Is The IAPWE Legit?

Is the IAPWE legit? Is it a good organization to join? Find out by reading this IAPWE review!

screenshot-2016-11-15-at-3-35-21-pmWhat is the IAPWE?

It stands for the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors. I joined when it was still in its infancy, and it has now grown tremendously, with thousands of followers on Twitter.

When I applied and was accepted I was surprised to find out that they actually have a wealth of information that is very useful to writers like
me. They have a lengthy list of writing jobs, and hundreds of new and well-paying writing jobs are posted each week. These are all jobs for private websites and clients, and many are not listed on other sites. They also collect all writing and editing jobs from Indeed.com, Career Builder, and other similar sites to make your job search easier. They have other resources as well, such as a letter of recommendation, free grammar checkers, places to get free images, even a virtual assistant that will do research on any topic for you for just a buck, and much more. They even have a list of problematic job posters – people who post jobs on sites such as Freelancer, UpWork and Guru, and even private website owners and email addresses who have hired members of the IAPWE and haven’t paid them (in other words, scammers). These names are all submitted by members of IAPWE.

Update: There Have Been Membership Changes at IAPWE

I am writing this to give you all an update on the new membership options at IAPWE. You can still join for free, and you will get access to the resources section, which includes information on how and where to get free images for your website, free grammar checking tools, creativity, research, and writing tools, a letter of recommendation, access to the IAPWE virtual assistant researcher, and much more. You will also have access to the blog and possibly an opportunity to do writing and editing work for the IAPWE themselves.

Then, there is a paid “Professional” membership option, which as of now, only costs a few dollars. It gives you access to a very helpful job boards, where you can find writing jobs for private clients, including some very big publications. There is also a section where all writing jobs from sites like Indeed, Career Builder, etc are collected into one place to make your job easier. You also have acess to the “problem clients” list, a list of clients to be aware of.

So, Is The IAPWE Legit? Can It Really Be True?

Yes, it is totally legit and provides very useful resources to writers. It does seem pretty new (UPDATE: It is not so new anymore 🙂 ), but it already offers a lot and seems to have an ever-growing base. If you are always looking for new writing jobs I do recommend that you sign up for them – it’s free.

What are your experiences with the IAPWE? Leave them below! Or rate them by choosing a star rating 🙂 Also, make sure to read my Writing-Jobs.net review. It’s another company that is somewhat similar to IAPWE — they collect lots of writing jobs from around the internet and charge a small fee.

53 Comments

  1. Lauren

    As someone who has completed a few pieces of content for them, they definitely have work available but it seems to be touch and go from one week to the next. I haven’t checked their site in a while so I can’t speak on the last few weeks or so but it seems that I am not the only one who has gotten work through them.

    Kyle – they specifically told me that I did NOT have to pay to work for them and I felt they made it pretty clear when I signed up that their paid membership were optional. I do find it somewhat hard to believe that they told you that you have to pay to work for them given that their message was much the opposite when I joined.

    Ben – I thought org was for organization, hence the reason why most org domains aren’t not-for-profits. From my experience, it seems like almost all organizations charge some type of membership fee. It also may be worth noting that when I signed up near the end of December they were still offering a free membership option – I signed up with the free option. I also went back to their site and I didn’t see anywhere that they claimed to be not-for-profit on their site but maybe I missed it.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Lauren!

      You are absolutely right. Dot org domains don’t have to be non-for-profits anymore. That used to be the rule — if you wanted a dot org, you needed to be a non-for-profit, but this restriction was lifted long ago (read about it on Wikipedia).

      But still, it’s often associated with non-for-profits. Once the IAPWE started charging for their job boards, how different are they from FlexJobs? Why are they even an “organization”? They are now just another for-profit website trying to make money online.

      Anyway, that’s my view of the matter.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Kyle

    So about a month after applying, it says I was “accepted” and I got a link to the site. Now it wants me to pay for a professional membership to get work. Seriously? They want me to pay monthly to work for them? Is there just something I’m missing here, or is it a scam?

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Kyle!

      When I wrote the post, they were still free.

      They changed and started charging a monthly fee for their job boards.

      I think their name is a little deceptive, being that they call themselves “Internation Association of Writer and Editors” and that their website ends in a .org domain, which is usually associated with not-for-profits.

      Personally, I wouldn’t pay for a job board; they’re just so many free ones out there.

      In my list of Work At Home websites, which you can get by entering your email in the box below, I list a lot of them. I also have around a dozen free job boards that cater exclusively to freelance writers. You can get it for free.

