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Happy December 1st!

I heard on the news today that America is officially in a recession (like we needed the TV news to tell us). In spite of the economic outlook, I don’t think there has ever been a more lucrative time to be a freelance writer.

More and more writing opportunities are popping up all over the internet. I think the largest challenge for a freelance writer is to not overextend herself. (Read my post about spreading yourself too thin).

Just looking at my end of November numbers, my income has increased by 205% over last year. In the meanwhile, friends and relatives have to endure across the board salary cuts and precarious job security. I’ve been urging them to pick up the keyboard and hone their writing skills. Unfortunately, they prefer to complain about the recession.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him use a straw. Everyone has a choice to make. I choose to take advantage of the online writing opportunities to sure up my financial future. How about you?

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  • Alyssa December 1, 2008, 5:46 pm

    Well said!

    Even though we’re writing for content providers, we can’t forget that for some providers, such as Textbroker, there are actual clients on the other side of the Web browser.

    If you want some degree of exclusivity, I think it’s wise to work hard at establishing and cultivating a professional relationship with the client. You can’t afford to release sloppy work and miss deadlines, although sometimes it’s unavoidable. And when it does happen, make sure that you keep your lines of communication open. It just signifies to the client that there’s a human being at the other end. All they’re really looking for is quality, dependability, and ease of “doing business” with you.

    Good luck to all.

  • Felicia December 1, 2008, 5:51 pm

    You’re absolutely right. Your next writing job may depend on how well you completed your last writing job.

  • Julie December 2, 2008, 5:25 am

    Great post. It’s nice to feel like you have some control when everything around you feels out of control. Great job on the increase in income!

    Julies last blog post..November eHow Earnings Update

  • Shannon December 8, 2008, 1:20 pm

    Just wondering if you’ve had any experience with oDesk. It’s a global repository for outsourcing and there are writing gigs advertised, among other types of jobs. It looks similar to eLance, but may be getting better reviews!

    I haven’t tried it, yet, but I did sign up.

    I’m a newcomer to your fantastic blog (!), Felicia, and not sure if a link could be posted, but anyone can find it via search engine.

  • Felicia December 8, 2008, 1:53 pm

    Welcome Shannon,

    I did a blog post or two on oDesk.

    I signed up for them but never did any work through them. Lately I’ve been concentrating on residual income more so than up front pay.

    They are a legitimate service. If you do decide to work with them, I’d be interested to hear how you do.

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