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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.

8 comments:

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!