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Working as a writer from the comfort of home is something many would consider life changing. In this honest and detailed writers.work review, we look at a service with marketing that certainly plays on that aspiration.

But is signing up to Writers Work (for $47, at the time of writing) really your ticket to a well paid writing career – or is it all a scam?

I can answer that question right from the outset: Writers.Work is NOT a scam…However it’s a service that’s long been mired in controversy. As we’ll discuss, the marketing is a huge part of that.

$47 is NOT a large amount of money to invest is a career – but it doesn’t mean it’s worth it. So let’s begin, and find out whether it is.

WHILE YOU’RE HERE: If you’re interested in freelance writing, you are sure to find our podcast on becoming a writer VERY useful.

What is Writers.Work?

Writers Work is an online service that aims to act as a “one-stop” destination for writers. It offers job listings, training materials, and a selection of tools to help writers manage and share their work.Writers Work

Writers.Work is NOT a company employing writers directly. This is despite what their “creative” adverts may seem to suggest. There’s much more on that later, so read on!

Writers Work Complaints and Controversies

As you will see in this detailed review, Writers.Work has always been rather a controversial service. We’ve long been highlighting concerns with the company’s style of advertising, as well as the firm’s previous forays into this market.

In late 2019, we noticed that the Better Business Bureau had placed a “pattern of complaint alert” on Writers.Work, relating to issues with people struggling to obtain refunds.

At the time, Writers Work hadn’t responded to the BBB, so we placed a warning in this review, and also removed all of our affiliate links.

Writers Work Pattern of complaint

Shortly afterwards, we checked back and found that all of the related complaints had been answered and closed. However – depressingly – additional complaints have since begun to build up. The theme? Refund issues.

Refunds aside, there are other problems too. One is that the “early bird” pricing has been in place for a long time (essentially suggesting it’s not a genuine offer), and another relates to the style of advertising – again, something we discuss in depth below.

Writers.Work appeared to launch with good intentions. It has some interesting features, and isn’t particularly expensive. However, we don’t endorse it as things stand, and encourage you to make up your own mind. 

Before offering any recommendation, we would like to see much more reassurance that the management are making further improvements and responding professionally to customers.


Writers Work Features

There are quite a number of features in writers.work, so let’s start with a run-down of what you get with writers.work:

  • Curated live listings of writing jobs from a range of online sources.
  • A list of publications that actively seek pitches for articles, along with details on how to submit work to each.
  • A personal project management system for organising writing jobs, documents and tasks.
  • A web-based text editor that incorporates readability analysis to help improve your work.
  • An online portfolio area to share with clients.
  • A Writerswork “University” area containing a library of training resources for new writers.
  • A selection of features to keep track of your work, including functions for time logging and statistical analysis.

It’s quite an impressive list, and I explore each of the features in turn below. I have to admit that when I saw what Writers Work included, I was fearful that it would come with a hefty price tag. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

writers.work Review: Pricing

Writers Work’s pricing is very straightforward. You can either buy a lifetime subscription for $47, or pay monthly at a cost of $15 per month.

To the best of our knowledge, the Writers.Work price of $47 has been marketed as “limited time early bird pricing” ever since the service launched. This is another element of the service that’s criticised by the Better Business Bureau.

Writers work pricing

To be fair to Writers Work, $47 isn’t a huge amount of money. There’s another similar offering out there that costs MUCH more. I think peoples’ dissatisfaction is primarily based around the fact the marketing seems designed to convince them a lucrative career is all but guaranteed. More on that below.

Writers Work also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. However, the complains out there seem to suggest it’s not straightforward to make use of it.

I also understand there are now some optional “upsells” with Writers.Work, including additional coaching / training materials. This review concentrates on the core components.

Let’s look at each of those features in detail:

Writers Work Review: Job Listings

Writers.work curates writing job listings from a range of sources, and puts them all in one place.

It’s not the only service that does this, but it undoubtedly saves time. Writers typically spend many hours searching for new gigs and sending out pitches, and having a bunch of job sources in one place beats having to trawl lots of different listing sites – day in, day out.

If you look at the screenshot below, you’ll probably notice something that I imagine some people will criticise about Writers Work: The job listings come from places like Indeed and Problogger. Now this means that the jobs are also freely listed elsewhere online, so you’re not getting anything here you couldn’t find elsewhere.

However, job listings aren’t the only feature of writers.work, and having them all in one place is clearly far easier than searching multiple sites.

Writers Work job listings

What makes the job listings feature especially useful are the filtering features shown on the left. Filters include the source of the job, the type of job, and the salary expectations. You can also do keyword searches.

It’s possible to save filters so you have preset job searches to run, and you can ask to be notified daily, weekly or instantly if any jobs come up meeting your search criteria. Having an instant notification for new jobs is invaluable, as people who get their applications in first often put themselves in an advantageous position.

While I like the way the job listings of writers.work function, I do have a couple of criticisms. First off, it would be good if there were listings being pulled in from more sources, as in some cases selecting a bunch of filters all at once resulted in only a handful of opportunities remaining.

Secondly, I couldn’t find a way to organise my search by how old the job listing was, nor filter out jobs that were posted some time ago. It would be good to see this feature added, as jobs that were posted over two weeks ago are probably already filled, and seeing them gives a false impression of how many real opportunities are out there.

Even so, this isn’t a deal-breaker. My personal recommendation would be to set up alerts for the brand new jobs, and concentrate on grabbing them fast.

The Writers Work Submissions Section

There are countless online articles that list publications that pay for articles, but writers.work has curated dozens of such opportunities into a searchable list. It’s a genuinely useful way for writers to find places that may pay for their work.

In each case, there’s a description of what the publication is looking for, and information on how much it pays for articles, as shown below:

Writers Work job listings

There’s a decent (although not huge) range of opportunities here, and they range from “entry-level” publications paying $50-100 per article to big names paying $1 per word. You can search using various criteria.

This feature gives writers a place to find pitching opportunities and is quite useful. If the writers.work team manage to keep it stocked with a steady stream of new opportunities, it could cross the line into really useful.

writers.work Project Management System

Writers Work isn’t just about job listings. It’s also intended to be the place where you manage all of your live writing projects.

Just how useful this is will depend a lot on how much you’ve already established your workflow as a writer. For each project, you can list a bunch of sub-tasks, and then link documents to that project and track the time you spend working on it. The interface is very straightforward to use:

Writers work project view

The reason I say that this feature may not be useful to everyone is that I, for example, already have ways to manage all of these things, from listing tasks to tracking time. However, I shouldn’t reject a feature just because I wouldn’t use it personally.

If I was just starting out as a writer, I could see the benefit of using something like this to organise my work, and as it’s cloud-based it’s all accessible from anywhere.