      All the best!

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  3. Sebuufu Dennis

    I signed in to my free account but when I got to the job board I’m told it’s for professional and business members only.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Sebuufu!

      Yes, IAPWE recently made their job board only available for premium members. “Professional and business” is just a nice way of saying that they want you to pay to access to board. Nothing I can really do about it.

      There are many free job boards for freelance writers, however — check them out.

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  4. Joanna

    The only thing I can think of is that there could be some type of queue system where people who already registered are getting access to jobs before people that joined recently. I say this because I too was not seeing any available work and then after several weeks, I’m not sure exactly how long, I started getting the email notifications and started being able to pick up some work. I would like to see someone confirm if they have this type of queuing system in place or if there is another reason some people are saying they haven’t been able to find work while others are not having these issues.

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  5. Kitty

    Does IAPWE ever actually have jobs in their Basecamp account? I was so excited to be approved as an editor, but where’s the work?

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Kitty!

      Indeed, many people are commenting that there usually isn’t any jobs available in their Basecamp site. I personally can not say one way or the other, because I never was invited to Basecamp, for some odd reason.

      Maybe some other people know what’s going on.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      1. Kitty

        I’d check in with them on that. I didn’t receive the invite when I should have, but I let them know and they sent it. But, it’s kind of pointless if they never have any jobs.

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        1. Ben (Post author)

          Hi Kitty!

          Yes, based on what you’re saying, it would just be a waste of time to ask them to send an invite. 🙂

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    2. Jeanne Roberts

      I got sucked into the same black hole. Paying $5 a month for a membership and a weekly list of jobs that aren’t jobs, but I can’t locate the Basecamp account where the real jobs (that I was supposedly hired for) are posted, nor do I know what my login and password might be. This is after six e-mails.

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      1. Paul Oswald

        That’s weird. From what I’m seeing, others have said they are usually good about getting back to emails and I have found this to be true as well. When was the last time you contacted them? Also, I don’t know about you but when I signed up they said that the paid memberships were optional and that this wasn’t required to work for them. I had no issues finding the Basecamp account with their tasks but from my experience working for them, I’ve found them to be helpful in clearing up any questions I had. I would try emailing them again depending on when you last reached out to them. Maybe the holidays are also slowing things down.

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        1. Kitty

          The paid membership is optional, but I signed up for one anyway because they were doing a special at $5.25 per month for life (as long as you never cancel) to use the aggregated lists of jobs from all over the web. I like the convenience of not having to go from site to site to find jobs to apply for.

          The reason I applied for IAPWE in the first place was like Jeanne’s: to work for them. I waited a month for approval, and then had to contact them for Basecamp info because it didn’t come when it was supposed to–right after I set up my IAPWE account. They eventually sent me the info, but since then–December 19–there haven’t been any jobs posted in Basecamp. I look many times each day, but all I get is a message to “hang tight” and watch a cat video. That’s a bit offensive. I’m a professional in dire need of work, and they tell me to watch a cat video.

          Jeanne, what do you mean by “a weekly list of jobs that aren’t jobs”?

          I have a feeling they use the “work for us” application process as a gimmick to pull you in and buy a membership. Because if they don’t have any jobs for you, then you need to be looking in other places, places provided by the paid membership, no?

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          1. Heather

            My sample writing was finally approved after almost a month and I was sent the link to join. It appears the “free” membership is nothing but access to workshops and if you want the jobs, you have to pay them for access. Seems a bit odd that they have drastically reduced the memberships 80% so I became uneasy as I have been scammed before. I came across another web review which pointed out such things as their original address was a UPS store and now it is an apartment in New York. Several other bits and pieces have made me change my mind about completing the process. Is there anyone on here who claims to have gotten real jobs able to provide proof such as a copy of what you wrote that was published and where that can be viewed?

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            1. Kitty Pettigrew

              I was “accepted” back in December. I’ve not gotten one “Basecamp” project–these are what you apply for when you apply with an application, and are approved a month later–it’s to be able to write and edit jobs that come through IAPWE as a CONTENT MILL. The other aspect, which I think people are confused about, is you pay in order to search the job boards for jobs outside IAPWE. You don’t need to do one to do the other.

              To recap:
              -Apply: get into the content mill side — it’s free — but there are no jobs in the Basecamp account where you’re supposed to be able to pick up any job you want, do it, turn it in, and get paid upon customer approval (WriterAccess works this way).
              -Sign up and pay a member fee — use the job boards to search for outside jobs.

