I'm going to be busy!

Singapore
October 22, 2008 12:50am CST
I'm happy to say that I have a freelance writing project on hand at the moment. After various efforts at making money online, I was given this opportunity by an old friend. Today we agreed on the terms of the contract and I have to start right away since this project is rather urgent (according to the boss I spoke to at that company). So I'm not sure whether I can mylot that much during this time. I hope I can still do that though. Have you had any freelance writing projects? How much do you charge per hour of your time? I'm curious because I wonder if I'm paid fairly here. Do you sign a contract for your freelance writing assignments?
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9 responses
• China
22 Oct 08
i used to be a freelancer writer for magazines and translating firms. it depends on where you are(coutry,city) and the magazine/firm you work with. the ELLE magazine in China paid me U$150/1000 words for writing an article, the translating firm pays me U$15~30/1000words for translating....interpreting is another thing? how about you? how much they pay you?
• Singapore
22 Oct 08
Hi Swan River, I'm not writing an article for a magazine though. It's more like a lesson plan for GP students. There are about 6 portions to be completed and they estimated that each portion will require 5 hours and I'll be paid $35 for each hour. I'm not sure if that's reasonable. That will amount to about $1050. It's for a two and a half month project. What do you think? I think what you're paid is very good. How long do you take to write on article for Elle? I have not tried translating though.
• China
23 Oct 08
it'll take me about several hours for 'writing' the article, however i have to spend some more hours doing research for the topic discussed, for translation, it will take me around 1 hr to finish 1000 words which means U$15-30/hr; for proofreading project, it will take less time to fulfill the task however the payment is still around the same U$15-30/1000 words. i think your project is good and if you really love to be a freelancer, pay is the 2nd consideration compared to the experience you gain in the project espeically when you're new to it! good luck:)
• Singapore
23 Oct 08
You are right. At this moment, I'm taking it up for the experience. I wish it was as easy as writing an article though. This one is more like a lesson plan for GP students. It takes a lot more research and planning. I hope I can do a good job with this one but put it into my resume.
@sweetie1026 (1724)
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
I wish i could write the way you do and earn a little on the side too. But i never had the opportunity like that yet as you have. I wish you all the luck though, my friend. All the best for you and hope to see your articles published too!
• Singapore
23 Oct 08
Hi Sweetie, It was just luck that my old friend contacted me about the assignment. I have never had such a break before this. I have been writing for various sites and the earnings are trickling in. I'm glad that I have something to be busy about. At least if my mum bugs me to go out to work, I'd say that I have a job and I'm still sitting at home to do it. I guess that's teh best part of freelance writing jobs. I shall not compromise my time with my daughter. I want to see her grow at the same time. Thanks for your response!
• Philippines
24 Oct 08
Yeah, i agree with you. That is the best part of being a mother, seeing your kids grow. To be there for their first step, first word and everything, it is such a joy to be able to witness all these. I say this, because i too never went to work while my girls were growing up. Anyway, good luck on your writing!Have a good day!
@Wordplay (239)
• Canada
24 Oct 08
Hi, Sydney! I just wanted to congratulate you on your first "official" freelance job. It may have been a stroke of luck to get this job from your friend, but as the saying goes, "Luck favours the prepared." This definitely sounds like a great opportunity not just for the job itself (though the money is nice) but also because, as you mentioned, it could lead to more work from this company. It is also something to keep in your portfolio so that when other opportunities come along, you have a solid piece of writing to show what you are capable of doing. It sounds like an interesting project. I wish you all the best!
• Singapore
24 Oct 08
Thank your Wordplay for dropping by my discussion. That's what I'm trying to do -build a portfolio to show potential employers of my writing capabilities. I have not heard of that saying "Luck favours the prepared" before but I guess it came at a great time. In this case, I do seem lucky. In other cases, I think I will have to search for the four-leaf clover. Thank you for your warm wishes!
23 Oct 08
Firstly well done. I know many writers find it hard to get projects, and getting the first one is normally the hardest. Once you successfully complete this and have the experience over you, you can take this to other projects and I am sure your earnings will continue to increase over time. I have never done any freelance work, most of my work has been on triond, helium and associated content. I havent been paid very much for it but was pleased to get a small amount. As for other writing projects I am not sure I would have the time, energy or dedication to pursue them but I wish you all the best in your venture, and please be sure to keep us informed. As for contracts I would encourage you to draw one up and sign it
• Singapore
24 Oct 08
Thank you for all your encouragement. Yup! This project was rather unexpected since I never gave a thought about becoming a freelance writer, only just recently. I also write for Triond (more than 70 articles there), Helium (just 2 articles there), and AC (trying to build a repertoire there too). I was initially excited by Triond but the earnings has been rather slow unless your article get in the hot content or something. As such I am forced to look for other avenues. Freelance writing was my next move and I was also encouraged by others here at mylot to do so to increase my online earnings. (see my discussion on writing on demand). Happy to meet another writer friend here and welcome to mylot! You can view my articles at Triond. My username is Sydney Hazelton.
@underdogtoo (9600)
• Philippines
23 Oct 08
That is wonderful news. I wish I had your talent so I can do freelance work too. Unfortunately, I don't. Cheers!!
• Singapore
23 Oct 08
Hi underdogtoo, I don't think it is a matter of talent. If you can write for mylot, I believe you can do freelance writing. In this particular case, I have a little background in the sense that the writing that needs to be done has to have some teaching background. I have that and it makes it a little easier, but I still have to get round to writing it, need about 12,000 words. Pretty large number for me. Thank you for your response!
• United States
22 Oct 08
Hey Sydney Congrats! You'll do great I'm sure; wishing you all the very best in this!
• Singapore
22 Oct 08
Hi Janice, Thank you! I really hope that it will turn out well. I'm rather nervous and wonder if I can do a good job. But I have someone there to guide me so I think I will be fine. I know that this company constantly need writers for their websites or projects, so if I do a great job, I know that there will be more assignments for me. We'll see. Thank you for your well-wishes!
• Philippines
22 Oct 08
I'm happy for your new project. Good for you that you have something to be busy about for two and a half months. We'll, I haven't tried being a freelancer at all so I really don't know the rates and how it works. Sorry, I couldn't help you with that. Just happy for you!;D
• Singapore
22 Oct 08
Thanks divine, This is my first freelance writing assignment. It was not something I got from the internet though. I have not tried that route, but will try one day when I gain more confidence. I'm really happy too. The money will come in useful for my retirement savings.
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
22 Oct 08
It depends on the work you chose. Professional worl pays at different rates. Some pays $4 for 400 words whils some pays 15-16 US$ or big companies pay 35US$. It all depends on how much effort needs to be put for the work.
• Singapore
22 Oct 08
I just received my contract and it seems like that they are paying me about $31 for 400 words, that's about US$20 based on current exchange rate. I guess that's about average, don't you think? Thanks for your response, Nishdan.
@ahgong (10086)
• Singapore
19 Nov 08
I too would like to try a writing project some time. Right now, I am trying out my writing hat by joining some online writing sites that pays for what ever you write and submit. So far, only one article is paying and when I started submitting more, the rules changed. So I am seeking other alternative sites that would pay for articles written and submitted. Any good site to recommend besides helium?