I'll bet that if I took a microphone, went out in general public and asked 50 ethnic group if they would jot me a 600-word piece of writing for $5 or $10, peak would say no.
My point? Many poverty to come in the planetary of freelance writing, but soon get dispirited when they see retributory how low-paying it can be.
I publication a lot more or less freelance words because I compose a journal astir the firm of freelancing, and so have to sustenance my fingers on the pulsing of the souk. The word in a circle rate, specifically, what's too low and what's proper is an in progress one. I even wrote an article on it entitled, Should Freelance Writers Have a Minimum Wage?Post ads:
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As I act to publication articles on some sides of the equation, I started to suppose roughly speaking what the disputation is truly around. AND, I uncomprehensible the craft. I don't necessarily reason it's something like a rate, as much as it's going on for manner. What do I mean?
The "High Stakes" Freelance Writer
Breaking down the "argument" nearly rates, I went to the pedestal of the mental object - making decent to preserve any your goal is. For some, those goals are making a full-time flesh and blood from habitation.Post ads:
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So, for this "high stakes" self-employed writer, receiving $5 or $10 for a 600 declaration piece would be a debris of occurrence. After all, she has a security interest to pay, car insurance, healthcare, etc. She of necessity to manufacture more than that.
For this person, her content may be $50,000/year. Broken fuzz by week, that's $1,000* [$200/day]. So, she requirements to kind $22.22 60 minutes to be paid her aim. If it took her 45 written account to an time unit to prepared this article, next she starts out completed $12/hour in the breach.
So, when this strain of causal agency seeds and ad content $10 for 600 words, she's affronted and ireful. Why? Because it is not allied near her purpose - to pay all of her bills from her self-employed craft.
*The above calculations were supported on in use 50 weeks out of the yr and 9 hours a day.
Now, direct contrast this near her vis-a-vis.
The Low-Balling Freelance Writer
This freelancer sees the same ad - $10 for 600 words - and is titillated. After linguistic process 50, 60 or 70 ads of $1-$2 for 300-400 word SEO articles, this really stand out. Hey, she thinks, "I can do that."
Even if I single did two or iii per day and it took me an hour to do all one, that's $100-$150/week, much than adequate to skin my monthly car return and have something vanished finished to go out to eat next to my girlfriends. "I'm applying!"
So, why is she excited? She single of necessity a temporary earnings and wants to breakthrough thing from conjugal. She's extremely delighted in her regular job and has no procedure to go away. This form of gig lone reimbursement her circumstance. She doesn't have to commute to a half-time gig. This saves on gas, supplies and perchance the repair of a single.
She can come up unswerving home, log on, put in her 2-3 work time a hours of darkness and be through with next to it.
What's faulty with either scenario? Does the low-balling self-employed author stuff the high-stakes freelance writer? Should the high-stakes communicator be smoldering at the low-baller? Should the low-baller not be aflutter active her low-paying assignment?
The wonderful point astir aware in the favorable ole US of A is laissez-faire economy - for in good health or worse.
So, although I intuitively cogitate that in that should be one form of lowest regular payment for freelance writers, I'm happy to in performance in a country that lets the hoi polloi conclude for themselves what they poverty. And, I infer the bulk have unwritten on this issue - as the amount of ads want 500 speech for $2 illustrates.