In particular, freelance writers who source their work on online marketplaces such as UpWork.com, Freelancer.com and others are generally made to settle for very low remuneration for the work they complete. Generally, clients that post jobs on these so-called content mills are either not looking for the highest quality writing work or they are indeed seeking good quality, but aren't really willing to pay a fair price for it. Additionally, the typical client who recruits writers on these types of platforms earns at least 4-10 times what they actually pay you as the freelancer. So, what this means is that once you've been made wise to exactly where and how these clients source the work they pass on to you for meagre payment rates, you can expect to earn at least 4-10 more than what you’re currently earning as an online freelance writer!
When I started out as a part-time freelance writer to supplement my student's pocket money back in 2007, I guess I was satisfied with the $1.65-per-500-words rate I was getting ($0.0033 per word).
After all, I didn't know any better and $110.00 extra per month went a long way since all it really was, was a way to earn some extra pocket money.
I eventually got screwed out of about $100.00 which to this day I've not received for work I completed for my very first freelance writing client; a lady by the name of Julie Van Niekerk who apparently worked for NetSuccess USA back then.
She had recruited me through a poster-ad placed on campus at the University of Pretoria, calling for students who wanted to earn a part-time income writing articles.
Fast-forward to 2012 and after having dropped out of University I looked towards online freelance writing as my full-time source of income.
I eventually came across oDesk.com, registered my account, created my profile, took a couple of tests and shortly landed my first project.
It wasn't a big project or a very high-paying one by any stretch of the imagination, but the feedback I got as part of the client's review set me along nicely and I soon landed some regular work, some which extended beyond what was then oDesk.com (before it merged with eLance.com to form UpWork.com).
As I gained experience with my freelance writing, along with my growing reputation I was managing to build up, I got a lot of word-of-mouth referrals which landed me work with clients outside of UpWork.
Most importantly though, I landed writing projects which paid higher rates, to the extent that if I worked eight hours a day I earned what is considered to be a middle-class income here in South Africa.
Each time I worked with a client that paid a better, fairer rate, it kind of pissed me off to think back to some of the jobs I'd taken on and settled for earning peanuts, something which prompted me to go on the hunt for higher-paying jobs and as time went by I would eventually uncover some of the sources from which these clients who hire on content mills get their work.
To cut a long story short, I had great success peeking up the "supply-chain" to try and figure out where the work comes from, to the extent that I started earning enough money as an online freelance writer to kick-start my lifelong dream of travelling the world and running a personal travel blog.
The watershed moment came for me in February 2016, when I fell out with a client who after not having paid me for a long time claimed that some of the work I'd recently completed for him wasn't up to the standard his "end-client" wanted, therefore he couldn't pay me. Fair enough, except I Googled the content and found that it had in actual fact been published online!
Now, anyone who's worked as a freelancer via UpWork will be totally clued-up about just how partial they are to the clients, so I didn't even bother wasting my time launching a dispute. You can Google UpWork reviews for some YouTube videos and other content where freelancers discuss in great detail how UpWork always but always favoures the clients.
After all, they are the ones with the money, so there is no incentive for UpWork to favour freelancers, even in the case that freelancers are clearly being taken advantage of...
If you Google the content you wrote for your clients, you'll probably find it online, but that still won't reveal the behind-the-scenes operations which would lead you to the original source of the work they pass on to you.
In the unfolding of some poetic justice of sorts, this client who'd conspired to screw me over made a HUGE blunder, handing me the entire Content Outsourcing Business model he had clearly only recently been made wise to! He mistakenly forwarded me a link from one of his "end-clients" which gave me a peek inside a selection of documents stored in his Google Drive (Google Docs).
This was my SUPER AHA moment because from here on, not only did I get to confirm my suspicions of just how much more these clients earn than what they pay freelancers (up to 10x more), but also exactly where and how they source their work!
As is shown in the video below (I'm logging-in to my PayPal account and displaying my freelance writing earnings), what I earned as an online freelance writer suddenly increased from double digit figures to triple digit figures as soon as I cut out the middleman recruiters!
I've never been happier as an online freelance writer because I now know exactly how to by-pass all these "middleman" type clients who are paying peanuts to freelancers they source on popular content mills such as UpWork.com, Freelancer.com, etc. You get a renewed sense of inspiration and take greater pride in the work you produce when you earn your worth as a writer, but it starts with knowing where and how your clients source the work they pass over to you and pay you peanuts for!
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A ONE-TIME INVESTMENT OF ONLY $17 COULD SET YOU WELL ON YOUR WAY TO GETTING COMPENSATED MORE FAIRLY FOR THE WORK YOU DO BY LEARNING EXACTLY WHERE AND HOW YOUR CLIENTS SOURCE ALL THE WORK THEY HIRE YOU FOR!
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