Whether you are an aspiring or an already established freelance writer, you’re probably thinking of ways to become more successful and have a higher income. As a freelancer, you know that it’s a tough writers’ world out there; you need to be constantly focusing on improving yourself as a writer and understand how to play the ‘writer’s game’ on the marketplace.
Like every other profession, the profession of a writer requires a set of things you must have and must practice in order to have a successful career. First of all, it is important to have your writing skills well-developed so that you can rank higher on the market. Then, you would have to focus on building personal traits that will make you invest more time and effort into achieving your goals as a writer. Some of those qualities include being a disciplined, well-organized, and motivated individual. Finally, keeping yourself informed about the new work opportunities available could help you find jobs quicker.
In times of great dynamics and high work productivity required, a well-set online toolkit for writers might come in handy. This is why I’ve decided to write an in-depth Writers Work review. In it, I will introduce you to the benefits of Writers.Work and share suggestions about the aspects of the site that need improvement. I hope that my review can help you make a decision on whether you would like to use this platform or not.
Briefing: What is Writers.Work?
Writers.Work is an online platform created to help writers in the following ways:
- teach writers about the craft of writing,
- help writers organize their writing process,
- enable writers to upload and share their work on Writers.Work, and
- inform writers about the jobs currently available.
The site acts as a link between writers looking for a job and employers that offer work in writing. Aside from looking for a job the site can be used for publishing a job offer which makes it convenient for the two parties involved.
Thought out as a multifunctional platform, Writers.Work provides a set of features and tools designed to benefit the site’s helping strategies for writers that I’ve mentioned above. The features seem to be simple to use and to complement each other fine. Similar to the site’s helping strategies, they can be divided into the next categories:
- Features and tools made to teach you the skills of writing (the Writers.Work built-in Training Courses in the University Library and the Grammar Help available; the Writers.Work blog),
- features and tools for better management of the writing process (the Deep-focus Writing Tools and Text Editor and the Project Organization),
- features and tools for sharing the work (the Online Portfolio),
- features and tools which help writers find jobs (the Magical Job Finder and the Instant Submission Finder),
- features and tools made to keep writers motivated to write and improve (currently the Habit Builder), and
- other helpful features and tools (tracking the time needed for writing, statistics about the words written and the writing speed, etc).
Down below I will elaborate on these features and tools in more detail.
Features and tools available on Writers.Work
Teaching and quality-enhancing
Built-in training courses in the University Library
The built-in training courses in the University Library on Writers.Work are a collection of video and textual material meant to teach writers the skills of writing and the quirks of writing as a business. It is a feature from which writers that are new in the profession can really benefit. The feature seems to be nicely organized in guiding writers through the profession starting from the basics and finishing with advice that is meant to help them stand out in the writing community. The course is divided into an introductory part and several modules that the writer is supposed to complete. Having used this feature, writers are supposed to gain knowledge on how to do the following:
- kick-start their careers,
- improve their writing abilities,
- use the tools necessary for achieving better results in writing,
- better organize their work,
- charge their potential clients,
- write a pitch,
- incorporate the copyright concept in their careers etc.
I, personally, think that this is a nice feature. Writing is, after all, one of the main means of communication of today’s world, and being taught how to be an efficient writer in accordance with the new trends seems like a good idea. Even though Writers.Work is a newer platform and could definitely keep on adding more material in the University Library I think that this feature could help you wrap your head around the trendy essentials of writing as a skill and as a career.
The blog isn’t a special feature offered on the site, but, like in the University Library, there are helpful articles about writing published on it. The published articles are full of advice for both writers and employers. Writers can learn how to write better, advertise themselves better, and learn more about the writing industry. Employers, on the other hand, can learn how to recruit the best candidates out there, establish good working relations with the writers, and how to be better businessmen.
The idea behind the blog seems to be pretty simple– the blog functions as a link between the writer and the employer and helps them find common ground. If Writers.Work continues posting articles of the kind on its blog it’ll turn out very helpful for the writing community. The site might also consider designing a feature where both writers and employers could voice the concerns that they might have and publish articles with advice on how to deal with certain issues. If they ever decide to add a feature like that on the site they might wow me.
