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Prepare Now for Next Summer

I’ve mentioned before, but I’m saying it again. I don’t want to work next summer. That sounds weird coming form a person whose job is being a freelance writer from home, but it’s true nonetheless.

This summer was great, but I found that I still had to keep up with my writing obligations. Well, I shouldn’t complain, my only true writing obligation is to write 14 articles in a period of 3 months for Suite 101. The rest of my writing I do because I want to earn more money.

With that in mind, I’m starting now to build my base of articles so next summer I won’t have to write, unless I want to. This blog is excluded, however. I truly enjoy writing here at NJFM so I’ll continue blogging (although it may be a little less frequent during the summer months). Everything else will be on hold.

Magic of Residual

Unlike my husband’s job, I have some control over how much more money I’d like to earn next summer. I also have control as to how long of a work break I can take. The minute the kids begin their school break for the summer, begins my writing break.Earnings Increase

I’ve learned over time that if you really want something you have to focus on it and work at it. By spending more time on residual income than upfront income my July numbers are just shy of $1,000 higher than last July’s numbers. The increase may sound modest to some, but I can’t remember the last time a boss gave me a $1,000 per month raise.

Preparing for Next Year

From the time the kids get back into school in September until they get out in June, I’ve decided to work hard to increase next July’s numbers even more. Inspired by Prerna Malik’s post and the HubPages 30 day challenge, I realize that the success I’ve experienced with Suite 101 could be improved by increasing my writing production.

Prolific WriterWhile I might not write 30 articles in 30 days (I like taking the weekends off), I’ve found that with a little planning, it’s really not so difficult to produce one Suite and one HubPage article a day (I tried it 4 days last week and it really wasn’t so bad).

Give it a Try

Whether you want to earn more money for a fancy vacation or to help make ends meet, as a freelance writer you get to control how much (or how little) you earn. It takes time and patience, but it sure beats punching the 9-5 time clock.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Alina Bradford August 10, 2009, 4:53 pm

    Sounds like a great plan. I’m trying to do this too. It seems like a doable project. 🙂
    .-= Alina Bradford´s last blog ..Best Batteries for Digital Cameras =-.

  • Rachel August 10, 2009, 5:33 pm

    I like the idea of working ahead for future seasons. Definitely going to change some of my goals for this month and next!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..First Check from Magazine Article and Editor Rewrites =-.

  • prerna August 11, 2009, 6:17 am

    Hi Felicia,

    Glad you liked my Suite experiment idea 🙂 This plan of preparing for the future is great and am sure you’d be able to do that easily!! Do keep us updated!

    Best wishes always!
    .-= prerna´s last blog ..Being a Mom: Choosing Toys for Toddlers =-.

  • Maria -- WAHM August 12, 2009, 3:37 pm

    Felicia, I think that is a great and very attainable goal! I worked very little this summer, taking my kids to the pool or park most days and enjoying time with my girlfriends, sisters and family. Only a few years ago, I couldn’t have imagined taking so much time off and still earning what I needed every month.

    Now I ready to ramp my efforts back up for the fall and get several niche sites online and earning for a new goal I’ve made. Best of luck with yours!

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