Last fall I spent some time writing a few articles at eHow.com about twin pregnancy and parenting. Being the parent of twin boys made it easy to come up with the information needed to develop the articles. Besides, I hoped they would be helpful to some other shell shocked, soon-to-be mom who just found out she was having more than one baby.
I bring this up because shortly after writing these articles I began receiving monthly payments to my Pay Pal account from eHow. I stopped writing for eHow because I was asked to sign a non-compete agreement with another client who considered writing for eHow as a conflict of interest. I was so busy with other freelance writing projects at the time that I forgot all about them – let alone that they are a revenue sharing site. But considering that I had only written a few articles for them, I am surprised at how much money I now receive from them each month. Now it's not enough to run out and buy that Prada handbag I'd love to have, but it's nothing to sneeze at when I think of how much passive income I could be earning had I really put in some effort.
So now the genie is out of the lamp – I love getting residual income while I sit back and do nothing, and now I want more. Jennifer Mattern at AllFreelanceWriting.com recently fanned the flames even more with her Tuesday post titled Invest in Your Writing Career and Build a Richer Future. She discusses many reasons why writers should "invest" in their writing careers by developing a residual income from their own products. She really hits home when she explains that freelancers shouldn't plan to depend solely on our billable hours as our only source of income. Having a substantial residual income stream can really lighten the load should you suddenly be unable to work or lose a major client. As freelance writers we should leverage our knowledge and experiences and set aside time regularly to work on our own projects and products.
If you are like me you may wonder where this elusive extra time will come from. The answer is you have to decide it's important enough to make the time. It can seem impossible to squeeze another task into an already jam packed day. You can start by committing to an hour a day of working on writing that eBook, developing a niche blog/website or some other promising venture. If you can eventually balance the income received from freelance writing projects with income received from residual income, you will have more freedom and financial security. I don't know about you, but I'm all over this.