It’s a useful feature, but not something that makes writers.work a “must buy” on its own.

The writers.work Text Editor

My instant reaction when I discovered writers.work incorporates a web-based text editor was to wonder why anyone would possibly want to use it instead of Microsoft Word or another favoured word processor.

However, I’m willing to stand corrected after checking it out. The main reason is that the text editor incorporates a readability score and reading grade level that updates in real time as you type. There are also live word, sentence and character counts, and a spell checker.

Writers work stats

A dig around also reveals the ability to include basic formatting and justification, and it’s simple to incorporate hyperlinks and header tags. There’s also a “lightbulb” icon when you highlight a word that links to dictionary definitions and synonyms.

It’s even possible to activate a background noise function with sound presets that include “Outdoor serenity” and “Hogwarts Library!”

Finally, the document editor links smoothly into the other Writers Work features, so you can – for example – track the time you spend on a document and link it to a particular project.

I was rather surprised by writers.work’s document editor once I started digging below the surface. I’d been ready to dismiss it as a feature for a feature’s sake, but I actually found a rather slick and well-thought out distraction-free word processor designed to include the things that writers typically need.

I’m not convinced that, personally, it would be enough to tempt me away from Microsoft Word, as I use far too many advanced features and keyboard shortcuts. However, a new writer establishing a workflow for the first time may decide to use it all the time. (Since the editor is web-based, I’d recommend saving your work frequently!)

You can also, of course, simply use the readability features by dropping text in after you’ve written it elsewhere, or you can do it the other way around and export to Word or PDF afterwards. There’s even the ability to publish directly to WordPress and Medium.

It really feels like someone sat and thought about what features writers would really need here. If writers.work can work out how to build in a plagiarism checker in the future, I’ll be seriously impressed!

The Writers Work Portfolio

Writers Work gives you the ability to maintain a portfolio of your writing work from within the system. (We’ve discussed the importance of a portfolio and shown ways to create one here).

Writers Work portfolio

The portfolio functionality in writers.work is basic, but it has been expanded on slightly since the service initially launched. There’s now the ability to link directly to your social media channels, and add images to each portfolio piece.

The look and feel has also been updated slightly. I should give a small amount of “credit where it’s due,” as these are things I actually suggested in the first iteration of this review a couple of years ago!

What you see in the screenshot above is really what you get – a cover image, a profile picture, a place for a title and description, social links, and the ability to add as many portfolio “clips” as you like.

It’s OK, and it would work perfectly well as a writer portfolio, especially for someone just getting started. However, it doesn’t have the functionality of something like Contently.

The Writerswork “University”

The WritersWork university includes a selection of training materials, primarily videos, to help new writers learn the trade and the craft.

WritersWork university

The videos cover subjects from copywriting to pitching, and they’re well put together. You’re essentially getting a small but well-formed writing course included with writers.work, and the system keeps track of which modules you’ve completed.

There’s not an enormous amount of content here, but given it’s just one of many features, it’s a worthwhile addition that’s well-implemented. Don’t expect the kind of depth you’d get from a course on something like Coursera, however.

Other Features

As previously mentioned, it’s possible to track time in writers.work, which can help with keeping on top of what to bill clients. You can also set yourself writing goals (a feature that could, frankly, do with far more options beyond writing “X words per day”).

There are also some statistics baked in to Writers Work, such as your words per minute over time and your total words typed. Obviously keeping these accurate is dependent on using writers.work as your text editor of choice.

Since Writers Work launched, a “freelancer’s marketplace” has been added to the site, which gives people looking for writers a place to search for people with the right experience. What this really needs to complement it is some effort from Writers Work to attract potential clients to the platform, as well as writers.

Writers Work: Ownership and Advertising

Shortly after I initially published this review, a reader posted a long Facebook comment containing a series of worrying allegations about Writers.Work.

Several of the criticisms were incorrect; The person claimed I wasn’t disclosing my affiliate relationship when there’s a disclaimer at both the top of the review and the footer of the page. He also had a theory that writers.work was using fake testimonial photos, something I quickly disproved when I discovered numerous photos also featured on individual writers’ websites or LinkedIn accounts. If you’re interested, I’ve discussed in detail what happened when all this came up in an article here

However, my investigations did find that the reader’s primary accusation was correct, which is that the people behind writers.work are the same people who were behind MasterWritingJobs.com.

MasterWritingJobs.com, which is now closed to new members, has a terrible reputation online, with many people describing it as a scam. In the interests of being completely fair, I think it reasonable to point out that many of the bad reviews of the product are found on websites that then go on to try to sell you their own writing course – so this is far from a black and white situation!

However, from what I’ve read about MasterWritingJobs, the company used some underhand marketing techniques, including implying that people could rapidly earn money writing if they bought the product, regardless of their experience. Now, to me, it should be blatantly obvious to anyone that the world of writing can’t possibly work like that.

At the end of the day, this is all about marketing. I’ve found it interesting that people who comment about Writers.Work are polarised on this issue, with some even saying that I am too harsh in my opinion!

This is the kind of marketing we’re talking about. Someone sent me a screenshot of the advert below. Please note that I’ve since been told that newer adverts don’t make everything sound quite as easy as this one does.

Writers Work Advertising

It’s pretty clever – because it’s not telling any actual lies. BUT there’s an implication that writers with “no experience” can “start in less than 30 minutes” and earn “anywhere from $20-$65 per hour.”

Well, writers could sign up to Writers.Work and start training straight away. And if they proved good at writing, they could start to apply for jobs, and once they got one, it’s quite conceivable that they could earn $20 per hour or more.

But it’s also quite possible that someone could join Writers.Work with neither the writing skills nor drive nor business acumen to ever earn a penny as a home-based writer. 

As far as I can see, Writers.Work are doing nothing illegal. At worst, they’re profiting from some people’s gullibility. It’s not cool, but it’s the way of the world.

Writers.Work is essentially a job board and toolkit for writers – it’s not a magic spell that’s going to create a career from nowhere.

So, the decision you have to make is whether to buy Writers.Work on its merits, or avoid it because of some questionable marketing messages.

You CAN trust in my integrity on this – because I investigated the situation the second it came to my attention, and have disclosed what I have learned in full here to allow you to make a decision. I did this with the full awareness that it will inevitably reduce sales!

This section lays out everything I now know on this, and have confirmed with research and (very long) emails back and forth with the founder of Writers.Work. The decision on whether to purchase has to be your own.

Find Writers Work Here. If you’d rather look for remote work, direct with an employer, take a look at FlexJobs. (Review here). Or, if freelance work particularly appeals, read all about Upwork here.

