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I Quit!


That’s right, I QUIT!

I’ve had it with folks offering me $5 to write a 500-word article.

I’m through checking my email every half hour to see if I got a response to an application I submitted.

I’m sick of agonizing over private clients who pay writers when they get around to it.

I’m sick of stressing over finding new clients so I don’t have to go back to a full-time day job.

I’m done with ALL of it! Getting my hopes up when I apply for a writing gig, then feeling deflated when I get no reply. Getting excited about a gig only to discover it pays third-world wages. Planning my bill payment schedule around money I’m owed for a writing gig–and the money comes late!

F*** this!

I’m going to apply for writing gigs that meet my requirements and then forget about it. I’ll give it a week or two and then send a follow-up email to the potential client. If they don’t reply, then the gig simply wasn’t meant for me. No more obsessively glancing at my inbox all day.

Opportunities offering a few dollars to write a 500-word article won’t get a second glance unless the only requirement is to type the words, “Hell no” until the word count is at least 500 words.

I’ll use content mills as a safety net to carry me over until my tardy clients (finally) pay me. No more banking most of my entire budget on one or two clients to come through. Eventually I’ll have enough clients to retire the content mills to the back burner–perhaps for good.

I’ve always believed that God places you exactly where you’re meant to be in your life. I lost my job for a reason. I found myself browsing writer job boards for a reason. I applied to and got all of my current online and private clients for a reason. Everything I’ve endured up to this moment is part of a bigger plan that God is orchestrating. I have to trust that He knows what He’s doing.

 

P.S:  You didn’t really think I was giving up freelance writing, did you? 😉

Are you @#&%! kidding me??


That’s what I say when I see writing jobs offering $3 dollars for a 500-word (or longer) article.

That’s what I say when I see Guru and Elance jobs paying a penny per word that actually get lots of bidders.

That’s what I think to myself when I see writers clamoring for these jobs because “it’s better than nothing”.

Are you @#&%! kidding me?

I’m not griping about content mills. It’s no secret that contents mills pay pennies per word. A lot of writers are happily cranking out 10 or more articles per day for content mills just to pay the bills. Even I write for one content mill that shall not be named, which currently has a lot of writers on pins and needles due to recent events. The only reason I still write for them is because I earn $20 per article, which is better than $5 an article, and right now I need money just as bad as everyone else does these days. Yet I continue to search and apply for jobs that pay more and will enable me to move on from content mills. No writer should make content mills a career, because it just proves you will work for a few dollars. That’s not the impression you want to give a potential client.

My beef is with private clients who want “excellent” or “talented” writers to work for a couple of dollars an article.

Here’s a heads-up to those clients who think writers don’t eat: freelance does not mean “cheap labor”. Writers don’t live in grass huts; they actually have roofs they need to keep over their heads. Writers have families to support, and it takes good money to pull that off, not pennies. Clients who want good writers don’t hesitate to pay good money to get them. They don’t insult good writers by demanding Pulitzer Prize efforts for $2 an article. If you can’t afford to pay a writer more than the price of a McDonald’s value meal, maybe you should consider writing your articles yourself.

Working for a low rate is not so bad if it’s a means to higher paying opportunities. I also work for a writing company that has private clients, many of whom pay less than what I earn at the content mill. The president is a fellow writer with whom I developed a rapport before she started the company. The company is growing, which means the potential for higher paying clients down the road.

For those writers who think $2, $3 or $5 an article is better than nothing, I have to ask…is it really? Even if you could churn out 10 to 20 short articles a day, how is that better than writing one longer article for $500? Or even $250 if you must work cheap?

You can’t bitch about low-paying clients when you eagerly pounce on their offers as if your life depends on it. At some point you have to value your time and efforts enough to starting demand more from a client. Clients will stop being stingy with pay when writers stop being grateful for pennies per word.

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