What: Text Broker is a content mill (writer-speak for a sweatshop for writers) that will pay pennies for long stories 

Expected pay: 1 cent to 5 cents per word

Husl $core: $

Where: National

Requirements: Pass tests in spelling, punctuation and grammar and submit a writing sample


Text Broker is a content mill (writer-speak for a sweatshop for writers) that will pay about $25 for a 1,000-word piece, if you’re a “highly-rated” writer. In other words, you have to work your way up to get 5 cents per word.

At this rate, it’s almost impossible to earn close to minimum wage with this job. If you’re writing on a topic that you know and can crank out that story in no time flat, go for it.

But if the assignment requires any research whatsoever, your hourly wage drops into the basement. You’re also not likely to get bylined credit for the good work you do, so your chance of using Text Broker to land a real writing job is minuscule (just like the pay).

Our suggestion: Sign up at ProBlogger or FreelanceWriting (or check out the better-rated writing opportunities on this site) and wait for a real writing opportunity. This is a waste of your time.

What their writers say:

 “The hiring process can be difficult if grammar, typing and creativity aren’t your forte. If you fail, just reapply a week later and keep trying if you’re passionate. Once you’re on board, based on your star rating (given to you based on sample article during hiring process) you’ll be able to pick up any article you want out of hundreds or sometimes thousands! From 50-word descriptions to 5,000-word guides, tweets and Facebook posts, you’ll see it all! If you’re a 3-star writer, you’ll only get a penny a word, but 5-star writers get $25 for 1,000 words. (Editor’s note: That’s 2.5 cents per word.) You’ll need to pass more assessments and get some articles graded to become a 5-star author, but you can get there within weeks if you’ve got the immediate talent. Otherwise, take your time, learn the skills on TextBroker, write more articles and then take the assessments again.”
“The most significant problem is that, unless you put a lot of time into your writing, you are not likely to make much money. However, if you treat it as a full-time job (40 hours per week), I do not think it would be too difficult to make $200 per month. *This will probably NOT be a primary source of income, supplementary ONLY. Furthermore, understand that, when you submit these assignments, you are signing away your copyright to these articles.”

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