Would You Work for a Content Provider Company?

Before I continue with this post, I want to clarify that when I am talking about content provider companies, I mean those that pay a half-decent rate, not $1.00 for 500 words. I’ve worked for content providers, and I think there are some positive aspects to working for them.

  • Steady Work

Since their business is providing content for site owners, these companies can probably supply you with work on a regular basis. You don’t need to find the work – the company looks after that aspect of it.

  • Exposure to Several Topics

When you are just starting out or you don’t have a specific niche that you write about, why not become a generalist? Working for a content provider means that you have the opportunity to write about a variety of topics, all of which you can add to your resume under “experience.” Not a bad thing at all.

  • Opportunity to Get Experience in New Areas

The content providers I have worked for were responsible for giving me the chance to write my first autoresponder series, e-book, sales letter, squeeze pages, and product descriptions. All of these were good experiences and are services that I can offer to clients, if need be.

  • Regular Pay

A content provider company will pay you on a regular schedule, whether they have been paid by their client or not. You know when and how much you are going to be paid when you accept an assignment.

The drawback to working for a content provider company is that you would make more money if you found the clients yourself. Not everyone is willing or able to be continuously pitching new clients, negotiating fees, and dealing with receivables they don’t get paid promptly. The freelance writing world should be big enough to include this type of working relationship as a viable option for writers.

What do you think? Would you work for a content provider if the pay was something you could live with, or are writers better off finding their clients on their own?

Comments

  1. I do pick up work from a content provider company a couple of times a month. I’ve been with them for four years now and when I first started I did a lot of work for them. I wouldn’t work for them if they paid any lower, the pay is as low as I will go. I also never pick up a topic that I think will take me more time than it’s worth. What I mean is I can write 400 words on something like “wedding favors” in 20 minutes to a half hour. I couldn’t write 400 words on “how a telephone works” in that amount of time. So I only chose topics I know I can do quickly.

    I think that the reasons Jodee gave are great for those who are just starting off and those who need steady money. But, I’m not either of those. I now make a good monthly salary writing for an environmental news network, plus I have some other frequent higher paying clients. So why do I still do the content stuff?

    1. Loyalty – for a while this place was the bulk of my work. The owner is nice, flexible, always pays on time, and fair to his employees.
    2. Security – I never know when my steady gig might go away. No one does. If I continue to write a few articles for the content provider each month, I know it’s there if I need to do more.
    3. I like the community – All of the writers for this content provider communicate on a message board. It’s a great group of writers.
    4. Mad money – For some reason, I feel okay spending the money I make there on whatever I want. My other jobs that pay fairly well go into the household budget. But if there’s something I want – an item of clothing I see in a catalog – I know I can write a few content pieces to pay for it and it seems like I’m not really using of my family’s money.

    The bottom line is if the money is worth your time, writing for a content provider has some benefits. Those benefits may be different for individual writers, though.

  2. I think there’s a lot to be said for content providers – for exactly the reasons you give. OK, so you don’t get a byline and the thrill of seeing your name attached to something, but as you say it’s steady work, with variety. Even just for “reasonable” pay, I’d happily do it for the experience – it’d be a sort of ‘bread and butter’ client.

    It’d be interesting to hear about each of those new experiences, by the way – squeeze pages, ebooks and so on. You know, the differences in style and content, that kind of thing.

  3. I have found content provider sites (which pay at a decent rate) to be a great way to assure a minimum income level. Sending out a batch of queries is great, but I like knowing that I have earned *something* for the day, as well as working on my future income.

    I also enjoy the fact that it has helped me learn to write faster. With these sites, how much money you can earn per hour is directly related to how fast you can produce a good quality text.

    Finally, I have discovered a writing niche that I had not considered to be anywhere near as deep as it actually is. I have written a handful of articles on taxes based on my years of tax preparation experience. I always considered this to be useful information for myself and a few tax geeks – not of general interest.

    However, I do not consider these sites to be the focus of my writing career. As a matter of fact, I have had to put them aside this week because of an extensive, and much more lucrative project. It is nice to know that there is work waiting for me whenever I want it.

  4. I love working for a content provider for the reasons already mentioned. The variety, steadiness of work flow and I too, have found it to increase my writing speed. I am just starting out in the freelance arena from the traditional 8 to whenever jobs at newspapers and other businesses. As I branch out, I will keep my relationship with the content provider of which I am now associated.

  5. I consider content providers as sort of a filler income. If I have nothing else to work on, I work for them. It takes away a little bit of the rollercoaster ride that is freelance writing.

  6. Good article!

    There are some content providers who pay very well, you just need to find them.

    You don’t always have to have a specialist subject either, and it all adds to the resume.

  7. Nice article. I just wrote on the same topic on my blog, but you were much more succinct! I agree with all that you said above, and would add that I’ve actually gotten some good “real” article ideas from the suggested topics from the content provider I work for. And it’s a relief to a have a steady income, however small.

  8. Catrina says:

    Hi,

    I’m just getting started in freelance writing and I’m very new to how to get work. Is there anyone that could tell how to search for content provider companies. I read through the article above as Jodee stated that it’s good for people just starting out. Could anyone tell me the reputable content providers to contact?

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