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Where Can I Monetize My Writing Skills?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by knightboy77, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. knightboy77

    knightboy77 Newbie

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    I've been working as an article freelancer for just a single website over the past few months since I left college, but now I've found myself in a bit of a tricky situation. I became overly reliant on that website and the client's now moved on to another project, leaving me without a job.

    I feel completely useless sitting here doing nothing all day, it's really taken a toll on my emotional well-being and I don't feel right when I'm not in a routine or earning anything by myself. It seems to me that I've wasted the past 7 or so months practicing a skill that's largely now being outsourced to India and other poorer countries at unbeatable rates. Don't get me wrong, I write high quality content and get every assignment done on time, but it's so hard to compete with the masses of other people fighting for writing jobs.

    Something that you've got to keep in mind is that I suffer from severe social anxiety, meaning that a "normal" job simply isn't an option for me. If I was working in a social environment, I'd be having anxiety attacks for the best part of each day. It's really not fun and leads to people(inc. my parents) calling me "lazy" and all the rest of it, when in reality I'm only not looking for a "real" job because of my condition.

    Basically, all I'm asking is where I can monetize my writing ability. I've tried other sites like oDesk and Freelancer but they aren't really cutting it, there's just too many issues with all of these kinds of sites to make a reliable income from them. Also, I'd like to ask for peoples' opinions on where I should go from here. It'd be particularly useful to hear from other anxiety sufferers, seeing as they're more likely to understand where I'm coming from.

    Does anyone think it'd be more worthwhile for me to create my own websites, upload my content to there and monetize my writing that way instead? Is there some goldmine for article freelancers that I'm missing?

    Thank you in advance for your responses,

    knightboy77
     
  2. kakabong

    kakabong Registered Member

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    I also suffer from medium anxiety and can get really nervous and scared in social situations, but not to the extent of having anxiety or panic attacks. Yet I still can work normally, just that maybe I need a lot more time than others to get used to it at the start.

    If you are a "real and severe" anxiety sufferer, your parents will definitely know about it. You are more likely suffering from mild to medium anxiety but not to the extent where you completely can't do anything (have seen people suffering from that).

    And.. If I'm really wrong and you suffer from major anxiety.. all the more you should be getting out there trying to improve this situation. Running away from it won't help at all. your best bet would be to get any simple job (just to get your parents n friends off your back about you being lazy), it can be part time and not a whole day thing, and then try to figure out what you are going to do online
     
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    While I'd always say that getting the requisite help for your condition should come first, that wasn't what you asked about, so I won't go into that any further.

    Your post shows that you can write coherently in English. That itself is a valuable skill around here, though valuable is a relative term. You might be able to command $3-5/100 words, but is that enough for you? Starting your own IM project is certainly an option, especially if the alternative is twiddling your thumbs. It's easier if you have some startup capital to invest, but don't just rush into the first thing that sounds good.

    "Real" jobs are still definitely on the table, however. It all depends on your skills and how you can use them in a setting that doesn't require a lot of person-to-person interaction. What did you major in?
     
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  4. crackarama

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    Fellow sufferer here. Its not just as clear cut as "Anxiety". It can branch off into other related illnesses. I would do a quick search on google for "social phobia". Im no doctor but i remember when i first read up on it. All the symptoms that i was reading about were the same as mine. I lost my normal job of 13 years and ended up in hospital for a month because it all kind of spiralled and i couldnt even leave my room. I got on the correct medicine and did CBT therapy and things are certainly better these days. If you are good at content writing then you have a head start over people. I am learning to build and rank sites and its good learning. Made $21 yesterday but hey its a start. If you have the time, learn how to build wordpress sites, keyword research, on page seo and backlinking. Im paying others to write my stuff as iv realised i am an awful writer. Theres your headstart
     
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    Sorry op, i read your post and realised you already figured out you had social anxiety. Ignore that part i wrote
     
  6. knightboy77

    knightboy77 Newbie

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    Thanks for the advice. It's very helpful to have you guys here to help me sort my s*** out and it means a lot to me that you've all replied.

    Do you really think I'd be able to fetch $3-5/100 words? All my past work's been done at a substantially lower rate than that. I didn't go to university, by the way. I left sixth form college(UK) at 18, so I've only got GCSEs and haven't done any AS/A levels or been to university. I'd assume that that's going to limit me pretty severely in terms of looking good on paper when/if I ever do try to get a "normal" job.
     
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    I'm sorry to hear that you've had such a hard time with your anxiety, it definitely puts things into perspective for me and has helped me to feel like I'm not the only one going through this kind of stuff. I certainly haven't had things as hard as you, though. I'm glad that you're getting better and that you're getting back into work, it's good to hear and I wish you all the best with your online work.
     
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    You just have to promote yourself. I am not sure how social anxiety works but you should have no problems interacting online. Create a website for yourself, which features a blog, and displays your writing samples. Promote that website on social media sites such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Apply for jobs on freelancing sites also in the meantime. Eventually, you will get some assignments. They may be one off or long term assignments. However, the trick to keeping a steady income when writing online is to always apply for more work even when you are up to your eyeballs in it.
     
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    Concur with the above advice to be constantly advertising or applying for work (which, for a freelancer, is basically your "marketing plan" to get consistent business), and to create a blog to showcase samples of your work. If you end up overbooked here or there, consider outsourcing the excess to keep every client happy.

    And yes, you can easily get work for $3-5 per 100 words or more, you just have to specifically look for the big fish sites that pay $30 or more per articles, not spend most of your time on the low-end of the freelancing market (e.g., IM forums like this one). The primary monetizing focus of IM people is earning through their websites and list-building, with writing jobs serving as a side source of revenue---hence, they usually don't think about paying for/writing for much above the $1/100 words range. Go outside this field, and you can readily find a lot of venues where you get paid more.