Simply Sunday – 8/25/13

sunsetWhile the month of August is still proving to be quite rough, I did have a somewhat productive week and I hope that a lot of what I did will open up some new paths for me very soon. Meanwhile, I kept busy every day and tried not to stress about where I was not, focusing instead on where I want to be.

So here’s what I actually got done this week:

  • I spent 9.25 hours on the timed project I do weekly.
  • Sent a follow-up email to a client (A) who hadn’t responded to me in over a week. This is important. Don’t let people fall off the face of the earth. Sometimes emails slip through the cracks. This particular client was sick and promised to be in touch by early next week with instructions. He’s a newer client, so we’ll see what happens.
  • Sent another follow-up email (a series of emails) to a client (B) who also dropped off the face of the planet. He had just been overwhelmed. We discussed changes to his project and I’m working on it this coming week.
  • I wrote one page of copy for a new website one of my main clients is putting together to sell a medical product. [Read more...]

8/24/13 – New GoodBlogs Opportunities

goodblogsEarlier this week I wrote a post about writing for GoodBlogs.  While I don’t think this type of set-up is really lucrative for writers, I do think you might eventually find a blog that falls into one your niche areas of specialty. If that happens, you might just want to throw an article together from time to time. You’ll have published pieces to add to your portfolio (which is something I find some sites ask for – actual web links under your own name) and you’ll have the chance to maybe earn a few dollars (though I hope, for you, it’s not just a “maybe”).

Regardless, it’s not my place to judge and the pay for those who do make it to the front page of these sites isn’t awful. That said, I had a few notices in my inbox I thought I’d share.  [Read more...]

Outsourcing and Your Reputation

Social_Media_MarketingAs a writer, you may or may not be in a comfortable place. Some people are content writing articles from 9am until 5pm and don’t want to branch out. Others will look for other sources of income, including personal blogs and projects. There may be a time when you decide to expand your business. Ultimately, there are only 24 hours in a day, so you may end up needing to hire some help to get things done.

Social Media and Branding

One of the areas where online entrepreneurs find outsourcing is helpful is on social media sites. Networking online can take up a ton of time, but hiring others to do your social media work for you isn’t always appropriate.

Michalle MacPhearson talked about this just last week when she wrote Should Your Team Leave Comments in Your Name? She made some great points about branding and the difference between your personal brand (your name) and a business brand (a product or company name, for example). While it’s sometimes OK to have people posting on behalf of your business or product brand (within reason), it’s almost never OK to have them post in your name. When people see your name, they expect they’re talking to you[Read more...]

Writing for GoodBlogs

finance mazeGoodBlogs isn’t a site I’m very familiar with. Another writer I know told me he writes for blogs on their network. He makes some money, but not a huge ton. Still, I thought I’d share the opportunity so you could check it out for yourself.

GoodBlogs for Businesses

GoodBlogs markets itself as a content marketing company for businesses and those who need to take advantage of social promotion. From a business standpoint, it seems like a great way for business owners who opt to build a site with the company to gain exposure. The example on their website is a company called The Flaming Vegan, which they claim now gets traffic from over 2,000 keyword phrases and now has over 500 blog posts submitted by writers like you and I. They apparently have a ton of new social media traffic as well. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 8/18/13

sunsetThe month of August is always a bit slow for me, and this year seems to be no exception. I didn’t have ton of stuff to get done last week, but I managed to do some work projects and I mapped out some of the things I need to get done this coming week.

So what did I do?

  • Created and implemented a new payment system for one of my main clients. He travels a lot, so PayPal restrictions on IP addresses sometimes make our transactions difficult.
  • I edited and posted 26 guest posts for one client.
  • I put 9.25 hours into the timed project I do weekly. [Read more...]

Drama on the Web: Avoid It

dramaThe week before last there was a little bit of drama on the web, within the writing community I’m involved with. I was going to let it die down a bit (in my head, anyway) before writing about it, but then things got a bit messed up so I didn’t get to it last week. My head is clearly wrapped around what I want to say, so here we go.

When you use social media sites to network and grow your business, you have two main groups of people you’ll need to consider. The first is your target audience – people you want to write for. The second is other writers – those you feel you can learn from.

I’ll use my Facebook network as an example. I have networked with a bunch of writers who have done work for the same sites I have, especially the Yahoo! Contributor Network. In the beginning, I thought that knowing other writers would be good. I’d get ideas, learn about the ins and outs of the industry, and have people to turn to when things were tough. I networked with both non-fiction writers as well as fiction writers, because my goal is ultimately to write some fiction as well. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 8/11/13

sunsetWorking as a freelancer isn’t always easy – at all. The past several weeks haven’t been what they could have been, but this past week was just plain awful. We had issue after issue with family and their medical needs; I gave myself the blister from hell with a new pair of shoes (and it got infected); my personal blog has been hacked (resolution still pending); I had family obligations I had to at least make an appearance at; and one of my clients dropped off the face of the planet for a few days with no communication at all (resulting in what is still and pending, late payment). Life, my friends, is sometimes rather unpleasant.

Regardless, I’m moving into a new week with fresh determination. My kitchen is clean (for the most part); I have ingredients for my favorite daily tea on hand; my iPod is charging for a morning walk/jog; and I have a new set of goals. [Read more...]

Simply Sunday – 8/4/13

The last week of the month is usually a bit slow. I can catch up on some unfinished business, take care of tax accounting work, and map out my goals for the following month. Sometimes this particular week is busy, but other times it’s just a slow but steady ride. This week it was slow but steady.

So what did I manage to do this week?

  • 6.5 hours for the timed project I do for one client.
  • 9 short Q&A articles written for a niche client.
  • 2 larger posts of 1,000 words each written for a niche client.
  • 1.5 hours doing some admin-type work for a niche client.
  • 4 posts here on Writing for Peanuts [Read more...]

Small Tasks, Boring Tasks, and Social Bookmarking

Today was a semi-productive day. I had several tasks to get done, but none really contributed to my financial goal – not in a major way, anyway. Still they were things I needed to wrap up. My dear friend’s website was sorely neglected, so I spent some time updating her business site with articles from her newsletters. I also updated her upcoming classes pages (she teaches Reiki and Yoga). Things are looking good there now.

I also had to take some time to do a task I’d been putting off. A client paid someone to go through a health forum and cut/paste conversations so that I could go through them and think of article topics. If that sounds boring, or tedious, I can guarantee you that it actually was. An hour and a half later, I had about 75 topic ideas to share with him, but who knows what will come of the list. To clarify, though, I do have an hourly rate I charge for tasks like that. [Read more...]

Distractions, Thunderstorms, and Networking Grammar

I knew today wouldn’t be the most productive day on the planet. I woke up really tired and it rained all day. One of my friends said something about a Mars and Uranus square thing happening in the world of astrology and, like I told her, that meant nothing to me until she explained it would make people grouchy. Well, she was right.

I actually thought it was sort of amusing that only a couple of days after writing about family distractions my grandmom should call me and ask me to come over. Note, I did list Gran as one of the exceptions to the rule. The other reason I dropped everything and ran was because she was looking for her car insurance ID card because she remembered I asked to borrow her car on Sunday. She was raised to not leave her registration and insurance in the glove box. I was raised to leave it in the car. The end result was that I drove her car for a month, back and forth to her rehab center, without having any pertinent documents with me – all because I never thought to ask. [Read more...]