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What is Contently?
Contently was founded in December 2010. The platform CEO is Shane Snow, a 27-year-old New York tech journalist who has written for sites like Wired, Fast Company, and Mashable.
Contently, a New York City-based startup that connects vetted freelance writers with publishers and brands, is making its editorial management platform free while continuing to charge brands in search of journalists.
How does Contently work?
Freelance writers apply to join the Writers Network, and brands and publishers who need content search that network to find writers. There are around 3,500 writers on the Contently network; just 8 percent of those who apply are accepted, according to the company, and more than 100 client brands, including American Express, Mint, Mozy, and Unicef.
Once a client publisher has found a writer for a job, it manages the editorial process, from due dates to payments, through the Contently’s content platform.
What are the requirements to work for Contently?
Writing experience in a relevant subject area
How do you earn money on Contently?
Contently.com is not a bidding site, so you cannot actively participate in a job search unless you’re invited. Writers post a profile and work samples and wait; but, you can be a little more proactive by searching the ‘Find Work’ blog and submit your profile and relevant job samples if you qualify for that specific post.
How much money can you make on Contently?
Clients determine the payment, but rates generally fall in the following ranges, according to the site:
- Articles with secondary sources (300-700 words) pay $380- $630
- Reported Stories with primary sources (400-700 + words) pay $570- $890
- Multi-source stories with more than 3 primary sources (over 400-700 + words) pay $1,140- $1,400
- White papers (1,000-5,000 words) pay $1.70 / word
Pros of working for Contently
- Educational posts to help freelancers develop a career and understand the market
- Free membership includes a public profile that can be shared
- Well-paying jobs if you can get noticed and start working
- Freelancers can get a great idea of the caliber of work expected to be available if you look at the ‘Find Work’ blogs, as they are precise
- Payment through Paypal in US Dollar
- Clients pay the 15% commission
- After the first draft has been submitted, freelancers are paid (although two rounds of revisions are expected if necessary)
Cons of working for Contently
- The idea is that you will be handpicked by a brand that works on the platform, which means that it is a waiting game, although freelancers can apply for jobs posted on the ‘Finding Work’ blog.
- It is arduous to determine how exactly to get a job; they could make it a little clearer for those new to the platform.
- The level of expertise, knowledge, and experience required is significant.
How do I sign up to work for Contently?
To create a register, go to Contently.com and create an account. It’s free. Set up will take approximately 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of clips you have to attach. You will need a current email and at least a URL to a published job.
What is the website for Contently?
Does Contently have an app?
The apps are not available.
If you are a writer with the requisite knowledge, experience, and education, we highly recommend this website. By “requisite,” we would suggest a university degree in finance, business, law or economics, and professional experience in banking, brokerage, insurance, public markets, or management, writing in one of these niche markets for a significant publication. If you don’t have published work in national or international magazines or have not worked for a small/medium-sized corporation or brand, we would not expect much success from the Contently platform.
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