I have been writing
as a freelancer for over twenty years, and I'm still surprised when I run
across a request like the following on one of the sites where I still bid for
need 50 recipes with 50 words each totaling 2500 words each.
paying $10 for all 50 recipes totaling 2,500 words
pictures in the recipes just the title and the recipe
in 2-3 days!
Just makes you want
to jump right in their and bid on this job, doesn't it?
These sites are
called writing mills, and, yes, I know that respected, well-known
freelancers bombard these sites with unadulterated disdain. So, why do I still
bid on jobs on a site like this?
The bidding process keeps me on my
marketing game. Is a fun aside at times. Is quick turnaround. Is good money if bidding
a proposal for a job answers
questions that make you think about your writing expertise and improve your
ability to query magazines with proposals. Many of the sites offer online, free
exams to test your writing skills. And I like a challenge, so I take many of
Do you really
know the difference between alliteration and parallelism? Think you are an
expert at sentence structure? Take a few tests to evaluate yourself as an
editor and see. It's a quick way to brush up on what you "think you
know." It's a free course in Marketing 101 and beyond...
What do I bring to the table that will get this job done?
What have I done that is similar and will assist me to do this job?
What samples of my work can I share to show what I can do?
How do I word a proposal?
How do I assess a job to assess the client's reliability?
How do I dissect a job for hidden clues and determine what the client is requesting?
Let me state
unequivocally that I would never submit a proposal on a job like
the example. Even when I was a newbie, I knew an insult when I read it. Not all
jobs on the sites are like this, but sadly, most are. Everybody wants a lot for
a little - hum, reminds me of the debates over minimum wage and employee
benefits, but back to being a freelancer.
I have secured many,
many jobs on these sites, met many professional, reliable clients, have repeat
business that fills in the financial gaps that anyone who freelances faces from
time to time experiences - the same is true for real estate brokers, graphic
designers, models, etc.
It's the luxury of not having a 9 to 5 job with
30 minutes for lunch.
If you are
considering checking out the writing mills, here are a few hints on how to
assess a job:
I need 50
recipes with 50 words each totaling 2500 words each. Veggies,
copyscape! So rewriting others' recipes is acceptable.
Im paying $10
for all 50 recipes totaling 2,500 words .004 cents a
no pictures in
the recipes just the title and the recipe That saves
easy work! Compared to a thesis. HARD in terms of time spent and creative
need in 2-3
days! fine if you have no family or other jobs, don't
eat or sleep
Would this one be a
way to get on the board with “a clip?”
Sure, but so would an article of 2,500 words in a magazine or website, which
could pay up to a $1.00 a word.
It’s all about
choices. Do you hear your mother calling?
Have you worked for a
writing mill? Did you hate it? Love it? Learn from it? Let’s talk.
Write like you mean it ~ Mahala