Writers Work is a company that has been around for several years now. They have thousands of followers on social media, and have seem to have quite a few positive reviews.
But reviews can sometimes be deceiving. Is Writers Work a scam, or are they a legit company? What is actually known about them? That is just exactly what we’re hoping to uncover in this Writers Work review!
Product: Writers Work
Creator(s): Ms. Rhonda Wilcox (?)
Description: A site that is specifically designed for freelance writers. You pay a subscription fee, and you receive possible writing jobs.
Price: $47 or $15 per month, with possible upsells
Recommended? Not exactly…
Rating: 3 out of 10
Writers Work is a site that offers writers a place to, well, find work. They not only provide work, but also offer a wide selection of help to become a better writer, editor, and worker.
There are mixed reviews of Writers Work around the internet. Some say that it is legit. Others claim that they shouldn’t be trusted. Most of these reviews come from other people’s websites. There seems to be a lot of controversy around Writers Work, and hopefully we’ll be able to get to the bottom of it.
Writers.work – Is It The Place To Be?
The first thing to do when looking at a program, product, or site, it to actually go and take a look at it. While reviews are a great thing to take a look at, you can’t fully understand them until you take a look at the actually thing they are reviewing.
So I visited the site.
It seemed legit enough. A cute little video will grab your attention, and help make you want to buy this program. The one-page-homepage is what you’ll naturally find on most sites now-a-days.
But we’re not looking at how cute the site is, are we? Oh, no, we’re not…
As you continue to read, you find that you get access to a word processor that will allow you to work quickly and efficiently. They also offer a grammar-checker that will get rid of all your writing mistakes.
You need help in getting stuff done? Well, just use their goal setter thingy, and you’ll be achieving goals in no time!
All the claims look great, but that doesn’t really tell us much about the authenticity of the site. So let’s take a deeper look, and see what can be dug up!
Of course, everything checked out about both of them. There doesn’t seem to be any hidden agenda’s or weird language in them.
Like most TOS they note that there really is no guarantee on how much money you’ll make (blah, blah, blah). Most make sure to say this so that if the program doesn’t work out for you, and you want to sue, there really is no basis for it (typical legal stuff…).
Their Terms and Conditions page did seem to have some interesting information:
Thank you for using the Writers Work LLC website (accessible at Writers.work hereinafter, the ‘Website’).
Writers Work LLC? Hmm, if they are an LLC, then has anyone said anything about this company?
BBB’s rating of Writers Work LLC
A great place to take a look at registered companies is at the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Interestingly, BBB did have a page about Writers Work LLC, and it doesn’t look good.
When I first wrote this article, they had just started and already had a few complaints.
“They have had four complaints against them, and none of them have been answered.“
Getting an ‘F’ rating on BBB isn’t good. And when a company doesn’t respond to the complaints, that also shows a lack of caring about your customers.
What were the complaints about?
Two tell about how they weren’t able to get a refund from Writers Work. On the site, you can see that they have a 30-day money back guarantee. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Another explains how they paid the initial fee, but then was charged a little less than $30 for something called “coaching”. Additionally (and I can’t exclusively prove this), but the guy found that some of the jobs he was given were expired Craigslist ads.
I personally don’t have a problem with people making complaints against companies. What I do have a problem is with companies that don’t respond to those complaints. It hurts the business even if the complaints are true or false.
False Claims. Most people understand how false claims hurt a business. If someone is spreading lies against another company, that should be responded to by the company.
The company has the ability to tell the whole world that these claims aren’t real – yet Writers Work hasn’t done that yet? Why not? This shows (to me at least) that Writers Work doesn’t care about how their customers are treated, nor what happens with their reputations. As long as Writers Work makes money, they don’t care.
True Claims. But if these really are true claims, then it these complaints are ones that you should listen to. Because of these complaints it’s probably best not to do anything with Writers Work or their websites and business.
Once again, if the claims are true, is the reason Writers Work hasn’t responded because they have no answer? If Writers Work is truly built on lies and deceit, then why wouldn’t they respond to these claims with lies and deceit? It honestly doesn’t make sense to me.
UPDATE: They seem to now have 34 complaints:
According to the new reviews, there does seem to be responses from the owner (to at least some of them…). However it looks like only a few people are actually get refunded when they ask for it, and many have to wait half a month and be really pushy to get that refund.
Are the complaints founded?
Do the complaints have any basis for what they say?
Writers Work has two main ways to buy their program. Either a monthly fee of $15, or a one time payment of $47.
As you’ll noticed from the screenshot above, it says that you’ll “never have to pay another cent – forever”.
The Terms and Conditions seem to say something a little different:
If you upgrade to a higher tier plan during the billing cycle, a prorated fee between the rates specified in the subscription you previously selected and the fees specified in the subscription to which you have upgraded will be applied.
So, there are higher tier plans within Writers Work? I don’t know, but something doesn’t seem to add up here. The complaints on BBB’s website can’t be proven conclusively. But neither can they not be proven. I think it’s best for Writers Work to answer them, and help show the world what really is the truth.
I do want to point out one other thing about the one-time payment plan. If you take a look at the screenshot above, you’ll notice it says that this is the Early-bird pricing.
Early-bird is usually a term for something that is just starting out, or something that has just opened up. For example, if registration for a conference has just opened up, you can usually get a discounted price if you register as soon as possible.
The thing is, Writers Work has been open for business for over 1 year now. So why claim that people can still get an ‘early-bird’ discount?
[Update: Our review has been up for several years, and Writers Work is still claiming to run this early-bird discount, even though they’ve been running it for than a year… Just a typical marketing sales gimmick to get people to buy…]
Does writers work actually pay?
I personally haven’t heard of anyone who actually made money from Writers work. It doesn’t seem like people make money from this site.
How do I get a refund from writers work?
Email, email, email. You’re going to need to be pushy, and continually ask them for a FULL refund of what you purchased from them within the first 30 days. Expect it to be long and complicated, and them giving you the run-around (people have gotten a refund, it just took a while and was really annoying).
Can you make a living on writers work?
Short answer: probably not. You’re best bet is to check out other programs that have a lot more authority and legitimacy in their field (a good example is below).
Is Writers Work a scam?
Writers Work doesn’t appear to be a scam. They seem to be a legit company. However, just because they are legit, doesn’t mean that I would recommend them to anyone.
From all the reviews online, they don’t really offer what they are saying.
There are several places that you can go and get just as great service, all for free. (indeed.com, upwork.com, etc) But with a BBB rating of ‘F’, Writers Work isn’t a company you probably want to do business with. I don’t think it will be worth it in the long run.
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