Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Freelance writing, pinoy style

I had almost forgotten what it was like to be a freelance writer and now, I am rediscovering it all over again.

Most freelance writers in the Philippines are not necessarily real freelance writers but journalists and copywriters moonlighting as freelance writers. I know only of a very few real freelance writers and usually, they're second income earners.

Nevertheless, one thing I like about freelance writing is that it allows you to accept as many jobs as you can possibly do -- given that you can deal with multiple, overlapping work schedules and deadlines. Unlike writing jobs in a corporate set up where increased workloads do zilch for your paycheck (unless you love clocking in tons of overtime), freelance writing is more equitable as each project you accept comes with a separate paycheck -- meaning if you have four or five projects, you get four or five paychecks. This can mean an aggregate or total income of as little as 500 pesos to as much as 50,000 to 100,000 pesos.

I haven't breached the 20,000 peso per writing job level and I know of only about ten people who can command fees of over a P100,000 for a single project -- these are usually well known columnists and writers. Some actually charge that much for the use of their name, supposedly because it can sell books or magazines.

Hahahahahah! Boy, wouldn't I love to be in that racket!

(Sorry, got to go for a while, another deadline is coming up... My next entry will be on what kind of writing sells.)

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