              Neither part has worked for me, so I’ve just canceled my monthly member fee, which means I can no longer access the jobs board, but in theory, I should still be able to access Basecamp for jobs that come through IAPWE’s content mill.

              I’ve asked a few times why there haven’t been any Basecamp jobs, but get noncommittal answers.

              Oh, and they asked members to let them know if they have services they want to offer other members for free or a discount. I replied weeks ago and said I can provide my editing services to members for 50% off, and haven’t heard back. They seem to have approved only one member, someone who’s offering free website development to IAPWE members.

              -Kitty

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              1. Kitty Pettigrew

                UPDATE: I canceled my paid membership, but they tried to get me to stay by offering 50% off the $5.25 (which was something like 80% the usual price) I was already paying. When they offer that deep a discount to keep you … I don’t think that’s a good sign.

                They canceled my membership, but not before they took the dues for the month. I asked for a refund and received no reply. I’ve just sent another email asking again.

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                1. Ben (Post author)

                  Hey Kitty,

                  Thanks for the update!

                  I also canceled my subscription, but I did it the other way — I just went into my Paypal account and canceled my recurring monthly subscription to the IAPWE. Just like that, no need to contact them or anything.

                  Actually, whenever I sign up for a trial or a monthly subscription, I always use Paypal. This way, I can cancel any recurring payments on my own terms.

                  To do this from your Paypal account, go to Settings ==> Payments ==> Manage Pre-Approved Payments. You can cancel any future payments that are scheduled.

                  I hope they grant you your refund. I know that they refunded me when a payment went through twice.

                  Thanks for stopping by!

                2. Kitty Pettigrew

                  Hi, Ben. I use PayPal as well, but didn’t realize I could do it myself, so thanks for that info. I did get the refund.

                3. Ben (Post author)

                  Hi Kitty!

                  Glad it helped you out, and glad to hear that you got your refund 🙂

                  All the best!

  6. Allison Carter

    They have usually been pretty good about getting back to me. I remember sending them a question when I first joined and getting a response the next day, or maybe it was 2 days? I also sent them another question about my last payment and they got back to me the same day. Did you try submitting the contact form on their website? They say that this is the best way to contact them for the quickets response. I would also make sure to check Basecamp regularly. Like someone else mentioned, the projects seem to be coming in at odd (early morning) hours lately.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Allison!

      Thanks for letting us know. I personally have contacted them on occasion as well, and I have received a response in less than 48 hours. I can’t speak for anyone else, though. It seems like Marie did not have such a good experience.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Marie Angeli

    I signed up for IAPWE almost a month ago. It appears that they may be understaffed, because I was sent my invite almost a month after filling out my application and submitting a sample. When I responded, I was sent to a verification site, but never received any membership or access info. When I asked for help, the response I got was impatient. I eventually got access, and signed up for Basecamp from the link that they sent me. I have no access to any job listings, nor have I been able to locate employment info on their main site. As of now, this company that said they wished to hire me has not responded to my queries about jobs, last one being sent 3 weeks ago. I AM using an iPad and it’s possible my access is affected by that. Will check that out, but would appreciate any info or advice on this.
    Thanks very much.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Marie!

      Thanks for letting us know about your experience.

      I never got an invite to Basecamp at all. All I know about them is that they list jobs from various companies on their site, and send out this list via email once a week.

      I never even knew that they themselves offer writing jobs until a reader told me. Maybe another reader will be able to shed light on your situation.

      All the best,

      Ben

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  8. Kate

    Has anyone here received the link to the Basecamp site? I did and registered, but there’s literally nothing on the Basecamp site. No branding, no other members – nothing. It’s like someone invited me to walk through a door into oblivion. Anyone else experienced this?

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Kate,

      I am unaware of any Basecamp site. Did IAPWE create a Basecamp site? It that what you are talking about? I personally don’t recall any such link.

      Perhaps you can give us some more information? Maybe one of our readers knows what is going on.

      You can also try contacting the IAPWE support.

      It could be that they just created this Basecamp thing, and that is why it is empty.

      All the best,

      Ben

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    2. Jamie S

      Kate that’s so funny, I thought the same exact thing when I first joined. Are you sure you joined their Basecamp account? I ask because I made the mistake of creating my own Basecamp account instead of joining theirs. The first few weeks after joining I did not see many available projects but over the last few months I’ve seen the availability of projects steadily increase and decrease and then increase again. I have found it helpful to keep an eye out on a regular basis for new projects since everything appears to be first come first serve.

