I remember just a couple of short years ago when I began writing online, I would search the online job boards for writing assignments. I remember I landed my first “big gig” through one of these sites. If was for a trade magazine and it paid me $525 for a 1,200 word article.
Wow, I thought I had hit the big times (until it took me almost 8 months of repeated follow ups and letters to finally get paid). Back then a lot of the jobs posted were for off line publications looking for freelance writers. Of course there were the sweat shop ads for 500 word articles at the rate of $1 per article or something like that, but mostly there were legitimate gigs, many which paid well.
Change in Classifieds
Since I’ve been rather busy lately, I’ve ignored quite a few of my Google Alerts, but this morning as I was having my coffee, I decided to goof off and read a few of my alerts.
In my freelance writing alert, I found a CNN Money link to Freelance Writing Jobs. Just for grins, I decided to see what they had. After all, we’re talking CNN, not a fly by night ‘we have freelance writing jobs’ website. Imagine my amusement when at least 4 of the freelance writing jobs were for Demand Studios, one for Suite 101, two for Examiner and finally one for About.com (here’s the link to check it out for yourself).
Been There Done That
Since I already write for Demand Studios and Suite, applied for About (went though the entire process of building a sample site and waiting about 3 months before they turned me down) and don’t really have the desire to write for Examiner, there wasn’t much that interested me in the search results (although the FabJob.com listing looked a little interesting).
I don’t know if there will ever be enough writers to fill the internet’s thirst for online content. That’s a good thing because there are always online writing opportunities for freelancers. It seems, however, that the days of landing a high-paying off line writing gig merely by performing an online writing job search is a thing of the past (or maybe my “big gig” was just a fluke).
Oh well, at least there’s always the opportunity to build residual income. During the 8 months I was tracking down my $525 from the publisher, I was able to start my residual income base. Boy, am I glad that I did!