Do you need to know where to hire a content writer? Whether it’s for a one-off piece of work or you’re looking for a long-term relationship, you need to make sure it’s one that lasts. Here are some suggestions for finding a great fit:
Hire a content writer who’s independent
The Internet is awash with freelance content writers and quite a few of us love to take our work seriously. If you hire a content writer independently, you’re avoiding freelancing websites, content mills, and agencies.
One of the advantages of this is that you cut out the middlemen who can make briefs unnecessarily tricky. I’ve lost count of the number of times a mill or agency manager has failed to convey key details. This usually means extra work for the writer you hire and a deadline missed for you.
One disadvantage of this approach is that when you hire someone who’s independent, they may not have the capacity to take on large projects in bulk. However, you can overcome this by hiring more than one independent writer.
Go through a content mill
Content mills are often despised by freelance content writers and there are lots of good reasons for that. From a client perspective, they look quite enticing. Not only do you have a project manager, but you’re also guaranteed to access editing services, another writer can pick up the slack (if necessary) and the work is often cost-effective.
For those of us who freelance, content mills are a nightmare. As I’ve already mentioned, the way your briefs need to move through several people often means key details go missing. The majority of fees you pay as a client won’t make it to the writer either. If your writer is working for the mill at a reduced rate compared to their normal fees, they may skimp on quality. No, that’s not good for you, but they do need to earn a livable wage.
Try freelancing websites, including Fiverr
Freelancing websites such as Fiverr and Upwork bridge both the independent and content mill worlds. While freelancers don’t need to move through several middlemen to get to their clients, they do lose a significant percentage of their earnings when using the sites.
For example, although you’ll pay $5 for an article on Fiverr, the writer will receive $4. Of course, they have the option of offering more expensive services to make up for their potential loss, but those services don’t always attract the most clients. Similarly, Upwork will take around 10-percent of the writer’s earnings. Much like when you hire a content writer from a mill, you should remain mindful of the fact that they could squeeze in more work to account for the shortfall.
If you want a lot of work at a reduced rate, still consider hiring a content writer from places such as Fiverr. However, don’t expect the same degree of commitment and efficiency as when you pay your writer directly.