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Writing Opporunity – Consumer Research

In late August I came across a freelance writing opportunity for a site called Consumer Research.

I was intrigued with the opportunity since the pay was respectable. They’re looking for freelance writers to research and write reviews on various products and services. They pay minimum of $350 per review. The review involves much more than writing a 500 word article comparing two products.

If you feel comfortable doing research and enjoy analyzing and writing about your research findings, then this position should be a good match for you.

Before you get excited and jump knee deep into researching, I would suggest that you make sure the opportunity is still available. I contacted Consumer Research in early September with the full intent to submit my work for review, but other writing engagements prevented me from doing so. Their website mentioned that they were hiring writers during the Summer of 2008. I wrote to them in September wondering if it was too late to be considered for their opportunity. Their response is listed below:

Thanks for your note. We are always looking for new talent and are currently accepting and reviewing new applications.

Thanks for your interest and good luck.
(I removed the editors name and email address, not wanting to have her bombarded with requests and spam)

Visit their website and look at the job requirements. It appears to be a legitimate and lucrative opportunity.

Good Luck!

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  • Alyssa October 1, 2008, 2:29 pm


    A while ago I explored the idea of submitting an application and a written sample for Consumer Research. Well, after downloading the articles that they wanted me to read on bottled water, the task of synthesizing the information into a coherent review article became daunting. It’s not that I’m incapable of doing it, it’s just that you need to comply with their strict standards of writing a review. Also, with a full-time job and two children under the age of five, I have no time to dwaddle about how to write the review.

    As you mentioned, they appear to be legitimate, and this is no work for the faint-hearted. You must be committed to researching and writing. All of this is very appealing to me, but time management seems to be my stumbling block.

    Meanwhile, I carry a folder in my tote bag with contents from their submission application, and I have yet to finish reading the articles on the pros and cons of bottled water, and which is the best.

    In my opinion, this is something that you’d like to have in your portfolio. In May 2007, ConsumerSearch.com was acquired by About.com. About.com is one of the 15th most visited sites in the US and a part of The New York Times Company. Not a bad gig, if you can swing it.

  • Felicia October 1, 2008, 2:58 pm

    I’m with you Alyssa,

    I looked at it and liked the gig, but time is a major factor. I just couldn’t find the time.

    Maybe if I take it in small bites, I’ll get through it, but I’ve got quite a bit on my plate right now.

  • Kyo October 2, 2008, 8:06 pm

    Thanks for posting this.. I checked into, and you’re right, it’s really massive, but a good opportunity (if you have the time).

    On another note, I really appreciate your site. You’ve given me a lot of great information. Definitely a bookmark for me!

  • Julie October 20, 2008, 11:38 pm


    I have been on your website here for over an hour – what a great amount of information! I feel I have only touched the surface and so I have added this site to my Favorites. I found your site because I am currently looking into freelance writing and have my eyes on Suite 101. You are truly an inspiration!! How do you ever find the time?

  • Felicia October 21, 2008, 6:17 am

    Aw shucks! Thanks Kyo and Julie.

    As far as finding the time, well, lately I haven’t had the time so my posts are a bit old and stale.

    I’ve carved out a bit of time this week so I hope to get back to posting a bit more.

  • Alyssa October 27, 2008, 2:44 pm

    Has anyone had any experience with Constant Content? From reading their information, albeit a bit scattered, it seems that you can set the price for your articles. Buyers can also make requests for specific topics or send private orders to authors for whom they have an affinity. The latter sounds like the model that Textbroker uses.

    I don’t see a downside, but then again, I haven’t fully investigated them. Do you or any of your readers have any insight to this online source of income?

  • Felicia October 27, 2008, 3:08 pm

    I checked it out quite some time ago, but never really did anything with them. I should take a look them again.

  • Sandra November 6, 2008, 11:24 am

    Thank you so much for this site! I have been looking for months for a way to make money without having to go back to work, because I have a paranoia about putting my daughter into daycare. This site has given me so many useful tools to add to my search and I haven’t even gotten to all of them.

  • Felicia November 6, 2008, 3:43 pm

    Hi Sandra,

    I hope you find something here that helps you.

    As I come across opportunities, I’ll continue to share.

    Best wishes!

  • Jason Harvey May 14, 2012, 1:57 pm

    I there, I was wondering if you had any recent info on this company? Are they looking for writers? I mean really looking and not just accepting applications like about.com? For a company that pays so much there is very very little information on them.

    • Felicia May 17, 2012, 6:21 am

      Hi Jason,

      You’ll have to contact them directly. The last time I contacted them several years ago, they were still hiring.

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