There are no shortage of online job boards from which the budding freelancer can choose work. However each one requires you to share a certain amount of information, create links to a portfolio and sometimes even take a writing test before they will take you on.
This makes sense but as a freelancer who is keen to start making some money, it can be frustrating to spend hour after hour creating profiles and uploading work samples. So where should you start? Which freelance writing sites are the most effective? Today we are going to take a look at Copify.
Copify is not the most popular of boards for writing jobs and it definitely isn’t the best paying, but it does have a few advantages for the new freelancer:
1. Copify is UK based
In many ways the country of origin of your writing jobs doesn’t matter. At Fi Darby Freelance we have clients across the globe including Argentina and Australia. However there are two main advantages to finding writing jobs from your home nation: the first is that you will be less likely to make colloquial language mistakes and the second is that you will be working in your own currency.
2. You don’t have to bid for Copify jobs
Most job boards require you to make bids for jobs. This becomes easier once you know where to pitch your work but until then it can be frustrating waiting only to find out you didn’t get the job. With Copify you select a job and it is yours.
3. Copify is a great learning platform
The range of Copify jobs is varied and changes from day to day. One day you might be writing about drone technology, the next composing product descriptions for printer parts. This is all excellent practice but more than that, if you keep a record of your work it helps you to build a varied and impressive portfolio.
Copify isn’t perfect however (no freelance job boards are). Here are its main disadvantages:
1. Copify jobs are low paid
You will definitely get paid more for jobs from other freelance job sites, however Copify makes an excellent starting point and always lets you know exactly how much you will be earning. Besides, having to do more jobs to get the money in is no bad thing; it will teach you to write faster.
2. Copify ‘professional status’ will not greatly improve job rates
Copify do offer freelancers the opportunity to promote to ‘professional status’ after completing 25 jobs. This is useful but relies on professional level jobs being available. As these are more expensive for clients, you will have to look regularly if you want to find them.
3. Some Copify jobs can be monotonous
Sometimes the only jobs available on the Copify site are large sets of very similar requests. Not only can this become boring, it can be tricky to ensure that you don’t repeat what you said in previous pieces of work.
Copify is a great place to start for someone who is thinking about online freelance work. It offers a good range of jobs that fit into relatively short time spans. I still use Copify to fill in slots between larger jobs. The Copify pay system is reliable and easy to use and they are very quick to provide support via their live chat set up. We recommend giving Copify a go, but here is a little warning, you will have to complete a writing test before you are allowed to join.
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