What a difference a day makes.
We live in a world where medicines made to cure us make us feel worse. Once one of the antibiotics I’d been taking wore off, I felt infinitely better. Not 100 percent because now I have to wait out the medicine’s effects on the body, but better. If the soreness in the stomach clears up, I’ll be home free. Hopefully.
Rest? What is that exactly? I did take it much slower yesterday, but things usually conspire against our plans, don’t they? Once my own medicinal fog cleared up, I realized just how sick Daughter was. She’d not eaten – and not mentioned it – for days. She was hit with an intestinal virus last Friday. Yesterday, she was in the ER making sure that’s all it was. Luckily, yes. Now to get her eating again.
I was talking over parts of my career with my husband. There were times when I had steady clients who didn’t pay terrifically, but were guaranteed paychecks. Not the $5-an-article work, but definitely work that required a bit more effort than the amount I was paid. I was content with it and happy for a steady paycheck.
We can’t always make top dollar at what we do, especially when we need to pay bills. So we negotiate situations that are acceptable for whatever reason — valid reasons, too. Plenty of content mill folks have said they did it for the steady check. While I disagree with feeding into that business model, I understand the thought process. We need money, and the promise of steady money appeals in almost every form. Almost.
That’s where a little legwork can ramp up your earnings and help you capture some of what I call “staple” income –the stuff that helps you pay the phone bill and doesn’t take too much of your time to do. If you’re searching for some staple work, try some of these:
Blog posts. Be discriminating here. Too many jobs exist that require 300-700 words for $10-25 per piece. Instead, aim higher. Go for that blogging gig that pays over $50 per small post. If they start tacking on requirements, like 700 words minimum or for XX numbers of keywords and YY links and expert interviews, skip it.
Resumes. I made a small fortune for a few years writing resumes for a resume company. The pay at the time was good, and yes, the work was challenging. Some companies will pay $60 per resume and maybe $15 per cover letter. Not super rates, but once you get up to speed on how to do it, you can put out a nice resume/cover in just over an hour. Not ideal earnings, but when that check comes for $1,200 or better (one month I earned close to $2,500), it’s hard to discount it completely.
Proofreading. I had a client once that paid me $15 to proofread resumes. It was a ten-minute job at best, and it was infinitely more fun than putting an entire resume together from scratch. Other proofreading possibilities — blog posts, corporate mailers, catalogs….
Social media posting. I’ve yet to score a gig promoting a company via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, but a current client project is giving me that experience, so this may be on the portfolio soon. Not sure what rates would be fair, but for me, I’d charge my hourly fee.
What staple work has given you a steady income?