Writers.Work Review: Our Quick Summary
2.7
2.7 of 5 stars 1 review
  • Features
  • Price
  • Reputation

An affordable service let down by a questionable reputation

The creators of Writers.Work could have done so much better with this service, but they seem to have chosen to maximise profit at the expense of reputation. There’s a decent toolkit of features here. With such a low ticket price, Writers.Work wouldn’t get such a bad press if it were more realistic in its marketing and more professional in dealing with refunds.

The price is a small investment in a career, but it’s important to know what are really get for the money – and it’s not a guaranteed career regardless of your level of skill and experience. 

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User Review
2 (2 votes)

Pros

  • Low price
  • Great distraction-free text editor with readability functions
  • Curated job listings
  • A range of places to pitch writing work
  • Good training videos
  • Slick in operation
  • Portfolio features has been improved since launch

Cons

  • No way to filter older opportunities
  • Exclusive job opportunities would be good – everything here is available elsewhere
  • The reputation of Writers.Work is sketchy at best
  • Goals feature needs far more options to be worthwhile
  • Advertising for this product suggest becoming a writer is easier than it is in reality

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122 thoughts on “writers.work Review: Is Writers Work Legit, or a Scam?”

  1. I just tried to create a portfolio on Writers Work and encountered SO many problems that I gave up! It is NOT good software, there are no tutorials, and it’s not intuitive. I am cancelling my subscription, since I already have a great portfolio on Coroflot, and you can find all the same jobs on other sites.

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  2. Thank you so much for this insight!!! I can release the panic. Because as you mentioned, the marketing is misleading. I know that there is still competition in the market but it does sell as a get paid quickly and almost like they set you up with opportunities or that there are so many opportunities that money can always be made. From what I seen myself and your review, I’d say your review is right one and accurate. Now, I still want a work from home job. So I am back at the beginning.

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  3. I took value from and enjoyed reading this post, thanks.
    It’s clear that you take care with your work (which is lovely). If you update this post, you may want to correct the following.

    *”This pricing is low and transparent, and it’s fair to note that it’s considerably lower than the pricing of a similar offering, which will remain namesless”—>nameless
    *”However, job listings aren’t the only feature of writers.work, and having them all in once”—>one
    *”Writers Work is in its infancy at the time of writing this review, but I get the distinct impression that plenty of thought is being put in to”—>into
    *”It’s pretty clever – because it’s not telling any actual lies. BUT there’s an inference”—>implication

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  4. Thanks for the info, I already bought in but as I have a lot of writing experience (for private companies, lots of blogging, nothing big freelance but hoping to make some headway) and I come from a huge marketing background I know what is marketing spin and what is not.

    For those might buy into the big promises and have no writing background, they are what is meant by ‘a fool and his money are soon parted’ but for $47 the damage is minimal.

    Of course, on a plus side, I discovered your website and will be spending some time on it.

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  5. SO before I actually sign up for this, how many people have actually gotten paid as it says without problems. I have done many of these gigs, but never actually got paid for my work. So I don’t want to waste more time and money. Please comment back.

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    • Ashley, As described in the review, Writers.Work is a service that curates writing gigs from other sources, so it’s not a question of THEM paying you. You still need to apply for and win gigs and negotiate how and when you are paid with the individual clients.

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      • Speaking of getting paid, l if not paid through “writer’s work”, how would one get paid? What if you’re outside the USA, I’m from Canada for instance.

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        • How you get paid is entirely down to what you arrange with each individual client. Some clients may specify they want US writers, but location isn’t usually an issue, certainly not in Canada.

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  6. I signed up for writers.work about 2 months ago, after reading this review and feeling satisfied with the investment v/s reward ratio. However, today I spent about 5 hours working on a document only to have it spontaneously disappear with no recourse for retrieval. I used the website’s messaging tool to speak with a representative from the support staff, but I was told there is nothing they can do. While they were very apologetic about the “inconvenience”, there is no way to retrieve my work (a 4000 word document). They offered a PDF download of their writers work tool kit at no cost, but I asked for a refund. They issued me the refund and continued to apologize, but I think anyone interested in using writers.work should know ahead of time, should this happen to you, there is currently no way for them to retrieve previous saved versions of your work. This seems like one of the first failsafes that they should have invested in and created before even offering the service and requesting payment.
    The rest of my experience with them has been fine, and they were very apologetic, but I suspect this is not the first instance that this has happened. Until they find a solution I will not take the risk of wasting my time again, nor would I recommend this site to anyone else who values their own time.

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    • Oh dear, that sounds unfortunate. Sadly it’s a bit of a rite of passage for any writer to lose a huge chunk of work due to issues saving at some point, regardless of what platform they use. I’ve personally conditioned myself into doing a regular CMD+S on Word on my Mac after having lost work too many times. Writers.Work’s editor is browser-based, which is the same as me working directly in WordPress on this site – it’s something I do on a smaller posts but I personally only work on larger documents in Word – there is an option to do the same and then copy and paste them into WW’s editor to make use of the readability features.

      Sorry to hear you had that experience. On the plus side I’m glad you had decent customer support and no quibble over your refund.

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    • Danielle how did you get a hold of them to get your refund? I signed up, they took payment, yet I can find no contact information for them to even ask for a refund.

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  7. I signed up on October 26, 2018 and I am finding it challenging to say the least to access the dashboard and document editor that the University encourages you to use. I am looking forward to pursuing my writing career as a freelance writer but I must admit I am becoming more skeptical after reading comments and what I am experiencing. I do like the modules on the University side but reality bites I am interested in generating an income sooner rather than later any input would be appreciated.

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  8. Hi Ben,

    I read your review of Writers Work which I found really helpful, although I do have a question.

    You made reference to the ‘jobs listing’ suggesting it could be better and sourced listing from Indeed and Problogger which can be found by anyone.

    So, my question is, do you have preferred job listing sites?

    Thanks

    Carl

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  9. From what you saw in the listings, would a beginning writer, armed with the teachings from their training, be able to get themselves a gig? I’ve tried to get work at content mills and have been rejected twice with no explanation. I saw this and thought it looked promising but when the fee came up my heart sank. I’m currently unemployed and job-seeking, so 50 dollars is a lot of money for possibly no return.

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    • Hi there,

      It’s almost impossible to answer that question. A novice writer with in-depth knowledge on a relevant topic and the ability to write a great cover letter could find it easier to score a specific gig than a more established writer with a poorly written letter and no knowledge of the topic. That’s more relevant to how things work really.

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  10. Definitely a must read for anyone thinking of making extra money writing as I am. Thanks a bunch for your integrity, grit and honesty in researching all of the nuances of this company. I truly appreciate your most in-depth insight of this online offer. It truly helped me make my decision and research several other websites for writing. Take care and keep updating.
    Sincerely
    Sandra Rance

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  11. Thank you! I really enjoyed your review. I’m currently launching a column of my own and hope to get out from under the clutches of a Napoleonic boss half my age. I do have a very unique approach with the column and do think it will be successful. Thanks for your support of the writing community and thanks for taking the time to take on subjects like these

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  12. It’s interesting to read everyone’s views in the Writers Work product.

