For all of those out there who are freelance writers and all those that think it might be one of the easiest jobs in the world, let’s share a laugh. It might seem like the ironic kind of mirth because quite honestly those of that have been there and know the truth understand just how hard it really is to break into a line of work such as this. In fact some people would laugh if you even dare to call it work since you sit at your laptop or PC and bang on the keys all day to complete one article after another. It’s true, this is one of the easiest jobs you could have in a physical sense.
But if you think you’re going to get rich doing it overnight, grow up. The averages you see online as far as pay scale and what it takes to create content that people will want to see are based on estimates that are either outdated, since the business moves that quickly, or are unrealistic. There was a point and time when people would actually earn big money for certain articles since they were the type that generated a lot of buzz and were worth a lot more. But those days are all but done.
These days there’s so much content on the internet that you’re lucky if you’re getting paid more than $5 dollars per article, if that much. Then there’s the fact that any place you work for is going to be different. Some people will hire on contract, others will pay by the word, others will pay so much for so many words. The average freelancer is said to need to write at least 15 thousand words a month to get a decent wage. Personally I do that much in a couple days and feel that it’s not nearly enough for any writer.
I’ll be honest and state that I’m one of those that has lucked out in finding a writing job that I enjoy, that I can get behind, and that is entirely fair in what they pay. But if you come into this job thinking that you’re going to be moving upward at an accelerated rate then you might want to look elsewhere, or get used to the fact that you’re going to be spending a lot more time writing and less time doing all the fun stuff that many recruiters for freelancing will tell you about.
As a part-time gig and a way to earn a little extra cash, being a freelance writer is great. But if you mean to make a career out of this then you need to know what you’re getting into. The average freelance writer is struggling to pay their bills and doing their best to remain relevant in a literary field that’s constantly changing. If you can’t keep up, then this job isn’t for you.
If you can stay on the edge with the rest of us though, then welcome aboard.