Sunday, October 24, 2010

A General Update

September was a quiet month for me as I was on holidays for a bit of it and so was not accepting much for work.  October has also been quiet as I have decided to look for better paying work, which I have not had a lot of luck with so far.  Right now I am choosing not to bid on things due to the time frame of them coming up while I am busy with work, so will get back to it in November sometime.

The holiday season is coming, so people are also thinking about Candle parties so I am getting a bit busier in regards to doing those as well as trade shows.  

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Writing Fees

I got into a discussion a while ago about writing for money.  My friend is a professional writer and does it full time; she has the university degree and the education to support it.  Myself, I am a hobby writer at best, and write strictly for a bit of fun and a bit of spare money.
We got discussing the rates that we write for, and compared to her, I write for pennies.  I polled others that do similar work to what I do, and the top rate was about 20 cents per word.  But, even though some of our rates are low, everyone is able to make an hourly rate that is acceptable to them and they want to make.  Typically this means several articles within an hour.
According to my professional friend, an article should take at least an hour to write between the research and the writing of it.  She also sent me a link of the rates that are becoming standard in Canada for writers. 
I wonder if this is a sign that there is more than one type of writer.  One type of writer being those that work in the professional world whether it is academia or print articles and those that work through the Internet for websites, whether it is a client or a content mill.  And with each type of writer comes a different set of rules and price ranges that one can expect to make.
Personally, I know if I were writing for a magazine, I would take a lot more care with my articles than I do with those on the Internet.  I don’t know about how you view the Internet, but when I am looking for information like what I am writing, I tend to skim anyways, so if there are small grammar errors, I am not too likely to notice them.  
What do you think about this?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Looking to the Future

I am lookin to make a few changes to the work that I am doing online.

I plan to keep writing, but I am looking for higher paid clients.  I do enjoy the work that I am doing, but like everyone else, I am looking to make a little bit more.  A friend recommended the book The Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable LifestyleThe Wealthy Freelancer: 12 Secrets to a Great Income and an Enviable Lifestyle which I have purchased.  It arrived last week and I am hoping to sit down tomorrow and have a chance to start in on it for ideas.

I also plan to work more on residual income.  While it requires more work at the begining, it can definitely be worthwhile.  

I am also looking at starting a new blog in the new year to do some different things with.  It will be different than any of the three blogs that I currently have.  Right now I am in the planning and researching stage.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

September Results

Well, September was a rather dreary month in regards to my earnings.  Partly due to the fact that I was on holidays for a week, and barely touched my computer except for those things that were necessary.

Without further ado, the lack of funds breakdown:
Writing - $98
Swagbucks - $10
Survey - $13

Fees 8.99

Proceeds 112.01