Many of you know I’ve been
freelance writing since 1999. Throughout those years, I’ve worked with many
writing platforms. Some of them were a great way to help a new writer establish
clips, like Suite101
(closed 2014) and Demand Studios, for example. In the beginning, editors talked
to us every week about our assignments. Before long, that all went away. Demand
Studios also went through a complete overhaul in 2016 and is now Leaf
Other websites were terrible,
because many writers took advantage of the fact that they paid per click. You
can find a couple of writers reminiscing about their experiences with the site here
Don’t get me wrong—I loved the concept, published a lot there, and was part of
the list of writers who were left unpaid during the unexpected shutdown. However,
as much as I loved the concept, it’s what caused the website’s demise.
Anyway, I’m getting off-track. We’re
talking about nDash here.
I’ve been working with nDash
since October of 2018. Even though it hasn’t been a year, I want to discuss why
this experience has been such a positive one in comparison to other platforms. Yes,
I work with many. The main reason I work for many is that, like thousands of
other freelance writers throughout the world, I have income goals.
For one, a single platform isn’t
sustainable. For another, in the past, I made the mistake of depending on a
single platform, and the project’s budget ran out without notice (no, I’m not
talking about Themestream—that was a separate occurrence a lifetime ago). We’re
still waiting for that writing team to resurrect. We receive periodic emails
from the editor, but who knows when or if that project will ever launch again.
Working with nDash has been a completely
Many reasons make nDash stand out
for me in comparison to other platforms. I’m going to outline three primary
The communication is stellar
within the platform, through social media, and via email. It’s exciting to
receive a random email from the marketing department or the head of customer
success about a project, help with a client, or something I’ve written elsewhere
on the web. Out of all the other platforms I’ve written for in my twenty years,
this is the only one where I’ve ever received this much connection. That’s the
first reason I feel like they’re setting themselves apart.
I feel like, since I’ve started
working with nDash, I’ve been growing steadily as a freelance writer. You’re
probably thinking, “Jenn, you’ve been doing this for twenty years. You’ve been
there, done that, and grown into the t-shirt.” That’s not true. In my opinion,
a genuine businessperson is continuously learning and growing. That means I’m
learning how to meet a client’s needs better, address time management skills
more effectively, research using higher quality materials, and so on. There are
always ways to improve, and I feel like nDash is helping me achieve that.
I’ve been working a lot with
direct orders and assignment requests over the last three months. Under most
circumstances, it’s a mix of those and pitching.
When I pitch, I expect around a 25% rejection rate. Previously, I would log each
of my pitches so I wouldn’t duplicate them to the same client accidentally. Now,
I’m using a different strategy. I pitch on four different platforms, which
means I’m creating a steady list of ideas. If a rejection comes in, instead of
marking it off and moving on to another idea, I’m putting that idea into a new
That list is an opportunity that’s
available through nDash. It’s their publishing platform where writers can
create content. Topic categories include business, culture, science, travel
& leisure, learning, and general. Once you pick a category, you enter your
content’s title, keywords, and price. Then, you’re launched to an area where
you create the content’s draft. There, you can edit to add subtitles, bold,
italics, links, and feature images.
As soon as the content is available
for sale to potential clients, it publishes on your profile. It’s an excellent
opportunity for turning rejection into an acceptance.
Before anything can happen, you
need to set up a writer profile and request verification. You can learn more
about how to do that here. Ideally,
your profile should contain:
Several blurbs about you and your career (I
copied mine over from my LinkedIn “About Me” section).
Your career experiences.
Industries you write about–it’s a good idea to
have ten or more topics selected within each category.
Set the price for each type of content you
Upload your writing samples (each time I have a
new one, I add it in).
I admit, when I first started
using this platform, I found it a little intimidating because it’s so different
from the others I’ve been using. However, once I got used to it, I found it
easy to work with and incredibly efficient.
The dashboard’s sidebar contains
buttons that read:
Assignments: a list of all your current “in-progress”
My Clients: these are the companies you
currently have a working relationship with on the platform.
Companies: where you can pitch ideas—it’s separated
by my prospects, suggestions, and all.
Ideas: this section lists direct content ideas
you’ve submitted to potential clients.
My Content: drafts you’re writing, have
published, or sold through the publishing platform.
My Profile: where you can edit the content on
your public profile.
Referrals: there’s a referral link on your
profile you can share through social networks and your website.
Along the top of the screen, you’ll
find a link that reads, “Browse Assignments,” next to a box for searching
companies on the left side of the screen. On the right side of the screen is
where you’ll find an icon for creating content, pitching industries, and your
profile. The main area of the dashboard is where you’ll find a section for your
assignment summery (assignments in progress, due this week, recently completed,
and recently pitched), direct requests, assignments in progress, new brands to
pitch, and open assignments.
One of the most significant
differences I want to point out regarding working with nDash is the pitch. You’re
going to work with pitching a lot. If you’re not comfortable with writing
pitches, I recommend practicing. You’ll find this highly beneficial in the
long-run. If you’re unsure how to do this, nDash has a guide showing you—Pitching
Content Ideas: The Freelance Writer’s Guide. Trust me, this is a skill you’ll
find invaluable once it’s mastered.
You’re probably wondering how
often I receive work from nDash. Great question! If you factor in how many
weeks I’ve been working with this platform, it’s been roughly one assignment
per week. I work with top-notch clients who pay market rates and value the writers
they hire. To me, that matters a lot. They’re not demanding a lot of work for
little pay, like so many other platforms that tend to make the naughty list. Instead,
you’ll find a high level of quality professionals looking for skills and are
willing to pay for them.