Among the bids for a 3,000 word article on a topic associated with aging was one for $50. Yes, that's $50. Not even $500. This particular Baby Boomer writer indicated she was willing also to do three more for another $50 each. Since, for a client assignment, I have been researching relocating overseas for a lower cost lifestyle, while still being able to serve customers/clients through telecommuting, I concluded: This soul needs to go where she doesn't have to be seemingly so desperate for income.
The same thought came to me when another Baby Boomer writer confided that she was waitressing on the side.
Among the overeas options getting attention, for instance, is Ecuador. There, a couple can "Live Like Royalty" on $18,660 a year. We can bring our dogs and cats along. Here is background information to download.
Operating from outside the U.S. is not new for writers. High-profile Glenn Greenwald is based in Brazil. What is new is that the primary incentive is not adventure or being there for a certain development. No, it's the cost efficiency bundled with the ability to pull that off in a digital era. Fewer and fewer of those I do assignments for invite me to meet in person. Instead we exchange SKYPE IDs.
Also, starting over in a new land could extend our creative shelf life. Years ago I had lived and worked in Barcelona, Spain. I really was able, at least for my own version of Camelot, leave all the baggage back in the U.S. Why did I return? I knew I could net out more money in the U.S. Today, of course, that might not be true for writers.