Sunday, April 22, 2012
As a freelancer, the Internet is an integral part of my work life. I use it as a resource for writing projects, a way to find new work and clients, and a way to stay in contact and network with customers and readers.
However, in the event of a lapse in Internet service, I need a few work projects upon which I can count. This means that such projects that I hold in reserve must have a longer shelf-life. Holding back on writing an article about current gas prices or the state of the economy and keeping it in reserve probably wouldn’t be the best idea. However, holding onto a more “evergreen” article idea regarding my experiences with a past garage sale might not be a bad move and would have a longer shelf-life.
However just having such an idea set aside might not do me much good if the time comes that I need to use it but find that I can’t gather the requisite information to complete the work. Pulling information from the Internet ahead of time and stockpiling it with the idea can have me prepared for if or when the time hits that I don’t have access to such information.
Prioritizing Higher Paying Projects
I don’t want to stockpile a bunch of my highest paying work, as in most instances, I want to get it out there and realize the profits from my efforts as soon as possible. This means that I like to keep a variety of paying work available when it comes to my emergency fund stockpile.
Outlining and Organizing
As a freelance writer, this might mean brainstorming and coming up with article ideas, outlining, proofreading, and organizing certain office and work-related housekeeping issues for which I don’t typically have a lot of time. There may also be long-term projects such as short stories, books, and similar items that often don’t have the immediate income results that short-term projects like article and blog pieces might, but that could offer bigger rewards down the road.