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3 sites that pay you for writing

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If you want to work as writer, you are likely looking for someone that wants to pay you for your texts.

My recommendation is get real clients, but today I will share

3 sites that pay writers for posting texts on them

Shvoong: UPDATE this site is closed.

Do you like writing summaries and reviews? This is your site.

Shvoong doesn’t want original texts as articles, poetry, etc. This site wants to be a reference when you are looking for a review. However the accept almost all texts without looking at the quality. They pay 10% of the revenues they get from your articles.

www.shvoong.com/

Squidoo: If you want to write original texts, this is a more accurate site.

Squidoo tries to develop a high quality content creator community, so they encourage high standards to their users. Writing for Squidoo you can add to your texts features as pictures, maps, quotes, etc. They pay 50% of their earnings, which comes from Amazon and Ebay adverts that are added to your content,.

www.squidoo.com

Triond: Like Squidoo, this site gives you 50% of the revenues they get from display and contextual advertising that appears on your content.

www.triond.com

Is it worth?

If you ask me no, it isn’t.

How much does it take to write a text? How much do you think you can earn in these sites?

The time/effort-income relationship is so low that I don’t think these sites can be of help. Besides, there is another thing you have to take into consideration. Let’s think you write awesome texts and you get a good income from these sites. If you are able to do a text that generates high incomes from any of these sites, be sure that you could get more money publishing it on your own blog or selling your texts to specific clients.

So, why am I sharing these sites?

No I am not receiving money from them, nor because I am an affiliate. I am not.

I’m sharing this because these sites, could be a place to publish an example of your work, Triond is a good page for that. And you can learn a little about the job in them. For example in Shvoong you can learn about what kind of topics that you are ready to write about generates more traffic; in Squidoo you can learn to create SEO friendly texts, because they ask you to do so, and until your text is not ready they don’t allow you to publish it.

And of course if writing is just your hobby instead of your job, you can give a try and have a dinner from time to time thank to one of these sites.

How to be hired to work at home

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The main problem of all kind of workers is to find a job. Freelancers are not exception.

This post is about a situation in which your client doesn’t know you. If you have done a previous work, being hired again should be much easier. I will discuss about extend a relationship with a client in other future post.

Let’s take a look to some tips to increase your possibilities to be hired for the first time.

 

1. Be visible.

Of course this is the omnipresent need. You want to sell oranges, you need to be in the best commercial street and in the first position in Google, you want to sell clothes, you need to be in a commercial street and in the first position in Google; you want to sell your services you need….well at least you can work at home, but you need to be in the first position in Google.

Sadly be in the first position in Google requires lot of money, so try to be visible in freelance platforms related with your job.

2. Think as your clients do.

Ok, you have done it!

There is someone looking at your site and now this person has lot of doubts about if you are the accurate person to hire.

Try to put yourself in your future client shoes. What would you look for? Experience? Testimonials? Kind person?

It is a great idea hiring someone to check this. If, for example, you need a website, look for someone to do your website in a similar way that your client will look for you. What things do you look at?

I hired someone to do a task with this website and while I was looking for the right person, I learn a lot about the process to hire.

If you are going to use a freelance platform, then try to hire someone through it.

3. Give all the information you can, including price of course.

Give all the information your client could need. As your client can’t see you, you need to be more transparent than if you were physically there.

Sometimes you will get propositions as “hey I need my website text, how much does it cost”.

Then ask for more information. Keep in mind that is better loose a client because you are asking too much, than loose it after almost all is done and a unexpected issue appears.

4. Answer as quick as possible.

Again, as your client is not able to go to your office to ask for things, you need to show that you will be there at any time (in your work hours).

If you don’t answer messages promptly, your clients will think that you won’t answer them when they need something related to the job, so they will prefer anybody else, that is ready to keep communication fluent.

Work at home, can it be real?

Are you in a computer? Look at the bottom right of your screen, what does it say?

Yeah, we are in 2014 !!

Don’t you think that in 2014 is possible to work at home?

It absolutely is. There is only one kind of person that still doesn’t believe in working from home: managers, chiefs, bosses or as you know them the person that thinks you are a robot that hates holidays.

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Rest of the people understands that today, with internet, phone and will power you can work at home as good or bad as in an office.

In some works people is more used to work at home. For instances, translators, virtual assistants, graphic designers, programmers and writers, yes even in Spain where it is extremely rare working from home… All of them have the two versions, people working in offices and people working at home.

So if this is your dream

What do you need to work at home?

