Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Online Writing Opportunities: Money and Brains

Writing online...

I've been associated with the content arm of for the past few years. They are a reputable organization because they offer payment, on varying scales, in return for your written work. 

As one of their Contributors (paid writers) I'm asked to write certain feature articles, at my preference, based upon the news of the day. 

My most recent feature: 

State of the Union Address: Commonsense Gun Response Warranted 

was written in response to an assignment from the Yahoo News editorial team after last night's address to the nation by the President. 

While writing for free can offer new writers exposure, all experienced writers know that it's generally best to offer your writing skills in return for compensation. 

Writing is part of my profession. Since it's not a "hobby", I offer my time and effort in return for payment in a variety of forms. Of course, it's okay to write for family members, friends, or charitable causes on a volunteer basis.  

But, you should always be leery of any revenue-based ventures (that are operated by individuals who you don't know) that don't want to tell you what their pay structure is up front, or guarantee a share of their proceeds with you through a written, or online contract agreement. 

Ask yourself if you would work for anyone in a traditional business and not get paid for it? 

Again, if you don't have experience and need published sample articles (as in two, or three) that's fine. But, make sure that you aren't taken advantage of by writing for individuals, or companies, that make money from your free labor.

I was taught how to be "street smart" by many positive supervisors and co-workers during the start of my career in the 1990s. I hope that my post today helps you to make progress.


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Topps Hockey Card Mystery is Revealed.
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Each of these Flyers' legends (Brian Propp, Dave Poulin and Tim Kerr) deserved their own feature article:

Here is a link to the story about Propp: 
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Here is my special feature that highlights many of our collective childhood memories:  When Baseball Cards were King.
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