June 7 2010 Editor Assistance Newsletter
Many editors have written me recently looking for:
1) getting ideas for finding helpers because they're too busy with their projects
2) finding ways to make extra money doing quick, easy tasks from home
As you can see, these two needs match up perfectly!
We have editors who really need help with resizing graphics but don't know how to do it. They'd gladly pay someone to help. We have other editors who are good at resizing graphics, and who need some extra money.
We have editors who desperately need a "virtual assistant" to help with easy tasks. They simply don't have the time or the energy to handle the issues. We have other editors who would love to be a VA because the money would help them pay that bill that's outstanding.
Please help us help each other!
Swing by the Editor Forum area. There's a section just for barters and swaps. Post your interest in there! If you have tasks you can do, post what the tasks are. Otherwise editors won't know to contact you! Even if it's something nebulous like "will make phone calls for you", post it. You'd be amazed at how much that simple offer would REALLY help other editors. Some of us hate phones :)
If you have tasks you need done, post those tasks! Do you need someone to help you sort your email? To follow up on old invoices? To resize a ton of graphics for you? To help you figure out a backup plan for your computer that you'll actually follow? Whatever it is, post it in the forum. You'll be making your own life easier - and helping other editors thrive!
Editors often ask for ways to get better at time management. I found this REALLY cool video on YouTube which is sort of a short college lecture (with amazing animation) which talks all about time management. I highly recommend sitting down for 10 minutes with a cup of coffee or glass of wine and watching it!
I'm always trying to think up ways to make your life easier. One thing which occurred to me recently is when you add a new article that by default the FEATURED and ARCHIVED boxes are *not* checked. It would seem that most of the time you would want both of those checked, since you normally want to feature a new article, and since normally every single thing you write is in the archives for search reasons.
Please write back and let me know what you think. Should I leave it the way it is - unchecked by default? Or should I check them by default? Maybe check one and uncheck the other? Chime in, and I'll see what everyone thinks!
Have a gorgeous day :)
Lisa Shea, owner
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