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?