For the past year or so, I’ve been on kind of a freelance writing hiatus. Not that I had given it up completely, I mean there were several writing projects that kept my attention through the year but for the most part I had taken down my freelance writing shingle. Well, things have recently changed.
Please, please, please don’t interpret this post as one of those, “It’s a new year! Set goals! Be everything you can be!” kind of posts. ‘Cause it ain’t. I can’t stand/don’t do those kinds of posts. That’s my own thing – I suck at goal writing/keeping.
On the 2nd day of this new year I put myself in a position where I left a good paying 9 – 5 job that was killing me through the stress imposed by an impossible boss. I should be scared, but I’m not. I’m actually excited to be focusing once again on writing. And being focused on the writing means getting back into writing for money. The folks at Visa are very keen on my doing this.
I don’t doubt for a moment that I’ll be able to get back into the swing of it. I set my to do list this morning and have been flying through it, gleefully scratching things off the list as I accomplish them. With a lot of the clutter out of the way I am able to focus on the freelancing and the first thing I’m doing is getting back to my roots. The first blog article I ever write for my web site was about Textbroker. Textbroker is a great place for beginning freelance writers to cut their teeth and today I’ve discovered it is also a great place to ease back into the whole business of freelance writing.
It had been a good year or so since I last visited Textbroker. What I’ve found is that the folks there have made a lot of improvements to the site. When I first went to log in, I was kinda afraid I had been booted from the site, given how long it had been. Well, all of my stuff was still there as was my 5 star status. Awesome. I discovered that Textbroker had set up a place for writers to add a greatly detailed profile, including a profile image, interests, writing samples and even a resume. I also received a pleasant surprise when I went to the “Open Orders” page. There were literally hundreds of orders available. Textbroker is not a bid site. You choose an order and start writing. You’re not paid a ton of money on most orders but if you can write a decent article in 20 or so minutes, you should be able to pull down $15 to $20 an hour without too much problem.
Textbroker is just my first stop in my quest to get back into the freelance writing game. I’ll probably check out some of the bidding sites today and I’m letting all of my Twitter and FaceBook folk know I’m back in business.