So you’ve heard about a writing marketplace called Yonipp. As a writer who seeks some extra income, you wonder, can you really write and get paid on this platform? Is Yonipp legit or just another scammer company that doesn’t compensate for the work you put in? Here’s the answer:
Yonipp is indeed a legitimate writing marketplace that was launched in March 2020. It was formerly known as Essay.ph – a global outsourcing marketplace – owned by Paul Agabin, a Filipino online marketing entrepreneur.
Now, I’ll answer the most frequent questions (and a short Yonipp review) about the platform. Hope this helps you decide whether to push through or not. Alright, let’s settle the doubts once and for all.
How can I start writing for Yonipp?
It’s pretty easy to become a writer in Yonipp.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom, a student, or someone who’s just seeking extra income. As long as you have the skill and passion to write, then you’re good to go.
The first step, of course, is creating a Yonipp account to access the platform. Once you have created one and set up a winsome profile, then you can immediately submit deals and pitches to clients.
What topics should I write about?
Clients post a variety of projects – essays, blogs, articles, e-books, fiction stories – you name it.
Proofreading and editing services are available, too. Clients post a wide range of topics, so niche writers would eventually find a suitable project for them.
Below are some of the topics you can write about:
- General Lifestyle
- Pets, and a there’s a whole lot more!
How do I claim projects?
Clients post their project requirements on the marketplace. Writers then submit formidable deals. You must impress the client in terms of:
- Price (writers can negotiate in accordance with the client’s budget)
- Turnaround Time (How long can you finish the project?)
- Pitch (How confident are you that you can deliver the project?)
- Writing Sample (This is optional but you can include a 1-3 paragraph sample to flaunt your writing skill.)
Tip: Make sure you have an appealing profile, too. Sometimes, deals aren’t enough. Clients deliberately go and check your profile to see what else you’re up to.
After the client reviews your deal and accepts it, they will set a pledge (locking in the payment to the system) to avoid any payment disputes. Accept the pledge before you start working on the project.
Note: Some clients forget to set their pledges. You can remind them to ensure a dispute-free transaction.
Do writers get paid immediately?
You will get your payment after the client’s satisfied with the final output. After submitting the project, it usually takes 1-2 weeks (from my experience) before they release the pledge. But in some cases, it may only take a day. The client may also request revisions, too, so you should be available for them.
But you don’t have to wait until the client releases the payment. Go and place deals on other projects. Use your time wisely.
How much does Yonipp pay their writers?
With their delightful grape-and-vine theme, they categorized their writers in witty vineyard terms.
- The Newbie writers are called Fresh Pick. They get paid around $2-10 per 100 words.
- Experienced Writers are called Semi-ripe. They also get paid around $2-10 per 100 words.
- Expert Writers are called Matured. They get paid $10 or more for every 100 words.
Writers can request a promotion from Fresh Pick to Semi-ripe to Matured.
But before requesting for promotion (which I did through e-mail), I believe writers must have a substantial amount of completed projects to be used as a basis. Yonipp will then have to review your writing skills and rating.
Remember, your promotion highly depends on whether you have met their standards or not.
Does Yonipp really pay writers?
I assure you, they do pay their writers.
Once a project is completed, the customer releases your payment and it goes straight to your Pocketbook (or the Yonipp wallet).
So far, I’ve earned $274.16 from them (around 13,000 PHP) and have withdrawn them all with no problem.
From the image above, you can also see that there’s a 20% Merchant fee deducted from my earnings. This isn’t new since most platforms like Upwork and Fiverr deduct fees as payment on helping you connect with a client.
How do I withdraw Yonipp payments?
Yonipp sends your payment through these methods:
- BDO, BPI, and other Bank Accounts
It takes 1-2 business days to transfer your money. I personally opt for GCash to avoid any additional service fees. Also, withdrawing any amount less than $50 shall have a $2 transaction fee charge.
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What I like best about Yonipp: The accommodating support team
From Essays.ph to Scribbloo to Yonipp, the platform has always carried a friendly and helpful environment to their writers. The support team is always accommodating (and fun!) which helps liven up their writer’s confidence and enthusiasm.
I find their approach motivating to many Filipino writers. Oh, how I wish all platforms work like this.
Pros and Cons
What I liked:
- Fast and Easy Signing Up process
- Project-based ( I can work one project at a time)
- Flexible for students, at-home moms, and employees in search of a side-hustle
- The Pledge system holds payments to prevent disputes between the writer and the client
- Accommodating Support Team
- Easy-to-navigate interface
- Fast withdrawal methods
What I didn’t like:
- A bit competitive among writers since it’s a fairly new marketplace with a few streams of projects.
- Not advisable if you’re looking for a full-time job
What I wish they could’ve added:
- An interactive community for Yonipp freelance writers
How to Join Yonipp as a Freelance writer
Signing up is easy and you can literally do it within 5 minutes.
Step 1: Signing Up
First, go to their site, Yonipp.com. On their Welcome page, choose “Sign-up as a PH writer”.
Fill up your information. Most of your information shall be kept private except for the Username. Your Username will remain public for the clients to see. After filling up the form, click “Get Started”.
Step 2: Verifying Account
You will receive this e-mail to verify and activate your account. Click “Activation Link”.
Step 3: Logging in
Voilà! Your Yonipp profile is activated. Write additional information on your profile to get higher chances of getting hired. Indicate your niche, upload an article sample, or write an impressive writer’s journal.
My Final Say
Yonipp is a legitimate writing platform for Filipino writers. It has a clean and user-friendly interface, along with a fun and accommodating support team.
So far, I haven’t had a problem with the platform (except for the deadlines, lol).
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, I recommend trying this platform to increase your income sources and side hustles.
Lastly, it’s a platform that regards Filipino writers’ growth and skill. I’ve known very few writing marketplaces that think of their writers’ welfare.
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