"I’ve always wanted to be a professional writer - to be published and earn at least a part of my income from writing - but it remained a distant daydream until I signed up with Contena.
Today, I got paid for my first freelance job, and I’m not even finished with Contena academy! I decided to put my pitch to work right after completing Module 5. Not only did I get paid, but I had a lot of fun doing the work, and I added to my published portfolio.
Contena gave me the confidence and tools to turn my dream into something real for me, today. I couldn’t recommend it more!"Kevin W.
"Contena Academy has helped me leap over the hurdles that were preventing my success as a freelance writer. The modules deconstruct the entire process of finding writing jobs and have helped me create a clear, easy to implement process that I can use again and again. I was hesitant to invest my time and money with Contena, but I am so glad I did. It has been well worth it."Christine I.
"Contena has helped me tap into my creative side by starting to write. I wasn't fully aware of all the stories I have in my mind to tell. I want to say thank you for allowing me to discover this side of myself."Ashley D.
"Thanks to my Contena coach who not only provided valuable feedback on my portfolio and pitches, but also helped me get my recent articles on Medium and Buzzfeed. Without Contena Academy, I wouldn't have even known it was an option to self publish on such professional sites!"Michelle M.
"Contena helped me launch my career, it gave me confidence, and it provided a daily outlet for my writing focus. Good stuff.
Now I write for sites like Entrepreneur.com, Fitbit.com, and I'm making a buck a word on my own. I've also hired my first contractors."Daniel D.
"I've had great success with Contena and I am proud to be part of the community. My first writing job was with a company called Roomi.
The content manager took me on as an intern which grew into a paid position. Under her mentorship, I built a writing portfolio that has led to consistent gigs. My writing career would still be just a dream without Contena leading me to Roomi."Nicole H.
"As a new freelance writer, I would be spending days looking for a writing gig. At this time I was spending almost all of my time looking for jobs and hardly ever actually writing. Contena changed the game for me as it allowed me to spend most of my time actually writing which is the only way a freelance writer can earn. Contena has allowed me to move my business in the right direction very quickly."Avijoy R.
"My Contena coach has helped me with various articles and is helping me build a professional portfolio and pitch. My confidence is growing and I'm inspired to see the end result. "Caroline C.
"I've been trying to make it as a freelance writer for a nearly six months now. Even though I've had amazing clients, I was using platforms such as Upwork to source jobs. My experience was that clients wanted quality content for dirt cheap prices!
I'm so glad I stumbled upon Contena! My amazing Contena coach has been so helpful! She's answered all my silly questions and given great constructive feedback on my portfolio, pitch and CV.
The academy has also been a game-changer in how I pitch to new clients!
I've only been with Contena for a week and I've already heard back from a potential client (who pays well!!!). Even though I haven't landed the gig yet, it's a massive win for me - I can now see my dream is on its way to becoming a reality!
Thank you so much Contena!"Josephine M.
"In less than a month, I found steady work and have been able to consistently supplement my income. Contena was a game changer!"Stephanie J.
"Seeing better opportunities for writing gigs laid out in a clear manner has been very helpful for me with Contena.
The biggest help has come from my Contena coach, Amanda Scheibner. She's helped me craft the perfect pitch to land the jobs I want most. Her help has and will be invaluable going forward."Shane M.
"I was searching for part-time writing work to supplement my current position as an editor with a local publishing company, and heard about Contena.
I sent out a few resumes for jobs I found on the site that I liked, and got a call directly from the head of a company that does blog writing for a wide variety of clients across the states. I have tons of flexibility - they send me orders and I turn them in on a timeline I work out with my editor- and I get paid a good rate promptly each month.
I am actually back on the site right now, since I'm looking for a few extra gigs. Looking forward to seeing what I turn up!"Meg I.
"LOVE it. Its super easy to use, I've already referred one friend and will probably refer another."Heidi R.
"I got a nice gig from Contena after a few emails yesterday."Aki M.
"I got a great gig using Contena in my very specialized and niche field. I've been using upwork (formerly odesk) for a long time, but I'm glad I tried Contena as it's been more effective and seems to take much less time to secure long term contracts."Corinne T.
"I am SO happy I found Contena!! You nailed it! I spend so much time looking for writing jobs specific to my RN degree and obstetrics specialty that it was driving me insane!"Lynn S.
