For many months now, I've been trying to trade up to better paying jobs. I've learned some things in the process.
A writing job isn't just about how much it pays, it's also about how much effort and job satisfaction accompanies earning that money. I have learned to judge jobs by more than just how much they pay. Here are a few things to take into consideration when accepting an assignment.
-How much does the job pay per word?
-How much research is involved?
-How many revisions or re-writes does this particular client usually expect?
-How much time will you have to complete the task?
-How enjoyable will the work be?
-How long will it take to get paid?
A job that pays .05 per word may take ten times longer to do than a job that pays .01 per word so consider how much you can make overall when deciding on a job. It could take you a month to prep a single article for $500.00 or you could write enough to earn $2,000.00 in the same month although you've written 20000 words.
Research and prep time is important. Does it take you hours to research a topic or can you simply park yourself in front of the screen and have the words flow like silk out of your fingers?
What's the client like to deal with? If you are dealing with someone who will chop your work up into a zillion pieces regardless of the work involved, you may want to think twice before accepting regular assignments from them. Do they get back to you right away? Are they pleasant to deal with?
Time wise, will the job allow you flexibility or will you have to drop everything to get it done quickly?
I used to think it was all about the rate per word but I'm fast discovering it's about much more than that.
I have a client who doesn't pay very well but who will give me an extension if I need it and generally pays me within seventy-two hours of invoicing. This client is much easier to do business with than my other better paying client who takes days to answer my emails and about two weeks to three months to pay, even though the invoice looks a bit nicer.
Enjoyment is a big part of it too. Freelance writing is hard work. Look for assignments that are not only lucrative but that give you zest for life as well.