Carol Tice, on her blog, Make a Living Writing, recently posted 5 Reasons Demand Studios Only Pays Writers Peanuts — and Won’t Change. Carol is a highly respected in the professional world. In fact, I attended a workshop with Carol last year at the Surrey International Writers Conference. She’s a high energy lady with a passion for her career.
I’ve known about Demand Studios for years but, as a Canadian, could never access the site to fully assess it. Only US residents are accepted. You’ll notice in the comments that “content mills” in general are slammed.
I agree with most of it. But, then again, I disagree. If you work on the right sites, know how to choose clients and projects, you can earn decent money. I’m not talking fabulous money like $100 per hour. That’s not going to happen.
There’s plenty of ridiculously paying content mills on the web. I’d never suggest you work for them.
However, if you want to be assured of payment for a project that pays $25 – $30 an hour, rather than spending time submitting your 500 blog article everywhere possible in the hopes someone will accept it and then actually pay $50 for it, a reputable freelance website or content broker just might make sense.
We all have financial responsibilities in life. Most of us don’t have the luxury of expending precious hours hawking our articles. We need the income now.
That’s why I believe selected freelance websites do have a purpose for a variety of writers. This doesn’t mean you can’t submit work to blogs and magazines at the same time. Go for it!
Freelance websites and content brokers provide you with that opportunity to seek those other markets if you wish, but still have income at the same time.
At the end of the day, I need assured income. I’m likely in the majority.