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eHow and the Minimum Wage

My eHow articles have finally surpassed the minimum wage mark.  According to the Department of Labor , the current minimum wage is $6.55 an hour (this number will increase to $7.25 an hour effective 7/24/09) and I’ve finally surpassed that number with my eHow articles.

Here’s How I Figure It

It takes me about ½ hour to write and post an eHow article (sometimes more if the site is having a glitchy day).  According to my stats, I earn approximately $4.17 per eHow article (this is a moving target, but as of today, it’s $4.17).  If it takes me ½ hour to write an article, then one hour’s worth of work should earn $8.34.   Actually, the less I write, the quicker my hourly wage increases.

The Beauty of Residual Income

I won’t reiterate the beauty of residual income, It’s pretty much self evident.

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If you are currently unemployed and are in the throws of looking for a job, now is the best time to start writing.  I’m not talking about a resume (I’m assuming you’ve already done that), I’m talking about writing for a residually paying content site.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it takes about 6 months for someone who is currently unemployed to find a job.  In between interviews, job seekers should spend about one hour a day writing and learning about SEO, keywords and how to generate traffic.

What better way to supplement unemployment income than by getting paid to write about what you know?

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Julie @ Write for eHow May 4, 2009, 10:49 am

    Cool, Felicia! Off to calculate mine!

  • Julie - Inspired to Write May 4, 2009, 4:49 pm

    Well, I think I am still at $0.045 and hour – LOL! But, I may get there someday. I have slowed down a little bit to focus more on blogs. Thanks for the motivation.

    • Felicia May 4, 2009, 5:46 pm

      Hang in there. You’ll get there soon. The good thing is that no matter what the hourly wage, the money still comes in.

  • Lovelyn May 6, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Your eHow earnings are coming right along. I used to write for Demand Studios, but they’ve been driving me nuts. I actually think they might fire me. I’ve been considering just writing some things for eHow. Seeing that your earnings have started to pick up has convinced me.

    Thanks for all the useful information on this blog.

  • CJ Master May 6, 2009, 7:42 pm

    Hey, I couldn’t find your eHow articles anywhere, do you mind posting a profile link? I’d love reading your articles. =)

    • Felicia May 6, 2009, 10:13 pm

      I write my eHow articles under the user name Tidbits.

  • CJ Master May 9, 2009, 3:45 pm

    Well I’ve written about 6 articles, and my total revenue is… 5 cents. 😛 I guess I gotta work pretty hard too see minimum wage!

    • Felicia May 9, 2009, 4:00 pm

      Keep at it CJ. You’ll get there. You’re headed in the right direction.

  • Jessica September 27, 2009, 1:20 pm

    I started with eHow 4 days ago and I have 14 articles. I am going to write lots more and hope that I see the kind of return you have. Thanks for the encouragement to stay at it. I’ll look you up on the site. 🙂

  • Felicia September 27, 2009, 2:25 pm

    Your post made me take a look at my per article rate. Although I slowed down writing for eHow, the money keeps accumulating.

    Currently, my per article rate has increased to $9.04.

  • Nora December 20, 2009, 4:54 pm

    Hi Felicia

    I have just begun to write I just wanted to see if ehow is for real. I like writing about things that are educational but I have only posted 5 articles I lost two jobs to the Federal Trade Act and between searching for a job I like to read ehow articles so few I have learned a lot.


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