Have you ever thought about quitting your job to make money writing? If so, you should consider becoming a freelance writer. As a freelance writer you can work from your home and control your schedule and income. The amount of money you make as a freelance writer is directly dependent on your productivity. How do I know this? I know this from personal experience because I’m a freelance writer. In a sense, I’m living the dream of millions of people, I make money online and from the comfort of my own home. But, what most people fail to realize is that I work damn hard for every cent that rolls into my bank account. If you are one of the idealists that have a romantic preconceived notion about being a freelance writer, drop it. It’s very hard work that requires a high level of stamina. Becoming a freelance writer is no easy feat, but if you are prepared for lots of hard work, long hours and complete control over your life, you just may have a shot at becoming a successful freelance writer. Below, I have compiled a list of four websites that allow newbie writers to make money writing. The list includes a detailed description of the websites and pros and cons about working with each site that I have developed from personal experience. 1. Associated Content– Since you are reading this article on Associated Content, I thought it necessary to place this website at the top of my list. I was paid to write the very article you are reading by Associated Content. Associated Content is a standup website that pays its writers for valuable content they produce. You do not need any formal writing experience of education to become a writer on Associated Content, but you do need solid writing skills. They don’t accept just anything. Associated Content claims to pay in the range of $3 to $20 per article, but most of my colleagues report to be earning in the range of $3 to $6 per article. You can submit as many article as you want in any given day, this means that your income from Associated Content has no cap. As a bonus, Associated Content offers its writers performance payments. You are paid $1.50 for every 1,000 page views you receive.Pro: Prompt Payments. Once your articles are reviewed and accepted, you will be paid generally within two business days. Con: Slow review periods. Many of my Associated Content colleagues report review times of over 7 days. 2. Text Broker- Text Broker is a lucrative website to work for if you are a fast writer. Text Broker provides its writers with a constant stream of work. Text Broker has a pool of articles open to its writers 24 hours per day. One of the main benefits about writing for text broker is that you are told exactly what you will be paid before you decide to take the article. And if the pay isn’t up to your standards, you can release the article onto another writer and make money writing an article that pays a bit more. Furthermore, Text Broker allows you to directly connect to your client, which can come in handy if you need some clarification. And trust me, at some point, you will need clarification. Text Broker pays its writers a varied amount per article. The pay is dependant on skill. However, most of my colleagues have told me that they earn $0.01 per word. Text Broker warmly welcomes new writers as long as they have a good grasp on the English language and can compose near flawless writing. Pro: A constant stream of work available at all times. Con: Text Broker only pays its writers once per month, which is a pain. However, when you see a lump sum of $1,200 deposited into your bank account from them at the end of the month, you completely forget about not seeing a biweekly paycheck, or at least I do. 3. Demand Studios- This one is a bit tricky. Demand Studios welcomes new and talented writers under the condition that they have a resume to submit. To get paid to write at Demand Studios, you should first complete some articles on Associated Content in order to build your portfolio. Your portfolio doesn’t have to be breathe taking but it needs to be filled with informative articles that have been written concisely. If you want to make money online, Demand Studios is certainly one of the main websites you need to focus on. Demand Studios pays its writers $15 per article. I will be the first to admit that it isn’t easy to make money writing with Demand Studios, but if you are a fairly prolific writer you can earn a consistent $150 per week for 10 articles. Pro: The pay per article is much higher than many other websites that allow writers to make money writing. Demand Studios also pays on a weekly basis. Con: Finicky editors. If you cannot write articles that will meet their standards you will get a request for a rewrite. While I have encountered several editors that make outlandish requests, many of the editors’ requests are reasonable. 4. Bright Hub- You can make money writing on Bright Hub. When Bright Hub made its debut, it was all I could talk about. I loved writing for Bright Hub because my editor was a joy to work with, the topics were great and the pay was relatively high paying ($10 per 300 word article). However, lately it has become increasingly difficult to make money writing for Bright Hub, because they limit the amount of articles that you can write. Pitching article ideas to Bright Hub is similar to pitching a story to a tangible magazine; the querying process is just far more relaxed. On a good month, you may be assigned 10 articles. It isn’t very lucrative, but if your goal is just to make a few extra $$$ per month to supplement your shopping spree budget, Bright Hub is a great place to do so. Pro: The editors are a joy to work with and they will provide solely constructive criticism, which is helpful when first building your writing skills. Con: Low amount of available work and long payout period. Bright Hub pays their writers once per month.
The tablet PC is all the rage. Since the Apple iPad broke onto the scene in 2010, the tablet computer has become a go-to tech purchase for so many people. I have been using a 17-inch laptop that is much more so a desktop replacement than a true portable product. With WiFi that is free and accessible at many public places, including most Starbucks and McDonald’s, a tablet PC becomes a more important tech gadget that will support and enhance my life. Looking at the marketplace for tablet PC’s I have considered researching different tablets with a variety of operating systems, some which have limited support in the marketplace, such as BlackBerry Playbook and HP WebOS. However, these tablets are either not generating enough interest in the marketplace or are not of high quality. WebOS is now an open-source technology, meaning that the source code is available to anyone to use and alter for the products running WebOS. There are only two types of tablets I am considering at this point, an Apple Ipad or a tablet running an Android operating system. Based on my initial research, since Apple’s Iphone and Google’s Android are popular smartphone operating systems and ones I am used to using, those are the ones I am interested in acquiring. Trying To Save the Money To Buy a Tablet The cost of a tablet range from around $100 for a tablet powered by an Android operating system to over $700 and the cost of a data plan by buying an Apple iPad with an additional monthly data plan for a 3G compatible version. For a tablet ranging between $100-200, including a Kindle Fire, odds are I will save the money for this by rounding up some of the cash and using a credit card to make the purchase. If I were to buy a tablet with a data plan, I will have to save over time and be able to save money to sign a contract for a data plan, which can last for two years. How I Will Try To Decide What Product To Buy Some of the ways I have started looking are reading reviews by professionals, reading tech blogs such as the Gadget News Headlines on Yahoo! News, reading user generated reviews on sites such as LinkedIn and CNET, along with testing tablets when friends and colleagues purchase them. I have always believed that the best way to test technology products are to try them for yourself. Many times, even with user recommendations, the best way to decide on technology products is to use them to judge your personal needs. Tablets are making the Internet more portable and are becoming great tools to make our lives, both personal and professional, better. I want to make sure that my choice of a first tablet a suitable choice for my needs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/services/free_wifi.html http://www.starbucks.com/coffeehouse/wireless-internet http://us.blackberry.com/playbook-tablet/ http://www.cnet.com/ http://www.slashgear.com/hp-webos-tablets-could-return-in-2013-11201513/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_android http://phones.verizonwireless.com/ipad2/ http://news.yahoo.com/gadgets/ http://www.linkedin.com/home?trk=hb_home http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0051VVOB2/?tag=googhydr-20 hvadid;=8302881757 ref;=pd_sl_7gl7b2uwu2_e http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/cell-phones/cell-phones.jsp?feacondition=allphones feaavailable;=allphones feapaytype;=standard startFilter;=false typcat2460038;=cat2460038 allFeatures;=on allManus;=on#fbid=0ofAv9Cnl2h