A few small changes

By Katharine Swan On Monday, July 14, 2008 At 10:30 AM

I have a few small changes that will be taking place later this month. Well, actually, they'll be small to you, because my blogs and websites will stick around, but they are huge to me.

Basically, I'm going to start cleaning stalls in exchange for free board for Panama at my barn. This eliminates a huge monthly expense and allows me to not worry quite so much about my income each month, but it also means I'll be spending a couple hours every day at the barn — more if I want to ride and spend time with my own horse.

To me, the exchange is totally worth it. I love spending time at the barn, and can easily spend two hours or more just doing nothing. At least this way I will have some wiggle room with my bills — and maybe be able to put the extra into paying off my credit card debt!

I'm not anticipating my new obligations to cut into my work time too much, since I already spend so much time out at the barn, but of course I'll have to make a few changes to my work schedule. Therefore I've decided to stop marketing for the time being, and to focus on a few of my favorite and most lucrative clients. So in a way, the changes are to my benefit in more ways than just getting free board, because they've encouraged me to reevaluate my current client situation!

Like I said, I still plan to maintain my blogs, my website, and my best clients, so for all intents and purposes this shouldn't have much of an impact on my career. In fact, I'm hoping that by focusing on my best-paying clients, I'll actually have a little extra free time for working on my own projects, and thereby advance my career!

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Anonymous Devon Ellington Says:  

I think you'll find it stimulates your creativity to be around the barn so much!

Good for you!

 
 
Blogger Lori Says:  

That's a great trade-off, Katharine. I think Devon's right, too - what a neat way to connect to your surroundings and to have the time to brainstorm!

 
 
Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Devon,

Thanks -- I'm sure it will! And at the very least, it'll be a good break from my work every day. :o)

Lori,

Yeah, I'm looking forward to the trade-off... It'll be nice not to have that bill to make every month!

 
 
Anonymous Alyice Says:  

That's such a neat idea! It gets you out and away from the home office. It allows you to refresh. And by concentrating on what you really love, you won't get burnt out with your writing.

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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