Sometimes as a professional web writer you reach the point of being totally and completely maxed out. That’s where I am. I’ve been working through a series of great information about blogging successfully and it’s made me realize that I do not want to write for other websites forever. I love writing here on my own website! There is something very exciting about putting the words out there on my own behalf for a change. Granted, the money isn’t all that great yet, but it’s getting there as I begin to implement some tips for success, and really just continue to share my heart with you guys.
And speaking of heart, I have another project on my heart. A huge one. Something I am passionate about big-time. But in order to make room for that, especially now as I enter my first year of homeschooling, I am going to have to let something else go. And man, you have no idea how tough that is for me to say. I am the queen of juggling! The type-a mom who has it all together, can never say no, is eager to help you out and ready to work for you.
Change Your Rates – Increase if Necessary
I’ve informed my private contract clients that my rates have increased – I am now charging $.15 per word for web content and no less. Most of them are staying with me and, in fact, I got two requests for articles just yesterday. For the rest of them, we parted on good terms at least, and I am happy to turn that focus elsewhere. I also let one of my web-writing positions go and decreased my efforts at a couple of the others. Future, here I come!
Make a List to Help You Eliminate Tasks
So how did I decide where to continue to focus? With so many options available, so many sites ready to take my words and pay me for them, how did I choose where to set my sights? I made a list. It sounds stupid, but it’s true. I made a list of every website I was currently writing for and every website I wanted to be writing for. Next to each name I put the number of words per month required. This was an easier measurement for me since I post/article size varies site by site. Then next to that I put down what I had been averaging in terms of pay. Then I prayed about the list. Then I put stars next to the sites I thought had the most potential. Then I put stars next to the sites I felt the most passionate about.
Then I slept on it. I think that’s important. Give yourself a chance to hear the answer you are praying for. In the morning I showed the list to my husband. One of the sites doesn’t pay high per post, but I feel so passionately about it, find the requirements exceptionally easy to meet, and it has potential so I kept it. The next day (Yes, the next day!) I made $30 in affiliate sales from a single post, in a single day. Sometimes when you have the passion for something that is enough. But sometimes it isn’t, and so the balancing act begins.
You have to make the decision for yourself. Find what you are passionate about and what you being compensated for, and focus your efforts there. Sometimes the two aren’t exactly the same so you devote energy into something you care about. And sometimes, unexpectedly, those efforts pay off in ways you never expected.
Now I am interested to hear – How do YOU decide what to focus your time and energy on? What steps do you take to trim your list a bit? How do you balance it all?