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Freelance point challenge

February 15th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I am giving myself a new money challenge.

I'm a freelancer, so I get paid by the project. I can;t always control the pay rate, but I have a little more control over how many projects I take on.

To give myself a goal and more motivation, I am awarding all my projects "freelance points."

For my weekly column, I am giving myself 1 point for every one I finish.

I'd like to average at least one more project per month in addition to that. For each extra project, I am giving myself 2 points.

If I meet my goals, I will have 76 "points" at the end of this year

52 points from my weekly columns
and 24 points from the one extra project per month I'd like to have.

I think I am ahead of the game so far. I have all of my weekly columns, plus I've had three extra projects this month, so that's 6 points to the 24 I need.

4 Responses to “Freelance point challenge”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    I'd love to pick up more freelance, too. Do you do anything to market yourself or to solicit more work?

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Nice plan! Good luck.

  3. thriftorama Says:

    Hmm. That's a complicated question. Right now, I am just pitching more stories to the editors I already know. Once you have their ear through past work, that's half the battle.

    Last year I only marketed myself by sending an email with a link to my work to the editor of another weekly paper, and that resulted in about $3000 in work for the year.

    Use the connection you already have, then send out personalized, well thought out emails to prospect for new work.

  4. whitestripe Says:

    my step mum is a book designer and while she works for a major book publushing firm, whenever business is slow she attends networking functions and hands out her business card, usually getting a few bites from those.

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