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Does Anyone Here Still Earn A Livable Wage Through Writing?

Discussion in 'Copywriting' started by coreygeer, May 13, 2018.

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    I've visited this forum a few times in the past couple of years and everything that I said years ago still holds some truth today. Everyone still wants some miracle worker, a $1/100 word writer who will churn perfection and make them rich. Writing for most people here is valued at an all-time low and no one respects the effort, time or business as a whole when it comes to clients.

    I'm genuinely curious to know if anyone here still earns a livable wage. The freelance mills have scraps to pick from, the jobs posted in the content section are slave labor, cold-calling/cold-emailing usually ends up in the spam or trash can and it seems every contact I used to have from here moved on to something else because it was no longer profitable. I used to have one person who wrote nearly $100 a day in writing material but it wasn't worth the effort and the client ran out of money.
    SEMrush
    The marketplaces where you can sell your original work have gone completely dry with no buyers to be found. You can get lucky and get yourself a nice featured article on one of those sites that pay per submission. As far as earning an actual livable wage though, does anyone here still do it through writing alone?
     
    coreygeer, May 13, 2018 IP
    SEMrush
  2. WLEadmin

    WLEadmin Active Member

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    Yes. Writing and editing. ~$55 an hour.
     
    WLEadmin, May 13, 2018 IP
  3. Crimebuster_of_the_Sea

    Crimebuster_of_the_Sea Well-Known Member

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    Yes. By the sounds of it, you're looking in the wrong places for clients.

    As a side, I've also started writing fiction, and that makes an 'ok' passive income.

    I've been doing this for over 8 years now - haven't needed to find a 'normal' job yet.
     
    Crimebuster_of_the_Sea, May 14, 2018 IP
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    seoauthority Greenhorn

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    My girlfriend is makuing a reasonable living with transalation work. She's bilingual and translating is quite lucrative. She's won some major clients this past year and the work is steady and predictable.

    She also does blog writing and editing, earning around $20-$25 an hour - which is not a lto, but definitely a "living" wage, if that's what you're after.
     
    seoauthority, May 15, 2018 at 2:35 PM IP
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    I use iWriter to purchase content for niche sites. You can join and become a writer there too.
     
    Bout Warrior, May 21, 2018 at 10:45 AM IP