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1,000 words for $1?

Where do you draw the line on trying to get started as a freelance writer, and taking jobs that pay slave wages? Early this morning I was perusing GetAFreelancer to see what was new, etc. While there were many jobs that stuck out in my mind as poor, one of them stood out above the rest. There was a buyer offering to pay $1 for 1,000 words! I am all for finding a way to break into the industry, even if it means lower rates, but this is ridiculous.

If I were to take a job like that, which I wouldn’t, my rate would work out to somewhere around $5/hour. Maybe there are some people who think that earning $5/hour is a bargain, but in the United States it is not going to get you very far. In fact, this is a couple bucks short of minimum wage.

I have always said that taking low paying projects is a good way to get involved with freelance writing. But at the same time, you need to use some common sense. If you are not even going to earn minimum wage on a job, you should really leave it for somebody else. Hopefully nobody will bid on this job, and the buyer will see that they are not contributing anything useful to the freelance writing industry.

What type of quality can somebody expect for $1 per 1,000 words? I would love to see who this buyer chooses for their project, and what type of articles they end up with.

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