This week we’re discussing single parents who write online for a living.
Writing for a living is rare depending on your niche, and I’d wager that freelance bloggers and web writers fall into an even rarer niche. Single parents who write online and blog AND make a good living probably fall into an even rarer niche. At least up to this point. The good news is that web writing gigs are on the rise.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Ed. says these general writing jobs are where the best opportunities are:
- “Technical writing, blogging, and other writing for interactive media that provide readers with nearly real-time information.
- Print magazines and other periodicals increasingly are developing market niches, appealing to readers with special interests, and making Internet-only content available on their websites.
- Businesses and organizations are developing newsletters and websites, and more companies are publishing materials directly for the Internet.
- Online publications and services are growing in number and sophistication, spurring the demand for writers and editors, especially those with Web experience.”
The OOH also notes, “Replacement needs are relatively high in this occupation because many freelancers leave because they cannot earn enough money.” Which is good news if you’re looking for work, but sort of a downer too; others leave because pay is low, but people are ready to step in.
The above is just general information though. In the last post, I noted that as a single parent you need to aim high and find the highest paying gigs. Where are those jobs?
First of all, to know if you’ve got a decent paying gig on you hands you need to calculate your hourly rates in order to figure out if a client is worth it. No writer should skip these steps, but they’re very important if you’re the sole bread winner. It doesn’t pay to take 20 low paying gigs vs. 5 higher paying gigs and these steps help to point this out.
Where I’m seeing (or not seeing) the best paying writing jobs online: [Read more…]