"I have my first interview this morning at 11. I have also shared this page with my friends who write freelance and encouraged them to sign up"Nicole H.
"I'd been looking for a new easy outlet to market my freelance writing business. Who wants to do it the hard way? So when I had the money, I finally plunked it down.
And I'm glad I did.
Not only was Amanda's pitch review incredibly valuable, but the jobs are high-quality jobs. I landed my first one within a week and a half of signing up, at a rate that not only made the annual membership pay for itself, but provided a modest ROI as well.
The Contena team has done something I've never seen before. They've created a job board full of high-quality jobs, so you can focus on picking out what you'll be good at doing rather than trying to decide if you're about to get screwed. I'd highly recommend that any freelancer go right ahead and make the investment."Carmen H.
"I recently obtained a writing gig through Contena with a company that writes articles on strong, independent women.
My Contena Coach was extremely helpful in helping me build up my confidence but in also showing me the appropriate way to apply for jobs. She told me of the importance of doing your research about the company, checking out their website, along with seeing the type of content they have on their website and the format. All it takes is one person giving you one opportunity and then you can expand from there!"Jasmine E.
"I have learned so much from Contena within the first 2 weeks! I've been able to easily juggle the academy modules and writing along with my sculpture business.
My coach, Amanda, has been absolutely the best! She has been available to me for proofing my work for each module. She has helped me become more focused on what kind of writing jobs I want. I haven't applied for jobs yet, but I am very excited about what I've learned and created so far!
Thanks Contena!"Melanie N.
I've been a Contena member for a few months now and have found your site to be a huge benefit for my freelance career.
Within the first 30 days, I was able to land a great writing gig as an independent contractor for MapQuest, and have had several other solid leads as well.
I've already left a comment on Facebook about how pleased I am with your service, and would gladly write up a formal testimonial if that would also help."Julia M.
"I'm so glad to have joined Contena as a freelance writer. Ever since learning, that's what Carrie from "Sex in the City" did and the fact that I can work from home and get paid for doing what I love."Constance J.
"Contena has proven to be a short cut for freelance success, and don't we all love a good short cut!"Andrea
"The number of quality jobs I see on Contena continues to increase, and I'm grateful for all writers that this font of employment exists. We can live anywhere and work as much as we want to, and Contena is our partner in being able to do that. Thank you for opening up the world to us, Kevin! Keep up the great work!"Prudence T.
"Bring out a box of celebratory chocolates for my coach (Amanda Scheibner) and me! With her incredibly skillful encouragement, I was able to land a great paying gig writing about a topic I truly enjoy. Other negotiations are in the works, and I'm totally pumped about my future in the field of freelance writing.
I stumbled upon Contena through a Gina Horkey article, and I'm so glad I did. Without Contena, I would still be sending out clueless, junk pitches completely void of voice or authority. Kudos to Amanda and kudos to Contena!"Dyanne H.
"I only joined Contena yesterday and already I'm being considered for an online travel writing job for a Berlin based company. Thanks!"Claire K.
"Contena changed my life for the better, forever. They scout the world for writing jobs so I don't have to! There are simply no words to explain how that alone is invaluable. I am profoundly grateful."Cheryl R.
"I've had no trouble finding clients in the past, but the Contena educational modules have opened doors that I didn't know about!"Kayla L.
"Contena has given me the tools and confidence to apply to writing jobs. I feel confident sending my applications, knowing I followed the outline Contena has provided. "Alyssa S.
"I have already accepted three new gigs, and one pays more per article than I have ever received before. They want me to write 2 a week! I will be making my three-month income goal with no problem!"Jennifer D.
"It wasn't easy. And it took four months. But we are published on a high profile news site, and now can publish as fast as we can write. Our dream is becoming a reality. It would not have happened without doing all of the training modules, a couple of times! Thank-You Contena! "David J. Ontario, Canada
"So excited! After studying and writing with Contena and with the help and guidance of my coach, I have succeeded in finding my first paid trial."Sandra M.
"Super happy to be working with Contena. As a part-time teacher, I needed some more work to fill in the gaps. I'd always loved writing, but had no idea how to make it work as a career.
After toiling on Upwork for a bit, I read an article about Contena, and decided to give it a try.
The Academy and Coach have given me the tools and the knowledge to make things work as a freelance writer. It's been awesome and exciting to be a part of it!"Mikeie R.