Establishing yourself as a freelance writer is hard. You know that you can write, but convincing other people that they should pay you for your skills is an interesting challenge. A lot of freelancers fall into the trap of working for free, just to get a couple of bylines. But if you have rent to pay, you’re probably going to want to find some paid work – and fast! You might spend the whole day trawling the freelance websites for low-paid work just to get a foot on the ladder. And eventually, someone will recommend you sign up to Copify.
Copify is a job board for content writing roles. Unlike other freelance writing sites that require you to submit a proposal and wait around for it to be ignored, Copify operates in a different way. When you sign up to the site, you will be asked to upload your CV and then complete a short writing task. It shouldn’t take longer than an hour to complete.
Once you are accepted as a writer on the platform, you have access to a dashboard with all available orders. Every order has a brief, a word count, a deadline and a fee. Simply accept the tasks you want and then submit your copy within the timeframe. The Copify editor may ask you to make changes to the article if it doesn’t meet the brief, or they may approve it. All articles automatically approve after one month, which means this is the longest you’ll wait to get paid. You collect money in your virtual wallet, and then you request a withdrawal to your PayPal account once you hit £20.
How do I use the platform?
I started using Copify in 2015 and have completed 13 assignments. So far, I’ve made about £85 from the platform. I have a spreadsheet that I use to decide if a job will be worth it by turning the fee into an hourly rate based on an estimated time to complete the task. If I spend 20 minutes on a 350-word blog that pays £6, then I’m averaging £18 an hour, but if I spend 10 minutes on a 150-word product description that pays £2.25, this falls to £13.50 an hour. It’s all about balance.
I’m currently one assignment away from professional status, which I am told includes access to all jobs on the platform, including some higher paying ones.
Copify review: Advantages
If you want to quickly hone your skills as a copywriter, this is a great place to get started. The nature of the platform means that there are so many different tasks available for all sorts of industries.
You can choose your hours and take on as much or as little work as you want. Some days, I’ll complete a quick article while I’m waiting to hear back from a client. Other days, I’ll set aside a whole morning and get through five or six articles.
You don’t have to worry about invoicing or chasing payments, the money just lands in your account when the client approves it, or after 1 month has passed.
Provided you meet the brief and your writing is free of spelling or grammatical errors, your article will be approved. You also have the backing of the Copify editors to give your work a glance over before it is sent to the client.
If you are very knowledgeable about a subject, you can quickly get through articles and put aside some extra income. However, if you need to research a lot, this will quickly eat into your profit and drive down your hourly rate.
copify review: Disadvantages
There’s no shortage of people online calling foul and pointing the finger at Copify for devaluing our work as copywriters. There is a real issue with the amount that they pay their writers versus how much the client pays them. It makes sense that they would take a cut, but one can’t help but wonder if the client would get better-quality copy if Copify took a smaller cut. That said, the work is readily available without having to put any thought into finding new clients or bidding for work, so it’s important to keep this in mind.
The biggest disadvantage to new writers is that there is rarely any direct feedback from the client, so it’s difficult to use the pieces you have written for your portfolio.
Another disadvantage is that there isn’t always a lot of work available. It wouldn’t be possible to make a full-time wage from this platform alone. When you log in to see the available orders, you’ll often see masses of product descriptions that no one wants to touch.
Copify Review Conclusions
As I’m sure you’ve gathered from my Copify review, I’m not relying on the platform for my income. However, there is a strange sense of reassurance knowing that there is always work available somewhere that I don’t have to bid for.