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Sandra Joy Eastman - Work at Home Grandma

A Little About Me

Sandra Joy Eastman                                     Work at Home Grandma​

Years ago I worked the nine to five grind and I hated it.  I’m guessing if you’re reading this you are in the same boat right now.  Perhaps you’ve given up on the hectic business workplace and aren’t even working.

What is better than building your own business and being your own boss?   Just thinking about all the times I spent driving to work in the rain or snow and having a pounding headache to show for it, is enough to make me thankful that I now work from home.

Those days of fighting the traffic and business politics are over for me. When I realized I could work from home and spend all my extra time with my grandchildren I knew I’d made the right decision.  That's when I decided to label myself as the Work at Home Grandma. I even enjoy seeing my grandchildren at lunchtime or in the middle of my work day.  It's easy when you work from home.

Now I have five books published on Amazon and I try to write one new book every year if I can.  I work freelance writing and for independent business owners so my writing for my own pleasure sometimes takes a back seat.  

I try to write every day in some fashion or another.  Whether I am writing on my

blog, working on my books, or writing a newsletter for a client, I put my whole heart and soul into it.  I love to write and you will too once you get started on building your new career.  

I began writing in 1992 with magazine articles and then graduated to blogging, writing books and compiling newsletters for clients. Every day is a new adventure and I try to make the best of it. 

Entering the Freelance World

Congratulations, you will soon be on your to creating your new writing career.


Do you want to be a writer but just don’t think there’s any money to be made. 

Granted, it isn’t easy to establish yourself in the writing world, but it can be done and YOU can be successful!

The internet has opened up a wide variety of opportunities for anyone who has the determination to grab them.  More and more websites are launched daily along with more and more opportunity for writers to take advantage of all the needed content and that demand is growing daily.

By taking advantage of the internet you earn a relatively fast income as a freelance writer or blogger.  This can literally change your life overnight.

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FULL TIME OR PART TIME — IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK. 

Before the internet existed, writers had to have extensive credits just to get accepted for writing positions at a newspaper or magazine.  But now all that’s changed.  In fact, some of the most successful writers online have no formal training at all.  They have basic writing skills and, armed with a keyboard and internet connection, they are finding ways to earn enough to quit their full time jobs or earn extra money for that family vacation they’ve been dreaming about.

Now you can start making money from home with simple writing assignments.  So what really qualifies me to provide you with this information?  I’m an internet marketer and writer but I’m also an entrepreneur that has struggled with ways to earn money online and struggled to find writing jobs that pay real money.

Finding writing jobs on my own was often futile as I was competing against so many others, some of whom were willing to work for half the price I knew I was worth.  Because of my many experiences finding work out on the internet, I can pass along the best tips to you so that you won’t make the same mistakes I did.


WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

Unfortunately, with every good opportunity available on the internet there comes along the ones that are really worthless and time consuming.  It’s difficult for the normal person to discern which of the websites are good opportunities and which ones are total scams.  It’s really frustrating sometimes.  You get to the point where you feel like you’re on “information overload”.

 Aspiring writers just feel like they’re going in a circle with no end in sight and very little money to show for their trouble.

That’s where I come in.  I’d like to be your guide along your journey.  I’d like to pass along all the good things I’ve found and all the information I’ve gleaned on making money online.   Hopefully it will put you on solid footing so that you too can spend your days working from home.

SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?


You might be thinking that you’ve tried everything and nothing works.  Well I’m here to tell you that persistence works!  So let me give you some valuable resources and you take it from there.


Let's Talk About Content Mills

   

ABOUT CONTENT MILLS & WHAT ARE THEY?

This is one of the first places available online for you to earn quick cash by writing today and having money in the bank by next week.  Content mills can set you on the right road to success in a super easy way.  If you’re looking for fast cash, they’re the way to go BUT don’t think it’s a easy ride.

Content mills hire freelancers to write for their clients’ online needs.  Writers generate large amounts of content and earn fast cash doing it.  The content mill is like the middle man in the whole process.  You can go into Google and query under Freelance Writing and you’ll be blown away by the stuff that comes up.  Be careful

and don’t spend all your time writing for pennies when you can build your own business and have great success.  Getting starting and practicing your skills, however, can be done by using the simple content mills.

Content mills can actually work and have the following benefits:

Earn Fast cash

Teach you how to follow specific forms

Help you learn to meet deadlines

Increase your knowledge of the marketplace

Give you experience in various types of projects

Flexible working hours

Get hired without an extensive portfolio

BUT ARE ALL CONTENT MILLS CREATED EQUAL?

Unfortunately, no.  They all have different guidelines and writing requirements.  Some require you to write a sample for them and others may ask you to take a test to demonstrate your aptitude or get assurance that you know basic writing skills and are proficient in English.

A reputable content mill will provide you fees and writing guidelines upfront.  If this does not happen you’ll want to look elsewhere.

Just take a look at two of the easier ones:

Textbroker.com

Textbroker asks you to submit a writing sample before you begin and gives you a rating between two to five stars.  As your stars increase, your money does also.  You usually will receive acceptance within 12 hours of applying and will be given a star rating.  You then can claim articles at your star level or below.

Textbroker is proactive and will continually increase your star level as you provide

high standard material for them.

