One of the biggest challenges I have found myself navigating through as a writer is the fact that it doesn’t always pay the bills. With that being said, there are many writing opportunities to ‘pay the bills’ but I’m not always willing to utilize them. I’ve browsed through freelance opportunities and here are some of the things I have found to be challenges:
1. Outside My Wheelhouse
The company is seeking someone to write blog content about raising a toddler. I’ve raised three toddlers so I might be able to shed some light on the topic. However, it has been a few years since I have had those toddlers (my youngest son being six) so I might be out of the loop of the latest trends which is most definitely what this company would be seeking. I can apply for the gig which may require a lot of research on my part or I can look for something closer to my wheelhouse.
2. Not Enough to Pay the Bills
The company is seeking someone to write a thousand-word blog and the content they are requesting is within my wheelhouse. However, the gig only pays ten dollars. I know the blog will take me longer than an hour to compose so then I am faced with the question of how much my time is worth?
3. How Much is My Time Worth?
This answer will be different for everyone. I have picked up writing gigs which in the long run only paid $1 an hour and I’ve picked up writing gigs which figured out to be $100 an hour. There are so many variables that it ultimately falls to each one of us individually to determine how much our time is worth. With that being said, make sure you know before browsing through freelance gigs.
Last year, I submitted work to some short story contests. I highly recommend this route for anyone seeking to improve their writing skills and potentially make some extra money on the side. I did not win any of the contests but with each submission I did improve areas of my writing. Some of these contests also provide critiques from the judges. This certainly helps with understanding what can be improved in your writing.
Challenge for You: Apply to one writing contest just for fun.
Tip of the Day: Know your worth.
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Nicole Donoho, owner of Teddyfly LLC, enjoys writing stories for all ages. She currently lives in Northwest Arkansas where she takes in the beauty of the Natural State with her husband, Jacob, and their three sons-Elijah, Josiah, and Solomon.