Just over a month ago, I signed up at Textbroker and I have to admit it’s a simple to use site, they pay promptly and they are good about responding to messages. So here’s the low down on Textbroker.
Signing up: The sign up process is fairly simple, you set up an account using your email and picking a password. You will also have to submit a writing sample for Textbroker to rate. Make sure that the sample is an original piece of work and that if you are using a technical piece that it’s properly sourced. Otherwise, you could find that you’re rejected.
Once approved: Once a writer has submitted a writing sample, they can sign into Textbroker and accept assignments based on the level that the sample was graded at. Writers may be graded 3, 4 or in very rare situations as a 5. Most writers go into the system as a “3″ rating and will remain at that level until client work is submitted, graded by clients and graded by Textbroker.
Accepting assignments: From your writer dashboard, you will be able to claim assignments from a variety of topics. These include business, health, jobs, art and even a miscellaneous category. Your grading will determine which assignment level you are accepted for, you can see in the chart (below) how many assignments are available at your “grade” level. It is important to note that you may only accept one assignment at a time. This assignment must be completed and submitted before you may accept another one. Claims have a 10 minute lock on them, you have 10 minutes to review the assignment, check for resources and claim the title.
Writing: Writers can only submit their first five titles and then their account will be frozen. This “freeze” lasts until Textbroker reviews your assignments. It is important to note that while you are waiting, clients may in fact accept the assignment and your pay will appear in your account payoff tab. Once you are paid, your work won’t be rejected. Instead, an editor will review the five assignments and they will grade them.
Once Textbroker has reviewed the first five assignments (usually takes as much as a week) your account will be unfrozen and the limits will be listed.
Payment: Textbroker payments are based on your writing level. Each assignment that you claim will have a dollar amount listed with it. If the client accepts the assignment, that amount will be credited to your payment tab. Claiming payments is easy, go to your payment tab and once you have reached the $10 minimum you will see a green button to request payoff. Payments may be claimed weekly prior to 11:59 PM Pacfic Time on Thursday to be paid on Friday. Other amounts will carry over to the next payoff cycle. You do not have to request payment until you want to. Only US users are allowed to accept tasks at Textbroker and you must have an active PayPal account.
Overall Textbroker is a good site to write for, you’re not going to make a million dollars, but if you focus and claim tasks that you feel you have a good understanding if you can easily earn $15 to $20 per hour. Remember that you are a contractor and responsible for your own taxes. You will have to fax in a W9 form before you are able to make a claim for payment.