      Ben, as far as I can tell, they use Basecamp to assign tasks directly to freelancers and have been doing so since I’ve been a member for the past several months so I’m not sure how new it is or if they were still using Basecamp long before that. Sometimes the projects come through at odd hours so I will miss them but I’ve managed to grab a few thus far.

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      1. Ben (Post author)

        Thanks Jamie. I signed up soon after they started so maybe it was before they started their Basecamp thing. Interesting to know.

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      2. Christina

        Hi Jamie, how did you eventually get into their Basecamp account? As Kate said, the account I’m in is just empty, with no branding, no name, no projects, and no other members. Is that the correct account?

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        1. Kitty Pettigrew

          Hi, Christina: Sounds like it to me. Is there a cat video? If so, you’re definitely in the right place. -Kitty

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    3. Kitty

      Hi, Kate.
      I’m in the same boat. No work, no discussion boards, no branding. Oh, well, there IS the cat video we can watch while we “hold tight.”
      -Kitty

      PS: Has anything happened since you wrote this?

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  9. Emily Flemming

    Update: I received payment today – was sent through paypal. The only complaint I have is that it seems to take at least 24 hours before I can get a response from them if I have a question. I would like it if they responded a bit quicker.

    Ben, I’m not sure if this helps you but I don’t have access to their jobs area and I selected the free membership. This doesn’t affect me though, because the job I completed was for the IAPWE, not one of the clients that they may have listed on their jobs section. From what you’re saying, it sounds like you’ve already had access to the jobs area somehow so maybe that is why you didn’t notice a difference when upgrading.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for the update; I really appreciate it.

      From what you said, I think I figured it out: Free members really do not have access to the job boards, but I guess that since I was an existing member and I already had access to it from before they made a paid membership option, that hasn’t changed for me.

      But I also did not know that they themselves offer jobs. That’s interesting, because I never saw any jobs directly from them. It could be that this is also a new thing that existing members are missing out on 🙁

      Thanks again and have a great day/evening/night, wherever you are in the world 🙂

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      1. Ben (Post author)

        Update:

        I just received a reply from IAPWE confirming that — namely, the free membership gives you access to the resources area and the paid membership gives you access to the jobs area. As for the sidebar menu, they have removed it.

        I guess that as an existing member, I somehow was able to access the jobs membership without paying,

        I will update the review soon 🙂

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  10. Anonymous

    It seems like it’s no longer free. They now have “membership options” all of which are paid for. You only get to know this when they accept you as a writer and ask you to sign in.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hello,

      Sorry for my delayed response, but I was traveling.

      That’s very interesting to hear. Are you sure that there are no free options? I went back to their site and saw that they did have a “professional membership” option, which did cost money (though existing members get an 85% discount). I also noticed that I could not access any of the categories on the right-hand side because I am not a professional member. However, I am still able to enter the jobs and resources section, though it could be that new members would have to pay for that as well.

      Would you mind coming back and telling us the various membership options and how much they cost? As an existing member, I do not know what they are, and I am sure our readers would love to know.

      All the best and thanks for stopping by,

      Ben

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      1. Emily Flemming

        They still have a free option (I just signed up using it the other day; as in 5-6 days ago). After reading up on them a bit, this looks like it may be the same person that was spreading misinformation about them before, otherwise I’m not sure why else someone would go out of their way to post on a blog that they do not offer a free option when they do as recently as this week, hence the ‘anonymous’ post by them. I have already completed one assignment for them so far and they say payment will be sent on Mondays via PayPal. As far as the costs for their paid membership options, I’m not sure because I didn’t select a paid option. I will stop back with an update regarding payment and future work if anyone has any interest.

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        1. Ben (Post author)

          Hi Emily,

          Thanks for informing us. I did find it kind of strange to believe that they suddenly started charging for membership. Although there is a paid “Professional” membership, the free membership gives you access to all the writing job boards, resources list, and problem clients list.

          And if you can stop by with an update about payment, we all would really appreciate it 🙂 By the way, did you do a job for IAPWE directly, or was it a job for a private client listed on their job board?

          All the best,

          Ben

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          1. Joe Plukarski

            I was just accepted as a member and I chose the free option as well, but I cannot access the job boards or resources. It says I need a “Professional” membership for these services, which is $3.75 /mth. It gave me a “one-time chance” coupon for like a dollar off but I didn’t go with it because I figured I’d still have access to the job boards with the free membership. Am I doing something wrong? I don’t want to pay if I don’t have to.

