I saved a tweet from ages ago - something along the lines of 30 websites that pay you to contribute - and thought it might be worth highlighting in the blog for the Am I Bonkers? series. I've not yet attempted to write articles or posts for online magazines or blogs, but here are some that caught my eye (with a writing focus of course). I'm pretty sure there are hundreds more!
Niche: Make Money Writing
Payment Method: Unknown
Writers Weekly is an online publication that is distributed to paying subscribers. With Writers Weekly you will be paid anything from $40 to $60 for articles you submit.
One Spoon at a Time
Payment Method: Paypal
One Spoon at a Time features around 2 guest posts every month from guest bloggers, all of which will be paid. You can write any blog post based on the categories listed above, and you will be paid a flat rate of $50 for your article upon publication.
Make a Living Writing
Niche: Make Money Writing
Payment Method: Paypal
This is a blog where you can pitch an idea for consideration on subjects such as freelance writing and making money writing. You will be paid $50 for any of your articles that are accepted.
Some ideas for making money freelancing:
Sell ads on your website through joining a blog network such as BlogHer or putting Adsense ads from Google on your site.
Write guest posts on blogs.
Sell articles to magazines and newspapers online and offline.
Write marketing and / or advertising copy for local and online businesses.
Teach / coach on writing.
Edit or critique manuscripts.
Use Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com) to fund specific projects, like a book launch.
I have to admit my head is still spinning since quitting the day job, but my next series of blog posts entitled "Am I bonkers?" will hopefully straighten out everything in my mind - and maybe even help you wannabe freelancers too!
You can feel lost without the camaraderie of an office environment, in fact, this was what I missed the most when I dipped my toes into the freelance world last time.
I think stepping back and reflecting is really important, which is why I'm taking this holiday - to clear my head. My next step will be to plan my year, month by month (only roughly at this early stage, but good to get something on paper). My 30 things project is really important to me, yet I still want to have time for writing.
Before I even start touching up my website, or look at the notes I've made on the sequel to Little Child, I'll be considering my options for every day freelance work. So, it might help to put together a little resume covering my knowledge and experience, what topics I'm an authority on, and what skills and qualifications I have.
I ain't going to lie - freelance writing IS a difficult way to make a living and you shouldn't try this if you don't have savings! Also mentally you have to stay focused, strong and passionate about what you're doing. There's a fabulous opportunity there to shape and mold your career into whatever you want it to be and actively create your dream job.
_Some of my favourite writing and living tweets from the last few months or so:
"5 simple rules to be happy -
Free your heart from hatred
Free your mind from worries
"There is probably no hell for authors in the next world - they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this one." C N Bovee
“Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting.” Pete Hamill
"Don't move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move." Osho
"If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done."
"You control your own destiny. Happiness, sadness, positivity, negativity; it's all on you."
"For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me." Jack Dann
"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." P.J. O'Rourke
"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." Edmund Burke
"Bring it back to what you really feel..."
"The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." Walter Bagehot
"Publishing is about passion and writing is a lifestyle, not a shortcut to a mansion and a Porsche." Seth dude
"The actual writing is what you live for. The rest is something you have to get through in order to arrive at that point." Raymond Chandler
I've achieved some amazing things over the last 10 years or so that really mean a lot to me personally, but I am always striving for something more. After all, isn’t Life there to be embraced? And I certainly don’t want to waste a second! Quitting the day job for the time being may be considered foolish in the current economic climate, but I have been saving like crazy to be able to take a year out – and it just so happens to coincide with the last year of my twenties. With all the things I want to do, it makes sense to have a list and that's where “30 things to do before I’m 30” comes in. This list will give me focus and a plan of action rather than stumbling through my time off and perhaps wasting... well... time.
So, in no particular order, this is how I want to spend the last year of my twenties:
1. Fly First Class from anywhere to anywhere
2. Take a photography course
3. Climb something on our island like Snowdon or Ben Nevis
4. Have a canal barge holiday
5. Sort out proper storage for my favourite belongings
6. Try 3 new foods
7. Walk the beautiful Jurassic Coastline
8. Complete a family tree with at least 50 people on it
9. Fun family photo shoot
10. Fly in a Tiger Moth
11. Tandem sky dive
12. Bake a marble cake just like my mum’s - and then eat it with no remorse!
13. Make a decent curry
14. Finish writing the Dalton Trilogy
15. Exhibit Little Child at a mental health exhibition
16. Publish a paid article
17. Feature photos on shutterstock.com
18. Catalogue my last 10 years of travels
19. Lose 14 lbs
20. Host a dinner party from scratch (3 courses)
21. Build a new desk area for the office
22. Do 1 presentation to an audience
23. Experience a murder mystery party weekend
24. Interview 3 Indie authors from Twitter
25. (Market and) sell 100 copies of Little Child
26. Take a weekend TEFL course
27. Achieve 500 hits on my website (1 day only)
28. Make some serious progress on my Writers Bureau course
29. Local book signing
30. Do the London night hike 2012 and / or walk part or all of the Thames trail
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.