Freelancing Online

January 13, 2010

I’ve Been Away – But I am back with Good News!

Hello! How have you been? I am so happy to have the time again to put into this blog. I really do miss writing for you and hearing back all the wonderful comments.

To catch up, I have been working for more online article companies including Bright Hub!, eHow, Triond, Bukisa, HubPages and probably a few more that I can’t recall at the moment. I have had some good experiences, bad experiences, lack of experience (read: cash in hand) with these places. So here is the deal, over the course of the next couple of weeks I will be writing short reviews on each of the online writing sites I have worked with. I guarantee you the good, the bad, the ugly, and an exact quote of money I have made from these sites.

Just to expand on the above. If you don’t want to hassle with strict deadlines, editors, and having to re-do and re-edit your writing and you only want to bring in enough to cover a basic manicure from the little known salon around the corner, then by all means these online writing sites can make that happen for you. If you want to make a little extra, say enough for a day at a nice day spa, then I will be giving some advice on bringing in $2-300 month easily.

Now for the juicy stuff. I just finished reading Peter Bowerman’s book The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less. If you don’t already own this book, you need to. I will be writing a review for his book here in a week or so along with a review of one of his other books The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living.

Thanks to Peter’s help and guidance I am testing the waters in the corporate copywriting waters right now. Peter claims in his book that if he can do it anyone can. Well I am here to say…If I can do it, you can too! You know me from Associated Content where we complained together about the low rates and how they just kept sinking as more and more people signed up to try to make a quick buck. We said then that there must be something better, we knew it, felt it, our hearts yearned for it. Hopefully now I have found it!

Now I sound like Christopher Columbus, exclaiming “I have found a new land.” When in fact others just like me have found it before me, and some have called this land their home for quiet sometime now. Take Bob Bly for instance he was an internet marketer and copywriter before the internet existed. Okay that’s going a little far, but he was the first to write a book on making a living as a freelance copywriter. I suggest you go to Bob Bly’s Website scroll down to the bottom to the For Writers Link and start reading the wealth of information by the Freelancing Wizard.

May we grow successful together!

Carla

June 14, 2009

Welcome to Freelancing Online!

Girl With a Pen & Camera

Copywriter & Author

As a freelance writer and photographer, I Carla Michelle would like to help you find success in online freelancing. I will write a review for every on-line company I have worked for and let you know which ones I am still working for. As of June 2009 I was averaging $300 a month after only 6 months in the field.

Although most of my advice will be for writing and photography, there will also be information on secretarial, data entry, web programming, and various other on-line freelancing opportunities. I will include links in the sidebar for every legitimate site I have worked with and suggest or recommend. I will also warn of scam sites and those I find to be less than reputable that I have encountered and I will not provide any links to such places.

Welcome to the world of Freelancing Online I wish you all the best!

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Freelancing Online is changing direction! We will still be discussing online opportunities for freelancers, but I will also be covering corporate copywriting! I am just now shifting to that market and I hope I will do a good job at keeping you informed of the new hassles, time, and of course….PAY!

Why am I switching? First ask yourself, if you are truly happy writing the articles you have been writing? How long does it take you to write a quality 500 word article?

It takes me 1.5 hours to write a quality 500 word article. That is with minimal research on the internet, no interviews, very little fact checking, typically opinion pieces. If I were to write that same article to the best of my ability with facts, proper editing, etc. I would spend about 3-5 hours on it.

If I submitted that article to Associated Content, I have made less than $1 per hour. At eHow, I just donated that article (I might make a few cents over the next year), Bright Hub I made $2-3 per hour.

Now If I were take that article to a corporation that it would work well for their marketing packages I could charge at least $45, earning me $15 per hour. Although I love writing and I do it whether or not I am getting paid, I would prefer to get paid what I am worth. Most good copywriters charge no less than $50 an hour because copywriting takes something most writers do not have – the ability to sell a product or idea.

Read on to learn about Article submission sites (where I got my start) and some how-tos on copywriting.

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