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            1. Ben (Post author)

              Hi Joe,

              On the IAPWE website, you will see two menus: One on the top, and one on the sidebar (the layout is probably a little bit different on mobile devices). On the top menu, you will see a “Jobs” option and a “Resources” option. You should be able to enter those sections — I am able to, and I do not pay for premium membership.

              What you can’t access is the jobs and resources section under “Categories” in the sidebar menu. I don’t really know what is contained there, or if it worth it to pay the few dollars for it.

              Let me know if it worked for you or if you have any more issues 🙂

              All the best,

              Ben

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            2. Ben (Post author)

              Update: Hi Joe, it seems that the jobs boards are indeed a paid feature.

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    2. Chelsea Gordon

      I joined almost a month ago and got the free membership – I think it is the regular level? The way they explain it on their site, you don’t have to pay anything and can select the regular membership for free that includes the resources section but if you want to access certain areas of the website you need to have a certain membership, kind of like the SFWA or the American Society of Journalists and Authors (I’m a member of these as well but from my experience they do not offer a free membership level, only paid).

      Basically, they are giving you the regular membership that’s free and includes the resources section and if you want to select a higher level you can but as Marc pointed out, the resources section has a lot of good info. I started out with the regular membership and after I completed my first article for them I upgraded – I think it is called the professional level. I am wondering when Ben joined? Maybe they weren’t charging for the jobs access earlier? You might want to email them to ask about it but I wouldn’t want you to lose your free access if you were supposed to pay but got it by mistake somehow without them realizing it.

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      1. Ben (Post author)

        Hi Chelsea,

        Since there seems to be so much confusion about the free vs paid memberships, I decided to pay for the “Professional” membership just to try it out. I did not see any difference at all between the two memberships. As a free member, I was able to access both the job boards and the resources section from the top menu, but not from the side menu. As a paid member, I still could not access the jobs and resources section from the side menu — I still got an upgrade message saying that access was restricted to Professional members only. I checked my Paypal account and payment did indeed go through. Just to be sure, I paid the $3.75 yet another time, but still, nothing changed.

        I emailed the IAPWE through their contact page, asking for an explanation about the different levels. As soon as they reply (or if a lot of time goes by without getting a response), I will update the review.

        All the best 🙂

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        1. Chelsea Gordon

          Thanks Ben, same to you. I don’t think you would see a difference upgrading if you already had access before. I think it only makes a difference for us if we didn’t have access before.

          I too was wondering about the side menu options – if you can update us if you end up hearing back from them I’d appreciate it.

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          1. Ben (Post author)

            Hi Chelsea,

            I do hope to hear back from then soon. I was wondering, where you able to access the jobs section (from the top menu) before your upgraded? You said you upgraded after your first job, which would make it seem that way. I’m just trying to figure out what’s going on with IAPWE these days 🙂

            All the best and thanks for stopping by.

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          2. Ben (Post author)

            Hi Chelsea, I just received an update about the sidebar menu, and they have removed it.

            All the best.

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  11. Marc Marotta

    @Kathleen – I have also been with the IAPWE for several months and haven’t had any issues. The job listings from private websites/clients has been the most useful to me, while their other resources are also helpful but not as valuable to me as the job listings. I am also somebody who spends a good deal of time online researching different resources so I’ve pretty much heard of every resource out there are this point.

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  12. Chris

    Sounds like a pretty cool option for new writers looking for a way into writing content for a living online. You say they have some sort of resources right? What are these resources and did you find them particualarly helpful? What were the jobs like – did they pay to a professional standard?

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      One example of a resource was a free writer’s website design service, which an IAPWE member was offering for a limited time.

      As for the jobs, they aren’t offered by IAPWE themselves. Rather, IAPWE just lists many jobs offered by private companies. Many of them do pay nice rates.

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  13. Kathleen Rothenberger

    I am a member of IAPWE for a while now, and I have had no issues with them. They seem legit to me, supplying job lead, writing contests, etc. Not one issue with them, and I am not a “newbie”.

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Thank you!

      I’ve had a similar experience. Can’t be a scam if it’s free and just gives you job listings 🙂

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    1. Ben (Post author)

      Hi Afees Alli,

      Thanks for sharing. Have you tried out IAPWE?

      I do agree that Wealthy Affiliate is a great site, and I am a member of it myself. It has brought me much success.

      All the best,

      Ben

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