How I Make Real Money from Home by Writing for Textbroker

Need to increase your family's income? You don't have to work outside the home to do it and you don't have to settle for pennies. Make a good income from home with Textbroker!

*Disclaimer: I fully believe that whether or not a woman should work should be up to her and her family alone. This post in no way touches on the working mom vs. SAHM debate. Whichever you have chosen is fine with me. More power to you. I just want to share what works for us, in the hopes that it will be incredibly helpful for any of you who find yourself in a similar situation.

My Story…

Ever since before we were married, it was incredibly important to both my husband and I that I would stay at home while our children were little. I do have a degree, but we decided that I would wait until both kids were in school to use it. Instead, we would live off of just his income and use mine to pay down my student loan debt quickly, so once my debt was paid off, I would never need to work.

It would have worked out perfectly. Except that we got pregnant with our oldest son a lot faster than we had planned to. And he was born a health complication that required frequent doctor’s visits, three surgeries, and several out-of-state doctors appointments. So much for working to pay off student loan debt! Needless to say, we didn’t start out our family as financially sound as we had thought we would!

When our oldest son was about 6 months old, I began waitressing two nights a week. It was hard on our family (for reasons I won’t go into here), but it was the best way we knew of for me to help supplement our income while still being able to be a full-time stay-at-home mom during the day.

When our second son came along, I figured I would do the same thing. I’d stay home as long as I could, but I figured I would only be able to stay home for maybe 6-9 months at the most. Then, I’d have to go back to waitressing to help pay down doctors bills and student loans and everything else.

Except, shortly after our youngest was born, I read about Textbroker through an article on MoneysavingMom.com. I had no experience with work at home jobs or freelance writing jobs, but I figured it was worth a shot. After all, I was home anyways–why not write a few articles, make money from home and try to pay down my son’s hospital bills a teeny bit faster? So I started writing. As much as I could.

Writing for Textbroker

When I first started writing for Textbroker, I made all of $5 an hour. Not enough to quit a day job by any means, but it was something I could do from home and it was incredibly flexible–two things I really needed. And I wasn’t doing much of anything else during naptime anyway, so why not? So I just kept faithfully writing every day, until the day that I would have to go back to work.

Except that that day never came. It’s been just over a year now, and I have no plans to get a “real job” anytime soon. This is my “real job,” and I love it!

Reasons I LOVE Writing for Textbroker

1. I Can Work From Home: As a work-at-home mom, I’m with my kids all day every day. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of times when I fantasize about getting dressed in real clothes, leaving the house and talking to people who can wipe their own bottoms, but ultimately, I love that my kids have never had to go to day care. Work at home jobs are absolutely perfect for the stage of life we’re in right now.

2. It’s Incredibly Flexible: With Textbroker, I can write as much or as little as I want, any time I want, whenever and wherever I want. I can start an article during naptime, take a break to play with the kids, and then pick back up when bedtime rolls around. If I want a day off to go shopping or to help out with my son’s class party–no problem. I could take months off if I wanted to, and then pick right back up where I left off. I decide my schedule.

3. I Make Pretty Good Money: Now that I’ve been writing for over a year now, I’m much faster and better at what I do than I was when I originally started. My rates are higher, and I have many more quality freelance writing jobs at my disposal. And as a result, I make a few times what I did when I first started. I mean, we’re definitely not rich by any means, but Textbroker is definitely a legitimate and substantial source of income for our family.

FAQ:

Do I Have the Time/Ability to Write for Textbroker?

Yes. As long as you have a decent writing ability and you live in the U.S., you can write for Textbroker. You don’t have to be a professional writer or be particularly knowledgeable in a certain area, as long as you have strong grammar and know how to use Google.

What Would I Write About?

Everything. Seriously. I’ve written about everything from real estate to student loans to bearded dragons to child care to auto repair to landscaping… You never know what you’ll find.

How Does it Work?

Website owners need quality content for their site. Except that they excel in business, not writing. (Or they’re simply too busy and prefer to outsource.) So instead of writing their website content themselves, they place an order on Textbroker to have someone write it for them.

As an author, your job is to find an order you’d like to write, research the topic briefly (if needed), and type up a quality article. You submit the article through Textbroker, the client gets all rights to the article (you don’t get a by-line), and you get paid every week via PayPal.

