After a few weeks on Associated Content, Constant Content, Demand Studios, and Suite101, I would like to share my initial experience of these sites with you. This is the third article in a series of four articles that closely examines each of these sites. This article takes a look at Demand Studios.
In addition to Triond, I’ve been dabbling with other freelance writing sites to see if any are good opportunities. I’ve absolutely loved writing for Triond because of the freedom writers have to write on any topic we want, in any format we want, but the pay is low (and pathetically low at first). I’m finding that on most other sites, you run up against the same difficulties. You need to put a lot of effort into these sites to make them worthwhile.
The first article in this three-article series, which surveys freelance sites, reviewed Associated Content. The second article reviewed Constant Content. And now, this third article examines Demand Studios.
Of all the freelance sites I’ve dabbled with, Demand Studios offers the biggest monetary compensation–at least initially. Articles pay $5, $7.50, $15.00, and $20.00. The $20.00 topics aren’t available to me, but I’ve heard rumors that they are available for expert writers to claim.
Demand Studios requires that you submit an online application with writing samples to be approved as a writer. The downside is that Demand Studios only gives you one shot to be accepted. If you’re not accepted on the first try, you can’t reapply. In addition to work for writers, Demand Studios also has jobs for copyeditors, experts, filmmakers, title proofers, and transcribers.
Demand Studios looks promising, no? Well, yes, it is in many ways. But it also has problems. The main problem with Demand Studios is that the article topics are often specialized, obscure, and/or off the wall. Here are some actual titles from Demand Studios:
Demand Studios does not supply any guidance about what information they would like covered in the articles. The writer is responsible for figuring this out.
Demand Studios also has an extensive master style guide, as well as mini style guides for each type of article, that writers must follow. These style guides are quite overwhelming and daunting to wrap your mind around at first.
The other thing you should be aware of with Demand Studios is that all articles are reviewed by a copyeditor. The copyeditor can send back your articles for rewrites. When this happens, you are given one chance to make the requested changes and resubmit. If the article is not up to snuff on the second go around, the article is rejected.
Demand Studios offers quite high payments for articles–at least higher than what is offered on other freelance sites. The downside is you must write articles that are suggested by Demand Studios; you can’t choose your own topics. These articles are often on specialized and/or bizarre topics that require a lot of research. I think with continued effort, it would be possible to cut the time it takes to write Demand Studios articles, but initially articles can be very time consuming and challenging.