Have you tried doing freelance writing? I was at writers’ meeting last week and one of the members told us about the freelance writing she does. (She’s also working on a full length novel.) To earn money now (while waiting for royalty checks), she takes assignments from TextBroker where she can pick the assignment she wants from a pool of clients and has 24-hours in which to deliver an ad, blog, letter, response, or whatever has been requested. She said the length of the project can run from less than a hundred words to around 600 words.
Before she was allowed to become a part of this group she had to take a written test, and her first few assignments were low paying. Over time, she said, the pay increased.
Once she’s completed an assignment and turned it in, it is looked at before being sent to the client. She said she’s rarely asked to make any changes in what she turns in, but if she was, and this went on for some time, she wouldn’t be given any more assignments. In her case, as her work gained more and more acceptance, she was asked to join “teams.” From the way she described a “team,” a team works with more specific and involved assignments. (One “team” might focus on working with lawyers. Another “team” might work on business ads.) She belongs to several teams.
She likes TextBroker because they check out the clients before taking them on, and she gets paid as soon as her finished product is okayed by TextBroker. She said, when working totally freelance (going to clients herself), she didn’t always get paid on time or at all, and there were a couple instances when her work was rejected by the client she’d personally approached and then later she saw an almost word for word ad of what she’d sent (only slightly rewritten). “That,” she said, “does not happen working with TextBroker.”
(See Tracy Falbe’s comment below for clarification of team vs individual assignments.)
She mentioned other sites that also have this type of service (Guru.com and upwork ), but she said to be careful, there are some that are not good. If a writer is interested in doing something like this, check with others, either clients using the service or writers writing for the site.
I have another writer friend who, in the past, did freelance editing for our local university. I believe she primarily worked with foreign graduate students who needed help with their dissertations. (The graduate student could speak and write in English, but often did not know or understand American idioms.)