Want Detailed Information?

In this video, I’ll show you all around the site so you can actually see how it all works.

(Please forgive the horrible picture quality. I’ve never made a video before, but I figured it would be easier to show you rather than just tell you.)

How Much Can I Earn?

As much or as little as you want! The articles typically pay between $4 and $7 for 350-500 words (at level 4). Depending on the article and your speed, you can probably write 1-3 an hour. I’d plan on making $5 to $7 to start out with if you have no writing experience, and then work your way on up from here. Once you know what you’re doing, rates as high as $20 to $30 an hour on up are entirely possible!

Do You Really Make Money Doing This?

I do! Textbroker isn’t my only source of income. I also write for a couple other sites, sell articles directly to other bloggers, do virtual assistant work, moderate an online mom’s group, run this blog AND co-run another blog, BUT Textbroker has always been my biggest source of income by far!

*Update: Equipping Godly Women has reached the point where I now write pretty much exclusively for here, but I still highly recommend Textbroker for anyone just starting out.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

1. You Will Need to Submit a Tax Form: Don’t worry, though. This company is legit.

2. They Don’t Withhold Taxes: It’s freelance work, so your taxes are your responsibility. And yes, you do have to claim everything you make come tax time. (It’s not too difficult, but keep it in mind!)

3. You Get Out of It What You Put Into It: Yes, sometimes you aren’t going to feel like writing, especially about car repair or real estate. And $5 an hour may not seem like a lot at first. But like with all work at home jobs, if you work hard at it, it really will pay off!

Sounds Great! How Do I Start?

1. Read through all of the information on their site to familiarize yourself with how it all works.

2. Sign up for a free account.

3. Brush up on your grammar. (Textbroker uses AP style, so you’ll want to make sure you do too.)

4. Submit an original writing sample and receive your rating.

5. Start writing and submitting articles.

6. Get paid weekly via PayPal!

Any comments, questions or concerns? Drop me a note in the comments section! I do read and reply to all comments left on Equipping Godly Women, and I would absolutely love to help you out anyway I can!

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A devoted Christian, wife and mother, Brittany loves helping other women grow in these roles as well. When she isn’t busy taking care of her growing family, you can find her at Equipping Godly Women, where she regularly shares tips, tricks and encouragement to help you be the amazing woman God created you to be. Brittany also has a thriving online community on Facebook as well.

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I love this Brittany. I have tried a few things and it never pans out. Do they have enough offerings to keep you busy? I tried something similar and there were never any offerings available, too many people trying to get all the same jobs. Thanks for sharing this. It sounds like it’s really been a help to your family.

I almost always find plenty to write. Sure, there are times when there isn’t much, and there are times when there are only a few boring ones, but I’ve been doing this for over a year now and there was only one time I can recall when there was seriously NOTHING to write. Plus, as you get more experience, then you start getting more direct orders and team orders, and you have even more work at your disposal. (Right now, there are 72 open orders available, and I have another almost 200 in a team I’m in).

I am on other sites that don’t always have work too–it’s good to diversify–but TB is definitely the one I’d recommend most of all. Easy to use. Plenty of work. Weekly payments. I love it.

Hi Brittany, thanks for taking the time to make this video and share about your experience with Textbroker. I’ve written for similar sites in the past, but unfortunately did best with a site that closed shop over the summer. I’ve been thinking about getting back into article writing and this might be a good fit. I’m looking forward to checking into it. Thanks again!

I heard about a site that closed, but on the TB forum, we aren’t allowed to specifically mention other sites by name, so I don’t know which one it was… If you don’t mind writing about the most random of things, TB is a good one to write for! (and you’re welcome 🙂 )

lol, I have no idea! Constant Content is located in Canada. Their site works really differently, and I don’t like it quite as well as TB, but it’s another one I think you could make some good money off of. The pay is WAY better, but your articles aren’t guaranteed to sell. (And, I haven’t received payment for my last two that did sell… no idea why…. no one will get back to me…)

You can (I used to when I first started). You just have to copy and paste it into the submission box when you are done. Or you can just type it straight into the submission box and skip Microsoft Word altogether (that’s what I do now).

