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Slow and Steady Wins the Suite Race

Sometimes you don’t realize you have a treasure until someone inquires about it.

The other day one of my readers asked about whether or not it was worth writing for Suite 101. Her question was more about time than money. Most folks want guaranteed payment up front for their hard work. Not to sound like I’ve evolved into an all knowing, all patient writer, I too like to get paid up front for my work. The only problem is that I want to work on my terms and in my time frame.

Having mentioned earlier that I have a serious case of work-aversion-itis (aka mentally unemployable), it became increasingly clear that I was going to have to rearrange my life to be able to live on residual income. This is easy to say, but not always easy to do. It takes time, planning, a few late bills and pulling in the belt, but it can be done.

Back to the Suite 101 Question

“Currently I write for textbroker and constant content. With textbroker lvl 4 I earn about $7.00 per 500 word article. While I understand about the residuals earnings from suite 101, I’m just wondering how they compare. Would an article have to be posted on suite 101 for a long time to earn $7.00 or do they add up the pv’s fairly quickly?”

I went back to my Suite earnings over the past two and a half years. Unfortunately, my Suite 101 contract prohibits me from sharing specifics of my income but I believe I can share something I discovered.

  • In my first year writing for suite my per article income pretty much matched the per article earnings Jenn makes writing for Textbroker.
  • I then calculated my second year’s income. In my second year I wrote 61 articles, and my per article rate for the year increased over the prior year by 443%.
  • I’m now in my third year of writing for Suite and have written 27 articles so far and my per article rate for this year has increased over Increaselast year’s by 230%.

Today’s Economy

Given the state of the economy and the uncertainty of the job market, I’ve managed to earn substantial raises each year I’ve been with Suite. Suite pays my car note, cable/internet/phone with money to spare. As I continue to write and as my earnings continue to increase, Suite will eventually pay my mortgage and help be to become debt free.

The way I see it; that’s not too bad for writing a little over one article a week.

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About the author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she’s not writing or commenting on NJFM, she’s either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.

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  • MartinaJ July 25, 2011, 8:07 am

    This is a very interesting article Felicia. I do not consider myself a writer but I have been writing alot of content for my websites and blogs and I think I am doing pretty good. The only thing it is time consuming. I think I would have some time in September and October – maybe I can give Suite 101 a try. Is there an application fee of some sort? I also like the fact that you mention that Suite editors provide assitance. Maybe I will learn alot in the process.

    The link to my website, links to one of my pages that I wrote, it is in first person but writing in third person should not be all that hard.

    • Felicia July 25, 2011, 4:09 pm

      Martina, Suite 101 is free. They also dropped the third person requirement. You should give them a try when time permits.

  • Samantha June 2, 2009, 9:38 pm

    Hi Felicia,
    I started at the beginning of 2009 to make passive income after I buying an ebook. I’m happy to say that I’m surprised at how much I’ve made so far. I am looking to diversify and found your article on Suite 101 very interesting.

    I currently write for ehow and bukisa. How does Suite compare to these two and is it ok to submit the same articles from ehow and bukisa to Suite 101?

    • Felicia June 3, 2009, 9:06 am

      Hi Samantha,

      In my personal opinion Suite is a cut above Bukisa and eHow. The pay is steady and the quality of writing on Suite I find to be better than eHow and Bukisa.

      You’re not able to use your eHow or Bukisa articles on Suite. They accept original content only. The editors work with you to make sure your work is up to their standards.

      If you’re not used to writing in the third person, it will take a little getting used to, but I believe it’s well worth it. My Suite writing has gotten me other unsolicited writing gigs.

  • jen May 30, 2009, 7:05 pm

    I’ve only recently realized what a treasure Suite 101 is. As long as I am consistently submitting, my earnings increase.

  • Julie - Inspired to Write May 29, 2009, 10:52 pm

    Thanks Felicia for this reminder. I have been really neglecting Suite because it takes so much out of me – mentally. :) However, I do not want to lose the contract because I think it is a reputable site. I think it is good income for the slow and steady – I just have to get some more articles on there!!