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Starting up with Article Writing

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by Fashionable, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Fashionable

    Fashionable Registered Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for peoples views, advice etc. on article writing - and the best way to get into it.

    This isn't for me directly - it's for my girlfriend, she's currently unemployed (I'm working full time) due to health.

    She plans to get back working in the future, however while recovering would like to bring some money in to help us. I think getting into something like Article writing would be great for her (Not just for the money - she actually enjoys that kind of thing).

    This would help give us a financial boost, help remove the feeling of "Guilt" (For not bringing money into our household) and I think she'd enjoy it. I'm not talking thousands, but a small income which would help buy some groceries, let her go and get a new dress etc. would be amazing.

    Therefore my question is the best method of getting into this. I've tryed posting a Gig on Fiverr - with no responses so far. Would I be best trying to target the articles to her interests/experiences? And is Fiverr the right site to be doing this? I talked to her about it and she said she'd be happy to work on pretty much anything (Aslong as it's not inappropriate - such as adult material)

    This is a very genuine thing for the right reasons, and I could do with some advice/help on how best to set things up. I think she'd like to do the research and spend some time writing high quality articles, it would also help keep her mind active etc. while recovering.

    Please let me know what you think and any advice etc. would be very much appreciated.
     
  2. ouchthathurts

    ouchthathurts Regular Member

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    Have you tried odesk.com? She can apply for article jobs there

    Good luck
     
  3. hpv222

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    Your best bet are the main forums (BHW included). This is the easiest way to find people that need articles on regular basis and that pay at least somewhat reasonable rates. If she's any good and a native speaker, she can start with 1.5c per word and go to 2-3c per word after a while.

    Good luck
     
  4. Getwhatchuwant

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    I can help you! Is she willing to fill out a w9 and get paid weekly? What is her education level and how well does she write? I buy 20-40 articles per week...
     
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    Getwhatchuwant Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Wait you are in the UK, I am not sure how that works in that case....
    Perhaps we can do paypal, pay per completion... You would have to submit an invoice (can be done in word) for our record keeping etc....
     
  6. Fashionable

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    Yes she's native, and very good at research / literature. Do you think it's worth offering a free article to someone if they are willing to offer a testimonial / review?

    I think she'd prefer to be working with someone requiring regular articles rather than going through Fiverr (Plus you don't loose $1 for every article!). Thinking about the payment side of things would it usually be 1/2 upfront and 1/2 upon completion of the article?

    Thanks for the recommendation Ouchthathurts - I'll check it out.

    Thanks for your help,
     
  7. Fashionable

    Fashionable Registered Member

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    She has a full UK education and has also worked for several years in a legal firm - working alongside solictors to research and provide evidence for cases (And man they can be picky on spelling/gramma!).

    I think a Paypal payment would work fine. In the UK earnings below £7,000 per year are not taxable - so if she needed to fill out taxation forms she'd be writing a fair few articles! I'm sure an invoice could be created with ease.

    Are your articles on specific subjects?
     
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    good place to start :)
     
  9. potentialeight

    potentialeight Newbie

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    I was in a very similar situation about three years ago. The woman I was engaged to ran into some unexpected health problems and lost her job. I understand a lot of what you're going through as far as her guilt and wanting to contribute. Good luck with whatever her health situation is.

    I would personally suggest textbroker.co.uk for getting started writing. There are plenty of jobs available in a lot of different areas. She will start off as a level four writer if her grammar and spelling is solid, and that's &#8364;6 (£4.8-4.9) per 500 words. If she's consistent with her quality, then she can have great chances to get bumped up to level five within a few months, and that's &#8364;20 per 500 words. TextBroker will make sure that she gets paid, and it will help you to avoid situations where a client does not want to pay, has unreasonable revision requests and other annoying things like that.

    I'd like to note that I've written for TextBroker for a couple of years, I'm a level five writer for their US branch, and they have never given me any problems whatsoever.

    I would very much suggest avoiding Fiverr. The pay is low, the competition is high and it's difficult to get a good workload going.
     
  10. Getwhatchuwant

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    I sent you a PM
     
  11. shenacks

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    Hi,

    I sent you a PM as well.

    Please check it.

    Thanks