“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to the hour.” – Jim Rohn
There was a recent article that I came across on Facebook, via Freelancers Union
, that quoted a Huffington Post editor as saying that he doesn’t pay his writers because:
“When somebody writes something for us, we know it’s real, we know they want to write it. It’s not been forced or paid for. I think that’s something to be proud of.”
I call bullshit. While it’s very noble to volunteer your writing skills, when it becomes your primary source of income then getting paid is an essentially part of your craft. As some of the comments pointed out, does this editor get paid for his services? Most likely, which brands him a hypocrite. It’s hard enough for freelance writers to et paid for their services at at reasonable rate, and on time, without having editors like this making it even tougher on us.
Yes, when I first started writing, I did a lot of it for free, in order to establish a portfolio of work. However, once I made the decision to make a go as a freelancer for a career, that changed. I may not have gotten paid a lot sometimes, but at least I did get paid. Now that I’m planning on resuming freelancing again once I’m recuperated fully, you can bet that I’ll be demanding pay for what I write. I don’t want to stay on SSD forever, as much as it has helped tremendously.
“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin
Watch Anthony Bourdain videos, because, well, I’ve been on a Bourdain kick of late.
Popping up on Facebook chat to see who else is suffering from the same malady as you are at 3:34 in the very a_m.
Figuring out what what questions to ask the subject of your next possible article that you’re going to do a preliminary interview with – in the next four hours, mind you – while all the while wondering how you’re going to make that big pitch to The Atlantic.
Bone up on the group that the subject of the interview belongs to – which is really the subject of the group in the first place.
Figure out how you’re going to get at least another two or so hours of sleep, as you need to be at the place where the group is meeting at 7:30…in the very a_m.