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While perusing a few writing blogs,966154_old_typewriter_and_typist I found an article that reminds readers of the importance of quality website content. The author asserts that many business owners put content last during the web design process, often to save money. As a content services provider who works closely with a web design company, I have to admit that we have encountered this situation with many clients. Usually they decide to add web content at the beginning of the project, but eventually decide to spend that money elsewhere, such as on a extra module,  to pare down costs at the last minute.

It’s unfortunate, because while they might save money initially by writing their own content, the site is almost always delayed by weeks or even months because no one in the company wants to write it.  They don’t even know where to begin, and often offer up excuses as to why it’s not done yet every time we call or email. Some clients even give the web design team a tight deadline, and then wonder why they can’t make the site live in the allotted time; we don’t put the site up without content. In fact, we like to have at least one blog or press release ready to go when the site goes live, but some clients don’t understand the importance of this.

I know the economy has only tightened many budgets, but skimping on good content is likely to turn off readers, who are all potential customers. This costs a lot of money down the road. Whether you are a website content provider or just have a website for your business, I’d like to hear your thoughts on this issue.

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Today I was reading one of my favorite blogs , which recently discussed a few money issues when it comes to freelance writing. In this and other blogs, some people have mentioned that it is difficult to pay the bills on small SEO articles that only pay a few bucks each. 296-1226867106mpr81

I see their point, as obviously it is easier to pay the mortgage with higher writing jobs. However, to say it cannot be done is incorrect.

What many people fail to see is that, no matter what your freelance job might be, you have the power to make your dream hourly wage. Whether you are a handyman striking out on your own for the first time, a web designer, a freelance medical transcriptionist, a writer, or anyone who gets paid by the project, you are in control.

In the Beginning…


Last year, when attempting to make the majority of my money from home providing content writing services, I did accept some low-paying jobs. I wrote 500-word SEO articles for $5 each. Obviously, being a college graduate, I couldn’t be satisfied with making $5 per hour. I made more than that at my thankless job as a server at a pizza place, though I wasn’t doing what I wanted at all. After a week of writing about 15 of these per week, I realized I could write two per hour. 5-dollar-bill3So I made $10 per hour, which was not bad when you consider I doubled my previous wage in a week. Additionally, gas prices had gone way up, I had moved a half hour away from my serving job, and the new management at the restaurant bumbled around, firing many of my coworkers/friends there willy-nilly. I had to get out of there, and this was the first step.

A few weeks after I had accepted this new writing job, I noticed my writing skills with these articles had improved, yet again. One day, after waking up a bit later than I had wanted to, I began to write at my 2-article per hour pace (which was beginning to get quite leisurely). Suddenly I realized that the deadline of 2 p.m. was not actually my time, but Central. I got a sinking feeling as I Googled the time difference, which confirmed my suspicions: I had an hour to write five more articles.

Progress



I had never typed so fast in my life. My fingers ached when I was done, but guess what? I made the deadline. I also realized I had just made $25 in one hour. It 33-12130430812yra2sounds like a scam now (“Double your hourly wage in a week, and do it again a week later!”) but I really did go from $5 per hour to $25 per hour in a matter of three weeks. Granted, I didn’t exactly rush like that every single time I wrote, but it did make me want to experiment with my hourly wage a bit more. I found I could comfortably make about $20 per hour, writing four articles each hour in a kind of stream-of-consciousness stupor (this was after I realized they preferred quantity over quality).

Though I don’t typically deal with such jobs now, when I don’t have much work for a day, I do pick up some lower-paying jobs. It is no longer all about the project pay for me, but the hourly. Some people without experience providing content writing services would probably scoff at the chance to write two $10 blogs, but I figure it is an easy $20 in one hour. What else would I be doing in that hour on the days that I have few projects? Myspace, Twitter, the local forums, then back to Myspace again? (I really have to focus on getting more productive in my free time!)

What Are You Worth?


Anyway, the advice stays the same if you do some other job besides writing. If you are a designer and get a logo design job that only pays you $100, but you have a great idea for it that would take you two hours to complete, what’s wrong with that? I don’t think too many people should be turning down $50 per hour in this economy.

Similarly, I have seen offers of $200 for a book editing project. I hesitate before I apply for such jobs. After editing one published book so far, and countless other documents, I know exactly how many pages I can edit per hour. Sure, I could use $200 to do something I love, but if it would take me 30 hours to complete that project, I would be making $5 per hour, once again. I would rather offer my content writing services to companies that appear to pay less, but that provide me with projects I can get done quickly.

In the end, you have to figure out what you’re worth per hour. Are you okay with making $5 per hour, or would you rather just relax and enjoy life? Is the money per hour worth missing a night out with friends, or the time you’d spend reading a good book on a rainy day? You tell me: What are your thoughts on setting your desired hourly wage?

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