Some interesting jobs can be found on Craigslist, but often not ones that pay well. There are so many lousy paying jobs for writers on Craigslist and elsewhere that I could provide daily updates on the outlandish ones.
I recently came across an ad for a website looking for comedy writers. I have a good sense of humor, so I wrote to the generic email to see what it was about and if they could use my services.
They could, but at $6.50 per post of about 200 words. I won’t say here what the website was, because I don’t want to embarrass the owner. It’s an interesting site that uses humor in short reviews of a related site that is much bigger.
I politely declined the job assignment, saying that $6.50 for one story doesn’t work for me as a freelance writer.
Here’s part of the email they sent me:
I have the same goals as any blogger: Provide quality content, attract gobs of traffic and make enough money through ads and other stuff to keep the project alive until I can sell it for a gajillion dollars to some deep-pocketed corporate entity. Modest ideals, to be sure, but mine own.
We pay beginning writers $6.50 an article. On the plus side, our articles tend to be short, usually around 200 words, and there are few deadlines. You can have a byline if you want one and a link to your own site. There’s also the opportunity to build a following. Usually writers invoice me via PayPal when their tab gets to $25 or so but you can be paid any time you want.
If that sounds okey-dokey, drop me a line and we’ll talk about a story assignment.