If you’ve been reading this site for any length of time, you know that I’m a big believer in avoiding traditional job boards. They’re a waste of time and effort, and give you no control over your freelance career.
But freelancers have to find work somehow, right? How else can they get work without sending out a bunch of cold pitches or applying for jobs on those big sites?
Don’t worry, I have the perfect resource for you!
One of my favorite non-traditional freelance job platforms is called ClearVoice. I’ve been using this site for 2.5 years and still do regular work through it.
Here’s how to use ClearVoice to get more high quality freelance work that actually pays really well.
What is the ClearVoice platform for freelancers?
ClearVoice is a fairly new content marketing platform that connects writers, editors and social media managers to well-known clients and brands. Their goal is to help businesses and companies create quality content that will increase brand awareness, be shared on social media and ultimately increase that client’s online presence.
The thing I love about ClearVoice is that, unlike Upwork, they actually care about their team of freelancers and give out quality assignments with respectable pay rates. If you have an issue, or need help, their customer service team is very friendly and helpful. I’m even on a first-name basis with several of their support members.
Get freelance work with ClearVoice
If you don’t already have a ClearVoice account, you can start by signing up for a free “content creator” account. (And NO, I’m not getting paid to promote or write about CV, I genuinely use the service and earn decent freelance income from it.) Then follow these next steps to active your account and start getting paid opportunities.
1. Fill in your bio and portfolio
Fill in your bio, make it something that will catch the eyes of the ClearVoice team as well as potential clients who want to hire you. Update your profile with links to any past samples that are relevant.
You’ll also be able to create a customized portfolio link, that you can share with future cilents and promote on other sites. Here’s what mine looks like: https://clearvoice.com/cv/carefulcents
2. Set your acceptable rate
You’ll be able to set your rate to anything you want, with the option to accept or deny assignments based at will. ClearVoice will connect you with awesome brands, based on your portfolio and expertise.
Most of the work is based on a per-project rate, which will show up in your dashboard, or email, before accepting. Not sure what to charge? ClearVoice did a survey of their users to see what each client is willing to pay and how much freelancers charge. The results are kind of eye-opening!
3. Start receiving leads in your inbox
ClearVoice is one of the only platforms that I use where you don’t have to send in pitches. Instead, they’ll often review your portfolio on behalf of their client and send you an email with details of that specific assignment.
Most of the time it’s first-come-first-served, so you’ll want to respond as quickly as possible, but in lots of cases you’ll be part of a small team of specific writers for that client’s content and will be able to apply within that small pool.
ClearVoice fees for freelancers
The good news is that you never have to pay an out-of-pocket fee to ClearVoice. The bad news is that the rate you’re being paid by clients (the one that shows up in your dashboard) is already reduced by a 25% fee.
In other words, the client may be willing to shell out $200 for a blog post, but you’ll only see the $150 price as your rate for that assignment.
This actually doesn’t bother me too much as I just wanna know what I’m going to get paid for in the end. But some freelancers may want to avoid this platform because of the slightly higher fees.
One thing I really like about ClearVoice (similar to Contently) is that once you do the work and submit an assignment, you’re paid within minutes of that assignment being approved. You don’t have to pay any additional fees via PayPal and your money is there, instantly!
Here’s a video tutorial of my personal account with ClearVoice and how to use it effectively.
How I earned $10,000 with ClearVoice
I first started using ClearVoice at the end of 2014. To be more specific, I turned in my first assignment on September 13, 2014 and am currently still using this platform to supplement my freelance income every month.
To-date I’ve earned $10,469.75 and have completed 40 assignments. This works out to be an average of $0.47 per word, or $261.72 per piece.
I mostly work on writing blog posts for specific campaigns, although I have done editorial work as well. Some of the clients I work with include Intuit QuickBooks, American Express and the ClearVoice blog.
Pro tips for finding freelance work
The most important thing to do, in order to keep getting new leads coming through your email inbox, is to consistently update your portfolio with new links to samples, as well as making sure your bio reflects any accomplishments, awards and other accolades.
As potential clients, and the ClearVoice team, look through your portfolio to see if you’re a good fit, you don’t want to miss out because your info wasn’t update. The way that ClearVoice organizes your portfolio is by date, so you don’t want the last update to be 6 months ago!
Finally, set up some sort of email alert for your inbox so you can prioritize opportunities that come from ClearVoice. The sooner you apply the better chance you have of actually landing the gig.
Have you used ClearVoice as a freelancer? What was your experience?