I Don’t Recall Signing On For Acrobatics: Balancing Full-Time and Freelance Wednesday, Mar 9 2011 

The first two days of this week have taught me that I need to prioritize, get uber-efficient, and decide what really matters and what can be trimmed away from the ever-increasing work load. I’m not one to say no to a job so I currently have one full-time job (which I just went back to this past Monday), a freelance fashion catalog copywriting job, a guide writing job on Shopping.com, a featured contributor job on Yahoo!, and a bi-monthly guest blogging position on How To Be A Redhead. Can anyone say overload?

I realized that I was in dire need of an efficiency makeover of sorts when I got an email saying that I would need to attend a fit meeting for my catalog writing job before I had accrued enough vacation time from my new full-time job. Yikes. By my clock I thought I had at least two months until the next meeting…not so.

I’m sure all of you freelancers and business owners out there have been here before, or perhaps you’re in this position right now, so I have collected a couple helpful articles which have helped me begin the process of slowly working my way through the incredible balancing act of working a steady full-time job while freelancing.

Good Reads:

How to Balance Freelancing With a Full-Time Job Without Burning Out

Some Quick Tips for Balancing a Full-Time Job While Building Your Freelance Writing Business

Productive Flourishing

This last one is a blog site with tons of vital information on how to keep your day as productive as possible.

Update to Last Post Thursday, May 20 2010 

I have seen stated on the Associated Content blog that the AP story which states that the AC website will be taken down in the third quarter of the acquisition, is false. Who knows at this point, but I wanted to keep everyone up-to-date.

Yahoo! Buys Associated Content For Over $100 Million Wednesday, May 19 2010 

In an over $100 Million deal, Yahoo acquired Associated Content (a company valued at over $65 Million). My news today is a little sad for me because I have written for Associated Content since 2006. Needless to say, the buy-out deal which netted AC that hefty sum previously mentioned, has created quite the stir amongst Associated Content writers, wondering what the future will bring.

Yahoo has bought out a number of companies over the years with dismal results, so we’ll see…

The goal apparently, in Yahoo’s eyes, is to combine their high-level AP generated news with Associated Content’s prolific and local content so that Yahoo will finally have a monopoly on all aspects.

Yahoo is slated to take down the Associated Content website during the third part of the acquisition, which is rumored to occur in late September. After that point, all of the articles that exist on the AC website will be sprinkled throughout Yahoo’s various news and local content sections.

Some Further Reading on the topic:

The Acquisition

Yahoo’s Acquisition History

Check out some of the content on AC here and let me know your thoughts on this, while you’re at it, take the poll below. I would love to get your opinion.