Content Equals Money Reviews

Updated Nov 19, 2019

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    "Good job, good company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Content Equals Money full-time

    Pros

    I've been happy with this company. The negative reviews nearly scared me away from applying, but I'm thankful I did. This job is not for everyone, they have high writing standards and those with a strong work ethic. It is a lot of work, especially compared with working in an office. There is no time for slacking. You sit down, write, and don't take many breaks. The company does have suggested words per hour, but if your editing scores are high, word count doesn't seem to be a set standard. I've been pleased with the CEO and never found her to be unprofessional or rude. She's always considerate of taking time off and schedule adjustments. I've also always been paid on time.

    Cons

    I find about 1/4 of my projects to be dull, but that's just part of the business.

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    "Unfair Project Assignment - Glad I Left"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Staff Writer in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair pay. No word/internet tracking.

    Cons

    The projects you get are determined by your writer rating. A rating which, unfairly, is bestowed by the editors. The problem with this is the editors tended to play favorites - especially if you corrected their grammar in an email they sent to the entire company. Oops. I don't feel like I was treated professionally. I ended up with 90% of my projects being terrible, tedious, and impossible work. I HATED writing for one client in particular, and made this known multiple times. Guess which one I was assigned. :) I kept trying though, because I valued the job. But I was consistently marked down by the same editor, for the same client. It was a ridiculous cycle that I wouldn't have put up with for so long if I hadn't been younger and in need of the money.

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    "Can't Believe I Ever Worked Here"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Content Writer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NONE. :) (If you were a former employee, I'm sure this smiley emoticon has now traumatized you.) On a more serious note, I was one of the seemingly lucky few that got paid and this job did help me in a few ways as a writer (learning the basics of web writing, discovering that I could write a lot more than I thought I could, realizing that I should avoid jobs like these).

    Cons

    I only worked here for 2 months, but I'm honestly not sure how I survived. I didn't post here back then because I didn't want to waste my time listing all the cons, but after seeing the recent reviews, I wanted to add in my two cents that yes, this company sucks. As someone who has writing experience (BA in English), but not much to show for it portfolio-wise, I thought CEM would be a stepping stone to practice writing and make some money. I even thought this was a great opportunity when I first got the job. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Amie expected writers to produce 1k words an hour, for 8 hours a day and 5 days a week, but that didn't include time for researching, editing, and breaks. I thought I wasn't doing well because I couldn't keep up, but I quickly realized I was being ripped off, from the $15/hr that was actually less than 1.5 cents per word to the fact that I couldn't use anything as a writing sample. I usually worked without breaks most days and spent up to 10-16 hrs a day researching topics and writing, all while logging less hours than I really worked (although I did truthfully record my hours once I realized what was happening) to meet deadlines. In the end, I left because I couldn't take it anymore. In less than 2 months, I had crammed my brain with information on everything from roofing to nursing homes to cryptocurrency. Each project consisted of several blog posts/articles and it took a toll on me physically and mentally. It might sound exaggerated, but the workload was no joke and almost everything was always due the same day it was assigned. When I finally quit, a part of me was frustrated that I couldn't stick it out but it just wasn't worth being underpaid and writing like a crazy person.

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    "Total Rip Off"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editor in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None. This company tells whatever it is you need to hear to keep you working, and then does not pay you. The owner just sent out an email stating she was shutting down the company, along with an empty promise that she'd pay eventually. I don't expect to ever see my money.

    Cons

    I spent three weeks working in good faith thinking I would be paid. In that time, I turned down other work. I have no doubt the owner hired me knowing she was never going to pay me for my work. There is no other way to describe this than WAGE THEFT.

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    "Terrible Workplace Culture/Business"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Writer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No pros worth telling about.

    Cons

    Please take the allegations against CEM and its owner seriously. I didn't and loved my job at CEM for years...until she stopped paying its employees. Six months ago, the owner used every excuse in the book to get away with not paying her hard-working employees a cent. She now owes multiple people thousands of dollars. Almost everyone who previously worked at CEM now has to file wage claims against the owner to try to get what she owes them. She has committed a number of shady business practices, but not paying her employees has been the worst. You'll notice you won't see any more job ads for CEM on Flexjobs or other reputable job sites. It's because she can't pay her employees, so notable sites will no longer allow her to post job ads. I can only hope this review helps others avoid the black hole that is this company and its founder. Plenty of other content writing jobs exist with stable leaders, simple ethics, and better pay. Do yourself a favor and stay far away from CEM.

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Don't fall for this scam"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Elkhorn, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No pros outweigh the fact that Amie Marse (company owner) will scam you out of your pay.

