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How Much Can You Make as a Freelance Online Article Writer?

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online freelance article writerThe next most common question that people often ask me is “How much can you make as a freelance online article writer?”

And most often, I don’t give them the straight answer. The fact is you get paid according to the quality and quantity of output you can deliver to clients consistently.

I am mentioning three things here: quality, quantity and consistency.

It is with quality of work that your per value is raised. If you are at par or above, employers tend to raise the payout for every output you can deliver. Instead of the usual $1.00 that they often pay for an article (for starters), you can get paid as much as USD20.00 or more per 250-word article.

Quantity of work, on the other hand, will determine how much you can earn as a freelance online article writer. If you are a newbie, US$1 per 250-300 word article is understandable. You are just learning the rope of the trade. As soon as you get the hang of writing quality articles, you can write quality articles easily. Mind you, I can write 8 articles a day. Mostly, I accept article writing at USD10 per article before. Now, think of how much I can earn just by writing articles per day?

Consistency is what most online employers are looking. It seals  TRUST between online freelancers and contractors. It is what bonds commitment with each other. A friend who introduced me to this trade 2 years ago is still serving the same employer until now. It is true that there is no employment security in this trade, like any offline jobs. But it is with your consistent freelance record that previous clients will be coming back to you for more projects.

And going back to the question, How much can you possibly earn per year? sent to me this e-newsletter answering the same question about freelancing. To make the answer more authoritative, the popular contracting site seek the  survey result done by Editorial Freelancers Association of the United States. According to this survey, a freelancer in the US can earn up to US$448,000 a year (at Php 43.00 exchange rate, that is around 19 million pesos).

Of course, this income is true for those professional online article freelancers at the top of the echelon.  So why can’t you? After all, the playing field for the online article freelance writers is leveled off long time ago. All you have to do in reaching it is by doing what these top guns are currently doing plus, doing it better or best.

Do you want a brand new house? Do you want to drive  a new BMW or want to take a vacation at a destination of your choice? Freelancing has the potential to deliver what you want to become.

Take Direct mail king Clayton Makepeace. He earns over four million dollars a year from his freelance skills.

Freelancing is a something that you should start venturing. Afterall, there are hundred of thousands of companies out there who want business help to get things done aside form the fact that there are more than 234 million websites that needs your copy writing services. Let’s end the crap of working long hours for a mere salary grade. If you have the will and skill, unlid your cap and take the challenge.

So “How Much Can You Make as a Freelance Online Article Writer?” It will depend on how much you want to make. It will be finally determined on how willing you are to get this.

Personal Life Coaching: Socrates' The Triple-Filter Test

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After being influenced by a friend reading “Sophies World”, I came to know Socrates and his persona by reading tons of pages about him. This time, I opt to share this content emailed by a friend on the possible ways of handling reports/news we receive about others. Take time to digest the wisdom of this short post:

SocratesIn ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“Well, no,” the man said, “actually I just heard about it and…”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now, let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

“Umm, no, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you’re not certain it’s true. You may still pass the test though, because there’s one filter left—the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really.”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

The author of this post is unknown, but I assume one of his student – Aristotle, may had recorded this as told by the great mentor. Never mind who may have written this. Are we the acquaintance or the logical-Socrates?

Respect begets respect, and if what we are saying is not good, useful or true, why should we take some efforts of spreading it. Stop exploiting others.

Be bearer of good news… ALWAYS!

Personal Life Coaching: Attitude of Gratitude

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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~Albert Schweitzer~

This story is shared online by Davy Jones based on his personal account. How can we best handle things that happens in our lives? Here is Mr. Jones secret:

attitude of gratitudeAround twenty years ago I was living in Seattle and going through hard times. I could not find satisfying work and I found this especially difficult as I had a lot of experience and a Masters degree.

To my shame I was driving a school bus to make ends meet and living with friends. I had lost my apartment. I had been through five interviews with a company and one day between bus runs they called to say I did not get the job. I went to the bus barn like a zombie of disappointment.

Later that afternoon, while doing my rounds through a quiet suburban neighborhood I had an inner wave – like a primal scream – arise from deep inside me and I thought “Why has my life become so hard?” “Give me a sign, I asked… a physical sign – not some inner voice type of thing.”

Immediately after this internal scream I pulled the bus over to drop off a little girl and as she passed she handed me an earing saying I should keep it in case somebody claimed it. The earring was stamped metal, painted black and said ‘BE HAPPY’.

At first I got angry – yeah, yeah, I thought. Then it hit me. I had been putting all of my energies into what was wrong with my life rather than what was right! I decided then and there to make a list of 50 things I was grateful for.

