Understanding the 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 taking 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 our CMS.

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 asking you do this until you verify. To verify, simply 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, simply select the box to the left of "Writer" inside your training dashboard.

3. Complete 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 Writer Questionnaire

Once you complete your general account information, you will then be asked 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. With regards to the per word rate, we use this information 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.

Note: We ask you to recognize that you will need to pass our onboarding tests before you are eligible for work. Once hired, you will be placed in a trial period so that we can further assess your capabilities.

5. Take and Pass 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 16 multiple choice questions ranging from general grammar to our company's process and policies. You must score at least an 80% in order to move to the next test.

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 Practical Assessment Test

After you pass the multiple choice test, you'll then be required to complete a practical assessment test. This assessment test requires you to write a unique 500-word list-style article on whatever topic you want or to submit 500 words from a previously published article. You will need to format the submission based on the requirements outlined in the Style Guide. This includes requirements 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 ability to understand our CMS software, and your general writing capabilities. Once you complete your test article, you will need to submit and wait for our QA team to review and grade your submission. If we find that you are on the fringe of passing, we may submit an edit request with notes for corrections we want you to make to your article before you re-submit the test.

Otherwise, you should receive a pass or fail along with feedback approximately 2-3 weeks after submission. This timeline may be longer depending on the amount of tests in the queue. 

Note: This is an unpaid assessment test, required by all writers to enter into our community as a certified writer.

If you submit a previously published article:

You are asked to tell us whether you are submitting an original article or 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 W9 & Payment Information

Once you pass the practical test, the last step is to complete your W9 information and payment details. To eliminate any tax fraud or payment errors, we ask you to please double check all your payment and W9 information before you submit. If you have an LLC or business EIN that you want to be paid through, please input that information in this section.

Next Steps...

After you complete your W9 & Payment Information, you are considered an active writer.

Once you complete your writer onboarding, you will enter a trial period until you complete five approved writer assignments. You may lose your writer eligibility anytime during the trial period if you fail to meet our requirements. 

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