Survival Tips for RM5 Freelance Writing Jobs

In Malaysia, it is common to come across freelance writing ads offering as low as RM5/article (or lower amount).

There are times when you just need to grab any freelance writing jobs you can find because you need extra money or because freelance writing is your career.

That would be a time when you can NEVER say no to low paying freelance writing jobs.

What do you do?

How can you survive with such low paying jobs?

1. When you come across such freelance writing ads, you need to read from the beginning to the end of the description. Look out for how many words, topics related and payment method. This helps you choose the best freelance writing jobs for yourself.

2. Some of the jobs are quite reasonable – RM5 for 100-200 words. Some of the jobs can be bad – RM5 for 500 words. Look for reasonable freelance writing jobs.

3. Try to do as many articles possible, if there is no limit. Sometimes, there might be a limit of 20 articles a week and you need to share the 20 articles with other freelance writers. Grab all 20 articles for yourself if you can handle it. This way at least you will get RM100 for yourself.

4. If you can’t grab all 20 articles for yourself, apply for more freelance writing jobs of similar tasks. You can work for two or three clients at the same time – without the guilt (you are a freelancer).

5. You don’t have to spend 30 minutes to complete an article. You just need 10 minutes – especially for 100 – 200 words. If you can get RM10 an article, then you should spend 30 minutes.

6. Apart from local job ads, perhaps you should expand to international job ads. Instead of earning RM5/article, try $5/article – if you are lucky.

7. If you are stuck at RM5/article for a very, very long time, perhaps you should try different clients or at least ask for a raise – maybe RM8/article, if you are good. If the client is not willing to give you a raise, leave!

8. Always put up an ad on Craigslist to let people know you are LOOKING for a freelance writing job – short/long term.

There are many clients out there. You just need to make the best choice.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Do You See Yourself as a Freelance Writer?

No doubt there are many people who love to write for a living.

Just how many of you have the courage and the skills to stay in the freelance writing industry?

Freelance writing industry can be a very harsh place especially for newbies.

Not only you get rejected, sometimes you get humiliated to a point that you would beg for jobs in forums (willing to do any writing jobs for a few cents!).

That is just so wrong but that is reality.

You can be a great writer or you can be one of those desperate writers, begging for jobs in forums like Digital Point.

So what type of freelance writers are you?

Do you see yourself as a freelance writer or are you just another so-called writer? (think Digital Point)

You know you can be a great freelance writer.

Which path are you taking?

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

World Cup & Freelance Writing

Sports writers, good news! World Cup 2010 is finally here, and something good follows.

There are more and more sports related writing jobs waiting for you.

Check out these sports writing jobs.

Some of these jobs are offering up to $20 per article.

Want to earn some extra $$$ ?

Time to polish up your sports knowledge and writing skills.

Meanwhile, you might want to read up these materials to boost your knowledge.

Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey–and Even Iraq–Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport

World Cup 2010: The Indispensable Guide to Soccer and Geopolitics

The ESPN World Cup Companion: Everything You Need to Know About the Planet’s Biggest Sports Event

The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America

Soccer World Cup Preview 2010

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Freelance Writing Books For the Soul

You might be new at freelance writing. You might have just completed your very first project.

No matter, who you are, freelance writing books are never outdated. In fact, you might learn a few tips and tricks about the writing industry.

Here are some of the best freelance writing books in the market.

1. ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Learn all the secrets so that you can earn a six-figure income through blogging.

2. Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments

This book is the guru to win all your top assignments that pay high.

3. Starting Your Career As a Freelance Writer

If you are a rookie, this is the best for you.

4. Getting Started as a Freelance Writer, Expanded Edition

Another great book for a rookie.

5. The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success

This is from The Renegade Writer’s Freelance Writing series.

6. Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing

Learn how to brainstorm creative article ideas magazine editors will find irresistible.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Another 5 Reasons Why Freelancing is Cool

So, I have written about the Top 3 Reasons Why Freelancing is Cool on 11th February 2009.

I would like to continue to add more reasons and here is a list of 5 reasons why I think freelancing is cool.

1. No more paying for transportation

(I used to take the bus to work and it costs me RM2 every working day, so 22 days x RM2 = RM44 a month)

2. No more spending extra money for lunch

(It costs about RM5 per lunch and I work an average 22 days a month, so 22 days x RM5 = RM110 a month)

3. Get to spend more time watching my favourite drama series – I love Charmed and Chuck

4. Friends envy me – It is not my intention to make them envy me, but they do because I work from home. They wish to be me!

5. Even my mum thinks I am unemployed (at first) and she has no idea how I can give her money to spend – which is pretty cool

Until today, most people around me can’t understand the concept of my work. Sometimes, I am getting tired of having to explain many times about what I do, and how I can earn a living.

Extra reason: My income is unpredictable

I really love the fact that I can save some money as I no longer use public transportation and I don’t eat out as often as I used to, which means I can save about RM154 a month, and that is a big deal for me. An extra RM154 every month means I can pay off my debt faster.

What is the coolest reason for you to freelance?

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