Raise your hand if you’re a work-at-home mama.
Having a hard time managing your writing?
I’m writing this post as my twins are “napping” and it’s 2 pm. Aside from regularly updating my blog, I’m also a freelance writer.
So, writing is an important part of my business.
If I can’t write, then I don’t get paid. It’s in the best interest of my business, then, to try to squeeze as much productivity as I can within the small blocks of time I have to write.
Maybe your situation is similar to mine – young children and a booming freelance writing business.
Or, maybe you’re a new freelance writer or blogger and wondering how you can juggle your client work, social media and blog while still caring for your family and home?
Being a WAHM is Hard Work
I get it:
Being a WAHM is tough.
Right now I have a big load of laundry waiting to be folded on my bed (and there’s another clean bucket in the laundry room).
I have dirty dishes piled up in my sink while I’m running the dishwasher from the morning dishes.
And my twins aren’t even napping! They’re in their cribs jumping and singing songs. I put them down an hour ago.
But, I have to work. I need to pay the bills.
So, in order to continue to grow my freelance writing business, I’ve learned one easy and fast way to get more writing done.
I can write more pieces in a day, pitch more in a day and even have spare time to write my eBook, a course for new freelance writers.
So, what’s my secret?
My Solution to Writing More While Being a WAHM
As I started handling more clients and my writing for the week increased, I had to magically find more time to write.
Sure, I can wake up early, before my children do, and write. But, I already have a hard time waking up my usual time of 8 a.m.
So, I end up writing more at night. Instead of stopping at 9 p.m. I can squeeze in another hour. It’s not ideal, but it works.
But, the biggest time saver for me, which has allowed me to take on more projects is outsourcing. Aside from hiring writers, I also outsource non-billable tasks.
These things are either too time consuming or I know nothing about.
- Editing and proofreading
- Fact checking
My husband often helps me with my coding, bookkeeping and editing. He runs businesses and is helping me build my business.
While I do most of my bookkeeping, my husband has helped me organize it and structured it so that the process isn’t too time consuming.
I don’t know about you, but I find editing my own work difficult. I skim over phrases and I am unable to notice nuances in my writing like transitional phrases, use of prepositions, odd sayings etc…
So, I try to have my husband read my writing– after I run it through Grammarly – for the final proofread.
It’s always a good idea to have someone else read your writing because they will catch things you’re not aware of.
I also outsource some fact-checking and research to other writers. If I have a big project and it’s not within my expertise, I will hire someone else to gather up resources. It usually saves me about an hour or so.
Freeing Up My Time
Outsourcing tasks that I don’t know how to do or take up too much time, has given me more time to write, pitch and market.
If you’re interested in outsourcing, find the tasks that eat up the most time. If it’s social media, consider automating your tweets.
If it’s email and “paper work” consider hiring a virtual assistant.
Staying home and raising my twins is ultimately what I plan on doing. I cherish the moments I can eat lunch with my family and be able to put them down for their naps.
They also offer me a break during the day and remind me that I can’t always focus on my business.
Now it’s your turn – let me know if you’re a WAHM and how you can get more writing done for your blog and business.
I want to hear from you!