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I’m Not In The US; How Can I Get Paid? Ask Anne The Pro Writer

Hi Anne,

I don’t live in the USA. I know I can accept pay via PayPal and maybe some other services, but I’m wondering if you ever post jobs that can be worked from other countries? Or does it just get too tricky? Should I give up my search now?

Thanks for reading,

Santi

Hi Santi,

Don’t give up! Sure, it won’t be as easy for you to get some of the writing gigs as it will be for those based in the USA, but not all the jobs posted are in this country. Most are, but some show up from other English speaking countries, and if I could find reliable sources I’d post more.

Language is probably the biggest barrier, but if you can write excellent American English you can demonstrate that in your response to the ad.


Getting you paid is the next biggest barrier. Employers don’t want to fuss. PayPal and other services like 2checkout.com make it possible for the employer to use a credit card which is easy enough for many. Some, of course, may want to send you a check. I accept checks from the EU and from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand – anything else gets too complicated. You’ll have to decide if you can accept checks or not, and that will probably depend on your banking system.

You don’t say where you’re from, but I would also encourage you not to ignore writing jobs right where you are. They may not pay well, but something is often better than nothing, particularly in the beginning. Look too for opportunities in unsuspected places. Lots of people answer every ad; you can stand out from the crowd at least locally by contacting potential employers directly.

As your credits increase you’ll find you have many more choices. It just takes some time.

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  • What I meant to say was that I hired some writers. Not some random writer, LOL.
    .-= Kathryn Pless´s last blog ..Expanding My Horizons =-.

  • I just hired some writer, SEO pros and some video producers on oDesk. You can get paid through oDesk and it doesn’t matter where you’re from. I hired people from Africa, Egypt, the US and Phillipeans. I don’t want to sound like a commercial, but I’ve found oDesk a great place to find work and to find providers both.
    .-= Kathryn Pless´s last blog ..Expanding My Horizons =-.

  • I haven’t had any problems writing from abroad (Turkey, the Czech Republic) for most clients it doesn’t matter and I even point out that I can get the work done while they sleep, so they wake up to it in their inbox — which generally makes them very happy!
    Some big companies require you to be a US citizen because of their interface with the tax system. If you are an ex-pat all you need to provide is a ‘permanent address’ in the USA and a valid SSN. (However some automated systems won’t let you apply if they recognize you ISP is in a foreign country, in which case you can usually send an email and get around that.)
    But for most clients, a PayPal account and excellent American English writing are ll you need.
    A funny side note, I had one client compliment me on my command of English . . . he assumed since I lived in Europe I was not a native speaker!
    .-= Paula Swenson´s last blog .. =-.

    • Anne

      lol… funny about assumptions isn’t it.

      Good to hear you’ve had no problems writing from abroad… makes me want to move!

  • admin

    Benjamin, same offer to you re writing a guest post for me as to Marjorie above… thanks for the informative comment.

  • I’m a Canadian writer with a worldwide clientele. Payment should not be a barrier for a writer – non-citizens can hold American bank accounts quite easily, and most banks are very accomodating. Paypal offers fairly decent international possibilities, and there are also companies which offer loadable pre-paid credit cards which can be used all over the world. Don’t get discouraged!

    Benjamin Hunting’s last blog post..A Fond Farewell To Pontiac

  • admin

    Thanks Marjorie – I’m always amused when someone thinks they have to meet me f2f. I do enjoy the interaction, but looking at me doesn’t get any writing done does it.

    btw if you ever want to write a short article about writing as an expat I’d love to publish it… no pay, some glory, links back to you encouraged… no more than 800 words, and 500 or less is fine.

  • Marjorie

    I’m an expatriate working from outside the USA, and I enjoy just as much success as anyone based in country. I think many employers don’t care, as long as you have a Paypal account and you’re a good, professional writer. The only time it becomes an issue is when a client wants to hire a writer they can meet with in person.

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