The Barefoot Writer, part of American Writers & Artists Inc. (or AWAI), is a subscription magazine online that claims to help people like you to become a highly-paid and sought-after writer. Their goal is to help people break free from the “starving artist” mentality, and to live the laptop lifestyle writing for cash. But is it just another scam, or is it indeed legit? Let’s dive in!
My Review of Barefoot Writer
Owner: Paul Hollingshead
Price: $108/year + upsells
What is the Barefoot Writer and How Does It Work?
The Barefoot Writer is a website and magazine that helps anyone with a passion for writing become a professional writer. The website is essentially just a sales pitch for the magazine subscription and the official Barefoot Writer’s Club, which costs $108 per year to join. Also heavily advertised is a free report on 9 Ways to Make a VERY Good Living as a Writer.
Their free report requires your email address and name before you can access it.
My Experience with Barefoot Writer
Here’s my full disclosure: I am not a paying member at Barefoot Writer. However, I have dug through their free resources a bit and done a lot of research on them.
Since their report on the 9 ways to make a very good living as a writer is free, I decided to download it to uncover the secrets inside. Here’s what I found:
The report contained everything it promised. It showed 9 good ways to make money as a writer. However, all it did was explain what you’d be doing in each scenario, and then tell you how much money you could expect to make.
No guidance was given for actually getting into each line of work. That’s to be expected though. After all, it was a free resource intended to get you to sign up as a paying member of The Barefoot Writer’s Club.
Unfortunately, none of the 9 ways to make money as a writer were anything to write home about. There are MUCH better guides out there, including this one which lists 103 ways to make money as a writer. (You may want to check it out – lots of awesome ideas).
Barefoot Writer’s Club Complaints
There are a TON of Barefoot Writer complaints online, but real testimonials of people living the laptop lifestyle because of Barefoot Writer are hard to come by, and the ones that exist seem strangely fishy.
Let’s take a dive and see what people have to say about Barefoot Writer:
I don’t know about you, but I would definitely avoid this opportunity and spend my valuable time doing other things like…blogging! This works great for making money online. I like blogging because you don’t get a set salary, rather you can essentially decide your pay by the quantity and quality of the content you put out.
Anyway, let me try to break down the Pros and Cons of Barefoot Writer so we can visualize what they’re about a little better.
Barefoot Writer Pros vs. Cons
- They have some okay free resources available for people who want to make money writing – however, they’re not much help if you want to know exactly how to go about doing it.
- With their hyped-up sales video and casual claims that you can make THOUSANDS with just one article, they are quite the inspiration. (Not sure this counts as a pro? lol)
- Too much hype and too many false claims
- You can’t get any useful information without being a paid member which costs $108
- Apparently, you’ll be hit with up-sells to the tune of $150 after paying the initial price.
- They are selling the dream, and therefore getting a lot of attention from innocent people who just want to make a living writing. Why is this a con? Because there is absolutely no conclusive evidence that anyone has become successful and been able to live the dream due to Barefoot Writer.
Barefoot Writer just looks like another one of those hyped-up products claiming you can easily make outlandish sums for rather simple writing tasks. Only the gifted writers can ever hope to be paid the amounts they claim anyone can earn.
I would have liked to see them be a little more up-front about how exactly they operate, because as a consumer I found it a bit too confusing for my liking. Nothing was explained very well – it was mostly just vague descriptions and bold claims.
And, I just want to put this out there: if you have been, or you know of, someone who’s become a successful full-time writer because of Barefoot Writer, then PLEASE for the good of everyone with a slight interest in joining Barefoot Writer, write up a detailed explanation/case study with real FACTS explaining your story. I’m sure we’d all appreciate something like that!
Have you ever used Barefoot Writer? What are your thoughts on it? Feel free to leave a comment below, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.