THANK YOU! I am always trying one thing and another to make money, and they seldom pan out. But I was thinking to myself today that everything I’ve ever done related to WRITING (my gift) has always had at least a modicum of success. I can’t wait to look into this. I have never been happy working full-time and yet I have had to do it almost all my life, with rare breaks. (A baby, a layoff.) My husband is NOT one of those who wants to be the sole earner but I would sure love to find a way to make money and be at home.

You’re so welcome, Kim! I don’t know what your circumstances are (if you have little kids that you are paying daycare for, etc) but it’s definitely worth checking out! Working does not have to be either full time or not at all. There are tons of great solutions out there–you just have to be creative and find the one that works best for you!

You are so welcome, Heather! It takes a little bit to really get going with it, but it really is a great opportunity if you love writing and you want to work from home. I’ve done very well with it.

i would like to start blogging, can I get ideas on how to start? I have worked from home for LiveOps and West I highly recommend those companies, but I don’t have the time to do 20 hrs a week as I have a full time job. I love to write will try Textbroker and see. Thanks to all

It depends. Are you wanting to start blogging in order to turn your blog into a profitable business or just for fun? Blogging is a TON of work–way more than people realize–and the payout is tiny, at least at first. Blogging for profit does usually require 20+ hours a week. It’s a part/full time job with no paycheck. (Or you could spend less time but it would take forever before you saw a return.)

But if you just want to blog for fun–that’s awesome! It is fun 🙂

If you are just looking for a side income stream and you love writing, though, Textbroker is a great place to start. Like I said in the post, you won’t make a TON right at first, but if you are good at it, you can easily double your income a few times and start bringing in some serious money.

Hi Brittany! I think I’m going to give this a try. I’m a decent writer, getting straight “A”s in my college English classes. You may have already answered this question, but I haven’t read all of the comments. Sorry if it’s a repeat question. Just curious as to how many articles you write in an average month and what your average monthly income is from TB? Thanks for sharing this info! God bless!

You should do it then! (It’s worth a shot right?) Now, don’t compare your day one to my year two–because it WILL take some time to build up your income. When I started writing, it took me an hour to write a $5 article, and I was working my booty off to complete 4 in a day. Not enough to compete with a full-time job, but since I was home anyways, it worked for me. After plugging away for a few months, I increased my speed, joined teams, found clients willing to send me direct orders and increased my rates. Just a few months after the year mark, I was pretty consistently making $20-$30 an hour, writing 3-4 articles an hour, seven days a week. Of course, the amount of time you’re able to put into it, your speed, your rates and the clients you find will vary, but that’s just to give you some indication. Hope that helps!

Probably not. All of the samples you submit for this site will be based on prompts. (For example, I think the opening one I wrote had something to do with tourist attractions in my town. When joining teams, they typically ask “Why do you want to write for this team?” or “What experience do you have?” Also, you are not able to use any of the articles you write for this site as samples for anyone else later, either. It is ghost writing, which means that once you submit the article and are paid, you transfer all rights to the client, and they aren’t yours anymore.

It’s not really a way to further a writing career. You don’t get a by-line and the topics aren’t that exciting, but it is a good way to pay the bills while you’re waiting for your writing career to take off. Hope that helps!

Hi,
I am completely new to this concept but I have always been pretty good with words and writing. When I was looking through the info on the website it said most of the requests are for blog articles and it recommends you submit one. I have researched “blog articles” and can’t find anything that specifies what that means. Any suggestions? Or can I just write a piece on something I am thinking about to submit for the initial rating?

Blog articles are just the type of articles you see on company websites. For example, if you look up “How to change a tire” — there are tire companies that have articles like this on their sites to help bring in traffic. When you go to submit your initial article for review, they will give you a prompt. My prompt was something about tourist attractions in my town. And when you apply for teams, they’ll give you prompts too. (Usually “Why would you like to write for this team” or “What experience do you have with this topic.”) This isn’t creative writing; it is writing that will go on company websites. Hope that helps!

Hey Brittany thanks for sharing this. You did mention that it was US based but do you know if there’s something like this in Canada ?

