I was frustrated about the fact that there did not seem to be any viable, trustworthy and gainful website for appropriate work for my freelance writing. I was just doing a Google Search on this particular subject and I happened to see Odesk.
A site where freelancers ( providers as they are called here!) can find work that they think they can handle professionally from buyers looking for freeelancers or agencies from all over the world. I find the range of work quite impressive and the work is meted out in two ways – hourly jobs and fixed rate jobs. Do note that Odesk does not take any guarantees or does not stand by you if you take up any of those fixed rate job and everything is left with the provider and buyer to suitably make contracts and abide by them.
The best thing is that it is free for providers or freelancers to list themselves. I think it is worth checking out.
The On Demand Global Workforce – oDesk
I have been noticing what’s happening to me and I am not sure How to take it — it is positive, though. I starting training less and writing more. I am now writing full-time and I put in about 8-9 hours a day from my own office. The earning isn’t that great yet but it quite a start. Well, basically I had developed a system wherein the entire training delivery is done by others and I only take what is left of the profits accrued. Writing is still in a very self-employment mode and it is yet to be scaled up. My clients keep me busy all the time and I actually need to steal time to post in my own blogs.
For all those myths about not being able to find work; ruthless competition in the marketplace for writers; doesn’t pay well; the famed ‘broke writer’s mentality — they don’t seem to have affected me much. I seem to be able to pull it off in a way that is still in line with my long term goals and aspirations.
Writers who are not willing to put in the required hard-work and demonstrate flexibility when needed; pick up projects that is not only huge in scope of work and render it with a quality that will be hard to replicate by any mechanized process but also dabble with a range of projects that can prove one’s versatility; willing to network and make friends ( not for any commercial gains); write for passion and earn in the process; not let go when push comes to shove and be on a relentless pursuit of gainful client relationships are the ones who are bound to make it big — real big.
I had also realized that treating ‘freelancing’ as ‘freelancing’ isn’t going to do much for me. I need to treat it as a business and I am the only one who can do it ( for now). I was on a short trip to a nearby small town for a friend’s wedding the other day and the work literally came to a screeching halt ( no, I didn’t find an internet connection there and my data card didn’t work too).
Just like any other business out there — freelance writing demands focus on producing quality content, in the least possible turnaround time, thrilling clients and most importantly: finding new clients. The cycle still remains that way.
That depends on how hard you want to work. It also depends on your thirst for knowledge, your resourcefulness and your sheer ability to grapple with the dead line fever that would engulf you.
Unearthly hours, irregular timings, pressing and demanding clients, varied topics to write on and some relentless researching, tenuously seeking new well-paying clients, managing work loads- all of this would mark your day as a busy freelance writer.
When you begin writing, you’d not have much to negotiate your pay with. But as you gain experience, you will start taking through your accomplishments and strengths. You’d have amassed enough know-how to garner better a better pay.
It isn’t as rosy as it is sometimes made out to be.
I was reading up this book called ” On Writing Well – The Classic Guide To Writing Nonfiction” by William Zinsser. Boy! Was it an eye opener? He had some very valuable points to make and all off the ‘Don’ts’ I was, and still am, guilty of committing.
I even had to take up varied free courses online on punctuation that I had no clue about.
Talk about the learning curve!
This thing never ends…
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