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Making a full-time living writing model papers -how realistic is that?

OP srandrews 12 | 143   Observer
Sep 07, 2012 | #41
Well, I guess a "reasonable price" is in the eye of the beholder. But yes, I'll agree with you; I find that my clients simply are not shopping based on price. They don't want to get gouged, but that's more a matter of principle than of not being able to afford it. They want a quality paper, on time, and they don't want to have to think about it any more. I don't position myself as a bargain provider, but as a value provider. If they want a cheaper paper, most assuredly they can find one. They never do. Other writers may have different experiences depending on their particular client base. I'm like you as far as going the extra mile. Word gets around fast.
karen_criticalproof - | 41   Company Representative
Sep 07, 2012 | #42
They don't want to get gouged, but that's more a matter of principle than of not being able to afford it.

Absolutely there is always someone out there cheaper but definitely their work will not be better.
andywoods57 1 | 93   Freelance Writer
Sep 08, 2012 | #43
Companies are there to make profit, but while doing so they should ensure that they are not unfair to the writers as well.
Cascade 1 | 8   Company Representative
Sep 25, 2012 | #44
Well I guess if you are making $15 per page and writing about 15 pages a day, it is about $225. Assuming that you are working around 20 days a month, it can easily be $4500 a month and $40,000 annually. But the biggest issue is whether you are being consistent or not. Once you have few regular clients, it shouldn't be that difficult. But the first couple of years will always be difficult for most of the starters.
OP srandrews 12 | 143   Observer
Sep 25, 2012 | #45
For most, I think the workload over the year is a laittle more variable than that, but it's probably a fair average. Do you think that amount of work would typically be available, though?
Cascade 1 | 8   Company Representative
Sep 25, 2012 | #46
The consistent flow of orders is going to be an issue for sure. But I think if you can get yourself affiliated with one or two larger firms then that part will be covered significantly. They usually invest a lot in promoting their services and thus secures a whole lot of orders from potential clients. So you wont have to worry about getting out looking for clients that often. However, I would say it is safer to have some personal clients on your list as well. But in terms of academic writing, securing a benchmark amount like the one I have mentioned above is going to be quite a challenge. May be you just need to work extra hard during the pick seasons to cover that part.
ProfessorVerb    35 | 829 ☆☆☆   Freelance Writer
Oct 17, 2012 | #47
Some people have gotten rich selling Avon and Amway. It just depends on how hard to want to work.
findmichelles - | 6   Freelance Writer
Dec 22, 2012 | #48
Depends on the skills of the individual. I am new to to freelance myself. I am technically sound. ie, I have been an in house writer for a website. So I have all the tools which the average writer doesn't. I am very good at my work & professionally know how plagiarism detectors like turnitin works. My research on academic writing is really very good. I am a professor & the research our site has done on academic writing is unparalleled. With most humility, not many know about the work as much as we do. We have done so much homework. But though I am good this way, I am oblivious of the genuine well paying sites in this industry. This is a real pain in the rear end. I am really unsure if this can be taken as a full time option. Is it viable? Writers plz advice.
JohnsMom - | 296  
Dec 22, 2012 | #49
I would recommend that you target the ESL market where your work will be most appreciated. You will have a hard time making a decent living at this until your English is not recognizable as coming from a foreign speaker.
LadyBeaver - | 3   Freelance Writer
Dec 22, 2012 | #50
Not bad for smoking cigarettes in my underwear.

Ha. Okay, I'm impressed. And I'd probably take that kind of workload if I could get it (though it'd kill me soon enough, I'm sure). Expanding a clientele base seems to be key, as Free says. I've had 2 private clients over the past 2 years who've supplied me with steady work, but our connections were rather serendipitous. Anyone have advice on how to make yourself more visible to possible clients?
Aleph 1 | 6   Freelance Writer
Dec 22, 2012 | #51
ESL is indeed where the money is at. A lot of countries are spamming American schools with students who are barely functional English speakers. Many of the ESL's I work with are taking advanced-level academic courses in liberal arts and are incapable of having basic conversations in English. It's really sad.

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