Make Extra Money Writing for Gig Sites
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Many writers have several sources of income. One way to earn extra money from writing is with gig sites. These sites provide a marketplace for creative people and buyers. Writers offer various writing services at a flat rate, from $4 to $300 or more. A buyer purchases a service, the gig site takes a commission, and the writer gets paid. While you can’t make a full-time living with gig sites, you can make a monthly income.
Below are a few gig sites, and how they work.
PeopleStox – http://www.peoplestox.com
At PeopleStox, writers set their own prices and the site pays within 24 hours via Paypal. If you prefer a check, the site pays weekly. The commission rate is 15 percent.
Tenyt – www.tenyt.com/
All gigs at Tenyt pay $10. The commission rate is 10 percent. To withdraw funds you need at least $40 in your account. Tenyt also takes 14 days to pay.
Fiverr – http://www.fiverre.com
With Fiverr all gigs pay $5. The commission is 20 percent. Writers also pay the 2 percent Paypal fee for receiving funds. Fiverr holds the funds for 14 days.
Twentyville – http://www.twentyville.com/
Twentyville offers gigs at $20 each. The commission rate is 15 percent. The site pays 48 hours after a writer completes the work. There are also related sites for $50 gigs and $100 gigs.
How to Make These Sites Worth Your Time
The most important thing to do is read the terms of service carefully. This information tells you about rate limits, commission charges, and payment terms. Utilizing a few other techniques makes working with gig sites more profitable.
1. Specify Subjects and Word Count – In the description section of the gig you offer, list the subjects you want to write about. Many writers offer to write on any subject for $5 or $10. This is a mistake. Limit the number of subjects you write about, and choose topics you can write with little or no research. Also state the number of words for each gig you list. For $5 or $10, a 250- to 400-word article is reasonable.
2. Provide Samples – Most buyers want to see samples of your work before placing an order. Give at least one link to an article on a relevant subject. If the gig site doesn’t allow links, state that samples are available upon request.
3. Describe Experience – Briefly discuss your writing experience, relevant jobs or education, etc. Present yourself as a professional writer of quality work.
4. Create Numerous Gigs – For each topic you want to write about, create a separate gig listing. Some gig sites limit you to 10 or 20 listings while others allow unlimited gigs.
5. Promote Your Gigs – Place the link to your gigs page on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Also use this link in the signature section of your forum posts. Some sites get better traffic than others so it doesn’t hurt to promote your own gigs.
Gig sites are a way to make a little extra money, build up your portfolio or maybe even find a new steady client. Give these sites a try if you want to add another “egg” to your writing basket.
Sabrina Ashley is a full-time writer with over 2200 articles published online. She contributes to a number of sites including Degree Jungle a resource for higher education.