Would you work for £6 an Hour – Then Why Do it in Writing?
This weekend I read a post that made me angry. You know the type, five side hustles to make a fortune. I don’t know why I am attracted to this type of article, but I am.
Overall the post was well written and there were some good ideas. My problem was though that the writer hadn’t given the readers a realistic view of the work that was needed.
The problem with these posts.
The first side hustle that was suggested was to advertise content writing on Fiverr. He had set up 7 separate gigs, let us say each gig took a half-hour. To do it properly it would take at least an hour with research etc, I’m underestimating. The writer then completed 19 jobs. Let us estimate that each article took 90 minutes. When we add all the hours up spent working for Fiverr, it is 32 hours. For this the writer earner $257 a wage of $8. For my English readers that works out at £5.90, well below minimum wage.
The next suggestion was to use affiliated links. Here is what he said:
I did not make any sale in the start but after two months of doing consistent work, I have started making sales.
The amount that was mentioned $131, for two months of work. I don’t even want to start working out the hourly rate for this.
How to make money writing.
Why I have such a huge problem with these articles, not only are they clickbait, but they give false hope. As a writer for five years, there is no quick way to make money. Making money writing takes hard work.
If you want to make money writing then write. Sure use affiliated links, if they fit into your article. Don’t write a post to make it affiliated, your readers will leave in droves. Be authentic, work hard and build a following. The money will come. I am not going to promise you will earn thousands, but you will enjoy the process.
How to price work
As a quick side point, if you do want to write on Fiverr or other similar places here is how to price your work.
Write down everything you will need to do to write one article. Remember to include researching, editing and even a little time for admin. How many hours will this take? Take this number and multiply it by an hourly rate you would accept. There you have your price.
Sure there will be people cheaper than you, but there is nothing that screams amateur, than underpricing your work. People who want quality work will look for writers who know their worth.