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Content Writing and Beyond

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by GentlemanX, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    Day 1:
    Summary: I blessed to get someone today from BHW looking for an urgent writer to hire me (paid much better than Fiverr), I got a $10 ($8) tip on Fiverr today, and another fiverr seller bought my writing gig! It was an excellent day so far. Glad I registered on this site!

    Profits for the day: $28


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    I wouldn't call this thread a journey so to say, where this thread goes really isn't my end. This thread is rather more of a documentation, perhaps even an inspirational thread for some people who have a hard time making a living online.

    About Me:
    If you haven't seen my introduction thread then I'd like to introduce myself quickly as GentlemanX. I am native Canadian citizen, I attend University in Canada (I'd like to think of myself as educated), and I am currently on summer holidays. I have never been one to like the normal 9-5 job or working for anyone, in fact if I was to work any "real" job for the rest of my life it would only be as a doctor. I am human so during University time I have needed money and I have turned to content writing to make profit.


    Freelance Writing:
    Over the last two years I have worked with many clients through Fiverr. My gig is unique in my eyes because I write over 400+ words and will do so with no spinning at all. The results have been great, never a negative comment on my actual writing ability and I have been showered with tips by loyal customers. Writing is very fun for me as well, most of the time the people I work with are great and I believe my great use of manners and patience with people makes them feel welcome to come back (big business tip here for some people - if you want customers to return be as polite as possible!)


    Problems:
    Even with loyal customer base I have gotten, there are still some sellers who outsell me easily. I strongly believe that none of these sellers are better than my quality (I write native University English here and my content is original never spun). At the same time I am getting tired of being compensated less than 5.00 per article.

    Solution:
    I am not really sure what the solution is currently. One idea that I have is to save money from my current Fiverr gig and then start my own writing company where I would hire English graduate students from North America to write content which would be sold to big companies for large sums. My other option is to create my own sites on niches I am interested in and write for them, one thing I am good at is Organic Chemistry and I know many students struggle with it, perhaps a site where I did free teaching videos and written instructions (class notes) on how to succeed using ads to drive profits.


    What now:
    I will try to update this thread daily with my progress and list how much sales I have made on my current Fiverr gig. Hopefully in the next month I can have something more concrete ready to make larger sums of cash.


    Thank you for your time and reading this. My goal is to inspire others to take control of there own lives and just go out there and do something, you don't need a real end goal just an idea of something you want!


    Regards,

    GentManX
     
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  2. Trepanated

    Trepanated Supreme Member

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    It sounds like you are on the right track and your mindset is spot on - you are looking to reinvest your income and build on your success and experience. That's a successful person's attitude.

    With regards to your writing, you could try registering with some of the content sites - you would get more than $5 per 400 words for sure. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if some of your customers are buying articles from you and reselling them on the content sites for a small profit.

    Also, take a look at Google Helpouts. I just searched on Organic Chemistry and the lowest price people are charging for tutoring is $20 per hour.

    Good luck with your journey!
     
  3. helloboy111

    helloboy111 Newbie

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    Sounds like a plan! good luck
     
  4. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Here is today's summary:


    Day 1:
    Summary: I blessed to get someone today from BHW looking for an urgent writer to hire me (paid much better than Fiverr), I got a $10 ($8) tip on Fiverr today, and another fiverr seller bought my writing gig! It was an excellent day so far. Glad I registered on this site!

    Profits for the day: $28
     
  5. muscleteen

    muscleteen Regular Member

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    If that b*stard needed content urgently, then you are the one who's the blessing :D Thanks again :)
     
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  6. venetia

    venetia Newbie

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    If you're a good writer check out Constant Content. I've heard good things about them & you set the price for each of your articles.
     
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  7. goosefrabah

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    Hi fellow writer,

    Good job on your success. Trying to find corporate clients or actual business clients works much better in my experience. You will be paid more and they appreciate your work.

    I would also suggest trying freelance sites to find a few jobs. There will be a lot of very low paying jobs, but you can find plenty that pay $3 or more a 100 words. Elance seems to be much better than Odesk in that regard, but I always keep a close eye on them both. Textbroker, iwriter, hirewriters and constant-content are all great options. Writersaccess is also another good choice. Constant-content is strict, but I have a lot of articles selling for $60 or more on there routinely.

