Reevaluating your writing expenses at least yearly will help you bring more money to your bottom line. Look at everything you spend money on and see what you can cut to boost your bottom line. You will be amazed.
- Think like a student – Stock up on all your supplies during the back to school season. Paper, pens, envelops, folders are a lot less expensive during that time of year.
- Look at your phone cost – Do you have multiple lines? (phone and fax) How much do you really use your fax line? Getting rid of a line can save you lots of money every month.
- Send more e-mail queries – This saves paper, envelops and stamps.
- Stop printing everything – You’ll save paper, ink and the environment.
- Ask for a discount – When you travel to teach workshops, cover a conference or an interview, ask the organization if they have a discount with an airline or the hotel.
- Use your library card – The library subscribes to tons on magazines so you don’t have to. Do your research at the library or get articles on-line for free.
- Use coupons – Before you go out and buy anything go on-line and see if there is a coupon or on-line code for the product you need.
- Make the most out of your cell phone – Look at how you use your phone. Could you get rid of your land line? Do you have a lot of unused minutes or could you switch to a less expensive plan?
- Stay at home – Save money on travel and make more per hour by doing interviews by phone.
- Recycle printer cartridges – Take your used cartridges back to your office supply of choice and recycle it. Most will give you several dollars for the used one to use toward the price of the new one.
I’m sure this list of items has gotten you thinking about all the places you can cut costs and put more of your writing money in your pocket.