The Pseudo Freelancer

Three posts ago I said I would write about my pseudo freelance work. So here it is.

Two months into my pseudo sabbatical, I was getting bored so I decided to apply for writing jobs on oDesk, an online staffing marketplace that connects employers to remote workers. I already signed up for an account last year, but never had the time to explore it. Anyway, this time I was able to attend to my applications and I was able to get a few jobs. Keeping them is another story.

One of my first jobs involved writing 15 150-word articles on specific keywords. I had three keywords and I needed to write five articles for each. Sounds easy, right? Yeah, that was a bit of a challenge. I was only able to write 7 articles so that contract ended. Another project involved researching and writing short answers to 250 random questions. I kinda failed that one. I was only able to do around 190 questions so that contract also ended. I still got paid though for the 190 questions so that was cool. Understandably, I received low ratings on availability and deadlines for that one. Tsk tsk. Another project involved rewriting articles on feminine health. That was easy and I was able to submit all articles but with delays. I got paid for them, but I’m sure my employer wasn’t too happy about those delays. My mistake was taking on too many jobs at the same time. Sigh.

Lesson #1 in pseudo freelance work: make sure you can manage your projects within the time you can allocate for doing freelance work. Gah.

Anyway, my favorite job didn’t come from oDesk. I found it through Girltalk, the forum. Sometimes there are cool jobs posted on the boards and I happened on one of them. The work involves writing short product descriptions for a fashion website. I had to do test descriptions before I was hired. I’ve just completed my first batch of descriptions the other day. Hopefully I get to do a few more. It’s for a Korean punk/rock fashion site so the products are pretty funky and not boring at all.

So there you go. I don’t have any ongoing work right now other than the product description one I mentioned above. I still scour the job boards though for stuff that might be as fun.

And that’s the story of the pseudo freelancer. Yayyyy.

This post is brought to you by the word pseudo. I just like that word.

adj: (often used in combination) not genuine but having the appearance of; “a pseudo esthete”; “pseudoclassic”
n: a person who makes deceitful pretenses [syn: imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseud, role player] 


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