    On the whole, everyone seems to have a positive outlook which gives me hope the product and most importantly, the support, is worth the time and effort, rather than the money.

    The Writers Work is an inexpensive product but even if it’s cheap, it needs to be worth the time needed to invest in learning, and hopefully gaining from the experience.

    My experience has been something of a letdown and I’ll tell you why.

    Recently I signed up as an affiliate, adding their link to one of my sites, and since that time I’ve sent a multitude of emails to support asking for their promised affiliate login, so I can write my review.

    So far, I’ve heard nothing, nada, zilch, bupkus.

    This doesn’t bode too well in my opinion, and I certainly hope those of you who signed up for the product are seeing a very different side to this coin.

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    • Hi Carl,

      Thanks for sharing that. I was one of the first to review the product and had the opposite experience, getting a lot of my questions answered! I have to say that as an affiliate for many things, I do sometimes find companies go uncommunicative. As an example, a couple of days ago I heard back on an affiliate application I’d put in months ago and completely forgotten about. I’ve always heard back from their live chat, perhaps try that?

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  13. Hey Ben, well built article. It really made me have a clearer idea of the product. I have a question regarding a point i read across your text, when you say the Writers.Work tool has no means of filtering old from new;
    Does that mean that a particular ‘old’ article kept-in is still pending for submissions required? and if Not, does that mean the tools uses a some sort of ”smoke screen” to give the IMPRESSION of quantity as per opportunities?

    Please feel free to write to me directly. Thanks for your time!

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    • Hi Hugo. Thank you for your comment.

      I wouldn’t describe it as a smokescreen, as such. Job ads staying up after positions have been filled is a problem on job boards of all descriptions, but filtering a search by “date added” is a reasonable way to avoid the “oldest” ads, which is why I highlighted this as a shortcoming.

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  14. Hi Ben,
    Very much enjoyed your frank opinions and experience. Having helped over 1600 inventors and written patents for ? Lost count. My work is highly specialized. Lost a good friend I was with for ages and searching that category and other technical writing. Somewhat discouraged by idiots who place adds offering chicken feed in return and expectations of far more than a typical writer can truly provide.

    I have joined your mailing list and ask anyone who can refer me to firms and people needing patents to share if they like. The are several forms of writing not to my liking and sharing such notices in no way offends me.

    Much thanks, Carlton

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    • Hi Carlton,

      I have a family member who used to do that kind of patent work. I did have a quick look on the freelance platforms like Upwork and there are people looking for help with patents but you will probably find most want to pay an insultingly low amount. There are usually diamonds in that rough if you persevere, but looking direct to companies does strike me as a better strategy.

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  15. Thanks for the review Ben. Do you know if there is anything uniquely worth considering by a writer based in Africa before signing up with writers’ work

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    • Hi there. I think – sadly – it’s inevitable you’ll encounter plenty of jobs that are only open to people in the US and/or UK, as is so often the case. That’s the main thing I’d think about.

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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      • Is the submitted articles are sent; can the articles be reviewed to edit? And what If I am from Canada is this writers accepted and at what fee since Canadian prices are different than USA?

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        • I’d recommend reading the review in full again. Writers Work does NOT hire writers, it’s primarily a service that compiles listings of writing jobs. Whatever you negotiate will depend on the clients who hire you.

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  16. Hi, i’m about to graduate college and move home for a couple of months to save up money for the next big adventure. I was looking into Writers.Work to do a sort of work-from-home thing for that time. I have very limited experience being a freelance writer, but I am a very proficient writer after my college years. Would this be a viable option for me to get some money saved up over a few months?
    All opinions welcome. Thanks in advance !

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    • Hi Madi,

      As the review explains, Writers.Work curates jobs from other sources so it may be worth it if you want to use the training materials, the editor or the job listings. But you still need to apply for and win gigs yourself. Nobody gets guaranteed work in return for 47 bucks 🙂

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  17. Hey Ben, Thank you so much for making this review! I was searching for a while for someone to show me the other side of the coin after watching writers.work’s promotional video. I got really excited about the service but I knew it couldn’t be all true. Thanks for your unbiased take on the platform! It was really helpful. And in a roundabout way, I kind of found what I was truly looking for not with the review but with this site in general! I was looking at a ton of homeworking type jobs which lead me to writers.work which lead me here. So thank you and I’ll definitely be reading through your other reviews and hopefully become an avid subscriber of this site as a whole.

    Thank you so much Ben

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  18. Hi Ben, I like your website and believe as a writer I’ll benefit much from it. I also think your review on Writers.Work was very informative, able to help me with my decision as to whether to buy in or not.

    However, I think you’re being unfair toward Writers.Work with your opinion regarding their marketing. When I started to research their site, the very first thing I’ve noticed in their video was their mentioning that this is NOT a getting-rich-quickly scheme, but that excellent work MAY produce excellent income. You failed to mention this in your review.

    In the advert you use as an example above, they use words like you CAN earn these amounts and not you WILL earn them. They never promised that you will have results in 30 minutes, but that you can START within 30 minutes moving towards this goal. Any sensible writer knows their abilities and would know that Writers.Works did not mean what you suggested they meant. With regard to their previous product you admitted that most of their bad publicity was made by product owners with alternative agendas. The only other issue you’ve mentioned in this regard was their advertising method that appeared to have been the promise of getting rich quickly. Although I haven’t read that myself, I’ve noticed that this issue has been been dealt with in their statement I’ve mentioned above namely: “This is NOT a getting-rich-quickly scheme, but that excellent work may produce excellent income”.

    I therefore feel your article, however excellent is was, did injustice to the company and to potential people who will benefit from them. I couldn’t help to have noticed your advertising of opportunities soon after the article, which leaves me with the question how much you’re benefiting by putting them in a negative light.

    I hope this response doesn’t affect your relationship with me as a site user, but all along, as I was reading your review, I felt I had to stand up for them, even though I’m a complete stranger to both parties.

    Best wishes to your ventures

    Henry Luyt

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    • Hi Henry,

      I’m pleased to see your comment because it does demonstrate how polarised people can be on marketing messages like this. I perhaps lean more towards your way of thinking in that I think it’s common sense that you can’t suddenly establish a brand new lucrative career with an investment of under 50 bucks, but believe me when I say that plenty of others can feel utterly affronted that it’s not the case!

      There’s certainly no question of me benefitting from putting them in a negative light as I am an affiliate for them, and I’ve worked very hard on producing a review that shows the bad as well as the good. I have ad units on the site with Media.net and Adsense, but I can assure you that anyone clicking on those would earn me a tiny fraction of making an affiliate sale!