Textbroker also offers “DirectOrder” and “TeamOrder” which greatly increases your rates and earning potential in each star category.

I know it doesn’t sound like much money but most writers end up at level 4 on

Textbroker. That translates into 1.4 cents per word.Most articles on Textbroker

are500words = 500 X 1.4 cents = $7.00. If you want to write one article an hour for 6 hours, that’s $42.00 a day X 5 days = $210.00 for the week, part-time, working from home.

What if you wrote quickly? You could easily double your hourly rate to $14.00 an hour by writing two articles an hour. Now, for the same amount of time, you are earning $420.00 for 30 hours of work. Not too shabby. You are working in the comfort of your own surroundings without a boss breathing down your neck.

Payday is every Friday. Whatever was completed and accepted by midnight on Thursday, you will receive through PayPal on Friday

iWriter.com

iWriter is a content writing site with a large community of writers and publishers. There isn’t any limit on the amount of articles you can write, and similar to Textbroker, you get paid through PayPal.

They are different than Textbroker, as your payment is sent in one of four time periods: weekly, bi-monthly, or on the fifth or twenty-fifth of each month.

Writers get paid 81% of the price that the client is paying for the article you’re writing.

After PayPal and Copyscape fees (this ensures your article is unique and genuine), it works out to this pay scale:

300-word article – $1.62+

500-word article – $2.43+

700-word article – $4.05+

“Elite” writers earn $15+ per article

Not much, right? Don’t worry. There is good news with iWriter. Once you’ve written 30 articles with this company and you have earned a rating of 4 stars, youmove to the Premium level.

If you keep turning out excellent articles, you will move up even further. Once you

hit 4.6 stars, you are now in the “Elite” tier. Now you can apply for the $15-per-article gigs.

iWriter is a bit more lenient with editing although the editors will correct you at times.  Their main concern is unique content and if they discover you have plagiarized anything, they will probably ban you from writing with them.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF CONTENT MILLS?

You can use these samples on your website, Facebook page, LinkedIn page and anywhere you are asked to show your writing. Good writing samples and a strong portfolio are the backbone of every successful freelance writer.

You can run up against an editor that you will give you great advice about your writing or style.  This gives you an opportunity to learn and grow as a writer.

On the flip side, sometimes they will ask you to rewrite the article, which can cost you valuable time and money. Sometimes an editor will not see things the way you do and will ask you to add a comma here or there and then turn around and say the sentence doesn’t’ read correctly.  This can be a major irritation sometimes.

When I was working for content mills, if the editor asked for more than I was able to do, I would put the job back into the job pool and let someone else do it. It’s just not worth spending a lot of valuable time to make a small amount of money

The other frustration with content mills is that you are essentially a ghost writer.  You have no byline for any of your hard work and that can be a real bummer.

The real downside to content mills is of course the pay scale.  It’s a nugget and not a gold mine.

Many people will say you are crazy for even considering it, but if you are

inexperienced it is a great way to build your writing skill and knowledge.

Some people think it’s best to concentrate on one content mill company.  Yet

others have applied to all of them and found themselves swamped with work.  If

you only apply to one content mill, you are limiting yourself because the amount of

work that is accessible to you will be much less.

Before you apply to any content mill, set up a PayPal account. Every application will ask you for your PayPal information so you want to be armed and ready.

After all, getting paid is what this is all about, right?

 

After Content Mills -  Go for the Gold - Direct Clients


DIRECT CLIENTS


Working directly with clients instead of the content mill middleman creates many exciting opportunities and some great advantages.

You make a LOT more money

You have direct communication with the client

Set your own rates

Set your own deadlines

Less work because you’re earning more per project

Build writing portfolio

Able to bid on many jobs at the same time

Recurring work with the same client is possible

Just looking at the list you can see there’s tons of kudos on the plus side to working for yourself with your own clients.  You are no longer just a number and your work counts.  You can become a desirable writer with an impressive clientele and a bright future.  You have repeat business and you no longer have to write for peanuts.

One huge plus is that you are no longer limited to writing just articles. You can also write:


Blog Posts

Website Content

Sales Writing

Press Releases

eBooks

Ghost Writing

Report Writing

Newsletters

Manuals

Academic Writing

Speeches

Editing

Proofreading

However, there is STILL one problem. A big one!

Finding direct clients can be seriously time consuming. As a new writer, you can spent most of my day seeking out potential clients, approaching them and negotiating prices. Sometimes it seemed like a full-time sales and marketing job rather than a writing job.


This is why its so important to find a way to build your own business and set your own rates.

How do you start?


Find a writing niche that is important to you and you will easily get followers by appealing to their interests.

Build your own website and add affiliate marketing to bring in some extra cash.


Write every day —  something — anything; even if you write an opinion piece and place it somewhere like Hub Pages.  You will find a way to get noticed.


Register yourself on freelance websites that aren’t necessarily content mills but are places where you can build a portfolio and bid on the jobs you wish to take.  An example would be Freelanced.com which is an excellent way to connect with writer’s and designers.  Great PR always helps.

Easy peesy; lemon squeezy –  not a chance!  But putting a little elbow grease into it, you will be surprised at what can happen.  

I wish you all the success in the world,

In case you need to discover your writing technique and need some help along the way, my FREE Resource Guide below and it may point you in the  right direction.

 

 

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