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Let me recommend another Squidoo lens for writers …


Okay, I’ve got to pass this Squidoo lens along for your consideration: “Online freelance writing jobs.” I ran onto that particular lens and several more by Allison Whitehead just this evening. I was a bit hesitant to pass along the link, and here’s why.

I think the biggest BLESSING of the Internet for writers is that it opens a world of online writing opportunities you can find regardless of your skill level or how much time you have to devote to writing. It’s an incredible launching pad with pretty much unlimited potential.

I think the biggest CURSE of the Internet for writers is that it opens a world of online writing opportunities you can find regardless of your skill level or how much time you have to devote to writing. It’s an incredible launching pad with pretty much unlimited potential — and is filled with freelance writing gigs that offer embarrassingly LOW payouts.

Notice the similarities of those two paragraphs? That’s my not-so-clever attempt at sarcasm.

If you check out that lens I’ve recommended, you’ll find some incredibly useful ways to get started writing online. You’ll find some excellent motivational stuff. Heck, just scanning quickly through it has made me flex my fingers and want to stay up writing the rest of the evening.

But you’ll also find, as you explore sites such as “GetAFreelancer.com,” one of the lens author’s highly recommended sites, that you can work very hard for very cheap. For example, I went through her link to that site and browsed around a bit. One of the first offers that caught my eye(s) was someone seeking 10 articles on keywords he would supply. Each article would need to be approximately 500 words and total payment for the 10 would be $25.00. I’m no rocket scientist or even math major, but I believe that works out to one-half of a penny per word.

To her credit, Ms. Whitehead presents getafreelancer.com as a good starting point to get some experience if you’re just getting a freelance career started, and she does present some sites and some ideas for ultimately making steady writing income online.

With all that in mind, I recommend you check out her lens and see what you might find there. In addition, she has a number of other Squidoo lens related to freelance writing, and she actually is a “Groupmaster” for other writing related lenses. So I would highly recommend you take a trip over to Squidoo and see what’s available for writing ideas, writing motivation, and writing opportunities.

I have a writing tips lens started which I hope to finish tomorrow. I’ll let you know how to find that one when I get it published.