Cool.club enlists freelancers to write for 2 to 6 cents per word
Expected pay: 2 – 6 cents per word, about $5 for a 275 word document
Commissions & fees: NA
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements: Resume and pass a writing test
If you’re looking for red-hot writing opportunities, go somewhere other than Cool.Club.
Not only does Cool.Club pay a paltry 2 – 6 cents per word, its terms threaten that you’ll be “fined” if you fail to submit work on time or in the proper format. If you miss a deadline without permission, the site can withhold payment for other jobs that you completed successfully.
Notably, the site gets good reviews from writers on Glassdoor. However, all of the positive reviews come from writers in Eastern Europe, where the cost of living is significantly cheaper than it is in the U.S.
How it works
To apply, writers say whether they want to work part-time, full-time or freelance. They then submit a resume and take a short test. After that, the site will start sending writing opportunities to complete. From the reviews on Glassdoor, it appears that many of the writing jobs are for academic papers.
Writers are paid twice a month via PayPal, Payoneer, or ePayments, but only if writers have accumulated enough to exceed a payment threshold. The threshold for Cool.Club to make payments through PayPal, Payoneer and ePayments is $50. If you want to be paid by wire transfer, you need to have earned more than $400.
This appears to be a popular site for writers in Eastern Europe. If you’re a U.S. based writer, there are many better places to ply your trade.
Some good options: ServiceScape, where you set your own rates and specialties; and Fiverr, where you create writing “packages” for niche writing projects, such as resumes, dating profiles and cover letters.
Contently and Skyword are good sites to find corporate writing gigs. Staffing giant Robert Half also enlists content creators for projects; as do well-rated sites for creatives, WorkingNotWorking and Creatively.
What their users say (from Glassdoor):
Relatively average salary (you can earn $1000+ only for 8 pages/day, which is really hard – Freelance writer in Kyiv
The job seems to be a dead end –– anonymous
It is very difficult to write on topics that I do not understand at all, like economics. It takes me much time to research the topic and write something readable — academic writer in Lviv
Regular payments, high workload, positive attitude, retention options, nice editors, effective knowledgebase and library, full-time work. Short deadlines, too many guidelines — writer in Kyiv