Back in 2010, I regarded HubPages as a potential job, and I knew many Hubbers who felt the same way. The income potential was high then.
Nowadays, it really depends what opportunities are available in your area and what they pay. In Australia, I can earn a much higher hourly rate selling on eBay or doing casual work, so it would be foolish of me to ignore those opportunities and work on HubPages instead.
As for networking - it's debatable. Yes, it feels good to network with fellow writers on HubPages. However, the active community here is very small, so the impact of that networking on income is miniscule.
I've never considered HP a job. I see it as a hobby that provides occasional beer and pizza money.
I think it depends on your needs. Where I have moved to Mexico to retire and do this for fun, the average person here works over 40 hours a week and makes less than 250 dollars a month. Depending on your cost of living I think this absolutely could be a job. It can be used as networking or at least a reference of your work if you do decide to write anywhere else.
"the average person here works over 40 hours a week and makes less than 250 dollars a month".
No, I don't think this is so anymore. Yes, people did make a living years ago, writing on here but as others have stated, it's good extra play money.
Sorry I was referring to Mexico or other lesser developed countries. In the United States 250 a month wouldn't get you much, but in some lesser developed countries, it can be rent and utilities and more than the average wage.
The 40 hours a week for 250 dollars was referring to the average wage the people make here in Mexico in many parts.
So in my case, if I made 250 a month I could survive here which is one of the main reasons I live here (Mexico).
If I could literally spend forty hours a week working on hubpages I'd be averaging a lot more than that. I simply can't concentrate for very long at a time. I wish I could. I only ever think of the next paragraph that needs to happen when I'm feeding the cat, or arguing on Facebook.
I guess my inability to focus is what makes doing this good for me. No one holding a whip, you know.
Hmm. Where are the low crime areas in Mexico? Come to think of it, I'd also have to learn Spanish.
Not a job, no. I have a day job that takes care of most of my expenses, barely. However, I pay one bill every month from my earnings here. When I get some bills caught up my earnings here may become "play money".
I do not see writing at HubPages as a job. I am taking it seriously though. I want to write a large number of articles and hopefully make some money.
I'm a newbie and I'm loving my Hubpages experience right now!
This is a very good question and I like the various points and answers that have been giving.
I enjoy writing as a whole and I hope to hone in on my craft by writing for HP. Making a lil pizza money surely wouldn't help.
I'm a stay-at-home mom with no current income. Maybe this will help me in that respect.
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