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My domain expired on me and since it was a) a gift and b) only updated every couple of weeks on average, I’m having a hard time being toooo upset. though it was kind of a blow to go and do a blog and have a giant ad on credit cards and a search engine ><.

So I’m back in my old haunt.

Here’s a writing sample that is from ME this time!

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How Do Garage Doors Break Down?

 

Garage doors function on a fairly simple system.  Basically, the garage door runs on a series of springs and tracks which draws the door up and holds it in place until it can be pulled down again.  Motorized garage doors add another layer to this my having a motor do the work of pushing and pulling the garage door via a signal from you, but that’s about the extent of it.  However, even with something simple, there can still be room for wear and tear.  How does something like a garage door break down?

 

There are actually a few ways that a garage door can break down on you.  The first and most obvious way is through simple wear and tear; using the garage door regularly causes the springs and motor to wear out and over time, they will stop functioning.  With a manual garage door, this isn’t such a bit deal because the door stays ‘locked’ on the tracks unless it is moved.  The tracks concave inward while the door is being moved, so the door stay sin place.  However, with an electronic garage door, if something breaks down in the opener or springs, the door won’t open or close, leaving you with a useless garage or a security risk.

 

Alongside wear and tear is the rusting factor which hits all garages at one point or another.  Rust damages the mechanics in the garage, causing it to eventually stop working properly and ending up worn out, rusted, and useless for your needs.  Rusting will happen more often in humid areas and it can be safeguarded against by keeping your garage as dry as possible and sometimes by rust guarding the machinery if you can afford to take the time and money to do it.

 

Another common way for a garage door to break down is jamming.  The tracks on a manual garage door may become twisted, warped or jammed, making it hard for the door to move up or down.  In motorized doors, the jam may occur between the door and ceiling as it is moving up or down, causing the whole system to lock up.  Usually this happens if something breaks and jams (such as a chunk of the ceiling or door) or if something gets jammed in from a storm. 

 

Garage doors do last quite a long time so long as nothing untoward happens, but every so often they will have to be replaced.   Fortunately, it’s usually pretty obvious when something is wrong  and you don’t have to feel as though it jumped on you! If something does happen to damage them, such as a bad storm, flooding, or jams in the system, then you will have to get it fixed as soon as possible, particularly if it won’t close properly.  While some fixes you may be able to do on your own, others may be more difficult or you might not be very comfortable doing the repairs, and so getting a good garage repair person might be a good idea.   

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Written by yours truly at Quill for Hire ^^.

For the foreseeable future, I will be here now.  Of course, none of my readers know that and I lost my big Scriptlance review that got me so many pageviews and visitors… and my vWorker controversy that got me featured in another website….

 

le sigh…

Ahhhh, the eternal quest for working at home… building your own hours…charging your own fees…answering to no one… be your own boss….

Yeah, this is what those ‘work from home’ advertisements will try to sell you; humanity’s dream job, all from home.  It sounds wonderful on paper.  But then, most things sound wonderful on paper; hell, I bet I could make a root canal sound wonderful on paper (Have teeth that you just can’t bear to part with?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to eat whatever you want again?  Well, dentistry has come far enough to let you save your teeth no matter how bad you think they are through the magic of the root canal!)  Ok, that was terrible, but the point is there-working from home as anything from a writer to a website designer sounds like a dream come true.

However, dreams only happen when you’re asleep and you always wake up before the good part.  I am one of those work at home, make my own hours, bill my own bills, work for myself people and let me tell you, those ads are bologna.

First of all, I don’t make my own hours.  Actually, my son makes my hours because I can only work when he’s asleep or very distracted wtih something else (and then I feel guilty).  So, I end up working about 2 hours during the day and from 8pm-11pm.  That’s not a lot of time to do any real work and then I feel a little bad.  sigh….  Before having my son I had more flexibility, but I was also making a NAME for myself which meant working every day at lightning speeds. 

Second, I can’t bill whatever I want.  First of all, many of my clients can’t afford to pay tons of money (at least not for longer than a week or two) and second of all, competition is strangely fierce and stupid.  You get bids (I’m not joking here) as low as $10.00 for like 20 articles  Puh-leeze; I can’t live on that and frankly I don’t see how they do.  (I suspect a lot of copy/paste jobs, but maybe someone can verify that for me).  Then again, some clients begrudge every dollar spent and try to only pay .5/article or less which is hogswash.  These articles take time and effort to do correctly!  But, you still get many employers going the cheapest possible route which leaves less for us.  Plus, you only get paid when there’s work and if there’s no work, no one’s paying you; it’s kind of like working in a resource job like lumber or mining; you work when there’s work and then you stew.  I wish I could get EI for those times, ha ha!

What is true is the working for myself and that’s part of what makes this job worthwhile.  I can choose who I work for from day one, from choosing which projects to bid on  to choosing who to keep working for and choosing who to dump.  I’ve dumped 2 clients in my career thus far, one who was stingy, persnickety and annoying and another who sexually harrassed me and dumping both felt very good!  The clients I keep longterm are not only friendly, understanding and generous, but also become friends; people I can yack with outside of The Office and who ask after my family and wish me Happy Birthday.  They’re not my bosses, they’re my partners and my clients and that difference (when combined with my love of writing and research) is what makes this job really nice, especially when compared to those minimum wage paying Macdonalds jobs.  Sure, I don’t make tons of money, (or really very much money) but I am respected and liked and that counts for quite a bit.

Plus I get to stay with my son which in this day and age is pretty rare.  I don’t know how people afford daycare nowadays, but I’m glad we don’t have to worry about it! 

Well, that’s all for today’s blog post.  I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you fine folks on Wednesday.

You’ve likely come here by accident and that’s ok!  In my line of work, I’ve learned that a lot of hunting for something online ends up leading you off in a totally different and wonderful direction.  So what is my line of work?  Well, I’m a freelance writer and editor and that’s what Quill for Hire is all about.  Right now unfortunately, the only Quill for Hire is me, but that’s ok. 

A freelance writer and editor can be both a boon and a weird employee for any online business (or regular business) big and small.  Freelance writers occupy an odd employment space-we are both very necessary in the world of online business, but we are also very underappreciated in that there are so many of us fighting for work that we very often undercut ourselves (and each other), meaning that we are necessary, but we are paid little!  You certainly don’t get into this business for the cash flow because it’s more like a cash <i>dribble</i>. 

That’s all right.  This business also lets me work at home, somewhat set my rates, and do what I love: write and research and do some editing work too.

So what the heck is Quill for Hire?  Well, this is the place where you can learn more about freelance writing and editing if you’re interested in the job, where you can hire this Quill of course, and where you can learn more about me and what I’ve learned in working in this industry for almost two years.   I hope if nothing else, you’ll enjoy my roughly weekly blogs and if you ever need a writer or editor, hey, you now know who to call (er, email).

So that’s it.  Comment at will and be sure to subscribe and check back regularly.  You never know what’s going on here!

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