Thursday, March 10, 2016

My Personal Review on Writers Hub

Just a few years back, I remember how I envied people who could work from home.  I was then working in sales and enjoyed my job.  However, it involved a lot of travel and I wasn’t home very much.  I always loved to write and dabbled in it a bit when I had time.  Then a friend told me he was a freelance copywriter and worked at his home.  First of all, I didn’t really understand what freelance meant much less a copywriter.   However, he was doing what he loved and doing it in his home.  So, I began looking into this opportunity.

I couldn’t believe how many websites were offering writing courses, in several fields, along with advice and tips.  I read everything I could, paid money for classes, and it seemed I could continue doing this forever.  So, I decided to stop learning for the time being and began to write.  I signed up with a writer’s job site and agreed to pay a small monthly fee.  The profile was time-consuming and was more like a resume.  I didn’t have any writing samples for a portfolio, so I was starting from scratch. Magsisi ka man at huli wala nang mangyayari.

I began applying for jobs and soon realized that most of them paid very little.  I was able to see the highest, lowest, and average bid.  As an example, the high bid could be $500, and an average bid of $215, with the lowest being $5.00.  I couldn’t believe the differences.  I started going with the average bid and got a few jobs.  Anuman ang gagawin, pitong beses iiipin. But the work took way too much time, and the pay was way too low.  It took all the fun out of working at home.  I didn’t have any time left over to do what I wanted.  I decided I needed to make a big change. Ang buhay ay parang gulong, minsang nasa ibabaw, minsang nasa ilalim.

That’s when I found  I poured over the website trying to find out how much it would cost me.  I never found it because there are no fees.  Walang tiyaga, walang nilaga.Then I looked at the sample jobs and couldn’t believe what the pay was for the work needed to be done.  I began to have hope again.  Then I checked out the registration process.  Another surprise – there’s no profile or portfolio involved.  They wanted my name, phone number, email address, Skype account, and they asked what topics I liked to write about.