2 Sites Where You can Make Money

November 2008 was a turning point in my life. It was then that I decided I will look for a part-time job. Not only a part-time job, but a part-time online job. As if my full-time accounting practice wasn't enough, I wanted to try my hand on what I know a lot of people are doing already, earning money from the Internet.

So there I was, looking for a good website, anything that can make me earn money. I've tried some sites, paid for other sites, paid for e-books, etc. etc. Finally, I stumbled upon two websites which gave me the jobs that I desire.

My Part-Time Jobs

My first part-time online job - writing academic articles in www.academia-research.com. I submitted a sample article (an essay), got myself accepted and started writing. What did I write? Of course, my major expertise (if you can call it that) - accounting, finance, management and auditing. The writers in this site are paid by page (minimum of $5.00 per page). There are deadlines imposed by the customers, although more often times than not, you can still request for an extension (politely, of course). After you finish the articles and the customers accept them, the amount specified will be credited to your account but you can only withdraw them after the end of each month (usually by the 10th of the following month).I have been writing for this site for more than 7 months now and I can honestly say I'm enjoying myself so far.

My second part-time online job - freelance writing in www.elance.com, which I started last March 2009. This is a site were customers look for people or providers who can deliver what they need when they need it. Bookkeeping, web programming, writing, administrative work, legal - these are just some of the types of work done by the providers for their customers in this website. Jobs are obtained through bidding for the order. As with any other freelance jobs, there are also deadlines, expectations and job specifications. What's good about this is that you get to do what you want to do and you get to choose the jobs that you feel are most suited for you.

Earnings

As with any jobs (full-time or part-time) the main concern is always how much one will earn from the job. I will not brag and say I've earned thousands and thousands of dollars from these sites. Honestly speaking, my total income from these two sites is just around $1,300 for the past seven months or an average of $200 per month. Not enough to live my life doing full-time online writing but more than enough to augment my current income. Added to this is the fact that I'm living in a country where the exchange rate is almost 50:$1 and you'll have an idea on how much impact the $200 has in my pocket. All in all, I'd say - Not Bad!

Of course, how much you earn is not the only positive side to this. One of the things that I really like is that I get repeat customers who leave positive feedback and who recommend me to their friends. More than anything else, these positive comments show me that my work is being appreciated by other people.

But...

Okay, I've written about the positive side so far. I won't say that I'm going to the negative side but really, there are things that need to be said so that you will not get back to me and say "hey you didn't write about this". First of all, the flow of money is not constant. You notice that I did not specify my actual monthly income. It's because I earn different amounts. One month I earned more than $300, another month I only earned $40. It really depends on how many orders you can get and how many customers place the orders that are in your area of expertise. Right now, it's the summer holiday in some parts of the world. Read: Academic articles are not really in demand right now (and for the rest of the summer, either). So, this is, more or less, a lean season for academic writing in one of the sites I mentioned.

Secondly, both sites are free (hurray!). However, with elance, there's only a limited number of bids you can place. You want more than that, you need to pay elance. The amount is small (less than $10 per month) and easily recovered (one job in elance can earn you $50), but if you are just starting, it may seem surprising at first. Thankfully, I have earned more than enough to cover a few months' worth of fees even if I don't get an order within those months.

Thirdly, the competition is tough. There are a lot of providers and writers and you will have to compete with them to get the orders that you want. In this case, patience is really a virtue. Don't lose hope if you don't get orders at first. I spent two months bidding in elance before I got my first project. Based on the feedback I received, I did well. Hopefully, the orders will keep coming in. For academia, one tip is to strive to become a premium writer at the soonest possible time because if you become one, you don't need to request for the job, you can just "get" it.

Finally...

So there you have it. My two income-earning part-time online jobs. I'm hoping Hub Pages will provide me with my third revenue source. Right now, I'm only earning "additional" income but in the future? Who knows? Maybe I'll earn enough to make online writing my full-time job.

