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Why do clients keep doing this?

Indecision is seriously impacting my livelihood. The indecision is not my own. I can't count the number of times clients have contacted me to work on a freelance writing project, only to disappear two days later. For instance, I had a project lined up that would have brought me an extra $600 dollars in a week. Did I need that money? Hell, yeah! Did I get that money? Hell, no! Could my time have been better spent seeking clients who actually intend to have me complete their project? I think you get the picture.

The point of this rant is this: When someone contacts and retains me to work on their project, I'd like to WORK on the project. This means the project details and retainer fee must be sent to me. I felt like giving this client a piece of my mind, and suing for lost wages!

Lesson of the month: Don't pencil anyone into your calendar until the retainer fee is actually in your possession. Seems simple enough. However, when you're in need of cash, things can get a little murky.

The Weigh-In

Wow, it's been a long time since I've updated you guys. I'm sorry. The short explanation is that I fell CONSIDERABLY short of my goal. I had some luck with affiliate programs, but nothing to write home (or blog) about.

For the month of November, I turned my attention to freelance writing once again. I opted to work directly with clients rather than bidding sites or AC. I have student loans to pay! I've been getting some semi-steady work this month, but things are pretty lean for me in the freelance writing world. What is up with that? Holiday effect, perhaps? I don't know.

Add to my troubles the fact that I've had health issues all month and you've got a very broke Gerrica.

However, thanks to Think and Grow Rich, I'm still in the fight. I've been making some residual income in addition to my freelance writing jobs. Once again, the income isn't significant, but it's there.

I do find myself wondering just how the hell I'm going to make things work in December, though... Here's a (very) rough outline of my plans and goals for the month of December:

1. Write and market an e-book/e-report by Dec. 15, 2007
2. Create six new niche sites/blogs
3. Diversify income (Adsense just isn't doing it for me.)
4. Earn $3,000.00 total for the month
5. Invest 10% of earnings
6. Avoid death-by-exhaustion while trying to hit freelance writing deadlines.

*There are many typos and grammatical errors in this blog post. I apologize for that. My brain is still boggled by the 10,000 words I have to write in the next few minutes for a client project.