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Are you patient, analytical, well read, and you don’t mind working alone? Do you have an excellent grasp of language and pay good attention to detail? If so you might enjoy working as a Book Indexer.
To be honest, I had always assumed that the indexes in the backs of books were created by computer. I know that MS Word has an index function, although I have never used it. But it turns out, that computers are just not all that good at creating a useful index, and so that task falls to freelance indexers.
There is a low barrier of entry for indexing. No specific degrees or credentials are required to be an indexer. However, publishers will look to see if you have subject matter expertise for indexing a technical book or manual. You can learn indexing by taking courses offered by your local college, by taking a correspondence course offered by the US Department of Agriculture, or there are a number of self-paced course offered by ASI.
Once you gain clients and experience, you can earn decent money. This is definitely not a get rich quick scheme! Full time experienced indexers can earn up to $50,000 per year, working from home.
According to ASI, most indexers find work by sending letters and resumes to publishers. Experienced indexers find most of their work comes from networking and referrals from satisfied clients.
Well, as you can probably tell, I am no longer on Blogger. It just goes to show that where there is a will, there is a way. If you are interested, I am posting my How To Switch from Blogger to WordPress post over on Ninja Success. (It really doesn’t fit with the them of this blog!) Lots of thanks go to John at RareVictorian.com. He is the one the had the “secret” to making it all work.
I just found a free forum that lists freelance writing jobs. I really liked the layout, as the forums are divided into high paying jobs, low paying jobs, free jobs. There were also sections for collaborations (when you want to work with other freelancers), writer and publisher ops (writers looking for publishers and vice versa), writers for speaking engagements, and freelancers seeking work.
One thing I found nice about this forum is that for the high paying/low paying jobs section, the posters are required to list the pay for the job. Great if you don’t want to waste your time applying for very low paying jobs. There is also a section to list scams, I suggest you peruse this section before replying to any of the posts!
Today while I was perusing the forum, in the high paying jobs forum I found job listings for bloggers, legal writers, online gaming writers and travel guide writers. I found pay rates from $15 per post, to $20 per hour to $750 per day. Quite a spread!
The low paying jobs forum included jobs for e-book writers, quiz writers, and bloggers. Pay rates ranged from $10-$20 per post.
It is a moderate sized forum so there are a decent number of jobs listed, and not a huge amount of competition. If you are a decent writer you should be able to find a job here.
The forum is Online-Writing-Jobs.com.
Check it out and let me know how it works out for you. Did you get a job? Did you get scammed?