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Some Days It Feels Like A Step Backwards....

There are somedays where I feel like I have taken a step backwards with my freelance writing. For three years, I had a private client sending me work, and I did well with each payday for the most part. I took work from other clients occasionally, but made the mistake of mainly relying on that client. If you guys remember my posts from a few weeks ago, that client has gone out of business.

I found work with another client in a similar field, which made it kind of easy to do the assignments. I am not sure if they will be posting anymore assignments, or if their project is finished. I hope they will post work again soon. The other client on that website has been posting thousands of orders at least once a month, for the last few months. Now it's not constant, which means once the work runs out, it could be a few weeks before they post more. I am hoping they will continue to post that work, even if it's only once a month. The other client -on another website- could be a more permanent arrangement, but it's still in the early stages and I have to make sure not to slip on my assignments if I want to stay on the writing team. I'm not looking to only rely on them anyways. I learned my lesson with that one. So I am hoping to find other clients, even if it's only temporary (one client this month, another client the next month, etc.). You know, steady work for the most part, with some diversity in there.

Anyways, I'm back to looking through the job boards Monday through Friday, refreshing, scoping out clients when my regulars aren't around, hitting slow days (which can happen even with a steady private client anyways), etc. It kind of sucks to go back a step, but I keep telling myself - "When one door closes, another one opens" -- and hey, I could wind up with several clients in the long run, which would be good for me. Until then, my income is going to go up and down again for a bit, while things adjust, and I have to budget more than I already was, which I'm sure I can do.

Sooo, here is to hoping things go well with those clients, and future clients, because I gotta roll with the punches in the world of freelance writing.

Speaking of which, I'm gonna get back to work. I wanna knock out a few more assignments before hitting the hay. See ya later, peeps! :)

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paigea wrote on September 22, 2015, 10:06 PM

That is really tough. You have all the skills to get more work lined up.

paigea wrote on September 22, 2015, 10:08 PM

I have started to get my feet wet in getting paid for writing. For Zemandi. That doesn't pay well but it is something to pick up a little piece when I feel like it and ignore it when I don't feel like it. So, it's the right thing for me.

Feisty56 wrote on September 22, 2015, 10:32 PM

Maybe if you don't think of it as a step back -- because it really isn't -- you won't feel a sense of failure. It was a learning opportunity for you, and now you've learned the lesson that came with it: Don't count on just one client for your income. I hope it doesn't take too long for you to establish new clients and that you're back on your freelance feet again in no time.

lexiconlover wrote on September 22, 2015, 10:45 PM

I've always been impressed with your drive and dedication. I'd love to do freelance work more regularly.

cheri wrote on September 23, 2015, 12:09 AM

It takes hard work and a lot of time to be able to give our best.

LoudMan wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:11 PM

It's a pretty rough business for being such a great job. Have you ever considered pursuing your own clients, directly, as opposed to relying on middlemen?

ViperGirl85 wrote on September 25, 2015, 9:06 PM

How is that website overall? Like, is it a good place, rates excluded?

ViperGirl85 wrote on September 25, 2015, 9:08 PM

Thanks. I don't think of it as a failure, as I know it's not my fault. If I had gotten booted from the team after three years of five star ratings, I probably would have felt like a failure -- but the agency shut down. I agree, it was a learning opportunity. I should have learned it several years ago, but at least I'm learning it now. Thank you so much! I hope so too! I'm doing my best but I guess it'll take some time to establish things with these clients. Thanks again. :)

ViperGirl85 wrote on September 25, 2015, 9:12 PM

Thank you so much! Give it a try! Websites like Textbroker and Zerys are good starts.

ViperGirl85 wrote on September 25, 2015, 9:13 PM

I definitely try to work hard and give it my all!

ViperGirl85 wrote on September 25, 2015, 9:14 PM

It's great to me because I enjoy writing, working from home, etc. I haven't thought much about it because it's a big leap and I don't even know where to start. :-/

paigea wrote on September 26, 2015, 2:44 PM

My experience is limited, but they pay like clockwork every Monday if you have over $20. Getting assignments is tedious because you request an assignment, wait a few minutes and wait for it to land in your e-mail. Then look at it and decide if you want it. Click reject if you don't want it and repeat the process. They pay about 50 cents per word. They send me many assignments of about 450 words. A few longer ones I rejected as the timing just didn't work for me. I don't know if that affects what they offer me in the future? The rate does go up (mine hasn't and maybe won't as I am quite sporadic) and I have had one repeat customer. So, I think the experience of someone treating it like a job might be different. Your rate would go up I am sure, you would get repeat customers I am guessing, and you would maybe get offered more interesting assignments. It is worth checking out if you are still between good clients.

ViperGirl85 wrote on October 1, 2015, 9:21 PM

Gotcha. How are the editors, staff, etc. - like do they treat their writers well? Thanks!

paigea wrote on October 1, 2015, 10:31 PM

I have nothing to compare it to really. A note says pieces can be sent back for revision if the editor or If the customer chooses. That hasn't happened so far. I did ask for more time a couple of times and that was okayed. A little more feedback would be nice; so I guess I don't know how editors treat writers, there seems to be minimal interaction. I do think they have a mentoring program if I wanted to step up my writing.

paigea wrote on October 5, 2015, 8:15 AM

Here is my invitation code if you decide to check it out sometime. 21655

ViperGirl85 wrote on October 6, 2015, 5:54 PM

Gotcha. I'll have to do more research on it, but thank you so much! I'll use your code if I decide to join. It's good to have additional eggs in my basket. :)