Since I started writing again, I've spent a lot of time looking around the net at places offering work of various types, from product descriptions to blog posts to full-blown academic articles and everything in between.
Many of these sites are what is known in the trade as 'content mills' where buyers put up job offers and writers bid or tender for them. Sounds like a great way for a newbie to get a foothold and put a portfolio together, but there is a huge downside. A vast proportion of buyers use the process to get their work done for peanuts.
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