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Looking forward to an extra $300

I have been doing freelance work for my ex company for a few years now.

Initially, I charged only $100+ per assignment. It would vary based on length.

As the work got steadier, trust developed and with inflation, my flat fee became $300.

Gradually, all assignments became urgent ones and because I literally had to cut all social activities for a week to rush out a single piece, I think this rate is fair.

As an ex-staff, I am familiar with their software and procedures. I also know what is expected.

It is cheaper for them getting me to do it than hiring a full-timer too.

And it gradually got easier with time so that I am now sometimes able to churn out assignments within a few days.

I just submitted another assignment and am now happily waiting for my $300. It would more than cover my income tax.

It's a pity these assignments come only a few times a year. If I had them every week, I might not be writing so much online.

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MegL wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:23 AM

That's good business for you AND them.

msiduri wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:26 AM

It must be a bit of a pressure cooker when it comes, but the check must be nice when it comes, too.

LindaCPearson wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:32 AM

That sure does sound like good pay to me. I don't see any chances of ever earning that from writing. One thing I'm not fond of is working with deadlines so I avoid taking on personal clients and assignments, which is where the better money is.

HappyLady wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:36 AM

Well done not only for getting the payment, but also being able to understand that what you do is worth a decent payment.

LadyDuck wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:50 AM

So true, if you can have these assignments at least a couple of times a months it would be beautiful.

CalmGemini wrote on March 19, 2015, 10:53 AM

Since both parties are satisfied,this is a good business arrangement.

trufflehunter wrote on March 19, 2015, 11:03 AM

Exactly! Not enough to quit my job but it would supplement my savings for investment perfectly.

paigea wrote on March 19, 2015, 12:23 PM

That sounds like a real work at home job. Could you offer similar services to other companies? If you wanted more work that is.

Colibry21 wrote on March 19, 2015, 12:46 PM

It's good that you are able to get these assignments, even though they're only a few times a year. Hopefully, you may be able to get them more often.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 19, 2015, 12:47 PM

Glad you will be getting some extra money soon. It always helps

AliCanary wrote on March 19, 2015, 3:20 PM

Wow, that would be a nice weekly income, for only one assignment a week!

WordChazer wrote on March 19, 2015, 4:50 PM

It's good that they know who to come to for rush jobs. Good for both of you. They benefit from the speed, you get the money. That sounds like a win-win to me.

scheng1 wrote on March 20, 2015, 11:06 AM

You never top up your CPF to lock in your money and reduce income tax? My income tax this year is only $50.