I wanted to share my opinions with those who are accepting jobs on Freelancer and other sites.
I recently posted about my 1st job on Elance in March, making $250 for 11 articles that I also tweaked for 2 other locations(surrounding areas.)
To me that was great income....but what was different is that I was working within my niche which is health and wellness.
It's absolutely true what someone mentioned in Zabrina's thread about getting what you pay for.
I spent 1 1/2 hours being "trained" last night by someone who had just hired me. I knew what he wanted to say next, but he scolded me for jumping ahead. I sat through the entire session (being the pro that I am ) He wanted me to "be by my email at all times" for updates.....this was for $1 per article. BIG MISTAKE.
I also had one other client hire me last night.
When all is said & done....you ABSOLUTELY MUST FACTOR IN the time it takes to research your topic (especially if it's not your niche) and curate unique content. Then they have their way to format it, review it for mistakes, grammar, and synonyms through software, but in the end, I spent way too much time in the research, preparation stage that all of a sudden the $1 and $2 per 500-word articles didn't make sense. (not that it ever did)
It's my own lesson learned, and won't make the same mistake twice, but I just wanted to pass that on to the newer writers.