I’m sure there are, but I’m not familiar with them. I know Constant Content is based in both the US and Canada. Their model is really different from Textbroker’s though, and it’s been glitchy for me lately so I’m not sure if I’d recommend or not? The articles pay way better, but they aren’t guaranteed to sell. I know some make good money with it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea personally. I didn’t like the risk. I would Google it though. I’m sure there are several.

You mentioned above that tax forms will have to be submitted. By that, do you mean I’ll have to provide my social security number at some point?

Yes, you do. But they are a legit company, so no worries there. They won’t pay any of your taxes for you, but they do send you a tax form at the end of the year provided you make over $600. (You still have to claim if you make less. That’s just when they have to send it)

Thank you for this. I am new to the blogging world. Over the past 3 years I have had to give up my part time job to care for my elderly in-laws in my home. I am now searching out ways to help out with our household cost. THANK YOU!!

I really enjoyed reading this post. Being a mom and also wanting to get out of debt while doing something I enjoy is top priority. This gives me something to look forward to.

I’m glad you enjoyed it! If you enjoy writing and you need something that will fit around your children’s schedules, this is perfect. It does take a little work getting started, but it is completely worth it!

Thanks for sharing, I used to be a content writer at my full time job so I think this is a great match! Just curious – where do you find your Virtual Assistant jobs? I’m trying to find a legitimate site for this as well. Thanks!

It probably is then! Though you may want to look into some other websites too, like Writers Access. Textbroker is a great one for beginners, but if you already have experience, it may take some time to get used to the low pay you typically start out with. (You can definitely work your way up though!)

As far as VA jobs–I’ve found all of mine through FB groups dedicated to VAs or even FB groups for other bloggers. It’s all about having connections. I know many people use Elance and Odesk, but I didn’t find anything on there myself when I looked briefly.

Great post! I’ve just started out working from home and have been looking for a few different income streams to make ends meet while getting my own blog off the ground, when I ran accross this post. This could not have come at a better time, thank you. I’ve been on the fence about the content mills, but I am going to give Text Broker a try now for sure. Great blog by the way and thanks again. Such an informative video!

Thanks, Renee! I understand the feeling of being on the fence about content mills, but it definitely comes down to what your objection is. If you are trying to establish your portfolio, then no, not a good option. But if you want to improve your writing and get paid while waiting for your blog to take off–would definitely recommend!

This seems awesome! I’m a college student right now planning a wedding and I’ve been looking for ways to earn extra money. So do they send you a w-2 for taxes and everything like a regular job?

Awesome! This would be perfect then! They do send a tax form at the end of the year, but only if you’ve made over a certain amount. (Companies aren’t required to send them unless you make $600; you are still required to report whether they send you a form or not)

Nope. You can begin applying right away. Many teams are dead and you’ll never hear back (they don’t regularly clean them out), but if you apply to enough, you can find some great ones. And after you’ve been writing a while, the editors will contact you directly about writing for teams.

Great! I will start to apply for those as I continue to write. Also, I noticed that once I accepted my next assignment I couldn’t access the the screen to view all the available assignments. The ‘write content’ link routed me directly to my current assignment. Can you only work one assignment at a time?

Brittany
I’m so glad you shared this article. I’ve never heard of textbroker and I will definitely be checking them out more !
Thanks
~Amanda~

Hi Brittany, I have another Textbroker question. Is there a penalty for writing additional content? I thought I would never be able to write 400 words, but now I am having to cut all my articles back! Most stay within the word count, but some have gone over (no more than 20 words).

Jordan

Brittany,
Thank you for your thoughts on making textbroker a part-time career. I just became a SAHM and have a ten month old son, with another baby on the way. My question/questions for you are how do you get textbroker to give you articles in your field of study or interests? When I first signed up (a week ago, I just started textbroker) they asked me my interests, and it seems like my interests don’t matter cause I can see articles available in every area they I am not terribly interested in. Is there a reason they ask for your interests to disregard them?

I am also considering other content mills as a source of income during my SAHM phase. Freelancing makes sense for us SAHMs. How do you manage to write for so many websites and mills with two babies. I can barely get any work done with one!!

Thanks again for the post!

