THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. PLEASE READ MY DISCLOSURE FOR MORE INFO Review: Is Writing for Legit or Scam? is an online platform for finding writing gigs. If English is your first language, you can join for free and have access to hundreds of paid writing jobs. You can make up to $20 per article!

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There doesn’t seem to be any requirements. You’ll obviously need a computer and internet access. You’ll also need a PayPal account to get paid.

A little writing skills will also help! Application Process

The application process is quick and easy… as soon as you fill out the form, it drops you into a test! You only have 5 minutes to take the test, so make sure you’re ready!

The test is pretty easy. If you think you can write, you shouldn’t have any problems with the test. There are 25 questions. For example, in a sentence, they ask you to choose the correct word:

  • Their, vs. there, vs. they’re
  • It’s vs. its
  • Your vs. You’re
  • Also in a short sentence, they’ll ask if a specific word is a noun, verb, or adjective

It’s actually pretty simple, but when you know your time is limited, it can be nerve-wracking, so make sure you’re ready when you fill out the form!

After the 25 question test, they ask you to write a quick 150-word essay. My topic was to describe my favorite food and why. This wasn’t timed; it took me about 8-9 minutes. After submitting the essay, a notification popped up saying that I would be notified within 24 hours if I am accepted.

Here it is… If you want to apply for a free account with, click here. Remember, 5-minute test starts as soon as you click the “Sign Up Now” button.

After you sign up, if you pass the test and your short essay is approved, you’ll receive an email with an activation link. You’ll want to log in and edit your information to include a sample of your writing. Clients will be able to see this when they are searching for writers. You can also select keywords that will help match you with clients.

How Much Does Pay?

Established writers get paid up to $20 per article.

There are 4 skill levels, which are clearly defined. Even better, the way you promote to the next skill level is also defined.

  • Beginner: everyone starts here.
  • Average: you have at least 3 completed writing jobs, with an average rating of 4 stars and at least on time 70% of the time.
  • Skilled: you have at least 7 completed jobs, and an average rating of 4.1 stars and at least on time 77% of the time.
  • Expert: you’ll be paid at the expert level once you have at least 14 completed jobs, with an average rating of 4.6 stars, and on time at least 88% of the time.

They have six different article length categories: 150-300 words, up to 2000 plus. You get paid based on the length and your skill level.

If you are a beginner and you write an article with 300-500 words, you would earn $2.25. For the same article as an expert writer, you could earn $10.66. You can do as many of these articles in a day that you want and are hired to do.

When Does Pay?

At, you’ll be paid every Friday. As long as you have $10 in your account, you will receive a payment. All payments are through PayPal, so you’ll need to have a valid PayPal account. Schedule

You can write as much or as little as you want with The beauty of writing is that you can do it any time of day or night. Feedback

I had a hard time finding reviews for There’s nothing on Glassdoor or Indeed.

I finally found reviews posted on another review website. There were several complaints:

  • Account was frozen
  • Pay being withheld
  • The client added his own name as the author

Some said that the account freezing and payment withholding happened because of giving their personal email to a client, and another for submitting beyond a deadline. Unfortunately, these issues are probably part of the terms of service, so it’s likely within’s rights to take these actions.

I read only 1 review that was positive.

There’s no way to contact Questions are submitted via a messaging system.

Other Things To Know About will own your written work, until you are paid for a job, at which time they will transfer ownership of your written work to the client. The Terms of Service state that if you sign up as a writer, you automatically agree to their terms.

Is a Scam? might actually be a scam. I applied myself, and 96 hours later, I still have not heard if I have been accepted. I will certainly update this post if anything changes, but as of right now, I can’t say it looks good. And even if I do get accepted, it sounds like payment is questionable. I’m disappointed; it sounded interesting and easy!

Here’s that link again if you want to check it out for yourself. Remember, the 5-minute test starts as soon as you click the “Sign Up Now” button! If you do sign up and get accepted, let me know. Maybe it’s just me!

