Freelance Writing Jobs for May 4, 2009

Do you use an editorial calendar? I have one, it helps me to stay on track – and I don’t know what I would do without it. I know many writers have fancy programs, but I never invested too much in my editorial calendar. Up until a few months ago, I used a giant wall calendar, now I use  my Outlook. I’m the type of person who needs bells and whistles to go off so I can have reminders. If I don’t log everything I need to do, I’ll become forgetful.

What do you use to keep track of all your projects and deadlines?

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the leads!

    I use a dry erase wall calendar. It helps me, even if I rearrange my due dates. lol

  2. I use Outlook because it never gives up. It keeps reminding me until I’ve finished the task.

  3. I use email. When my clients email me screaming “where’s my ef’n article” I know it’s prolly late. :)

    Seriously, as a part time writer, I don’t really use a calendar. In the unlikely even I ever go full time, it would probably be outlook because, as Kenna said, it’s relentless, and it works well on my HTC Tilt phone.

  4. Thank you for the leads, Deb. I use my BlackBerry calendar. This way, all of my business and personal appointments or deadlines are all in one place and I’m not in danger of them clashing.

  5. FYI, there have been multiple complaints against Helium.com from freelance writers. They have been stealing content, not compensating writers and canceling writer accounts without deleting their content giving them no access to their own work or any revenue that it may generate.

    Thought you should all know since it happened to me!

    ~Colleen

  6. I use one of those basic Word calendars, and my to-do list items, deadlines, phone calls, conferences, etc. are all color-coded. I also write the meetings, calls, conferences, etc. on the family calendar so I have a reminder whether I’m at the computer or not.

    By the way, I love your site.

  7. I have a deadline calendar on my Website (that only I can see) and a month-by-month calendar that includes deadlines, meetings, time off, etc. (also restricted access). When I check off a deadline as done, it’s posted to my Recent Projects page so I have an up-to-date portfolio. No ticklers or notifications – if I need that, I go to my timekeeping program, which I use rather loosely to track time on projects.

  8. I’ve been hunting for a calendar for a couple of weeks – trying to decide if I wanted to use a big wall calendar or something more portable. Just today I discovered Google’s calendar. It’s exactly what I need, and allows me to post classes and projects so I can see when they overlap.

    But the best part is – it’s FREE! :-)

  9. I don’t do this more than part time, so it’s unlikely I’ll ever need a reminder of work that needs to be done. I take projects as they come, and I can guess roughly how long they will take me, which is usually 1/2 of the time I’m allowed via my client’s schedules. If another project is offered to me while I’m working on one, and it fits into my schedule for completion after I finish the one I’m working on, I take it. If not, I pass.

    My wife and I enjoy a European lifestyle, which means a 4-5 hour work day at most, and I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to go become a 40+-hour-per-week-nose-to-the-grindstone slave of corporate greed :) We work as hard as we need to in order to pay our bills, buy our toys, and go on vacations. Other than that…I see no need to direct my life to the point where we have to live on a schedule. Ugh, no thanks.

    I’ll take bohemian, thank you very much!

    I do try and schedule things out a month or so in advance if possible, but it all depends on what our monetary needs are. For example, I had planned on taking the month of May off completely from freelancing and focus entirely on personal projects, but one of my clients offered me a nice 500 dollar project that has a month long deadline that I will work on over the next week or so, and combined with my 3-4 articles per day that I do for DS, I figured what the hell. In retrospect I’m kind of glad that it came through because I had completely forgotten that my ID card was due for renewal next week, and it’s about 350 USD for a year, plus I’m buying a new desk and chair, so the project will help pay for those little needs without dipping into our slush fund.

  10. Kelly T says:

    I use my good old trusty notebook. It’s still nice once in a while to put my pen to paper instead of a computer screen.

  11. I used to use dry erase calendar until Yahoo Calendar came out. Good thing about that or Google is that the rest of the family can also include their schedule, helping to balance work and home duties (e.g., kid needs to be picked up from school after a half day). The only thing I don’t like about it is it doesn’t let you prioritize like a Franklin planner. I think that online planners like Franklin are available, but I’m not aware of any free ones yet.

  12. By the way NZ Technology Magazine Seeks Contributors is looking for NZ writers.

  13. Anne G. says:

    @Colleen-I’ve heard about complaints against Helium myself. I dabbled with them when they first opened and then quickly gave up. I’d done this article on a genetic condition that was discovered in my family. Turned it in and within days, someone else took my topic, re-wrote it using some of the same wording and Helium said it didn’t matter because the information was so limited it was bound to be similar. After that my account was blocked and I was never able to get back in.

  14. Melissa says:

    Alas, I do not yet have enough freelance work to need a calendar–besides my brain. I usually only have one project going at a time, and I rarely have two.

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