How to get articles in your field of interest–you don’t, really. I’ve only written a couple articles (if that) in the interests I put down. Instead, you just grab whatever you can find from the content that is available. No, most of them aren’t terribly interesting. But as you write more and more, you’ll find the same themes popping up time and time again and you become more knowledgeable on them. Then, writing them becomes quick and easy. And you can stick to categories you feel more comfortable in (I avoided law and real estate, for example).

Filling in your interests in your profile CAN help. If a client is looking for a specific person to write a specific type of article, they can search profiles for keywords to find someone who has that area of expertise. But that won’t be the majority of your work.

Yes, writing for multiple sites is usually a great idea (depending on the sites and their requirements). Sometimes one won’t have any work and another will. I would be careful about ones that require you to complete a certain amount to stay active there though (Textbroker doesn’t).

As for how I get it all done–to do lists, schedules, efficiency, routines, etc. I really have to be intentional with my time. And of course, having a 10 month old and being pregnant is a LOT different than having one in school all day, one that can play independently and that takes long naps and pregnant. When I started at TB, I had a 4yo who could play independently and an infant that took 3 naps a day. I’d just write 1-2 articles every time the baby slept. I was REALLY slow at first, but over time, I’ve gotten faster and more efficient with everything.

For a more detailed answer: http://www.bloggerssupportingbloggers.com/a-day-in-the-life-brittany/

Hope that helps!

Hello Brittany,
I wanted to say thank you so much. I was praying so much last night and your words are seriously God sent. I need legit income while working from home, and being new to it it’s wonderful to find something I can start in and that is not a scam.
I was wondering if you could please answer a question I have. It is so encouraging that you tell us you don’t need to be an expert in all subjects and can google. My question is do you need to always reference the sources, and do all articles allow you to? Being new to writing I am just concerned of copyright laws. I would never come close to plagiarizing and would use at least three sources. Is it always ok to just reference any article you got the information from?
Thank you and God bless you❤

You’re very welcome! As to citing sources, yes and no. There is no box to list your sources, so you would have to do it right in the article. Some articles may have requirements that say you can/cannot link to other sources. I would say if you are citing an official source that is not a competitor (like the CDC, for example), they won’t mind. But you wouldn’t want to cite a competitor.

Honestly, though, most things don’t require citations. If you use a specific fact, figure or piece of information that is only found in one place, then you do need to cite it. BUT if the information you are using is common knowledge or can be found allll over the place in tons of articles, then citing isn’t really necessary because there is no real source.

I got on Textbroker to find an example. Right now, one of the articles is “10 Tips for Saving Energy This Winter.” I wouldn’t cite anything in that article because I could easily write the tips right from my own knowledge or from reading a few articles that all say the same things. The information would be common knowledge and wouldn’t need a citation. (Assuming I didn’t use specific facts or figures)

Hope that helps!

Hi Brittany!
Thank you so much for your quick response. You have really helped to convince me to start a freelance writing career with Textbroker! It sounds like a great opportunity to start, and I pray it helps us a little with income. I’m so glad you warned me about not linking to competitor websites, because I probably would of done that! (haha). College classes really grind in the whole formal referencing, I guess overkill in proper format is better than too little, right? Hopefully painstaking perfectionism and straight A’s on papers years ago might help me today. Funny I’ve been hoping to someday make it as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, but honestly writing might be better for my characteristics and income. Anyways, I just wanted to say that your encouragement was definitely helping as an answer to a prayer. I will be starting Textbroker today! Thank you for all the work you do, I read some of your other blog posts and love them!
Take care and God bless! 🙂

You are very welcome! My biggest tip to you with this type of writing, though, is just to be quick. The articles on this site aren’t meant to be the most well-written prize winning pieces on the planet. Most of them are just so companies have SOMETHING to put on their website. As long as you have proper grammar and it’s fairly well-written, the purchasers are rarely picky. Good luck!

Thank you so much for this article. I took a huge leap of faith and just submitted a writing sample. I greatly appreciate you sharing this. Have a blessed day!

Hi. I have been writing for textbroker for a short time. While I was invited to 1 team and was able to just click “Participate,” I can not figure out how to apply for teams. I see the empty text box, and a word count but have no idea what to put in that text box. BTW, thank you for your blog. It is very helpful.

