Friday, November 8, 2019
Make Quick Cash Freelancing Ã¢â¬ Content Mills Not Included
Make Quick Cash Freelancing Ã¢â¬â Content Mills Not Included YouÃ¢â¬â¢re eating ramen noodles for the third night in a row, stopping between bites to nervously run your hands through your hair. You havenÃ¢â¬â¢t seen the inside of a Starbucks in months and youÃ¢â¬â¢re pretty sure dust bunnies and moth balls have moved into your wallet. As freelance writers, weÃ¢â¬â¢ve all been there. . . at least once. The money keeps going out, but somehow itÃ¢â¬â¢s stopped coming in. At this point, many of us turn to the content mills to earn some quick cash, grinding out dozens and dozens of articles for a pittance in the hopes that weÃ¢â¬â¢ll somehow manage to come crawling out of the red. I know thatÃ¢â¬â¢s what I used to do. But, friends, there is another way. Yes, there is another way to make quick cash freelancing. So, you Ã¢â¬â yes, you! Step away from the content mill. And try these tips instead. 1. Tap your networks. Let people know youÃ¢â¬â¢re a writer looking for work. Tell your friends, your family, your Twitter followers, your Facebook pals, your dog. . . SomeoneÃ¢â¬â¢s bound to know someone looking for a writer (okay, maybe not your dog). Why shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t that writer be you? When I published my very first writer website, I placed the link in my email signature and thought nothing else of it. The next day, my mother had plastered the URL all over her Facebook page. Ã¢â¬Å"My ba Until representatives from two different companies emailed me about doing some copywriting work for them. Can you guess how they heard about me? My momÃ¢â¬â¢s Facebook page! One of the contacts actually ended up becoming a client. 2. Get in touch with former editors. Be they from magazines, websites, online publications, newspapers, not-for-profits, or anywhere else, tell them youÃ¢â¬â¢re available to take on assignments. IÃ¢â¬â¢ll let you in on a shocking secret: Reliable, easy-to-work-with freelancers are hard to come I recently tried this tactic the last time I was short on cash and got four assignments as a result. 3. Sell reprints of articles youÃ¢â¬â¢ve already written. Find publications that accept reprints, then look through your portfolio to see if you have anything they might be interested in. Because itÃ¢â¬â¢s been published elsewhere, you wonÃ¢â¬â¢t get full pay. But then again, youÃ¢â¬â¢ve already done the work, so anything else is just icing on the cake (or this monthÃ¢â¬â¢s electricity bill). 4. Repurpose old articles and blog posts for new markets. Not all publications accept reprints, but you can rewrite the material to create something Ã¢â¬Å"newÃ¢â¬ for other markets. If you quoted in the original article, paraphrase in this one. Where you paraphrased in the original, use quotes for the new piece. You canÃ¢â¬â¢t copy and paste word-for-word, and you may have to contact one or two additional sources, but for the most part, itÃ¢â¬â¢s just a matter of going back to your notes and coming up with a unique piece for the other publication. The next time youÃ¢â¬â¢re strapped for cash, resist the urge to make a beeline for the mills and try these tips instead. YouÃ¢â¬â¢ll be amazed at the amount of money that will roll in without having to chain yourself to your desk.