Finally, after two months of slogging about, begging for a job, I decided that I should be making money if I'm going to be sitting on the computer all day. A little voice in my head reminded me of the website Fiverr.
I bounced back there last Sunday, November 4th. It was free to sign up, and free to list gigs... the website took a fee of $1 once somebody bought a $5 "gig", so there wasn't really anything to lose. I posted one gig and waited.
Within half a day, I had four projects. 4 x 4 = 16. So $16 in one day. Not sterling silver, but $16 is better than no money at all, correct?
In the 4 days I've been working there, I'm up to $64. I'm in the middle of doing a book review, and after that am set up to start research for an article on sexual identity
I. Am. Stoked. For four days, that's not half bad. And the writing I've been doing isn't particularly challenging. Not yet, anyway. I've had several people mention to me that they'd be willing to work on a more long-term basis, with me doing several projects for their business or company or what-have-you.
Am I underselling myself? Probably. But you can't really undersell something that wasn't being sold in the first place. This may be my first real way into freelance writing. If I can use all the experience I garner here to get myself some "real" freelancing gigs, all the better.
For now, I'm just happy that I can start paying all those soul crushing bills!