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Can you collect unemployment while writing online?

  1. lezsaysit profile image61
    lezsaysitposted 5 years ago

    Can you collect unemployment while writing online?

  2. profile image0
    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    Of course. It's very unlikely that you will make enough money to change anything as far as your unemployment goes. That is if your'e already drawing unemployment?

    1. lezsaysit profile image61
      lezsaysitposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I appreciate your support. Thanks.

    2. cruising.granny profile image61
      cruising.grannyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      It's not an acceptable reason for not working.  Writing begins as a hobby, until it pays, but you have to eat and pay rent in the mean time. In Australia being on unemployment to write would not be accepted. Being paid an advance to write is employed

  3. callmelife profile image71
    callmelifeposted 5 years ago

    I have been trying this for years and believe me it's difficult. Only writing online won't change anything. though there is no harm in trying.

    1. lezsaysit profile image61
      lezsaysitposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi callmelife,
      Thanks for your support!

  4. topquark profile image79
    topquarkposted 5 years ago

    No, because you're technically self-employed. Although you would probably get away with it, particularly if you weren't earning much.

    1. lezsaysit profile image61
      lezsaysitposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi topquark,
      Thanks for your advice.

  5. ksmusselman profile image59
    ksmusselmanposted 5 years ago


    Of course!  if your unemployment regulations are the same as they are in Pennsylvania, you are allowed to earn what's called a partial benefit credit.  So you can work while you're collecting, as long as you don't earn over that PCB amount. 

    Now, a little on the "shady" side is you just don't report it!  i.e., you're doing it as a hobby, not as a business, much like if you sold stuff at a garage sale or flea market.  You wouldn't report that as self employment or working.  So consider your writing the same way.  It's a hobby and people just happen to like your stuff enough to want to give you some cash for it.  :-)

    So, here's one way to write online where you can actually write your articles once and get paid for them over and over.  It works too - I do it!  :-)

    1. Select an area you're either familiar with or want to know more about.
    2. Write five 400+ word articles in that theme.
    3. Package the articles into a 5-pack
    4. Advertise the article pack on fiverr as PLR articles
    5. Rinse and repeat with another topic

    Set up a blog and write about what you do.

    Once you have a few posts in place on your blog, set up an email where people can request article topics.

    For more information on this cool part time PLR opportunity, stop by my site at and look for the PLR ATM banner. 

    Good luck and have fun writing!  :-)

  6. cruising.granny profile image61
    cruising.grannyposted 5 years ago

    In the beginning writing is probably a hobby.  Then your writing becomes a hobby that pays.  (lucky you).
    If you get to the  point when you can live on your writing earnings you certainly could not collect unemployment.  You'll be famous then, and everyone will know you.
    I'm on benefits in Australia.  At the moment my writing is a hobby, and hopefully it will become a hobby that pays.
    About 16 years ago I closed the office door on my journalism, PR and marketing business after 12 years to pursue another work lifestyle.  I was on benefits when I started the freelance journalism, but ultimately my business was lucrative enough for me to depend on it totally.
    If your writing is in the early days, you will need unemployment to eat and pay rent.  If your writing is earning you a substantial living, you could claim benefits, but if you get caught you'll have to pay it back.  Your choice.