Week eight of 2015 – Writing A Book

As part of my short-term goals (which I will share later) I’ve began writing a short book on setting your rate as a freelancer. I’ve never thought of myself as a writer, but here I am writing a blog and now a book! That’s just crazy, right?!  I guess that’s just my limiting beliefs playing tricks on me, because I am writing way more than I ever thought I would.


It’s with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that Clint Warren (that I talked about in week 5) past away. Even though I didn’t really know Clinton, I was inspired by his story and what he shared with the world. He was truly on his way to great success as he was ready to begin the $10K Bootcamp.

I’ve been working a bit more on my short term goals and visualization. I’ve been using Clinton’s guide on visualization and after hearing about his death this has been slow process this week. Hopefully next week I will share my new defined goals and visualization with you guys.

I had one last meeting with my discovery client before I put together a final strategy. We scheduled a meeting for Tuesday to go over my findings.

Inspired by Stefan over at Project Life Mastery I’ve started to write a small book that I intend to sell on Amazon as a Kindle book. I jump on his Kindle Money Mastery program where he shares how you can write a book in 24 hours and sell it on Amazon. I’m already halfway after spending just 5 hours. It’s on the subject of how much you should charge as a freelancer. I will probably write a little post to summarize what the book is about later on when I’m done with the book.

I also had a meeting with a old client that I already have a made a deal with. So old pricing, though not terrible it could have been better. It will serve me good for the next two months at least, which give me time to focus on getting higher value clients. I did manage to set some new grounds with this client though. The old me would have asked for money after the project was finished and launched, but this time I stated that I charge in three payments. 50% of total upfront, 30% after design is approved and the last 20% right before launch. We have agreed to do this project in phases, but the first phase will take up 50% of the total estimated time. A lot of numbers, but the client agreed to this, so that means I get a continuous cash-flow instead of getting screwed over in the end. Not that I expect that to happen, but I have been burnt a couple of times before.

The client also tried to push the launch date, but we managed to agree that to workload needed to be reduced if we were to make his deadline. So definitely made some small steps in the right direction even though it was an old client with a deal made before what I know today.

Finalize goals and figure out how to achieve the short-term goals

So next week I’m going focus on finalizing my short-term and long-term goals and I’m also going to figure out how I can achieve those short-term goals.

As always, got any question, just ask, I’ll be happy to answer! See you again next week!

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  • CJ Andrew

    21. February 2015 at 01:25 Reply

    Wow. This is awesome content here. Really honest, and well put forward. Thanks, Ken. I’ll head back to Week 1 to catch up with the journal. This good writing, and I like it.

    • Ken Westgaard

      21. February 2015 at 08:28 Reply

      Hehe, thanks CJ, like I said,I never considered myself a writer. But here you are and telling me that this is good writing, that means a lot! 🙂 I hope that this journal can help other struggling freelancers to not make same mistakes I have made. Love to hear your thoughts after you’ve catch up with the rest of the entries. 🙂

  • Roger Williams

    23. February 2015 at 20:46 Reply

    Great stuff, Ken. Do you know what happened to Clint? He seemed like the healthiest person alive – such a a shock.

    • Ken Westgaard

      23. February 2015 at 23:57 Reply

      Thanks Roger. I only know what is mother said on is Facebook page –

      “Many are questioning why. As Clint’s mother, I want you to know that he struggled with bipolar disease for many years and recently, after working so hard to right his life and do the good work he knew that he was meant to do, he struggled again with a deep depression that over came him as a result of this disease–and it was more than he could bear to fight off.”

      It doesn’t make sense… I agree, he seemed like a healthy and positive person, and he was really making a difference in people’s life. Just goes to show how short life can be and to make the most of it.

  • Roger Williams

    24. February 2015 at 21:19 Reply

    Thanks Ken.

    So sad.

    Please keep up your good work on Kissmedia – It’s a beautiful site!

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