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Dame Scribe 7 years ago from Canada

It's great to find a outlet to share your knowledge and find out it's appreciated. Great Hub! :)


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Sharing Insight 7 years ago

Wonderfully written Hub! I appreciate greatly this info...:)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Dame Scribe and Sharing Insight - thanks for the comments!


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glendoncaba 7 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

I have an ethical problem with the academic site. Do students then take your essay and submit it as their original work? Or what? I mean I would have joined long ago but I have lectured in the past and I know how disheartening it can be to see young minds avoiding research.


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Prefix of Prefix 7 years ago

Hello emievil, what payment method do these site use?


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

glendocaba, I can see your point. The ethical problem is there but I am not sure if this type of site can be totally avoided / voided. There are writers who specialize in academic writing so this is really the type of work for them. In fairness to some of the students, they are working students trying to study and work at the same time (to finance their studies). Outsourcing the research and writing is one of their ways of coping with doing two things at the same time. Some of the clients also take the time to read through and analyze our work so that they themselves can understand them when they present the finished products. Still others just make us write part of the whole project only while they do the rest.

Prefix - I use Paypal. eLance has the eLance credit (or is it debit, not entirely sure) card. Academia has wire transfers / bank transfers / money order or AlertPay.


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suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

Great Hub - very honest. Thanks.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Your welcome suzie and thanks for dropping by.


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Csjun89 7 years ago

I have been thinking about trying Elance for a while,

How well would you rate your experience with it so far?


Imagin8tion 7 years ago

Thanks for the heads up about those sites...Right now I only write for Associated Content and my blog...I just joined hubpages today, so please drop by and visit anytime! Have a great night!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Csjun89, from a scale of 1 to 10 - I'd say 8. My clients (so far) are good payors, give quick (and good) feedback and are generally easy to please.

Imagin8tion, thanks for the comment. I sure will check out your hubpage.


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Gennifer 7 years ago from Minsk, Belarus

Great hub! Thanks for additional information. I'm looking for such sites at the moment as I want to start earn money online. Good luck you as well! ;)


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for the comment Gennifer. Good luck in finding these writing sites.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

great information. thanks for share.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome prasetio. Thanks for dropping by.


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WannaB Writer 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

I've wondered how the freelance sites work. The only such work I've done is editing graduate applications for foreign students who hope to get into US graduate schools. They did write the letters, and I proofread them and cleaned up the English. I also did writing evaluations for home school students whose parents weren't confident of their own writing skills. That was more difficult, because I not only had to correct the mistakes but also explain the reasons for the corrections to both parent and student. I finally gave that up because I wasn't charging enough to make it worth the time it was taking from my main business.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi WannaB Writer. Basically, freelance sites are where you bid for certain jobs that you want to get (proofreading is one of them). Sometimes the lowest bid wins, sometimes they don't. What's good about them is there is a mechanism for giving feedback on the quality of work done by the freelancers and for the freelancers to provide feedback on how the client dealt with them. As to the earnings being worth your while? For me, yes, because I live in a country where the exchange rate versus the dollar is quite high. But I've seen some lament the low bids and that they can't earn enough from them. But if you're sure about the quality of your work and your professionalism, maybe you can bid higher because you have an added value to your services.


wordscribe41 7 years ago

Great article, I haven't given Elance enough time or patience, as you say. I get depressed when I don't get jobs I've bidded for. And, I don't want to pay the $10. You've reinspired me to give it another go. Great hub!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for the comment wordscribe. Good luck on eLance. Hope to see you there =).


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ghosht 7 years ago from Bangalore

Good article with a lot of information.I have joined hubpages a month back. I shall try to write for freelance. Thanks a lot for your valuable information.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for dropping by ghosht. Good luck also.


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juhi basoya 7 years ago

Great hub emievil. You've an impressive writing style - Your work is so effortless to read. Best to you.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Wow thank you very much for the kind words juhi.


