Writing Online: From Starving Artist to Making Ends Meet

It appears everyone wants to make a living doing something-anything-online these days. This is not surprising as corporations have been downsizing, traffic has increased to a nightmarish degree and gas prices have skyrocketed. Who wouldn’t want to work from home in their pajamas and become rich in the process?  In the past decade writing online has become one of the easiest ways to supplement one’s living and one would be hard pressed to say they don’t know anyone who is an online writer or blogger.

Being an online writer can be a lucrative career if you know where to go and follow the rules. It can also lead you down a dark, maddening path when you realize you are writing 20 hours a day and netting only $50.00; and that’s before the writing forum and whatever payment service you use takes their share.

If you’re like most writers you have started to write on the most popular forums and at first they seem great because you are sipping your cappuccino and getting paid for it. Fast forward months later and you get a reality check: the contractors who hire you also need to make money and they too want more for less.  The average writer (whether talented or not) may make anywhere from $2.00 to $4.00 per article. If you’re a slow researcher or typist it can take you about 30 to 60 minutes to write one article. If you write 10 hours per day, you have just made $30.00 (taking the median amount) and actually less with the deducted fees.  Reality: you’re not even making minimum wage and you’re exhausted.

This is bad news particularly for someone who has $30,000 in college debt after obtaining a degree in Journalism. Next bad news: you’re not making rent this month. Writing online isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But it can be.

But fear not, hard working writer. There actually are ways to earn a decent living writing online and many do it with ease. You just need to know which resources to tap into and which to stay far away from. Soon you will graduate from starving artist to entrepreneur in no time. Stay tuned…