iPhones are all the range today and so are the desires of many who wish to have this delectable treat. And so while working on some articles about iPhones for a certain client, I usually think about the time I will be having this phone.
An iPhone just seems so far from reality as of now, but hopefully, later on, when I have the budget, I can soon afford one. Or perhaps a newer trend shall arise and will captivate my senses once more.
True enough, this is just one of my aspirations when it comes to the techie world. Gone were the days when I am just waiting for my parents’ allowance (which I would keep earnestly) and wait for the day when I can buy a book for 200 pesos. Now, I can readily avail of my most prized books, jewelries, clothes, foodstuffs, and many others. Even though they are not as expensive as those that millionaires buy, still, I still enjoy the fruits of my labor.
All these are brought about by my love for writing. Yes, even though I graduated from Nursing, I am also a writer by my own right. That was May 2009 when I first experienced earning through writing via the Internet.
Craigslist.com – This was the platform I made use of when I tried looking for a writing job after graduation. Actually, during those times, I was still reviewing for the November 2009 Nursing board exams. But since I was also trying to come up with a way to collect a sum of money to pay for the remaining balance at school, I have decided to apply for a writing job.
Alas, my application was accepted and for the first time, I received my first writing assignment. I was given a total of 4000 words to write a day. Materials were given to be rewritten and so I got a headstart and learned the workings of the business somehow.
But after 9 days, I thought of giving up on the assignments as I cannot manage anymore. I realized that I cannot go on the writing tasks with the pay not as much as I thought equals the work.
Nonetheless, for experience, I am still thankful of the experience. That was just the beginning of a plight that I thought would never come. After that, I pursued some more projects from various clients. By scouting the Net and still using Craigslist as my job site platform, I managed to find more jobs. The pay increased. At that time, I got to receive around $1.5 per 500 words. Time came and that increased to $2.50. Today, the regular rate comes at $4 per 500 words and $3.50 for bulk orders (write in a comment here below for more details).
I learned how to write e-books, website articles, spins, SEO articles, and even delved into internet marketing. Through the help of my friendly clients, I likewise got onto managing my own team of writers as much as I took on writing assignments on my own.
As they say, hard work does it. And so that’s absolutely true. With the experiences I have had with writing for web content, e-books, and other articles, I’ve learned to keep track of my strengths, putting them to good use, while at the same time, honing others’ capabilities to develop a nation that’s efficient in writing their heart out.
Sometimes it can be pretty tough too, for with the endless streams of writers and clients having their own personalities and skills, I have to face the truth: that patience and professional approaches do wonders.
One time, I encountered writers who just can’t communicate that well with regards their true situation. There are some who flake off, letting me know that they did not make it to the deadline because of PTA meetings (had to substitute for their parents), his sister was sick, and a whole lot more. In the end, I had to choose too. Will I tolerate these reasons and be as nice as ever? Or will I be so strict that the writer won’t dare email me again?
I’ve come to a conclusion that time when I’ve had enough – that writers do have their own reasons, but when it comes to professional work, it’s either you give in or you give up. You give in because of humane treatments. You give up because your patience runs out and you try to keep up to a normal person’s routines.
Well, well, well… I have done those instincts before. But trust me, they never work in the long run. Procrastination may be hard to beat, but with practice, you’ll get used to the habit of just typing whatever comes to your mind at zero minutes at all.
Still living it out, I guess. The times are changing now and my writing career seems to flourish still. At the same time, I get a feeling that I am also destined to make it as a nurse/psychologist/psychiatrist someday, but deep inside, I know I am still a writer. Nothing more, nothing less.