Freelance Writing Jobs

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  1. Anamika S profile image67
    Anamika Sposted 12 years ago

    Hey Guys! Can anyone tell me what the standard rates are for 350, 500 and 1000 word Articles. Though I write on several Websites I have so far not written articles for any one else ( Except I do some Ghost Blogging for a local celebrity on a monthly pay) though I got many such offers. So I would appreciate some help here to decide if I should take up the Job or not.

    1. SimeyC profile image88
      SimeyCposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I get $5 (less $1) admin fee on Fiverr for a 400 word article. I'm using it to gain a 'reputation' as a freelance writer before I approach some proper sites that will essentially pay you a decent rate.

      1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
        Hollie Thomasposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I'd bet there are proper sites that would snap you up now and pay you a decent rate. Loved your article about the Bay City Rollers by the way, it took me

        1. SimeyC profile image88
          SimeyCposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you!!! I'm going to stop Fiverr - I've made some money - but feel I should be confident enough to use my 'Hubpages' portfolio...

          1. Hollie Thomas profile image61
            Hollie Thomasposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            You really should!!! I have a list of around 100 sites, the rates they pay and whether they accept international writers. I'll e-mail it you, it's worth having a read

    2. TailoredPCD profile image61
      TailoredPCDposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I started out writing articles for free to showcase my writing skills.
      Then I found I posted one article two years ago about How to Properly Record Meetings & Seminars for Transcription. To date I've had 545 downloads.
      I've now working on a novel I plan to publish in Smashwords and sell.
      My point is if you have any good articles, try selling them as ebooks in Smashwords as a test. Posting/joining Smashwords is free. You can't really lose. You would be showcasing you talent and could earn some money too.
      Just a thought and suggestion. Gail

  2. tobey100 profile image61
    tobey100posted 12 years ago

    Wish I knew.  I'd like to do a few jobs myself other than contributing for free.

  3. Hollie Thomas profile image61
    Hollie Thomasposted 12 years ago

    It really depends, some pay absolute peanuts and it's not worth it. The two other sites that I'm currently writing for, pay around $10 dollars for an article of 400 words, but they're pretty easy to write and research. I'd say 2-2.5 cents a word is about standard, less just isn't worth it.

    1. Anamika S profile image67
      Anamika Sposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      May I know which are these Sites paying 10$'s? I was offered $6 for 350 word article.

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        Home Girlposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Research Hubpages, I think somebody had a hub on that. Like a year ago or smth.

      2. Hollie Thomas profile image61
        Hollie Thomasposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Sure, wisegeek and Independent publishing, although the latter doesn't have much work.

  4. Sufidreamer profile image77
    Sufidreamerposted 12 years ago

    This is a question that crops up a lot, but it is exceptionally difficult to answer. The problem is that there is no 'set rate' for freelance writing and it depends upon a number of factors, including subject specialization, amount of research, your skills and unique selling point, quality of grammar, voice..etc.

    It is like asking 'How much should I pay for a car?'

    Do you mean an SUV, small city car, Prius, sports car?

    In the same way, there is a difference between churning out Made-For-Adsense crap for the article mills and writing highly targeted web articles for a business.

    Although I don't do much article writing nowadays (other writing specializations pay much better), I don't write for less than $50 per 500 words, usually considerably more. Think of it this way - if it takes me two hours for an article, that is $25 per hour, and I have to pay for tax, health insurance, internet, electricity, software, and hardware.

    Your time is too precious to be working for peanuts - believe in your own abilities and set your prices high. Clients are only cheapskates because freelance writers allow them to be. smile

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    Home Girlposted 12 years ago

    I'd love to find a translation job (English-Russian), but I have so little time. I used to do it but it was so much effort and such peanuts in pay ...

    1. WriteAngled profile image73
      WriteAngledposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I work as a freelance translator and charge $100-120 per 1000 words translated. I'm not rich, but I wouldn't call that peanuts.

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        Home Girlposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Do you work online? How do you find your clients?

        1. WriteAngled profile image73
          WriteAngledposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          I'm going to PM you, because it's getting off topic here and there is a lot to say.

