I started a website a couple of months ago and have not made a penny since its inception. I can't wait around until the money starts rolling in therefore as it stands my priority is to make enough money to keep afloat. Hopefully, writing can turn into a full time income one day.
I signed up to Textbroker yesterday but I am still waiting for my sample to be approved. I stumbled upon iWriter where no sample was necessary, signed up immediately and have written 4 articles, each with a 5 star rating. The pay is somewhat ridiculous for new writers at $1.62 for 300 words and $2.43 at 500 words. It gets better when you are deemed to be a "Premium Writer;" $3.25 for 300 words and $4.05 for 500 words).
Until Textbroker approve me, I will continue to write for iWriter and then move onto Textbroker where the pay is higher.
When I have written 100 articles at a solid 4 star rating (5 is near impossible to get apparently) I will market my services on oDesk & Elance to further incresase my income. Hopefully providing a few writing samples and mentioning a high rating on other websites will be enough to draw in a few clients.
I know that following this plan will by no means make me rich and it saddens me to say that I would most probably be better off on benefits. Call it pride, or what you will, but being on benefits is something that I wholly want to avoid.
Does this plan sound good? How can it be improved upon?