Old Eggs, New Eggs: On Letting Go and Trying New Things

So I have stated that I'm letting go of one stressful client. I made that decision regretfully, because it took some real effort to get into the program, but once there, I knew almost immediately it wasn't for me. I'm going to name that client now, because I've made the decision that even if they renew my contract, I won't work there. It's Leapforce. Now don't get me wrong. Leapforce is an excellent program for some people, and has saved more than a few people's butts financially. The work is there if you have the time to sit around and wait for it. I loved the community there, and will seriously miss it, but it isn't for me. I need something I can count on being there when I have the time to work. Leapforce just isn't that, and although they work very hard to ensure there is steady work, their main client (Google) has more to say about that than they do, as they are the ones who provide the task to be done. I love Google. All my blogs are on Blogger, and G+ is just my favorite place to be now, so I thought helping them determine algorithms would be fun. It isn't. If I can't enjoy my work, it's not really worth my time. I still love Google, though.

So I was looking for new eggs, and came across a post by a friend talking about a place called "Hundy." Hundy is sort of like Fiverr, but you can charge up to $100 for a job. I figured I'd try it out, so I went over last night and put up some job posts. I'm interested to see how they do. I am also on Fiverr, but I don't really want to work for $5 ever again.

I'm looking to get into social media management. I love being online, and to be paid to play on social media is just too tempting. I have been reading a lot about this profession, so that's what I posted on Hundy. I figure I'll pick up a couple of cheap clients, who will be nice references for better clients. That's pretty much how it works in the freelance game when you're trying to move into new areas.

Plus, I posted rates for blog posts and for managing blogs. I love blogging, MUCH more than I like writing articles. I'm hoping to get away from writing online articles completely by the end of the year, just hanging on to a few good clients just in case. I'm really getting burned out on trying to find 100 different ways to say the same old stuff over and over. Blogging is much more up-to-the-minute and flexible.

So this is part of my plan for the new year. I'm trying to evolve as online freelancing evolves. I think article writers are still much needed, and while it provides me a good income right now, I just don't see it being my mainstay for life.

ONWARD AND UPWARD!

7 comments:

Divajz said...

I think my plans for this year related to writing is about the same as yours Deb........I need to learn about the other opportunities and how to work them.....Lyn will be a big help I think. For what it's worth, I think you're doing the right thing!

Clarissa said...

Good for you Deb! I feel the same way about my main egg now. It is a research job and although the money is good, I am bored with it. I actually dread logging in every day. Shhh, don't tell my husband because he told me the other day that I am never happy. I just like trying new things also. I was actually happy when I logged in today and the website was acting up too bad to work.

I have three channels for Examiner now. I enjoy writing for them. I have a freelance writing channel and just added television and celebrity. I have a writer friend who is making good money by writing for these three channels in her city.

I also applied to a writing gig that pays 6.5 cents per word and one that asks you how much you want to make. I hope I get one or the other or both and then eventually, I can drop the research gig. The thing about the research gig is that they tell you that you have to work a minimum of 30 hours per week or you are out. I hate when people tell me when I have to work. I do have to keep it for now until I find something else but it is back to applying for other things now to find something I will really enjoy. I have thought of getting into social media as well but I am just not that into social media anymore. I hardly post on Google+, Facebook or Twitter anymore.

Anyway, good luck with your endeavors and keep us posted on what you are doing. :)

Deborah Aldridge said...

Jeaninne, keep reading here. I'm going to be reporting on everything I try too, so you can see firsthand if you'd like it (since we're so much alike. lol)

Clarissa, I was offered a researching job, but seriously, I'm so burnt out on researching after writing articles for so long. I want something entirely new. If you don't try, you never know. I won't tell the hubby. He would never understand. ;)

Clarissa said...

Deb, I emailed you. I hope it was the right email. It was in my Yahoo contacts list.

Deborah Aldridge said...

Clarissa, email me at dsa2591 at gmail.

portiafaceslife said...

Good luck with your new direction & lots of new eggs, Deb. Sounds like that's just up your alley!

One of my good proofreading clients rang me yesterday to sound me out about a regular writing gig. He's starting a new online magazine, & wants me to research & write news stories. I thought I was heading into more editing/proofing work, as per my change of direction last year,but this is a topic I know a bit about - aged care - & it will be regular, two days a week. Plus he still wants me to proof his other print mag. so not a new egg, but a bigger one!

Deborah Aldridge said...

Sue, congrats on your new gig! Boy, things are ever changing in the freelance world. It really takes a special kind of person to be able to change on a dime like this. It's interesting, no doubt about that. Life is never boring.

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