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.
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.
While 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.