Each year the Freelancer.com website puts together a list of the 10 most in-demand services. Derived from the 10 million job opportunities posted on the freelancing/crowdsourcing website, the list is designed to give entrepreneurs a heads-up on what’s needed the most.
The top job opp? Writing and content.
Let me say that I really don’t like the word “content.” In fact, one entire chapter of the Write A Blog People Will Read course is titled, “Stop calling it ‘content’!” Fact is, that’s what lots of people call it – and if you’re a writer then this list should encourage you.
The list defines writing/content as “technical writing, creative writing, copywriting.” If you can do one (or more) of these, remember that someone, somewhere is hiring.
How’s the pay? That depends on the job.
Unfortunately some places are paying ridiculously small amounts. One guy I know who owns a handful of blogs advertised writing opps for $35 per post. As far as I can tell, he thinks that people should jump at the chance.
The laborer is worthy of his hire
Say you apply for every writing gig you can find on Freelancer.com or anywhere else (more on that in a minute). Then it turns out the only one you’re offered pays relatively little. Think of it as a way to get clips, and say “yes.”
But don’t make a habit of taking $35 per post. Get the clips and start applying for more lucrative positions. A few places to find paying work:
- Media Bistro
- Freelance Writing Gigs
- Freedom With Writing
- Freelance Success (subscription newsletter/networking service, $99 a year)
Don’t sell yourself short for too long. Businesses can’t be faulted, I guess, for wanting to pay as little as possible to get the best work they can. That’s what makes them businesses: Keeping expenses down means maximum profit.
But writers can be faulted for allowing themselves to be exploited. Get the clips and then get the confidence to ask for what you’re worth.
(Interested in taking the writing course? Use the above link and the discount code FREELANCER and save 25 percent.)