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Freelance Writing Rates: What to Charge as a Freelance Writer

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One of the main questions I get asked is about freelance writing rates and what to charge as a freelance writer.

If you’ve searched this question online you’re probably thinking that the answer is as scarce as a mythical creature.

The truth is that there is no set template on freelance writing rates – which makes it both exciting and frustrating.

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How To Make Your First 1k Freelancing

So, you’ve started freelancing or you’re thinking of transitioning to freelance work. You’re going to want to know how to make money right? Of course, doing something you’re incredibly passionate about is great but unfortunately that’s not going to pay the bills.

Having set myself up as a freelancer with very little guidance – and it really has been me just jumping in at the deep end, I feel I can share my wisdom with you.

Earning you’re first 1k as a freelancer really isn’t that difficult. That hard part is getting started freelancing. Once you’ve cracked that, you’re on your way.

However, there’s a few things that are going to help you…

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Web Evaluation – A Work From Home Job

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If there is one thing that is a struggle to find when you first start freelancing, its work from home opportunities. Now, you may already have a few contacts to help you and I mentioned a few places to start looking in this post. However, today I wanted to talk about a real work from home opportunity that exists – web evaluation.

What is web evaluation?

Web evaluation involves a web search evaluator to assess many web pages to consider how they should rank in web searches. The role of a web search evaluator may also be defined as a web judge or internet assessor.

Where can I find web evaluation work?

There are several companies that offer genuine work from home opportunities in web evaluation.

* Appen – Appen or Appen Butler Hill as they are also known offer worldwide positions in web evaluation. You’ll find current vacancies here.

*Leapforce – Leapforce is another company that offers jobs based from home in web evaluation. You can find out more here.

* Lionbridge – There are several job opportunities available at Lionbridge. These include translators, interpretors and crowdsourcing jobs. You can find out more here.

*isoftstone – There are vacancies from transcribers, annotators and crowd workers. You’ll find the current vacancies here.

How do I apply for these roles?

Each company has different requirements. Most will require you have a good internet connection, up to date anti-virus protection and good analytical skills.

I’ve applied to two of these companies and I can assure you that they are quite difficult to get into. Once you’ve applied and got through the first stage, you’ll normally have to pass an exam. These exams are pretty hard going but its basically a trial run of the job you’ll be doing.

With web evaluation, you’ll either be great at it or you’ll struggle. I managed to get to the exam stage at two companies and failed both times. I really found it hard to grasp as each company has a set of guidelines you have to follow when you’re rating websites. If you can understand the guidelines then you’ll probably find it relatively straightforward.

The pay for these companies is above the national minimum wage and you normally have to commit to 10-20 hours per week. You dont get paid for the training/exam stage either. None of these roles are call centre based, so you dont need to worry about answering calls. The job is completed from your home computer.

These are all genuine and real work from home jobs – no scams or pyramid schemes! These jobs are definitely not easy though, so if you’re not prepared to put the work in then these probably arent for you. If you want to earn some extra cash and are up for a challenge then give it a go. I’m pretty sure Lionbridge offer an 11 month contract but the others vary. These may not be long term and as with most freelance work, you dont have the luxury of job security but there are people out there who have done this line of work for many years.

Let me know if you decide to apply. I’d love to know how you get on!