The entire year has been a steady flow of writing jobs for me. It picked up a few months into the year when I was added to the writing teams of two different digital marketing firms. They actually came to me with the offers following some test articles I had written. Between them and an influx of traffic at one online freelance community, my workload has stayed constant. It has made my transition to work-from-home a lot easier to manage and I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t finally becoming a comfortable fit for me.
Where I have found myself juggling is on weekends. Our other home-based business, JamBusters! became a full-time regular vending business for both Brenda and I. Before that happened I had weekends to ‘catch-up’ or prep for upcoming writing jobs. I no longer have that so I’ve adapted my writing tasks to fit around weekends and will still work on a project on a Saturday or Sunday night if I need to. The whole new process that came into play during 2017 put both of us to the test and we made it work with slight sacrifices.
I also found myself getting used to a different term for what I do. I have been calling myself a freelance writer since I started my web content business back in January 2014. Partway through the year I started calling myself a ghostwriter as that is somewhat more accurate. I write tons of articles for various web entrepreneurs and my name does not appear on them. In effect, I am hired to ghostwrite the articles. Ghostwriting is the term. I never really liked it at first so I shied away from using it. Now it feels like a comfortable fit.
As for what 2018 will bring, I have no real goals in mind. I really like the pace I’ve been able to work at. On average, depending on the job, I can complete between six and ten articles per day. Those are 500-words pieces. When my jobs include a mix of 500 and 1,000 or 1,500-word projects I find I can complete about five in a day. I couldn’t tell you if that is good or bad. All I know is that I am happy if those are the numbers I can hit in a day. With sometimes ten new jobs a week coming at me in addition to my regular work, the pace seems to work out fine.
This past year has also seen me turn down some work. I’m getting slightly picky about some of the projects I will and will not do. I have also flexed a bit on that as well. For long-term, regular clients I’ll do just about anything they request. New clients are different. I have also gone through two price increases at one freelance community to bump the figures up to match what I earn through other platforms to make it a little more consistent as well. You could say 2017 was a year of fine tuning and setting the wheels in motion to a comfortable fit for me.