So, quite a few freelance writers out there have stumbled across Zemandi and there is a great debate about whether or not this company is legit. Is it real or is it just another scam? Well, writer friends...I'm here to answer that question for once and for all.
What is Zemandi?
Zemandi is an online-based company that offers an endless stream of freelance writing opportunities on diverse topics. Freelance writers will anonymously write articles that deal with content, reviews, blog posts, or news article and get paid per article. As long as the writer has at least a $20 balance, the company sends out payment every Monday via Paypal. Zemandi is not the best paying freelance opportunity, but it's a legit company, not a scam.
Compensation for Your Writing
If you're looking for a "get rich quick" gig, Zemandi is not the company for you. They offer some of the lowest starting pays that I've found online with beginner writers (score 3 writers) receiving 40-60¢ per 100 words or roughly $2-$2.25 for most 400-450 word articles. They also offer a referral bonus program where you get paid a percentage of the earnings of writers who you refer. Below is a chart of Zemandi's compensation breakdowns. They go off of a score system; the writer's score is based upon a number of factors including how many articles he writes weekly, how many articles are accepted/rejected, and how grammatically correct the articles are, as well as how much the client is willing to pay to have the article written.
Pay-Out Breakdowns Based on Score
|Score||Rate of Pay||Pay for 400-450 word article||Pay for 500-750 word article||Pay for 800-1250 word article|
- fluent English
- strong understanding of grammar rules
- commit to 5-10 articles daily
- active email account
- free to sign up
Requirements to Work for Zemandi
Even if you aren't the best writer in the world, as long as you can string together coherent sentences that are free of grammatical errors, then you can work for Zemandi. You can be a professional writer, a stay-at-home mom, or a college student needing to earn extra cash on the side. You are required to be fluent in English, written and verbally, but English does not have to be your native language.
They prefer writers who can commit to writing 5-10 articles per day, but you can choose to write as many or as few articles as you'd like.
All you have to do is sign up, verify your email account, and begin requesting article assignments immediately. There are no startup costs, no credit card needed on file, and no hidden fees.
Examples of Articles
- IRA funds
- Brazilian jiu-jitsu
- dyeing Easter eggs
- wilderness realty
- breast enlargement
- payday loans
- head teller positions
- SBA 504 loan
What Kind of Articles Will You Write?
The topics are very diverse, and you do not necessarily get to "choose" the type of subjects that you will write about. What you do get to choose is whether you want to write an article that is a blog, a review, a news article, or a content article. Subjects vary widely, but they do not expect you to be an expert on the topic. All you need to know is how to use a search engine to find information on the topic. Sometimes, websites are provided by the client to assist you with your research. Here are some topics that I have written on while writing for Zemandi:
Things to Keep in Mind
- You escalate up the score system slowly, so expect to be a score 3 writer for a while.
- Writing interesting and grammatically correct articles is not always easy depending on the subject matter and can take up to 1-2 hours (or longer) to write.
- You can reject assignments, but they frown upon this and will penalize you with mandatory writing assignments if you reject too many assignments.
- Requested assignments expire after 8 hours; they do not like for assignments to expire so if you can't write it in time, reject the assignment in a timely manner.
- They use copyscape to check for plagiarism, which is a very sensitive program so if you find information somewhere else online, put as much of it in your own words as possible.
Pros & Cons of Zemandi
Set your own schedule
Extremely low starting pay
Write on a variety of topics
Writer for hire (ghostwriter)
Expand your knowledge
Clients can reject your work
Get paid every Monday via Paypal
Takes hours of commitment
No Start-up Costs
Have no copyrights
Copyscape very sensitive to plagiarism
Opportunity to make $300-$500 wk
Don't get to choose subject matter
No binding contract
Write as much or little as you like
Begin making money immediately
My Personal Experience
Like many others, I stumbled upon Zemandi on Craigslist while looking for a legit work-for-home opportunity (which was no easy task considering the loads of scams and pyramid schemes saturating the writing jobs/gigs forums). Having already fallen prey to some business ventures that I leapt into before sufficiently "looking", I googled Zemandi to see what I came up with. Many people were calling this company a scam, and I've even read another hub that considers Zemandi a scam.
