So, following on from yesterday's post, where I was curious to see how much I could make (on the proofreading site I use) if I made myself available most of the day, here's an update on how I did.
I made enough to request a $20.00 payment.
I logged into the site at 11.45 am and closed it around 1.30 am.
I didn't literally work those hours. I didn't do a 12+ hour shift. The work comes in sporadically; I do what comes through if I'm able to take it when it appears (I'm not the only one the work's accessible to. First come, first served.)
Each piece of work takes me seconds to 4 mins to complete. Most take an average of a minute or so.
I've done a rough count and I proofread around 73 segments of text throughout yesterday (I think it may have been more).
So, in total, let's say I spent 73 minutes (1 hour 13 mins) minimum, and 292 minutes (4 hours 52 mins) maximum. If I was to do an average of the two, it's roughly 3 hours spent. That works out at about $6.66 an hour.
The downside is that I didn't make this in one 3-hour sitting. The upside is I wouldn't want to! I like flexibility and don't want to be tied to a set shift.
$6.66/hour isn't fabulous, especially when converted to pounds (I'm in the UK) – but again, flexibility to log in and out when I want to, and do this work around other things. There's basically no commitment required (apart from doing the job well, of course).
Today, I started earlier (9.30 am) and I'm getting close to making another $20.00. It's a combination of having had a bit of a headstart before logging off yesterday and getting started earlier today. I think I might stick to earlier starts and see how that goes.
Since it looks like I can make $20 a day, that's what I'll aim for for the rest of the month. I might not be able to hit $20 everyday, because it depends on work volume, but at the very least, I can make $10.
That's $300-$600 a month. I could do with it being closer to the latter.
The key, I think, is waking up early, doing as much as is available, hopefully reaching my target sooner in the day. Then I can let it go for the day.
Wish me luck. 🙂