*Disclaimer: I fully believe that whether or not a woman should work should be up to her and her family alone. This post in no way touches on the working mom vs. SAHM debate. Whichever you have chosen is fine with me. More power to you. I just want to share what works for us, in the hopes that it will be incredibly helpful for any of you who find yourself in a similar situation.
Ever since before we were married, it was incredibly important to both my husband and I that I would stay at home while our children were little. I do have a degree, but we decided that I would wait until both kids were in school to use it. Instead, we would live off of just his income and use mine to pay down my student loan debt quickly, so once my debt was paid off, I would never need to work.
It would have worked out perfectly. Except that we got pregnant with our oldest son a lot faster than we had planned to. And he was born a health complication that required frequent doctor’s visits, three surgeries, and several out-of-state doctors appointments. So much for working to pay off student loan debt! Needless to say, we didn’t start out our family as financially sound as we had thought we would!
When our oldest son was about 6 months old, I began waitressing two nights a week. It was hard on our family (for reasons I won’t go into here), but it was the best way we knew of for me to help supplement our income while still being able to be a full-time stay-at-home mom during the day.
When our second son came along, I figured I would do the same thing. I’d stay home as long as I could, but I figured I would only be able to stay home for maybe 6-9 months at the most. Then, I’d have to go back to waitressing to help pay down doctors bills and student loans and everything else.
Except, shortly after our youngest was born, I read about Textbroker through an article on MoneysavingMom.com. I had no experience with work at home jobs or freelance writing jobs, but I figured it was worth a shot. After all, I was home anyways–why not write a few articles, make money from home and try to pay down my son’s hospital bills a teeny bit faster? So I started writing. As much as I could.
Writing for Textbroker
When I first started writing for Textbroker, I made all of $5 an hour. Not enough to quit a day job by any means, but it was something I could do from home and it was incredibly flexible–two things I really needed. And I wasn’t doing much of anything else during naptime anyway, so why not? So I just kept faithfully writing every day, until the day that I would have to go back to work.
Except that that day never came. It’s been just over a year now, and I have no plans to get a “real job” anytime soon. This is my “real job,” and I love it!
Reasons I LOVE Writing for Textbroker
1. I Can Work From Home: As a work-at-home mom, I’m with my kids all day every day. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of times when I fantasize about getting dressed in real clothes, leaving the house and talking to people who can wipe their own bottoms, but ultimately, I love that my kids have never had to go to day care. Work at home jobs are absolutely perfect for the stage of life we’re in right now.
2. It’s Incredibly Flexible: With Textbroker, I can write as much or as little as I want, any time I want, whenever and wherever I want. I can start an article during naptime, take a break to play with the kids, and then pick back up when bedtime rolls around. If I want a day off to go shopping or to help out with my son’s class party–no problem. I could take months off if I wanted to, and then pick right back up where I left off. I decide my schedule.
3. I Make Pretty Good Money: Now that I’ve been writing for over a year now, I’m much faster and better at what I do than I was when I originally started. My rates are higher, and I have many more quality freelance writing jobs at my disposal. And as a result, I make a few times what I did when I first started. I mean, we’re definitely not rich by any means, but Textbroker is definitely a legitimate and substantial source of income for our family.
Do I Have the Time/Ability to Write for Textbroker?
Yes. As long as you have a decent writing ability and you live in the U.S., you can write for Textbroker. You don’t have to be a professional writer or be particularly knowledgeable in a certain area, as long as you have strong grammar and know how to use Google.
What Would I Write About?
Everything. Seriously. I’ve written about everything from real estate to student loans to bearded dragons to child care to auto repair to landscaping… You never know what you’ll find.
How Does it Work?
Website owners need quality content for their site. Except that they excel in business, not writing. (Or they’re simply too busy and prefer to outsource.) So instead of writing their website content themselves, they place an order on Textbroker to have someone write it for them.
As an author, your job is to find an order you’d like to write, research the topic briefly (if needed), and type up a quality article. You submit the article through Textbroker, the client gets all rights to the article (you don’t get a by-line), and you get paid every week via PayPal.
Want Detailed Information?
In this video, I’ll show you all around the site so you can actually see how it all works.
(Please forgive the horrible picture quality. I’ve never made a video before, but I figured it would be easier to show you rather than just tell you.)
How Much Can I Earn?
As much or as little as you want! The articles typically pay between $4 and $7 for 350-500 words (at level 4). Depending on the article and your speed, you can probably write 1-3 an hour. I’d plan on making $5 to $7 to start out with if you have no writing experience, and then work your way on up from here. Once you know what you’re doing, rates as high as $20 to $30 an hour on up are entirely possible!
Do You Really Make Money Doing This?
I do! Textbroker isn’t my only source of income. I also write for a couple other sites, sell articles directly to other bloggers, do virtual assistant work, moderate an online mom’s group, run this blog AND co-run another blog, BUT Textbroker has always been my biggest source of income by far!
*Update: Equipping Godly Women has reached the point where I now write pretty much exclusively for here, but I still highly recommend Textbroker for anyone just starting out.
What Else Do I Need to Know?
1. You Will Need to Submit a Tax Form: Don’t worry, though. This company is legit.
2. They Don’t Withhold Taxes: It’s freelance work, so your taxes are your responsibility. And yes, you do have to claim everything you make come tax time. (It’s not too difficult, but keep it in mind!)
3. You Get Out of It What You Put Into It: Yes, sometimes you aren’t going to feel like writing, especially about car repair or real estate. And $5 an hour may not seem like a lot at first. But like with all work at home jobs, if you work hard at it, it really will pay off!
Sounds Great! How Do I Start?
1. Read through all of the information on their site to familiarize yourself with how it all works.
2. Sign up for a free account.
3. Brush up on your grammar. (Textbroker uses AP style, so you’ll want to make sure you do too.)
4. Submit an original writing sample and receive your rating.
5. Start writing and submitting articles.
6. Get paid weekly via PayPal!
Any comments, questions or concerns? Drop me a note in the comments section! I do read and reply to all comments left on Equipping Godly Women, and I would absolutely love to help you out anyway I can!