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cluense 7 years ago from Cartersville, GA

Thank You for the Information. I have just discovered I love writing and have been looking for sites to earn money with. I also attend Ashford University and to date all of my College essays are A++ work. This is awesome information.

Thank You for sharing it with us.


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Info Help 7 years ago from Chicago

Great hub on your experiences with online freelance writing and academic writing. Congratulations on being able to pull in some additional income for yourself!


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for dropping by cluense and Info Help.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

I enjoyed reading your hub emievil. It was very informative and I may follow some of your advice.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks create a page and good luck =).


Amazooo 7 years ago

Writing is a good job that can make a huge money from internet.

If you have skilled writing, you can also build your own website or blog. The write that you are passionate about. I think money will come to you.


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edsan 7 years ago from Philippines

My son, who's got a home-based computer programming job, had advised me to look for part-time home-based writing jobs. And I said to myself, aha. . .it deserves a try. I love writing since my elementary days and my UP-NCPAG masteral papers were marked excellent by my professors. It was when I surfed over the net for academic writing sites that I stumbled over your hub. It struck me much, more so that we're neighbors in the Philippines, me being a native of Bucas Grande Island in Surigao del Norte.I have already submitted my test task to academia today and hope I can join you in enjoying, and possibly reaping fruits, for being a writing enthusiast.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

Amazoo, thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

Edsan, hey welcome to hubpages. wow, another UP graduate =). Hey good luck with Academia, it's a great starting point. You might want to try eLance later on. From what I've read, it's the best among some of the choices. Or, hmmmm, we might try putting up our own writing site =). There are already some freelancers on board here. Might be worth a try in the future =).


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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

Thanx for sharing these sites emievil. Elance is really a good site.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines Author

You're welcome UH and I agree with you.


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xboxps3wow 6 years ago from chicago

Great sites, but I'm not that good of a writer. Doubt they will accept me.


bookkeeping business 6 years ago

Good thorough information, always a pleasure to find info that is useful, will be very happy to see more from you in the future


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G Miah 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

emievil thank you for the detailed information which has prompted me to view the two websites. I have heard of another writing site called oDesk, have you heard of it? I would like to give freelance writing a go, sounds very interesting.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines Author

G Miah, you're welcome. Yes, I heard about oDesk. Actually I'm a provider in it but I have yet to get a project from oDesk since I am busy with eLance and Academia. You can visit Sufidreamer's hubs about oDesk as he is a provider in there also. In fact, I got the idea from him. Good luck!


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joram328 6 years ago

Hello emievil. I placed your link on my hub. Actually, I also started with Academia. I made writing my full time career only last March (2010) so I am relatively new here. To date, I have only 1 hub here yet but I have my own website link posted on my hub. I have a lot of links to other writing sites and other sites which pay for simple online tasks. No, I do not do ptcs. I hope you, and your other followers here will take the time to check on my website so I can have more page views.

Thanks and here's to more good luck in the future. Cheers!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great information here thank you.


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sarclair 5 years ago

Thanks for the info!


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hanwillingham 5 years ago

Wonderful hub.


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Susan Gichuhi 5 years ago from NAIROBI

I am reading this article two years down the line since it was published, and it is amazingly helpful. Can i ask, how much are you earning on hub pages right now, approximately?


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Fluffy77 4 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Really enjoyed this one too, your spelled it all out so straight forward that's refreshing. Also reminds me of my Hub here on starting out on an FAA site too, I had to spell out so facts there too. useful and informative Hub once again here:)


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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY

I have written for other content sites, but I realized that in order to continue to earn-I had to keep writing. This is why I dedicate most of my time to writing for sites like hubpages. When you write an article for hubpages you can earn continuously from sales, clicks and views. When you write an article and you sell it, you get paid once. The most important thing you need to learn to make money on sites that offer affiliate commissions is SEO so that you get search engine traffic. This brings visitors that are looking to buy.

Overall, I enjoyed your hub and reading about your experience. Voted up and useful! ;)


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