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Getting Started Application Process

Is WriterAccess free for freelancers?

Yes. We charge no application or member fees to freelancers. However, we do charge a 30% commission on the total project or order price a client pays for your content/creation services, offering 70% of that price paid to you for your work. Our transparency with pricing is displayed on projects and orders to clarify the rates to both clients and freelancers.

 

 

How I apply for other freelancer roles and gigs at WriterAccess?

Many of our freelancers are approved for multiple gigs and assignments for writers, copywriters, editors, content strategists, translators, designers, illustrators, animators, photographers, and more. 

Once you're approved for one skill, you can apply for any of the other skills to open up more opportunities for income with WriterAccess.

Oh, and if you're approved for both writing and editing gigs, we'll be sure you won't be assigned to edit your own work 😉

 

 

 

What type of freelancers are you looking for, and in what countries are you recruiting?

We're now accepting freelancer applications from residents of the U.S., U.K., New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the Republic of Ireland.

And we're recruiting experienced writers, editors, proofreaders, content strategists, translators, designers, illustrators, animators, photographers, and videographers.

It's free and fast to apply, and we'll typically process your application within a week or two, tops.

One more note: you'll need a PayPal account for payments.

Any tips and advice for creating my Profile and Portfolio?

As a new freelancer on the platform, the first step in establishing yourself as an active and successful member of our community is to create a profile. Your profile is how customers get to know you. It tells them:

• What industries you create in

• Your writing or design background and professional experience

• Your education

• What assets you provide (for example; blogs, articles, e-books, banner ads, etc.)

It is safe to say the information you offer here is some of the most important writing you will do. The best piece of advice we can offer about creating your profile is to proofread extensively. Use spell and grammar checkers in each section, including sample pieces. Read each paragraph aloud to make sure it flows. The goal is to tell a story about yourself in a way that shows customers you know how to engage the audience. Demonstrate to a customer why they would want to hire you!

Here are the elements of a WriterAccess profile and some suggestions for making yours great.

Headshot

First impressions matter, so begin with a professional headshot. Your profile picture should be a high-quality image of your face. Customers don’t need to see your children or your pet. The style you want is similar to the author’s picture you see on a book cover. Make sure the image is:

• At least 300 x 300 pixels (all images will be cropped to square shape)

• Well-lit and in focus

• A close-up of your face (smile!)

• Friendly, inviting, and professional

Summaries

The profile setup is straightforward, but there are a few rules you should keep in mind. These apply to each section, whether you are creating your Experience, Specialties, and Interests sections or defining your projects.

  • Write about yourself in the third person.
    • Wrong: I have been writing professionally for 10 years.
    • Right: Mary has been writing professionally for 10 years.
  • WriterAccess works using nicknames, not full names. Your profile should reflect that, as well. It’s okay to refer to yourself using your nickname or your first name, but no last names are permitted.
  • Do not refer to competing sites when discussing your writing history. A competing site would be another company that helps you find customers to write for, such as Textbroker or CopyPress.
  • It is OK to give generalizations without mentioning the companies. For example, "Mary is a long-time contributor to a tech company that manufactures motherboards."
  • You may also mention specific publications you contributed to, such as “USA Today” or “The New York Times.”

Portfolio Samples

Include a solid collection of high-quality samples of your work. You can cut and paste, upload, or provide a URL of work published online. For best results in the search listings, make sure to fill out all applicable fields. For written content, upload a relevant image, which you can access for free in the Storyblocks library connected to the WA platform.