Understanding Writer Onboarding

All writers for CopyPress start out as candidates and are required to complete an onboarding process before they are eligible for assignments. This article walks you through the writer onboarding process, from application to your first paid assignment.

If you want to work as a writer for CopyPress, you'll need to complete the onboarding steps found in the Training Checklist section of Dante.

1. Verify Your Email

The first step after you register will be to verify your email. There will be a notification bar on your training page. To verify, go to your email and click the verify email link. After you click the link, the notification will be removed.

2. Select the "Writer" Position To View the Required Steps

If you want to pursue the writer position, select the "Writer" box on your training dashboard.

3. Complete the General Account Information

To get started, click "Complete general account information" in the Writer Certification Checklist to bring up a box with your account information. There are four required fields:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Contact Email
  • Timezone

The other fields are optional but highly recommended. Please take a moment to add an Avatar Image to your account so that our project managers can better identify you.

4. Complete the Writer Questionnaire

Once you complete your general account information, you will then need to complete a writer questionnaire. We want to know what languages you can write fluently in, what your desired word rate is as a writer, and if you've ever worked as a writer for CopyPress in the past. We use your per-word rate to try and offer projects that fall into your range. We may offer you assignments outside your range from time to time, but we do our best to respect your desired pay rate.

5. Pass the Multiple-Choice Test

CopyPress vets all writers for certain skills and knowledge. The first step in this vetting process is to pass a short multiple-choice test. You have approximately 30 minutes to answer multiple-choice questions ranging from general grammar to our company's process and policies. The questions are weighted. You must score at least a 90% in order to move to the next test. You can take the test as many times as you need to pass.

Once you pass the test, you will return to the training checklist to complete the next step. If you fail the multiple-choice test, you can take it again.

6. Take and Pass the Practical Assessment Test

After you pass the multiple-choice test, you'll then be required to complete a practical assessment test. This test requires you to write a unique 500-word article on whatever topic you want, or submit 500 words from a previously published article. You will need to format the submission based on the requirements outlined in the Style Guide, such as:

  • Adding a correctly sourced image
  • Adding 2-4 outbound links
  • Formatting all headings in the H2 (Heading 2) style

This assesses your ability to follow directions, your understanding of Dante, and your general writing capabilities. Once you complete your test article, submit it and wait for our QA team to review and grade your submission.

You should receive a grade along with feedback approximately 2-3 weeks after submission. This timeline may be longer depending on the number of tests in the queue.  You have three chances to pass the test.

Note: This is an unpaid assessment test required by all writers to enter our community.

If you submit a previously published article:

You are asked to tell us whether you are submitting an original article or a previously published article. If you submit a previously published article, please send us the link to where that article is published. You will also need to truncate the article to 500 words and reformat the submission based on our Style Guide requirements. 

7. Complete W-9 & Payment Information

Once you pass the practical test, the last step is to complete your payment information. CopyPress uses Tipalti to pay all contractors. Through Tipalti, you can choose several payment methods, including PayPal and echeck. You can learn more about setting up your Tipalti account here.

Next Steps...

After you complete your W-9 & Payment Information, you are considered an active writer.

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