Text Editor and its Grammar Help
Writers.Work also provides an online text editor. The editor looks like a standard word processor, but it has some special features. For the sake of a detailed description of these tools and services, I’ve decided to take a look at them separately from the perspective of their distinct functions. Judged by these criteria they fall under different categories.
A feature for checking your written text for grammatical errors is a must for sites that intend to offer writers built-in writing tools. Writers.Work offers a grammar checker that I honestly think serves its purpose well. The checker, however, is not the only tool in the Grammar help feature.
The feature comes equipped with some other interesting helping elements such as a readability score and a reading grade level. The readability score shows how concise and understandable your text is for the reader whereas the reading grade level tells you more about the reader’s perspective on the comprehensiveness and difficulty of the vocabulary that you’ve used in your written material.
Furthermore, the Grammar Help feature makes sure to calculate the time required for your text to be read and spoken with the text statistics tool. This tool also measures the number of sentences, words, and characters of which the body of your text consists. This tool is, of course, a fine one to have when you need to keep track of your text’s length and have restrictions on the number of words and characters that you can use.
One of the tools in this feature that I like the most is, however, the sentiment tool. This one is my personal favorite because I like that it’s focused on the bigger picture and lets you know what the overall impression that your writings give is. I think that it’s nice to have a tool that basically summarizes it all for you in a feature that contains other tools which are more specific.
It feels like the tools in the Grammar Help feature are primarily designed to keep the writer alert about the structure of the text and the qualities that readers would want to look for in one. It might not be a feature incorporating some other advanced tools that some writers might want to work with, but to me, the site seems to be somewhat advanced when it comes to the text’s assessment. This is understandable since Writers.Work’s goal is to make writers more appealing to their clients.
I think that beginner writers, in particular, might find this tool useful, but I also think that the more established writers might want to try this feature too. I feel like Writers.Work has yet to improve its text-checking tools and add more options on the list, but that doesn’t mean that the already existing ones are not beneficial.
Management of the writing process
Text Editor and its Deep-focus Writing Tools
Other tools offered in the Writers.Work Text Editor that serves the purpose of managing one’s writing process is the deep-focus writing tools. The deep-focus writing tools are designed to stimulate creativity and keep potential distractions that could defocus writers away. That’s why the text editor has its tools’ icons in simple designs and colors that are not glaring. Seems like Writers.Work might be a site that focuses on your focus.
This is really helpful for keeping a good thought-flow, be more productive, and write good-quality texts without missing the deadline. There are also audio tracks and sound presets that one can turn on in order to calm down, get in the mood to write, and eliminate disturbing environmental sounds and noises.
Aside from the above mentioned features Writers.Work also offers a Project Organization feature. The feature makes it possible for writers to track their deadlines, link their documents to a larger project, create subtasks, and track their writing time on both projects and separate documents. This makes the Project Organization feature probably most suitable for writers who are just starting their career and might need some guidance on how to organize better while working.
I’ve already mentioned that I liked the Sentiment tool from the Text Editor because it gives you information about the overall status of the written text in the reader’s eye; this is similar to what I like about the Project Organization feature too. I do like how Writers.Work has managed to make a toolkit out of the things necessary for executing a project meaning that all of them are stored at one place—on the platform. There’s something nice when you get a nice package of tools in a bundle and don’t have to think about all that you need to get yourself organized and get going but can focus strictly on your writing. Also, when used together, these tools can help you see the general scheme of your project and help you in making a suitable project plan accordingly. The fact that this feature is accessible from anywhere since it’s available on an online platform also makes it easier for you to work on your project.
I personally think that this feature can sparkle the interest of even those who are used to organize their work in other ways that don’t include the use of a toolkit of this kind. After all, who wouldn’t want to try a pre-thought and, hence, more efficient option?
Sharing the work
Work Online Portfolio
Every serious employer would want to check a writer’s portfolio and figure out what the writer’s all about. On the other hand, every writer should know the value of a well put together portfolio and focus on creating one that would really advertise his writing skills and successes on the market.
The portfolio that Writers.Work allows you to create is a pretty simple and basic one. Writers have the option to put on a profile picture, describe their work and themselves, and share their written materials. If you’re a newbie, this could be useful in presenting you in a good light contrary to the portfolio builders that have more advanced features where you might not have the experiences required for using the features to your advantage. More experienced writers might, however, need a portfolio maker more suitable for their needs and skills.