      I think you’ll find this article interesting as an example of the importance I place on integrity in such things.

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  19. Hi Mr. Ben. Thank you for the article, it is very informative. This is my situation, i have always been interested in writing. But, i don’t have training to guide my creativity. My understanding from your article is that one can benefit from the university side. All that said, my concern is will the modules provide a good foundation for an ultra novice? The price (to me) is a great investment for the knowledge.

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  20. Just a matter of grammar. Gerunds require the use of the possessive case “MY returning” and not “ME returning. You do this quite regularly and it grates on me. I assume it would also bother others with a language background. As a professed writer, you should clean it up. Please.

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    • This is a conversational website James, not a formal piece of writing. This may perhaps be an issue in academic writing but in editorial it’s a judgement call. Publications have all kinds of different style guides and the wonderful thing about having my own sites is that I’m free to ignore them all. I’m afraid the only people who get given a say on my writing style are those who are paying me 🙂

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  21. Is this service good for writers who are pursuing freelance writing as a side hustle? I have a full-time, 9-5 job in the media industry and I’m looking for additional ways to make extra income using my skillset. Any opinions are appreciated.

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    • Hi Stefan, I’d say it makes no difference if you’re writing as a side hustle or a full-time venture – it’s a judgement call whether you want to spend money on what’s on offer. There’s plenty of writing advice free online, just as there are plenty of places to look for gigs free too. At the end of the day success is down to hard work and grind, and you can’t skip any of that by buying something for $47.

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  22. Hello!

    I really loved this review. I was wondering in your opinion and experience do writers with no experience land jobs? In almost any field of work you require experience; luckily there are some places that are happy to train, but in the world of writers, will employers hire newbies?

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    • Hi Kail,

      Obviously it’s far harder for people with no experience to get hired. Essentially anyone looking for writers will want to see examples of what they’ve written in the past. There’s help on building a portfolio here.

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  23. So, basically they just provide the tools required. It’s up to you to use them properly and not to go in expecting to make a load of money off the bat. You still have to work toward your goals, and have the drive and commitment to do it. The only real issue with the company is their marketing tactics, so be sure to keep your expectations realistic. As far as everything else goes, the features work surprisingly well, but the listings need better content filters. Also, according to another comment, they need fail-safes in place so you don’t lose your works. Until then, just have multiple copies in different places (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, etc.) so you can copy and paste your work back into place and continue where you left off. Does this adequately sum everything up?

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  24. Wow great article! I would love some information about how I can freelance from my home office.

    I also am an affiliate who blogs, but would enjoy an opportunity to secure a freelancing gig that could bring a little extra as we all could use a little something extra. 🙂

    Thanks again for what you do.
    Pete

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  25. Does Writers Work publish technical and training materials writing opportunities? If so, this would be a great resource for me and my comrades in writing!

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    • Writers Work essentially curates opportunities from a range of other sources, so if those jobs are out there they should appear…I’ve seen technical writing like this on Upwork before.

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  26. I found this write-up after watching a writers.work ad on facebook. As soon as I heard “this is not a get-rich-quick scheme”, my immediate thought was “how much do you want?” I’ll admit, $50 was fairly surprising. I was expecting your standard several hundred dollar price tag (with an “easypay” option of only X small payments of $99.99 if you act now, which is only half of the arbitrary value we had initially assigned, of course).

    The ad did seem misleading at first glance, but is it preying on gullibility or hubris? After spending an hour or so digging through various reviews and comments, the correlation between unhappy customer reviews and poor grammar becomes tragically comical. Identifying undeserved bad reviews was relatively easy, if not sinfully entertaining.

    It’s probably a good deal for those that already possess strong writing skills and are looking to get a foot in the door. If writers.work’s application process had thorough screening for unskilled/undesirable writers, I might have pulled the trigger and given it a shot. I’m more turned off at the idea of getting my hopes crushed and wasting time than blowing $50.

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    • Hi Justin – I think you’ve summed up the reality of it very well there. “The correlation between unhappy customer reviews and poor grammar becomes tragically comical” made me laugh because it’s very much the case right across the home working / freelancing world 🙂

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  27. So how can I actually “win gigs”? Honestly, this is Greek to me. How am I going to compete against someone who has been writing for 30 years and I have never even made a blog? I read a comment Ben did: “Writers.Work is a service that curates writing gigs from other sources, so it’s not a question of THEM paying you. You still need to apply for and win gigs and negotiate how and when you are paid with the individual clients.” So I am completely lost. I am not a professional writer, but can defend myself really well on orthography and speed on the keyboard, and I would like to make money for doing it, however, I am done with online scams that offer heaven but bring you hell. I do not have a background as writer so, how can I create a profile and attract clients if I have never done any job such as that? Is there like a “first arrived, first served” regarding the order of available gigs? Also, In MANY comments, I see that people says things like ” I’m more turned off at the idea of getting my hopes crushed and wasting time than blowing $50″ and comments like that. I am always up for saving some money but does those comments means that this is actually a waste of money, even if it’s only $50? If I could get some kind of presentation, e-mail or any kind of information I am sure that I can understand how this works and finally jump in but, I really want to see first what’s the catch… Thank you and have a nice day!

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    • Hi Alvaro,

      In answer to “How am I going to compete against someone who has been writing for 30 years and I have never even made a blog?”

      Well the first thing to do would be to get started on a blog.

      While the obvious answer to the question is that you’re not going to compete, the more optimistic way to look at it is HOW you’re going to compete. So, you think of a combination of:

      – Applying for jobs where you have specific subject knowledge that could outshine the competition.
      – Submitting applications and pitches that really hone in on what the client wants and make them notice you.
      – Bidding at lower rates than more experienced writers.

      We’ve recently published a new article about starting a writing portfolio from scratch, which I think you’ll find useful.

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  28. Hello Ben,

    I’m glad I looked up reviews for writer’s work and came across this specific review which I found very helpful. If experience is the (only) game changer then where should a novice begin?

    Is there something available for a homemaker who has woken up from her 10 years long sleep to discover that everything in the world has changed while she was trying to raise a family? Anything you point at would be helpful as a passion to write is the only weapon I have in my armor at the moment.

    Regards.

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  29. Hello Ben,
    I just came across writers.work and was overjoyed with the idea of making money very quickly. However with your review and the comments, my expectations have calmed down.

    I have a BA in Journalism and have taken writing classes once in awhile just to keep up my skills. And although I do not have any PAID experience, I have done a couple of editing jobs for a Engineer major for his senior thesis. I also edited a speech an attorney was going to give. All of those editing examples are on my website with the original and my version side by side. Is that useful in getting hired?

