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  1. Elvis Michael
    July 5, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

    You covered so many things here that resonates with me and many others in the field.

    1: Biding sites should have a tiered system, where the more skilled freelancers are equally paired with more “premium” clients. Instead, they just throw everyone in the same pool. The end result is a mess.

    2: The middle-man approach can be beneficial only because they already did the hard work of finding the client. But if you could skip that middle man, the profits could easily triple (or more). So it’s definitely worth the extra hassle.

    Take Demand Media, for example. At one point these guys were working with Salon.com. If I’m not mistaken, Salon typically pays $100 to $150 per article. Demand Media was only paying us $25 per piece. Even if they made some kind of deal to charge Salon a bit less, it couldn’t possibly have been anything below $75.

    Thanks for listing those hard truths, Mark!

    • Mark
      July 5, 2015 @ 4:14 pm

      Thanks! It’s pretty much the same as any other industry. find a way to service the end user, make yourself stand out by submitting bids in a less competitive environment and pay attention to the lessons you learn as you go and you will go a long way.

  2. Claire
    July 12, 2015 @ 8:08 am

    Thanks for this article – I attempted to go the freelance writing route about a year ago, after finding myself redundant. In the end, I simply couldn’t find enough clients, and had no idea where I was going wrong, so I went back to a ‘normal’ job.

    I have a great deal of respect for anyone who can make it, though!

    • MarkRMorrisJr
      July 12, 2015 @ 10:16 am

      Thanks! Glad you were able to find somewhere that you fit. Over 40% of American workers are either self-employed business people, freelancers, part timers, temps or on call. That’s a lot of us and growing. If you decide to try again part time, the jobs list here on Writer Town has been a huge part of my recent success. Without it it’s very hard to piece it together from sites like Craigslit and cold calling.

  3. mcdice18967
    November 17, 2015 @ 5:28 am

    I found the content useful and relevant. for every freelance blogger.