I’ve been registered on Elance a couple of weeks now, and something has become very clear. I have not submitted a single proposal for a writing gig, even though I am perfectly capable of doing these jobs. The reason is that the companies listing the writing jobs are paying peanuts.
There are two payrates I’ve seen a few times now. One is $1 per 100 words. The other is even worse – starting at $1.50 for 500 words and going up to $5 for 500 words if the writer is producing over 10,000 words per day, putting this upper rate on a par with the $1 per 100 words.
That’s a cent a word.