  1. Work hard. If you are at home your customers or managers, can’t see how hard you are working. Best way to show them is to give a great result.
  2. Computer and internet. It depends on your country internet services, but you will need to choose a good internet connection.
  3. Choose a job that you can do from home. This includes a job that people believes you can do from home, because if it is possible but the culture says you need to be in an office…it will be hard get customers.
  4. A website.
  5. Research for freelance platforms.
  6. Research your country laws. Taxes are a brainteaser for all freelance. When your customers are from all over the world, it could be even more difficult.
  7. Use the free time. First steps are always hard. If you don’t have clients, your work is to find them. If you are working at home, there is not free time during your work hours. Don’t have a task to do for your clients? Improve your website, look for new clients, udpdate your ledger books. Don’t waste time. If you are wasting time, maybe you aren’t ready for working at home.

Some common ideas to work at home.

  • Have a blog and earn money with the adverts.
  • Have a youtube channel.
  • Work as freelancer.
  • Sell your hand-made products.

Obviously each of these options are broad enough to write a book. I will develop some of them on the following posts.

Why a Spaniard doesn’t use the Spain’s official flag

When I was creating this website, I thought that one of my characteristics I wanted to stress was the fact that I am a native Spanish writer from Spain.

So putting the flag of Spain in the homepage seemed a good option. However, I was in doubt because we, Spaniards, don’t use the flag as freely as the other countries do.

In Spain’s history there is a dictatorship and, though it happened several years ago and we live in a democracy now, some people stills identify the patriotism with a similarity with the dictatorship ideas. The flag is sometimes more linked with a political point of view than with the country.

Of course it doesn’t make sense and all people in Spain should be proud of its flag. But politics wounds are difficult to heal.

 

Can I use the Spain’s flag?

Since Spain won the football (soccer) worldcup in 2010, people get used to show the flag with a wholesome feeling. I would say that the weird feelings about the flag are no longer there.

Anyway, if you are foreign, use the flag is always welcomed. You can use it to show that you speak the languages, that you like the country, that you have positive feelings about it. There won’t be a problem.

If you are of national origin you can use it, but there could be a little proportion of the population that will suspect you. So it depends on the context, on what you are saying, etc, but sadly you still need to be careful with it.

As a conclusion, we are still working on restore the flag to normal feelings, and we have recently done some steps, but the task is not finished yet.

So if you are writing for your company, you likely don’t want to open this kind of political discussion. If you are big international company, the flag is ok, if you are not; my advice is beinfg careful with the context.

It is necessary hire a native to get a good text in Spanish?

do I need a native to produce content in Spanish for my website?
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As almost always in this world the answer depends on your needs.

First of all you need to be aware that if your writer is non-native, native readers will likely notice it. I have met really good Spanish speakers that weren’t native, but you always notice something in their expressions. Is it bad? It is not necessarily bad, but you need to look at some points to decide if this situation is ok for your texts.

When should I hire a non-native Spanish speaker to write a text in Spanish?

Easy and short answer: When this writer will add more value with his ideas and knowledge than the value that will be missed because of the fact the text is not 100% natural.

If you need a text about a specific topic in Spanish, and you know a non-native speaker that is the best in this topic, I am sure your readers will be ok learning from this expert. No matter if there are some little mistakes.

When is a bad idea to hire a non-native Spanish speaker to write a text in Spanish?

When you decide to do it, because it is cheaper.

Actually, this bad decision would be the same if you choose a bad writer that is a native speaker. If you give a cheap text to your readers you are saying them that all your products/services will be created in a low cost way, which is not usually a good marketing technique.

So first rule is to avoid bad writers, no problem where they are from.

Now, let’s think you have a good writer, but he/she is not native. If this writer isn’t the expert that I have talked about before, my advice is to choose a native one, because for Spanish speakers read a text written by a native is always friendlier than read a text that looks kind of not Spanish.

Show you reader you are worry about them being comfortable and make it easy for them.

What Spanish location is the best to produce a text in Spanish?

It depends on the target of your texts. If your texts will be mostly read by people from a specific location, the best option is choose a good writer from this location.

Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Spain, each country have its own expressions and, of course, very good writers, so take it easy and choose one that is accurate to your target.

But always keep in mind quality. I, as Spaniard, would always prefer a well written text by someone from Mexico that a bad one from my neighborhood. A good Spanish, no matter where it was produced is understood by every Spanish speaker in the world. Bad text is hard to understand even when the culture and history is common with the readers.

If your target is international, I would recommend hiring someone from Spain. The language is as good or as bad as in any other place, but it is taken as more neutral by many readers. Maybe this will change with time, I am not saying Spanish from Spain is better or purest, just that historically we were looking at it in that manner.