    In addition to the editing, I’ve written my autobiography, so I have dozens of stories I can offer as an example of my writing style. Is there any place I could go to for someone to give me feedback? In other words am I good enough? How much could I ask for in payment?

    I would appreciate any feed back. You can email me directly.

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  30. Hi there I signed up less then a month ago, trying to get my 30 day money back guarantee as I’ve now sent two emails with no reply from you guys. I’m wondering why you guys are so shady in not giving back refunds when promised ? Are you just a total scam like most people think you are or are you an actual company ? This is not how a company works. Also what is your contact phone number? I email no answer so I want to call to get a refund and they have no phone number. That’s suspicious. I don’t want to have to leave bad reviews so I ask if you can fix my issue before I do.

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    • Hi Michael,

      To be clear, given you are saying “you guys,” WritersWork is an independent company, this is a review on a blog and we are not WritersWork. They do have live chat as well as a support email address.

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  31. Is writers.work a legitimate website and does it in fact pay? I just saw on bbb.com that it is a “scam” and one person asked for their money back within the 30 day window and heard nothing.

    I would very much like to be a freelance writer but I am cautious of this site at the moment.

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    • Hi Travis,

      I suggest you read the review in full. It’s not a question of whether Writers.Work pays because it’s a service that compiles listings of writing gigs from other sources and provides a set of tools and training materials fo aspiring writers. Writers.Work doesn’t hire writers directly so it’s down to individual clients to pay writers.

      Some of this misunderstanding is due to the service’s advertising methods, and this is fully covered in the review. $47 is never going to magically generate a writing career for someone with no experience, that’s the reality. Writers Work isn’t a scam, but it taps directly into what seems to be an inherent desire, among many, to take shortcuts and easy routes. I address this more fully in this article (link).

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  32. Thank you Ben for taking the time to produce such an informative, well balanced piece. I am considering using the platform and this was a great help and a good read.

    Laura

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      • Is this Writer Work for real? or am I going to get rip off the minter I sign up because it looks to good to be true and I do not want to waste my time and money if it’s not a good website? Do I really get paid for writing? or is this like a quick scam just to take people money? I am sorry but just asking

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        • There’s over 3000 words of review on this very page – perhaps read that?

          I also have to be honest, with no offence intended. There are more than 10 spelling and grammar errors in your comment. I don’t think it likely you’ll find it easy to win writing gigs.

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  33. Thank you for a review I can understand and believe. Was thinking about joining Writers Work and because your review was so thorough and honest, I will be signing up through the link on this site. I also signed up for your emails and look forward to receiving them. I have a couple of FB group sites. Will recommend they check you out.
    Thanks again,
    Laura J

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  34. I am searching for a second source of income. Something that is a part time work at home job. I have no writing experience.
    Would I be wasting my money and time. I have read several of the comments and am still very undecided.

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  35. Hi Ben,
    First time on this site and I must say, it was helpful! I came across your review of “writers.work” after having seen their ad on Facebook during some late-night downtime.

    Up to now I’ve been skeptical of such services due to some bad experiences early in my freelance career. Most seemed to expect me to jump through hoops and spend a good deal of money with nothing to show for it. I encountered one service that expected me to purchase “tokens” before I even began looking for jobs, because without the tokens I could not get access to complete job ads, contact info or submission guidelines. And to make matters worse, far too many of these jobs were paying literally pennies (10-cents and below) per word…well below what an experienced writer expects to get paid!

    Your review assuaged some of my trepidation, and has convinced me to give this service a shot. The way I see it, unless I drop the ball and don’t use it, I should make back the $47 fee with the first project I secure…and with a money back guarantee on top of that, I really don’t see a significant risk.

    Thanks again! I’ll certainly be lurking here to pick off any other advice or leads that may interest me,

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    • Good luck. As you’ll notice from the other comments, opinions are mixed, but like so much else in life it all depends on how much effort is put into it…

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  36. Hi Ben,

    Thank you for your in depth review of writer’s work. I enjoyed reading your review after seeing an ad for writer’s work and following the link to their website.

    I was a bit disappointed after seeing that it does cost money to sign up for their program. I’m currently unemployed and don’t have the money to sign up for their services, so I declined the “invitation”.

    I am somewhat of an “experienced” writer, however, I have never actually written professionally.
    When my high school English teacher noticed my potential, he took a special interest and decided to make sure that my papers were turned in with no mistakes. I have OCD, so it really wasn’t that difficult to make sure that all mistakes were corrected before turning in all my assignments.

    My question is: Is this actually a legitimate way to make money online? I have heard many people talk about something like this, but I was told that it’s just a scam because you are actually paid pennies compared to what they say they will pay you. I was also told that it is extremely difficult for someone who has no experience writing professionally to find any writing gigs at all, because companies don’t want to hire anyone who does not have any experience. So, someone like me would be caught in a catch 22 type position. Whereas; you have never written professionally, so you can’t get and gigs, but you need experience to be able to advance.

    So, how does someone; like me, trust a company who says they can help when I keep hearing just the opposite?
    Also, the financial issue is also a factor. I can’t afford to waste $47 on a program that may or may not work. So, where would I begin?

    If writer’s work cannot be trusted to provide the services they claim to provide, where would someone like me begin?

    Is there a company that I could start with that can assist me in getting the writing gigs I am looking for?

    As you can see, I do have the skills, but no opportunity.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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  37. Thanks for your unbiased post on this! I’m currently seeking work as a freelance writer, and saw this pop up on my Facebook feed. I clicked it, and watched the video, and got the Scammy Tingles. The video was well-done, but the promises seemed very “get rich quick” to me, like a pyramid scheme almost. I went back to the post on FB after watching the video, and saw a link to your post. Coincidence or divine intervention, you decide!

    I haven’t decided if I will go along with this, but it definitely helps to know more about it! Thanks again!

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  38. Hi Ben,
    Enjoyed reading your candid and detailed review on this product. Really appreciate your writing tone, after looking for a review on Writers.work your post helped me put a better perspective on their offer.

    From what I concur, it is a good door opener for aspiring new freelance writers and I really like the way you put it ‘bluntly’ the following:
    “you need to know that you’re buying something that will potentially help you to establish a writing career if you have the skills, drive and determination to work at it. The company’s adverts might suggest it’s easier than that – but it’s not.”

    Thanks for the research.
    Orion

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  39. In the Accessibility department, I have to give it a big fat ZERO.

    I’m Deaf. As a Deaf person, I need captioning on all videos to comprehend what is being said. NONE of the videos I have seen at Writers.Work are captioned – even the introductory video that one needs to watch in order to join the program is not captioned.

