by A.L. Woods, Contributing Writer
This article is a part of the Online Writer Key to Success series: a series of articles specifically written for the new or aspiring freelance online writer.
Online writing can be a rewarding and fulfilling career. It offers unlimited income potential, freedom, flexibility, and creativity. When you apply the correct components in your writing life you can achieve massive success in this field.
One of the most important components of an online writer’s life is that of diversification. To use an old adage: don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Workloads at writer sites fluctuate daily, sometimes even hourly. In addition to that, sites come and go with alarming frequency. Finally, different sites have different timetables for payment. When you write for more than one site you can hop from one site to another as your needs require.
When I first started taking on writing assignments from content marketplaces I focused on only one: Textbroker. Unfortunately, I ranked in at only a level 3 (that’s a whole other article in itself). At this level, the assignments were sporadic, and to make matters worse, the pay was only, to put it kindly, mediocre.
Making the change
I figured out early on that this was not going to work for me. As a full-time freelance writer I don’t have the luxury of waiting for assignments and waiting for small payments to dribble in. I knew that I was going to have to be proactive if I didn’t want to sink my financial ship. I began to network on a number of freelance writing discussion boards and took note of the sites that were favored by the most premium writers, compiled a list of four or five, made application, was accepted, and began to write furiously.
Keep it moving
When one site doesn’t have work I move to another. When I know that I absolutely must meet a financial goal for the day I tier who I write for that day – write a few articles for the highest-paying site, move to the next highest paying site and write a few articles, and so on. In this way, I’m able to keep from burning out because the diversification of the assignments (he he, see what I did there) keeps me from burning out.
Add diversification to your online writing strategy and you should never have to be held hostage again to a scarcity of work, low-paying assignments, or inconvenient pay schedules. As a freelancer, you must change your mindset. You no longer work for a job; you work for yourself, and when you work for yourself diversification is a fundamental element to developing multiple income streams.
And here’s a very important ‘secret’ to remember: Multiple income streams = a greater level of financial stability and independence.
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Her writing interests include technology, health and fitness, medical, religion and spirituality, cars, Jeeps, Internet, digital and social media, and lifestyle.
"Wordsmithing is the spice of life." ~A.L. Woods