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Article Writing Business

  1. Mark Johann profile image59
    Mark Johannposted 23 months ago

    I am planning to make a small company by hiring article writers and making websites. Is article writing business still earning these days?

    1. Marisa Wright profile image92
      Marisa Wrightposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Do you mean you're going to create an article site, like GoArticles or even like HubPages?

      Don't do it.  It's not a viable business model for a new website these days.

  2. Paul Maplesden profile image90
    Paul Maplesdenposted 23 months ago

    Before you go to the effort and expense of forming a business, I would strongly suggest that you freelance through sites like Odesk, Freelancer etc and try some specialist writing sites like Constant-Content (one of the better paying), TextBroker and the like. That way you can see if:

    a) There is a demand for your work
    b) The type of money you could earn

    As both a writer and the owner of a freelance editing / writing business, my experience is that it is a tough business to be in.

    There is a huge amount of competition, especially on price and it can take a long time to build up a consistent, reliable, repeat customer base. Judging from the number of enquiries for work we get per day, I am guessing that freelancers aren't finding it any easier.

    The issue is that there's a *very* low barrier to entry to writing or editing online, and everyone thinks that they can do it. Developing and maintaining a reputation can take years of hard work.

    I'm not trying to put you off of doing your own thing, just try the freelancing approach first. If that is your passion, then go for it. If not, try to start a business that has less competition and a greater upside.

    1. Mark Johann profile image59
      Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the insight.

  3. Ramkitten2000 profile image93
    Ramkitten2000posted 23 months ago

    Elance is a better platform than Odesk, in my opinion, although the two are now owned by the same company and changes are taking place on Odesk.

    I make a full-time living as a freelance writer and marketer, with more than half of my income coming through Elance, where I do both individual projects and work as part of a content marketing/writing team.

    If you're good, and if you don't lower your standards and work for peanuts, the clients who are willing and able to pay well for quality work are out there. Is it competitive and challenging? Sure. But it's certainly possible to earn a good living as a freelancer.

    1. Mark Johann profile image59
      Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      I love Odesk.

  4. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image95
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 23 months ago

    Paul and Marisa are right.  Either business model would be difficult if not impossible to build successfully.

    As Paul mentioned, 'writers' are way too cheap now - people from non-English countries bid for jobs at ridiculously low rates, and somehow they get the assignments (usually because the business or site paying for it doesn't realize what they're paying for, and doesn't care about the quality of writing).

    So, if you try to recruit decent writers, and if you want to pay them acceptable fees, you'll be underbid and won't get the business.

    1. Mark Johann profile image59
      Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      About 5 dollars per article?

      1. Barbara Kay profile image85
        Barbara Kayposted 23 months ago in reply to this

        $5 is way too low. You'll never get a decent article for that price.

        1. Mark Johann profile image59
          Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

          Okay, thanks for the comment. So, I have to go for a better price.

          1. Ramkitten2000 profile image93
            Ramkitten2000posted 23 months ago in reply to this

            Mark, I suggest you check out the EFA Editorial Freelancers Association rate chart as a guide. Scroll down and you'll see hourly and per-word rates. There are other such guides out there, but this is a good one to use as both a client (purchaser of services) and a provider (freelancer) when writing proposals....

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            1. Paul Maplesden profile image90
              Paul Maplesdenposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              This is a good resource. I run an editing and proofreading business, and although I hadn't seen this chart before, it is very much in line with our pricing, so it is certainly a good starting point.

              1. Mark Johann profile image59
                Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

                I am also considering if some of my writers are posting in other sites on the same article they have sold to me. How do you deal with that?

            2. Mark Johann profile image59
              Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

              This is helpful Ramkitten. Appreciate your idea.

  5. Mark Johann profile image59
    Mark Johannposted 23 months ago

    I am unto making a concrete office at home with few writers. Not online since, they could just make articles using translator software or something. Lots of scam.

  6. UnnamedHarald profile image95
    UnnamedHaraldposted 23 months ago

    Did not understand anything in your last post.

    1. Mark Johann profile image59
      Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      So, it is like having manage my sites in my office and hire personal writers that will work inside my office for real, not online. How is this business for you?

  7. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 23 months ago

    Writers will do that.  I did work for a company and we signed a contract with them.  But then, even with a contract it means legal and court costs over a few articles unless the rightful owner files DMCA complaint.  You can also fire them as a writer too.

    1. Mark Johann profile image59
      Mark Johannposted 23 months ago in reply to this

      Okay, this is what i am looking for.a great idea to start the business but if i will file thiusands of DMCA, how ?

  8. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 23 months ago

    You should really dd some research.

 
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