I usually don’t post on Mondays but just wanted to give you a preview of the more detailed post that’s to come tomorrow. I received an email from SEO Mary late last week that got me to thinking about yet another reason summer could be the best time to start a freelance writing career.
Gasp! A Freelance SEO Writer So Busy She’s Turning Down Work (Could this be you?)
SEO Mary wrote, in part:
Well, I'm way too busy to give you a true update. Suffice [it] to say I'm turning down work. Still not at the point to go full-time with the content writing, but I am turning down work because there's only so many hours in a day between life and the day job (I'm putting in 4 hours a night as it is. What WAS my daughter's name again...?;-). . .Freelance Writers: How to Use the Slow Summer Months to Get More Work
I'm REALLY interested in the part about hiring other writers . . . I can see I'm really going to need that!” [In this part, she was referencing an ebook she purchased that, in part, went over how to go about hiring other freelancers to write for you.]
If your freelance writing business is having “growing pains” so to speak, then summertime is the best time to handle them. SEO Mary started her foray into SEO writing back in the spring (I think it was March).
As she said, she’s turning down work. This is only going to get more prolific come fall, because that’s when things pick up again. Freelance writing is a cyclical industry, so now is the time to handle any problems you may have, eg, new website design (which I’m going through now), hiring new writers, marketing for more work, etc.
While it may seem that your efforts are going largely unnoticed now, all of this behind-the scenes work will put you in great shape once the busy season rolls around – and this is only a few weeks away. So, use the downtime during the summer wisely.
Before you know it, freelance writing gigs will seem to fall out of the sky (if you target the right niche -- hint, hint SEO writing). Get set up to handle them now!
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