As an entrepreneur running my own freelance business, I find that I am constantly short on time. There are so many things that I need to get done but I just don’t seem to have the time to do it all! It is a situation that I am sure many people running their own businesses find themselves in.
I know that many entrepreneurs answer to this situation is to hire people to help with the workload but that doesn’t work for all small business people. That would mean that I would have to hand off my orders to other freelancers and it could be long-time customers that I might not get back. So there seem to be no easy answers.
I took a hiatus so that I could learn a new software program and set up several new gigs and it seems I have now dropped way down in my search rankings on Fiverr. One of my most popular gigs on Fiverr is my Children’s Print Book Formatting gig. Many of my customers want an ebook version also. The problem is that most children’s books have full-page images and in some cases even double-page spreads. Which isn’t easy to do in ebook format because it requires a very specific type of formatting called fixed layout. That took not only figuring out the layout format but also finding a software program that I could create the ebook files for both the Amazon Kindle as well as for Apple iBooks and other self-publishing sites.
After months of searching and testing, I finally did find a program that suited all of my needs and then some. It’s called QuarkXPress 2019. I will do another post on that coming up.
Fiverr has a feature called Out of Office that you can set your profile to and it will pause all of your gigs which I hated to do because I had a good steady flow of orders coming in. But on the flip side having constant orders coming in left me little time to learn new software or set up any new gigs. Going into Out of Office mode was the only way that I could think of to have the time that I needed to do what I had to do.
It has been weeks and I am just now starting to see my views, impressions, and clicks raise again. Hallelujah! It is certainly taking long enough for everything to come back to where it was!
Sometimes I wish that I could be 2 people so that I could get everything done that I need to do. If I didn’t have to sleep I would have so much more time!! But I guess you just have to do what you have to do and sacrifice some things to give your customers what they want and achieve your long-term goals.