From personal experience, this is just simply not true. My first paypal payment from Zemandi was $29.75, my second one was $39.50. This was after two weeks of writing.
Some people complain about articles being rejected: Not a single one of my articles has been rejected by the clients because I truly take the time to research the content, meticulously read the "special instructions" submitted by the client, and pay great attention to my grammar. I have had one issue with plagiarism, but that was only because I misunderstood the assignment (which Zemandi allowed me to fix and resubmit).
Some people complain about the pay: You won't get rich writing for Zemandi and will often feel like you are not getting paid what you deserve for writing these articles. In all actuality, you are writing for pennies on the dollar. But if you have a bill that needs to be paid--such as a phone bill, a light bill, or you need gas money--or you simply want to supplement your income and you are a decent writer, you are guaranteed a "paycheck" every Monday via Paypal (as long as you have written at least $20 worth of articles).
What I like About Zemandi
1. I like that you can begin writing and getting paid immediately, unlike other websites, including HubPages, where you have to first get a certain amount of articles approved.
2. There's no strict assessment of your skills in order to begin writing: no editorial test request, no samples of your work needed. Just write, follow the special instructions, and you will get paid.
3. It is the perfect writing stimulant. You will be surprised by how much you learn and how many articles you find yourself writing within a week's time. If you struggle with writer's block or feel like you don't have what it takes to do freelance writing, Zemandi will completely eradicate the feeling.
What I Don't Like about Zemandi
It doesn't take long to get burned-out from writing for Zemandi. You write so hard and so much and the amount of money you're being paid does not reflect that. Yes, while $55.75 looks good in my account, it doesn't feel good knowing that I could've gotten paid that amount off of one single article when it took me writing about 15-20 different articles (each one taking an hour or more to write) for that small of an amount.
Update: While I still write for Zemandi occasionally, for me, it has become a thing of the past. My time and my writing abilities are worth much more than a few pennies on the dollar.
See What Others Think
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2013 Jessica B Smith
Emmanuel Maliti on May 06, 2018:
I am already writing fro Zemandi, but I have not received my first payment (My balance is $27). How do you go about it?
robertskm on June 27, 2017:
Yes, it is a scam. I have not been paid my referral pay since Sept. 2016! They say they had some sort of "bot" problem and they are working on it. It is almost a year now. Write for IWriter or some other service.
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on June 24, 2017:
@Robert, wow that's horrible! I hope those considering writing for Zemandi read your message. If you have to write for them out of necessity, go for it, but maybe skip referring because it's not worth it.
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on June 24, 2017:
@Robert, thanks for your comment. While working for Zemandi, I never referred anyone, so I never used the referral system of payment. It's unfortunate that you did all that referring and not receive any compensation for it. That definitely seems scammish to me. I'm glad you quit, and I hope you find a better, more lucrative opportunity. Best to you!
robertskm on June 01, 2017:
I'd say it is a scam. While I was paid as a writer, I signed up loads of referrals and it appears that their computer system had some sort of "problem" so, although they tell me they are "working on a solution", I haven't been paid since September 2016 and it is now June 2017 and they are still "working on it". I quit writing and referring. Yes, indeed, it is a scam!
robertskm on May 31, 2017:
Zemandi has owed me my referral commission pay since September 2016 and it is now May 2017. Because of that, I quit writing and referring. They keep telling me it is some type of systems glitch. Here is one of the emails from support:
let me find out what the status is. I know you have been asking for this
for a long time and every time something or the other happens that keeps
pushing this back. I will let you know
So... maybe you will get paid, maybe not.