  6. Anna Marie Bowman profile image74
    Anna Marie Bowmanposted 12 years ago

    I guess this wouldn't be a freelance writing job, but I was recently offered money for the use of an excerpt of one of my articles for some sort of production.  They wanted to quote a few lines from an article I had written.  They offered to pay "a small fee", for the use of my work.  I have no idea how much I should ask for!  It's only a few lines from the article, and I wouldn't even know what to ask for.  Has anyone else had an offer like this??  Any suggestions???

  7. psycheskinner profile image82
    psycheskinnerposted 12 years ago

    Freelancing runs 3-18c a word. 

    Freelancing content/SEO writing basically pays very little. $5 per 100 words would be the best your would be likely to get for non-specialist open call work.

    IMHO they are rather different things.

  8. Hollie Thomas profile image61
    Hollie Thomasposted 12 years ago

    I think that's the key though. Believe it or not I'm trying to hone my writing skills and get more experience. So, I'm also in the midst of an article writing course where I'll hopefully gain sufficient experience and eventually have the courage to submit to print publications.

  9. jcmayer777 profile image64
    jcmayer777posted 12 years ago

    I've never sold my work, but I have purchased many articles in the past.  In general, you get what you pay for.  That said, I have one writer I've purchased from at $3 per article (350-500 words) that provides exceptional work.  That's the exception I've found so far.  Most of what I've purchased in that range is poor, as you would expect.  The problem for me as a buyer is that if I pay much more than that, it's hard to recoup the expense since the artilces generally aren't optimized.  I can adjust them, but the time it takes to do so often negates the time saving from purchasing in the first place.

    You can charge whatever the market dictates.  If you make great money with your articles and can prove it, you might be able to charge more, since most buyers are looking to purchase content to make money.

    I know some people have good luck with constant-content.  I am currently working on a "system" for purchasing content in hopes of making it somewhat lucrative.

    1. SimeyC profile image88
      SimeyCposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      The problem I'm encountering on Fiverr is that I want to produce great articles - but the amount of work I put in simply isn't worh the net $4 I get. One article took me about an hour to research and write - so that's $4 an hour - not a great pay-rate there...I should get a job at Walmart instead!

      1. jcmayer777 profile image64
        jcmayer777posted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I am simply amazed by the amount of work people are willing to do for $4.  I was selling keywords on fiverr and completed about 50 orders.  For $200, it was way more work than it was worth.

        I see gigs on there where people are doing things I know takes at least an hour.

        This ties into the original post - don't sell yourself short or work for peanuts.  Your time is better spent on other projects.

        One last thing I didn't add:  You need to figure out how much long-tern money you're willing to lose for upfront pay when you sell your articles.  I looked at writing artcles a while back, but what I thought was "fair" clearly was beyond what I could charge.  I thought 2 years of anticipated income from an article was appropriate, but it didn't appear that was the case.  I didn't put lots and lots of time into researching, so I could be wrong.

        Best of luck - I hope it works out very well for you.

  10. Cheeky Girl profile image67
    Cheeky Girlposted 12 years ago

    Are you talking about writing an article or a review of a product on this? You can be paid anywhere from $10 to $60 if you play your cards right. If you have a website and link back to some of your hubs or best ones - then you can be noticed. I hit pay dirt in Linked In.

    One thing: do write some hubs on a subject and write them from an "authority" viewpoint as they seem to go down well with people who might hire you. It's better if they are about the subject or similar to the subject you get asked to write about. Like Travel or Technology or Sport - or whatever.

    If you can write well about specialised areas, then you might have luck.

    Asking for money... check out what is the going rate for the kind of thing you will write about, and put your price near the lower end of that price range, to start. Then later, put your asking price at the higher price range, as you get more work. The net is swamped by people willing to work for buttons. You need to stand out from the crowd to make money writing.

  11. AEvans profile image71
    AEvansposted 12 years ago

    Constant-Content pays well depending on the job. is so-so. Some articles are for peanuts others pan out. smile

  12. Rafiq23 profile image87
    Rafiq23posted 9 years ago

    You can try if you academic writing. They pay you 10 dollars per 350 words. The pay mostly depend upon the topic. The difficult the topic, the higher the pay. I have written many articles for it.

  13. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 9 years ago

    This thread is three years old. I doubt the original poster is even still around.

    1. Anamika S profile image67
      Anamika Sposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, The Original Poster is around. I have been part of this Site for over 8 years now. I am no longer in the Business of writing for others.  I have an alternative profession that pays my bills. I don't even remember when was the last time I wrote an article.


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