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By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
May 17, 2012
as it wreaks mischief in the wider media world, the Web has created
many opportunities for writers. And much of the work can be done from
anywhere – home office, café, library, beach cottage.
But news isn’t much good without context. So first, as we like to do, we’ll give the brief backstory.
FROM COLUMNISTS TO TWITTERERS
Essentially, the Net is removing (dynamiting might be a better word) barriers between creators and consumers, across the board.
Not long ago, if you wanted to be a writer, you studied journalism and
got a job at a newspaper. You’d usually have little direct
contact with your readers, and topics were assigned by editors who were
often taking their “best guess” about what would sell
Click forward to today. Anyone with a Net connection can be a writer,
and you’ll soon know what interests your readers from their
comments and clickthroughs (clicks on hyperlinks) and emails. You can
set up a blog in minutes using Blogger or Typepad or Tumblr (just to
name a few), plug in Google AdSense for ad revenue
(www.google.com/adsense), and you’re off to the races.
If you need writing experience, you can sign up at Helium.com or
Squidoo.com and start building a portfolio of work. You can even have a
shot at advertising or other revenue at those sites.
Many writers simply put out microbursts on Twitter. Reference your
webpage or some other place where you sell something (ads, e-books,
coaching, etc.). Voila, extra income.
Of course, it’s not easy to build a fan base, aka a
“platform,” and you usually won’t earn much until you
do. Second, you’d better choose topics or themes that you care
about, or burnout can come all too soon. Finally, mass writing has
driven down the pay rates for many freelance gigs, so it won’t be
a walk on the beach.
The good news? You have many options, and if you scribble well and market hard you can earn six figures or even more.
SO WHERE ARE THE GIGS?
For blogging and related freelance jobs, take a look at the job boards
at ProBlogger.net and BloggingPro.com. We ourselves often post their
jobs on our own board at RatRaceRebellion.com (linking back, of
course), and they’ve helped many people find work.
For journalism jobs generally – both employee and freelance
– see JournalismJobs.com and Mediabistro.com. You’ll also
want to check out Allena Tapia, an excellent resource, who posts jobs
and writes about freelancing at freelancewrite.about.com.
And while we’re on recommended experts, see Michelle Goodman, who
covers freelancing at ABC News and other venues. She can be found at
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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