Freelance Writing Jobs for October 1, 2009

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Wow. Can you believe it’s a new month? Clean slate time. All the negativity and frustration of the past month it’s over. Make it a clean start.

Here’s what’s new around the network:

Not a huge amount of leads today.

Leads…

Content Writing Jobs

Proofreading/Editing Jobs

  1. Editor Needed
  2. Editor – Seattle – Telecommute OK
  3. Freelance Proofreaders/Translators – San Jose
  4. Caption Copyediting - Pentagon

Copywriting Jobs

  1. Copywriter – Bloomington MN
  2. Copywriter for Healthcare Projects – Glendale
  3. Online Copywriter Needed – Science Background – Atlanta
  4. Copywriter for Clean Energy Company – Somerville MA
  5. Freelance copywriter

Technical Writing Jobs

  1. Technical Writer – Contract – Bellevue

Ghost Writing Jobs

  1. Ghost Writer for Illustrated Memoir

Business Plan/Proposal/Grant Writing Jobs

  1. Grant Writer Wanted – Orlando
  2. Grant Writer WAnted

Sports Writing Jobs

  1. Online Sports Writers

Resume Writing Jobs

  1. Resume Udpate Writer

General/Misc. Freelance Writing Jobs

  1. Technology Writers and Editors
  2. Freelance Writer for a Leading Educational Publisher - Little Falls NJ
  3. Ad Agency Writer Wanted - Madison WI
  4. Christian Writers
  5. Website Assistance Needed in Oakland County
  6. Writer for Press Release and Media Kit
  7. Creative Comedy Writer to Write Scripts for Website
  8. Writers Wanted for Online Journal

Sorry about such a sorry list today – hopefully more tomorrow and next week.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the early leads Deb!

  2. Any leads are good leads. :-)

    I’m starting my month off with a decision to make. I’ve worked on and off for a web designer two years ago. Recently, he announced the launch of a new site. I did the first batch of articles and he said they were perfect so more work would be sent that week. Never got a thing from him until three weeks later. The work came with an email that stated to make his life easier, he’d like me to also start uploading them to the website myself to save him the step.

    I did one article and it took me so much longer. Plus there was more than the article now. I’m having to go back through the articles and create keywords, descriptions, tags,fix the HTML, etc. He’s told me he can’t afford to pay more. So what was coming in at $25 an hour is now down to $10. Thankfully, there is no contract, so I’m not stuck into the job, but at the same time, I hate giving up on something, especially when there is an established relationship, but for less pay even I know it’s just not worth it. So I’ve been trying to come up with a polite way to say I want nothing more to do with it.

  3. I do have a gravatar I do not know why it is not working yet

  4. oh now it is LOL

  5. Anne, I’d say the best route is a bit of honest negotiation over it, unless you just dont want to be involved on the website side of things regardless of income alterations. If you have an established relationship you’re already in a good position to start off (it’ll be a pain for the owner to find someone good and reliable to replace you), and any reasonable person will understand that they’re asking you to do substantially more work. It sounds like the relationship could be over either way, so there’s no harm in trying, right??

  6. Tish Davidson says:

    Just tell him you appreciate that opportunity to work for him but that because of other work commitments you do not have the time to devote to doing the extra uploading steps his job now involves. Tell him you feel he deserves someone who has the time to do the job according to his new specifications and that it would be best for both of you if he found another writer. Then attach an invoice for work submitted but not yet paid.

    Freelance means he is free not to hire you, or in this case with no contract, to change the conditions of the job, but it also means you are free not to accept the job or the changes. If you get locked into doing a lot of work at a rate below what you normally get, you aren’t going to have time to find and apply for work at your regular rate.

  7. Anne,

    Another possibility to end the relatiohship on a high note is to provide 30 days notice. That gives your client time to find someone else. You could mention that you no longer see this as a fit, your business has grown, other responsibilities/opportunities are paying more (you can be blunt) or something else.

