Becoming a full-time content provider is a scary thing. There are many places to write for, but only so much time. Some areas offer more money, but not much work. Other sites offer a lot of work, but not much money. This abundance of writing options leads new writers to get stuck on non-profitable time sinks. Here are some methods to reduce time wasters and focus.
Know maximum words per hour
Knowing the maximum words per hour possible where it all begins. By establishing a theoretical maximum of words, new writers can make better commitments. Setting a max ceiling of words also gives an accurate benchmark against other content producers in the industry. These theoretical maximum word counts also help provide a theoretical maximum revenue when calculating pay per word.
Break time spent into categories
Writing is not just typing on a keyboard. There is a significant amount of time that goes into researching, outlining, and editing. By separating these individual entities, the whole picture of article creation can come into place. An article that pays less, but requires less research, may be just as profitable as a high paying article. The next step would be breaking down time spent into total pay per hour (including all categories). By reducing total turnaround time, time it takes from typing to article sold, greater profits can be had. Identifying time groups helps establish when time is being wasted and why. One very useful time tracking application, that is free, is a mobile application called Time Recording. The application allows separate categories while also showing several forms of summation.
Lump time categories together
Switching from one task type to another can be another time sink. Lumping time groups together also helps workflow profitability. For example, browsing several websites between articles is a huge time waster. Perhaps all the research and outlining for multiple articles can be done at once. The trick with lumping time categories together is to avoid the typical “drift” that can happen between several tasks. Some of these “drifts” include looking at social networks, reading the news, or checking emails.
Trying to build the best possible content, as quick as possible, is the goal of every author. Each word a writer generates produces a profit, so generating the highest profit for the least amount of effort is the goal. By “paying the bills” quicker, a writer can focus on working on the nuances of their craft.
The ideas presented here are fairly simple: Knowing a maximum, splitting that theoretical into real world timetables, and looking for workflows to improve profit. Using these ideas, anyone can become a full-time content provider. The key is to keep working towards a more sustainable revenue maximum.