said 4 months, 2 weeks ago:
@joycemwest2012 That is such a tough one Joyce! Because you will get faster as you continue on with the same clients. So initially I find I may be spending more time with my learning curve. But don’t discount your time for finding the best, unique content. Finding good content takes time and you also need to be keeping tabs on the competition!
I usually try and track my time for how long it might take me to find a good post (assuming a general level of speediness) and then add a 20-30% buffer. Plus adding some time to watch your competitors. I also find if you can streamline some of that activity with a process – sometimes I put people on a Facebook interest list so I can just check that List for all the relevant posts. Or sometimes I make a private Twitter List and just checkin with that on Hootsuite once or twice a day. Or I subscribe to their blogs on Google Reader so I don’t have to physically go to their site to see if they have new posts. See if you can write down a process for how you are going to keep up with these activities so you aren’t doing them haphazardly and I think that will keep your time spent to a minimum.
Also make sure that your client knows how much you are doing – are you doing more than expected? Or do they appreciate the full value of your monitoring? Always good to let them know how they are saving time by hiring you!
What other advice do people have for this?