    You have an example of project creep, which I’ve dealt with a few times, usually when I’ve won a bid on a project in a new area. Other times, clients started demanding more involvement (more work needed to complete articles), meaning the projects started paying about half of what they were.

    Even if the work had continued as before, there are times one has to jettison lower paying clients in favor of higher paying ones, otherwise you can’t keep up with rising health care and other costs.

  8. @Tish and James – Thanks for the insight. I’ve already discussed the extra work and budget with him and he said there is no room in his budget to pay anyone more than $250 a week and that “realistically it is not that much extra work.” Given that, I know I have to drop the job.

    When it was an hour a day on a daily article that was one thing. I had time to focus on my higher paying jobs. Without added pay, I know the added stress of keeping deadlines because I’m falling behind on other jobs just isn’t worth it.

  9. @Phil – I thought about giving notice, but even then I’m not convinced it’s worth it. I emailed him this morning stating that if we can keep things the way they were, with me doing the articles and him uploading them, then I’d be happy to stay, but the time it’s taking to upload them and fill in all the meta-tags and descriptions simply is interrupting my other jobs. I’m usually done working at 1pm and a little over an hour to get the house straightened up, grab something to eat, go for a walk and be home before the school bus. Now it’s 1pm and I have two more articles to go.

    I’m the type that hates telling people no, years of anxiety issues helps prove it, but even I knew this time I had to for my sanity.

  10. @Anne G., The thing that instantly comes to mind is, of course, if it’s not that much extra work, why doesn’t he do it himself?

    I’m all for making my clients’ lives easier, but not at my own expense. I was actually in almost the same situation as you last year. I had been writing articles for a while, but my client then asked if I would mind tagging them with html and inputting them. The difference was this: he told me that, since it was extra work, he realized he would have to pay me extra. I didn’t even have to bring it up.

    It sounds like you’re being taken advantage of.

  11. Depends on how badly you need the money to put food on the table for your family.

  12. Thanks for the list.

  13. @Krista – Exactly. I haven’t heard a thing since sending him the email now. So I have no idea if he wants me to finish this last batch or not. But I’ve invoiced him for what I’ve completed at the regular rate and am focusing on my higher paying jobs.

    @TW – There is a balance between needing money and needing to keep your sanity. I spent four years battling anxiety issues that I was told at first was a heart problem and then saw a cardiologist who told me he really had no clue. Turned out it was all stress.

    One thing I learned very quickly is that struggling with bills is far better than being trapped in a pattern of anxiety. I became depressed, wouldn’t leave the house, panicked if my husband went to work leaving me alone in the house, after months of therapy, months of weaning my body off heart medications all the doctors thought would help and then weaning myself off depression meds, even I know money isn’t the be all and end all. YOU and your sanity has to come first.

  14. I agree with Krista. I love when people say “it’s not that much work” when they aren’t doing the work themselves (Grrr). I’m curious to see what happens in your situation, Anne.

  15. @Cheril – I told him last week that I couldn’t do the extra work and haven’t had any response. Not only that, but for the work I did do, he usually pays on Friday’s and I didn’t get any money. So that’s probably going to be the next battle. I am watching to make sure what I did right isn’t posted on his new site. If it is, I’ll be requesting it be taken down immediately until payment arrives.

  16. As an update, I finally did hear from him yesterday morning.

    He became rather belligerent telling me how it will take him a while to find a replacement for that amount of pay (which suggests he knows he was getting a bargain then), that my last batch of articles required hours of editing before he’d okay the uploads to go live and that he wished me luck ever finding another job”. (Not sure what that last comment was supposed to mean either. So I’m now on the lookout to see if he badmouths me anywhere.)

    Meanwhile, I checked and the articles I had written that were supposedly problematic and needed hours of editing have all been posted verbatim, no edits were made, and are on his site. I emailed an invoice yesterday and haven’t heard a thing. So I’ll give him until Friday, which is his usual pay schedule and see what happens.

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