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Toiling away

January 13th, 2017 at 11:45 am

I'm working on my 3rd freelance assignment from the online education site. This one is 2250 words compared to the previous ones in the 1000 word range, so I earn $225 instead of $100, but it's considerably more work.

The 2250 words are broken up into descriptions of 15 different schools, or 150 words each.

Problem is, when I make a point to track my time, I see I'm spending too much time on each 150-word school write-up, like 1.5 or even 2 hours. I spend half the time reviewing the site and gathering info and the other half, roughly, to write it but inevitably i wind up with 300 words or more so i then have to spend more time to get it down to just 150 words without taking out the good stuff. It's a fairly time-consuming process.

I hold myself to pretty high standards, and if I want these to be something I could use as writing samples, then they need to be well-written. It's just that it brings my hourly rate down very low, which i guess bothers me more from a psychological point of view than anything else. I think I need to stop worrying about the hourly rate, since I'm home all day anyway, and just focus on how much money I'm making and how much I need.

From that point of view, grossing $900 monthly instead of $400 monthly (or nothing at all) sounds better than nothing.

Does anyone have a Sierra Trading Post near them? A new store opened up by me and while I haven't been to the physical store yet, the website seemed to have a lot of things I might like to buy.

I'm on day three of Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen diet and doing pretty well although I've noticed there are so many servings of beans and greens required daily that you pretty much have to include beans and greens in both lunch and dinner, and I could see where I would get tired of this after a while. On the plus side, you don't have to count calories or do much measuring. And you also certainly don't go hungry.

Ugh. I'm taking a break with my chai tea and suppose I should really try to write a 3rd school (out of the 15 total) I need to complete for this assignment.

I saw a racoon wandering by the house earlier and so I threw out a pot of burnt popcorn for him although I don't know that he found it.

10 Responses to “Toiling away”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    Yes, I understand your point of the hourly rate, but I think once you do more schools, you will reduce your time, it's a learning curve. Glad you can work at home, that's definitely a plus! You've done a great job finding sources of income!

  2. scottish girl Says:

    Hi!

  3. fern Says:

    Thanks, scottishgirl...got it!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Add me to the list! Smile

  5. Dido Says:

    Think about the hours spent now as an initial investment. Any endeavor has a cost as well as rewards, and the key is the net earnings. For example, new employees hired by a business usually cost the business for several months in terms of payroll, benefits, training time that takes away from the work of other staff, errors that need to be corrected, lack of efficiency of new employees...and only after a period of time does an employee really begin earning their keep and then some. As a freelancer, you ARE a business, and this is just part of your initial investment that will reap rewards later. Think of the long run and not the short.

  6. fern Says:

    Hmm. For some reason, ceejay, your email is not coming up when i receive email notification you've left a message. I'm not sure why.

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    I dug out your address from an old email exchange and sent you a message. If your email hasn't changed since 2012 you should get it. Smile

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    With the DD - maybe try different types of beans? Like hummus with veggies for a snack, and two servings (1 cup) of beans for dinner?

  9. fern Says:

    Yes, that's what I often do, FrugalTexan....luckily i like hummus

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yep Smile I could eat hummus all day long ...

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