    Cons

    The owner stopped processing payroll, claiming there was a bank freeze. She encouraged all of the staff to stop working until things get resolved. The company does not seem to have a strategy to pay back wages to staff.

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    "At least at other #contentsweatshops you get paid"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Editor in East Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of work but pay is always delayed. I’m months behind.

    Cons

    Not getting paid or promised benefits. Cruel and temperamental owner

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    "Don't Waste Your Time"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writer in Elkhorn, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My coworkers were genuinely good people.

    Cons

    The owner is unprofessional, does not pay her employees, and flagrantly disregards employment law. I sincerely regret spending as much time as I did at this company trying to make it work. Please seek employment elsewhere -- if you are talented enough to make it through the onboarding process, this company is not worth your time.

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    "PAY ATTENTION TO THE RED FLAGS!"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Writer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Content Equals Money full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Experience in a field you love.

    Cons

    There are so many cons to this place. The negative reviews you're reading here are the honest truth. I chose to ignore the red flags - the negative reviews because I thought it would be a great learning opportunity and experience. Learning opportunity? Yes. Opportunity? Not so much. One of the things I learned is not to ignore the bad reviews when you read them. Take my advice and don't ignore what you’re reading here. I’m an experienced writer and looked forward to moving into the world of online content with CEM. However, this is truly a "writing mill," disguised as a regular company with clients. You're expected to churn out a ridiculous amount of work as quickly as you possibly can. Don't let the pay fool you - it's by the word, not the hour. So, it's true when you read that you're almost forced to lie about how much time it took you to do a project to keep your hourly rate up. This means, either you'll give them extra hours and not charge them for it (which I did - silly me), or you'll rush through your assignment and the quality of your work might suffer. I don't know about you, but I much rather turn in quality work and have it take a little longer than rush through it and turn in a piece of crap. But they don’t care. Time is money. CONTENT IS MONEY. CEM. For the amount of work you are given, there is very little guidance from management. They put you through a ridiculous boot camp and expect you to retain everything you read there. They pay you a measly $20 for the boot camp that they say you can complete in a couple of hours. Not true…unless you’re a “speed reader.” It’ll take you much longer and you end up making about $1.00 per hour for the boot camp! Here’s the other thing - much of the content from the boot camp doesn’t pertain to the everyday workings of CEM. So, when you start your probationary period, you’re basically thrown to the wolves. They have a graph that you’re supposed to get your assignments from without any clear instructions on what the assignment is. You have to try and decipher what the assignment is! And then when you do, you’re sent an email with a condescending little smiley face, like that’s supposed to help you feel better about the fact that you did it incorrectly and it should’ve been done “another way.” Then you are then instructed to return to the boot camp. When you send an email asking for help, you receive another email about how you might want to take time and read through yet another boot camp (that you WILL NOT be paid for) and they include another smiley face. They love to send smiley faces. What they don’t love is communicating clearly and concisely with their employees. THEY AREN’T CLEAR IN THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. And don’t bother to ask for a phone conference. They don’t want to speak to you directly. Here’s what happened to me – I asked to speak to the owner after she hired me. I was told that because I was one of their “best writers,” I was going to be assigned to work with their best client. However, after I started doing the work, it was clear that I was struggling with some of those assignments and wanted/needed clarification. I also wanted to discuss a change in the assignment to something more suited to my writing style. She wouldn’t take my calls. She insisted we do it by email. They tell you in their newsletter that if you’re struggling, you should set up a conference call with them – no problem that “they’re there to help in any way they can.” That’s a bunch of BS. She refused to speak to me one-on-one. And by the time (in an email) she realized that part of the problem was that I needed a phone call (which I confirmed in my email back to her), it was too late for both of us. We were frustrated and there was no turning back. I wasn’t given the opportunity to speak with her – this is how they treat one of their “best writers?” I am not some disgruntled ex-employee. I’m fine with the decision and felt a HUGE relief when it came to an end. I just need to put this out there so you know ahead of time what you’re getting into if you decide to work for them. You’ll gain experience. And you’ll also “gain”: frustration, exhaustion, aggravation, anxiety and you’ll be overworked. You’ll also gain an amazing sense of awareness and relief when you realize this job isn’t for everyone – including you. Good luck!

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Content Equals Money full-time

    Pros

    Broad range of assignment types, friendly editors, quick feedback from owner about questions. Overall it was difficult, but I had no experience working as a writer. CEM gave me training and clients. It felt sink or swim and the pay isn’t at the top but neither is it at the bottom. When I had unexpected circumstances the owner was very understanding. I read the reviews about paychecks going in and I did always get paid.

    Cons

    High stress. The word count is tough. You can ask jobs be reassigned, but if you do there might not be work for a bit.

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