I see so many "plz help me make monies!!1" threads on this forum and others I visit. I get it - we all have to start somewhere. Hell, I really feel for a lot of these people too - like that thread with the guy from Japan. The most common advice I see given to newbies is to do content writing, whether it's the highschool kid with a brain that actually functions or the 34 year old dude who wants to quit the 9-5 and spend more time with his kids. Content writing is where I'd bet a large majority of IMers started out, myself included. It's a great stepping stone. Think about it - writing 1,000 words per hour (pretty standard - isn't it?) even at $0.01/word gets you $10 per hour. In your underwear, sitting on your ass. Or you could go slap on a hairnet and a Burger King uniform and bust your ass... and make less per hour. So with all this in mind, why in the hell is it so hard to find a decent, dedicated writer? I have a relatively unorthodox job I'm trying to outsource (but still piss easy). It requires the writer be online during the same time I am so we can communicate as they write. I know, that's pretty wild. 2,000 words, 2 hours, $20. Monday through Friday. There's a nice little extra hundred bucks per week, wouldn't you think? Not to mention I've made it clear that 2 hours is just the minimum. They could write for longer. Oh boy, and let's take it one step further. Going to get crazy now, stay with me. I don't want to have to paypal this person every single goddamn day. So, just like in the real world, they'd be paid for their efforts twice a month. I just made the heads spin on some fly-by-night writers in south Asia. Even weekly would be acceptable for me at this point. I know what you're thinking too - but I'm not just asking these people to "trust me to pay." I'm looking on freelancing sites (think odesk), where the site acts as a financial intermediary. That being said, I posted a thread up here and so far have had stunningly lackluster results. So what's the deal? No hungry writers out there anymore? There was a time in my life when if someone made a similar offer to me I would have wet my pants. Steady, consistent work, consistent pay, not involving cleaning toilets. I realize that $0.01/word is probably the current median pay, and if I was willing to pay $0.02 or .03/word, yeah, I'd find someone that would write, touch my genitals, and brush my teeth for me too. Well, I'm not. It's a reasonable price for basic, easy web content. This is not copywriting or writing press releases. I see people writing these long, well thought out "how do I make money" threads, including the sad story. It's starting to remind me of the guy out on the corner holding up a "will work for food" sign, but when you actually offer him a job doing yardwork or whatever, turns out he isn't really that hungry after all. EDIT: If any of you folks reading this know a writer you'd like to recommend, please do let me know.