My Personal Crossroads

Crossroads

Eric Clapton sang about it, and now I’m standing at it. Which way to go? Now that I am sinking into my foundations I believe the road diverges into five major paths:

Online work: I started out hoping to make a little money so I could practice my real passion. So I signed up at a bid site. I signed up at Elance at the wrong time! In December. Those of you who suddenly got caught in this major overhaul know what I’m talking about. Most of the time I feel like I’m doing a dance over at the Elance. Competition is stiff and you are judged by the little tag that follows you everywhere called “feedback.” Unfortunately my little feedback tag won’t be fed until I get paid on Feb 26th. Until then I feel naked. Oh, and the little “new provider” tag follows you everywhere too. For three months.

Blogging: Blogging also fits into the above category. Other people like you to blog for them and at them (interesting content drives traffic to their sites), and, you can even get paid to do it. Blog gigs tend not to pay all that well, so learn to type fast.

Magazine Submissions: This is where you can make some serious money if you find the right magazine to sell your photographs and story ideas. I sat around last night thinking of good ideas I can pitch to editors regarding fishing and Michigan. When you organize your photos think of how you can use them in various stories. I also haven’t finished scanning all of my work and this is a major endeavor.

Suite101.com: I’m a contributing writer at Suite, so I have to keep up with my commitment there to write ten articles every three months. That doesn’t seem like a lot, and I aim to have posted at least thirty articles in three months.  Suite writers get paid residual income through ads.  It’s a long term monetary flow.

Dirty Little Secret: My novel. I estimate I only have approximately 100 pages left on my second novel. I can’t give up on it.

So that’s my laundry list. I’ll add some links in the near future where I go to look for jobs and get freelancing advice.

Photo Credit: © Ellen Wilson

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