When it comes to looking for freelance writing gigs, you’re probably like me, surfing the net continually, refreshing the job boards on ProBlogger.com, FreelanceWriting.com, and even Indeed.com. But there is one job board, one freelance writing website that has continually been a source of success for me. That being nDash.
nDash beats out the competition, and I don’t say that lightly. Its different approach to pitching brands rather than applying to one stop gigs empowers the writer. And, if you use it right, nDash could provide some serious income. I’m going to break it down and explain exactly what nDash is, why it’s different, and why it can work for you.
What is nDash?
nDash is the brainchild of Michael Brown, the CEO, and founder of the company. When he left his job in 2013 to start freelancing full time, he followed the usual routine of sending out a resume and cover letter to potential clients to get gigs.
As freelancers, we usually go about getting writing jobs in two ways, emailing a client or pitching an editor. But after a lot of unanswered emails, Brown tried something different. A totally innovative approach that was the basis of starting nDash.
He started pitching brands. No more letters of introduction to a single client, he would offer brands four or five blog post ideas for their companies and business was booming. So much so that Brown had to hire writers to help meet the growing demand.
And thus, in 2016 nDash was born. A wholly new approach to the freelance writing job board that puts all the power in the writer’s hands.
Why is it Different?
As opposed to the “bid to the bottom” as Brown calls them, (sites like Upwork and Freelancer.com), with nDash there is complete transparency. You know exactly who you are pitching for, what they are looking for, and what their company or brand is about.
Instead of being one of a million writers, all looking at the same gigs and pitching the same topic ideas, you have the freedom to choose what topics you specialize in. You get to decide what you would like to pitch to the brands and the brand pays immediately for your hard work.
When I spoke to Brown, he broke it down like this:
“nDash finds that most of the income writers make is “65% from direct requests from brands, 30% pitching individual brands, and 5% from applying for assignments on the website.”
Another thing that sets nDash apart is the fact that anyone can join. You don’t have to take a writing test like Freelancewriting.com or pay an exorbitant amount of money. Joining for free gives you plenty of maneuverability on the website. The paid upgrade is competitive with what other sites are offering.
Writers also get to set their own rates and don’t have to compare themselves to other writers. When I’m on nDash the emphasis is on me, my individual skills, and the markets I am looking to write for.
My Own Success Story
nDash was where I got my first real gig. I pitched a brand and set my price which was higher than any of my other paying gigs. To write for free, to write for less, to write at all, I struggled with these issues like any other beginner freelancer.
I was caught in a loop of being paid pennies for sample articles, writing for a content mill, and looking in all the wrong places. Finally, I came across nDash through sheer luck and signed up. The majority of the brands you’ll find are focused on marketing, tech, B2B, and data, not necessarily my specialties. But one brand was looking for articles on creating content. That I could do.
My first article, “How to be a Freelance Writer in Four Easy Steps” is still one of my go to sample clips when I send queries and cover letters.
I got paid right away rather than waiting an agonizingly long time for a check to arrive in the mail. My fellow freelancers who have worked in print will know what I am talking about. But the way nDash works, all the nitty gritty W-9 paperwork is taken care of and you get paid through nDash, instead of having to independently send out invoices, emails and contracts.
How it Can Help you
Plain and simple, you get what you put into it. nDash will not get you clients and pitches instantly. It just makes it a lot easier to get steady, high-paying work right out of the gate. Pitching to brands is where you’ll find the most potential.
nDash is especially profitable for those writers whose specialties lie in marketing, social media management, B2B marketing, technology, and software development. Even if you don’t consider yourself an expert in these fields, if you can write knowledgeably about them it’s worth it to sign up.
I am a big fan of nDash. From the quick turnaround and response time on projects and pitches to the easy to use interface, the transparency of the brands represented, and the emphasis put on writers, there’s a lot to appreciate.
There will never be a perfect website, book, or product that will instantly increase your writing business. But nDash is making strides and becoming a frontrunner among other freelance writing websites and job boards. As Brown says, “it’s a company about connecting, connecting writers with brands, connecting brands with their audiences, and connecting a company’s content to its values and business goals.”
It works for me and I certainly recommend it for all freelance writers, beginner or advanced.
Have you tried nDash? Let me know your experiences in the comments!