SJ on January 18, 2017:
I wrote for them for all of 9 days before quitting. The majority of my articles were accepted, and there was no issue with payment either. However, on a few of them they wanted rewrites which would have been fine except that they were DISGUSTINGLY rude and unprofessional about it in emails. Don't take my word for it. Here is a sample of some of the emails they sent me. I have saved a couple of them because I want every writer on the web to be fairly warned that you will be underpaid and abused if you work here!
"This is ridiculous! Again you are sending your tables. we will reject this now. We cannot use your tables as they look like crap!"
"What a waste of time! Did you even read the instructions?"
(The first one, I had received an automated message telling me my article was ONE word short so I edited it and resent it; I had not received their message about not sending any table in the work at that point!)
In another assignment, they advised a client to shorten his intro length request because the shorter length would result in "less bulls%@t from the writers."
They have ZERO respect for their writers. I highly advise writers to look elsewhere. Anywhere else.
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on December 20, 2014:
For Zemandi, if you complete their writing assignments, they will pay you (as long as your balance is at least $20). The problem is, by the time you write that much for them, you'll feel like you've been literary-raped. Here's a link to a hub article that lists countless paid online writing opportunities that will put cash in your pocket while building your freelance writing portfolio/resume: https://hubpages.com/literature/Freelance-Writing-...
issiehenderson on June 20, 2014:
Would you work for Zemandi? Why work for Zemandi when you can work for any of the freelance writing sites and earn a better wage! Respect your self and look for the best writing opportunities. If we allow ourselves to be taken advantage of we have no one else to blame. Zemandi will make a profit on your work, seems reasonable. Yes but please be aware that the jobs come from the other already existing sites, not from their own marketing efforts. Thank you for your time and consideration. Respectfully Issie Henderson
issiehenderson on April 30, 2014:
Zemandi creator has accounts with all the legitimately higher paying sites. He then posts the work on his site and makes a profit. Can't say its not a smart idea, but if you can work for Zemandi making less than a couple of dollars for an hours work, you can sign up for the other sites yourself and make a reasonable wage. Put him out of business and do not write for him. Let the world know that pay does actually matter! Human rights
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on March 02, 2014:
Karen, this is true. Many writers who have written for Zemandi feel like this. For those who are considering writing for Zemandi, this is definitely something to keep in mind. While the pro is that you are guaranteed a weekly paycheck, the con is the amount of work (hours upon hours) that you must put into writing these articles while acknowledging the fact that you are being severely underpaid.
Karen Blake on February 17, 2014:
Do Not waste your time writing for Zemandi. They do pay but you might as well be working for slave wages. It is not worth any ones time to make 14 to 15 dollars for 10 articles. Even if you are a good writer it will take you more than an hour to research, write and edit your article. On average you will be earning $2.25 an hour. The company takes advantage of people. Zemandi is not worth your time.
Christopher Decker from Burton Michigan on December 26, 2013:
I looked at oDesk myself and just the prospect of seeing the jobs makes me happy. I'm glad that there is a chance to make money, and seeing the jobs available gets me excited about writing. I looked at the hubpage you suggested and it was also good.
Jessica B Smith (author) from Sanford, NC on December 26, 2013:
I'm new to sorting out the whole freelance writing career; guess you can say just "dipping my toes in the water." However, Zemandi was my first freelance writing job and I still work/write for them and get paid every week for it (but the pay isn't anything to brag about). A lot of people suggest oDesk and Elance but when I browsed their sites, I wasn't too impressed by the prices or the "bidding" process. A fellow hubber, creativegenius, has a really nice hub that I have bookmarked and plan to check out when I get the chance. You should take a look at it; it's a very resourceful list of staffing agencies in search of freelance writers:
Christopher Decker from Burton Michigan on December 25, 2013:
Enjoyed reading your article! As someone who has just trying to start a writing career, finding actual places to write for is important. Any other websites do you know about that are legit? Once again thanks for the article.