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Freelancer: Managing Your Time for Productivity

Updated on December 9, 2012

There's just 24 hours in a day right?

And as hard as I've tried I still can't be in two places at once!

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Freelancer here on Hubpages, and as you may have deduced from the above title, I want to discuss time management today.

This is an especially important topic for me, because I'm not managing my time very well, but I'm going to share with you what I'm going to do about that.

The lifestyle of a freelancer affords us the opportunity to earn a decent (hopefully) income writing content for clients. This lifestyle allows us to work when we want to and also enjoy the freedom of not punching a time clock...but there is a caveat that comes with all this especially for someone just starting out.

The caveat is that there is a lot of work that has to be done in order to enjoy this lifestyle that many of us romanticized in words to give a glimmer of hope to those folks who have turned to the net over the past few years in the hopes of finding iunternet gold here.

Let me be the one to clang the Reality Bell for you and inform you that freelancing is hard work...just done in a different fashion.

To be fair about this, honestly as a new freelancer expect to spend dubious amounts of time in front of your laptop, doing searches on Google, Indeed and Bing for jobs related to freelance writings as you try to find gigs that help pay the bill.

You'll also have to "Pitch " ideas to editors of online magazines as well as offline to snag a writing gig...and yu'll be doing this more than likely 7 days a week when your first starting out.

So the qustion is how do you make that time productive, because (and here comes the clique phrase) "Time is Money" especially for us. So you need to have a game plan, a plan of attack, a plan that you can (and oif your smart) will follow reach and everyday.

And this is where I mention one of the e-books that I paid for the other day and mentioned in my last edition of Freelancer which you can read here. The book is by Stephen Davies and it's called Writing for Money: The Online Writer's Path To A Full Time Income.

In this book Stephen not only touched upon the fact that freelancing is hard work, he also mentioned following a plan in order to take advantage of your valuable time.

Here is what I want to say to you newbies coming into the world of freelance writing..."Make Use of Your Time Wisely."

Davies has set out a plan from day one that I totally intend to follow and it's this:

Apply to at least two online sources for work, and then go to Content Mill sites that will allow you after taking a basic grammar test or writing test (or in some cases both) to start writing articles that ypu're allowed to select based on the rating that they gave to you.

And the one thing that Davies tells you in the book is simply this...something that I'm very guilty of actually and it's web surfing all day, submitting to as many sites that you can find...and "never type out a single alphabetic character on your laptop for a writing assignment."

So I'm going to end this hub right there, and tell you that in the next edition of Freelancer, I'm going to share with you my daily routine that I'm going to set up this evening and begin tomorrow morning and lay it all out here in the next edition.

So for now don't just surf for jobs and not write anything for anyone, because that's the hugest waste of time that you we all invariably do and yes that includes me.

Lew Newmark is the be all and know all of KeyWords Media, an online company offering several types of writing services.


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