CopyWriterToday offers writing work for poor pay and with sweatshop conditions
Expected pay: nominal
Commissions & fees: NA
Where: Nationwide (remote)
Requirements:Clips and pass a writing test
It says something when a site hides its terms and conditions from workers until after they upload tons of privy information to the site. And what it says isn’t good. That sums up the opportunity at CopyWriterToday.net.
How it works
This site keeps most of its terms top secret. My guess is that’s because you would laugh and walk away.
What CopyWriterToday is willing to say is that it wants “fast work” and “research is expected.” You are expected to write 400-word stories in 30 minutes or less; 1,500 word stories in 90 minutes; and social media posts in less than 30 minutes.
“Typically, work is expected within 24-48 hours of when we send you an assignment notice via email,” the site says. “In order to provide our clients with the best possible turn around times, we ask that our writers monitor their email accounts throughout the day in order to respond to our requests quickly.”
Go on vacation? You’d better let them know. This “gig” is anything but flexible.
What do you get for all that rapid writing? Predictably, CopyWriterToday won’t say.
Since the site doesn’t disclose terms and conditions, I contacted founder Gabe Arnold to try to get information about how much and how workers were paid. He said the only way you can find out is to go all the way through their application process.
Incidentally, this process includes uploading articles you’ve already written, as well as providing financial information, such as you Social Security number and bank account information.
Even for our loyal readers, the editors at SideHusl.com weren’t willing to go that far.
What copy is worth
However, if you go to the site as a client, the pricing plans give you an inkling of how little writers will earn. For $257 per month, a client gets up to eleven 400-word stories per month. That works out to $23.36 per story.
But the site has to make a profit too, so you could expect maybe half of that (if you’re lucky). Now, we understand why CopyWriterToday tries to keep your pay secret.
When I told Gabe that I thought it was sneaky to keep the details hidden until after you apply, he suggested that “I was not a good fit” for CopyWriterToday. No kidding. Neither are you.
We gave CopyWriterToday a Husl$core of $ because that’s as low as we go. Better opportunities for writers can be found at Contently, Upwork, Fiverr, FlexJobs, ServiceScape, Indeed and Glassdoor. Actually, anywhere.
You may also want to check out our blog post, “Best Ways to Write for a Living.”