Finding writing jobs is hard for any freelance writer, not just new writers.
With sites like Upwork and Fiverr providing a platform for writers, it’s easy to start out assuming everyone is going to pay top dollar for your written words.
The truth of the matter is, not everyone respects what writer’s do.
More often than not, jobs offered on freelance platforms and content mills pay next to nothing. When you’re first staring out, it’s easy to justify accepting such low paying jobs as a way to build up your portfolio. But it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. (We’re talking less than $.01 for 1600 words kind of jobs here, people!)
Working your butt off for peanuts isn’t exactly going to get you any closer to you end goal, which I’m assuming is a full time freelance career.
I get it though, and I’ve been there. One of the first jobs I was offered on Upwork was writing lifestyle articles for a webzine called Panda Gossips. They paid $5 per 800 words and were asking for a minimum of 1600 words per article. We’re talking less than $.01 a word!
Even though I didn’t love the pay, I took it. I got burnt out after a few months and grew tired of the hours of work that I was putting into each article, but it was definitely a learning experience.
Needless to say, I quit writing for Panda Gossips and using Upwork after a few months. You can read about my Upwork experience here.
So where do you find excellent clients that are willing to pay what you deserve? The truth is, it’s easier than you might think to find them!