It takes a freelance writer with a special set of skills to write clear, compelling, and technically accurate consumer electronics product descriptions. If you know your way around a receiver, have a head for specs, and know bits from bytes, you may have what it takes.
Read about our approach and take a look at some example product descriptions. We ask all potential writers to provide a resume and complete a writing test.
Our freelance writers use available assets to create original product descriptions that describe the main features and benefits of a product without using market speak. Market speak includes, but is not limited to, appeals to emotion, hyperbole (the best, the most), logically impossible or unsupportable claims (unique, one-of-a-kind, best-in-class), and technical jargon (circumaural ear cups fit over your OEM hearing tool).
Our goal is to produce content that is easy for shoppers to either skim or read closely and that provides relevant product information.
Assets you receive may include sales PDFs, video files, images, and diagrams. We expect writers to be able to view and interpret all these files. Sometimes the only information you’ll have is whatever is available online; the ability to find and filter product details is essential.
You must be willing to familiarize yourself with the product lines you are writing about prior to starting your descriptions. You may be asked to write about routers, receivers, speaker systems, digital cameras, tablets, laptops, and tech accessories such as cables or dongles, among other items.
Consumer electronics descriptions often require translating tech jargon into simple language. Imagine you are explaining an audio receiver to your non-audiophile parent.
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Depending on the type of content required, we pay between $10 and $50 per description. Once trained, our freelance writers average between $30 and $40 per hour.
We ask all applicants to complete a writing test, so we can evaluate if your skills are a good fit for our needs.
Before we can send you the test, you will need to download, sign, and upload our non-disclosure agreement and fill out our application form. We strongly suggest providing a link to your online professional presence, but if you don’t have one, we won’t discriminate. It simply helps us check your qualifications.
After you complete these steps, we’ll check out your credentials. If everything looks good, you will receive an email with a link to reference material and the test.
Download non-disclosure agreement.
Please do not use your browser to fill in the NDA, as your information will not be saved. Instead, click on the download link, save the form to your computer, and use Acrobat Reader to fill in the form. If you don’t have Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free at https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
Why do I have to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)?
This is a generic agreement that all our employees and independent contractors sign. By signing the NDA, you’re agreeing not to reproduce the testing process in any way, including blogging or otherwise publishing it online.
The NDA also covers confidential information that you might receive if we decide to work with you (many of our clients require it). It does not prevent you from working with other companies.
What do you mean by “freelance?”
Our freelance writers are independent contractors–they are not content26 employees. As an independent contractor, you are free to accept or reject projects we send. You are also responsible for your own office space, health insurance, taxes, and so on.
All content26 independent contractors must agree to certain terms. Take a look at our freelance writer agreement to find out exactly what those terms are. We will ask you to sign the agreement before officially contracting with you; we’ve provided it here for your reference.
Why do you want a networking profile?
We want to make sure you’re actually a freelance writer and not an intelligent algorithm, an industry spy, or a celebrity gone AWOL. (Nothing against celebrities, but the media need you so they can continue to punctuate stories of economic and political disaster with lighter news.) Providing a link to your profile makes verification easy.
May I submit writing samples?
No. We have found that writing samples outside the scope of our field don’t predict whether a writer will do well with product descriptions.
What do I do if I’m having trouble with the form?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to help you.