    I’ve written magazine articles that have been published. I write for my own blog. I’m currently working on a book. I have attended several writing seminars. I’m friends with several published authors. I think I know something about writing, and I would like to do more of it and earn some extra income from it. Deaf people have traditionally struggled with employment (nearly 70% are unemployed or underemployed and thus rely on disability benefits), and I’m experiencing this myself. If writing can bring in some additional cash, I’m all for it!

    But I cannot and will not endorse a program that doesn’t make an effort to be inclusive for ALL…including those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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  40. This is a complete SCAM. Please stay away from these people. I do not know how I was stupid enough to fall for this. I can’t believe I had my bank information on this when there are red flags all over it. How on earth does BEN TAYLOR have dark shades on for something like this? I paid for the membership and then decided to go for an additional option for $29 making a total of $76 that just left my bank account only for me to try to sign back in and I am told that my account MAY have been deleted? HOWWW?? After charging my bank account you tell me my account may have been deleted?
    I called the phone number on there but it just kept ringing and then went to Voicemail. I then look closely and the picture showing the property has faded regions. I am still in shock that I fell for this. Crazy

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    • To be clear, I have merely reviewed this product. This is a very detailed review and it is very open about this product’s mixed reputation and the good and bad. If you’ve paid and you have a technical problem gaining access, they have both a support email and live chat. Writers Work is controversial, and a lot of that is to do with marketing, reputation and buyers’ expectations. As for taking money and just not giving access, I’ve not seen anything like that, but will of course keep my ears out for it.

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  41. To each their own, but I can’t understand why anyone likes this site. Navigation is not intuitive, and their text editor is horrible! I could use more work, but I don’t have hours to spend reformatting long articles. And even when I try, it doesn’t work correctly – you try to remove line spaces by hitting backspace and it ADDS space until you press it a number of times.

    And, I’ve been told, they have no plans to change this. As I usually write long articles, this is a definite deal breaker for me. I’ve requested a refund.

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  42. You really shouldn’t have to pay for a lifetime or monthly membership if you want to write for a living.
    They should have a test subject (random) for a test article that the applicant writes immediately (or within a specified time-frame) to see where their writing level is at. Then go from there. If they need training, train them.

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    • As per the review, you’re paying for the tools, not to be a writer. As is clearly stated, Writers Work doesn’t employ writers directly so I don’t see how providing a test article would help.

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  43. Thank you for this article. It was very informative as to what is offered at writers.work. I wanted to see exactly what they offered and how good it was before I tried to sign up, and now I feel a bit more educated about the site. The collated job board sounds like what I want, though the advertising is off-putting. Also, did you know they have an F rating at the BBB? It’s based on complaints that haven’t been answered as well as how long they’ve been operating and total number of complaints against them. Writers.work also isn’t accredited. Just thought that might also be notable for you with the excellent review as I’ve found a lot of places that are not very good have low BBB rating. I’ll still be approaching the site cautiously, but I’m glad I found this review for helping me make a decision eventually. Thank you again!

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    • Thank you for your comment, and your kind words about the review. I have added in a paragraph regarding their BBB rating 🙂

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  44. Thank you Ben for a thorough and informative article. I really appreciate you sharing all the good, bad and the ugly and doing it in a very honest manner. I would recommend having social sharing icons at the top so that your audience could share this with others. I loved two things in your article which made it very helpful: 1) your table of content at the top & 2) your sub-group rating at the bottom. Both of these sections are great as a summary and quick glance on where to go / what is the overall review score.

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    • Hi Aki,

      Thank you for your kind words 🙂 I did used to have social sharing buttons but they were so rarely used that I took them off to speed the site up. Obviously, however, I’m always very grateful when people manually share my posts on their social media 😉

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    • I paid the one-time $47 fee in October of 2018 and tested it out for a year to see A) if it was a scam, and B) to put their advertising claims through the ringer and test how they stood up.

      To save you from further reading, it isn’t a scam but it isn’t worth it.

      My background: I am not a professional writer. I work on contract as a career and many of my positions require large portions of written content, usually for process or presentations. I’m constantly searching for the next gig so when I saw Writers.Work it sounded too good to be true.

      The claims are enticing: for a low monthly price or a one-time deal at a steal, become a writer. You get access to hundreds of writing jobs, a whole “university” learning center, a beautiful text editor, and some other nifty-sounding perks that aren’t worth discussing.

      The best part of the service is the text editor. It’s modern and clean. It’s great for distraction-free writing, but in my opinion, you get the same experience with using Notepad. It may not be pretty, but it’s a distraction-free blank page without a $47 price tag. If you’re craving a spelling and grammar checker, Word or the free version of Grammarly will suffice.

      The university is a joke. You can Google better resources. If you’re serious about becoming a writer, find one and request an informational interview. Ask them anything about their process, how they find work, what inspires them, and what stepping stones they suggest to make it as a successful writer.

      My first concern with the job listings is that they don’t align with the Writers.Work marketing: teaching you to be a writer. Some of the listings require experience that the beginning writer doesn’t have, like chemical structure knowledge or business analytics.

      The second red flag is the lack of a validation procedure. From what I could gather from Writers.Work staff and my own research, listings aren’t vetted: they’re pulled from dozens of sites, Craigslist included. Jobs could be filled or illegitimate and you’d never know. There is no ownership or accountability.

      You would be wise to search for work on your own from established websites and set up notifcations with key words that relate to what you can write about.

      With Writers.Work you aren’t receiving any benefits from people who are writers. You are subscribing to a lackluster service with a shiny exterior that makes writing sound like an easy dream to fulfill.

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  45. Hello,
    Many thanks, so helpful!! Any tips for newbie online writer? I mean, I can write, I just do not have a portfolio and have no idea how to start, when i look online most of it is advertising ..

    Any tips?

    Thanks!

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  46. Hello,

    I came here because I saw an add on Google about writers.work. I wanted to make a brief research before buying it.

    My case in the freelancer world is different. Why? Because I’m a Spanish writer as it is my mother language. I want to start writing in English because is more profitable.

    So, do you think writers.works is good for me to sharp my writing skills in English and to start making a portfolio?

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  47. Thank you for this balanced review of Writers.work. I came across their ad on Facebook and watched the video. It did feel a little scammy so I went looking for reviews and came across this one. It sums up what I took from the ad, that it would require the writer to do the work but would provide some useful tools in a singular place. My thought process was, basically, that if I learned just a handful of new things about breaking into the freelance writing game it would be worth the $47.

    I haven’t ever written professionally but I feel like I can put sentences together fairly well and really do love to write. I’ve been writing for pleasure most of my life. And, honestly, I am forever silently correcting grammar and spelling mistakes in just about everything I read. I’m pretty excited about potential opportunities that the tools provided in the writers.work toolkit and the links you have provided to others in the comments section of this post.

    Thanks again!

