We’ve been running into a rash of bogus freelance writing jobs listings by: http://www.realwritingjobs.com/ Go ahead, take a look so you know what they look like but don’t you dare sign up… they will charge you money and the gigs you get are, by most reports, not worth it. For the most part, the real jobs there are low pay even though their ads, which are misleading because they don’t spell out pay is required, promise high pay.
If you want to know how to set and increase your fees, I give you some pretty specific suggestions.
That said, why, in my free freelance writing job listings, do I continue to list low paying writing gigs? Simply put, it’s not up to me how much pay you are willing to work for.
I realized this years ago when the article farms or content mills were just getting started. I got on my high horse and announced I wouldn’t publish any jobs that offered less than $10 an article.
It wasn’t long before someone responded telling me how much the $2 and $3 articles had meant to her family. I never knew the whole story, but I gathered she was able to bang these out in a hurry and those payments made a huge positive difference to her and her family. I was humbled. I hope I wrote back and suggested that she begin to submit queries to higher paying magazines.
I realized a several of things from that email:
- It’s simply not up to me to decide what jobs you should apply for an which ones you shouldn’t. If writing a bunch of $2 and $3 articles solves a problem for you, go for it. On the other hand, it’s impossible to build a well paying writing job, at least in the United States, at those rates. A surprising number of readers are from outside the U.S.
- Low pay is in the eye of the beholder. I’ve run into posts apologizing for not paying more than $250 for an article – not often, but it happens.
- The low paying gigs can give new writers the short handful of credits they need to begin to create a good freelance writing resume. Receiving even a few bucks can boost a new writer’s sense that freelance writing can become a viable career.
- Low paying gigs don’t depress the writing market. I see this complaint a lot, but it isn’t true. It’s not that long ago that the web didn’t even exist. There are far more writing jobs today available than ever before. True, it sometimes seems as if the really low paying ones are in the majority, and they probably are. That doesn’t mean, however, that good paying jobs aren’t out there, and I believe there are more of those than ever before. Sure, magazine writing isn’t what it once was, but corporate writing has expanded by leaps and bounds, and not just copy writing – everything corporate. Newspapers are loosing ground all the time, but news is still being covered and there is money out there for it – you just have to be clever and persistent.
If you follow this site with any regularity you know I’m much more likely to encourage you to charge more for your writing than to suggest you take low paying gigs. You’ll also realize I trust you to be the expert on your own life. That includes trusting you to know which jobs you want to apply for and to ignore the rest, even when you’ve bamboozled into clicking on a link that essentially lies to you.
So, do you understand now why I post low paying writing gigs? What do you think?
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