When I began this blog (and eventual network) it wasn’t to make a profit. It wasn’t even to provide a free service. It was to share some writing opportunities with other work at home moms. As the Freelance Writing Jobs community grew, I began to think about ways to earn money while still being able to provide a free service. Many people urged me to turn this into a paying subscription based service but I didn’t for two reasons:
- I knew our community could go elsewhere and find the same information on their own for free.
- I knew most of the community would leave.
- I always promised to be a free resource and that’s not going to change.
The problem is, when you’re providing free stuff every day, you’re not earning any money. It’s hard to justify the time spent on doing this sort of thing when you’re bringing any income into the household. The community rewards are terrific and inspiring, but it’s hard to devote time to non-paying projects, especially when your time is needed elsewhere.