If you’re interested in freelance writing, make sure to check out 30 Days Or Less To Freelance Writing Success. It’s an awesome course to learn how to start/grow a freelance writing business. For a limited time, get a copy of their free ebook: 200 Freelance Writing Niche Ideas!

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9 thoughts on “ Review: Is Writing for Legit or Scam?”

  1. I ordered an article on there once and I was very pleased with the outcome. you don’t have to accept the work if you don’t like it. I think you just have to try a few times intil you get the right person that suits your needs.

  2. So, I wanted to leave my own comment here because it seems like I’ve had a very different experience with HW than anyone else who has posted. I figured a fair assessment from the other side of the line might give perspective. I’m not going to dispute that people have had bad experiences. I’m not them.

    First, let me say that other than working as a writer on the platform I am in no way associated with the site, just FYI/disclaimer.

    I have had a positive experience. No, you will not make a fortune. I see people listing complaints about the ‘low’ pay rate. Let’s be honest, content-mill work is not the same as working for private companies that pay a lot more. It’s a place to start or get back in the game. It’s a place to expand and try new things, but not a place to make a fortune. The idea that everyone just starts off at something and suddenly ‘wins,’ and gets to retire young is very dramatic and Hollywood but not too realistic.

    I’d also like to make an honest comparison here, yes… $2 seems pretty low for say 500 words. (I typically only take jobs that offer more and I absolutely do see those $40-60 jobs for a couple of thousand words, though less of them than I might like. That’s neither here nor there). I don’t know how long some writers are spending on research and editing, but I type over a hundred words a minute. That’s $2 for five to ten minutes of my time.

    If you do the math there, my low-end income would be about $12 an hour. It’s not a massive income, but it’s also not bad. It’s not like the site owners are charging an arm and a leg to customers or writers. I pay $1.25 a week in fees. That’s not even a penny for every dollar I make. I’m cool with that personally. I can bank a fair income, part-time, with customers who have been nice to me so far, and not even need to look for clients myself.

    I know people can be locked out, but… if you’re an adult, and you filed your tax paperwork so you can get paid and you keep records as you should, then when someone steals money you have legal recourse. Why would someone just let a thief take their money if they can get it back? That sounds fishy to me. I question what prompted these lockouts. Maybe it really is ‘just me,’ and I can accept that too, but I do wonder about people’s experiences and sense of entitlement. If someone who runs a business tries to steal from me, I don’t let them keep it.

    I have had a couple of very minor issues. I always got totally reasonable and timely responses from the people who run or work for the site. I’ve only been there a few months, but I just haven’t had the experience people who are complaining seem to have. I like my clients, most are regulars who offered me more to keep writing for them than the first few jobs.

    Maybe this is just a “me thing,” but I figured I would add my 2 cents where it counts.

    L. Wordsmith

    • Thank you for sharing your experience! As you said everyone’s experience is going to be different so it’s awesome to hear that you have had a good experience with Hirewriters.

  3. The site is legit, but they will take your money. Don’t do it! Find another website where the workers are not thieves.

  4. I’m not a writer on there – but have requested writing done for me and the standard has been amazing so far. So, from that perspective it’s no scam. All the writing has been legit, completely original and well written, (far better than other content mills!). Not sure about signing up as a writer though. I will have to investigate.

  5. Hirewriters is a scam. They just want your money.Even the skilled writer are worst.No quality content and it completely mess up. Avoid this site !!!!

    • Melanie,

      Sounds like you’re commenting on the site as a customer, but sorry to hear you haven’t had good experiences with the writers here.


  6. Hmm, I’m currently looking into freelance writing to earn some bucks during my university years, and after reading your review on HireWriters, I am a bit unsettled, frankly speaking.

    I just have a question over here: one of the feedback (complaints) you listed is ‘The client added his own name as the author’, however you also wrote that HireWriters ‘will transfer ownership of your written work to the client’, which means the clients are actually the ones that own full rights to the work, isn’t it? They can say that they wrote it (although it will be lying to do so), change or modify it however they see fit, and use them however they want. Did I understand this right?


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