Guest Blog: Textbroker TeamOrders, by Bethaleg
TeamOrders can be intimidating, and some authors may be trepidation in taking the plunge into this new type of work. Luckily, Textbroker author Bethaleg has been writing for Textbroker since 2011 and has some opinions for authors who may be considering taking the jump into TeamOrders!
Hi! I’m Bethaleg! I have been writing for Textbroker since 2011. I have written about a variety of subjects, including personal finance, law, traveling and parenting. I absolutely love writing articles about babies or children. I enjoy visiting the forums for help from other authors and to vent and feel supported when needed. Reading and commenting on the forums is a good break from writing when necessary and is especially enjoyable while sipping my first cup of coffee of the day.
As an active member and wholehearted supporter of Teams, I hope to provide some insight for other fellow authors looking to dip into the Team Order pools.
First of all, let’s look at three of the common reasons I see that authors don’t want to apply for Teams.
- You Can’t Tell if a Team Will Have Work or Not
This is absolutely true most of the time although now TB does tell us the date the Team was created and the number of available orders. Although it is my personal opinion that the date of the last order created would be more helpful, the information given can help somewhat. The common advice is to apply for the most recently created Teams first. I am currently a member of 85 Teams, and this is the method that I have used most frequently. I have never seen all 85 Teams offer work simultaneously, but I frequently see TeamOrders available.
- It Takes Too Long to Apply
Some of the team applications are lengthy, and I completely understand why authors shy away from applying to these Teams. I do, too, unless it’s a subject that I am very familiar with or really want to write about. Save any samples that you write for team applications. If another team with similar specifications comes up, you already have your sample ready to go. Most of the Teams that I belong to did not have lengthy applications. However, for every single team that I am on, I truly believe it was an investment well worth my time.
- Managed Teams Take a Long Time to Accept Orders
All managed Teams include the warning that the three day auto-accept does not apply to that Team. I have seen many authors on the forums warn other writers away from these Teams because of this. While it is true that TB may invoke that clause when needed, my personal experience has been that it is rarely used. Teams that regularly place orders generally need those orders completed by a certain deadline. If your articles are turned in by the deadline, you will not usually have to wait long for acceptance. I actually find that some of my Teams accept articles faster than clients in the OpenOrder pool.
Now that we have debunked the most common myths surrounding Teams, I want to give four reasons why you should definitely be applying for as many Teams as you can.
- Higher Pay
No one is writing on TB as a volunteer. To increase your paychecks, write for Teams. TeamOrders and DirectOrders are your tickets to a higher pay per word. Textbroker author Globalgal wrote a more detailed post on this particular aspect of Teams that you can read here.
- Interesting Articles
Teams that you have applied for and been accepted to are generally ones that you are interested in working for. Granted, you may have applied to some simply because they pay 30 cents a word. But for the most part, the Teams you belong to will provide you with topics you are interested in and perhaps ones that you can write easily for.
- Steady Work
There are quite a few Teams out there that provide steady weekly work. If you need help deciding which ones those are, check out the TB Priority Assignments category on the author forum. I have found a few lucrative Teams through those forum postings. It’s a great feeling to log in and see five active Teams pop up on your screen when the OpenOrder pool is dried up.
Team orders can lead to DirectOrders, where you can set your own rate for the client. This hasn’t actually happened to me personally, but I have read on the forums that this does happen.
If any of you are regular forum browsers, you may know that I have posted about being kicked off of Teams. This can indeed happen, but I do not want this to deter anyone from applying for Teams. While I have been frustrated and sometimes very angry when this has happened, I still believe firmly that Teams are the way to go here on Textbroker. I encourage all authors to apply for as many Teams as possible. You are never obligated to complete articles for any Team, so there is nothing to lose by applying.