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SNM114: How to Make A Thousand Dollars This Month

If your back is against the wall and you have bills coming at you, then today’s episode is your lifeline.  I break down the EXACT steps to follow to put an extra thousand dollars in your pocket in the next thirty days.

Step One The “Thousand Dollar Month” Mindset

I hope you listened to yesterday’s episode because it is critical.

If not you can listen right here -> The One Habit Critical for Success

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You absolutely, positively must take quitting off the table for thirty days.

This is not a magic button or a quick fix; we are going to build a real business and that will require real work.

Additionally, switch into the “whatever it takes” mindset.

We are building the foundations of a six-figure business this month.

In the next episode, we’ll cover how to turn that $1000 into $5000 next month.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but you must stay the course.

Step Two – Join Three Article Mills

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I know calling them article mills makes these places seem like a nightmare and that’s because I don’t want you to get STUCK at just $1000 a month.

This is only a bootstrap, grassroots operation.

I have worked with people who have been with the same bottom-tier mill for a decade.

Don’t do that.

You need the mill job for now while we build the rest of your business infrastructure.

And even if you love working with middlemen, you can move up to higher-paying mills within 3-6months.

For now, choose three websites from this list and signup.

More than TWENTY Places to Get Paid to Write

If you can afford $27 a month, then start with Writing Jobs.

They aren’t a content mill, but they play a similar role in connecting writers with jobs online.

Whether you sign up with Writing Jobs or not, please sign up with the best three websites that will hire you from the list.

There are five mills at the lowest paying level; choose three from that list.

If you have some good writing chops or a college degree, you can try to jump straight to level two.

It’s worth submitting the application since they pay more for the exact same work.

Once you have submitted your applications, you can move on to the next step.

Step Three – Build up Your Writing Portfolio

Don’t wait til you are getting paid to work on your portfolio.

You need to have examples of your excellent work to show people before your job offers will start rolling in.

Create a catalog of ten articles across the spectrum of categories you want to cover.

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If you have a higher education degree in a certain subject or other areas of expertise, it’s ok to be a specialist.

You can create ten articles that are all within that range of subjects.

It’s still worth having a portfolio of general niches you can handle, just in case a very lucrative job comes your way.

Just last week a job offer came my way paying more than any project I’ve ever worked on in the past and it’s in a totally new space.

Fortunately, I had some demo work that was close enough and negotiations have moved forward.

For your general portfolio, please write a 1,500-word article on each of the following topics.

  1. weight loss
  2. trouble sleeping
  3. survivalism
  4. Internet / software / technology
  5. technology / hardware
  6. dating / relationships
  7. health
  8. make money online
  9. fashion / wearables
  10. parenting

Notice that I said fifteen hundred word articles.

That’s longer than most people can write and that is exactly the point.

You are demonstrating that you are elite and worth paying a premium down the line.

You can build out your portfolio with articles you get paid to write as well.

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You absolutely, positively cannot send out work with errors in it.  I had a ghostwriter send me her article pack a few months ago.  I took her document and dropped it into Grammarly.  The software popped over 100 errors.  Do you think I hired her?

There is no excuse.

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Step Four – Make Your Portfolio Usable

There is nothing worse than the moment a potential client asks for your portfolio and you realize that it’s not organized.

You are searching all over your hard drive for that article you want to show them and it’s starting to get embarrassing.

The key to getting paid the big bucks is to act like you deserve it.

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I can’t tell you how many times a potential writer will send me several articles in different files and different formats.

One file is called article1.txt and the next is called onionfarming.doc.

That is annoying and reeks of unprofessionalism.

It’s a simple mistake to avoid so do it right now.

Name your files like this.


So a real file might be titled JonathanGreen-Fitness-10TipsToLoseBellyFat.

Do you want someone to read your article, love it, want to hire you and then realize that they have no idea who write article18.txt?

All of your files should be in the same font and written with the same settings.

Once your articles are written, convert them to PDF format.

This is a standard universal format that will ensure your articles look the way you intended.

If you send an editable format, their software will change it when they open it.

Your file might look great on your computer, but their older version of Word makes it look like garbage and they fire you.

Take your ten PDFs and merge them into a single zip file.

To do this on a mac, put all the files in a single folder and right click.

Then select “compress folder.”

You can also highlight the files you want, right click, and compress them into a ZIP file.

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Take this file and GET IT ONLINE.

Upload it to your website, use Amazon S3 or Dropbox.

There are hundreds of ways to get your work online for free.

Now when you are in a nightclub and someone asks for your portfolio, you can give them the link in one second and they have it.

No more going home, looking for files and sending an email two days later when you are forgotten.

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If you want to make your life even easier, go to and make a custom link to your file.

You can make a creative name that is easy to remember.

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Step Five – Start Writing Articles and Getting Paid

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Many article mills pay every single week.

Some of them will approve you in one day and some take a few to approve.

You may very well start working on paid jobs before your ten portfolio articles are done.

If you can, get paying jobs for each of these ten topics.

There is nothing wrong with getting paid to create your portfolio.

