.

The sign-up is fairly basic.  The company will ask you to fill out your usual information and then apply to the topics you feel you’re an authority in.  You can apply to any specialty you want, but for each one, you will need to provide a sample from either past or present work.  This can be done via an external link or upload, whichever way you prefer.

After you submit your application, the company will review it every Friday, which means you should hear back within the week.

If accepted, you will receive an email notifying you of your results, and from there, they will teach you how to use the platform, etc.  All new writers will attend a webinar training of sorts before you can start working.  Then, you can create a profile to start finding work.

How Scripted Works

Scripted works like the many content mills out there.  Once you’re active, you can browse writing jobs through the company’s “SmartMatch” system.  This system will match you with customers who need articles written based on your criteria.  So, if you’re a tech expert, you will more than likely see tech-related jobs.   And, whatever you see on the jobs board, you can apply instantly.  All of these jobs will have specific details as to what’s expected of you as well as when the work is due.

Aside from the SmartMatch system, you can also reach out directly to customers, pitching your ideas via the proposals section.  Here, you can find insight provided by the client, but it will be up to you to make the pitch.  The client will provide most of the details, but they will need a vision as well as an authoritative person to write on the topic.  With this proposal, you’re asked to provide a clear, concise explanation of the job as well as a bit about you as to why you should be accepted for the job.  For example, you may be asked to pitch the title as well as write a short summary.

The nice thing about Scripted is that you can bid on these jobs, wherein you set your prices for the work in what you deem fair.  Clients can also tip you after work has been completed as well.  Every project will have a minimum that prevents other writers from undercutting one another.

NOTE: When you sign up, make sure you fill out your profile in detail as clients will check out your profile to determine if you’re a good fit or not.  It’s best to choose as many specialties as you can to maximize your job invites.

Submitting Work

Unlike most services, where you can submit your work and then wait for the client to accept, Scripted works differently in that they review it, as they have an internal review process.  During this check, they will ensure the article is 100% unique as well as work with the client to see if any edits are necessary.  If so, you will be contacted to make these edits, in which you will be given a five day deadline to do so, on average.

The coolest thing I found about Scripted is that they do stand up for their writers in some cases. And, what I mean by this is that if the client rejects your work, they may stand by your side and accept it, which means you will get at least some of the rate, as long as it met the requirements.  This is a nice breath of fresh air since most of these content mills won’t pay you if the client rejects your work.

How Much Does Scripted Pay?

For a standard article, which is about 500 words, you can expect to make anywhere from $0.05 to $0.10, which means about $25~ to $50 per 500-word article.  There are several word formats on the platforms, some being as little as 400 words to as many as 20,000 words.  The average, however, tends to be in the 500 to 2,000-word range to at least give you an idea.  The nice thing is that Scripted has a $24.50 minimum per 400-word article.

Now, even though you can create your own rates, you have to remember that you will be bidding amongst your peers.  This means you will have to be aggressive in your bids and may have to undercut yourself in some cases.  On average, you can expect to make a rate similar to what I mentioned, however, as you build a relationship with your clients, your rates could improve if the client wants to solely use you.

These rates seem to be subpar, but what I have noticed with this company is that the work tends to be much more in depth than your typical content site.  This is the reason Scripted wants to see you be an expert in your field.

In the end, $0.05 to $0.10 seems to be the average expected.

Payouts go out every Friday through PayPal.

The Reviews Online

On Glassdoor, 39 people who used to work for Scripted, gave the company a 3.0/5 with only 51% approving on the CEO.  Some liked the total freedom and the ability to write on topics that were interesting to them.  However, there seemed to be more cons than pros.  Some didn’t like the direction the company was headed as well as the shortened deadlines.  In some cases, it seemed that some jobs were too challenging for the pay given.  Others noted the company didn’t seem to have loyalty to long-term writers on the platform.

Final Thoughts

8/10It doesn’t appear Scripted accepts everyone, as you need to be an expert in the field you’re applying to.  If you feel you’re an authority on the subject matter, then the company could be a decent option to connect with clients who need your help.  I would expect to make around $25 to $35 per 500 words, maybe more, depending on your relationships as you use the website.

There’s no doubt Scripted is legitimate, but the question is if it fits your skill set.  This is up to you to decide.

If you like the pay structure and the idea of bidding on jobs, then give it a shot.  Remember, that only a select few get accepted, so if you don’t hear back or get rejected, don’t be too discouraged.  There are always other options to consider.

For now, Scripted gets an okay in my book.  It’s nothing special, but it could work for you.  Your results will vary.

That’s going to do it for now.

As always, if you want to comment on Scripted, you’re more than welcome to do so via the comments below.

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Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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