At first it was hard, then it got easier. One day I decided to up it to 75. That night there was a phone call for me at my friend’s house from a lady who was a manager at a large hospital. About a year earlier I had submitted a syllabus to a community college to teach a course on stress management. (Yup, you heard me. ;-) She asked me if I would do a one-day seminar for 200 hospital workers. I said yes and got the job.

My day with the hospital workers went very well. I got a standing ovation and many more days of work. To this day I KNOW that it was because I changed my attitude to gratitude.

Incidentally, the day after I found the earring the girl asked me if anyone had claimed it. I told her no and she said “I guess it was meant for you then.”

I spent the next year conducting training workshops all around the Seattle area and then decided to risk everything and go back to Scotland where I had lived previously. I closed my one man business, bought a plane ticket and got a six month visa from immigration. One month later I met my wonderful English wife and best friend of 15 years now. We live in a small beautiful cottage, two miles from a paved road in the highlands of Scotland.

‘THE ONLY ATTITUDE IS GRATITUDE’ has been my motto for years now and yes, it completely changed my life.

Personal Life Coaching: We Succeed With Others

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unity | success with othersAnother story I came across the world wide web. Unfortunately, this article hasn’t been attributed to someone. Nevertheless the story below tells a golden story to be lived by. May you be inspired by this to action:

Who Packed Your Parachute?

Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.

“I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.” Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?” Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory – he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Most often, with all the stresses we have in life, we miss greeting those who are important to us. We forget to say “Hello!”, “Thank You”, “Congratulations” and “Get Well” to people who had helped us succeed. We failed to recognize them.

No man is an island. You are prone to fail alone. Always be in gratitude to everyone who helped you to become what you are right now.

Remember, they “packed your parachute.”

Personal Life Coaching: Choosing the positive words to say

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saying positive wordsThis is another story where we can possibly learn from:

There once was a wise sage who wandered the countryside. One day, as he passed near a village, he was approached by a woman who told him of a sick child nearby. She beseeched him to help this child.

So the sage came to the village, and a crowd gathered around him, for such a man was a rare sight. One woman brought the sick child to him, and he said a prayer over her.

“Do you really think your prayer will help her, when medicine has failed?” yelled a man from the crowd.

“You know nothing of such things! You are a stupid fool!” said the sage to the man.

The man became very angry with these words and his face grew hot and red. He was about to say something, or perhaps strike out, when the sage walked over to him and said: “If one word has such power as to make you so angry and hot, may not another have the power to heal?”

And thus, the sage healed two people that day.

The word you say is powerful. It can create or destroy an individual. It would be nice if we add value to people by using words than making them feel less of what they are.

Language does have the power to change reality. Therefore, treat your words as the mighty instruments  to make, to heal, to nurture, to cherish, to bless, and to forgive.

Personal Life Coaching: The Secret of Successful Life is to “Think, Believe, Dream and Dare”

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Walter DisneyOne of the wonders of the net is the ability to scour for real content from trash. I thank those who sent this to me.

An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing well, looked up into his eyes, and asked: “I understand you’re a very wise man. I’d like to know the secret of life.”

The old man looked down at the youngster and replied: “I’ve thought a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words.

The first is THINK. Think about the values you wish to live your life by.

The second is BELIEVE. Believe in yourself based on the thinking you’ve done about the values you’re going to live your life by.

The third is DREAM. Dream about the things that can be, based on your belief in yourself and the values you’re going to live by.

The last is DARE. Dare to make your dreams become reality, based on your belief in yourself and your values.”

And later in life the eight-year old lad grew to know that the wise man was Walter E. Disney.


THINK. Have you thought about your values? How do you want to be remembered? Are you living your life’s purpose?

BELIEVE: Whatever it is that you want to live by, believe that you can. We are all destined to be great. If you won’t believe in yourself, who else will?

DREAM: Hold on to your dream! No matter how big it may seem to be, nothing is impossible to those who believe in it.

DARE: Act – make your dream a reality! As Anon wisely tells, “Vision without action is daydreaming and action without vision is a nightmare”

No matter how purposeful your values are, no matter how big your beliefs are and no matter how beautiful your dreams are, they’ll all be in vain if you won’t dare to act.

“Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.” – Walter E. Disney

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Personal Life Coaching: The Story of the Butterfly

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Butterfly in a cocoon | This is a wonderful analogy about struggles and success.

But this time, the storyteller shares “The Story of the Butterfly”. The story goes:

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon.
The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time.
Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If God allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly like the Butterfly!


I asked for Strength………
And God gave me Difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for Wisdom………
And God gave me Problems to solve.

I asked for Prosperity………
And God gave me Brain and Brawn to work.

I asked for Courage………
And God gave me Danger to overcome.

I asked for Love………
And God gave me Troubled people to help.

I asked for Favours………
And God gave me Opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted ……..
I received everything I needed!

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