Even if the initial pay for some jobs isn’t great, you will level up very quickly.

Once you have written five to ten articles for a mill, you can go up in rank and get paid more for your work.

At this point, your writing speed and ability will determine how many hours you need to put in each day to hit your goal.

As a beginner who speaks English, you expect to work 2-3 hours a day five days a week.

If you put 40-60 hours in this month, you will make at LEAST one thousand dollars in the next four weeks.

But you will probably make two.

There are several ways to speed up your writing and improve your quality.

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Grab a copy of 20K in a Month (my about-to-be-released book on reading fast) or you can go through Words to Profit Mastery.

But I recommend waiting until you make enough profit this month from your writing before you spend a penny with me.

Make money first and then spend.

When you spend from profit, it is so much sweeter!

Look to the Future

If you want to make more money every month, then you’ll have lo listen to the rest of the episode.

You can begin putting the infrastructure in place now to double and triple your income every month this year.

It’s all right there waiting for you.

Show Notes:

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Key Points:

  1. Accept the “make a thousand dollars this month” mindset
  2. Join 3 Writing Mills
  3. Work on your portfolio and take paid work

Resources Mentioned:

One Critical Habit For Success Podcast Episode

Writing Jobs

Content Mills List




Words to Profit Mastery

20K in a Day

Breaking Orbit

Serve No Master on Amazon

Most other links can be found in my TOOLBOX


Send in your questions to podcast [at] servenomaster [dot] com


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14 thoughts on “SNM114: How to Make A Thousand Dollars This Month”

  1. Jonathan – I’m amazed at the actionable content you deliver over and over again. In this article alone you lay down the foundation for any writer starting their own business. I’ve never seen a blogger deliver this kind of content for free. Thanks.

    1. Wilfredo Perez

      I wholeheartedly agree. Jonathan is one the best writers of our times. His feelings pour out in the words he writes and you can feel his genuine desire to help others. Keep up the great work, Jonathan!

  2. Jonathan, I heard this podcast before but now I am in that position when my back is slowly inching towards the wall. I’m glad that this stuck to my mind and so I would start doing this now. I believe this is more logical and long term and legal way than all the “EARN MONEY FROM HOME” etc. scheme I read in Facebook groups. I think those are crap especially when they say you don’t have to sell or do anything. If you know about those types of online opportunities, I would love to hear a podcast on them. I hope you and your family are doing better. I miss hearing your podcast.

  3. Hi Jonathan, discovered you through Amazon, when searching for some books on depression or something and they suggested your book “Serve No Master”. I really resonated with the title and clicked it. Eventually I ended up here!

    I am now following the steps you suggest in your getting started page. I want to break free from being broke and just write, create, share and explore the world. Thank you for your work 🙂

  4. This has been SO helpful to me Jonathan. The content is clearly explained, comprehensive and you’ve given me confidence that I can do this. Thank you so much 🙂 xx

  5. Hello Jonathan. I came across your book on Amazon and from the moment I started reading I just couldn’t put it down. Through your actionable instructions I have started my own blog, am listening to your podcast, and have subscribed to your email list. There is so much great information that publish that I have been wondering where I have been this entire time that I have been on the internet. Being a disabled veteran your book Serve No Master has opened up a new world to me! I am now little by little creating something that over time I know will be something I can be proud of. Thank you, Jonathan!!!

  6. Happy Holidays Jonathon! I sincerely hope this note finds you well. After discovering your Serve No Master website about 8 weeks ago, I have been following the plan outlined above. It has been an amazingly simple, yet highly effective approach to launching my career as a freelance author. Your common sense approach to every aspect of this website has made it an invaluable resource. Information is easy to find and even easier to digest and apply to any aspect of my growing business. I sincerely offer a humble ‘Thank You’ for all you do. Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2018.

  7. Hey Jonathan.

    I have a few questions that I’m hoping you can answer.

    Are there more content mills? The ones listed on the blog are useful, but a lot of them aren’t taking on new writers.

    Do you have examples of the kind of work these content mills look for? I tried to sign up for Scripted, but I was rejected. Whoever reviewed my submission said that there were numerous grammatical errors. This was really confusing to me because I hold an MA in English Literature, I’ve taught courses, and I have worked as a writing tutor. I don’t know, maybe the person who reviewed by submission doesn’t know what an em-dash is. Anyways, some stylistic tips would be super useful.


    1. Hi James! Great question. Another new site I’m hearing great things about is They and ClearVoice seem to be the best place right now. Each site has their own set of complicated rules, so it’s about finding what they want as far as style. Take your article and run it through Grammarly to see if you missed anything. I don’t write for mills anymore because I’m not nearly strict enough with my grammar. I focus more on stylistic choices. Apply to all of them and you’ll find one that fits you!

  8. I’m in the process of building my portfolio now. Very excited to start getting some writing work! One of the things I’ve noticed with PDF format is that when using some fonts or setting the text alignment as justified, the end result is a document that adds spaces within words or treats “tt” as a unique character. Not sure if anyone else has encountered this, but it’s something to consider when someone wants to run your documents through a spell checker.

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