Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Me? A Freelance Writer?

Yep, never would have considered writing my thing, but I can't wait to apply to Demand Studios. What do they do you ask? They pay. Pretty well. Demand Media (the parent company) owns ehow, and an assortment of other websites. You can write articles which are then posted to these sites. The pay rate is $7.50 for a fact sheet, or $15 for a complete article. (for an idea of what an article encompasses, you can just look at ehow) As a guy looking at long hours of probably minimum wage or damn near, this looks nice. Really nice. And far more legit than any other online money making schemes I've seen.

Even better, this is the sort of work that appeals to me, as you're doing it on your own time, as much or as little as you'd like. On top of that, the hourly rate essentially scales with your skill level. Instead of sitting around, waiting for a raise, the "raise" is dependent on how quickly you can complete articles. Hourly income is kind of all over the place from various user accounts online, but it seems a reasonable expectation that you can finish 2 articles an hour, unless you're particularly slow. Even if I was only finishing one an hour, it still beats the hell out of minimum wage.

The catch of course, is whether you can get accepted. I'm a college student, with no professional writing experience, and no official job experience in any fields. When applying, you submit both a resume and a writing sample, so hopefully the writing sample can show I'm capable of the job, and make up for the lacking resume. I haven't applied yet, and I'm not sure exactly when I'll get around to it, but I'd like to do it as soon as possible. If I get accepted, you guys will definitely be hearing about it.


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13 comments:

  1. Sounds good but does it have some kind of quality control on the articles you write after you get accepted?

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  2. @Polybius

    Yes, it does. Every article you write is reviewed by an editor, and may be sent back to your for revisions. (they tell you what to fix) You're expected to write in a certain style and format typical of ehow, and from what I've read, there is a bit of a learning process. After that though, you're apparently golden.

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  3. Good luck with that my man! Keep up the good work!

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  4. Good luck, but I guess it all depends on how many articles they are willing to accept from you.

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  5. Good luck. I might look into it, but I have a very informal writing style.

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  6. well hopefully you get it man!! but you could also take those same articles that you would write for them and write them for your own blog and just do more marketing and networking for your blog, how about opening a few blogs along different lines of interest to expand your money net.
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  7. Best of luck. It's a pretty good job

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  8. sounds like a good deal. Good luck!

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  9. Hmm may check this out, writing to earn my money has always been a dream to me too!

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  10. Well, if your writing is top notch then it won't matter!

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