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Makin' My Way the Only Way I Know How: Writing (Ongoing Journey)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by spurge0n, Dec 5, 2015.

  1. spurge0n

    spurge0n Junior Member

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    Hi all and welcome to my journey.

    In my multi-faceted IM efforts, I've tried many different ways to earn a buck. Almost every endeavor was like nailing Jell-O to a wall. It didn't stick.

    However, there is one thing that I've done that's been able to produce a solid income stream for me.

    Writing.

    Apparently, I suck at everything else. At least as of now.

    I have, however, earned a decent income with my writing efforts over the past several months. I'm going to try to build on that in 2016 and see if I can double or triple my revenue.

    I write for a variety of clients as of now. I found most of them on Craigslist. However, I've found some through other sites, like ProBlogger or Indeed.

    How much do I make with my writing? Well, it varies.

    For starters, some clients pay by the word, others by the article, and some by the hour. Some pay twice a month, others once a month, others whenever I request payment.

    Also, some clients have a bottomless pit of articles waiting to be written, so it's really up to me how much I write. The more I write, the more I earn.

    Between my work ethic and the opportunities I have available to me, I'll take in about $500 per week, excluding weekend work and income from My Most Favorite Client.

    My Most Favorite Client is a digital marketing company that frequently asks me to write long-form content and pays by the word. Now, you should know that when you see "long-form content" and "pays by the word" in the same sentence, that's enough to make any professional writer dance a jig. I just billed that client for well over $1,000.

    There are also what I call "Class C Clients." These are people who pop up in my inbox every now and then with something like: "Hey, haven't talked to you in a while. How would you like to write this article for $X?" Then, I write that article for $X.

    So I'm making money, and I don't plan on stopping here.

    After all, this is what works for me.

    As much as I'd like to set up a site that generates some passive income for me while I play Call of Duty: Black Ops III, I realize that just isn't going to happen.

    I guess I'll have to work for a living.

    Sigh.
     
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    spurge0n Junior Member

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    Just yesterday I received a new lead on a potential client. However, it's one of those companies that wants me to submit a writing sample (for free) just to see if I'm qualified. I've always hated that. They should just take a look at the writing samples I've submitted to them and determine from those if I'm qualified or not.

    Not sure what I'm going to do here yet. I'm busy, after all.
     
  3. r00tb0t

    r00tb0t Newbie

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    Well, I suck at content writing. My articles gets rejected everytime. Atleast you found your own way of earning. Good luck OP.
     
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    good luck OP!

    By the way, do you have one or two advice on how to be a good content writer?
     
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    Good luck mate!

    I personally dislike the whole price per word and so forth culture when it comes to writing articles for clients, because it nails the value down to a certain price point, which they can't seem to get out of their heads. When you have different price points this becomes a total nightmare, with customers asking "What do you mean you won't write this copy for our website for the price that you wrote our blog article for?" and so on.

    But, then there are those amazing clients as well, not saying everyone is a douche. I just prefer billing them a certain amount for a certain type of project, for example 100$ per an article that is somewhere between 800-1200 words. Hourly rates are a delight as well.

    Anyways, good luck with your journey, I'll be sure to check in on it every now and then so keep it going!

    And now to finishing up my website and editing that good old BST I've got here...
     
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    I've got three tips for you mate:

    Writing, writing and writing (see how I ripped the ages old saying practice, practice and practice, and just changed in a different verb? Brilliant if I may say so myself, and still not original.)

    I'll also give you a bonus tip - Coffee.
     
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  7. FeroXs

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    Quote for truth!

    Good luck OP - sounds like you've got everything nailed. Have you tried Upwork at all? Or is the money too low? I've actually considered starting up my own writing 'business' myself, but never got round to it.
     
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    you are right sir, i'm not practice hard enough. not grinding enough lol

    by the way, 2 cups of coffee is my limit, more than that my head then started ache.
     
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    Good work. Very nice. So what's your journey? I don't see any goals set...just writing and continue what you are doing? If you want passive income, and and get some spare time to play games - this is what I'm thinking ... get your networks up and find other writers - you outsource it to them. Once they give you their work, you proof it to your style. So you saved some time, and made money doing it. If the profit is not there, since you are busy, increase your price by just a little bit...enough so you can hire another writer per job.

    Once you get the first writer, get another and another...over time - you get like 10 writers and then you making a lot more money per hour you working. Then if you are hardcore - you pick your best writer to do your job... $.$
     
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