I still remember sitting at my computer for hours on end every single day for about 18 months. I’d grown so weary of punching a clock and having to leave my young children in the care of others while I tried to support them. I knew there had to be a better way.
In 2009, I said to myself, “There has got to be some kind of something that I can do online that will allow me to stay home more.”
It wasn’t until a year and a half later that I finally found something – a writing platform actively seeking writers. And then I found another. And another. And I still remember being so proud the first time $300 was deposited into my PayPal.
The platform paid $2.00 for every 500-word article. I basically had written the equivalent of a novel in a month’s time for $300.
But I thought I was really making it. And when I found platforms that paid $5.00 an article, I felt famous! It was during this time that I decided to start actively seeking my own clients through sites like Craigslist. A very naïve younger version of me never dreamed that there are clients out there who order 50-100 articles in bulk – and then disappear once you’ve written them. Zero dollars made.
It would be a tough two years later that, during another internet search for writing platforms, I discovered one still in its infancy – Scripted.com. That was in the fall of 2012, and I’m still (happily) with this platform.
The Thing About Scripted Is…
So, I had two brutal years of “professional” writing under my belt – but it’s the last 7+ years that have taught me everything from what real SEO looks like to the fact that there really are genuine, fantastic clients out there.
This was the first platform I’d found that was as thankful for its writers as the writers were to discover near-living wages! Not only is the pay fantastic, but if you’re doing an excellent job, Scripted’s account managers let you know, “Hey, we see you!”
But projects don’t always go the way you plan – sometimes, a client is going to reject your work. It happens. You just gotta keep moving onward. And one of the ways Scripted lets you know that they know it happens? They’re the only platform I know of that pays a kill fee. Even if a project gets rejected, you’ll still receive 50% of the original payment for it.
What I Write on Scripted
I’ve had the honor of working with some pretty big names on Scripted. Normally, ownership of items I write for my clients transfers to the client upon payment – in other words, hush. No, I can’t tell you.
But every now and then, thanks to a new feature on Scripted, clients can request my byline. It’s the equivalent of the singer in me seeing my name up in lights!
Scripted caters to several different industries, such as Lifestyle & Travel, Health & Beauty, and Software & Technology. I mainly write pieces in the Sales & Marketing vein, but I really enjoy accounting topics and trending technology.
The New Scripted
I know, it’s hard to improve on perfection – but Scripted continues to make industry-leading changes. And these are the kinds of changes that keep us writers involved and aware.
If you’re seeking freelance work, these are just a few of the benefits you’ll find:
- Set your own hours
- Choose the industries you enjoy writing
- Set your own rates
- Build up a professional public profile and portfolio
Instead of choosing your work from a job board, there’s a pitch queue. In the pitch queue, you can narrow the job results by keyword, new clients, “favorited” clients, first-time clients on the platform, and clients whose accounts are helmed by Scripted’s Account Managers.
Do You Want to Write for Scripted?
Being a part of the Scripted family was the best thing that could have happened for me and my family when I first started – and I’m happy that I found them.
If you want to see just how rewarding the freelance writing lifestyle can be, apply to be a writer. The platform is super user-friendly, and the ability to pitch to customers gives you the chance to highlight why you’re the best writer for the job.
My advice to writers just starting out on the platform is:
- Be yourself!
- When crafting a pitch, write the way you would speak if you were talking to the client face-to-face
- Introduce yourself
- Tell the client what makes you an expert on their topic
- Provide some samples of your previous work – and if you don’t have any, prepare an intro paragraph on the subject you’d be writing about
Don’t be afraid – Scripted can help you become the writer you were meant to be.
Do You Need a Professional Writer?
These are just a few of the reasons why you should consider Scripted if you need content writing services:
- Scripted has a pool of highly talented, vetted writers
- Scripted’s acceptance rate of new writers is a fraction of its applicants – just 2% make the cut
- Satisfaction is guaranteed – don’t like the content produced for you? You only pay for what you love!
See you on Scripted 😊