What's the next step in online freelance writing beyond sites like Textbroker.com? A friend wants to quit his retail job in order to write about 20-30 hours a week while going to school.
He has been successful at textbroker.com, with an immediate and sustained 4 star rating (maybe 5 now?) and lots of private commissions through that site. He thinks he can make that work long term. I worry that it's too much of a grind for the amount of pay and am wondering what else is out there. Also, he's pretty dependent on that single source.
So what other sites are out there for similar work? Do any of them pay better for a competent writer? A lot of people seem to like Textbroker just because you can be a pretty bad writer and still make some money. I assume he could pass any normal online editing/proofreading test. He is also good at cranking out short 300-500 word articles quickly - he seems to actually be able to sustain the pace that this kind of writing requires without going crazy.
His better private commissions have been for ongoing longer blog entries on special interest topics. He has also had several for online political humor, of all things. He seems to be good at taking a topic and efficiently researching it, then distilling it into something readable. So it seems to me that he's well suited for all kinds of work, but I don't know where to point him. He doesn't have any kind of IRL professional network, either. Are there still steady blogging gigs out there, and if so, where are they posted?
For what it's worth, the job he needs to replace, income-wise, is 30 hours a week at $13 an hour.
I've seen this question
and it's a similar situation. However, he really doesn't have a specific writing specialty, and no professional connections at all. Also, I thought perhaps things have changed in the last year since the Google algorithm changes.