There are plenty of job sites out there that offer freelance work at the rate of a dollar per 500 words, or some other extremely low rate. I won’t work for those rates, but for some people a single dollar has a sufficient buying power to make it worth their time. Consider a country like Cambodia, where the average income in U.S. dollars is $290. A dollar is more than a lot of people can make in a day, making it worthwhile.
I leave the low-paying gigs to the people who can benefit from them. Instead, I focus on landing work that meets my bare minimum payment requirements. I’d love to be able to categorically state that I work for a dollar a word, period. But my payment standard fluctuates quite a bit. I’ll take $15 for a 400 word blog entry — that works out to less than 4 cents a word, but blog posts rarely take much research or as long to write. In general, for articles, I don’t go below 10 cents a word.
I take on a lot of low paying gigs, to fill in the many gaps between articles and other projects. I would rather write a page of SEO text for $15 than not earn anything at all.
What is your time worth? What work will you just not take?
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