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  48. Hi, I found several grammatical mistakes in your article.
    Organise is spelled organize.
    The word “a” should be removed. “What this really needs to complement it is a some effort…..”
    Underhanded marketing, not underhand marketing.
    Polarized not polarised.
    There are a lot of mistakes in the next sentence regarding issues of tense. I couldn’t read beyond that. It was giving me a headache and I’m not getting paid to edit your work.

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    • Hello Kevin,

      The stray “a” was indeed a typo, so thanks for pointing that out.

      As for everything else you’ve mentioned, I live in England (the place English came from 😉 ) Here we say “polarised” and “organise,” and our dictionaries agree. We also say “underhand” rather than “underhanded,” which we consider to be an Americanism.

      If you were being paid to edit, I’d definitely suggest asking the client what language they intended to work in – to avoid looking foolish.

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  49. Hi Daniel,

    I signed up 2 days ago. I’m an inexperienced writer (meaning I’ve never been paid for my work) and was looking forward to recieving writing work. My question is, do you write your content on your own pc and then upload it to the site on your page, or do you write it directly on the site?

    Best,

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    • I’m not sure who Daniel is?! Please note this is not the Writers.Work site, merely a blog that reviewed it.

      Having said that, I’d personally compose text “offline,” saving regularly, and then copy it into the editor.

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  50. I have always had an interest in writing. I started writing a fantasy trilogy with a friend years ago, but started fighting in MMA and the initial book has been on the back burner since. I have a degree in IT but hate the field.

    I read this review and your review for upwork. I have no experience, but will work hard and have no allusions that it will be easy or I’ll get rich right away. What appeals to me is the readability tool and the grade level determination that writers.work offers. But the upwork site almost seems like a better place to start.

    As a new aspiring writer with no experience which do you think is the better place to go if you’re ready to work hard and pay your dues?

    Both reviews were very informative and I appreciate the information.

    Thank you!

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    • They’re both alternative places to look for work. Upwork offers you a bit more protection and a framework for billing clients, but you pay for the privilege in fees. With Writers Work you will be pitching to clients directly and responsible for making your own arrangements with them. I’d personally give Upwork a go first.

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  51. Ben,
    Many thanks for all of the research, investigational conversations on this topic, and for writing a thoughtful and truthful article. To say that your work presented a clear and succinct insight as to the offerings of writers.work is an understatement. If only more people could adopt your use of transparency and letting fact-based evidence sharing speak for themselves in more reviews would be god-send. Aside from all of that which was awesome in your piece, I did have one small item that I am unsure of how to explain or what it might mean in terms of self-marketing. Since I don’t quite know how to poise my finding, here goes…When I was reading the article the first time, I thought the image of the lady at the computer was a good way to set the tone of what I was about to read. She was at a desk, which I assumed was her writing station in her home, and she was smiling, being content in her occupation and willing to share that knowledge with me of how and why she is at home smiling and enjoying writing for money. It was a dead-on solid marketing technique that drew me into wanting to understand the secret she had learned on how to make all of this writing gig phenomenon work. Following that picture, the content and writing you presented engaged me as a reader, as someone wanting to know about this company, and for sure as someone who was amenable to hearing about popular opinions and business dealings the company had undergone since its inception. By the end of the article, I was locked in an actual internal battle of pros and cons, a battle created directly from your blog post. It was great! I was able to block out all the other tabs on my browser, without even knowing it was happening, and was able to focus on whether or not as a new writer the risk of signing up for the site was worth the 47 dollar fee. As i finished the article, it was not until the last punctuation mark that it hit me. You, sir, were not the lady in the picture, and I had the entire time been reading the article as if you were someone of the opposite gender and whose voice was entirely different than it most likely is in real life. Now I know that by mentioning my slight of attention and subsequent realization you were male will bring about a slew of reactions about gender roles, double standards in the work place, the role of gender in what people typically assign to various functions or emotions and hundreds more. I know this because I have tirelessly championed those same arguments in class, on the stage of life, and in the confines of my own mindspeak and self discussions. Gender stereotypes and all of its many faces are definitely roots of a lot of social unrest, and they still are hot topic buttons that can make slippery slopes worse for those never realizing they are an issue in the first place. From all of my discussions and debates, I know that the gender of the author should never be an issue and that the work should stand on itself. It’s like a mantra I can speak over and over and always know is right. I also believe ALL OF THESE ISSUES not only exist but also have been the fruits of decades worth of civil change, discourse, educational practices, and have affected countless lives and futures of budding idealologists, philosophers, writers, and so on and so forth. It is definitely something that everyone needs to understand and work on and incorporate into their own lives and practice. But even with all my training and hard work, I am writing this post to admit out loud that I allowed the picture of your article with the lady at the desk to lay out norms in my brain for how I incorporated the infomation, expectations I automatically created for how the article set about performing the research, and finally generated in my mind what it sounded like when the author was recounting this article to me the reader as dug into it. It was not only humbling to finally realize the way in which I duped myself into thinking this way but also was incredibly disappointing in how easy it happened. This comment was not written to say you did anything wrong by no means or to change the image or anything about your post at all. Instead, it was more of an account of some of the unintended consequences I had experienced as a result of me not paying due attention and thus succumbing to a simple placed image at the beginning of an article I was about to read. How effective, both good and bad, marketing and visual information can sway even the most seasoned of readers. Truly, this time I was caught red-handed and schooled again. This Probably has been a bit much and over the top a response than I should have written, but in the end the point was to give you an example of how your article affected me in more than one way. My hat goes to you sir for a job well done and a big thanks for again helping me to wake up and be alert again about reading, writing, and cognizant of how simple thoughts have more outside influences that at first meets the eye.

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    • Glad the article helped Gregory and thank you for your comment.

      Must be honest though – beyond going to a stock images site, searching for “writing” and choosing a photo that looked OK, I don’t think I gave that header picture much thought 😉

      Best wishes,

      Ben

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  52. Hi,

    One important point which is not mentioned/discussed here about writers work is related to they saving your credit card information without any option to delete it. It is kind of illegal and very risky as they can charge your card subsequently again as well – for whatever reason. There is only the option to change your credit card details. I had taken a subscription for the lifetime membership and after going into the website – found it quite unsafe from billing perspective and now have applied for a refund. I am not sure – whether they will give the refund- but most worried I am now is that unwittingly I left my credit card info with a very unsafe kind of website (from financial transaction perspective). Do publish this response as this is a very important aspect for anyone who wants to sign-up there.

    thanks

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  53. If I only want to write on the side for extra cash, would you think it’s U$47/year worth the investment? I have a blog. Would this writing style be sought after by clients?

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    • It’s actually a one-off $47 payment I believe. I suggest reading the review in full to understand what WW is and (more importantly) what it isn’t…Blog-style writing is in demand, yes, but there’s also a lot of competition.

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