The Worth of a Paycheck


Last year I was asked if I wanted a job writing content for a “crafting” website. It was really a black hole into ads, affiliates, and pop-ups. And. I. made. it. You know, with SEO terms and such.

They were darned good, too.

I’d say it paid the bills, but it didn’t pay much of anything once one accounted for stress, time away from my other duties, and the housekeeper I enlisted to supposedly help with the second problem in this series of issues.

After the company in charge kept increasing demands far too many times, we mutually split ways. I was so relieved.

Lately, however, I’ve come to miss having money. As such, my tired mom brain theorized, Surely, there are other jobs out there like that one. In fact, people kept telling me I was way underpaid. I’ll bet I can get a better writing job for more money!

Oh ye that scoff, you are, perhaps, correct to do so.

have found some better-paying listings. Problem is, those ones want full time -often in an office. I like not putting pants on when I write.


This is the exact job listing I found for a deluded company online that uses Unsplash images for their company webpage. Yep. FREE images for their official webpage:

We are looking for content writers that can write 600-750 word articles that are applicable to a wide range of categories (technology, business, health, family, etc..) Our writers work when and where they want. This is a very flexible position that allows writers to write as many articles as they want. Writers need to be able to write at least 15 articles (600-750 words) per week in order to be accepted for this position.Writers will receive a keyword used for SEO purposes as well as category and it will be the role of the writer to create a well written article that matches the category and naturally uses the keyword throughout the article. As mentioned before, there is a lot of flexibility with this position and all that is required is good quality work.

Writers will be compensated $10 for every article written with bonuses available for reaching specified milestones.


  • Knowledge of grammar and spelling
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluent in the English language
  • Copywriting
  • Ability to navigate Google Sheets and Google Docs
  • Honesty and self-discipline

They also want you to sign over the deed to your car and house, donate plasma in the guise of a “company party,” and sign a non-disclosure agreement as part of the Welcome to the Family packet.

I may have made up that last paragraph.

For the record, I was paid twice this shystery company’s proposed amount, for five articles of 500 words, that could be typed and submitted whilst in my pajamas. I did not have to be fluent and excellent and grammatical, though I naturally am. I was simply told to write “with voice.”

Unfortunately, the job market underpayment plot thickens…

My searching brought me to a few online freelance writing sites like Indeed and Freelancer. On there, one hiring entity offered $1 per 500 words! The joy! And the (mostly Indian, by their profiles) writers were lining up like thirsty desert nomads.

If you are a writer, don’t agree to jobs like this. My four-year-old deserves more than $10 for 600-750 words and at least 15 articles per week. Everyone deserves more than $1 for the same. And so do you.


Glenn Carstens-Peters

18 thoughts on “The Worth of a Paycheck

  1. Revenge of Eve July 18, 2018 / 11:34 am

    I need to figure out the SEO stuff. I’ve done some research but to no avail. I don’t feel like it is ever explained well enough for me to “get it”.

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    • Chelsea Owens July 18, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Basically, SEO involves the most common thing internet users search for. The company started giving me terms eventually, but I included many of them from the start since I knew about searching.
      If you’re writing about crafting a wreath, for example, the article ought to have “wreath ideas,” “DIY wreaths,” or “wreath crafts.” You, or the company you write for, then links to places -especially high-traffic areas like Twitter and Instagram. They include those common search terms in their keywords.

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    • Chelsea Owens July 18, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      I’m gonna blame the tea-taxers for all the English-speaking Indians taking jobs for a low rate. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  2. howikilledbetty July 18, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    This is so depressing! I cannot believe it … so little for so much. Think I’d stay in my pyjamas and write my blog, book, shopping list … x

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens July 19, 2018 / 7:11 am

      No, it’s not!
      Guess we gotta work hard like other successful people… *grumble* *grumble*


  3. D. Wallace Peach July 19, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    I’ve never looked for a writing job and now I don’t think I ever will. That’s crazy! I can make a lot more as a babysitter. 🙂 But I guess someone will do it somewhere in the world. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chelsea Owens July 19, 2018 / 6:46 pm

      I should consider babysitting. 🙂 They’re charging per pound of child for a decent one whenever I’m looking!

      Liked by 1 person

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