Consumer Search is owned by About.com, and they are a New York Times Company. According to their website, they are actively seeking freelance writers to write consumer product reports. These reports pay-big time! The minimum pay is $350, but I've heard they are very labor intensive. However, I'm sure I'm not the only one who wouldn't mind spending a day or two on one report and being paid $350, or even more! Plus, they even pay a kill fee if they don't publish your report, so you're never working for free!
I have never written for this company, but I have heard very good things about them as far as reliability of work and payment (they are a New York Times Company, after all). But, it should also be said that the application process is no walk in the park. They require that you complete one of their labor-intensive sample reports before you'll even be considered, and you ARE NOT paid for it. But, if you really want a shot, visit the Consumer Search website and see if you think you're up to the challenge.
If you're wondering what type of "reports" you'll be writing, they provide a few sample reports for you to look over. If you have excellent research skills and writing ability, this could be a GREAT gig. The only reason I've never applied myself, is that I can't find the time to do a report for no compensation. However, the more I look into it, the more I think it might be worth it to do one some rainy weekend.
From the website:
"Rates for freelance writing vary according to the writer and the report, but are never less than $350. Compensation also fluctuates according to how much work is required and depending on talent of the writer. To us, talent is everything, and we set our pay scales accordingly. ConsumerSearch does pay a kill fee for work that we cannot publish."
Visit Consumer Search for more information on the application process.
Have you worked for Consumer Search? If so, we'd love to hear your feedback. Are there any draw backs? Is the pay and work reliable? What were your experiences?