    Good luck on your endeavors!
     
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  8. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    Thanks for the tips everyone, I have considered getting into these other freelance sites but I am not sure if I want to spend the time currently working my way up from there.

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    Day Two Summary:
    Today I was fortunate to get another order on Fiverr from a loyal customer, a member on these forums hired me for another gig where I made $20 writing two reviews (much better than Fiverr), and I also have another BHW user looking to work with me in the future. With a total profit of $24 today I am pretty content. I am hoping tomorrow I can see a larger increase in writing jobs, I'd like to start making around $50 a day soon.

    Profits for today: $24

    Thank you for reading my thread,

    GentlemanX
     
  9. cryptexicebone

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    Good luck man, you have some competition
     
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  10. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    I'm not looking to take control of the market a few hundred a month is fine since I live very comfortable right now and my degree will be worth over 70k a year when I'm done:).

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    Day 3 summary: very slow, wrote an amazon review made $10. Looking for more work but I'm not very worried. I am thinking of starting a site teaching mcat prep for free making money through adsense
     
  11. perceptor

    perceptor Newbie

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    Great going dude!! I am also planning to plunge into freelance writing
     
  12. BabyLover

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    Can you pm me your skype?
     
  13. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    Sent you a pm earlier.


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    Day 3 Summary: I spent today studying for the MCAT (I am applying to medical school in the US/Canada) not much writing done, I did message old buyers on Fiverr asking if they needed any work done. Tomorrow should be more content oriented I suppose.


    I love reading your responses everyone so please keep them coming! I hope others new and old are inspired:). Also I decided today I want to buy a Macbook so looks like I'll need to step up my game!
     
  14. SimonRohde

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    I love to follow this journey! I'm doing a lot of writing jobs beside of my SEO clients! It's a good way to earn some pocketcash!
     
  15. D.A. Mokes

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    PM me your fiverr gig .. I am always looking for good content writers.
     
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  16. Reeshua

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    Awesome thread man! I'm also thinking of providing content writing services. Actually, I'm already a blog contributor where I get paid $5 per article and I also have a dude that bought 10 articles from me, again for $5 each. Someday I'd like to offer my writing services to bigger companies. Pretty much like your plan.

    Good luck!:D
     
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  17. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    Please keep the replies coming, I love interacting with all of you and your support is very welcome:)


    Nice, you should go for it. It is not only a source of income but I honestly can say I love writing so it's a lot of fun. Looking to get off Fiverr completly soon!


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    Day 5 Summary: Today was great. I joined elance and applied to a few jobs. Was hired by one person which is great since I am new to elance and it was my first day. I make more than what I make on Fiverr. I also was lucky to get a fellow BHW user to come and ask me to write for them! Finally another user here asked me to do some amazon reviews for them and paid me very well. I am very impressed by the community here! I will say for anyone who wants to succeed, make contacts and network like crazy, use manners and have fun, if you follow these rules you can make a comfortable side living writing!

    Total today: $23.
     
  18. D.A. Mokes

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    I had an article written by GentlemanX and it was excellent! It was in the medical niche and he nailed it! Just sent him another order. :)
     
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  19. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    Thanks for the kind words:).


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    Day 6 Summary: It's about 6pm so my night is far from over but I am super excited to share my news. I got a nice order today form a BHW member and it looks like I will have my first $50 dollar day today! I also have been contacted by another member who is looking to pay me over $10 per article! Soon enough I'll be getting off fiverr completely as there is no doubt that I can make money away from that. I am super blessed and am working harder than ever to create top quality work. Do not be surprised if I end up selling on BHW through the marketplace rather than have people come to me soon:).

    Total Profit: $50

    This has been a wonderful experience! To anyone looking to make money online, work hard and it can happen:).
     
  20. GentlemanX

    GentlemanX Junior Member

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    Quick update: I started an accelerated summer class ( four months of normal class taught in 3 weeks). It's a bit of a time consumer but I'm still writing a lot! Have made a fair share this month so far :).


    i noticed my fiverr sales have gone down since joining here, maybe because I don't care much to attract business there anymore! This site has helped me a lot, looking forward to learn and network with you all more:)