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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Be careful what you ask for

I've been out of the loop for a couple of days.

One of my best friends, PT, owns her own consulting firm for instructional design. She started working for the same company I do, but retains many of her contacts. She will occasionally receive some work and contracts it out.

Being that I am an instructional designer she asked me to take on this next contract. It is GOOD money and lord knows we need it. But it is a HUGE undertaking. I am creating a 3-4 hour web-based training course (WBT) as well as a 1.5 to 2 day instructor led course (ILT). Under normal conditions, the WBT would take about 150 - 200 hours to create and the ILT would take about 360-400 hours. Low end? About 500 hours.

Yeah... my deadline is June 30. A little over 30 days.

And I am only able to work on nights and weekends.

Needless to say, I had a MAJOR panic attack last night. I was ready to give it up, but I can't. We need the money. I have to keep telling myself that I was already looking for a part-time job. I will make more cash in 30 days doing this than I would in 6+ months working retail. I am working from home, doing something I really like to do, and I'm not dealing with the public. Plus it is seriously good moolah.

So I sucked it up... got a draft of the WBT started and sent it to our client. And PT and I haven't even submitted our contract yet.

I feel like I have a handle on it, but I'm sure there will be at least two more panic attacks in the future. One when I get the initial feedback for the WBT and a second when I dive into the ILT materials.

I may not be around much the next few weeks. I take breaks and read blogs - and possibly comment on them - but I am going to be heads down trying to get this done.

It will be awesome in the end. I won't have to get that part-time job and I'll be able to add a HUGE project to my resume. You know... silver lining.


CindyDianne said...

You are awesome! Look at you go!

Freckles said...

Awsome good job pugger mom love you so much.

SkippyMom said...

If anyone can handle this Marni, I know you can!

This is very exciting and will be a fantabulous payoff at the end in experience, resume and moola!

Hang in there, head high! And let me know when to send the champagne :D

hugs & luv ya!

Becky said...

That is great news! Just take several deep breaths and you will do just fine!

Neas Nuttiness said...

I'm so glad that you got this job. I was worried about you, when you were "in a funk", not too long ago.
Take all the time you need. We'll all be here waiting for you!

Good Luck with the project!

PS - Maybe when your done, you could do a "Punkin Post". I miss him and One-Eyed Jack" :-)

GrizzBabe said...

This is great news! Don't panic. Just breathe and take it one step at a time. You can do it!!

Amy said...

YOu know you can do this. YOu can always sleep later. Good luck - see you in 30 days!

Biddie said...

Way to go, Marni. I am soo happy that you got the job!
I'll keep you in my prayers, but I know that you are going to rock this!