The world of freelance writing is a world unlike any other. It offers the freedom to work when you want, and who doesn’t like to be their own boss? But it’s not always easy – it requires a unique set of skills and determination that many don’t possess. And to top it off, there’s always the biggest question: how am I going to get paid, and how much?
While some freelance authors create their own content, most write for their clients. It’s an excellent way to start a freelance writing career. You gain experience, build a portfolio, and make money along the way. Discussing payment in freelancing, more so than other professions, is an essential part of the job. You won’t be sitting down and discussing a set rate with just one employer. You’ll need to decide how much you’re worth – and this figure can change based on your experience and expertise on any sort of topics. You’ll also need to decide how you’ll get paid. Will you get paid hourly, more like a regular 9 – 5 job? Will you get paid per written word? Or will you get paid per pages read?
While the first two payment methods are the most popular and traditional, payment per pages read is another way freelance authors can get money in their pockets. Like other payment methods, this one has its own unique pros and cons.
The most obvious pro to this method of payment is the large amount of money you can potentially make. If you find a website that can drive a lot of traffic to your articles and is willing to pay you for your article's page views, it does seem like a great opportunity to waste.
If you’re writing for clients that insist on payment per page views, you may be at the mercy of your client. If they’re not able to drive enough views to their website and your articles aren’t getting much traction, you may not get paid well, no matter how well-written and edited they are. However, if your client is able to draw enough traffic to your articles, you may find yourself making more than you would have normally. Also, keep in mind that you’ll want to find a reputable client that will be up front and honest about how many views your articles are gaining.
As with all freelancing, there are no hard and fast rules to success. The most important thing is to stick to what you’re comfortable with and walk away if you’re not. After all, there’s always another client.