oDesk Has Many Writing Opportunities
If you don’t know about oDesk, it is an online marketplace for freelancers. Businesses and individuals that need different types of services delivered over the internet come to a site like oDesk in order to hire a writer like you. The great part about oDesk is that there are a TON of writing jobs being posted all the time. It’d be really hard not to make some amount of money, especially once you’ve had a few jobs and started to establish yourself.
oDesk brought me my first “paycheck” as a freelance writer. I had recently up and quit my job as a kitchen supervisor at a dumpy little restaurant in the Southern US, and decided it was time for a huge change. I moved all the way across the country, and I figured my decent restaurant-filled resume with leadership positions and solid referrals would make it easy to get some dopey job to keep myself afloat.
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I was wrong. No one wanted to hire me for some reason, and then I had to turn to freelancing. Now, granted, I have ran a small press for a number of years and already had some ties to small publishers, but other than writing a few college papers for some beer money and publishing some poetry, I’d really not done any freelance work before. It was an advertisement on Indeed.com (a job search site) that led me to a transcription job on oDesk. I didn’t get that job, but signing up for oDesk, I started bidding on all sorts of things. And the first job I had paid about $1.25 per 500 words.
Ouch. That’s painfully low if you can’t crank out the articles, which nobody can at first. Of course now I’d never dream of accepting that rate, but that bit of feedback and experience set me up for what would become a full-time job that pays for everything I own and keeps me from having to answer to anyone.
The downside to oDesk is that the pay rate isn’t as high as it is on some other sites, and while there are a ton more jobs here than many places, there are also a large amount of competition. Once you have a good amount of feedback, you’ll find it much easier to find jobs, but that’s true everywhere and in almost all fields.
As long as you check oDesk once or twice a day and bid on any jobs you feel comfortable working on, you’re bound to find some work as a writer. Oh, and about the competition, a large amount of it is from people that aren’t native English speakers. Having English as your first language is a huge asset, and I always make sure to mention that I’m a native speaker.
All and all, I still make money on oDesk. Without ever feeling ripped off, over the last two years I’ve pulled in about three grand on oDesk alone. That sounds small, but oDesk is one of many tools you should be using in your writing career. I firmly believe someone only using oDesk could make a decent living, but as a writer with the whole internet at your disposal, that just wouldn’t make sense!
musicmakerr Is an editor, writer, and publisher based out of California. musicmakrr is also a musician and a great cook that currently offers his writing skills through gigs at fiverr.com.