Recently, I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly unemployed. As a registered nurse, I knew I could find another job even in today’s tough job market. However, I wondered to myself if the loss of my job was a sign that it was time to start yet another career. I was unhappy and underpaid as an RN in North Carolina, which is one of the lowest paid states for RN’s. I decided to hold off on the job search for a while so that I could work from home as a freelance writer.
I chose the Yahoo! Contributor Network (YCN), formerly known as Associated Content (AC), as a jumping off platform from which to start my freelance writing career. I did this for several reasons, the first of which was to get a large body of content published quickly, so that I would have something to show to prospective employers. Most of the freelance writing jobs on the internet require writing experience. The fastest way to get this experience is to write and publish a lot of articles fast. Yahoo Contributor Network is designed for just that.
With Yahoo! Contributor Network, it is so easy to publish content. All you have to do is write. I found that I was able to write my first five articles quickly. I was surprised to see that they were all published within a week, but they weren’t getting the page views that I wanted. After that, I wrote one news article on a hot topic, and it was published the same day. Since then, I have been getting about 100 hits daily to my articles, and my clout number is growing much faster than I thought it would.
I decided to try the assignment desk. I found a topic that I could write about from my own experience. I wrote a short article about a particularly bad vacation experience that my family and I had. After I completed the article, I claimed the assignment from the assignment desk, and my article was published immediately. I am going to try to claim one assignment every day, in addition to writing about random topics.
My plan is to publish about 100 pieces of content by the end of 2010. Then I will start to apply for some of the higher paying writing jobs that are out on the internet. I can direct potential employers to my YCN profile page, where they can see what I have published and read my content. In my opinion, it doesn’t matter what I write about. What I am doing is writing articles to show employers that I have good writing skills, and that I know how to use grammar, spelling and punctuation properly.
The added bonus is that eventually I will begin receiving payment for my YCN content, because they not only publish content for free, but they pay the writer performance incentives. You can learn about these incentives on the YCN site. The more articles I publish, the higher the likelihood that I will reach the page view threshold for payment from YCN.
I am excited about beginning my new freelance writing career. I am also excited that Yahoo recently joined forces with Associated Content, and that the Yahoo! Contributor Network is there to help me do it.