In their defense, the portfolio being basic might as well have to do with the overall simple structure of the site. I feel like the creators behind this platform wanted to make it simple, non-distracting, and focusing on the writers’ work and career improvement in an ‘all eyes on the core values’ way. However, I do believe that Writers.Work should embrace a different stance on what a great portfolio should look like. The staff behind the site should definitely focus on improving their Online Portfolio feature, and, to my knowledge, they are already working on it.
Magical Job Finder
The Magical Job Finder is one of the most important features available on Writers.Work. This feature guarantees writers that they will be taken care of in the sense of being continuously and on-time informed about existing writing gigs. The way this is done is by publishing the job offers directly on the platform.
I could think of a few reasons why the Magical Job Finder can be useful. First of all, it provides you with a list of job offers that are legitimate and transparent. Second of all, it saves your time and effort since you no longer have to search on different sites across the Internet for available work positions. Finally, since the jobs are well described, you can also learn a lot about the writing industry and what employers expect of writers if they get hired.
Aside from these main reasons why I find this feature to be helpful there are some other side-reasons that also justify my point of view. For example, writers are able to filter out their preferred job options with the help of multiple filters. These filters include filtering based on the type of employment, job location, salary, and job source. If you want to use the same filters for a longer period and be notified about a specific type of open writing positions you can save your chosen filters. Searching for keywords is also an option.
As I already said, this is one of Writers.Work’s most important available features. I think that by improving the Magical Job Finder the feature’s actually being invested in and approved of. Therefore, it would be great if the number of job offers shown in the Finder would increase since it would mean more options for writers. Also, a filter that would set apart the old job offers from the newer ones would really come in handy in helping writers focus on the offers that are new and probably still available in contrast to the ones that probably are no longer an option.
Instant Submission Finder
The Instant Submission Finder is a feature that works as a database of various reliable sites that would publish a writer’s article and pay for it. Since it’s designed to provide writers with sites of this kind only, it is a feature that is more specific than the Magical Job Finder. The feature allows writers to be informed about the offered pay rates both per article and per word, and about the number of words that the article should contain. Job descriptions are available as well like in the case of the Magical Job Finder, and there are multiple criteria that could help writers in filtering the work positions of their preference.
The earnings information on the publications that are listed in the Instant Submission Finder includes two-ciphered, three-ciphered, and even four-ciphered amounts. There are publications about articles for which writers could be paid $50-100 and there are other ones that offer $1 per word, making the publication list a diverse one.
The Instant Submission Finder is one of the features on Writers.Work that is quite descriptive about the idea behind the site. It really helps the platform accomplish its mission about helping writers to quickly find a job they’ll be interested in. The feature seems to be nicely thought-out and easy to use. Also, it is always good to have potential job offers being verified as reliable and avoid the option of having something to do with scams. If Writers.Work was to put in some more effort into constantly informing writers about new publications the Instant Submission Finder could be an even more valuable feature.
Keeping Writers Motivated
As it was already said, one of the things that Writers.Work would like to be helpful with is keeping writers in a motivated state of mind. My guess would be that all the features available on the site share a part in motivating writers to improve in their work and be more productive. However, the site also has to offer what they call a Habit Builder as an addition to the other features specifically designed to boost writers’ drive for working.
The Habit Builder is basically a word counter and it counts all the words that you’ve ever written in your texts on the platform which is expected to then sparkle one’s motivation to do better. It seems like what Writers.Work was trying to achieve with this feature was to make sure that writers would eventually embrace the habit of being motivated and top themselves. Finally, all of this is supposed to lead to an increase in one’s income with time.
Even though I like the idea of a habit builder feature, I must say that this is not one of the better-developed tools on the site. I, personally, don’t believe that a word counter on its own can motivate writers to continuously work much harder. However, I do believe that when the feature is combined with all the other features available on Writers.Work it can be helpful to a certain extent.
Other Features and Plans for the Future
The rest of the features available on the Writers.Work platform are pretty much designed to show writers where they stand on the ‘writers’ scale’ in the present time. The features include time tracking, statistics on how many words the writer has written since using the site, and information on how fast one’s writing.
Features like this can be useful for tracking ones progress throughout time and highlighting the skills that one might focus on improving.
