well it's web writing so not much $$$ IYKWIM! ( I will get a discount on massage therapy supplies in a few months)
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11/26/07 at 11:46am
How much money can people make freelancing? I've never done it, but would love to if it would be worth the time.
Am desperately in NEED of making some income & needing to stay home (due to my kids' special needs). I've done some writing a long time ago (poetry & opinion pieces) that were published...but I'm talking college student magazines, so I really don't know how valid they would be as sample pieces anymore (graduated from college (23 yrs ago --yikes!).
Anyway, I've been scrolling through some of these threads & not understanding what "Helium" is nor "CL" or some other abbreviations...I'm feeling really old and out of the loop. Could you let me know what those things are & where you might suggest some good "get your feet in the water" sites to do free lance writing.
Also, I don't feel like I'm very savvy when it comes to computers, etc, but would love to write/submit online...for those who have, is it pretty easy...meaning. You write the assignment (topic) & email it to the person? Some survey sites ask for phone number & other personal info & have been nervous about giving that out since I don't want to be inundated with scammers. So, I'm looking to all you young/savvy gals out there to hold my hand and walk me through this, if you're willing (please, oh, please).
I'd love to join this thread! I used to freelance a bit some years ago and haven't had the stick-to-it attitude to write much lately. I'm ready to jump back into the writing scene on a small scale with emphasis in holistic health and women's health from a natural standpoint. Does anyone want an accountability buddy? I tend to get very lazy with my writing but I have a ton of ideas, it just doesn't get done.
Has anyone ever submitted to a magazine that was located in a different country from where you reside?
I'll try and help. I'm Canadian but write for a bunch of US markets and others. I have a US dollar account for the US cheques. As far as taxes go - I just fill out the forms I'm sent by accounting and declare the income at tax time. Most of the writers I know write for all sorts of publications and the accounting departments seem pretty savvy on what we need.
There's such a bigger market for beginners in the US so that's why I want to try to break in over there. Over here, it seems to be either big nationa mags where you have to have lots of experience and clips, or tiny little neighbourhood mags that don't pay squat.
Anyone have any guidance?
As someone who has been on staff at a paper, they're always in need of help.
I'm assuming you've got one editor there, since it is a small place? I'd send in an email, letter of introduction. Here's where some beginners mess up: You don't need to tell him you don't have tons of experience. If you have any education experience or any experience that might be good to health, let him know.
(WHy am I saying "Him?" Okay. Let her know.)
Send along a clip or two, make sure they're your best. And then, hit send. You might get lucky and get her on a slow day or you might not. Is it a daily? Weekly?
If you don't hear back in a week or so, call the front desk and ask when is the best day to try and reach the editor.
Most people start out at small places, be it a weekly or the college paper. And, of course, DO NOT MENTION THAT YOU WOULD WORK FOR BEANS. They'll probably pay beans (I'd hope for at least $50/article) but keep your options open, ya know?
Then, once you've really started to get some good clips under your belt and really feel you've got the writing/news/freelance down, go on to bigger markets.
Yes, you can do it. Good for you for setting your goal.