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Because it's f*&$ing cold outside. Timber tries to avoid homelessness by making $500!

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by SirTimberWolf, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. SirTimberWolf

    SirTimberWolf BANNED BANNED

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    With a title like that, you know it's gonna be good. Heh.
    Fun like a train wreck-- all relative to which side of the tracks you're standing on, I suppose.


    So! About me, I'm a 31 year old army veteran (infantry, woo) who harbors dreams of making it as a professional fiction writer. So far I've finished a few novels, even put one on Amazon, but I haven't really made any significant sales.

    I used to own my own pawn shop before that went belly up (a combination of serious illness and new local laws made it rather difficult for me to do business even though I did everything on the up and up) and the only job I've managed to find around my area is a fast food job despite my skills with computer repair and things of this nature. My area is financially depressed and getting worse every month.

    My goal right now is to get $500 together so I can get in somewhere with four walls and a working shower. That money's also going to act as my seed for bigger ventures, and I've got 15 days to make that happen.

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    I Just registered a domain, installed WordPress and I'm going to get the content for that squared away tomorrow.
    About 60 bucks on my debit card. (Primarily for food)
    A high school education, voracious appetite for writing (hunger sweetens the meal, get it?), and the good sense to wear pants in public, though it may be tempting to take them off and spend a few days in jail on the county's dime. >_>

    Oh, and a professional attitude. That might be helpful, too. <_<

    What I've done so far:
    Got a site up.
    Posted a freebie on the BHW forums offering samples of my work to generate leads. I've gotten a few prospects out of it, too, so that's progress.
    Set up an iWriter account which has gotten me a couple jobs.
    Set up a Fiverr account offering writing gigs.

    Goal:
    500$ by October. Bare minimum.
    No two ways about it, if I can obtain this much cash, I'll be able to get into a place and buy myself some time to get bigger projects rolling. This'll also show me how viable this endeavor is going to be.

    Plans:
    Writing Articles for clients. I need to research other leads and things like that, but this is ground floor stuff and it's something I'm comfortable with, so I should be able to make it work. Once my living situation has stabilized, I'll expand from there. What I would really like to do is get enough money together to move out of this state and start travelling. Since I live out of my backpack, that's not terribly hard. Figure a grand, I'd be set. Fifteen hundred if I wanted to get fancy.

    Long post, I know, but I'm riding a caffeine buzz that'd make a bull's nads vibrate like the San-andraes fault.
     
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  2. abhi007

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    roger that Sir Timber wolf :)
     
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  3. srinu0812

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    Good luck John!

    I am one of the guys to whom OP offered a freebie. And I must admit that "The quality of the article is OUTSTANDING! and far better than the ones offered at BST" (Well, you guys can know that by reading his introduction)
    I hope your troubles leave you soon and may success knock your door asap.. Keep this thread updated and you will be motivated that way!
     
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  4. Seo-Devil

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    Good on luck in your Journey
     
  5. Techxan

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    Thank you for your service. We breathe free air because of people like you.

    I sent a PM. Do not hesitate to cal on me if I can assist with the site, hosting, or SEO.
     
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  6. Underrated

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    Also try textbroker to get some writing jobs if you are in USA...
     
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    good luck with your services offered ...
     
  8. Duffers5000

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    Good luck pal. Writing isnt easy as some clowns will always complain but you can easily do $500 a month if you do the work.
     
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  9. SirTimberWolf

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    Day 1: Planting the seeds.

    (Technically this isn't day one but I'm flubbing a bit. Deal with it. :) )

    Today I've planted a few seeds which I hope will bear fruit in the coming days. I made a few contacts by private message (You guys are wonderful, I mean that sincerely), and got a couple more Fiverr gigs going, offering to write product reviews and SEO articles. I'm going to be adding some variety to them but my focus today has been to get my writing services website up and running. I think I've hit a pretty solid mark with it; simple but informative.

    With that major milestone out of the way, I'm going to post another freebie on the BHW forums tonight for the purpose of generating leads, add my site url to my Fiverr gigs and probably run down a couple iWriter gigs. The money is peanuts but the faster I can get 'upgraded' to higher levels, the sooner I can get better paying gigs. Though, just from looking at it, it seems that iWriter slants really heavily towards the client rather than the writer. Also, need to check into TextBroker.

    12 Days Remaining
    [ 0% To Goal ]
     
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  10. Doggg

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    I'd offer more services. Offer as many as you can possibly think of.

    Use Craigslist and place an ad there for writing killer articles for blogs (I did this and landed a gig within 3 days).

    You can obviously write, so put up a copywriter ad, too. Ghostwriter, also. "I will write poems for money." Outsource web design. And whatever else you can think of.

    If you can critique a website offer website quality consultant services. Maybe offer commissioned telesales work for web designers.

    Hell, you can offer handyman services, too. There's nothing they do that you can't learn to do on You Tube in one hour.

    Ebay ad improvement services. Sales letter improvement services. Craigslist ad improvement services. "I write online dating profiles." I will sell your stuff on Ebay. I will negotiate your new car purchase. Etc.

    I did something similar when I was in a jam. The best is later, after about two weeks when the crisis passes, you get an email out of nowhwere from some student saying: "Can you write me a sonnet for 10 dollars?"
     
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    good luck dude.
     
  12. C@MEL

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    Hey buddy,

    Might need some words, ill add you on skype.

    If someone deserves, its you.

    C@MEL
     
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  13. CptnKidd

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    Good luck Sir!

    The thing about Fiverr is that they also always side with the buyer, not the seller. But when I started out there, I made about 250$ in the first 3 weeks. And I didn't even work on it all the time, so it's definitely possible to make your 500$ there....you just have to get the first few gigs rollin'.

    Let me know if I can help push your gigs on Fiverr.
     
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    OP, keep up the work and I wish you success in ALL your online endeavours
     
  15. Danny1111

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    You need to be all over Craigslist for every web job available - and just outsource those you don't do yourself.

    Couldn't imagine having to write 100 articles a month to hit the $500 mark .. but its good you got a few jobs on that already because it is motivating.

    Anyway yeah CL and try to find 1 decent client that you can get $300-$500 a month from.
     
  16. Underrated

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    on iWriter always write for the people who have more than 65% of approval rate, because there are people there who actually steal content and reject because of some vague reasons. I am not from USA, so I can't write on textbroker, but I think they are pretty good and have good rates... Good luck!
     
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    Good luck with it. Writing articles is a pain in the rear but it's a sure fire way to get $500. Only thing is that sinking it into expenses doesn't help long term business. I know this very well. I hope you can progress from writing into something stable and that is easier. Writing burns most people out quick. After these 100 articles, you probably won't want to write anymore for a while :)
     
  18. wheewilly

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    Best of Luck. I may have some writing that I need done not sure of the time frame. It may be after your 1st goal date but I will get some stuff headed your way
     
  19. Lalalaenhund

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    Great title... Just from your posts it seems like you could probably write good articles. Good luck!
     
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    I will definitely follow this journey! It's always nice to find unique and exciting journeys to follow :D

    good luck mate!!
     
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