Lesson of the Week: Don’t Turn Down Low-Paying Work If That’s All You Can Find

90-Day Challenge Week 10 and 11 Progress Report

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First of all, I’m sorry I forgot to publish a post last week!! Because of that, you’re going to get a bit of an extra-long post this week.

I got a lot of writing done on Crowd Content.

Specifically, I made about $32 writing the past two weeks, all of it from Crowd Content. I wrote one very long post for them which the client accepted, another shorter post and several product descriptions. I’ve also got another $11 worth of work that I’m waiting to see if it will be accepted or if I’ll have to make changes. My words per hour are starting to increase — this is important at Crowd Content because when your words per hour go up, you can earn bonuses on some projects. I’m starting to get used to their system, and I know that as I keep writing I’ll make more money.

I started playing with Picmonkey a little bit more.

I’ve had a Picmonkey account for a while. I use it occasionally to add effects to photos, but the past two weeks I started playing with it a little bit more. I actually used it to create the image I used at the top of this post, and I also used it to add a little humor to a picture my husband took of a beetle he found on our porch:

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I also figured out how to use it to edit phots. I published a Medium story called “How to Get Started with Mailchimp: A Crash Course.” I edited all the photos in that story with the annotation feature in Evernote. It’s great, but limited. I did figure out a better way to edit photos using Picmonkey, however. So I will edit all the photos I annotated with Evernote before I use them in the Mailchimp post I want to publish on my business blog.

I also started coming up with some ideas for blog posts for my business website. I’m not going to mention any ideas, but you may start seeing some of the posts I’ve written here, as well as on my other websites, on my business website, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can check it out here.

I applied for a few writing jobs.

I already heard back on one — they asked me what style I’m most familiar with. I replied to the email and haven’t heard anything since. This was about four days ago. The other I just applied for, so I haven’t heard anything yet.

The major lesson that I learned the past two weeks is to not turn down lower-paying work if that’s all you can find. The projects I worked on for Crowd Content paid a little less, but the work is steady. I’ll continue to work on projects with Crowd Content and Wordgigs until I start getting higher-paying clients.

My Plan For Next Week

Next week I want to accomplish a few things:

  1. Make at least $12.50 from writing. I figure if I can make at least that much ever week, I’ll hit my current income goal for my writing, which is $50.
  2. Start writing some blogs for my freelance writing site. I’m not going to publish these just yet, but I want to at least start getting some ideas and fleshing them out.

That’s it for this week. It’s hard to believe the challenge is almost over, but taking part in it has really helped me get focused and start making some progress with my business. Until next week!

I started writing in elementary school and never stopped. I enjoy sharing stories about my hard-learned life lessons and writing advice.

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