I’ve been noticeably absent from this blog for a very good reason — I have more work than I can stand!
No, I don’t have work that I “can’t stand,” rather I’ve been maintaining what I have. Over the course of the past month I’ve also had to turn down to gigs. That was hard to do, but I simply could not find a place to fit these jobs in.
I’ve actually stopped blogging on most of my sites except for my main automotive site — Auto Trends Magazine. This past September I updated the theme and made a commitment to add at least two articles daily. That move has paid off as it has brought in more traffic to my site and has raised my visibility in the automotive industry. Clearly, if I had a choice to write about cars or some other topic, cars would win out most every time.
Even when clients come a-calling, I won’t stop all of my personal writing projects completely. I set aside 1-2 hours daily for my own stuff which I treat as my online calling card to clients. This special time also allows me to write with few constraints which means I can cover the topics I want and choose the writing style most suitable for me.
Financially, I’m on target for the year, but I have been battling a disturbing trend: slow or late payments from one or more clients. As you might guess the financial slowdown makes it hard on me as my own bills are always due at the appointed hour. As a result, I decided to let one customer go over this and am getting firm with others who tend to push things to the limits. Yet, I know the economy is tough across the board, so I’m not willing to push to the side anyone who offers a good explanation. So start ‘splaining!
November and December are typically two months where I find myself juggling my schedule enough to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. This year, I plan on setting aside one Saturday morning to write ahead — queuing articles I want to appear around the holidays. That way, if I need or want some extra time off, those articles will automagically appear.
You gotta love blog post dripping!
For 2011, I hope to raise my rates and am toying with that amount which I’m currently pegging at 3 to 5 percent. I have a few customers who are working at my 2007 rates, but haven’t asked for an increase given the recession and weak recovery. Let’s see what kind of tax whack is in store this January — I have a feeling we’ll all be shelling out more money to cover the national debt and healthcare.