There’s also information about some new features that Writers.Work is planning to implement on the platform.
One of the future features sounds a lot like Upwork’s freelancing platform where freelancers get to share their professional biographies and are hired by employers. Writers.Work’s idea is, of course, going to be related to creating a marketplace for writers on the platform where they can be hired by writing companies or other employers hiring writers.
The other feature that the site is planning on adding are ads about jobs for writers. This could be, in my opinion, a nice move since these ads might be advertising jobs coming from highly ranked companies that pay well.
Obviously, the staff behind Writers.Work wants to improve the quality of the site and is thinking about some interesting possibilities on how to do that. That sounds promising and I believe that if they continue working with the same tempo they will have an even better platform for writers.
Writers Work Review: Payment Options
The way to access the features and tools on Writers.Work is by paying once (which is the most popular option) or pay monthly.
The normal price for joining the platform with a lifetime subscription (paying once) is $94. However, there’s currently an ‘early bird’ pricing available on Writers.Work and if you decide to go for the first option you’ll be asked to pay $47. This pricing is available for a limited time only.
The second option that you might want to choose is to pay $15 a month.
The Writers.Work site also offers a 30-day guarantee to refund your money.
Reliability of Writers.Work
In order to not be misleading and give you all verified information on the site, I must talk about the staff behind Writers.Work.
There’s a site called MasterWritingJobs.com that is perceived as a fraudulent by people. The reason why people think of it as a scam is because of its marketing strategies. Based on the reviews that I’ve been able to find, the strategies included persuading people to pay for the features available on MasterWritingJobs.com by making them believe that they could earn some easy money fast if they do so; the site tried to portray the level of expertise in writing as irrelevant in the case. The site currently operates with its old members and new members are not allowed to create an account on it.
Now, let me start by saying that a lot of the information about MasterWritingJobs.com and its fraudulent nature was shared on websites similar to MasterWritingJobs.com. These websites had their own built-in courses on writing and might have been willing to sink down some potential competitors on the market. I am not trying to take a side in the argument here, but this really is an occurring strategy that is often used when the competition is supposed to be eliminated.
The other issue that I would like to talk about is the scam related to the irrelevance of one’s writing proficiency for earning money. In my opinion, marketing works the way it does, and one should expect some sugar-coating in advertising. There’s the science of marketing, but there’s also the science of common sense and one should also think things through before making a decision.
This ‘tricky marketing’ seems to be the topic of concern when it comes to Writers.Work too, even though, as far as I’m informed, latest opinions on the way that Writers.Work is being advertised have a more positive sentiment about the issue overall; people think that the site has started to use some marketing strategies that seem to be fairer for the customer. As I’ve already said, marketing is an entire discipline and there are certain techniques that are used when advertising a product. This doesn’t mean that someone’s lying to you—it means that they’re trying to promote a product’s best features. If you were to take a look at the way Writers.Work is advertised you would notice that there are no lies being told.
After all, Writers.Work is a platform allows writers to find more job opportunities in one place and not a winning lottery ticket. It’s up to you to decide whether you like the product because of its features or decide to judge it based on the marketing strategies behind it.
Considering all of what it has to offer, I honestly think that Writers.Work is a simple, helpful, and well-designed all-in-one toolkit for writers. The newer writers will have the opportunities to learn more about writing while the more established ones will have a decent list of job offers to explore.
There are some nice features, and even though a lot of them could be improved, they could serve writers well just the way they are. And, as we mentioned in this Writers Work review, the pricing is also affordable. The life subscription option cost less than $50 while the monthly option, on the other hand, lets you try the service out and see if it works for you. You will also be refunded if you don’t like what the site has to offer.
Some things that could concern potential customers might be related to the marketing strategies of the site and its staff’s previous project. Ultimately, one should make their decision based on facts. The facts, in this case, are saying that there are a lot of tools on Writers.Work that can help one build a career if they really want that.
- Low pricing options
- All-in-one toolkit
- Nice training courses
- Distraction-free text editor
- A slick project organizer
- Well-managed list of job offers
What Needs Improvement
- The Habit Builder need more than a word counter
- The text editor needs more tools
- The Online Portfolio needs to be made more advanced
- Negative outlooks on Writers.Work staff’s past project
- Negative outlooks on Writers.Work marketing strategies