Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Aug 27, 2009
About six weeks ago, one of my friends, Josh Shear, mentioned this new site to me that has writing assignments for money that wasn’t all that bad. It’s called Demand Studios. I socked it away in my email folder and didn’t think about it for awhile.
Then about 2 weeks ago, another friend of mine on Facebook mentioned that she needed a little bit of money, and was wondering where to get it. Later the same day, a different friend said the same thing. I knew both of them did some writing, so I sent both of them to Demand Studios. Then I realized that I hadn’t even looked at the site myself, and figured I best look at it if I was going to keep sending people to it.
You don’t get to see much unless you sign up, but it looked interesting enough and I did sign up. Or at least I almost finished signing up. Seems they require a resume of some sort, as well as writing samples. I had writing samples, but my resume,… well, it’s 3 pages long, and has more about other things I do rather than writing. I didn’t want to send a resume, and almost turned the whole thing down, but decided to bite the bullet, recraft my resume, and submit to be a writer.
Later that same day, I got an email from them; they had turned me down! Man, was I shocked. Everyone else I told was shocked also, as it seemed everyone else had been accepted. I was somewhat irked, and I mentioned it on Facebook. That wasn’t good, but I wondered if maybe they thought my background was too pigeon-holed for anything they might get.
I let it bother me for almost a week, which also isn’t good. I had other things to do, including my poker tournament, but I just couldn’t get it off my mind. On my drive home from the poker tournament, after making myself feel better with the Donna Summer music, I decided I was going to write the site and ask them why I’d been turned down. It just didn’t make sense to me, and I wanted an answer.
I wrote them on Saturday afternoon and asked what the deal was. They wrote me back later Saturday evening saying they couldn’t open my resume file. They said to reapply, but I had to use a different email address. Man!
Well, I bit the bullet, created the resume in a pdf format, and sent it in with a different email address; I have enough of them after all. Hours later, they approved me, and I was ready to go.
Basically, from what I’ve seen so far, they have three levels of payment. One is $5 articles, how-to articles. The second are $15 articles on various subjects. The third level is part of revenue sharing, which means your article could possibly make money over and over, and you get a piece of the action. Thing is, the article might not make anything, in which case it’s just sitting there and you might feel like you’ve wasted your time.
There are tons of subjects you can write on, but with a caveat. Some of the titles seem limiting in many categories. However, you can suggest titles, but initially, until they get to know you better, you can only submit how-to article titles, which means the $5 variety. And they may not like how you write your title, and they don’t give you a real answer as to how to change it. For instance, I initially put through a title called “How To Enjoy Opera” that they accepted as a title they’d review, but another one I put through called “How To Enjoy The Symphony” said it wasn’t in the proper format; go figure. I canceled the first one, though, after I realized it was a $5 article. By the way, I like opera, at least half of it, and I love symphonic music, especially the romantic period.
I bid on, and wrote, and submitted my first article Sunday early evening. It was on a health care topic, one I know very well. It was approved an hour later, and I was a published writer with their group, and $15 richer. At this point, I’ve submitted 4 articles to them. Three have been approved, and one is under a plagiarism review, which I know I’ll pass because the part they’re saying is plagiarized is a list of categories, which is widely available everywhere on the internet, and the article can’t be completed without it. The first article I submitted had the same thing, but for that one I mentioned it in the editor’s notes area, where you call tell them something you want them to know about the article; I should have done it for this one as well.
For every article approved by Wednesday night, you get paid through Paypal on Friday. My one article isn’t approved yet, but on Friday I should be getting paid $45. That’s not bad for three articles, and I have claimed 3 more article topics that I need to write before September 1st. You get a week to write any articles you claim, and you can claim up to 10 at a time. I just wanted to see how things work before deciding how much further I’ll go with it.
And there you go; my review of Demand Studios. Hey, it’s not a bad part time job, and if you can write fast, it’s not a bad full time one either. Let’s see how things progress for me from this point on.