Freelance Writer Information

The Benefits of Being A Freelance Writer
 
The instant benefit of being a freelance writer is having the ability to choose the content that you are going to write about. You also pick the hours that you will write and you set your own deadlines. 

Another thing that tends to make freelance writers happy is the ability to set their own prices. You don't have to answer to anyone else when you are putting pen to paper. You determine how much your words are worth, and you make the decision to take on as many jobs as you would like. This is ideal for anyone that is part of the freelance writing community. They like to have the ability to make their own rules. 

There are a ton of people that are look for freelancers, and the freelance writer appreciates an opportunity to make some occasional money without any long term commitment. This may be the most rewarding part of the job.
 
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Congress Bill HR2474 is innocuously labeled Protecting the Rights to Organize Act of 2019. In fact, it appears to be so harmless that you might be tempted to ignore it. The truth is that this bill is a national version of AB-5 that is causing real financial harm to independent contractors in California. The goal of this bill is to “amend the National Labor Relations Act, the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947, and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, and for other purposes.” It was sponsored and introduced into congress by Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3] on 05/02.2019, and placed on the Union calender on 12/16/2019. So far, this bill has only been introduced. In order to become law, it must pass the House, pass the Senate, be brought to the attention of the President and signed into law.

Protecting the Rights to Organize Act of 2019 (H.R.2474)

While everyone has been hyper-focused on AB-5, which affects independent contractors in CA and independent contractors that do business with companies in California on a contracted basis, this bill has been quietly sitting in Congress. The bottom line is that if this monster gets passed, moving out of California won’t save your freelancing business.

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As a professional freelancer, you’ll sometimes find yourself with a piece of content that your client refused to buy. When a client doesn't pay for their content, it remains the property of the freelancer, and the freelancer is free to do whatever he or she wants with that content.

Who Steals Content?

People that want fresh content for their websites and don't want to pay for that content often steal content from other popular websites. Some people even use scrapers to grab new content as it’s made available. Other individuals may post extremely low paying orders on content sites to get custom content, then tell the writer it needs extensive work or is, in fact, plagiarized. The client in this scenario knows that if they list enough problems with the content they received that the writer will drop it rather than continue working on it. 

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Are you wondering how to price your content in order to pay your monthly bills and attract new clients? The truth is that freelancers can charge any rate they wish from less than $10 per article to more than $1,000. Your answer will probably depend on your experience level, your education and your experience as a freelancer.

Typical Custom Content Prices

When it comes to pricing your custom content articles, you can set your prices anywhere that’s comfortable for you or that you feel are fair to both yourself and your clients’ needs. With that being said, here are a few common price points. 

  • No Research Needed or a Brand New Content Writer - .01 to .05 cents per word
  • Some Research Needed or a Freelancer with 1 to 3 Years Experience - .05 to .10 cents per word
  • Experienced Freelancer with 5 to 10 Years Experience - .10 to .20 cents per word
  • Experienced Freelancer with 10+ Years Experience - .20 - .50 cents per word
  • Lots of Research and/or Formatting Required - .50 cents per word to $1 per word
  • Extremely Experienced Freelancer or Niche Topic - $1 to $2 per word
  • Knowledge Requires a Degree in the Field - $2+ per word

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If you live in California, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of AB-5, which is officially known as Assembly Bill 5. This bill was intended to curb the number of independent contractors a business hires and uses. For example: let’s say a business wishes to cut their employee expenses. One of the ways to do that is to fire all the employees and hire them back as independent contractors. This means that a business no longer has to send out W-2s or pay employment taxes on its employees. Instead, they simply send out MISC-1099s to employees at the end of the year. For a large business, this is a great way to reduce overhead by not paying employment taxes or benefits, like health insurance, personal days and holidays. In practice, this bill has the real potential to put freelance writers and gig workers out of business. The law was approved September 18, 2019 and takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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While it doesn’t happen often, sometimes you’ll have a client send you a message or an email stating that the topic they requested and you wrote isn’t the topic that their client wanted. This typically happens when your direct client is actually a middleman between the writer and the actual website owner or business.

Don’t Work for Free

The first thing you should know is that it’s not your fault the client didn’t like the topic the middleman or the website owner selected. You are not a mind reader. You can only work off the information that you received in order to write the topic. If the client changes the topic, you are not obligated to write it for free. The client paid for the first topic, and you wrote it, which means you fulfilled your obligation.

When a client changes a topic and essentially wants a second article, they must pay for that second article.

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If you’ve recently decided to be your own boss as a sole-proprietor, you might be wondering about your tax situation and how it’s going to change. This is particularly important if you’ve always held a job where your taxes were removed from your income prior to your receiving your check or direct deposit.

W-2 Employee Versus 1099-MISC Employee or No Tax Reporting

It’s important to understand that this article will cover the basics of W-2, 1099-MISC and No Tax Reporting as far as income sources. There are other ways that your income can be reported to the IRS. This article is not meant to be professional tax advice.  If you have tax questions, it is best to call your accountant, CPA or the IRS or other licensed tax professional.

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Or at least make it less likely that you'll not go bankrupt and end up living on someone's couch.

Are you thinking about being a freelance writer or slowly making the switch from traditionally employed to self-employed? If you are, there are a few things you should do in order to ensure short and long-term financial viability.

1. Calculate Your Bills

The first step is to sit down and add up all your bills. These are things like rent or mortgage, car payment, electricity, gas, cable TV, Internet and any random subscription services.

For Example:

Rent or Mortgage: $1,200

Car Payment: $450

Electricity: $200

Gas for House: $100

Gas for Car: $200

Car Insurance: $150

Cable and Internet: $150

Credit Cards: $200

Gym Membership: $45

Misc (Covers fluctuations): $200

TOTAL: $2,895

 

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