Hmm… that is strange. The last time I applied for teams (a LONG time ago now), they gave you some direction of what they wanted–either a writing sample or a short bio/introduction. I would just type up a little “Hi, I’m Brittany and I’d love to write for your team. I (insert some things that make you qualified… ie. you write in a conversational tone, you’re good at explaining tough concepts in an easy-to-understand way, you’ve written these types of article before, you’ve been interested in this category for years…). I don’t think the exact *what* is so important as long as it makes some sense and is error-free.

Just a heads up–many teams are inactive because they don’t go through and delete old teams. You can find some good teams that way. But apply to a lot and don’t get discouraged or take it personally if you only hear back from 1-2. At least you have the advantage of seeing when they were created and the number of assignments. Those are recent additions 🙂

Good luck and thanks! 🙂

Hi! This sounds very good to me. I’m a single mom barely getting by. No child support and could use some extra money. I filled out the information on Textbroker but I do not have a Paypal account. How do I go about getting one?

Thank you, Linda

I have not checked the site yet, but I would like to know if you are required to list sources or mention sources in the body of the text.

Textbroker doesn’t really require it. Most of the articles I wrote were common knowledge type articles, or articles that you could research from a variety of sites–not ones that you went to one source and would need to cite what you found.

Hi Brittany! This is an extremely helpful article and I was wondering if it would be at all possible for me to make enough money for it to “qualify” as a part-time or even full-time job? Can I make enough money writing that many articles for that to work? I need to get a job but really really really don’t want to work outside of my home. Would that work? Thanks so much!

Yes, it is entirely possible, though it likely won’t happen overnight. At this exact minute, there are over 1,200 articles you could log in and write as a 4-star writer. Most pay around $5. So you definitely could log in, write until your eyeballs fall out, and and make as much money as you would like.

When I was brand, brand new, I had the goal to write 4 articles a day and make $20 a day. 6 days a week, that’s $120 a week. That’s BRAND new.

As I kept at it, I got more private clients who would send higher paying orders directly to me, I got a LOT faster and my hourly rate increased a lot.

Plus, TB is a good starting place. Once you figure out what you’re doing there, there are other sites you can apply for as well. This one is my favorite for beginners though.

I thought I would have to go back to work after my 2nd child was born…. And yet here I am snuggling my 3rd baby while typing right now. So yes, it is absolutely possible.

Hi Brittany,

Thank you so much for this information!! I have a question but I think you might have answered it so I apologize in advance.
When applying you decribed in a prior post that you were given a prompt for the writing sample? Is that correct or when I apply I come up with a writing sample of my own?
Again thanks so much in advance!!

I’ve been writing for Textbroker for a couple months and I am at 3 stars. I write frequently to get to get myself to 4 stars. I had no prior writing experience and I do not have a degree in journalism or anything like that. Did you start off at 4 stars?
I see there are teams to join, I joined a few but they never have assignments. I also applied for several but I never hear back from them.
I use Grammarly to find errors and which I thought would get me up to 4 stars, but Grammarly does not always work perfectly.

Yes, I started with 4 stars. Grammarly will help with some basic spelling and grammar, but Textbroker wants AP style, and I’m not sure if Grammarly goes by AP style or something else. I would get a grammar guide and go over it carefully so you write just the way they want you to. I know when I was there, allll the good assignments were in the 4-star category. Good luck!

Do you still answer on this? I’m interested in beginning as a side income and hopefully to be a SAHM one day. It just don’t seem possible.

Yep! And it is definitely possible to earn a living working from home as a writer (I’m still doing it today!) It just might take a while to work up to however much you need to earn, depending on what you need to make, how much time you have to write, and how quickly you can get good articles done. I started writing as a way to earn a little bit extra when my second son was born until I had to go back to work. Now he’s three and this IS my work 🙂

Okay! I just applied. Where else did you apply and how did you even begin? I’m just kinda discouraged! My baby is 4 months old and I just want to stay home!

Personally, I only worked for Textbroker for quite a while. I slowly but surely got on more teams and messaged people I enjoyed writing for, inviting them to send me direct orders. Slowly but surely I got more direct and team orders, got faster and better, and was able to raise my rates. There are tons of other content writing sites too. You just have to seek them out!

But that’s what I did until I was ready to make the jump to blogging full time instead.

Good luck to you!