As a writer, would you rather get paid upwards of $1000 for an article or piece you’ve written upon acceptance, or get maybe $10 or so over a few years? This is just one of the many differences between writing for revenue sharing websites like Triond.com and Helium.com, versus selling your work directly to publishers.
Many writers new to the world of earning money online have been sucked into earning less than minimum wage through websites that pay you depending on the number of views you get. Websites like these usually accept writing automatically, regardless of quality. They then post it on their website and it’s up to you to get views from there. This means that you could have a wonderfully written piece with helpful information, but without a big enough fan base, nobody would see it and you wouldn’t earn more than a dollar. While these websites are good for new writers who want to work on their writing skills while making a few bucks, it’s not going to make a living for professional writers.
This is where freelance comes in. Many websites and magazines allow freelancers to submit queries (ideas for an article or piece) or completed works for the editors to look at and then, if the piece is something that they would like to publish, purchase.
Using this method to sell your writing has many benefits, one of them being the publicity. When you sell to an established business, as opposed to self-publishing, you not only get your name out there, but you also have a solid, trusted piece for your resume or portfolio. The more good items you have on your portfolio, the more likely you are to be hired, as potential clients will be more confident that the work you will provide them will be of good quality and in a timely matter.
Another benefit would be the payment. Freelancers sell their work, instead of basically loaning it to a website in exchange for a share of the revenues. When you sell a piece of writing as a freelancer, you get all the money at one time, and will get paid much more than you would have had you used a self-publishing website.
The only thing close to being considered a downside would be that you have to personally search through pages and pages of magazines looking for freelance and compose an email to the editor.